Cruises from Newcastle NSW to New Zealand

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Cruises from Newcastle
To book Cruises from Newcastle aboard the Pacific Sun head straight to

If you're thinking of booking cruises from Newcastle it's worth checking out this great review of the Pacific Sun from traveller Barry Moore at He and his wife Jackie cruised aboard the Pacific Sun from Brisbane to Noumea, Lifou and Vanuatu in 2008.
"We arrive in Noumea, a little disappointed that there are so few daylight hours available to enjoy this bustling French tourist destination. But this is offset by subsequent destinations like Lifou with its unhurried nature and almost primitive lifestyle. Ashore in Lifou I decline an invitation from a cheerful local Lifouan woman to have my hair braided, with coloured beads. Hair? When I playfully remove my cap, her following eyes instigate a change in sales pitch to an offer of a massage instead. Touché."
From September, P&O Cruises will become the first cruise company to base a ship in Newcastle when the Pacific Sun operates out of the Port of Newcastle. The ship will dock at the Channel Berth, Carrington. Pacific Sun will be sailing to New Zealand in February 2011 and right now you can save up to 51% off fares. For Cruises from Newcastle to New Zealand go to

Video: Sun Princess leaves Port of Tauranga, New Zealand.

Cruises from Auckland Aboard Pacific Sun

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Cruises from Auckland

To book Cruises from Auckland aboard the Pacific Sun head straight to

Auckland is not the only port to be considering an upgrade to its wharves -- in Newcastle, NSW a similar proposition is on the table. You see, from September, P&O Cruises will become the first cruise company to base a ship in Newcastle when the Pacific Sun operates out of the Port of Newcastle.

Interestingly, both cities are talking about upgrading Queens Wharf -- yes there's a Queens Wharf in both Auckland and Newcastle. It's the rise in cruise tourism that is driving this need in both cities.

An article at says that money to complete a feasibility study on building the terminal at or near the Newcastle Queens Wharf site is "guaranteed", possibly as a partnership between public and private sectors.

Meanwhile the drive to develop Queens Wharf in Auckland in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup has been stymied, with Auckland City Council arguing that development money should come from Government coffers rather than ratepayers. Redevelopment is inevitable with the rise in cruise ship visits -- but it's not clear who will foot the bill.

Remember to check out the great deals on Cruises from Auckland aboard the Pacific Sun at

Video: Pacific Sun visits the beautiful Wala island in Vanuatu

Cruises from Fremantle to Thailand and Malaysia

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Cruises from Fremantle
The Sun Princess is a regular visitor to Thailand and Malaysia in South East Asia, visiting Phuket, Langkawi and Penang, Kuala Lumpur's Port Kelang and Singapore. Cruises depart Fremantle, Western Australia from May to August and there are savings of up to 58% if you book now. To book Cruises from Fremantle go to

In 2004 South East Asia was torn asunder by the Boxing Day Tsunami, which was generated by an earthquake in the Indian Ocean. Phuket and other nearby areas on Thailand's western coast suffered extensive damage. But today there are few signs of the tsunami damage other than at very remote beaches -- and the tourist industry, which Phuket relies on for its economy, has now almost fully recovered.

An early warning system in also in place -- U.S.-made tsunami-detection buoys are positioned around the Indian Ocean as part of a regional warning system.

Sail around South East Asia -- for savings on Cruises from Fremantle head to

Video: Good footage of the Sun Princess, taken during a family cruise that visited Vanuatu and New Caledonia

Cruises from Melbourne Aboard the Dawn Princess

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Cruises from MelbourneIf you're thinking of booking Cruises from Melbourne check out the savings on fares at

By booking ahead you can save up to 53% off fares on the "Around Australia" cruise aboard the Dawn Princess - this is a cruise circumnavigating the continent of Australia, departing in November 2010.

Other Dawn Princess cruises departing Melbourne later this year sail around New Zealand, taking in ports of Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Lyttelton (Christchurch), Port Chalmers (Dunedin) and the tranquil Milford Sound.

For more information and discounted fares on Cruises from Melbourne go to

Video: Fran and George depart Melbourne aboard the Dawn Princess

Volunteer Ambassadors Welcome Cruises from Brisbane

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Cruises from BrisbaneIf you're looking for Cruises from Brisbane check out the deals at At the moment you can save up to 51% off cabins on a Gold Coast "Week Tropique Cruise", stopping at the Whitsundays, Cairns and Port Douglas.

Forget the "Smiles Everybody" greeting from TV's Fantasy Island -- cruise visitors at Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays are being greeted by some very friendly faces.

"Volunteer ambassadors are the first port of call for holiday makers as they come ashore from their cruise boats to check out all that Airlie Beach has to offer" says a story at

"On Monday about a dozen volunteer ambassadors were at Abel Point Marina to greet some of the 2000 visitors from the Pacific Dawn cruise ship. The cruise stopped over in Airlie Beach as part of a trip from Brisbane to Port Douglas. It is the first of nine visits by cruise ships to the area between now and June."

Remember to check out the great deals on Cruises from Brisbane at

Video: A helicopter circles the Pacific Dawn in Brisbane River.

Deals on Cruises from Sydney

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Cruises from Sydney

Looking for Cruises departing Sydney? To book Cruises from Sydney go to

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the cruise ship Queen Victoria is going to "turn pink" while in Sydney Harbour, in support of breast cancer research. The Queen Victoria, owned by Cunard line, is one of the world's largest cruise ships.

"The liner will visit the harbour on Friday, playing host to the National Breast Cancer Foundation's (NBCF) launch of its 2010 fundraising campaign that night. Cunard, which owns the ship, says the Queen Victoria will be covered in pink lights from dusk on Friday, making for a spectacular sight on Circular Quay."

Read the story at
The same article says that Royal Caribbean Cruises is planning to double its presence in Australia, sending 30 ships to Sydney Harbour over 2011 and 2012, and bringing 30,000 tourists to Australia. Two large superliners - Radiance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas will be permanently based in Sydney from October 2011.

If it's cruises from Sydney you're after check out the deals at Right now you can save up to 15% off fares aboard Rhapsody of the Seas, sailing 26 February from Sydney to Fremantle. Ports of call include Brisbane, Hamilton Island, Cairns, Port Moresby, Darwin, Broome and Exmouth.

Video: Rhapsody of the Seas leaving Sydney Harbour