Rule, Britannia! Britannia, Rule the Waves.

Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 | 0 comments
Britain may no longer rule the waves, but she will reclaim some of them with the launch of P&O UK's newest ship in March 2015. The Britannia, whose hull has been floated and is now being fitted out, will be the biggest British ship afloat. She will carry up to 3,600 passengers and offer a modern yet classically British cruising experience to passengers from the UK and elsewhere.


P&O has a long seafaring history, with 175 years of maritime heritage. The ship will proudly reflect this in several ways- not least of which is her name. "Britannia" is a name borrowed form two previous ships connected to P&O, one built in 1835 and another in 1887 which marked the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria and also of the company. This new Britannia has a lot to live up to! The ship will embrace her British heritage also with a 94-metre Union Flag painted on her bow, and include a nod to the company's Coat of Arms with a rising sun motif on her funnels.


The updated interior will hide some great features including a cookery school by celebrity chef James Martin, a range of specialty restaurants by the likes of Marco Pierre White, and the biggest spa and retreat in the P&O fleet. The ship will boast a TV studio which is also a cinema and a venue for demonstrations and game shows- an exciting new multi-purpose space. These along with four pools, thirteen bars, modern and pretty cabins, classic P&O favourites like the Crow's Nest and a one million pound art collection on display will make the Britannia a great place to holiday. More details to come.

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Malaysia Developments on the Horizon

Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 | 0 comments
Malaysia is not usually listed on many mainstream itineraries and is often overlooked by cruise lines and their big ships. However, this beautiful southeast Asian nation is under the spotlight as a new development is planned which will put it on the cruise map for sure.

Royal Caribbean is one of the investors in the Melaka Gateway project, an undertaking which will involve the building of a new cruise terminal, a theme park, a hotel and many more attractions. The 900 metre long cruise dock will accommodate up to three ships and will have direct connections to the rest of the Melaka Gateway area and the city of Melaka/Malacca.

Proposed development

Lying behind the man-made modern glory of the proposed gateway is the city of Malacca which offers a delightful contrast. The city centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its years of Portugese, Dutch and British rule have given it a rich history and culture. It has many beautiful old churches, plentiful museums and traditional markets.

Malacca

Keep an eye on this exciting new cruise destination! It is expected to be completed in 2025.

RCI Can't Resist the Allure of Europe

Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | 0 comments
Royal Caribbean's Allure and Oasis of the Seas are the behemoths of the seas. The world's largest cruise ships, they offer so many activities, shopping and dining options, entertainment venues and rides that a passenger would be hard-pressed to see and experience everything in a week-long cruise even with no port stops. They certainly make for an amazing holiday, and Royal Caribbean is spreading the love in 2015 to allow European cruise lovers to get onboard the amazing Allure of the Seas right in their own backyard.

Barcelona

The Allure of the Seas was delivered from Finland in 2010, and next year it will return to its homeland to sail out of Barcelona for five moths. She will be preceded by the Oasis of the Seas who will pop across the Atlantic for a micro-season in Autumn 2014, testing the waters.

Allure of the Seas

The Mediterranean itineraries for the Allure will include big ports in Spain, France and Italy. Week-long cruises can depart either Barcelona or Civitavecchia, and also stop at Palma de Mallorca, Marseilles, La Spezia, and Naples. From the beaches of Palma and the lavender fields of Provence to the bustling streets of Rome and street performers of Barcelona, a week on the Allure of the Seas in the Mediterranean will be a trip worth remembering.

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Navigator of the Seas Unveiled- Great Things Ahead

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The Texas-based Navigator of the Seas has just come out of dry-dock where it was treated to an extensive makeover. Emerging fresh-faced and rejuvenated, the ship is a sign of things to come Down Under. Australia-based Voyager of the Seas is set to undergo a similar makeover in October in an effort by the cruise line to update and enhance every ship and bring them into line with the newest Royal Caribbean offerings.



Updates to the Navigator included expanding the dining options with the addition of severall specialty restaurants. Among these is one being debuted on the line, a Mexican eatery called Sabor which offers traditional and modernised Mexican dishes and of course, cocktails. The much-loved and new-and-improved Chops Grille will also be available, along with Japanese and Italian restaurants.



Popular concepts which have been introduced on the Oasis-class ships have been installed in the Navigator, such as digital signage solutions, WiFi available everywhere and the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery. The Champagne Bar has been re-designed as the signature R Bar. New entertainment has been introduced in the form of the FlowRider surf simulator and a giant screen by the pool for movies and shows. Inside staterooms will benefit from the introduction of Virtual Balconies, a Quantum-class innovation which is being put into action first on Navigator of the Seas. These consist of screens in inside cabins which act as virtual windows, displaying real-time views of the ocean and ports.

We in Australia and New Zealand are looking forward to seeing these exciting Royal Caribbean concepts and updates in our Voyager of the Seas! Roll on October. Have a look here to see great deals on Voyager of the Seas cruises.


Get Romantic with Captain Stubing

Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 | 0 comments
Valentine's Day is coming, and we cruise lovers could all do with some tips on how to successfully romance our significant others. Who better to impart these than Gavin McLeod? Better known as Captain Stubing of the Love Boat, he has prepared a video for all those clueless romeos who need some ideas this February 14th and beyond.

The charming if somewhat kitschy video relates the Captain's best tips for treating that special someone right, including such gems of wisdom as "try some cooking" and "leave your phones at home." The wealth of knowledge comes from McLeod's ten seasons on the Love Boat, an immensely popular series filmed on various Princess ships in the 1970s and 1980s. 



In a further effort to spread the love, McLeod as Captain Stubing has recently announced that he will be making an appearance in Australia on the 7th and 8th of February. There he will oversee a vow renewal ceremony on a Princess ship, and then travel to New Zealand to oversee another on the 12th of February. This will only be the actor's second visit Down Under since the Love Boat filmed an episode in Sydney in 1981, and it is fitting that he is returning to spread the love amongst cruisers.

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