Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Fiji Adventure: 14 nights on November 2012

This 2 week long cruise will really allow you to experience a range of what the South Pacific has to offer, with stops at 3 separate island nations. Leaving from Sydney, relax with several days at sea and do as much as little as you like onboard the amazing Pacific Pearl. The first port that the cruise stops at is the capital city of New Caledonia, Noumea. This city is inhabited and influenced by both the native Kanak people and French colonists and immigrants, making it a unique tropical urban centre with a range of food and culture. Explorations could include a trip to the Tjibaou Cultural centre, or a ride on the Petit Train to see the sights of the city, or a bit of sunbathing on Anse Vata or one of the other beaches.  

Anse Vata Beach
by Thomas CUELHO Flickr Creative Commons

The next stop is Mystery Island, a tiny and uninhabited island in Vanuatu which is a secluded and unspoilt bit of south seas paradise. The ship then moves to the capital town of Vanuatu, Port Vila. This friendly port town is based around a natural harbour which is busy with fishing boats coming and going. A highlight of the town is the market which sells local handicrafts, produce and other goodies.

The ship then makes its way to Fiji, stopping first in Port Denarau which has some great beaches and tours to outer islands, then at the capital city, Suva. Suva is home to the University of the South Pacific, the Fiji Museum and some great colonial architecture. It is also a multicultural place with an interesting and bright waterfront market, so take some time to enjoy the city. The next stop is Dravuni Island, home to 200 fijian natives who will host you as you explore the volcanic island. Try a hike up the highest peak! The ship then returns to Sydney with one last stop at the beautiful Isle of Pines just off the coast of New Caledonia on the way.

Dravuni Island
by Allan Grey Flickr Creative Commons

Operator: P&O
Vessel: Pacific Pearl
Ports of Call: Sydney, Noumea, Mystery Island, Port Vila, Port Denarau, Suva, Dravuni Island, Isle of Pines
Sailing Dates: Friday 9th November 2012- Fri 23rd November 2012

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 14 nights

Day 1: Sydney, departing Fri 9 Nov 16:00
Day 2-3: At sea
Day 4: Noumea, Mon 12 Nov 08:00- 17:30
Day 5: Mystery Island, Tues 13 Nov 08:00- 17:00
Day 6: Port Vila, Wed 14 Nov  08:00- 18:00
Day 7: At sea
Day 8: Port Denarau, Fri 16 Nov 08:00- 18:30
Day 9: Suva, Sat 17 Nov 08:00- 18:00
Day 10: Dravuni Island, Sun 18 Nov 08:00- 17:00
Day 11: At sea
Day 12: Isle of Pines, Tues 20 Nov 08:00- 16:00
Day 13-14: At sea
Day 15: Sydney, arriving Fri 23 Nov 07:00

About the Pacific Pearl

The Pearl is up-to-date with the best features of P&O Australia's fleet: an outdoor circus arena, giant LED screen, specialty restaurant Luke Mangan's Salt Grill,  awesome new evening venues and more! There is lots to do- swimming, keeping fit with the gym, mini golf and fitness centre, chilling out in the loungers and spa, taking part in organised activities,. There's something special for both kids and adults- kids clubs catering to youngins and teens, and an adults-only 'Oasis' area at the stern of the ship. In the evenings there are multiple bars and lounges to attend, from a quiet pint in the Orient pub to a dance in the Dome, or a flutter in the Casino. Dining is great in the Waterfront restaurant, the casual buffet or the grill by the pool.

See here for great deals on the Fiji Adventure cruise in November 2012!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Queensland Cruise: 11 nights in November 2012

This cruise in Northeast Australia is a treat, with stops in the tropical northern cities and towns. Leaving from Sydney, the first port of call is Brisbane, gateway to the sunny and glamorous Gold Coast. Scenic cruising at Willis Island is next on the agenda, part of Australia's Coral Sea Islands territory. This little island is a nesting ground for birds and turtles, so keep your eyes peeled! Airlie Beach and the whitsundays come after, and will feel like a south sea island with their white sand. Mingle in the township with tourists, locals and friendly yachties! Townsville is next, a city with a beautiful waterfront area. Climb to the top of Castle Hill for some great views. Port Douglas, gateway to the tropical and fun city of Cairns, is the final stop before the return to Sydney.

 Port Douglas
by Steve Flickr Creative Commons

Operator: Princess Cruises
Vessel: Dawn Princess
Ports of Call: Sydney, Brisbane, Willis Island (scenic cruising), Airlie Beach, Townsville, Port Douglas
Sailing Dates: Tuesday 6 November 2012- Saturday 17 November 2012

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise:  11 nights

Day 1: Sydney, departing Tues 6 Nov 16:00
Day 2: At sea
Day 3: Brisbane, Thurs 8 Nov 08:00- 18:00
Day 4: At sea
Day 5: Willis Island (scenic cruising), Sat 10 Nov 13:00-14:00
Day 6: Airlie Beach, Sun 11 Nov 10:00- 18:00
Day 7: Townsville, Mon 12 Nov 07:00- 18:00
Day 8: Port Douglas, Tues 13 Nov 07:00- 18:00
Day 9-11: At sea
Day 12: Sydney, Sat 17 Nov, arriving 07:00

About the Dawn Princess

The Dawn Princess is Australia-based and uses Australian currency, making it simple to get onboard. She is a wonderful ship with plenty to keep you entertained, informed and relaxed! She has no fewer than 4 pools and 5 whirlpool spas, one in the tranquil Adults-Only Sanctuary. There are shuffleboard and sports courts, a spa and gym, the Scholarship@Sea enrichment program with lectures and classes, shopping and kids programs for the little ones. In the evening, there are the bars, lounges and theatres, as well as movies under the stars! Dining onboard happens in one of the two traditional dining rooms, Florentine and Venetian. The Sterling Steakhouse carries a cover charge, but there are other complimentary options- a buffet, pizzeria, grill and room service.

 Dawn Princess
by Kabacchi Flickr Creative Commons

See here for great deals on the Queensland cruise in November 2012!

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Transatlantic Cruise: 15 nights in November 2012

Adventure of the Seas
by Brian & Jaclyn Drum Flickr Creative Commons

Here is a new take on the Transatlantic Crossing by Royal Caribbean. Aboard the Adventure of the Seas, you will start in Spain and visit some of the islands off that coast- Madeira, beautiful Lanzarote in the Canary Islands which is an award-winning destination for eco-tourism. Another Canary island is next, the city of Las Palmas on Gran Canaria, and then another with the mountainous and lush Tenerife.

The crossing of the Atlantic takes 6 days, so you can sit back, chill out and enjoy the ship. The upside of a cruise ship is that it is a floating hotel, restaurant and activity and entertainment centre, so you will always be occupied- plus you could just sit and look at the ocean for hours!

First stop in the Americas is St. Johns in Antigua.This lovely island has 365 beaches- one for every day of the year! The island of Saint Maarten is next, where the ship docks at Philipsburg, where there is great tropical shopping to be done. Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas is next, a gorgeous island with a swashbuckling past. The last stop and disembarkation port is San Juan in Puerto Rico.

Operator: Royal Caribbean
Vessel: Adventure of the Seas
Sailing Dates: Saturday 3 November 2012- Sunday 18 November 2012
Ports of Call: Malaga, Madeira, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria,  Tenerife, Saint John, Philipsburg, Charlotte Amalie, San Juan.

Cruise Itinerary:

Length of cruise: 15 nights

Day 1:  Malaga, departing Sat 3 Nov 17:00
Day 2: At sea
Day 3: Madeira, Mon 5 Nov 08:00-17:00
Day 4: Lanzarote, Tues 6 Nov 10:00-18:00
Day 5: Gran Canaria, Wed 7 Nov 08:00-17:00
Day 6: Tenerife, Thurs Nov 8 08:00-17:00
Day 7-12: At sea
Day 13: Saint John, Thurs 15 Nov08:00-17:00
Day 14: Philipsburg, Fri 16 Nov 08:00-17:00
Day 15: Charlotte Amalie, Sat 17 Nov 08:00-17:00
Day 16: San Juan, arriving Sun 18 Nov 06:00

About the Adventure of the Seas

The Adventure of the Seas is packed with RCI's best innovations. For getting out and about, there is a rock climbing wall, an ice-skating rink, mini-golf course, and a basketball court as well as the requisite well-stocked gym. Relaxation happens in the Vitality Spa, and socialising on the Royal Promenade where there is shopping, bars and parades. Kids will enjoy the Adventure Ocean Youth Programme. Food is fabulous in the main Dining Room, called the Cascades Restaurant, or at the buffet Windjammer Cafe, as well as various other specialty options.

See here for great deals on the Transatlantic cruise in November 2012

Monday, 7 May 2012

Melbourne Cup Cruise: 6 nights in November 2012

 by Paolo Camera Flickr Creative Commons

The Melbourne Cup is a big one on Australia's calendar- the glamour, the the clothes, the hats, the booze make it an amazing event. Oh, and the horses of course! This cruise focuses on the races as entertainment, and the Pacific Pearl features as an incredible place to stay and be entertained when you've finished watching the cup, as well as transport from Sydney to Melbourne. The ship spends 3 days docked in Melbourne, providing a sumptuous base for your Cup viewing and Vegas-style entertainment each night, so you can put your glad-rags to extra good use!

Operator: P&O Australia
Vessel: Pacific Pearl
Ports of Call: Sydney, Melbourne
Sailing Dates: Departing Sat, Nov 3 2012, returning Fri Nov 9 2012.

Cruise Itinerary

Total length: 6 nights

  Day 1: Sydney, departing Sat Nov 3 16:00
Day 2: At sea
Day 3-5: Melbourne, departing Wed Nov 7 19:00
Day 6: At sea
Day 7: Sydney, arriving Fri Nov 9 07:00

About the Pacific Pearl:

The Pearl is up-to-date and full of things to do and places to eat. Your Choice Dining in the fabulous Waterfront main dining room is a treat, or there are casual burgers and chips by the pool, with the buffet nearby. For a small cover charge, chill out with an icecream at the Cafe, or knock your tastebuds' socks off at Luke Mangan's Salt Grill. Entertainment-wise, don't miss the nightly productions in the show lounge to top off your Cup experience. For the sea days, there is the gym, the spa, bars which double as live music venues, pools, rock climbing, mini golf, a casino, shopping and more. Kids can enjoy scavenger hunts, gaming competitions, movies, parties, crafts and other fun activities in 3 different age-grouped kids clubs, and adults can experience total relaxation in luxury sunloungers at Oasis, the adults-only area.

See here for great deals on the Melbourne Cup Cruise!