Cruises

You can now go on “tattoo” and “drag” themed river cruises in Europe

May 3, 2019

Now that U River Cruises, a dedicated millennial reimagining of the classic river cruise experience, has been firmly established amongst new-gen travellers, the company is now looking towards playful themed cruises to spice up their offering. Two themed itineraries will be rolled out later this year, both on board the company’s “The A” vessel which […]

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New cruise option linking the heart of Vancouver and Victoria (Canada) for the first time

February 13, 2019

Back when I lived in Vancouver, the only real option of getting between downtown Vancouver and Vancouver Island – home to British Columbia’s capital Victoria – was by way of a large, run-of-the-mill ferry operated by BC Ferries. It’s relatively affordable – at under $20 each way – takes about 90 minutes and has food […]

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Why luxury cruising in Alaska isn’t just for retirees anymore

December 4, 2018

It would be naïve to assume that the stigma of luxury cruises being a thing for older people has gone anywhere; though it’s almost certainly on the way out. As comfort travel makes a big comeback for millennials, so too does the desire to fully immerse oneself in a travel experience as rich and ambitious […]

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Travel Review: U By Uniworld reinvents European river cruising

September 28, 2018

I’m watching European countryside scenery roll by from my bed, and my phone won’t stop buzzing. Picture messages, texts, oh, and the odd GIF – they’re all coming through in the WhatsApp group I’m in. It’s called The A – the same name of the river cruise ship I’m on. Run by U by Uniworld, […]

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Both Luke Mangan and Johnny di Francesco announce new restaurants for P&O Cruises

May 28, 2017

The rise of the ‘casual gourmet’ dining experience is fast becoming a staple across the Australian foodie scene. Ahead of their 2018-19 departures, P&O Cruises are taking the ‘casual gourmet’ trend on-board with the help from acclaimed chef Luke Mangan, and famed Melbourne pizza master Johnny Di Francesco. Guests at sea on the cruise line’s Pacific Explorer will be […]

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Oscar®, Grammy® & Tony Award®-winning composer Stephen Schwartz chats to us about his new show for Princess Cruises Born To Dance

May 20, 2017

Australian cruisers will be amongst the first to see the newest show by Oscar®, Grammy® & Tony Award®-winning composer Stephen Schwartz. His first musical production (which showed on Emerald Princess during its six month season cruising out of Sydney last summer) Magic to Do– combined his lifelong fascination with magic with some of his most famous […]

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Archie Rose Distilling Co to set sail with new P&O Cruises partnership

March 15, 2017

Sydney spirit heavy hitters Archie Rose Distilling Co have scored a big partnership with P&O Cruises. As of this June, the awarded distiller will climb on board and watch their spirits infuse the many flavours on offer at Pacific Explorer’s dedicated cocktail bar The Bonded Store. The forthcoming 77,000 tonne superliner (which is currently sailing […]

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Princess Cruises to launch first-of-its-kind wearable technology in November

January 12, 2017

Looks like app technology has caught up with the gentle wave of cruise ship holidays. Princess Cruises will be the first Carnival Corporation brand to feature the Ocean Medallion™, a wearable device powered by a first-of-its-kind interactive technology platform within the O·C·E·A·N, One Cruise Experience Access Network.  It will available for use from November 13, 2017, onboard […]

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U.S. operators set up new cruises and flights to Cuba as travel restrictions ease

December 16, 2016

With the gradual easing of sanctions and restrictions on Cuba from the USA (at least under Obama’s administration), U.S. Operators are, for the first time in some 55 years, able to provide their passengers service between mainland USA and Cuba. It all started back in August when JetBlue hosted the first scheduled commercial passenger flight, […]

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P&O Cruises and The Good Beer Co. want you to drink beer to save the Great Barrier Reef

December 2, 2016

Look, despite what people like Pauline Hanson may try and show you, the historic Great Barrier Reef is in trouble, and it has been for quite a number of years. While the issue remains a hotbed of contention for politicians, conservationists like those at Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) are doing their best to help […]

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We spend a night on Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Voyager of the Seas (Departing from Circular Quay, Sydney)

November 23, 2016

Back in 2014, Royal Caribbean Cruises returned their ship Voyager of the Seas to service in Australia, following a $3 million overhaul that included everything from a brand new “Surf Rider at Sea” – the FlowRider – to three new restaurants, a 3D Cinema and more. Back around that time, we told you about the […]

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SHARE by Chef Curtis Stone settles Down Under via Princess Cruises’ superliner Sun Princess

June 8, 2016

He surfed the menu, worked with three-star Michelin champ Marco Pierre White and set the USA on fire with his TV appearances, and now, internationally-known Chef Curtis Stone introduces Australians to his local restaurant, on the Princess Cruises’ superliner Sun Princess, called SHARE.  The Melbourne-born chef opened his first restaurant, Maude in Beverly Hills 2 years ago, but the arrival of SHARE to Australian shores will make […]

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Carnival Cruises Launches New WiFi and Social Media Plans

May 24, 2016

Let us not beat around the bush: in 2016, the only reason anyone actually travels anywhere is to Instagram the hell out of it. Of course, this is sometimes met with debilitating challenges involving poor/no (!!) Wifi connection, and ludicrously expensive data plans that can mean your casual ‘grams rack up hundreds of dollars in fees. […]

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P&O Cruises sets sight on Dark Mofo and Australian Open with new 2017-18 program

May 9, 2016

Been to Dark Mofo in Hobart before? If that’s a no, then just know that the annual winter solstice festival is sensory overload of oddities and experimental arts that’s unlike anything Australia has on its stacked events calendar. Each June, when the 11-day festival consumes Hobart with music, art, noise, food, light, film, and events, […]

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2017-18 Itineraries for Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced

April 20, 2016

Luxury cruise line Regent Seven Seas has announced the exotic itineraries for their 2017-18 Voyage Collection. Aboard the cruise ships, guests can enjoy an all-inclusive experience of unlimited shore excursions, fine wine and spirits, unlimited WiFi, prepaid gratuities, ground transfers and luxury pre-cruise hotel stays. The four-ship fleet includes Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven […]

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We spend a night cruising Auckland Harbour in New Zealand with Hauraki Blue Cruises

March 30, 2016

Today we want you to join us for the unique experience offered by Hauraki Blue Cruises, based out of Auckland: an overnight cruise that takes you through the islands just outside of Auckland Harbour. Their cruise ship is a sizable catamaran named Ipipiri (in fact, she is the largest cruise ship permanently based in New Zealand), […]

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P&O Cruises partner with Glandore Estate Wines to open a new on board Cellar Door

March 9, 2016

Australian owned P&O cruises have introduced its new Cellar Door aboard its cruise ships. P&O Cruises have partnered with Glandore Estate Wines, a boutique winery from the Hunter Valley in NSW, to provide guests, and woo wine lovers with, two tasting menus offering 14 Glandore Estate wines. Guests can taste wine, and test their knowledge with interactive tablets offering […]

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Our first impressions onboard P&O Cruises’ Pacific Eden

February 22, 2016

It’s not hard to see why P&O Cruises as a brand has stayed at the forefront of conversations about luxury cruisers, especially when you’re actually on board one of their ships. The cruise line has always been one of the first to leap forward with the times, responding to the common criticism that cruise ships […]

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Princess Cruises partners with Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz for exclusive theatre productions

February 22, 2016

Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz has come on board with Princess Cruises to revamp their approach to theatre, helping them in a first-of-its-kind cruise industry partnership to develop a whimsical music revue titled Magic to Do, performed exclusively across the cruise line. The partnership comes as the cruise line attempt to modernise […]

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Celebrated opera singer David Hobson (AUS) talks themed cruises, carols and paying homage to his pop roots

December 21, 2015

David Hobson is one of Australia’s most celebrated and accomplished opera singers, but he’s definitely not a rigid elitist, as is the popular stereotype for that genre of music. I had a chat to him recently about his experience with the 2015 Bravo! Cruise of the Performing Arts, which he’ll be part of again next […]

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Princess Cruises introduce Whisky Bars and new features on board Sea Princess and Dawn Princess

November 14, 2015

Two of the most well known cruise ships in Australia, Princess Cruises’ Sea Princess and Dawn Princess have gone through some massive refurbishments recently, introducing numerous new venues and features on board in an attempt to adapt to contemporary trends and demand. Furthering their commitment to appealing to a large range of passengers, both ships […]

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