Big Fat Cruise Wrap

It’s Wednesday, it’s Hump Day, and it’s time for your Big Fat Cruise Wrap! Soak up all the goodness here.

Royal Caribbean Hosts 2017 Camp Quality Fun Days


Camp Quality and Royal Caribbean have joined together again in 2017 to host Family Fun Days onboard ships throughout the country – designed to let kids impacted by cancer simply focus on having fun for the day.

2017 marks the eighth year the cruise line has supported Camp Quality, the homegrown charity helping provide innovative programs and services to develop life skills and strengthen the wellbeing of children aged 0-13 growing up with cancer, as well as their families.
Royal Caribbean shoreside staff and ship crews hosted 20 families throughout the country on its megaliners, transforming the ships into the kids’ own personal playground for a day.

Azamara Club Cruises’ Asia Flash Sale On Now!

Azamara Club Cruises is offering guests BONUS Onboard Credit on select Asia voyages departing between 14 November 2017 and 25 March 2018:

Save $1500 per stateroom + US$250 onboard credit!

Hurry, this exclusive offer ends Wednesday 10th May 2017.

Cunard Provides Inside Look at Queen Victoria Refurbishment 

Queen Victoria Britannia Club Restaurant

Cunard has unveiled more details of the new and refreshed features which will be offered on Queen Victoria following its refurbishment next month.

Scheduled for completion on June 4, 2017, some of the many highlights include a new exquisite lido sun deck as well as a stunning Winter Garden, refreshed and enhanced for guests looking to relax while enjoying some of the best views at sea.

The luxury British cruise line also offers an inside look at the Britannia Club Staterooms, Britannia Club Restaurant and five new luxurious Penthouse Suites.

Highlights include:

Aft Lido Sun Deck: This stunning lounge space has been extended to provide guests with additional deck space. Windbreakers and additional sun loungers and luxury cabanas have also been introduced to accommodate sunseekers on board, while the shaded area has been extended for those looking to dine al fresco. Full beverage service is also available throughout the day and into the evening to enjoy alongside live entertainment. Click here to view an animation of the new aft lido deck.

Winter Garden: A beautiful room for relaxation located in the heart of deck 9. Guests can sip their favourite tipple on the elegant lounge furniture while looking out through the floor to ceiling windows at the stunning view.

Britannia Club Staterooms: In a prime mid-ship location on decks 7 and 8, all staterooms have been upgraded and refreshed with newly-designed carpets featuring a contemporary geometric design as well as the addition of new soft furnishings. New flat screen TVs and, by popular request, tea and coffee making facilities, have also been added to upgrade the stateroom experience even further. The additional 43 balcony staterooms will be further enhanced with premium balconies and a nine-pillow concierge menu to ensure maximum comfort for guests on board.

Britannia Club Dining: The new Britannia Club restaurant has gone through a full interior re-design and will offer guests the flexibility to dine whenever they choose. Located in the space of the former chart room, the new restaurant will be built alongside the main Britannia restaurant on Deck 2.

Penthouse Suites: Five of Queen Victoria’s elegant Penthouse Suites have been completely redesigned to maximise space and luxury. The new suites feature floor to ceiling windows and doors, private balcony with stunning sea views, additional storage space and beautiful bathrooms with luxurious whirlpool baths. With butlers and concierge also on hand to take care of every need, the luxurious suites are among the finest accommodation available at sea.

Follow the Twinkling Lights of Asia on Celebrity Millennium

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Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Millennium returns to Asia this year for her sixth consecutive season, once again offering one of her most popular sailings for Australian travellers – a Southeast Asia Immersion cruise, including four incredible overnight calls.

Over 14 nights, guests have plenty of time to experience the eclectic cultures and bright lights of Asia on a Singapore to Hong Kong cruise, departing 10 December 2017. The amazing itinerary includes no less than four overnight stays, including Singapore, Bangkok, Hanoi and Hong Kong. The cruise also calls at Ho Chi Minh City and Hue/Danang in Vietnam.

When guests aren’t shopping up a storm in Singapore, wandering amongst the bright lights of Bangkok, or enjoying yum cha in Hong Kong, they can wine, dine and relax onboard the 2100-guest ship. Celebrity Millennium, which emerged from a multimillion dollar revitalisation in 2016, features world-class dining venues including Qsine, famous for gourmet food with unexpected twists and Tuscan Grille, a sophisticated Italian steakhouse.

Celebrity Millennium also boasts a rooftop terrace with a large outdoor movie screen – the venue for Celebrity’s unique new “Taste of Film” experience, where gourmet tasting plates inspired by the film are carefully paired with the scenes as they play on-screen.

Fares start from just AUD$2,399 per person twin share for an Interior stateroom. Oceanview staterooms represent incredible value, starting from AUD$3,429 per person, including a free Classic Beverage Package for two together with US$300 bonus onboard credit.

Viking Cruises Partners With National Geographic 

Viking cruises has been signed on to locally sponsor Nat Geo’s new series ‘Genius’, about Albert Einstein which began airing on Foxtel this week.

From 1 May, the sponsorship sees Viking showcase a new brand TVC entitled “Time,” featuring Torstein Hagen, Founder and Chairman of Viking Cruises as part of the Genius screening.

Throughout the series, audiences will experience key locations of Einstein’s life, including his time in Germany (Berlin, Munich, Würzburg, Heidelberg), Switzerland (Zurich, Basel) and Austria (Vienna, Salzburg), as well as his later years in the United States (New York City, Boston) – all of which are also destinations on Viking’s river and ocean cruise itineraries.

For additional information, contact Viking Cruises at 138 747 (Australia) and 0800 447 913 (New Zealand) or click here.

Return flights to Sydney from just ONE DOLLAR with Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean have announced a fantastic offer, with flights starting from just $1 when combined with a booking on most Royal Caribbean sailings this coming summer season.

The incredible offer applies to bookings made from now through to 5pm Friday 31 May 2017 on a huge selection of local Royal Caribbean sailings departing from Sydney from 29 October to 13 December 2017.

Guests can add return economy flights to Sydney with Virgin Australia from Brisbane, Melbourne, the Gold Coast, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Adelaide, Launceston, Canberra or Hobart from just $1, while return flights from Cairns, Townsville, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Hervey Bay or Perth can be added from just $99.

Discounted flights are also available from other destinations.

PONANT 2018 northern summer voyages 

PONANT’s new brochure covering the northern hemisphere summer season of voyages (April to November 2018) features plenty of new offerings including two new ships and 45 brand new ports of call.

The 2018 season by PONANT:
• 67 departures including 7 tropical expeditions and 9 polar expeditions • 5 geographic zones
• 53 different itineraries
• 340 different ports of call, 45 of which are brand new
• 34 new cruises and variants
• More than half of itineraries are new cruises or variants

Buy One Get One Free on Classic Aussie Cruise

The quintessential Aussie BBQ cruise on Sydney Harbour just got more affordable with a ‘Buy one get one free’ deal for Fantasea Cruising’s Classic Aussie Cruise for the months of May, June and July 2017.
Fantasea Cruising CEO Anthony Hayes said: “With four departure times throughout the day and fabulous inclusions such as our vegemite tasting station, friendly host and fabulous kids’ corner, this is a great option for all visitors to Sydney to experience the iconic sights from the water.”


Norwegian Cruise Line has taken delivery of Norwegian Joy, the brand’s fifteenth ship and the first custom-designed for the Chinese cruise market, from MEYER WERFT during an on board ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany.

At 167,725–gross-tonnes and accommodating 3,883 guests, Norwegian Joy is the second ship in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class and features an innovative design with amenities tailored to provide a “First Class at Sea” experience for Chinese guests with the elements of freedom and flexibility that Norwegian Cruise Line has become known for across the globe.

Following her delivery, Norwegian Joy will begin her journey to China, where she will be showcased through a grand inaugural port tour featuring one-day events at the ports of Singapore, Qingdao, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong, as well as VIP partner cruises from Norwegian Joy’s home-ports of Shanghai and  Beijing (Tianjin).

The ship will be christened in an exclusive star-studded event for honoured guests on June 27, led by her Godfather, the ‘King of Chinese Pop’, Wang Leehom.


Tauck has announced plans to double its small ship cruising capacity within the next four years through strategic fleet expansion, deepened partnership programs and new itineraries.

Ponant, the French-owned cruise line, will debut four new luxury expedition yachts in 2018 and 2019.

As part of an expanded partnership, Tauck will leverage all four Ponant new builds starting with Le Lapérouse in summer 2018.

The first Tauck sailing on Le Lapérouse departs on 3 July 2018 with the 7-night ‘Iceland: Land of Fire & Ice’ round-trip from Reykjavik stopping at off-the-beaten-path towns, tiny villages and isolated islands and priced from AUD9990 per person twin share.

Tauck Small Ship Cruising is adding a 10-day journey throughout Cuba departing 14, 23 and 28 December 2018 aboard the 3-masted schooner, Le Ponant.

The new people-to-people cultural sailing will be priced from AUD12,490 per person twin share calling on Cuba’s coastal gems between Havana and Santiago de Cuba and including a two-night stay in Havana, complete with guided Tauck sightseeing.

Tauck is further expanding its 4-year partnership with BBC Earth, the award-winning filmmaker behind the 2017 acclaimed series, Planet Earth II.  Starting in 2018, all Tauck Expedition small ship cruises become a part of the Tauck Earth Journeys portfolio featuring customised BBC Earth enhancements connecting travellers with wildlife and nature.

The newest destination to be added to the Earth Journeys’ cruise collection is Iceland. Planned enhancements include BBC Earth experts on board select cruise departures and Tauck Director training and certification by BBC Earth filmmakers and historians.

MSC BELLISSIMA open for sale

MSC Voyagers Club clients can book early for prices including a Cirque du Soleil dinner and show experience. MSC Cruises – the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line announced today the opening of sales of MSC Bellissima.

For her inaugural season, the ship, which is the much-awaited sister ship to MSC Meraviglia, will set sail in the Western Mediterranean from March 2019.

Sales are initially open until 15th May 2017 exclusively for MSC Voyagers Club members, as one of the many benefits of the programme that rewards loyal MSC cruisers. Members have the opportunity to book first and receive included in their price a complimentary Cirque du Soleil at Sea dinner and show experience.

In addition they will receive rates with a reduction of 5% as well as being able to apply their additional 5% discount as a loyalty member. Bookings will then be opened for all other guests after 15th May 2017 with the complimentary dinner and show included for booking made up to 31st July 2017.


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Silversea has announced the creation and installation of 10 bespoke beds in the Owner, Royal and Grand suites of its new flagship Silver Muse, which launched last week, on 19 April 2017.

Luxury bed maker Savoir Beds handmade the bespoke mattresses and toppers especially for Silver Muse. The high quality mattresses offer a variation in support from soft to firm, customisable to guest preference.

Carefully fashioned at the Savoir workshop in Wales from top-quality natural materials, the mattresses feature nested pocket springs sandwiched between generous layers of lambswool, needled cotton, and curled hair which is hand-tufted to keep the contents in position.

The mattresses are covered with signature Savoir cotton jacquard Trellis ticking, bringing the external aesthetics in line with the internal quality of the bed.

Calling at 34 countries and 130 ports in 2017 alone, Silver Muse redefines ocean travel, enhancing the small-ship intimacy with spacious all-suite accommodations that are the hallmarks of the Silversea experience. The addition of Silver Muse expands Silversea’s fleet to nine ships and once again significantly raises the bar in the ultra-luxury cruise market.

Explore Croatia’s Coastline on Foot and By Sea

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Cultural tour specialist Peter Sommer Travels is offering a very special way to explore the stunning coastline of Croatia, with a new eight-day walking and cruising tour.

A first for the company, the Walking and Cruising Southern Dalmatia Tour offers an enticing combination of a coastal cruise on a wooden gulet and escorted walks exploring ancient forts, beautiful towns and magnificent castles in the company of expert guide, archaeologist Dr Helen Tomas.

Departing from Slano near Dubrovnik, guests will cruise through the Elaphite Isles before spending their first two days exploring one of Europe’s most unusual fortifications, the five kilometre medieval Great Wall of Ston and the picturesque island of Mljet, known for its beautiful lakes and Roman palace.

Celebrity Cruises Announces Support for Malala Fund and Education for Girls

Celebrity Cruises has announced a two-year partnership with Malala Fund. With the shared commitment to diversity, inclusion and gender equality, the brand is partnering with Malala Fund whose mission is to secure 12 years of safe, free quality education for every girl.

Inspired by Malala’s mission and advances in furthering girl’s education, Celebrity is honoured to name 19-year old Nobel Laureate and U.N. Messenger of Peace Malala Yousafzai as the Godmother of their newest ship, Celebrity Edge, debuting late in 2018.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, the President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, said that Malala’s dedication to girls’ education sets an example worth following. “Partnering with Malala Fund was a natural fit as we share the same passion and commitment to an incredible cause. We believe in opportunities for all, especially as our crew onboard represent more than 50 different cultures and amazing stories of achievement, education and economic advancement.”


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