The race is on as international ships sail repositioning cruises to Australia for a busy summer Down Under.
The ships are chasing the sun from the northern hemisphere where autumn is closing in. As australiancruisingnews.com notes, many are sailing from Alaskan waters which rate tops with first-time cruisers for natural wonders and wildlife at close quarters.
Repositioning cruises are popular among seasoned passengers as such cruises offer one-of-a-kind itineraries that usually include exotic Pacific islands such as Hawaii and Tahiti. These cruises are longer than the usual 10-day itineraries, include several days at sea with no ports of call, and are a one-way ticket.
Princess Cruises’ Diamond Princess is en route to Australia from Japan on a 23-night cruise, that takes in China, Vietnam, Singapore, Bali and Darwin, before Sydney where she is based until March next year.
Sister ship Golden Princess is sailing from San Francisco (USA) on a 28-night cruise that takes in Hawaii, Tahiti, American Samoa, and New Zealand, and will be home ported in Melbourne for five months, princess.com.au
Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas has left Hawaii on a 20-day repositioning cruise to Sydney that calls into Papeete, Moorea, and Bora Bora (Tahiti), before Wellington and Picton (New Zealand).
Celebrity Solstice, also in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, is on an 18-day voyage to Sydney via Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand, royalcaribbean.com.au
Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Legend sails to Sydney on a 19-night cruise from Hawaii that takes in the Society Islands, Tahiti, Fiji, and New Caledonia, carnival.com.au
Holland America’s Volendam has left Vancouver (Canada) on a 25-night cruise to Sydney, via Seattle (USA), Hawaii, Pago Pago (French Samoa), Fiji, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia. The cruise includes 14 sea days to enjoy onboard activities and facilities.
Sister ship Noordam sails a similar route Down Under, arriving in Sydney on October 25, hollandamerica.com