Senior Cruise Holiday Bargains

Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 | 0 comments
senior cruise holidaysI found this great video of the crew of the QE2 performing a Tug of War - a tradition among sea-faring types dating back to 1800. If you're looking for a good deal on a cruise holiday departing Australia's Eastern seaboard, check out senior cruise holidays at

As well as the great deals on 'Tongan Wanderer' cruise (see our previous post), there's 'Fiji Wanderer' aboard the Pacific Sun departing Brisbane 10/10/09 -- with up to 56% off cabins (quad cabins are from $1428 pp and triple cabins from $1747 pp)

You might also want to check out 'Papua New Guinea Wanderings', which departs Sydney 16/10/2009 aboard the Dawn Princess and takes in Rabaul, Luganville, Champagne Bay, Ouvea, Isle of Pines and Noumea. Deals include up to 60% off cabins - Triple Cabins are from $2257 pp and quad cabins are available from $2349 pp.

Video: A 'Tug of War' between crew members, aboard the QE2 on its second to last Tongan visit. The Tug of War is a tradition on many ships and although it's been around many centuries longer, the sea-faring tradition dates back to the early 1800s. But with these prices, the only Tug of War you'll be having is deciding which bargain cruise fare to choose!

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Great Fares at Cruise Sale Finder

Posted on Monday, July 20, 2009 | 1 comments
Cruise Sale FinderBelow is a video of the Pacific Star leaving Port of Brisbane in late 2007. If you're looking for cheap deals on cruises, look no further than Cruise Sale finder at

There are some seriously good bargains to be had right now on fares for cruises departing in 2009, including the 'Tongan Wanderer' cruise aboard the Pacific Dawn departing Sydney9/09/2009, with up to 50% off cabins -- quad cabins are from $1869 pp and triple cabins from $2360 pp.

There's also the 'Week Fantastique' aboard the Pacific Sun (pictured), which departs Brisbane 26/09/09. Current sale prices are up to 45% off cabins -- quad cabins are from just $1053 pp and triple cabins from $1144 pp.

Video: Get a feel for that leaving port sensation -- here's a video of the Pacific Star's departure from Brisbane, 8th September 2007

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Cruise Deals on the New Love Boat

Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2009 | 1 comments
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Ask anyone about the Pacific Princess and chances are they'll tell you that it's the same ship as on 1970s/1980s TV show The Love Boat. Well, that may have been the case a few years ago, but the current Pacific Princess is a completely new ship. Aaron Spelling's old TV star is still cruising (around Spain or Brazil depending on the season), but she hasn't been called "Princess" since 2002 and is now simply called Pacific.

The new Pacific Princess, pictured above, was built in 1999 for Renaissance Cruises and originally called R Three. In late 2001, the entire Renaissance fleet was seized by creditors; she was soon chartered by Pacific Cruises and renamed Pacific Princess.

Some stats: The old Princess: 168.8m long and 24.7m beam, 646 passengers (now 780); the new Pacific Princess: 181.00 m long and 25.46 m, 826 passengers.

There are some great cruise deals going at the moment aboard the (new) Pacific Princess through, with 37% savings on 10-day cruises around French Polynesia, departing through October, November and December. The next October sailing (departing 19/10), has quad cabins at NZ $$1704 pp and triple cabins at NZ $1919 pp. For more information and pricing on other sailings, click through to

Video: The Pacific Princess leaves Southampton, UK, April 2008

Sun Princess Cruise Sale

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Cruise SaleThe Sun Princess made the news in October, 2007 as the largest ship to ever cross beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge while entering the harbour for the first time, with a vertical clearance of approximately 2.5 meters to spare at low tide.

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I found a cool story on a blog by someone who has just returned from teaching art during a 16-day cruise aboard the Sun Princess. You can read it here, but there's an excerpt below:

"The classes on board were a huge hit, we were told that most art/craft classes on board usually had around 30 attendees, due to the fact that there are so many other activities running concurrently onboard at any one time...... ha ha

Our first class was for 60 people - and we completely filled the area we were allocated to work in, and had to turn away another 47 people!!!!!

That set the scheme of things pretty much for all our classes. Full to capacity, lots of creativity, mess and enjoyment.

The Cruise Director actually asked us if we could 'repeat' a class and gave us some $ to go spend in Singapore to purchase more materials. So we gladly accepted and they had a 'back by popular demand' class for us too! woohoo :)"

The Sun Princess sets sail around Australia on a 28 day voyage commencing 17 October. there are huge savings to be had at the moment with some fares reduced by 75%. Twin cabins are from NZ $2790 pp and triple cabin fares from NZ $3214 pp. Check out the cruise sale deals at

Footage of the Sun Princess in Sydney's Darling Harbour

Dawn Princess leaves Sydney Harbour

Posted on Monday, July 6, 2009 | 0 comments
Cruises AustraliaThe Age ( ran a story on the cruise industry yesterday, just as the Dawn Princess was departing from Sydney's Darling Harbour.

According to the story, the cruise ship industry is doing pretty well considering the tough economic climate. The Dawn Princess cruise alone was expected to pull in at least AUD $60 million. Carnival Australia, which owns Princess Cruises, experienced 26 per cent growth in bookings last year, which have continued to grow over the past six months. The Age also reported that although 5500 jobs had been lost in the tourism sector since last September, cruise holidays have "defied the downward trend".

The Dawn Princess's 104-day cruise - the longest around-the-world sea journey from an Australian port - will see a total of 3700 passengers embarking on different ports during the trip, with over 900 mainly Australian and New Zealand passengers going the whole way on the 2000-berth liner.

The Dawn Princess has more cruises scheduled around Australia and New Zealand before the year is out, including Papua New Guinea Wanderings, which departs Sydney 16 October 2009, with savings of up to 57% -- triple cabins from AUD$2221 pp and quad cabins from AUD$2300 pp. The Grand Vistas cruise takes her on a round trip from Sydney, sailing around New Zealand for 13 nights from 3 November 2009, at just AUD$3889 pp for a triple cabin and AUD $5497 pp for a twin cabin. For cruises Australia, check out

Video: View from the bridge as the Dawn Princess docks in Sydney, and later, departs for Auckland, NZ

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Royal Rendezvous to hit Australia in 2011

Posted on Sunday, July 5, 2009 | 0 comments
Cheap CruisesCunard Line's flagship Queen Mary 2 will visit Australia for a fourth time in 2011, with calls to Sydney (Feb 22), Adelaide (Feb 20) and Fremantle (Feb 17) during her 96-day world voyage, which includes visits to South America, South Africa, Asia and the Mediterranean.

Her visit in February, 2011 will form part of a memorable "Royal Rendezvous" on Sydney Harbour with Cunard's newest addition, Queen Elizabeth, which is still being built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri at its Monfalcone shipyard, with delivery expected in September 2010. This spectacle is expected to draw thousands of spectators to the foreshore of Sydney Harbour.

If you're looking for cheap cruises aboard the Queen Mary 2, check out You can save 35% on six-night Trans-Atlantic cruises between New York and Southampton, with twin cabin prices as low as AUD$1555 per person and quad cabins from AUD$1320 pp.

Video: Queen Mary 2 arrives in San Francisco - according to Wikipedia, 230,000 bottles of wine plus 1.5 million other drinks are consumed annually aboard the Queen Mary 2. Sounds like someone's having fun!

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Declaration of Independence Takes a Cruise

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It was the Fourth of July on Saturday, and in celebration, a "touring copy" of the founding document of the United States of America was last week taken aboard the Coral Princess, which is currently cruising Alaskan waters...

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Princess Brings Rare Original Copy of the Declaration of Independence to Juneau; First Time Historic Document Has Visited Alaska
Celebrating the Fourth of July and Alaska's 50th anniversary of statehood, Princess Cruises showcased a rare, original copy of the United States of America's founding document aboard Coral Princess Thursday during an onboard reception with local dignitaries and special guests...

... The document was aboard Coral Princess to give passengers the unique opportunity to view the only traveling copy of the Declaration of Independence. This rare document is being showcased to more than 17,000 passengers aboard all eight Princess ships visiting Juneau during Independence week, July 1-8.

The historic document is one of an estimated 200 original broadside copies (about the size of a sheet of newspaper) printed by John Dunlap in Philadelphia in 1776 after it was drafted by Thomas Jefferson, to distribute across the colonies and to King George in England. This copy's current journey began in 1989 when a Pennsylvania shopper bought a frame at a flea market for $4.00. Later, while inspecting a tear in the back of the painting, he discovered a piece of paper wedged between the frame and painting. He pulled it out and uncovered what would soon be authenticated as the 25th remaining copy of the Declaration of Independence. (Source:

The Coral Princess is currently cruising northern waters of Alaska and Canada on a "Voyage of the Glaciers" tour. For more sailing dates check out cruise sale finder at

Looking for Last Minute Cruises?

Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2009 | 1 comments
last minute cruise dealsMelbourne's The Age newspaper is providing some great coverage of cruise ships, including this slideshow aboard the Diamond Princess. You can get really great last minute cruise deals aboard the Diamond Princess, including the 18-night Bangkok to Sydney cruise departing 22 November 2009, at NZ$1101 pp for a quad cabin and NZ$1252 pp for a triple cabin. For this and other good deals on a last minute cruise holiday, check out

We're also loving the Telegraph's coverage of cruises at They feature an article on new cruise ships expected to launch during 2009, with a great slideshow and photos of the interiors and exteriors of some of the latest ships to hit the waves. The article includes photos and details about Oasis of the Seas (Royal Caribbean), Carnival Dream (Carnival Cruise Lines), Costa Pacifica (Costa Cruises) and Costa Luminosa (Costa Cruises). Just the sort of thing to whet your appetite for a cruise holiday.

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