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!

 by Jacrews7 Flickr Creative Commons

Author: Ryan Posa+

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
by Marcin Chady Flickr Creative Commons

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.

Author: Ryan Posa+

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.

Author: Ryan Posa+

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!

Author: Ryan Posa+

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!

Author: Ryan Posa+

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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