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Big Fat Cruise Wrap

Just like our usual Wednesday, this cruise wrap is packed with glamour, cocktails and beautiful people. Just kidding, that’s nothing like our Wednesday.

P&O Cruises announces the Biggest Comedy Festival at Sea

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P&O Cruises is giving Aussies a good reason to laugh out loud with the launch of ‘The Big Laugh’ – the biggest comedy festival at sea – onboard Pacific Explorer in June 2018.

Fourteen big-name comics including Jimeoin, Matt Okine, the Scared Weird Little Guys and Dave Callan will deliver 36 shows and a combined 2,000 minutes of jokes at the jam-packed four night festival departing Sydney on June 20, 2018.

The announcement comes as P&O Cruises launch its biggest ever season of comedy comprising 72 dedicated comedy cruises in 2018 and 2019. Well-known names Dave Hughes, Harley Breen and Claire Hooper will kick off the laughs with a three-night comedy cruise on Pacific Explorer departing Sydney on December 14, 2017.

A selection of additional famous comics will headline the 34 dedicated comedy cruises on offer in 2018 – a mix of two, three and four-night SeaBreaks departing Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Cairns, and Auckland.

Aranui adds remote Pitcairn to its 2019 program

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Aranui Cruises is adding a special cruise to one of the most remote destinations in the world, Pitcairn Island, as part of its bumper 2019 cruise program of 20 voyages in the South Pacific.

It’s the first time the Tahitian adventure cruise line has offered a different itinerary from its regular roundtrip voyage from Papeete to the Marquesas, Society and Tuamotu islands, and marks the first new destinations added to the program since Bora Bora was introduced in 2015.

The line’s 125-metre long mixed cargo and passenger vessel Aranui 5 will start the year with a new 13-day roundtrip cruise from Papeete to Pitcairn Island departing on January 10, 2019 and priced from $7280 per person twin share for an ocean view Stateroom and $9940 for a Premium Suite with a balcony.

The one-off voyage includes the cruise line’s inaugural calls to the palm-fringed crystal-clear lagoons of Anaa and Amanu in the Tuamotus; Mangareva and Aukena in the Gambiers, which both offer pristine lagoons perfect for black pearls; and Raivave and Rapa in the Austral Islands, known for their intricate weavings.

Carnival Cruise Line’s new 133,500-ton Vista-class ship to be names Carnival Panorama

Carnival Panorama has been chosen as the name of Carnival Cruise Line’s new 133,500-ton ship scheduled to debut in Autumn (US season) 2019.

Carnival Panorama is the third in the line’s highly successful Vista-class series, which are all named to reflect the connection between the vessels and the sea and highlighted by stunning indoor/outdoor spaces that create a truly unique seagoing vacation experience.

Carnival Panorama will join its sister ships – Carnival Vista, which entered service in 2016, and Carnival Horizon, set to debut April 2, 2018. The three 3,954-passenger Vista-class ships are the largest ever constructed for Carnival Cruise Line.

Like its name implies, Carnival Panorama will offer venues with both indoor and al fresco experiences, including the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Library Bar, and Bonsai Sushi, along with open-air attractions like the groundbreaking bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction SkyRide, a massive WaterWorks aqua park, and the SportSquare recreation area.

Seabourn kicks off the holiday season with a “wish list” of exceptional offers

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Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, is marking the beginning of the 2017 holiday season by featuring a “Wish List” sale, which started on November 24, on a selection of global voyages through summer 2018.

A pioneer in ultra-luxury cruising, Seabourn has earned wide acclaim and numerous accolades from cruise industry observers, travel professionals and travelers alike since launching its first vessel in 1988.

Now, with an active four-ship ultra-luxury fleet and a fifth new ship, Seabourn Ovation, on the way in spring 2018, Seabourn presents options to visit far corners of the world while delivering award-winning experiences on the newest and most consistent fleet in the industry.

To get the festive season started, the line is offering a “Wish List sale” featuring a range of exceptional savings and value-added enticements. Savings will be available on select voyages departing through August 31, 2018 on bookings made by December 12, 2017.

Norwegian Cruise Line names top on-air personality Elvis Duran as Godfather for its newest ship, Norwegian Bliss

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Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that Elvis Duran, a syndicated radio and digital personality in America and on-air host of iHeartMedia’s top rated, “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” will serve as Godfather of its newest ship, Norwegian Bliss. As Godfather, Elvis will have an honorary role in the official ship christening ceremony on May 30, 2018 at Pier 66 in Seattle.

Custom built for the ultimate cruising experience, Norwegian Bliss will boast an array of exhilarating activities, delectable dining options and show stopping performances. The line’s sixteenth ship will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises during her inaugural summer season and, beginning in November 2018, Norwegian Bliss will trade-in Alaska’s breath-taking scenery for stunning Caribbean sunsets as she sails seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruises each Saturday from Port Miami.

In the maritime world, it is a longstanding tradition to name a Godparent of a new vessel and the honour is given to an individual who will officially christen a new ship, and remain in their role for the life of the ship.

Double upgrade Christmas present from Ecruising

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Cruise holiday specialist ecruising.travel has just released a Christmas bonus special for an upgrade from and inside cabin to a balcony cabin on the Ovation of the Seas cruise, part of an interesting exclusive cruise tour package that explores the historic and scenic sights of Nepal and a cruise from Singapore to Sydney.

This comprehensive 23-night itinerary has been introduced at $6399 per person twin share, including the complimentary upgrade but must be booked and deposited by December 31, 2017.

The inaugural departure will be on October 10, 2018, when you arrive in Kathmandu. The roundtrip tour from Kathmandu includes visiting Bharatpur, Chitwan National Park and Pokhara.

Start 2018 in Fiji

Blue Lagoon Cruises Fiji have just released their latest Blue Lagoon Cruises offer – Start 2018 in Fiji with a 50 per cent discount on the four-night ‘Wanderer’ cruise, with departures from Port Denarau on Mondays.

  • Valid for Hibiscus and Orchid cabin options
  • Valid for sales 01- 31 December 2017
  • Valid for travel 01 January – 05 March 2018
  • Cabin booking is subject to availability until a booking is confirmed.

For full terms and conditions on all offers, sales and booking periods or information visit www.bluelagooncruises.com or speak to your preferred travel wholesaler.

Billion Dollar Megaliner returns to Sydney

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Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, the newest, largest and most modern megaliner to sail Australian waters, returns to her Sydney home on Thursday 7 December 2017, marking the return of supercruising for a second season, as well as Royal Caribbean’s 10th season down under.

After making her way from Singapore via Fremantle, Adelaide and Hobart, Ovation of the Seas returns to her Sydney summer home port for her second and significantly longer season down under.

Celebrating her 2nd birthday in April 2018, she is the first brand new cruise ship to be based here and represents the single largest investment in Australia’s cruise industry.
At 348 metres long, 18 decks high and weighing 168,666 tons, Ovation of the Seas is the world’s equal-fourth largest cruise ship and the largest cruise ship to ever sail Australian waters, with capacity for 5,000 guests and 1,500 crew.

Oceania Cruises launches brand new Atlas Brochure

Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary and destination-focused cruise line, has launched its comprehensive new Atlas brochure for Australian travel agents who are now able to order their copies through Brochure Flow or through the company’s website.

To celebrate the launch of the 2019 season, Oceania Cruises is offering guests a 50 per cent reduced deposit, together with a US$100 shipboard credit on select sailings, as well as the line’s acclaimed OLife Choice offer which includes unlimited internet and a choice of free shore excursions, a beverage package or free shipboard credit.

Featuring departures from April 2018 to November 2019, comprised of 390 destination-rich itineraries, including 81 brand new for the 2019 season, the Atlas brings to life exciting destinations throughout the Mediterranean, Baltics, Alaska, Asia, Australia, South Pacific and more.

River cruise newcomer impresses senior Australian cruise agent

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Bicton Travel GM, Michael Middleton, was hosted aboard Riviera Travel’s new river ship, Emily Bronte, for several days in Holland during a CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) conference in Amsterdam from November 17 to 20, 2017.

The 167-passenger Emily Bronte was one of four, five-star, all-suite ships launched in Europe earlier this year by Riviera Travel, which is based in the UK as the market leader of European river cruises.

Established in 1984, Riviera Travel offers a fleet of 11 luxury ships which will carry a record number of guests on 300 river cruises across Europe in 2018.

The company last year launched its first campaign targeted at Australians, with a dedicated website and brochure in Australian dollars. Riviera Travel has a no-direct-booking policy, with all bookings by Australians made via travel agents. In Australia, Riviera Travel product is distributed by wholesalers Cruiseco and Cruise Traveller.

Carnival Australia Regional President Sture Myremell joins colleagues in having their length of service recognised

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There is a fine tradition at Carnival Australia where periodic ceremonies are held to present employees, including senior managers, with length-of-service certificates to mark personal career milestones.

In receiving a ten-year certificate, it was recently Sture Myrmell’s turn to be among Carnival Australia employees being recognised for their contribution to the company.

And it was entirely appropriate that Sture received his certificate from the company’s Executive Chairman Ann Sherry who, as CEO, recruited Sture to the P&O Cruises Australia business.

Now newly announced as regional President of Carnival Australia, Sture and Ann have, over the past decade, been at the forefront of the resurgence of cruising in Australia and New Zealand.

P&O Pacific Partnership contributes $50,000 to Save The Children’s Support of Ambae Island in Vanuatu

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Life for the residents of Ambae Island in Vanuatu has still not returned to normal following the eruption of the volcano in October, with many families still displaced from their homes. Those that have returned still feel anxious about the rumbling volcano, the impact of acid rain and ash on their crops and contamination of their water sources.

Thankfully P&O Cruises were able to make life a bit easier for the people of Ambae through the P&O Pacific Partnership’s contribution of $50,000 to Save the Children Australia emergency response. As well as providing child-friendly play spaces in evacuation centres, these funds are providing families with access to clean water and sanitation.

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