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OCEAN • RIVER • ADVENTURE • PORTS
Australians and New Zealanders have a special place in their hearts for Cunard –
we are the second-largest source of passengers on the line’s world cruises.
So expect a rush from down under now Cunard has announced that its regal
fleet of three mighty ships will be partying all year to celebrate the line’s 175th
anniversary (see Last Word, Page 114).
Cunard is promising a celebration on every cruise but the biggest event will be
when all three ships meet on the Mersey in Liverpool on May 25. The British port
was Cunard’s home for 127 years.
Australia will see the Victoria and QM2 in March before they head back for the
Scousers party. For more details, see cunardline.com.au.
Meanwhile, World Cruise Centres has arranged a once-in-a-lifetime
holiday that includes a voyage on all three Cunard Queens, named, appropriately,
A Royal Trifecta. For details, see worldwidecruisecentres.com.au.
THE ART OF CRUISING
Choose Your Cruise says that its BRAVO
Cruise of the Performing Arts in 2015
will have “the biggest line-up of Australian
and international musical theatre, classical and
opera acts ever assembled on water”.
A bold claim. However, there are some big
names involved including opera star Katherine
Jenkins, James Morrison and Opera Australia.
The eight-night South Pacific cruise aboard
Radiance of the Seas departs Sydney on October
24 and will visit New Caledonia, Vanuatu and
Noumea. Prices start at $2,564 per person.
For details, see chooseyourcruise.tv.
Spend, spend spend ...
A new study says cruise passengers spend
an average of $371 a day in Australian
ports, helping push the industry’s total
contribution to the economy to an
impressive $3.2 billion last year.
International visitors rang up an average $756
a day on accommodation, shopping, dining and
transport before they boarded their ships. During
their cruise they spent $204 a day in the ports visited.
Australian cruisers spend an average $450 a day
before they board their ship and $156 a day in ports.
The study, for Cruise Lines International Association
(CLIA), found the industry generated $1.59 billion in
value-added contribution, $940 million in wages and
employed 14,000 people across Australia in 2013.
CUNARD’S YEAR-LONG PARTY
Celebrity Cruises is about to find out by
offering European river and ocean cruise
The line has 11 packages that combine river
cruising on waterways incuding the Danube,
Rhine, Rhône or Seine with sea cruises around
the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Turkey and other
destinations.The itineraries range from 16 to 24 nights.
For more details, see celebritycruises.com.
Hurtigruten and Evergreen Tours are also offering
a river/ocean package. The 22-day European River
and Norwegian Fjord Cruise combines a deluxe river
voyage and a cruise through Norway’s fjords.
The cruise launches in Budapest where guests board
an Evergreen “Star Ship” for a 15-day river cruise.
Passengers then fly from Amsterdam to Norway to
join a six-night cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes via the
Arctic Circle on a 650-passenger Hurtigruten vessel.
Along the way passengers will witness Norway’s
natural beauty and, depending on the time of the year,
the Northern Lights. See evergreentours.com.au.
resulted in many travellers and cruise lines cancelling trips there.
But now the mood is beginning to change and, in response to increasing demand,
some cruise lines are going back into Egypt, albeit cautiously.
While Seabourn offers cruises there, it is taking no chances with passenger safety –
armed guards and police escorts accompany guests at some“hot spots”.
Uniworld is also planning trips to the destination. Travel Corporation (owner of
Uniworld) chief executive Brett Tollman said cruisers now want to return to tour Egypt.
“We are seeing a pent-up demand for the destination and are delighted to be able to
elevate our support for this truly remarkable part of the world,”he said.
Uniworld’s 12-day program starts and ends in Cairo and guests will spend four nights at
the Four Seasons Cairo before boarding the 82-passenger all-suite River Tosca.
Uniworld president Guy Young said:“Egypt is one of the most awe-inspiring
destinations I have visited and one that no culturally curious traveller will want to miss.
I am delighted we are able to resume sailing the Nile.”
Abercrombie & Kent has a 2015 Egypt program that includes several Nile cruise
options, ranging from a 12-passenger traditional sailing boat to an 80-passenger river
FROM THE RIVER
TO THE SEA
UNDER THE GUN
Royal Caribbean might be on a mission to lure Australians but it
has ruled out giving its local vessels a beer and Vegemite flavour.
Royal Caribbean’s Asia Pacific commercial director Sean Treacy
said the recently revamped Voyager of the Seas would continue
to be“recognisably Voyager”.“Our research found that VB and
Vegemite isn’t what Royal Caribbean passengers want,”he said.
Carnival Cruise Lines has reported strong sales after “Aussifying”
the Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend. It is even considering
adding a third ship to its Australian fleet.
Abercrombie & Kent’s
Sanctuary Sun Boat III
on the Nile
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