America, the UK, Fiji, and New Zealand are now known as ‘COVID Safe Nations.’ Because of this, it's now safe for cruising to recommence in those countries.
On Sunday 15th August 2021, the Carnival Mardigras Cruise Ship departed from San Quan Portorico for the first time since the Pandemic began in 2020. Mike the Travel Lover was on board the ship for the five night maiden voyage. He filmed the departure LIVE on his Facebook page, and said, "The working cruising ships are sailing at 'half
This blog contains fun ‘Do it yourself’ ideas to turn your house into a cruise ship; starting with ‘enjoying the shore excursions in your home country.’
Shore Excursions: We might not be able to go on a cruise at the moment; but that doesn't mean we can’t still enjoy all the shore excursions to support the tourism industry in our home countries because there’s still so much to see, and the countries we live in has so much to offer. I’m an Australian who lives in Melbourne. Not all ships d
After a long wait; the COVID vaccine finally arrived in Australia on Monday 22nd of February 2021, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison was among the first to get the vaccine.
Although there’s a chance the vaccine might not work, and those receiving the two part jab are required to remain in the doctors (or nurses) office for up to thirty after having it ‘just in case there’s any side effects;’ the question here is, “would you have the jab if it means you can Cruise again?”
People go on solo cruises all the time for all types of reasons. One of the many benefits of Single or Solo Cruising verses Family or Group Cursing is 'you have more freedom (because it’s just you) and you get to do cruising your way.' Like most Cruise lines; Princess Cruises caters for the needs of Solo Cruises. During most Sea Days, the Princess Cruise line holds 'Singles or Solo Afternoon Tea Events.' These events were designed to make Singles or Solo Travellers feel more at home whilst o
The Cruise industry is slowly starting to re-open after the COVID-19 Pandemic lock down. During the August edition of Princess Connects LIVE, I found out the new ‘Medallion Classed Cruise Ships’ from Princess Cruises. Apparently, these mega ships already caters for the new restrictions of COVID-19 so it’s an ideal for your first cruise when the boarders reopen.
So what is a Medallion classed Vacation? Available as a
This blog is for Australian cruiselings!
Everyone’s asking, “when is International travel likely to resume from Australia?’ This is a great question, and the answer is this. International flights are expected to resume in 2024, and starting December 2020; Cruise Ships aren’t expected to return fully to International waters until the end of 2021.
Despite this, the good news is ‘Australian Travel is believed to start first,’ and Australia has so many amazing places to visit; including:
2020 was the year the cruise industry changed forever. The Coronavirus hit the Diamond Princess Cruise ship when it was docked in Yokohama Japan; (turning it into a floating Petrie dish). I've been on several cruises, and the air quality inside the cabins isn't very good. Research has shown 'the Coronavirus spread from the sick passengers to the other passengers on board the vessel through the ships air conditioning system. Despite claims 'the air conditioning system recycles the air that goe
Departing from Melbourne on Sunday 3rd November 2019; we’ll be cruising in ‘Fiji and the South Pacific’ for fourteen nights on board the Golden Princess before the cruise ship retires to P&O, and becomes the ‘Pacific Adventurer;' replacing the Pacific Jewel who left the princess fleet in March 2019. Although we’ll only be in Fiji for two days this time; I’m really looking forward to going back, and seeing all the changes in what I love to call 'the mother land.'
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On Monday 9th October 2017, I spent the day at Manly; knowing (before hand) the Carnival Spirit cruise ship was in town. When I arrived at Circular Quay, I took some photos of the beautiful ship prior to boarding the Manly Ferry.
During my day in Manly, I went for a walk, took photos, did some filming, and enjoyed a yummy afternoon tea before returning to Circular Quay on the 5pm Ferry. It wasn’t long after the departure from Manly Wharf when I saw the Carnival Spirit Cruise ship coming
It’s a fact that ‘Sydney Harbour loves to show off their boats to the rest of the world on Australia Day, and Australia Day 2018 was no exception because this was the day ‘three P&O Cruise Ships was docked in Sydney Harbour to Celebrate Australia's big day.’
On Wednesday 26th January 2017, 'the Pacific Explorer, the Pacific Eden, and the Pacific Area' cruise ships were anchored in Sydney Harbour to Celebrate Australia Day. Thanks to the Sea Scanner Website; I found out in advanced the
On Thursday 26th November 2015, the P&O Five Spectacular took place in Sydney Harbour. Although the three Queen Cruise ships (Mary, Elizabeth, and Victoria) reunited in Sydney a few years prior; this was the first time ‘five cruise ships were in town on the same day. Click here to view the highlights video. I also found this video for those of you who 'weren't on board the five ships during their Sydney arrival. Click here to view the video, and enjoy.
This event was announced severa
One of the things I love about being in Manly is ‘you can always tell if there's a cruise ship in Sydney Harbour because on a clear day; you can hear the loud horn blast from Manly Ferry Wharf.’ As well as being incredibly deafening; a ships horn blast can be heard from as far as ten miles away from the actual ship.
On Thursday 16th August 2007, I was sitting on cement wall near Manly wharf when I heard a loud noise coming from Sydney harbour. I must’ve been deep in thought because when I h
Working on P&O Australia recently I have been promoted to a new position. I have been classified as a "fly on" entertainer now, which means I come on for 1 or 2 cruises at a time to entertain the guests, and then I go home until my next short contract. It is a great position and gives me the ability to have more guest privileges. So I wanted to check out all of the restaurants on board and try the food out.
In the excitement of getting ready to depart for vacation, it's easy to overlook trip-related responsibilities that should be completed before leaving the house. Some of these chores make travel easier, and some are absolutely necessary. Don't leave home without checking the following list ...