School's Out!

Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 | 0 comments
School holidays are peak times for cruising, with cruise-loving families taking the opportunity to get out on the water. Kids can have fun in  he Kids Club programmes whilst adults relax, and there is plenty of time to spend as a family too. Ships fill up quickly for this period,. and the fact that many cruise lines set a limit for the number of children that are allowed onboard only adds to this. P&O restricts the number of young ones so that all are guaranteed a place in the kid's programme, and no amount of promising that your kids don't want to be in it will get in if the child allocation is full.

if you don't have kids, and don't mind there being a few on your cruise, school holidays are a good time to book too- while the spots for children are in hot demand, once they are filled the cruise line may have trouble filling the rest of the ship so deals are often available.

Have a look at term dates for Australia and New Zealand, and use Cruise Sale Finder's advanced search to find the right cruise!

What does this mean for you? The consultants at Cruise Republic recommend that you book 8-12 months in advance to get on a school holiday cruise with your family, so if you are considering it, get in touch now!

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P&O UK comes to Southampton- All of it!

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P&O Australia are hugely popular for the South Pacific cruises we know and love, but they also have a UK fleet of seven ships that sail mostly the northern hemisphere. They have been in business for 175 years, starting off as cargo steamers and becoming the well-loved cruise line of today. To celebrate, on the 3rd of July 2012 the fleet of seven will all gather in Southampton Harbour- a meeting of ships the size of which even Southampton has never seen before. The Adonia, Aurora, Oceana, Arcadia, Azura, Oriana and Ventura will dock together and take on a total of around 15,000 passengers for celebratory champagne deck party as they leave in procession for various Grand Event cruises around Europe and the Mediterranean, which will include heritage art displays, speakers, 175th anniversary Gala Dinners and Grand Event commemorative gifts.  Passengers on these cruises will also go in the draw to win Full World Cruises, with one drawn on each ship.

Space on these special cruises is at a premium, but P&O has decided to allocate the last few spots on Ventura's Mediterranean cruise to Australians, as the passenger roll is currently mostly Brits. If you are interested in cruising the Med with a special celebratory atmosphere, get in touch quick!

P&O's Ventura
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As part of the celebrations Down Under, P&O recently held a special event aboard the Oriana for 175 'Ten Pound Poms.'" P&O played a major part in post-WWII assisted migration program, bringing Brits to Australia on their cruise ships for only ten pounds. Over 1500 of these 'Ten Pound Poms' wrote in with their stories of the journey, and 175 were chosen for the celebration aboard the Oriana.

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The Love Boat To Be Scrapped?

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The Love Boat, much loved TV show from the 70s and 80s, starred Princess Cruises' Pacific Princess. She appeared in the opening credits and in most episodes, the term 'Love Boat' becoming synonymous with that particular Princess.

Unfortunately for the fans of 'The Love Boat," its sailing may have come to an end- the Pacific Princess, known now as the Pacific, is likely to be scrapped. It was sold by Princess Cruises in 2002, and began operating for Pullmanter Cruises in Spain and the Caribbean, then CVC in Brazil and Quail Cruises in Spain during their respective summers.

The ship has been stationary in Genoa, Italy for 2 years after being seized by the Italian Coast Guard- apparently due to a non-payment of debt issue. On the 6th of March, it was announced that the ship had been sold to a Turkish company that specialises in ship demolition- most probably signalling the end of the Love Boat! A sad end for such a well-recognised ship.

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Rhapsody Refurbishment

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Rhapsody of the Seas' refurbishment is drawing to an end. At the end of the month, having received the Royal Advantage, she will sail from Singapore where she is being refit to Australia before heading up to the east coast of Canada.

 Rhapsody of the Seas
by MD111 Flickr Creative Commons

The renovations have been extensive, and taking place bow-to stern in cabins and public areas alike. Furniture, carpet and upholstery is being replaced, and the dining venues will be changed and added to. Like Radiance of the seas recently, the Rhapsody will get the Chops Grille, Japanese Izumi, the Chef's Table experience and a Park cafe for free, healthy food and snacks. There will also be a Crown and Anchor Lounge for loyalty guests and revamped kids areas.

Electronic upgrades are also exciting for Royal Caribbean passengers- shipwide wi-fi, touch screen wayfinder systems that tell you everything from where you are and how to get somewhere to what's on the menu that evening, a giant outdoor screen and iPads in every room.

Have a look here for great deals on Rhapsody of the Seas cruises next spring and summer!

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Footy Fans For P&O

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Great news for League fans and Cruise lovers, and especially those who are both! P&O has scored the rights to play 3 games from each round- live! There will be games onscreen each Saturday, Sunday and Monday during 2012's NRL season.

The games will be up on the big screens as well as various other onboard locations- so if you and your family are fans, make sure to pack your jerseys and pick a spot to relax and enjoy the game. After all, what better way to see a game than on a big screen and on the way to a fabulous tropical destination? Now, footy fans don't have to toss up between a cruise and watching their team- P&O has made it possible to do both!

 Warriors Beat the Gold Coast Titans 26-6.

Chech out some great P&O Cruises here!

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175 years of P&O Celebrated

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P&O celebrated 175 years on the 3rd of July with a gathering of the 7 P&O UK ships in the mega-cruise port of Southampton. From humble beginnings as the Peninsular Steam Company, P&O has grown into one of the world's leading cruise lines, and its ships played roles in the two World Wars. The festivities included Princess Anne conducting a fleet review and well-wishers lining the shores despite rain! The ships all left Southampton together for special anniversary-themed cruises.

The Seven Ships Arrive

Princess Anne Cuts the Cake

Celebrations in the Rain

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Royal Caribbean

Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 | 0 comments
Despite its name, Royal Caribbean does not stick to the Caribbean cruising grounds. The varied and interesting ships can be found all over, in Alaska, Canada, New England, South America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific.

The line was founded in 1968 by 3 Norwegian shipping companies, with no inkling of the enormity to come. 2 years later the first ship was launched, the Song of Norway. The Norwegian Prince came soon afterwards, and after 4 years of operation the Sun Viking was added and both original ships were lengthened to keep up with demand- an interesting solution!

In 1986, Royal Caribbean led the way in private destinations by leasing Labadee in Haiti and Coco Cay, and soon after launched a Royal Caribbean ship as we know them today- Sovereign of the Seas, the biggest passenger vessel afloat at the time. The ships kept coming, and soon all had names ending in 'of the Seas." Sovereign Class, Vision Class, Freedom Class and Radiance Class ships  were added to the fleet, and the line merged with Celebrity Cruise Line, changing its name to Royal Caribbean International.

In 2009 and 2010 a new class was debuted, the Oasis Class consisting of Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, both of which are in fact monsters of the seas- the world's current biggest cruise ships. Allure is 2 inches longer than her sister ship! These ships are floating hotels, amusement parks, malls and entertainment centres all rolled in to one, with different 'neighbourhoods' of facilities and entertainment. Central Park has the first living park at sea, and both ships have onboard ice rinks, shops, a sloping fake beach, many restaurants and everything else you could hope for in a cruise ship!

Allure of the Seas
by Rennet Stowe Flickr Creative Commons

Royal Caribbean ships range from mid-sized to enormous and are of different ages, but are constantly updated to keep the fleet fresh. There is both flexible and traditional dining, several casual options including the buffet and burgers, and Royal Caribbean has a wide range of specialty restaurants which are made easily accessible with package deals. Entertainment is plentiful- bars, casino, daytime activities, nightclubs, miingolf, ice rinks, boxing rings and surf simulators depending on the ship, and fantastic theatre productions. For the kids, There are of course programmes for all ages and activities galore, as well as the chance to meet some favourite animated characters! Royal Caribbean has teamed up with Dreamworks animation to put the Dreamworks Experience on some of its ships.

Get onboard here with some great deals on Royal Caribbean cruises!

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Princess Cruise Line

Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | 0 comments
Princess Cruises are infiltrating the world! The line offers over 100 itineraries to more than 300 ports all over the world- from the Caribbean and Mediterranean to South America, Africa and Asia, as well as everything in between! Princess even allows you to explore away from the coast, pioneering cruisetour trips which combine cruising with onland touring. The best of both worlds!

Highlights of cruising with Princess are the warm and welcoming service, and the innovation that the line shows. It was the first to offer a choice of fixed-seating or 'Anytime' dining, and they lead the way in interesting alternative eateries. The Scholarship@Sea program is another of the line's innovations, offering a wide range of learning opportunities from cooking demonstrations to computer proficiency. Should you wish to expand your mind rather than sit by the pool on your Princess cruise, you can! Giant screens on the pool decks allow not only the Movies Under the Stars experience, but also big-screen wii tournaments.

Another innovation is the 'Bon Voyage 'Experience.' In fact this is more of a redo of an old tradition- families and friends of passengers can come aboard on embarkation day to see them off, tour the ship and have lunch. The cost of this can be put toward a future cruise bookings should attendees get bitten by the bug!

The line's history dates back to 1965, when the founder Stanley McDonald chartered a cruise ship called Princess Patricia to run cruises from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera. Lacking air-conditioning, she was later replaced with the custom-built Italia, chartered to Princess and advertised as Princess Italia. The third chartered ship was the Carla C, sailing as Princess Carla.

Princess was acquired by P&O, and a ship was transferred to the Princess fleet to become the first Sun Princess. The Island Princess and Pacific Princess were purchased next, and went on to star in the television show 'The Love Boat.' The line then steadily added to its fleet of princesses, which has also included at various times the Sea Princess, the Royal Princess, the Dawn Princess, the Fair Princess, the Sky Princess, the Star Princess, the Crown Princess, the Regal Princess, the Dawn Princess, the Golden Princess, the Diamond Princess, the Sapphire Princess, the Caribbean Princess, the Emerald Princess, the Ruby Princess, the Coral Princess, the Dawn Princess and the Ocean Princess.

Emerald Princess
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The amenities and activities available onboard rival any of the big-ship cruise lines, and you won't be bored on a Princess Cruise. The food is also top-notch, and the choice is huge- Anytime dining or traditional dining in the main dining rooms, and a plethora of casual complimentary options including the Horizon Court buffet, poolside hamburgers and hot dogs, pub lunches in the Wheelhouse, room service and afternoon tea. There are several sumptuous specialty restaurants which incur small cover charges.

Get aboard a Princess ship- look here for great deals on Princess cruises.

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P&O Cruises Australia

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P&O Australia is one of the best-loved cruise lines in Australia and New Zealand. It offers cruisers 3 laid-back and fun ships with all the amenities needed for an active or a relaxing sunny holiday.

But what are the roots of this favourite holiday provider? A sister company of P&O in the UK, owned by the Carnival Corporation, it began as the Peninsular and Oriental Steamship Company which began in the early 19th century. P&O was the first comapny to offer passenger routes to Australia, starting a long tradition of Aussie passengers! These eventually became the cruise holidays we know and love. Previous ships sailing for P&O Australia have included the Pacific Sky, the Pacific Star and the recently-retired Pacific Sun. The current fleet consist of the Pacific Dawn. previously Princess's Regal Princess, the Pacific Jewel, previously Ocean Village 2, and the Pacific Pearl, previously Ocean Village.

In 2009, P&O Australia lent aid to victims of the earthquake and tsunami in southeast Asia and the South Pacific, donating mattresses, pillows and lightbulbs. The Pacific Sun helped to celebrate Australia Day this year with a patriotic flag, and P&O Cruises as a whole recently celebrated 175 years of cruising, with past passengers uploading memories to

Pacific Jewel
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The line is the only big-ship line based exclusively in Australia, and it caters well to this market with the fun atmosphere, family-friendly programmes including great kids clubs, and sunny South Pacific destinations. There are a variety of activities to partake in during sea days- sports, parties, trivia, yoga and the spa, talent show and more. There are plenty of bars, a casino and a theatre- the nightlife is great on P&O ships, and so is the food. You can eat at traditional seatings or whenever you want in the main dining room and buffet, or try one of the specialty restaurants- chief amongst which is celebrity chef Luke Mangan's Salt Grill which is on all 3 ships.Most importantly, there is plenty of opportunity for fun in the South Pacific sun!

Give it a go! Have a look here for great deals on P&O Australia cruises.

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Princess's Tenth Australiaversary

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | 0 comments
Princess Cruises has been cruising Down Under for ten years, with the line's first cruise from Sydney having taken place on the Pacific Princess on the 18th of November 2002. Princess sent their first ship to the area full-time in 2007, the Sun Princess, and she was joined by the Dawn Princess in 2008.

Pacific Princess
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Australia has embraced Princess's welcoming and fun cruises, and Princess has embraced the growing market that Australia and New Zealand provides. With 3 ships now based in Australia year-round, and cruises from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Fremantle, the relationship will continue to blossom!

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Welcome to Sydney, Cruisers!

Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 | 0 comments
During the Olympics in Sydney, friendly and knowledgeable local ambasadors greeted visitors and gave them tips and information that they would need to navigate the city. Now, the concept has been rebirthed for cruise passengers arriving in Sydney.

Volunteers have begun training with the city council, and the programme began with the ms Oosterdam's debut in Sydney on the 24th of October. The passengers disembarking were met with the smiling faces of the volunteer team, and Carnival CEO Ann Sherry says that the programme is a fantastic way to let international visitors to the country feel welcome. The volunteers answer any questions passengers might have, provide maps of the city and give tips about where to eat and shop. One told the Herald Sun that she was a volunteer for the Olympics and enjoyed the buzz and interaction it brought, as well as providing a warm welcome for visitors, so did not hesitate to do it again.

So if you're cruising in to Sydney this summer, have a look for the friendly orange-clad volunteers!

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Summer Cruise Draw

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 | 0 comments

    Draw 1:  Carol Cruden

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Celebrity Cruises in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Posted on Monday, October 8, 2012 | 0 comments
So far in the naming of godmothers for their Solstice-class ships, Celebrity Cruises have honoured strong and impressive women who have achieved much despite being affected by the blow that is breast cancer. The godmother of the Solstice herself is Professor Sharon Smith, an oceanographer with an amazing career who has overcome breast and uterine cancer. The Celebrity Equinox is watched over by Nina Barough, founder of the the 'Walk the Walk' breast cancer charity, and the Celebrity Eclipse by the yachtswoman Emma Pontin whose incredible sailing achievements were interrupted with a fight with breast cancer. The godmother of the  Celebrity Silhouette is a high-level US travel agent, Michelle Morgan, who has been struck with the disease twice- when both she and her mother were diagnosed.

Celebrity Solstice
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 The line has a long history of supporting the breast cancer cause, having hosted a fundraising event in 2008, then sponsoring a "Celebrity Sunwalk" in association with Nina Barough's charity. Celebrity has recently become an official corporate sponsor of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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Following in this tradition, Celebrity has named the godmothers of its latest ship, the Celebrity Reflection. Not only are they honouring those affected by breast cancer, but they are honouring their own, having chosen four employees of the company to watch over this vessel. Jovanka Goronjic is a spa manager whose mother was struck by cancer. Jovanka supported her mother through treatment and donated her hair for wigs for those enduring chemotherapy. Megan Mathie also works onboard the ships, as a glassblowing artist. Both her mother and sister have battled the disease, and Megan and her team now host a 'Hot Pink Glass Show' every cruise to raise funds for the Research Foundation. The other two godmothers have shore-based roles in the company. Helen O'Connell manages Community Relations and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Rosey Rodriguez manages the Special Events Team who was diagnosed this year, taking laptops to treatments so she could continue work!

The Celebrity reflection will be officially named on December 1st this year in Miami and all Solstice Class godmothers will be present, making for an amazing group of women!

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Count Down to your Cruise!

Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | 0 comments
Cruise Republic has developed an app for all the cruise junkies out there. The Cruise Countdown App not only ups the excitement with a countdown to the day of sailing, but also provides deck plans, itineraries, entertainment details and photos of the ship, so you can dream about your upcoming holiday all you want! The Cruise Countdown lets you pass those boring hours in the office by checking out where you'll be going, what you'll be eating, what you'll be seeing and exactly how much longer until it all starts.

The app supports all of Australasia's main cruise lines, is FREE and is very simple to use- just enter your cruise code number and all the information is at your fingertips! See the Cruise Countdown App in the Google Market and on iTunes here:

Happy cruising!

Double the Excitement!
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Cruise Week- Australia and New Zealand

Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2012 | 1 comments
Australasia's inaugural Cruise Week promotion is set for the 3rd- 9th of September 2012. It is a new initiative of the International Cruise Council Australia, which has many cruise lines and hundreds of cruise agents as members.

During the Cruise Week promotion, 28 cruise lines will offer great deals on a range of itineraries, so if you are thinking of booking a holiday- this is the time to do it! ICCA agents will also be holding events instore and online.Stay tuned for details on the deals!

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Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 | 0 comments
Congratulations... The winners of the Cruise Competition for 2 for 10 night cruise on the Pacific Pearl have been notified. 

The 2 lucky winners have now been contacted  - congratulations to Julie S from Henderson (NZ) and Suzzane D from Emerald (QLD, AU).

Stay tuned for our upcoming promotions and cruise sales.

The team at Cruise Sale Finder!

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Drinking At Sea

Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 | 0 comments
All cruise lines have different policies on alcohol, making it a bit of a puzzler as to what is and isn't allowed if you're sailing with a new line. Here are some of the policies from the most popular cruise lines:

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Carnival- Most importantly, you need to be 21 to drink on all of the Carnival ships. You can't bring liquor onboard, it will be taken and stored until disembarkation (this includes liquor bought onboard in port), but you may bring one bottle of wine or champagne- there are corkage fees in the dining rooms.

Celebrity- Wine but not liquor may be brought onboard, however beware of the very high corkage charges- $25! the general drinking age is 21, but on cruises departing from countries with a different drinking age, those 18 and above may drink if they are with a parent and the parent signs a waiver. A bit of a nuisance for those used to an 18 drinking age! The casino offers free drinks on occasion.

Crystal- Their minimum drinking age policy is a bit more complicated than others- for liquor, the age is 21, and for beer or wine it is 18, except when docked at a US port or within 3 miles of the shore- then it is 21 across the board! Alcohol may be brought onboard but can only be consumed in cabins, not public spaces. This goes for alcohol bought in port and on the ship- the limit to booze brought onboard from a port is one litre.

Cunard- You may bring a bottle of wine or champagne onboard, and there is a $20 corkage fee should you wish to drink it with dinner. No liquor can be brought onboard at embarkation, however currently Cunard does not police alcohol carried on from a port stop. Alcohol purchased onboard is held until the end of the cruise, however this policy is under review as well as the one regarding port stops. The minimum drinking age is 18, or 21 in US territorial waters.

Holland America- Holland America also has an across-the-board minimum drinking age of 21.Wine can be brought onboard at embarkation, but not liquor- and anything bought during port stops or at the duty-free shops on the ship will be held until the end of the cruise. The corkage fee is $18.

MSC- The drinking age is 21 on US and Caribbean itineraries, and 18 on all others. No alcohol can be brought onboard at any stage, and anything bought in port or on the ship will be held until the end of the cruise.Keep a look out for free drinks at the Captain's Cocktail Parties, and for singles at receptions.

NCL- Liquor may not be brought onboard, and anything purchased during the cruise will be held.Wine is allowed, and there are considerable corkage fees in the dining venues. The drinking age is 21.

P&O UK- You may bring small amounts of alcohol on with you at embarkation, with no official set limit, but the line reserves the right to remove excessive amounts. Liquor bought in duty-free will be retained until the end of the cruise. 18 is the minimum drinking age, with leniency towards 16-17 year olds in restaurants with parents present!

P&O Australia- No alcohol can be brought aboard at any stage, it will be held until the end of the cruise- as will any alcohol bought in duty free onboard. The minimum drinking age is 18.

Princess- The minimum drinking age is 21 years, with the exception of the Grand Princess which cruises in the UK market, and the Sun Princess and Dawn Princess both of which cruise in the Australasian market, where the age is 18. Wine or champagne only may be brought aboard during embarkation or port stops, and there is a $15 corkage fee in restaurants. Duty-free will be held until the end of the cruise. For some free cocktails, be at the Captain's Welcome, Champagne Waterfall and Captain's Farewell.

Royal Caribbean-  The drinking age is 21, unless the ship departs from a country with a lower age, then it is typically 18. The line has a very strict policy against alcohol being brought onboard at any point, and duty-free purchased onboard will be held. Members of the Loyalty Programme have access to a nightly self-service free bar.

Several of the more upscale luxury cruise lines have complimentary alcohol as part of the package, so you don't have to worry about bringing your own! These include Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea which all have the free booze flowing at all times, and Azamara which includes wine with lunch and dinner.

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The Second Coming

Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | 0 comments
The Titanic is the stuff of legends- the story has been made into a blockbuster movie, many documentaries, appears in books and has museums and memorials dedicated to it and its heroes. Now someone wants to resurrect the ship itself- or rather, clone it. This huge undertaking is the pet project of Australian billionaire Clive Palmer.

The new ship will be as identical as possible to the ill-fated White Star one, with the biggest changes happening only below the waterline as marine technology has advanced in the 100 years since the original Titanic sailed- more welding, a more efficient bow design, diesel generation and bow thrusters. It will also have the technology to which we have become accustomed, and state-of-the-art navigation and security systems.

Construction of the ship will soon begin in China. Its maiden voyage is estimated to be in 2016 and will retrace the original's unfinished voyage from the UK to the US.

Titanic Memorial in Washington DC
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A New Paradise for P&O

Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 | 0 comments
P&O Australia is ever in search for somewhere amazing to cruise to, and the latest destination is certainly a gem.

Mare, one of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands, is the newest port of call, with the maiden call having happened in April. It is a heavenly and relatively unspoilt spot, with just two native villages, Tadine and La Roche. P&O is working with locals to ensure that the island can be enjoyed by cruisers without damaging its beauty and integrity. The ships will also create jobs for islanders.

So, what will you find should you be lucky enough to visit this new slice of paradise? Fine white sand is a given- as are turquoise water and palm trees. Mare's uniqueness lies in its limestone caves and natural swimming pools formed by water filtering in from the sea. In the villages you will find markets with beautiful fresh produce to get a taste of what life in the Loyalty Islands is all about. This is definitely a great new destination in P&O's itineraries!

Upcoming cruises to Mare include Island Delights in July,  South Pacific Cruise in July-August, Pacific Escapade in August, Pacific Sensation in October and Pacific Magic in November,  among other P&O Australia cruises.

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Would you Cruise Nude? Or is it Rude?

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Most people enjoy clothes as a method of not only making themselves more colourful and protecting themselves from the sun, but also of covering the things best left unseen. Some people have a different opinion on what should be left unseen- namely, nothing. Imagine a cruise that is full of people doing the normal cruise activities- swimming, lounging, eating- but all completely butt-naked. Thanks to Bare Neccesities, this is a possibility.

The nude tourism company has discovered that naturists like cruising too, and has embarked on chartering boats so that everyone on board can wander nude, unhindered by detractors. There is a surprisingly large amount of interest: the company has chartered the huge Freedom of the Seas in February 2013 so numerous naturists can have the Freedom of deciding what not to wear. This 8-day Panama Canal Cruise will be the largest clothing-free cruise in history. The company has several other offerings available in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Most would balk at the idea of a ship full of bare bodies- but it's good to know that those who prefer to go clothing-free have the opportunity to do so!

The ship that will bring new meaning to the word 'Freedom.'
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Make Way For a Royal Princess!

Posted on Monday, June 11, 2012 | 2 comments
Princess Cruises is getting excited for the arrival of their newest Princess- and she's a Royal! Currently under construction in the Fincantieri shipyards in Monfalcone, Italy, the ship will be a complete new design for the line and should be ready in June 2013.

Some of the features that the Royal Princess will introduce include a big atrium with more entertainment venues and casual dining options, a dedicated live television studio onboard with audience seating for cruise programming, an over-water glass-bottomed Sea Walk, private poolside cabanas and more.

Staterooms will be modern and light, with the addition of a Deluxe Balcony category. As well as the main dining room, there will be many casual options added on this new ship- pastries, pizza, a seafood bar, gelatos and others to tempt your tastebuds.

It may be a year away, but this new ship is an exciting addition to Princess's fleet and another option for avid cruisers!

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Royal Caribbean Cruises

Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 | 0 comments
Royal Caribbean is a favourite for US cruisers in the Caribbean, but they are also a common sight in Australian and Kiwi ports. The Radiance of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas are often down under during the southern summer and visit ports all around both countries and the tropical islands to the north.

 Radiance of the Seas
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Whilst the ships that come to Australasia are not the fleet's largest, such as the mammoth Oasis and Allure of the Seas which would not fit in the ports, they are very large and designed for an american audience. This means lavish decoration and lots of entertainment! Royal Caribbean ships are sumptuous and a great place for a lot of luxury, entertainment and relaxation! So if that sounds like you, keep an eye out for cruises that will suit.

Dining onboard is an experience, be it in the main dining room with traditional seating times, or the many casual options and specialty restaurants. A favourite is the Park Cafe with custom and complimentary salads and sandwiches, and the Dog House on the boardwalk or Windjammer buffet for casual fare. At the other end of the scale is the Chef's Table, a specialty restaurant where a 5-course meal is matched with wines for a culinary event.

The entertainment is varied and includes most things you can think of for mid-sized ships. There is a rock climbing walls, waterslides, movie theatres and live-action theatres, a gym and spa, a solarium, and a wide range of bars, and clubs which are also live music venues or sports bars. The Radiance of the Seas even has pool tables which are self-levelling! You won't be bored on a Royal Caribbean Ship.

Consider a Royal Caribbean ship for your next cruise for some traditional american luxury in the southern hemisphere! Have a look here for great deals on Royal Caribbean cruises.

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Princess Cruises

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Princess is a British-American owned line, based in the US. However Princess ships are a common sight Down Under! They have 45 different itineraries taking place in and around Australia and New Zealand, and the Sun Princess, Dawn Princess and Sea Princess regularly depart from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

 Princess Cruises is one of the leading mid-range lines and is known for its innovation in onboard entertainment and living. The ships have an array of eateries outside of the main dining rooms, both complimentary and with a cover charge. One major advantage of a Princess cruise is free room service! Princess is a leader in onboard enrichment with their Scholarship@Sea program, and their Movies Under the Stars are a favourite amongst regular cruisers. Stepping backwards with their innovation, Princess has reinstated the tradition of friends and family coming onboard to wish farewell to passengers. For a fee, loved ones can experience lunch and a tour- maybe getting the cruising bug themselves!

 The Sun Princess
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A Princess cruise is always fun and multicultural, and they are beggining to pay close attantion to the booming Australasian market, so keep an eye out for one that suits you!

Click here for amazing Princess cruises down under!

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P&O Cruises Australia

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P&O Australia is a favourite for Aussie and Kiwi cruisers. Their ships are aimed at a fun-loving and laidback down under market. They are equipped with great outdoor activities such as rock climbing, mini-golf, pools and water play areas for the kids, and give cruisers the opportunity to eat on a flexible schedule with Your Choice Dining and casual meals by the pool or at the buffet. Sports are also available- the Pacific Pearl is equipped for cricket, basketball and running.

The Pacific Dawn and Pacific Pearl have both recently undergone upgrades to bring them more in line with the Pacific Jewel, bringing exciting new features to the line such as Luke Mangan's Salt Grill restaurant, providing amazing food at a small cover charge. The bars around the ships have also been upgraded, and flat-screen TVs added to all cabins, as well as a giant LED screen on the pool deck so passengers can watch movies in the open air.

Children will be well looked after on P&O Australia ships, with 3 children's centres aimed at specific age groups. These are Turtle Cove for 3-6 year olds, Shark Shack for 7-10 year olds and HQ and HQ+ for 11-17 year olds. These are free, with entertainment and activities aimed at the ages in question, such as arts, crafts, movies and scavenger hunts for the littlies, the same plus interactive talent shows and playstation competitions for the older ones, and sports competitions, pizza and mocktail parties, hiphop classes, sports comps and gaming for the teens.

Kids and Teens club venues:

The ships have all you could need on a cruise- pools, great food options, activities, live entertainment, spa treatments and more, and, beside the ships being geared towards a down-under attitude, the added advantage of P&O Australia for the Australasian market is that the ships are based here and the cruises are available often and from all major ports. There are tropical islands at our doorstep, and P&O Australia is making it easy for Aussies and Kiwis to get there!

Have a look here for some greal deals on P&O Australia cruises!

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P&O Favourite in Dry Dock

Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 | 0 comments
The Pacific Dawn, a favourite of the P&O Australia fleet, is now in dry dock, and renovations are beginning- an exciting development for those who cruise on her. Upgrades will include a big screen, changes to some bars and venues to bring them more in line with the Pacific Pearl and Jewel, and some new restaurants.

Some cabins will become interconnected for families, and the suites and mini-suites are getting a revamp. Regular Pacific Dawn cruisers, take note: the naming of cabins will change during the dry dock. Cabin numbers previously starting with A will now start with 11, B will be replaced with 10, C with 9, D with 8, E with 6, P with 5 and F with 4. For example, what was C126 will now be 9126.

Here are some dry dock pics from P&O Australia's facebook page:

Looks impressive from this angle!

Lifeboats waiting to be reclaimed

The screen arrives

The business end


Goodbye to the Bengal Tiger

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Vancouver Cruise Port

Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2012 | 0 comments
Vancouver cruises leave from Port Metro Vancouver. It has two terminals, named Canada Place and Ballantyne.  Canada Place is located at 999 Canada Place, and Ballantyne at 655 Centenniel Road. These are both right in downtown Vancouver, making the city easily accessible to cruise passengers. They are both highly regarded for bagagge handling and customer service. Many cruises to Alaska leave from here.

Ship Docked at Canada Place
by Thomas Quine Flickr Creative Commons

The city of Vancouver is a wonderful place to spend a few days at the beginning or end of your cruise. Its residents pride themselves on the multicultural and eco-friendly nature of their hometown, and it is consistently judged one of the world's most liveable cities. It is also known for its natural beauty, situated between the mountains and the sea.

Stanley Park, bigger even than New York's Central Park, has 200km of walking tracks including 8km of pleasant strolling along the sea wall. It is a true urban oasis and a great spot to visit. The city's Aquarium is another major attraction, which has not only a variety of creatures on display but a funtioning marine research centre. Granville Island, a peninsula in the city centre, is host to great markets, theatres and galleries. Vancouver won't disappoint!

Check out cruises departing from Vancouver and more info on Port Metro Vancouver.

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Los Angeles Cruise Port

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Los Angeles' cruise terminal is grandly named the World Cruise Centre. It is located in San Pedro, 30 minutes from central LA on the I-110. Parking is available with a shuttle from the parking lot to the terminal. The Centre has berths for 3 ships. Four lines have homeport agreements there, and many, many others call there during the year.

 by Wilson Loo Kok Wee Flickr Creative Commons

Los Angeles is amongst the most famous cities in the world, mostly for its residents, many of whom are famous themselves. It is a place of glamour and the hollywood sign, Rodeo Drive and tours of stars' homes. Up your chances of seeing celebs by dining somewhere hip like the Ivy or Koi (if you can get a reservation!) and walking Rodeo Drive. See the Walk of Fame on the Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, and people-watch to your heart's content at Venice Beach.

L.A has some great options if you have the time to travel a bit out of town, so are great for embarking or disembarking passengers who can take a day or two one side of the cruise. Disneyland is chief amongst these options. A real must-do for visitors to L.A! It is 25 miles northeast of downtown LA, in Anaheim. Santa Monica Pier is another favourite destination with it's famous pier, and Laguna Beach and Malibu are beach towns within easy driving distance.

Check out cruises departing from Los Angeles and more info on the World Cruise Centre.

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Venice Cruise Port

Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 | 0 comments
Venice's cruise terminal is located on Tronchetto Island in the northwest of the city. Ferries and hydrofoils also leave from here, making it a bustling waterway. Many of the cruise companies offer a free shuttle to the terminal from Piazzale Roma, and a private taxi from there takes around 5 minutes. Bus Line 6 also goes very close to the Cruise Terminal.

 Ship Visiting Venice
by ryanfb Flickr Creative Commons

The city of Venice needs no introduction- it is widely hailed as a place of beauty, art and romance. Instead of honking cars on dusty streets, it has gondolas paddled on canals by gorgeous Italians. Visit the Piazza San Marco, home to many amazing churches, buildings and galleries. See some amazing glasswork on the islands of Murano, or shop for a genuine venetian mask. Tour the city from the water and marvel at the engineering of a city built on a lagoon, or wander the streets and piazzas to spot artisans, architecture and find great gelaterias and pizzerias!

Have a look here for cruises departing from Venice and more information on the Venice Cruise Terminal.

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Southampton Cruise Port

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Southampton, the UK's major cruise port, has 4 cruise terminals over 2 miles of waterfront. These are called Mayflower, City, Ocean and Queen Elizabeth. They are not far from central Southampton and about 80 miles from London.

 Southampton Docks
by Jim Linwood Flickr Creative Commons

Southampton itself, although often used just as a cruise gateway to London, is a very interesting city in itself, especially for those interested in all things nautical. From being a port of transit for the Norman conquerors, cnetre for shipbuilding in the Middle Ages and the No. 1 Military Embarkation Point during the Great War, to its current status as the major cruise port and important cargo point for the UK, Southampton has a rich maritime history. The SeaCity Museum is the best place to learn about the city's relationship with the ocean, and the Titanic Trail takes you to see its links with the great and unlucky liner, from memorials for various groups onboard to the places where passengers would have embarked.

For great shopping, eating and people watching, try the Ocean Village marina development. Stonehenge is not far out of the city, and the Isle of Wight makes a great scenic day trip. The New Forest is also nearby, the largest area of unenclosed forest and pasture in England.

See here for cruises departing from Southampton and more information on the Southampton cruise terminals.

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Singapore Cruise Port

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | 0 comments
Ships to Singapore dock at the purpose-built Singapore Cruise Centre, which makes getting on and off the ship simple and easy. Located in Keppel Harbour, it is about 15 minutes from the city centre and right next to one of the largest shopping malls in Singapore. Due to open in 2013 is an even bigger and better cruise terminal, the International Cruise Terminal, which will accomodate the world's largest ships.

Singapore By Night
by Yutaka Tsutano Flickr Creative Commons

Singapore is truly a world city. It is hugely multicultural, modern and a leader in commerce, culture, tourism and numerous other fields. Singapore can be considered somewhat sterile, as it is crazily clean and tidy, as well as having a very low crime rate, but in fact despite the extreme order it is a fascinating melting pot. If you have a few hours to spare and want to chill out, just sit in a cafe and watch the whole world go by! The city is in fact a city-state, and is on an island connected to mainland Malaysia by bridges, and the population is made up of Malays, Chinese, Indians, Filipinos, Thais and a huge number of other ethnic groups.

Shopping is highly rated in Singapore, and Orchard Road is the spot for it. For a more natural pastime, the Botanic Gardens are a great place for a walk. Art galleries, museums and other forms of entertainment abound. There is also a zoo, a Universal Studios and various other theme parks, and neverending bars, restaurants, clubs and just things to do in general.

Have a look here for cruises departing from Singapore and more information about the cruise port.

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Auckland Cruise Port

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Auckland is growing in popularity as a cruise destination, and has several options for cruise ship docking. Princes Wharf Passenger Terminal is the main one of these, and Queen's Wharf is used as a secondary dock when needed. These are located right in the downtown area, right near the main drag of Queen Street and the Britomart transport centre.

 Auckland as seen from Princes Wharf
by Aidan Flickr Creative Commons

Auckland city offers many options to pass a day. The War Memorial Museum is located in the hilly park of the Auckland Domain and is New Zealand's most significant museum and collection. The Maritime Museum and trendy viaduct area of bars and restaurants is just around the corner from the cruise wharves. The Britomart precinct, mixing heritage buildings with modern ones, is a great place for coffee and people-watching, and around the Aotea Square halfway up Queen Street you will find the Aotea Centre with ballets, music shows and other entertainment, as well as iMax, New Zealand's largest movie screen.

Outside of the central city, there are many more things to see, so if you are embarking or disembarking in Auckland take some time to see the Waitakeres mountain range and the wild black sand beaches out west, or the sedate swimming beaches of the North Shore.

See here for cruises departing from Auckland and more information on the Auckland cruise terminals.

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Perth Cruise Port

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The Port of Perth, and its cruise terminal, is actually located in the neighbouring and much smaller city of Fremantle. The trip into Perth's city centre is only 30 minutes. The quickest way is by train from Fremantle's stunning Victorian-era railway station.

by eGuide Travel Flickr Creative Commons

The city of Perth is located on the Swan River, 20km inland from the coastline where Western Australia meets the Indian Ocean. It stands alone on the west coast, and is one of the most remote cities on the planet- its nearest decent-sized neighbour being Darwin over 2,000 kilometres away. The Swan River foreshore is a great place for strolling and stopping at a cafe, and Perth is a well-laid out city so you can explore museums, shops and gardens with ease.

 Out on the coast, Cottesloe Beach is a favourite spot for swimming and sunbathing, or you could take a boat trip out to Rottnest Island. The nature-lovers will find plenty to do in Perth. Midgegooroo National Park is close to the city, and Lake Monger 10 minutes away is a hotspot for bird watching. For great views of the city and river, climb the DNA Tower in King's Park.

Check here for cruises departing from Perth and more info on the passenger terminal.

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Fremantle Cruise Port

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Cruises to Fremantle (the smaller neighbouring city to Perth) dock at the Fremantle Passenger Terminal on Victoria Quay. The terminal is located just inside the Inner Harbour and very close to central Fremantle, so you can find all you need in the way of shops, bars and the rest just by getting off the ship and walking for a few minutes.

Fremantle is known as Freo by the locals and is very close to the bigger Perth, but distinct culturally. It is known and loved for its beautiful heritage buildings. If you are interested in history, there are numerous heritage trails that snake through the city- the Convict Trail, Maritime Heritage Trail, the Discovery Trail, the Writers Walk and more. If you are there in the weekend, be sure to visit the Fremantle Markets, open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The open-air section is a wonderland of fresh food and produce including amazing seafood, and inside there are stalls with locals selling everything from homewares to photography. As a port city, there are many ocean-based activities on offer from Fremantle- swimming with dolphins, kayak tours, or just eating fish and chips overlooking the fishing boats!

 Fremantle Harbour and Maritime Museum
by Mark Pegrum Flickr Creative Commons

Fremantle is a great base for visiting Western Australia- so if you are embarking or disembarking there, take a few days to see the sights from laidback Freo.

See here for cruises departing from Fremantle and more information on the Fremantle cruise terminal.

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Melbourne Cruise Port

Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 | 0 comments
Station Pier is the cruise terminal for Melbourne, and is only 3km from the CBD, on the coast in Hobson's Bay. The city centre is based around the Yarra River, and easy to reach from the terminal with public transport, especially the handy Melbourne trams.

 Station Pier
by Daryl Cook Flickr Creative Commons

Melbourne has a reputation to uphold as one of the world's most liveable cities, and the culture capital of Australia. It has a stately New England air when compared to places like the Gold Coast, and is welcoming, laid back and elegant. Walking around the city is made easy as everything is centralised. Timeless architecture and great restaurants and bars make up the inner city scene. The city is intersected with leafy parks and walking paths, including the Fitzroy and Royal Botanic Gardens.

The city is very multicultural and diverse, so be sure to check out a few of Melbourne's many neighbourhoods and eateries.Federation Square is a hub of activity, with galleries, cinemas, shops and cafes surrounding an open area often used for concerts.St Paul's Cathedral is a must-visit spot for those with a love for architecture and history, and on Tuesday and Thursday-Sunday, Queen Victoria Markets tantalise locals and visitors with fresh produce, delis, eateries and clothing stalls.

Look here for cruises leaving from Melbourne port and more detailed information on the cruise terminal.

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Sydney Cruise Port

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Sydney is Australia's only cruise destination with two dedicated cruise terminals- and with the rising number of ships heading down under to be based out of Sydney, it needs them! The Overseas Passenger Terminal is located before the bridge in Circular Quay, and Wharf 5 in Barangaroo, inside the bridge in Darling Harbour. Both of these are very close to the city centre, making it a simple business to get off the ship and look around. These two world-class facilities are making Sydney one of the world's most highly regarded cruise destinations- and it is certainly Australasia's best.

 Circular Quay
by Terrazzo Flickr Creative Commons

Sydney is an amazing world city. Sailing into the harbour and spotting the Harbour Bridge and curving roof of the famous Opera House is an experience not to be forgotten! If you dock at Circular Quay, these two attractions are close at hand- it is located handily in between the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. It is also a major transport hub, and public transport is close at hand at Barangaroo too.

To truly experience Sydney, just get off the ship and go for a wander- the best shopping is right there in the CBD. There are also several museums, including the Hyde Park Barracks, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Sydney and more. The historic Rocks district near Circular Quay is home to heritage buildings and the city's oldest pubs, and also near the Quay are the beautiful Botanic Gardens.

A favourite activity in Sydney is to take the Manly ferry across the harbour to visit the laid-back peripheral neighbourhood of Manly. There is a lot to offer in this seaside resort- beaches of course, great food and shopping, scenic and heritage walks, numerous golf clubs and parks.

Have a look here for cruises departing from Sydney port and more information about the cruise ports.

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Brisbane Cruise Port

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Cruises from the sunny Brisbane leave from the International Cruise Terminal, which is 10km from the city centre. If you don't have your own transport, there are regular buses running from central Brisbane. The terminal is home to Portside, with apartments, restaurants, bars, retail and other facilities- so you don't need to stray far from the ship if you don't want to!

by eGuide Travel Flickr Creative Commons

 As a port stop or an embarkation/disembarkation port,  there is a lot to see and do once in the city proper. The South Bank is a cultural mecca and has 17 acres of parkland and museums, galleries and walking tracks. The city's retail hub is Queen Street, and there are beautiful Botanic Gardens and the State Art Gallery with a huge collection of amazing Aboriginal works. The river snakes through the city and out into Moreton Bay, and is put to use as a main travel artery, so take a ferry to see the sights from a different angle.

If you are willing to venture out of the city, the delights of the Gold Coast and Surfer's Paradise are only an hour away and are Australia's riviera- where the surf and sand meet the high-rise city. The hinterland behind this coast is just as amazing, if a little less bustling. Lush rainforest and many vineyards offer amazing scenery.

Find cruises leaving from Brisbane port, and more detailed information about the port itself here.

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Retire at Sea?

Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 | 0 comments
Most retirees can't afford the minimum $1 million entry price for a suite on a condominium cruise ship like The World, a ship full of luxury private residences at sea which continuously circumnavigates the globe. What a lifestyle that would be! However, for retired cruise lovers there are ways to maximise your time at sea.

When not working, you are freed up to take advantages of the best deals whenever they may arise- no worrying about busy periods at work, school holidays and the like which narrow many people's options severely. You can take advantage of last-minute deals- Cruise Sale Finder often has as much as 70% off cruises as departure date nears, and with reduced responsibilities, these deals are perfect for retirees. Imagine the excitement of booking a cruise that departs in two weeks! Repositioning cruises are often cheaper, and allow for a wider range of sights and experiences as the ship moves between two parts of the world. The opportunities for retirees are endless!

Another option is a world cruise. Anyone working is unlikely to have the time for this, but for those retired who have the cash- and these are very reasonably priced- a world cruise would be an incredible experience. These can take up to 1/3 of the year, so you could even do a short-term let on your house to recoup some costs! Here are some world cruises- this one even leaves from Sydney! Some cruises are very long but do not quite do a full circumnavigation, like this Grand Exotic Expedition.

The opportunities are endless when you are retired- cheaper cruises, longer cruises and varied destinations. make your retirement amazing by spending time at sea!

Have a look here for great cruise deals.

P.S Wouldn't it be nice, though?

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Green Thunder Inaugurated- Are Australians Daredevils?

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2012 | 0 comments
Carnival Spirit is coming Down Under. She will be based in Sydney from October 2012, and Carnival has been making preparations for her hemisphere shift, with additions to make the ship more 'Aussie focused.'

 Carnival Spirit
by platibolo Flickr Creative Commons

One addition is already making a splash... literally. The Green Thunder, the steepest and fastest waterslide at sea, has been installed and was inaugurated in January, after it's name was chosen in a Facebook competition. Once you have stepped into the slide and reassured the attendant that you are sure you want to do this, the floor drops away and you freefall until the slide curves you out over the side of the ship then back in, at a breathtaking 65km/h.

For the kids, a huge bucket called the Power Drencher has been added to the water playzone to get them extra soaked. To stay warm and get the blood pumping, they can then try out the smaller and somewhat less nerve-wracking waterslide called the Twister.

What can you do with your Power Drenched and hyped-up kids after a morning at the waterpark? Leave them with the staff at Camp Carnival and go in search of Serenity, of course! Another addition to the ship is the adult's only area, Serenity. On deck 9, this is comprised mainly of places to relax- chaise lounges, hammocks, chairs and other sitting/lying options, as well as a bar and a whirlpool.

These changes are very exciting for anyone planning to sail on the Carnival Spirit (despite Carnival's subtle suggestion that we down here are crazy thrill seekers who hate children!) and will make for an exciting cruise atmosphere. If you are looking to cruise from Sydney next summer, make sure you have a look at the many Carnival Spirit cruises. Also, keep a look out on here in the next few weeks for pictures as I get a first-hand look at the Green Thunder when I sail on Carnival Spirit on the 25th of March from San Diego.

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Dreaming of a Cunard Wedding

Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 | 0 comments
Cunard is all about luxury, glamour and nostalgia for the days of the great ocean liners unhurriedly crossing oceans and getting passengers to their destinations in stately style. Service is first-class, food is impeccable and style abounds- the perfect atmosphere not only for a holiday, but for the wedding of your dreams. Cunard is now, after 171 years of plying the seas, offering passengers the chance to exchange vows and celebrate in style onboard.

 by Gary Bembridge Flickr Creative Commons

Starting this year, wedding packages will be available which include a ceremony performed by the captain, flowers and cake, traditional music, a bottle of Veuve Cliquot, the services of a wedding co-coordinator, and numerous other details right down to the invitations and thank you cards. Couples will have a wedding that is easy and stress-free with most things organised for them, and capture the romance of a traditional sea voyage- imagine Rose and Jack on the Titanic, without the tragic ending.

 by Allen Flickr Creative Commons

The wedding initiative has been made possible by a re-flagging of the fleet- they are now registered in Hamilton,  Bermuda rather than Southampton. Ships flagged under the U.K are not allowed to offer wedding except in port, but this move means that Cunard is free to do so- but can still fly the red ensign as Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory.

See here for Cunard cruises.

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Cruise Republic Gets the Bronze

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | 0 comments
The International Cruise Council is an association of the leading cruise lines that is dedicated to the industry of cruising worldwide. Part of what they do is recognising the leading travel agents who make the cruise industry what it is, and the International Cruise Council Australasia Cruise Industry Awards were held in the Sydney Hilton Hotel on Saturday night, and Cruise Republic was happy to receive the Bronze in the 'Cruise Agency of the Year 2011- New Zealand' category. Well done to our great Cruise Consultants!

Ryan accepting the award

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Milford Sound- Scenic Cruising

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Cruising Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sound (sounds like some of the names of the 7 dwarfs) is my one of my favourite cruise experiences. I cruised Fjordland on the Pacific Princess and it is probably because of this experience the Pacific Princess rates as my favourite ship.

It was a very calm morning when we arrived at the entrance of Milford Sound. Mist was rolling out of the sound, creating a very dramatic cruise experience that everyone who was up on deck that morning would never forget. Although it was a calm morning and in the NZ summer, it was very chilly up on deck so crew were there to hand out blankets to passengers who needed to warm up and they also were serving hot drinks, which was a nice touch.

As we went into the Sound, the beauty was simply breath taking and it is such a beautiful destination for scenic cruising, as it is scenic in the extreme- 15km of majestic mountains and cliffs dropping straight into the crystal-clear waters of the valley carved by glaciers. Stunning! It draws many visitors from all over the world each year, but isolation and geography mean that most see the sound by boat, and create little to no impact on the environment, leaving it unspoiled. Highlights are the magnificent Stirling Falls and soaring Mitre Peak at 1600m..

Our Millford Sound experience  was so special that a tender boat was lowered and the ships photographer boarded the tender craft to take photos of the ship and capture the experience. At the time I was working for Carnival Australia hosting a group of travel agents onboard so I was able to speak with him later that day and ask for copies of the photos. Unfortunately I did not get his name so can not credit him with these photos displayed below. I am sure you will agree they are stunning and capture that misty morning perfectly.

As the day went on the mist cleared and we were greeted with a clear blue sky. This made for the perfect day for scenic cruising Doubtful and Dusky Sound. They were equally as beautiful but without being so dramatic as Milford. However they gave more of a feeling of being untouched and less visited than Milford. As the day went on and the sun came out I remember lying in the pool (still working very hard) thinking I love cruising and what a great job I had.

Many cruise lines offer scenic cruising in Milford Sound so look for it on any itinerary that cruises to and around New Zealand before you book. It is important to point out that Milford Sound does possess the ability to disappoint. The weather in this region can be extreme and when it turns bad, making a visit by a cruise ship is not possible so the sounds can sometimes be missed because of weather.

See our great Milford Sound cruise deals and cruises on the Pacific Princess at Cruise Sale Finder.

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