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!

Author: Ryan Posa+

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
by Bruce Tuten Flickr Creative Commons

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.

Author: Ryan Posa+

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
by CarolynMCash Flickr Creative Commons

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.

Author: Ryan Posa+

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
by Stan Dalone Flickr Creative Commons

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!

Author: Ryan Posa+