Australian cruisers cannot believe their good fortune. Suddenly, every cruise line wants their patronage. What’s more those same cruise lines are sending some of the newest ships in their fleet Down Under.
January sees the arrival in Australian waters of Seabourn Cruise Line’s newest ship, Seabourn Encore, which carries 600 guests and creates the feel of a luxury yacht with pampered guests. She even has a marina at the ship’s stern so that guests can get off with ease for a day kayaking, wind surfing or snorkelling.
Encore will be making nine maiden calls to Australian ports from Darwin to Geelong between January 22 and March 17.
Built in the Fincantieri shipyard, Seabourn Encore has just reached an important maritime milestone with the completion of sea trials off the coast of Italy in the Adriatic Sea.
Her first sailing on November 30 will be a 34-day cruise from Athens via the Suez Canal to India and on to Singapore for a gala naming ceremony in early January, before she sails to Australia, seabourn.com
Next month, the world’s sixth largest cruise ship Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, launched only this year, will sail into Australian waters after a season in Asia. Based in Sydney, she will sail itineraries to New Zealand and the South Pacific islands until late February when she cruises back to Asia, returning to Australia in November 2017 for another summer in local waters.
Ovation carries almost 5000 guests, has 25 onboard dining options, 35 bars and cafes, and all manner of attractions to engage guests, royalcaribbean.com.au