New Cruise Ships Coming Down Under
Each year, Australia's love affair with cruising reaches new heights, and the upcoming cruise seasons for this year and next year, promise to be no different! As the warmer months approach, so does the summer cruise season, and this year is set to be a record-breaker, with more than 600 cruise ship visits scheduled for ports around the country over the coming months. And, the following cruise season, for 2015-16, is already shaping up to be even bigger than this year.
With record-breaking numbers, comes new cruise ships, and over the next two years, Australia will see more and more ships cruise from our waters - both seasonally and year-round. So, we wanted to give you the heads up on which new ships you can expect to arrive, when they will arrive and what they promise to bring with them!
Carnival Legend is Sydney-Bound
The first new ship to arrive to Australia is the younger sister of Carnival Spirit, and is due to arrive later this month! Reflecting Carnival's motto - "All for fun and fun for all" - Carnival Legend is brining a host of new and exciting features to our shores. Cruisers are bound to love the Caribbean-themed watering hole that is the RedFrog Pub, offering live music, and Carnival's very own draft brew. And for the sushi-lovers amongst us, you won't be able to resist the new Bonsai Sushi speciality restaurant. Other new features include the candy-and-more-store, Cherry on Top, and Hasbro, The Game Show, offering a series of larger-than-life productions and entertainment activities.
Carnival Legend is set to sail a series of South Pacific 8 to 12 night cruises from September 2014 to April 2015, and is already scheduled to return for a second season in 2015-16.
Golden Princess Heading to Melbourne
Princess Cruises' Golden Princess is going to be the largest ship based on Melbourne, with 1318 staterooms, catering to 2600 guests. Due to sail from Australia from October 2015 until March 2016, Golden Princess has 4 swimming pools, a large spa, 10 restaurants and cafes, and the amazing Skywalker Night Club, which is suspended at the rear of the ship and can be reached by a moving walkway above the decks. She also has a jogging track, shuffleboard,yoga classes, a 9-hole putting course, designer boutiques, movies, lounges, a casino and an outdoor theatre. It is a fantastic family cruise ship, offering youth and teen centres, and plenty of kid-friendly activities such as video games, foosball, karaoke and board games.
During her 5 month season, Golden Princess will sail 15 roundtrip cruises to New Zealand, the South Pacific and Tasmania, and is due to have a maiden visit to Sydney in October before moving to Melbourne. With Golden Princess joining our shores, this brings the Princess Cruises' Australia fleet to a record 5 ships.
Premium Cruising with Celebrity Century
Joining Celebrity Solstice as the second ship to be based in Australia, Celebrity Century will be cruising our waters for the 2014-15 summer season. Having previously sailed from Sydney in 2011-12, Celebrity Cruises has seen just how much Australians love their ships, and have responded by sending Century back our way. Together, the two ships will offer 27 cruises in the region, ranging from 3 to 23 nights, and departing from Sydney, Fremantle and Auckland.
Celebrity Century is a smaller ships than Solstice, with just 1800 passengers instead of the 2850 the Solstice caters to. Built in 1995, Century is a classic vessel, but still offers the premium cruise experience that we have come to know Celebrity Cruises for. Half of her cabins offer a private balcony, the spa area measures 9,000 square feet, she boasts world-class restaurants, an Ice Bar, warm open spaces, and a stylish look. Celebrity Century will arrive on 10 October 2014, after sailing the cruise line's first-every single-voyage crossing of the Pacific in a 23-night cruise from San Francisco to Sydney, via Hawaii and Tahiti. She will then spend 3 months cruising around Australia and New Zealand, offering a total of 11 voyages before travelling to Singapore in January 2015.
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Explorer of the Seas Making Waves
Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas - joining the Australia fleet in November 2015 - will be the biggest cruise ship ever to sail from Australia. At 138,000 tons, catering to 3,800 passengers, Explorer will be joining her smaller sister ship - Voyager of the Seas - and replacing Rhapsody of the Seas during the 2015-16 cruise season. Explorer of the Seas boasts an onboard ice-skating rink, 10 pools and whirlpools, a rock climbing wall, a basketball court, jogging track, an inline skating track, a mini-golf course and a golf simulator. There are also 15 clubs and lounges, and a wedding chapel onboard.
Before arriving in Australia, Explorer will undergo a multi-million dollar revamp, with a FlowRider surf simulator, a 3D movie theatre and new restaurants and rooms being added. She will spend the 2015 northern summer in Europe before heading to Australia via Singapore, and visiting Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne and New Zealand before arriving in Sydney on 28 November 2015. Explorer will then offer a series of Australia, South Pacific and New Zealand cruise itineraries for our summer cruise season.
P&O Australia's New Ships
Having purchased two ships from Holland America Line, P&O Australia is adding two new ships - Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria - to their fleet, bringing their total size to 5 ships. Each catering to 1,500 guests, with 9 decks, these two new additions are coming with lots of surprises for passengers. Due to debut in Australia in November 2015, both ships will feature 2 pool decks, including a fully climate-controlled pool area on the top deck and an adults-only Oasis pool; a Cellar Door featuring a full range of Australian wines for daily tastings, master classes and vintage seminars; 2 brand new restaurants; a new Salt Grill and Bar and Chef's Table; cooking classes; a premium cinema and much more.
Pacific Aria is set to sail a series of cruises from Sydney and Brisbane, while Pacific Eden will sail from Sydney, Fremantle, Cairns, Melbourne, Adelaide and Singapore. Both ships will undergo a complete makeover of their cabins, furnishings, dining venues, and activity areas before joining the P&O fleet.
Legend of the Seas Cruising from Brisbane
Becoming the 4th Royal Caribbean ship to be based in Australia during the 2015-16 cruise season, and the first to be based in Brisbane, Legend of the Seas caters to 2,000 guests. Arriving in December 2015 for a 5-month season, she will be one of the largest superliners able to navigate the Brisbane river and dock at the Brisbane Cruise Terminal at Portside Wharf. Having received a multi-million dollar revitalisation last year, Legend will boast plenty of WOW factors not found on any other ship sailing from Brisbane, including a central atrium with an acrobatic aerial show; a rock climbing wall; mini-golf; an indoor swimming pool and multiple speciality dining venues.
Offering 17 itineraries, ranging from 2 to 14 nights to the South Pacific, Queensland, New Zealand and a repositioning cruise from Hong Kong to Brisbane, Legend of the Seas is sure to add a new dynamic to cruising from Brisbane.
Have you booked yourself on any of these new ships cruising from our waters? We'd love to know which one! If you have yet to decide on the cruise for you, call one of our Cruising Specialists on 1300 954 661 for the latest pricing and availability, and get yourself onboard today!