How to Book Cruises for Seniors

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Cruises for SeniorsYou'll find some great discounts when you book Cruises for Seniors at http://seniorcruises.co.nz. And some good advice for seniors wanting to book their first cruise can be found over at www.edubook.com:
"Once decided, the first thing to do is to find the appropriate cruise line. A tip is to consider a ship that offers extra services that can be beneficial if you have to accompany a senior citizen. Examples of cruise ships that offer these services are Royal Caribbean Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, and Princess Cruises. At present, there aren’t many cruise ships that specifically target senior citizens but there are those which offer onboard activities that seniors might find enjoyable, relaxing, and worth the travel."
"Asking senior citizens what they expect or what they want to do aboard a cruise ship can help a lot when selecting a cruise ship. Some seniors usually want to spend time in dining places. You can always search for a family-oriented ship that caters to all age groups. Others enjoy dancing so you should search for ships with dancing halls. Most of the time, dancing halls have experienced and well-trained dance instructors who can accompany elders when they dance. The good news is that most cruise ships offer such services for free."
Remember, if it's Cruises for Seniors you're after, go to http://seniorcruises.co.nz

Video: The newest and largest cruise ship in the world, the Oasis of the Seas.

Take in Some Australian Art Aboard Senior Cruises

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Senior CruisesHere's something for all Australians to be proud of - Australian art for Australian cruise ships. Yes two Australian artists have been chosen to represent their country by providing artworks for P&O’s Australian cruise ships.

To get a great deal on Senior Cruises visit http://seniorcruiseholidays.com.au.

Here's a link to the story on www.socruise.com/cruise-news. It also says that Olympian and former track and field athletics star Cathy Freeman acted as as the godmother of P&O’s Pacific Dawn which was launched from its new home-port of Brisbane on 19 December:
"The ship, along with Pacific Jewel and Pacific Sun, is carrying art from Warren Salter and Raelean Hall, both professional artists. They may also have the chance to have their work displayed on other P&O cruise ships. The Pacific Dawn (formerly known as Regal Princess) carries 2,050 passengers in 795 cabins and 696 crew. Built in 1991, she received a multi-million-dollar refurbishment in Singapore in 2007 before beginning to operate from Australia to South Pacific destinations. She is the first ship of the P&O Cruises Australia fleet with an all-white hull, inspired by the shape of a dolphin according to the ship’s designer, to mark P&O's 75th anniversary in Australia."
Don't forget -- to book Senior Cruises visit http://seniorcruiseholidays.com.au

Video: Part One of a tour of the Pacific Dawn

Go On - Take That Last Minute Cruise

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Last Minute CruiseItchy feet? Can't wait to get away from it all? For an unbeatable deal on Last Minute Cruise go to http://lastminutecruise.co.nz.

But before you run out the door and hop in the first cab for the wharf, check out these 10 cruise etiquette tips by Travel columnist John Frenaye. Here's his opening paragraph, you can read more on www.msnbc.msn.com:

"Recently, I had the pleasure of sailing on the world’s largest ship: Royal Caribbean International’s Freedom of the Seas. It was a fantastic week which was exactly what the doctor ordered for some rest and relaxation for my family at the end of a hectic summer. But after witnessing the behavior of some of the passengers, I had to wonder if they saw the cruise as an opportunity to be rude and obnoxious. If Emily Post were not already dead, those louts and bounders would certainly have sent her to her grave!"
For great deals on Last Minute Cruise go to http://lastminutecruise.co.nz

Video: Freedom of the Seas

Family Cruises from Sydney to New Zealand

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Family CruisesThe travel industry is very competitive these days and it pays to look around for the best deal you can, especially so with Cruise fares. Here's a great starting point then, check out the incredible discounts available on Family Cruises at http://familycruises.co.nz.

If you're travelling with kids, there are a few basics to consider when making a booking. Here's an excerpt from travelwithkids.about.com:
  • Check the size and location of the stateroom, and the guardrails on the bunk-beds.
  • Some ships have cabins that can sleep five; some ships have adjoining cabins; some give special rates for a second cabin for teens. Family suites are a new trend.
  • Check the medical services available.
  • Are you in your third trimester of pregnancy? Check to see if they'll take you.
  • What documentation is required for children? Be careful if your child is crossing borders and only one birth parent is on the trip.
  • Check cancellation fees and fees for changing dates; consider taking out trip cancellation insurance
Check out the great deals on Family Cruises at http://familycruises.co.nz

Video: A family holiday cruise - from Sydney to New Zealand

Take the Whole Family on a Cruise

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Family CruiseCruise holidays aren't just for young engaged couples and older married couple looking to renew their vows. More and more families are taking to the seas for a fun vacation time.

To book your Family Cruise go to http://family-cruises.com.au

It does pay to check out minimum ages for various activities, whether it's minimum sailing age (most cruise lines won't take babies under six months old), what age you can drop the little ones off with babysitters, or whether the 18 year old is allowed to gamble in the casino. So here's a handy site with that information at www.familycruiseadvisor.com. It details minimum age information for the following cruise lines:
  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Costa Cruises
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Holland America Line
  • MSC Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Princess Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Seabourn Cruise Line

Remember, book your Family Cruise at http://family-cruises.com.au

Video: Lifeboat drill on a cruise ship

Take a Diamond Princess Cruise from Whittier to Singapore

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Diamond Princess CruiseIf you're looking to book a cruise for later in 2010, how about going somewhere a little different?

In September 2010, the Diamond Princess will sail from Whittier to Singapore, taking in the following destinations: Muroran, Vladivostok, Pusan, Qingdao, Dalian, Xingang, Pusan, Nagasaki, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Laem Chabang and Koh Samui. And right now you can save up to 27% on some fares.

To book your Diamond Princess Cruise go to http://diamondprincesscruises.co.nz

Diamond Princess also makes regular visits to New Zealand. Here's a story from the Press newspaper in Christchurch about the economic benefits associated with cruise ship tourism:

"Hundreds of tourists flooded into Christchurch yesterday as one of the world's biggest cruise ships docked at Lyttelton.

The Diamond Princess arrived with 2674 passengers and 1072 crew.

The liner is one of 14 booked to arrive at Lyttelton this month.

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch chief executive Peter Davie said cruise ships such as the Diamond Princess provided a big boost for Canterbury tourism. "When a larger ship like this comes in there can be up to 2500 passengers, and for a day they're enjoying the sights and all that's available to them in Canterbury."

Read more of that story here at Stuff.co.nz -- and don't forget to book your Diamond Princess Cruise at http://diamondprincesscruises.co.nz

Video: Diamond Princess in Sydney Harbour

Dunedin Welcomes Dawn Princess Cruise

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Dawn Princess CruiseThe arrival last week of the Dawn Princess in Dunedin brought the total number of visits to the harbour by overseas-owned cruise ships since 1961 to 501, according to the Otago Daily Times.

To book your Dawn Princess Cruise head to http://dawnprincesscruises.co.nz

The Otago Daily Times article mentions many of the other cruise ship visitors to Dunedin's Port Chalmers, including the Sun Princess, Star Princess and Volendam.

And if you're interested in who builds these fantastic vessels, the article also discusses recent builds from the Fincantieri shipbuilding group -- the Queen Victoria and the new Queen Elizabeth, both enlarged "Vista Class" vessels -- and reveals which cruise ship builders have more contracts and which ones don't. Interestingly, the builders of the recently completed Oasis of the Seas, noted for being the world's largest cruise ship, have no further contracts after the completion of sister ship Allure of the Seas. Read more here.

Ship-building aside, it's always a great time to book a cruise. To book a Dawn Princess Cruise go to http://dawnprincesscruises.co.nz

Video: Dawn Princess, Fremantle, Western Australia

Book your Meditteranean Holiday through Cruise NZ

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Cruise NZFancy a cruise around the Greek Islands? Or a Mediterranean cruise holiday, departing and finishing in Southampton?

Booking website http://cruisesnz.co.nz doesn't just offer cruises around New Zealand -- they have discounted fares on cruises around the world too. Whether you want to cruise the world or Cruise NZ go to http://cruisesnz.co.nz.

Right now you can make savings of up to 31% on cruise fares aboard the Queen Mary 2, for a Mediterranean cruise departing Southampton September 19th. Or save up to 28% on fares and take the Greek Isles Grand Adventure aboard the Ocean Princess, departing Athens, Greece, September 8.

Need more convincing? here's an excerpt from travel blog Cruise Vistas:
"The Mediterranean cruise ports are close together, meaning you can visit several in a limited period of time; the seas relatively calm; the opportunities interesting and diverse. Europe has a seafaring tradition that goes back to ancient times – you can even chose an itinerary that follows the exact route of the ancient mariners – so it is any wonder a European, Mediterranean cruise sounds so exciting and romantic."


Don't forget to check out Cruise NZ at http://cruisesnz.co.nz.

Video: A Mediterranean cruise, this one aboard the Sea Princess in 2008

Cruise Australia Deals

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Cruise AustraliaWant to book the trip of a lifetime? To book your Cruise Australia go to http://cruisesaustralia.net.au

The cruise season is well underway and this great article, published in The Australian, rounds up all the cruise ship visits for 2010. There are visits from Rhapsody of the Seas, which embarks on a two-stage circumnavigation of Australia from February 26; Volendam, with a 34-day circumnavigation of Australia from Sydney on March 14, and the Diamond Princess, which is operating Princess Cruises' annual trans-Tasman program until February 21.

If you're looking for a great deal on cruises, head to http://cruisesaustralia.net.au and book ahead. The website always has discounted fares going, so to book your Cruise Australia go to http://cruisesaustralia.net.au.

Video: Diamond Princess berthed in Sydney Harbour

Great Deals on New Zealand Cruises

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Cruise New Zealand
Looking for a great deal on New Zealand cruises? To find Cruise New Zealand deals go to http://cruisesalefinder.co.nz

The debate over Auckland's waterfront continues, with a story in the NZ Herald saying the city of sails needs more than a wharf to encourage cruise ships:
"Welcome to New Zealand and Auckland's Queen's Wharf - party central for the Rugby World Cup if you are talking to Prime Minister John Key, or a poor excuse for a second cruise ship terminal for the country's largest and most important cruise port if you are talking to cruise industry lobbyist Craig Harris."
The need for more facilities certainly hasn't slowed down visitor numbers -- the article states that in the 1996/97 cruise season "fewer than 20,000 people visited New Zealand by cruise ship" -- and "by 2008/09 it had grown to a record 116,000".

This season the numbers are expected to be down to 105,000 as a result of the economic recession but next season cruise visitors are expected to top 130,000 people. And Australian cruise passengers have grown from 26,000 to 42,000 in the last year alone.

With more and more ships visiting each year, there's a cruise to suit everyone's calendar. To book your Cruise New Zealand go to http://cruisesalefinder.co.nz.

Video: At sea aboard the Diamond Princess

Cruise Deals for Sydney to Vancouver

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Cruise DealsTake a cruise holiday and sail from Sydney to Vancouver aboard the Volendam (pictured above). 25 nights of relaxation sure sounds like fun to me. And by booking now you can save up to 30% off some fares. Check out the package here at http://cruisesaustralia.net.au.

For this and plenty more Cruise Deals go to http://cruisesale.net.au

The Volendam cruise departs Sydney, Australia on April 17 2010 and arrives in Vancouver, Canada, making stops along the way at New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Western Samoa and Hawaii, where you will visit Kauai, Honolulu, Lahaina, and Hilo. From Hawaii enjoy five days at sea before arriving in Vancouver.

There's a very good article about a couple sailing on the Volendam over at Passport Magazine:
"Before we had time to go count lifeboats, the ship rumbled. “Oh my God, we’re moving,” Travis shouted, and we raced out onto the deck. We hung over the railing as the Volendam glided out of port, a perfectly protected bay surrounded by dusty peaks. Thick green-flecked water flowed below us and a cloudless cellophane-blue sky stretched above, the stark contrasts inviting and soothing. The air was fresh, not salty, with a hint of bracing pine. A single tiny sailboat passed us, working its way home, and we were at sea…and we were in heaven, any initial concerns melting away."
Check out more Cruise Deals at http://cruisesale.net.au

Video: The Volendam, docked in Sydney Harbour, 2008

Looking for Cruise Deals NZ ?

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Cruise Deals NZLooking for Cruise Deals in New Zealand? You're not alone -- according to a story on Kiwi news website Voxy.co.nz, more than 14,00 holiday-makers will visit Lyttelton and Christchurch, NZ, over the remainder of January.

To book your Cruise Deals NZ go to http://cruisedeals.co.nz

Here's an excerpt from the article:
"With the summer cruise season now in full flight, Christchurch is preparing to roll out the welcome mat for 10 cruise ships during the last two weeks of January. The biggest day for the port will be January 28 when the Clipper Odyssey, the Nautica and the Sun Princess will all dock at the wharf for the day."
A further 24 cruise ships are scheduled to dock in Canterbury ports in February 2010. Cruising has become very popular and that's reflected in the record number of passengers this season, said Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism chief executive Christine Prince:
"We are hosting three times more cruise visitors this season than we did just three years ago. Our numbers have leapt from 35,000 in 2006/2007 to around 100,000 this year, mainly from America, Australia and the UK. "
Video: Countdown to the sailing of Pacific Sun, bound for the South Pacific and Auckland (filmed in 2008)

Don't forget -- check out the deals on Cruise Deals NZ at http://cruisedeals.co.nz

Discount Cruises aboard the Pacific Sun

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Discount CruisesI just finished reading a great account of a cruise aboard the Pacific Sun, entitled 'Cruising all about the fun' by Paul Rush from The Southland Times in Invercargill, New Zealand.

For Discount Cruises go to http://cheap-cruises.co.nz. You can save up to 51% on some fares for the Bounty Discovery cruise, departing at the end of March from Auckland and visiting Norfolk Island, Noumea, Ouvea, Port Vila and Mystery Island. Or save up to 53% on fares aboard the Dawn Princess for the Hawaiian Discovery cruise in April 2010.

Back to the story -- Paul Rush went on a cruise around the Pacific and reports that the focus is on fun. As well as writing about the sights -- "A brilliant orange glow on the horizon heralds the dawn of another glorious day on the Pacific Ocean" -- he details the various activities you can take part in, including craft classes, circus performers, dancing and more.

He also reports on some tongue-in-cheek behaviour from the cruise director: "He gleefully tells us great movies will be screened during the cruise, emphasising titles like The Poseidon Adventure, The Perfect Storm and Titanic. I wonder whether he's a masochist or a comedian."

Read more about it here at here at Stuff.co.nz. But don't forget to book a discounted fare while you can -- for Discount Cruises check out http://cheap-cruises.co.nz.

Video: Pacific Sun in her home port of Fremantle.

Cheap Cruises Aboard Pacific Dawn

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Cheap Cruises
If you're after Cheap Cruises head straight to http://cheap-cruises.com.au. Some cruises there are discounted up to 58%, like the P&O Island Wonders Cruise aboard the Pacific Dawn, which departs and finishes in Brisbane, taking in Noumea, Mystery Island, Port Vila and Pentecost Island.

According to a story on http://www.etravelblackboard.com, Pacific Dawn took the spirit of Christmas into the South Pacific this season, with Santa Claus delivering gifts to children at Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Lifou and Vila.

1200 gifts -- including pencils, paints and brushes, paper, reading books and musical instruments -- were donated by P&O Cruises, Carnival Australia staff and Sydney's Hurstville Grove Infants School in Sydney and distributed to children by Pacific Dawn’s crew.

“The people of the South Pacific welcome our passengers so warmly each time we visit, this was one way of giving something back,” said John Nell, Director of Shore Operations at P&O Cruises.

Video: A passenger's cruise from Sydney to Vanuatu, New Caledonia and back to Sydney, aboard the Pacific Dawn

Don't forget -- for Cheap Cruises go to http://cheap-cruises.com.au