Adonia lights up the skies of Southampton

Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 | 0 comments
P&O's newest ship was named this weekend in a ceremony in Southampton, presided over by her godmother, singing legend Dame Shirley Bassey. The VIP event involved a performance by opera group Incognito, and actor Hugh Bonneville as Master of Ceremonies. Fireworks, silver confetti and the traditional smashing of a bottle of bubbles saw the former Royal Princess become Adonia.

Royal Princess, now P&O's Adonia
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A minor makeover to 'briticize' the ship meant that the electrical sockets in the cabins have been changed to British 3-pin ones, a few restaurants have been added and the currency onboard is now Sterling.

For Cruises on the Adonia and more, visit

River Deep, Mountain High

Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | 0 comments
Scenic Tours has 5, soon to be 6, ships operating on the waterways of Europe. River Cruising is becoming more and more popular- making it possible to see inland Europe with the added benefits of cruising. Namely, on board everything is at hand, and holidaymakers only have to unpack once!

Scenic Tour buses follow the boats to make sure that people can get off the ship and properly explore the countries they pass through. Over 80% of cabins have a balcony and window to enjoy the scenery, which is understandably stunning as the ships navigate the rivers of Europe.

Photo by Robert101 Flickr Creative Commons

Another of Scenic's drawcards is all-inclusive pricing- dining, drinks, amenities and onshore excursions are included in your cruise price. No unexpected bills when you arrive home!

So, why not give it a go and see Europe from the comfort of a ship. Prices start from AU$5950 for the 15-day “Jewels of Europe” Amsterdam to Budapest river cruise.

Book Europe River Cruises here!

Carnival Moves In Down Under

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Carnival Cruise Lines will for the first time be based in Sydney, with the ship 'Carnival Spirit' in dry dock undergoing a refit which will "aussify" it and make it ready for an australian market in 2012. Carnival has identified Australia as a market open to cruising, and will market the itineraries with video and online to cruise rookies. One new feature for the fun-loving aussies is to be the steepest waterslide on the seas, and a children's pool area with a giant water drop bucket, reports Cruise Weekly.

Photo by bdearth Flickr Creative Commons

What else makes a ship more Australia-appropriate? Gum trees? live rugby matches? Not quite- the menu will be inspired by the local cuisine, pricing will be in AUD and tipping will not be required, to fit with the Australian cultural norms. Power points will be local, and Carnival hopes to include some of Sydney's cafe culture into onboard life.

Cruises on the Sydney-based Carnival Spirit are available now! See here to book a cruise.