Princess Australia 2011-12 Program Released

Posted on Monday, June 21, 2010 | 1 comments
Princess Cruises have just released their largest ever Australian cruise program with 48 cruise departures in total. The big increase this has been on cruises to New Zealand with a total of 27 departures on offer. To support the increased number of departures to NZ Princess Cruises have enhanced their onboard experience by adding the following:

o Special food menus to include the famous NZ egg and bacon pie for breakfast.
o Fjord Balcony Dining Breakfast as you sail through Milford Sound
o Inclusion of New Zealand beers, Stein Lager and Rheineck.
o Port Lecturer destination experts will be on board each vessel to deliver illustrated
port lectures for each port visited with tourist recommendations, traveller tips and
historical overview.
o Naturalist during day of scenic cruising in Fjordland National Park, a certified park
ranger will provide bridge narration (similar to Alaska) for each vessel.
o In-Port Cultural Practitioners in select NZ ports Maori cultural practitioners will
present 45 minute afternoon enrichment workshops demonstrating an aspect of
their culture and heritage. Maori masters with skills in explaining their respective
disciplines will include: Kapa Haka dance traditions, tiki warrior rituals, Waiata chants, Maori word lessons.

However the big reason for the increase to the cruise program has been the arrival of the Sea Princess, who will offer 12 different cruise departures between October 2011 and March 2011 during her maiden Australian cruise season. A highlight to the cruise program for the Sea Princess will be the very popular 42 night Cherry Blossom cruise departing on the 4th of march 2012.

The Sun Princess will call Brisbane home for the summer which is the first time a Princess ship has called Brisbane home. A stand out itinerary from Brisbane will be the 42 night China and Japan Cruise in September 2011. The Dawn Princess will return to Melbourne for the Summer operating 13 night cruises to New Zealand.

Another big announcement that Princess Cruises made was the removal of tipping from all Sun, Dawn and Sea Princess Australian cruises from May 2011 which I am sure we will all enjoy!!!

To view a these new departures visit CruiseSaleFinder

Cruise Sale Week

Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010 | 0 comments
Starting Sunday the 20th of June Cruise Sale Finder will be having one of their exclusive one week cruise sales. During this week all P&O Australia Cruises 7 nights or more receive $50pp onboard credit (maximum of $100). If the cruise already receives onboard credit then this is additional to that! The cruise sale also applies to Sun and Dawn Princess departures and they also receive the bonus onboard credit.

During cruise sale weeks deposits on cruises are also reduced. This is particularly good value if you are looking at booking a longer Princess Cruise that normally requires a large deposit. For example the 2011 World Cruise on the Dawn Princess normally requires a deposit of $4,100 per person however during the cruise sale week the deposit is only $2,100 per person.

Carnival Australia allows their agents to run six cruise sale weeks in a calendar year and they really are the best time to book your first or your next cruise holiday.

Cruises 360

Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 | 0 comments
I have just returned from Vancouver where I attended the largest cruise conference in North America, Cruise 360. The event was attended by 1,400 travel agents 22 of which were from Australia. It was very apparent that the cruise industry in the USA had been through a tough 2009, but they had a very positive outlook for 2010 and beyond.

The conference was held at Canada Place which is a stunning cruise terminal in downtown Vancouver. If you ever do an Alaskan cruise from Vancouver I highly recommend spending at least a couple of days pre and post cruise so you can explore this very pretty city.

Canada Place is now accessible by train direct from the airport at a cost of less than $5 Canadian. While is is easy to use, it is a public train system so if are travelling with a lot of luggage then this may not be the bets option for you.

While at the conference I was lucky enough to have lunch and an inspection onboard Royal Caribbeans Radiance of the Seas. This ship is fantastic, with so many features that will appeal to the Australian cruise passenger when it arrives in our waters in October 2011. To see a list of sailings please click here