Cruise Ship Stories

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2009 | 0 comments
Star Princess Cruise NZI came across this funny cruise ship story, written by a former crew member who seems to have plenty more stories where that one came from.

If you're booking a cruise, there are some really good deals going at the moment, including the Trans-Pacific Discovery aboard the Star Princess (pictured), departing Auckland 23 September and taking in Fiji, Hawaii and more -- quad cabins from NZ$2388 pp, triple cabins from NZ$2675 pp. To find great deals for international cruises departing from NZ go to

Cruise Ship Commuting

"Any past/present crew member knows the all too often asked question - "Do the crew sleep onboard?"

And, of course, many smart-arsed crew members reply with: - "No, we fly home by helicopter every night, then return in time for the morning

"Well, during my contract onboard the MS Statendam, a guest asked the question, and received the usual sarcastic reply.

The following week, a memo was sent around the ship from the Hotel Director instructing all crew to refrain from being 'clever' like this in the future.

An elderly lady guest from the previous cruise had made a formal complaint to the cruise line on her arrival home that she hadn't got any sleep whilst on the ship because of all the noise from the helicopters flying the crew off the ship every night!"

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Pacific Sun Family Cruise Ship Filmed in Auckland

Posted on Sunday, June 28, 2009 | 0 comments
Pacific SunVideo clip of the Pacific Sun, including an interview with Captain Peter Philpott and promotional footage of the ship's pool and restaurant. Filmed while in Port of Auckland last year by NZ Herald.

There are some great deals going online at the moment -- try 'Week Fantastique', departing Brisbane 26 September and sailing around Noumea. Quad cabins from AU$1025 pp and twin cabins from AU$1082 pp. To book a family cruise on board the Pacific Sun, go to

The below background information on the Pacific Sun is sourced from Wikipedia
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The MS Pacific Sun is a Holiday class cruise ship operated by P&O Cruises Australia. She was built in 1986 by Kockums Varv, Malmö, Sweden for Carnival Cruise Lines as MS Jubilee. At 47,000-tons, the Pacific Sun is a medium sized ship, accommodating up to 1,900 passengers from Australia and/or New Zealand. Pacific Sun currently operates cruise itineraries to the South Pacific and Queensland. She is currently based out of Brisbane.

Video: Captain Peter Philpott speaks on the bridge of the Pacific Sun cruise ship.

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World's Top 25 Large Cruise Ships

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Coral PrincessHere's a great list of the world's 25 top large cruise ships -- large meaning those with accommodation for over 1500 passengers -- from Condé Nast Traveler ( It's from a poll that saw 11,000 readers rate over 400 cruise ships. Included in the list are the Coral Princess, Sapphire Princess, Island Princess, Queen Mary 2 and the Star Princess.

World's top 25 large cruise ships:
  1. Disney Wonder
  2. Celebrity Constellation
  3. Celebrity Summit
  4. Disney Magic
  5. Coral Princess
  6. Celebrity Millennium
  7. Mariner of the Seas
  8. Serenade of the Seas
  9. Celebrity Infinity
  10. Noordam
  11. Emerald Princess
  12. Sapphire Princess
  13. Westerdam
  14. Adventure of the Seas
  15. Zuiderdam
  16. Island Princess
  17. Brilliance of the Seas
  18. Crown Princess
  19. Navigator of the Seas
  20. Celebrity Galaxy
  21. Jewel of the Seas
  22. Queen Elizabeth 2
  23. Oosterdam
  24. Queen Mary 2
  25. Star Princess
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Seniors Renew Wedding Vows on Dawn Princess

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Senior Cruise HolidaysThe Dawn Princess recently spent two weeks in dry dock in Brisbane while it underwent a makeover, including the addition of a 'movies under the stars' poolside cinema.

Below is a YouTube clip of Captain Dino Sagani renewing couples' wedding vows onboard the Dawn Princess at Port Melbourne, late 2008. Interview by Australia's Channel 10.

There are some great deals going for cruises aboard the Dawn Princess, including the Grand Vistas tour, which departs Melbourne 16 December 2009 and sails down the east coast of New Zealand, taking in Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch (Port of Lyttelton), Dunedin (Port Chalmers) and Milford Sound. Deals include Triple Cabin from $1535 pp and Quad Cabin from $1716 pp. Find great senior cruise holidays at

Video: Couples Renew Wedding Vows on Dawn Princess

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