SERIAL cruise passengers – there are many nowadays – usually have a soft spot for a certain ship, or cruise line, and book those voyages regularly. For some the size of the ship, a familiar crew, and the style on board – be it black tie dinners and formal nights, or a laid back atmosphere, or expedition focus – finally seal the deal.
Regular cruisers enjoy the benefits of being loyal to a particular cruise line – for them upgrades, discount fares, free wi-fi, exclusive cocktail parties, even dinner with the captain and officers, may be included.
australiancruisingnews.com, also a serial cruiser, admits to having a soft spot for certain cruise ships, and was sad to see Rhapsody of the Seas leave recently after her last season Down Under.
Several years ago Rhapsody of the Seas really kick-started the international style of cruising in Australia, and her sister ship Radiance of the Seas arrived soon after
Next summer Down Under – only six months away – two new Royal Caribbean ships, Explorer of the Seas and Legend of the Seas will make their debut.
Explorer of the Seas, with 3,800 guests, will be the largest cruise ship to home port in Australia for summer, and arrives on November 28 when she will rendezvous with her smaller sister ship Voyager of the Seas in Sydney Harbour. The following month Legend of the Seas sails into her new home port in Brisbane on December 8.
Azamara Quest’s maiden Australian port of call will be Darwin on December 28, before she sails on to Cairns on January 4 next year for her first local cruise, azamaraclubcruises.com
Regular seasonal arrivals next summer include Radiance of the Seas on October 9, Celebrity Solstice on October 21, and Voyager of the Seas on November 5, royalcaribbean.com.au