Brisbane Cruise takes in Noumea and Vanuatu

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Brisbane Cruise
Here's a great 11-night round trip cruise from Brisbane aboard the Pacific Dawn, departing May 1, 2010 and visiting Noumea and Vanuatu. To book a Brisbane Cruise go to

If you book right now you can save up to 53% on fares. This trip takes in Noumea, Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Wala, Champagne Bay and Vila before returning to Brisbane. Quad Cabins are avaialble from AUD $1121.22 per person, Triple Cabins from AUD $1375.52, Twin Cabins from AUD $1884.13 and Single Cabins from AUD $3170.12

Video: Pacific Dawn leaving Sydney Harbour and passing under the Harbour Bridge

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Five Night Adelaide Cruise aboard Pacific Sun

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Adelaide Cruise

Here's an easy way to pamper yourself -- a five-night cruise aboard the Pacific Sun, departing Adelaide this month. To book your Adelaide Cruise go to Early bookings can mean great savings on the price of cruise fares!

You'll voyage from Adelaide to Albany, Bunbury and Fremantle, departing Friday, Dec 11 2009 and arriving Wednesday, December 16.

Video: Pacific Sun heading out of Sydney

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Alaska Cruise Aboard the Coral Princess

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This amazing 2010 cruise aboard the Coral Princess takes in Vancouver, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, College Fjord and Whittier. To book an Alaska cruise go to

The Coral Princess departs on Saturday, May 15 2010 and returns on Saturday, May 22. It stops at the following places:
  • Ketchikan - known as Alaska's Native Cultural Centre, it's the salmon capital of the world and a paradise for sport fishermen and naturalists alike. Visitors will marvel at the huge number of totem poles and the outstanding variety of shops and galleries.
  • Juneau - the capital city of Alaska, located on the Gastineau Channel of the Alaskan panhandle, is best known as a destination for glacier viewing and is surrounded by intercoastal waterways, lush rainforests, and spectacular mountain scenery. Juneau also has some magnificent wildlife -- including whales, brown bears and eagles.
  • Skagway - a borough in Alaska, and the gateway to the Klondike established during the gold rush days.
  • Glacier Bay - in south-eastern Alaska, United States, it is located 50 miles west of Juneau near the northern end of the Alaska panhandle. Glacier Bay and the surrounding land is the site of the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. See huge tidewater glaciers plunging into the icy fjords.
  • College Fjord - located in the northern sector of Prince William Sound, the fjord contains five tidewater glaciers, five large valley glaciers, and dozens of smaller glaciers.
  • Whittier - near Anchorage, is a year round ice-free port and a focal point for marine activity and freight transfer from sea train barge serving South Central Alaska.
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Video: Chef's Dinner aboard the Coral Princess

Cruise to Sydney Aboard Sun Princess

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Cruise to SydneyHop aboard the Sun Princess in Fremantle and take in Geraldton, Bali (Padang Bay), Broome, scenic cruising on The Kimberley, Darwin, Port Douglas, Townsville, Brisbane and disembarking in Sydney.

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Check out this news story about not one, but three superliners enjoying Sydney Harbour at the same time (sourced from
"Sydney has welcomed not one, but three superliners to its Harbour this morning - a sign of the enduring strength of cruising in the Australian tourism industry.

The parade included the 116,000-tonne megaliner Diamond Princess, the popular 77,000-tonne superliner Sun Princess and PO Cruises' latest superliner, Pacific Jewel."
Sun Princess departs Tuesday, September 14, 2010 and returns Friday, October 1. You can avoid disappointment and save up to 53% on fares if you book early. To book a 2010 cruise to Sydney visit

Video: Sun Princess in Brisbane

Send Yourself on a 2010 Hawaii Tour

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Hawaii Tour

Take a well-deserved cruise around the Hawaiian islands and sail up to Vancouver aboard Rhapsody of the Seas. To book your Hawaii Tour go to

Here's some information about Rhapsody of the Seas, from Wikipedia:
After 6 years of sailing from Galveston, Texas, Rhapsody repositioned on a worldly trip in the fall of 2007, traveling through the South Pacific to Australia where she remained for two months, before moving to Asia, operating cruises from Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Busan in South Korea. For the summer of 2008, Rhapsody operated out of Seattle, Washington, sailing to Alaska before repositioning back to Sydney, Australia for the winter of 2008/2009. After returning to Seattle in the spring of 2009, Royal Caribbean has announced that the Rhapsody is to repeat her Australia/Alaska seasons at least through April 2011.

Rhapsody Of The Seas departs Honolulu and takes in Lahaina, Kailua Kona, Hilo and Vancouver, British Columbia. The cruise departs Tuesday, April 27 2010 and returns on Friday, May 7 2010. Early bookers will save up to 15% on fares for quad cabins (AUD $1508.24 per person), triple cabins (AUD $1583.76) or twin cabins (AUD $1734.79)

Video: A cruise aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas. This one's in Costa Maya, Mexico

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An Australia to Asia Tour to Remember

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Australia to Asia Tour

Set sail from Fremantle on this great 17-night tour that voyages around the north of Australia, taking in Bali, Darwin, Port Douglas and Brisbane before berthing at Sydney.

To book an Australia to Asia Tour go to

Here's the full list of ports aboard this Australia to Asia tour aboard the Sun Princess: Fremantle, Geraldton, Bali (Padang Bay), Broome, The Kimberley - Scenic Cruising, Darwin, Port Douglas, Townsville, Brisbane, Sydney.

The cruise departs Tuesday, September 14, 2010 and concludes on Friday, October 1. Right now there are savings to be had for early booking with triple cabins from AUD $2273.65 pp, quad cabins from AUD $2416.49 pp, twin cabins from AUD $2939.54 ppand single cabins from AUD $5832.08.

Video: Sun Princess departs Brisbane

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Take A Westbound Panama Canal Cruise Vacation

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Panama Canal CruiseSet sail from Miami, Florida to Colombia, Panama Canal, Costa Rica, Mexico and Cailfornia aboard the award-winning Celebrity Constellation.

To book your Panama Canal Cruise go to

Celebrity Constellation is a Millennium class cruise ship of Celebrity Cruises. She is the co-flagship of the Celebrity fleet, along with Century-class ship Century. Her three sister ships are the Celebrity Infinity, Summit, and Millennium. Celebrity Constellation consistently receives top honors from Condé Nast's readers survey, and is currently ranked by readers as the best large cruise ship (source: Wikipedia).

On this voyage Celebrity Constellation's ports of call include:
  • Cartagena, Colombia: Founded in 1533, Cartagena is the picture-perfect Spanish-colonial village. A fortress wall surrounds the historic village's pastel-colored architecture, quaint streets and fine cathedrals.
  • Panama Canal (Cruising): For fifty miles the canal transects the exotic emerald jungles of Panama and gives one an appreciation of what a Herculean task it was to build this waterway before the advent of computers and giant earth movers.
  • Puntarenas, Costa Rica: Located along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, where the native wildlife ranges from macaws to jaguars. Puntarenas is a fishing port -- try the ceviche de corvine - fresh fish marinated in lime juice with onions, peppers and spices.
  • Huatulco, Mexico: At the foot of the Sierra del Sur Mountains, Huatulco is actually made up of nine distinct bays. The turquoise waters are home to an abundance of sea life and provide a delightful aquatic playground for visitors.
  • Acapulco, Mexico: World-famous beaches offer up the sun and surf for different agendas, whether you're in the mood for exhilaration of serenity.
  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: This southernmost enclave on the tip of the Baja Peninsula features unearthly rock formations, cantinas owned by rock stars and hundreds of ways to enjoy yourself on, in, under and close to the water.
  • San Diego, California: In addition to being home to a world-class zoo and aquarium, San Diego is a laid-back navy town that is the closest U.S. city to Mexico.

Video: The Panama Canal

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Papeete Cruise -- A Great Way to Get Back to the USA

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Papeete CruiseSail from Tahiti to Florida aboard the Pacific Princess. This voyage, departing December 18 from Papeete in Tahiti, sails to Moorea, Bora Bora, Pitcairn, Easter Island, San Martin, Callao, Manta, Cristobal, San Blas, Limon and onto Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It's a great way to return to the USA after flying to Tahiti.

To book a Papeete Cruise holiday go to

Papeete has played host to some pretty significant historical figures:
  • Herman Melville was imprisoned in Papeete in 1842; his experiences there became the basis for the novel Omoo.
  • Paul Gauguin journeyed to and toured Papeete in 1891 and, except for a two-year period in 1893–1895, never returned to France.
  • Robert Louis Stevenson also spent time in Papeete in 1888. (Source)
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: Papeete and Moorea

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17-Night Australia Cruise aboard the Sun Princess

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Australia CruiseSail from Fremantle aboard the Sun Princess and marvel at the wonders of Australia on an amazing 17-night voyage, exploring the northern highlights of the continent. To book an Australia Cruise go to

From Fremantle the cruise goes north about 450km to the city of Geraldton, which has gorgeous coastline to the west and hills and ranges to the east.

From there you'll take in Bali's Padang Bay before heading back to Australia and the town of Broome. Broome was founded as a pearling port over a century ago and as a result, has become a melting pot of many cultures. Then the voyage will take you to Darwin, Port Douglas, Townesville and Brisbane before you reluctantly disembark in Sydney.

Video: Sun Princess arrives in Fremantle

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Don't Miss the World Cruise Sale

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World Cruise SaleThe 105-night voyage is the first ever westbound circumnavigation of the world from Australia. To catch the World Cruise Sale go quickly to

The Dawn Princess is departing May 21 2010, arriving in Europe in July at the height of the northern hemisphere summer.

The voyage goes to Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, India and Dubai before passing through the Suez Canal to Egypt.

The northbound trip stops in at 12 iconic Mediterranean destinations, including a cruise by ANZAC cove and a magical overnight stay in Venice before arriving in Southampton on 14th July 2010.

The southbound leg visits Dublin before crossing the Atlantic to Boston and New York. Then it's the Caribbean leg of the itinerary -- visiting the famous cricketing islands of Barbados and Antigua before transiting the Panama Canal to Mexico and Los Angeles. The final Trans Pacific leg visits Hawaii, Tahiti and Auckland before returning to Sydney.

Video: Evening footage from onboard the Dawn Princess as she passes under Sydney Harbour Bridge ... to the obvious enjoyment of the excited passengers.

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Take a China Cruise aboard the Diamond Princess

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China CruiseSee Singapore, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and even Russia with this 31 night China Cruise on the Diamond Princess, departing April 14 from the port of Laem Chabang near Bangkok, destination Anchorage, Alaska. To book your 31 night
China Cruise go to

The itinerary takes in Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Nha Trang Mon, Hong Kong, Keelung, Okinawa, Shanghai, Xingang, Dalian, Qingdao, Pusan, Vladivostok Muroran X Intl Dateline Whittier -- and right now you can grab savings of up to 23% on fares -- Quad Cabins from AUD $4350.55per person, Triple Cabins from AUD $4903.06 pp andTwin Cabin from AUD $6008.11 pp. For more information on China Cruises go to

Video: Diamond Princess sails away from Shanghai

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Check out Milford Sound with a New Zealand Cruise

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New Zealand CruiseSet sail on a return voyage from Melbourne and visit one of the most celebrated countries in the world -- New Zealand. To book your New Zealand Cruise go to

New Zealand, known by local Maori as "Aotearoa", or the 'land of the long white cloud', has some pretty stunning sights to behold.

This 13-night voyage on the luxurious Dawn Princess departs January 24 and heads straight for the south, starting at the South Island’s Fiordland National Park. Milford Sound is one New Zealand’s most famous tourist destinations -- you'll experience scenic cruising here and witness dramatic waterfalls, ancient rain forest, shimmering lakes and granite peaks before heading around the bottom of the South Island. There you'll discover the historic city of Dunedin, famous for its Victorian architecture and jangly pop music -- and home to penguins and seal colonies.

As you travel up the South Island's east coast, you'll get to the port of Lyttelton, the gateway to the city of Christchurch. In the North Island you'll explore the sophisticated cities of Wellington, Tauranga and Napier, soak up Maori culture and entertainment in Rotorua, and head to NZ's biggest city, Auckland. Known as the City of Sails, Auckland is a vast, sprawling city with loads of sight-seeing activities to check out. To find out more about this New Zealand Cruise go to

Video: A Milford Sound cruise captain gets up close and personal with a waterfall

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Relax on the Lawn on Your Next Caribbean Cruise

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Caribbean CruiseSet sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on your 11 night "Ultimate Caribbean Cruise" aboard Celebrity's Equinox. To book your Caribbean Cruise go to

This great 12 day cruise visits six different ports of call and includes visits to Grand Cayman, Colombia, Panama, Honduras, and Mexico.

Leaving Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Equinox heads to Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico. Then it's off to Roatan, Honduras, Colón, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia, George Town, Grand Cayman before returning to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Information on the Equinox, from Wikipedia:
Onboard amenities include a large theater, multiple restaurant dining options including a dedicated restaurant for AquaClass guests, The Patio on the Lawn, numerous bars and clubs, Solstice Deck, youth facilities, Online@Celebrity, and many other common and unique features. Some new innovations that have been revealed include glass-blowing classes/demonstrations as well as The Lawn Club, a live grass lawn between the ship's funnels on the upper deck.

Video: An overview of Celebrity Cruises' Equinox, which began sailing in June 2009

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Mediterranean Cruise Aboard Queen Mary 2

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Mediterranean CruiseGive yourself a treat -- a 12 night round trip cruise from Southampton on the magnificent Queen Mary 2. To book your
Mediterranean Cruise go to

This 13 day cruise takes you through the Mediterranean, visiting Lisbon, Gibraltar, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Rome and Naples. There really is no better way to see the Mediterranean.

And if you're quick you can get a great deal and save up to 31% on Queen Mary 2 cruises -- Triple Cabins are from NZD $3928.82 per person, Quad Cabins from NZD $3523.59 pp, Twin Cabins from NZD $4613.84 pp. For more information on this Mediterranean Cruise go to

Video: Tribute to the Queen Mary 2

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Noumea Cruises on the Pacific Dawn

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Noumea CruisesGet on board the Pacific Dawn from Brisbane and enjoy a relaxing voyage at sea as you cruise to Noumea, New Caledonia and Port Vila, Vanuatu. For a great deal on Noumea Cruises go to

Noumea’s tropical boulevards and European chic are unmistakable -- the combination of indigenous cultural values and French colonial culture makes for interesting architecture and vibrant marketplaces. And in Vanuatu's Port Vila you'll be welcomed by friendly locals and broad smiles. Vila's natural harbour is spectacular -- and the blend of Melanesian, English, French and Asian influences makes for great souvenir shopping.

Video: Tour Bus going through Noumea

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Is a World Cruise on Your Bucket List?

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World CruiseThe 102-night voyage aboard the Dawn Princess is the first ever westbound circumnavigation of the world from Australia. To book your World Cruise go to

The Dawn Princess departs May 21, 2010, six weeks earlier than the 2009 eastbound voyage. It will arrive in Europe in July at the height of the northern hemisphere summer.

The cruise will visit Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, India and Dubai before passing through the Suez Canal to Egypt. Then it takes in 12 iconic Mediterranean destinations including a sail past ANZAC cove and an overnight stay in Venice, before arriving in Southampton on 14th July 2010.

The southbound leg visits Dublin before crossing the Atlantic to Boston and New York. Then it's off to the Caribbean islands of Barbados and Antigua before heading through the Panama Canal to Mexico and Los Angeles, Hawaii, Tahiti and then onto Auckland.

This is truly a 'bucket list' holiday -- and if you get in now you can take advantage of the great deals -- Triple Cabins from NZD $17934.04 per person, Quad Cabins from NZD NZD $20213.13 pp, Twin Cabin from NZD $20931.60 pp. Book your World Cruise now at

Video: The Dawn Princess turns around under its own steam, Port of Napier, NZ

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Get on Board the Dawn Princess for Your Hawaii Cruise

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Hawaii CruiseHere's an idea -- 35 nights of fun aboard the Dawn Princess as she sails over the Pacific Ocean to beaches of pure white sand and swaying coconut trees. Sounds great! To book your Hawaii Cruise go to

The Dawn Princess sails from Sydney, first visiting the Tahitian capital of Papeete, where Paris meets Polynesia. Then it's on to two of the most spectacular islands on Earth -- Moorea and Bora Bora.

Then there's Hawaii's famous beach at Waikiki, Samoa with its sandy beaches, the deep water harbour at Pago Pago, Tonga, Suva and Port Denarau in Fiji, Rarotonga and more.

There are some great specials on right now for this package, due to sail on 3 April 2010. You can get up to 53% off with Triple Cabins from NZD $4562.83 per person and Quad Cabins from NZD $4680.28. Don't snooze until you're safely unpacking your bag and settling into your cruise holiday!

Video: The Dawn Princess glides under the Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Enjoy the Pacfic Sun on a Norfolk Island Cruise

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Norfolk Island CruiseTake in an idyllic cruise on the Pacific Sun from Auckland with stops at five beautiful Pacific Island destinations, including Norfolk Island.

To book a fantastic Norfolk Island Cruise go to

On this cruise, departing Auckland March 24 2010, you can check out the white sand beaches of Mystery Island and Ouvea, the always busy Port Vila, and get a taste of France in Noumea. The cruise also visits Norfolk Island, which has been added to the P&O itinerary for the first time in 2010.

Here's some information on the stops:

Norfolk Island: Follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook and discover a beautiful, unspoiled landscape.

Noumea: Colonial architecture and vibrant markets will draw you into Noumea's old-world values and continental culture.

Ouvea: An exquisite coral atoll that boasts one of New Caledonia's finest beaches - a 25km strip of white sand fronting a turquoise lagoon.

Vila: Friendly locals with welcoming smiles will introduce you to their island. Stop for traditional souvenirs, see the waterfalls or go snorkelling. You can even post a card from an underwater post office situated on a nearby island.

Mystery Island: White beaches edged with coconut trees and crystal clear lagoons. Snorkel in colourful underwater gardens or chill out in a world that civilisation has left behind.

Video: Tour of the Pacific Sun

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Announcing the Arrival of P&O Cruises Pacific Jewel

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P & O CruiseIn December 2009, P&O Cruise ship Pacific Jewel will start sailing the seas around Australia. Her unique offerings include an incredible high-wire circus and trapeze arena on the top deck and the new Aqua Heath, Spa & Fitness Centre, decked out with treatment rooms boasting spectacular ocean views. Another first is a celebrity chef at sea with the new Salt Grill restaurant by celebrated chef Luke Mangan.

To book a cruise aboard the Pacific Jewel or to check out other great P&O Cruises head to

Pacific Jewel will sail year round from Sydney to the South Pacific and New Zealand. Her maiden voyage to Tasmania in December 2009 will recreate history as she retraces the first ever cruise of the Australian mainland.

With 11 decks, over 200 affordable balcony cabins and room for 1950 passengers, Pacific Jewel cruises are the holiday treat you've been waiting for. Formerly known as Ocean Village 2, Pacific Jewel has been in drydock undergoing a complete refit. Progress can be seen via the P&O Cruises Pacific Jewel blog.

Video: Footage of the P&O Cruise liner Pacific Jewel, formerly known as the Ocean Village 2 superliner, as she goes into drydock and undergoes transformation

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John Key Announces New Cruises for Auckland

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Cruises AucklandA new cruise liner is due to Auckland over the 2010 summer season and it's estimated that it will bring in an additional $3 million.

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New Zealand PM John Key announced in October that P&O Cruises would launch its 1800-passenger super liner, Pacific Pearl, in Auckland in December 2010 and use it as a base for a six-cruise summer season:

“This is a big vote of cruise ship market. It also shows that the Government’s commitment to build a cruise ship terminal at Queens Wharf is a worthy investment in the tourism industry,” said Mr Key.

“The cruise industry is of huge value to both national and regional tourism markets, with each visit contributing around $500,000 through port fees, stores and passenger spending.

“Having the Pacific Pearl based out of Auckland can only enhance an industry that is already worth $174 million annually.” (Source: NBR)
If you're looking for a great price on Cruises Auckland, check out the deals -- including up to 51% off cabins on 'Bounty Discovery' aboard the Pacific Sun departing Auckland 24/03/2010.

Video: Pacific Sun sailaway

Pacific Dawn Cruises Brisbane

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Pacific Dawn is about to become the first super cruise ship to make Brisbane its home port when it berths in the Queensland city from December 19th, which will mark the start of the inaugural year-round programme of cruises out of Brisbane. For Cruises Brisbane head to

The story, appearing on calls Pacific Dawn "one of the great ships in P&O's fleet" and makes mention of her "11 decks, two swimming pools, five evening dining areas, three kids' clubs, nine bars and lounges (including a casino lounge), a double story show lounge and a fabulous fitness centre."

There are some fantasic savings on right now for Pacific Dawn cruises, including up to 52% off cabins for the seven night 'Week Fantastique' cruise departing 16/01/2010 (twin Cabin from $1942 pp single cabin from $3837 pp). Or check out the deals on 'Week Tropique' - seven nights departing 23/01/2010 (twin cabin from $1377 pp, single cabin From $2279 pp). For deals on Cruises Brisbane go straight to

Video: Pacific Dawn ship review

Australia Cruises Aboard the MS Volendam

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Australia CruisesThe MS Volendam will set sail from Hong Kong to Auckland in late 2009, taking in Singapore, Darwin, Cairns, Sydney, Melbourne and many other smaller ports. In 2010 she'll sail around Australia and New Zealand, the Pacific and even from Sydney to Vancouver. If you're looking for a cracking deal on Australia Cruises check out

The Volendam has a tasteful floral theme throughout her spacious public areas and staterooms. In addition to fresh flowers throughout the ship, there's a great collection of artwork adding to the interior of the ship -- from sculptures to Renaissance-era Italian fountains. And an elegant kaleidoscope-inspired sculpture by Luciano Vistosi greets visitors in the three-story atrium.

Some facts about the Volendam:
  • Passenger capacity: 1,432
  • Crew members: 615
  • Gross Tonnage: 61,214 grt.
  • Length: 781 feet
  • Beam: 105.8 feet
  • Maximum speed: 23 knots
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Video: Amateur Traveler takes a tour of the Volendam -- funniest line 'I would advise that in high seas you use one of the bikes and don't try the treadmills...'

Australia Cruises to Christmas Island

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Australia  CruisesGreat news for Christmas -- the Australian Federal Government recently announced it would invest $3.5 million to improve mooring facilities on Christmas Island – and the first ever cruise ship visit to the island will happen at the end of this year.

P&O Cruises’ Pacific Sun makes regular runs to Noumea and Fiji, and it will call at Christmas Island on December 23 -- that's right, just in time for Christmas. It will be the first of four visits by Pacific Sun between December this year and February 2011

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Video: Pacific Sun sails away

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Great Savings on New Zealand Cruises

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New Zealand Cruises
Diamond Princess is a regular visitor to Australia and New Zealand -- as are the Dawn Princess and Sun Princess (pictured. And now that those latter two ships are permanently based in Australia, they have made some changes to better serve Australian and New Zealand travellers. The onboard currency is Australian Dollars, the wine list is made up of NZ and Australian wines, the shows have a down under vibe going on, and there are increased numbers of NZ and Australian crew onboard. The Pacific Sun makes regular runs to Noumea and Fiji.

For great deals on New Zealand Cruises check out

Some of the best sales at the moment include:
  • 28 nights on the Dawn Princess circumnavigating Australia, departing 18/11/09 (up to 53% off cabins)
  • Bounty Discovery - departs Auckland 24/03/2010 for 10 nights aboard the Pacific Sun, taking in Norfolk Island, Noumea, Ouvea, Vila and Mystery island (up to 53% off cabins)
  • Hawaiian Discovery -- 35 nights aboard the Dawn Princess, departing 03/04/2010 from Sydney and taking in Tonga, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Samoa and Fiji (up to 74% off cabins)
Video: Some great footage in this promo from Princess Cruises about Australia - New Zealand cruises. If you're from NZ or the Lucky Country you'll find the place name pronunciation hilarious!

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Queens Wharf Development to Keep Pace with New Zealand Cruises

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New Zealand CruisesAuckland's Queens Wharf was recently bought by the Auckland Regional Council and the NZ Government with a view to developing it into a public space and cruise ship terminal. It's also going to be a venue for events like Rally New Zealand in May 2010, and then for the main event -- the Rugby World Cup in 2011.

If you're looking for cheap deals on New Zealand cruises head to Pictured is the Diamond Princess -- one of the largest cruise ships in the world and a regular visitor to the Port of Auckland. The 290 metre-long ship is only 38 metres shorter than Auckland’s Sky Tower. Her next departure from Auckland is 22/12/2009 for a 13-night Australia & New Zealand cruise -- and right now at you can save up to 27% off cabins.

The main objectives for Queens Wharf include developing it as an enjoyable open space for Aucklanders, as well as providing a new main terminal to cope with the projected growth of the cruise ship industry. Hundreds of Aucklanders took the opportunity to visit Queens Wharf at the public access day on 13 September 2009 and a competition is on to find the best development idea. Journalist Bernard Orsman wrote in the NZ Herald :

"Flashes of Sydney, London and volcanic Auckland are among the creative ideas to redevelop Queens Wharf for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

There's a giant ferris wheel to rival the London Eye, a row of giant sails resembling the Sydney Opera House, a series of volcanic cones or mountain peaks and a taniwha rising out of the Waitemata Harbour.

The first stage of a design competition has attracted 232 entries from children to acclaimed architects. Later this month the entries will be whittled down to five designs and three team entries to find an overall winner.

Entrants had to include a cruise ship terminal, open space and ideas for the cup. Apartments, hotels, offices and large-scale retail facilities were banned." Source

Video: Diamond Princess in Sydney Harbour

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Dawn Princess Visits Anzac Cove

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cheap cruisesPrincess Cruises' Dawn Princess has completed its maiden visit to Turkey's Anzac Cove, with hundreds of Australian and New Zealand passengers taking part in an emotional memorial service as the ship sailed through the historic waters.

Check out the story here at Clems World Cruise blog, which also has photos of the ceremony on the top decks. And if you're looking for cruises Australia check out the great deals at

The visit to the Gallipoli Peninsula was a highlight of Dawn Princess' inaugural world cruise, which left Sydney in early July. It's also the first visit to Anzac Cove by an Australian-based cruise ship. Dawn Princess Captain Goodway held a ceremony on the ship's top decks in memory of the thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who died at Anzac Cove.

The passengers who attended the ceremony included World War I veterans and descendants of soldiers who fought at Gallipoli. Dawn Princess will return to Anzac Cove again next year during her 2010 world cruise.

Video: Dawn Princess in Sydney

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Dunedin Cruise Visitor Numbers Hold Steady Despite Recession

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cruise deals NZThere may have been a recession on, but the high number of cruise ships visits to Dunedin, New Zealand, is holding steady, according to the Otago Daily Times. Dunedin's tourism chief is pretty happy with the number of visits to the port.

The story points to the cancellation of cruises earlier this year by Celebrity Cruises including 11 visits to Dunedin by the 2000-passenger vessel Millennium. But even with that cruise line out of the picture, visits have held at 53 so far.

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The Otago Daily Times story (read it here) also quotes Tourism Dunedin chief executive Hamish Saxton -- "I think things are looking better than people were potentially expecting" -- and he adds that the number of cruise-ship visits may be down compared with last season, but the size and passenger capacity of the vessels was increasing.
"Last season, Dunedin, with 88,380 cruise ship visitors, was the second most visited port after Auckland (112,870), but ahead of Tauranga (88,109) and Christchurch (87,853)."

"The most frequent visitor is Dawn Princess (seven visits), followed by the Rhapsody of the Seas, Dawn Princess, and Sun Princess - all with six visits."
Bookings for the 2010-11 season are looking robust, with 58 visits. The 2009-10 season begins with the arrival of the Star Princess on October 20 and ends with the departure of the Crystal Symphony on April 5.

Video: Star Princess

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Spring Is Here and so is Cruise Sale Season

Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 | 0 comments
Cruise Sale FinderIt's great to see so many sales on cruise ships offered through sites like -- especially now that the temperature is starting to rise, with spring on our doorstep and summer just around the corner.

Remember, there are cruises departing from exotic locations all around the world -- for example, the Coral Princess is doing the Panama run, departing Los Angeles and sailing for 15 nights to arrive at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with up to 28% off cabins -- check out the deals here.

If it's something closer to Australia or New Zealand you're after, check out the Grand Vistas packages aboard the Sun Princess -- 13 nights, departing Sydney 27/11/2009, with up to 53% off cabins!

All the following cruise ships have sales on at the moment -- check them out at Cruise Sale Finder, just go to
  • Dawn Princess
  • Diamond Princess
  • Golden Princess
  • Grand Princess
  • Island Princess
  • Ocean Princess
  • Pacific Dawn
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Great Deal on Dawn Princess through Cruise Sale Finder

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Check out the excerpt below, from a blog entry published earlier this month. It's from a guy named Paul Chong who sounds like a very happy traveller after experiencing a Sydney to New Zealand cruise aboard the Dawn Princess:
"A Princess cruise holiday is a dream holiday. You are pampered & given royalty treatment from room services to dinning in style. Some people do plan their dreams & romances by going on cruises. Some are habitually living on these love boats. Because of time & space, there is little to distinguish dream from reality. They say that dreams do come true, but then dreams fade and whatever reality there is remains only in your memory. Just when you are having such a good time, the end comes sooner than desired. Then you wonder was it all a dream?" (Source)
There are some great deals going on Cruise Sale Finder right now, including up to 75% off cabins for a 28 night cruise aboard Dawn Princess circumnavigating Australia -- departing from Melbourne 28/11/09. Twin Cabins are from $2956 pp and triple cabins from $3409pp. To take advantage of this great deal on Cruise Sale Finder head to

The next 28-day Dawn Princess cruise leaves Sydney on 06/03/2010 -- but if that's too long a wait, the Diamond Princess sets sail from Auckland on 16/01/2010, taking in the east coast of New Zealand and Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia.

Remember, for a great deal on cruises aboard the Dawn Princess or Diamond Princess, check out some great New Zealand Cruises at