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.

Author: Ryan Posa+

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!

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Author: Ryan Posa+

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.

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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!

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Author: Ryan Posa+