Visit three continents in four weeks with Princess Cruises

Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 | 0 comments
An exciting cruise itinerary for 2011 would have to be the 28 night cruise on the Ocean Princess departing Rome (Civitavecchia) on the 15th of October 2011. This four week voyage includes stops in Europe, Africa, and Asia before arriving in Singapore on the 12th of November.

The Ocean Princess (formerly the Tahitian Princess) is the sister ship to the Royal and Pacific Princess is intimate in size with a capacity of less than 700 passengers. The Pacific Princess is a personal favourite of mine as there is so much space onboard to relax, deck chairs are plentiful and queues that you associate with larger ships are not present.

This 28 night voyage include calls at Sorrento, Italy; Athens; and Kusadasi, Turkey (for the ruins of Ephesus) before transiting the Suez Canal and continuing on to Sharm El Sheik, Egypt; Aqaba, Jordan (for the ruins of Petra); Safaga, Egypt (gateway to the Egyptian ruins of Luxor and Karnak); Dubai; Muscat, Oman; Mumbai, India; Cochin, India; and Kuala Lumpur.

To view a full range of Ocean Princess departures please visit

Pacific Pearl

Posted on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 | 0 comments
Last night I attending an announcement regarding the Pacific Pearl and her launch in December 2010. The ship will have some fantastic features never offered before by a P&O cruise ship. The Pacific Pearl will launch in Auckland New Zealand on the 22nd of December which is the first time a ship has ever been launch in NZ. After a summer season cruising out of Auckland the ship will move to Sydney. The god mother of the ship hasn't been named but a good guess could be Julie Bailey.

One of the fantastic new features is a LED 7 metre outdoor big screen like they have on some Princess ships. The screen will play movies, games, and even karaoke under the stars!

The Pacific Pearl will have a "Dome" area at the top of the ship, similar to the Pacific Dawn, however it will be very different to the Dawn as it will double as a lounge/viewing area by day and in the evening it will be an entertainment area that then turns into a night club late in the evening. The viewing during the day from this area is said to be spectacular as the windows are on a 90 degree angle unlike the Pacific Dawn's windows that are on a 45 degree angle.

The Pacific Pearl's other first is a swim up bar, which I suspect will be very popular, and very difficult to get a seat at.

Early bookings for the Pearl have exceed all expectations with many of the early sailings ex Auckland starting to fill up. Personally I think the Pacific Pearl will be another step in the right direction by P&O and will again lift the standard of local cruising to another level.

To view some of the sailings on the Pacific Pearl visit