Dawn Princess leaves Sydney Harbour

Posted on Monday, July 6, 2009 |
Cruises AustraliaThe Age (www.theage.com.au) 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 http://cruisesaustralia.net.au.

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

Remember, if you're looking for cruises Australia, check out http://cruisesaustralia.net.au.

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