Cruise News - Australia's Summer Cruise Season to Start Early
Australia’s summer cruise season is set to start earlier than normal, and it won’t be starting in Sydney. The first ship to be redeployed for the 2011-12 wave season, Princess Cruise’s Sun Princess, will arrive in Brisbane on 21 September, ahead of the traditional October launch.
Last year the 2010-11 season kicked off in Sydney with two Princess ships, and the first international ship with Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas, on 16 October.
Queenslanders can have a sneak peek of Sun Princess on Thursday 28 July, when it docks at Portside Wharf at 7.30am. But, it is just a one-day visit, as she is enroute from Fremantle to Sydney, says a Princess Cruises spokesperson. “There will be another Brisbane call four days later as she heads back to Fremantle from Sydney”.
Sun Princess was based in Sydney last season, but moves to Brisbane this year. This will be the first time that Princess Cruises has based a ship in Queensland. They are sending the younger Sea Princess as a replacement, arriving on 17 October.
The harbour city’s first international ship will be the Holland America Line’s Volendam, arriving on 4 October. Radiance of the Seas will be Australia’s first 21st-century superliner for the season, as it commences its inaugural Sydney departure on 15 October to join Royal Caribbean feeltmate Rhapsody.
Source: Cruise weekly 19 July