Monday, 3 September 2012

South Pacific- 12 nights in August 2013

Spend 12 nights in the South Pacific aboard the Carnival Spirit, Carnival's first ship to be based Down Under. The cruise leaves from and returns to Sydney, stopping at ports in New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji along the way. The first port of call is Noumea, capital of New Caledonia. This city is a fusion of European and native Melanesian influences and a beautiful tropical spot! Next is the tiny and uninhabited Mystery Island in Vanuatu, a secluded paradise, then the ship makes its way to Fiji to call in first at Port Denarau, then Suva, the country's capital. Suva is home to the University of the South Pacific, the Fiji Museum and many colonial-era buildings. There is also a great waterfront area with colourful and interesting markets. The final port of call for the cruise is on the way back to Sydney, the small but beautiful Isle of Pines in New Caledonia, where clear water meets the pine-fringed white beaches.

by kyle post Flickr Creative Commons

Operator: Carnival
Vessel: Carnival Spirit
Ports of Call: Sydney, Noumea, Mystery Island, Port Denarau, Suva, Isle of Pines
Sailing Dates: Monday 5th August 2013- Saturday 17th August 2013

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 12 nights

Day 1: Sydney, departing Mon 5 Aug 18:30
Day 2-3: At sea
Day 4: Noumea, Thurs 8 Aug 08:00- 17:00
Day 5: Mystery Island, Fri 9 Aug 08:00- 17:00
Day 6: At sea
Day 7: Port Denarau, Sun 11 Aug 08:00- 17:00
Day 8: Suva, Mon 12 Aug 07:00- 16:00
Day 9: At sea
Day 10: Isle of Pines, Wed 14 Aug 08:00- 17:00
Day 11-12: At sea
Day 13: Sydney, arriving Sat 17 Aug 06:30

About the Carnival Spirit

The Spirit is to be the first of Carnival's ships to be based in Australia, and has had a few additions to make it more appealing to the Aussie and Kiwi market. These include the thrilling Green Thunder waterslide, an outdoor BBQ area and serenity deck. There are many dining options, with the ususal main a la carte restaurant and casual buffet, and a late-night bistro. The Nouveau Supper Club is the ship's top-notch specialty restaurant option. with a cover charge. For the evenings, there are 12 lounges and bars and a real party atmosphere, as well as the casino. During the day the focus is fun in the sun with pools, mini golf, the waterslides and more.

See here for great deals on the South Pacific cruise in August 2013!

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Week Tropique: 7 nights in August 2013

This week-long cruise will take you to the tropics without ever leaving Australia. A round-trip from Brisbane, it visits the tropical north Queensland. The first stop is Airlie Beach in the beautiful Whitsundays, which offers easy access to the incredible Great Barrier Reef. Next is Yorkey's Knob, the gateway to the city of Cairns. There are great swimming beaches to the south and north of the city. The next port is Port Douglas, home to the beautiful 4-mile Beach and close to the Daintree Rainforest. On the way back to Brisbane, you will do some scenic cruising at Willis Island, an external territory of Australia. It is noted for its birdlife.

 Swimming Lagoon at Airlie Beach
by Kevin Gibbons Flickr Creative Commons

Operator: P&O Australia
Vessel: Pacific Dawn
Ports of Call: Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Yorkey's Knob, Port Douglas, Willis Island (scenic cruising)
Sailing Dates: Sat 10 Aug 2013- Sat 17 Aug 2013

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 7 nights

Day 1: Brisbane, departing Sat 10 Aug 14:00
Day 2: At sea
Day 3: Airlie Beach, Mon 12 Aug 07:00- 16:00
Day 4: Yorkey's Knob, Tues 13 Aug 09:00- 18:30
Day 5: Port Douglas, Wed 14 Aug 08:00- 18:00
Day 6: Willis Island (Scenic Cruising), Thurs 15 Aug 10:00- 11:00
Day 7: At sea
Day 8: Brisbane, arriving Sat 17 Aug 06:00

 About the Pacific Dawn

The elegant Pacific Dawn was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and is recently out of drydock with the addition of the MIX cocktail bar, specialty restaurant Salt Grill, a giant LED screen and interconnecting cabins for families. Dining happens in the main restaurant or casual buffet, or even by the pool with hamburgers, hot dogs and the like fresh off the grill. For a cover charge, try asian flavours at La Luna or the amazing menu designed by Luke Mangan at Salt Grill. Keep busy day and night with pools, dance and other classes, competitions and games, a spa and gym and numerous theatres and bars.

See here for great deals on the Week Tropique Cruise in August 2013!

Monday, 7 May 2012

Voyage of the Glaciers Cruise in August 2012

by Ethan Oringel Flickr Creative Commons

See Alaska's glaciers without freezing on this cruise with Princess! Alaska's summer temperatures are temperate and can be warm, but you can still get up close and personal with these frozen ice rivers. Departing from Vancouver, the first stop is Ketchikan, the southernmost port in Alaska. The quaint town is built on steep hillsides. Next up is Juneau, the state capital and a beautiful city tucked away in the Gastineau Channel. After a visit to former gold-rush town Skagway, the glaciers begin with scenic cruising at both Glacier Bay National Park and College Fjord. Both of these have incredible glaciers on display as well as wildlife including whales, dolphins and sea otters. The cruise finishes at Anchorage (Whittier) in the spectacular prince William Sound.

Operator: Princess Cruises
Vessel: Island Princess
Ports of Call: Vancouver, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park (Scenic), College Fjord (Scenic), Anchorage.
Sailing Dates: Departing Wed Aug 1 2012, arriving Wed Aug 8 2012

Cruise Itinerary:

Length of Cruise: 7 nights

Day 1: Vancouver, departing Wed Aug 1 16:30
Day 2: At sea
Day 3: Ketchikan, Fri Aug 3 6:30-14:00
Day 4: Juneau, Sat Aug 4 08:00-21:00
Day 5: Skagway, Sun Aug 5 07:00-20:30
Day 6: Glacier Bay, Mon Aug 6 06:00-15:00
Day 7: College Fjord, Tues Aug 7 17:30-20:30
Day 8: Anchorage (Whittier), Wed Aug 8, arriving 00:30

About the Island Princess:

This lovely ship has a high percentage of balcony staterooms, so many passengers can enjoy the glaciers from their own balcony! The Island Princess is roomier than other ships in her class,  and is packed with entertainment and dining venues. The Scholarship@Sea programme is a Princess favourite, with enrichment programmes and lectures- the Island Princess even has a demonstration kitchen and ceramics lab complete with kiln for the chefs and craftspeople! You can elect traditional or Anytime dining in the main dining room, or there are numerous casual options- the buffet, a patisserie, a pizzeria, the Bar and Grill or free room service. There are also a few specialty restaurants onboard. As well as the enrichment, pools, spas, sports, bars and evening shows and music will keep you well entertained!

Have a look here for great deals on the Voyage of the Glaciers in 2012!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Sunshine Melodies: 9 Nights in August 2012

Pacific Jewel
by Lee Gilbert Flickr Creative Commons

See some South Pacific paradise on this Sunshine Melodies cruise in August. If you're a southern hemisphere dweller, escape the winter and see some gorgeous parts of Vanuatu and New Caledonia. The first stop is 3 days into he cruise, so you will be well and truly chilled out when you arrive! Port Vila is the capital of Vanuatu, and is a pretty city set around a natural harbour. The markets are a highlight here- for handicrafts, fresh produce and food.The next port of call is Lifou, one of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands. Lifou is known for it's golden beaches, and for those who are sick of sunbathing, at the northern end of the island is a tiny white building that is a base for snorkelling in some of the most amazing underwater vistas in Melanesia. The final stop is the Isle of Pines, also off the coast of New Caledonia. The bright white sand here, backed by charming pine forests, makes it a vision of the tropics- and you can take this home with you when you return to Sydney!

Cruise Operator: P&O Australia
Vessel: Pacific Jewel
Ports of Call: Sydney, Port Vila, Lifou, Isle of Pines
Sailing Dates: Departing Sunday, August 5th 16:00, returning Tuesday August 14th 07:00

Cruise Itinerary

Total length of cruise: 9 nights

Day 1: Sydney, Sun Aug 5 departing 16:00
Day 2-4: At sea
Day 5: Port Vila, Thu Aug 9 08:00-18:00
Day 6: Lifou, Fri Aug 10 09:00-18:00
Day 7: Isle of Pines, Sat Aug 11 08:00-16:00
Day 8-9: At sea
Day 10: Sydney, arriving Tue Aug 14 07:00

About the Pacific Jewel

The Pacific Jewel joined P&O Australia's fleet in 2009, with the first oceangoing trapeze arena and the largest onboard spa. The famed Salt Grill by Luke Magan specialty restaurant is onboard, as well as P&O's usual flexible dining in the main dining room and casual dining options, inlcuding a self-serve buffet. The Jewel has extensive oceanview spa facilities. There are 8 bars and 4 entertainment facilities, a casino, kid's club, 2 pools and much, much more to keep you and your family busy. The Pacific Jewel's evening entertainment is legendary- broadway-type shows, comedy, live music and dancing. Read more about the Pacific Jewel here.

Book the Sunshine Melodies Cruise here!