Here Comes the Sun

Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 | 0 comments
The Sun Princess is one of the several Princess ships which sail from Australia for part of the year, making her a common sight in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and around the South Pacific. Many an Aussie and Kiwi has fond memories of cruising aboard this particular Princess during the southern summer.

Next summer season will bring a new and improved Sun Princess as she is currently in Singapore for a 2-week drydock, beginning a 30 million dollar refit and makeover. The upgrades will include a beautiful new atrium, new furnishings and decor and a full paint of the hull. There will also several additions to the onboard venues- Princess's signature International Cafe, a new sushi and seafood restaurant and an updated pool grill and buffet area with new options. The Lotus spa will also get an upgrade. The Horizons Court buffet is set to receive action stations for live a la carte cooking, an exciting new feature!

The Sun Princess will be relocated to Japan for northern summers for the next few seasons, and this is to be reflected in her makeover. As well as the new sushi restaurant, the decor and furnishings will include asian-style nods to her new home base.

Expect to see a beautiful and fresh Sun Princess around the South Pacific come October! Here you can find great deals on Sun Princess cruises.

The Love Boat's Last Fling

Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 | 0 comments
The Pacific Princess has been known and adored by many as "The Love Boat" from the 1970s television show by the same name. This month, after years of being decommissioned, it took its final journey- sailing to the Aegean Sea to be scrapped. This marks the end of an era for fans of the show which put a spotlight on cruising and sparked an interest in cruise ships as a way to holiday.

The Pacific Princess began life as the Sea Venture in 1971, sailing for Flagship Cruises. She joined Princess's fleet in 1975, and soon after began to serve as the set for "The Love Boat," which went on the air in 1977. The show was a well-loved comedy which told the story of love affairs between crew and passengers as the ship sailed between California and the Mexican Riviera. The show is credited with widening the market for cruise holidays (which was viewed solely as an activity for the "newly wed and nearly dead") and ran for nine seasons. The Pacific Princess became synonymous with "The Love Boat" during that time, and there will be many who are sad to see her go!

The 640-passenger ship operated as part of the Princess Cruises fleet until 2002, after which she had a stint with Pullmantur and then CVC before being seized and put out of action in 2008 due to debts owing. She was sold in 2012 to a ship-breaking company in Turkey. Her last journey took place at the beginning of August 2013, ending in an unceremonious arrival in the Turkish breaking yard after taking on water during the trip and requiring help from tugboats.

The Pacific Princess circa 1978

Although the original Pacific Princess will soon be nothing but scrap metal, her legacy lives on in the new Pacific Princess which joined the fleet in 2002 to replace her. Cruising has moved on since the days of "The Love Boat," with bigger ships, more amenities and modern touches- but the older Pacific Princess will forever be fondly remembered as an icon amongst older cruise lovers.

Cruises on the new Pacific Princess can be found here!

National Cruise Week

Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2013 | 0 comments
National Cruise Week is set to take place from the 2nd to the 9th of September 2013. This is the largest promotion in the Australasian cruise industry, and behind it is the Cruise Lines International Association of Australasia (CLIA).

What will the Cruise Week mean for customers? All 30 cruise line members of the association will be offering deals, savings and promotions throughout the week, brought to you through cruise agents who are also members. Details are not yet released, but some examples of promotions from last year's National Cruise Week included 50% off select itineraries, onboard credit galore and 'buy one cruise fare, bring a friend for $1' on some MSC cruises!

Celebrating Cruising!

The National Cruise Week promotions will only be available through travel agencies and agents who are members of the CLIA. This includes Cruise Republic, and as usual we will have the best of the best deals on our Cruise Sale Finder Australia and New Zealand websites. Keep a close eye on what's happening on the site during that week, or call our cruise consultants on 1300 44 00 26 (Australia) or 0800 12 21 29 (New Zealand).