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  1. Starting on the 27th Of October 2019. Explorer Dream will conduct a series of 21 seven-night cruises in Australia and New Zealand homeporting in Sydney and Auckland and visiting the Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, Brisbane, Eden and Tasmania. The new itineraries are below: “Queensland and the Barrier Reef Cruises”, 6 one-week cruises starting 27 October 2019, calling at: Mooloolaba/Sunshine Coast: Famous for its perfect climate, beautiful golden beaches and crystal clear water. Brisbane: The capital of Queensland and north of the world-famous Gold Coas. Newcastle: Gateway to the Hunter Valley wine region Gladstone: A quaint little village for those who love heritage, history and funky finds. “Tasmania Island and Melbourne Cruises”, 8 one-week cruises starting 9 February 2020, calling at: Port Arthur: A World Heritage city with the first settlements in Australia, Hobart: Capital of the State of Tasmania and one of the most charming cities in the world Burnie: Gateway port to North Tasmania, famous for its lavender fields and wine country. Melbourne: Capital of the State of Victoria and consistently voted as one of the world’s most livable cities. Phillip Island: Famed for its penguin population, the island is also popular for surfers and motoring enthusiasts. Eden: On the sparkling Sapphire Coast, Eden is one of the best whale-watching spots in Australia. “North and South New Zealand Cruises”, 7 one-week cruises starting 15 December 2019, calling at: Wellington: Capital of New Zealand and famous as the background of the “Lord of the Ring” and “Hobbit Trilogy” films Milford Sound/ Doubtful Sound: Fiordland is one of the southern hemisphere’s great wilderness regions and has achieved World Heritage Status for its stunning natural features. Dunedin: Designated as a UNESCO City of Literature and the center of learning in New Zealand with the largest university in the country Napier: Beautifully preserved 1930s architecture is Napier's special point of difference Bay of Islands: A group of 144 islands, famous for its stunning beauty and history, featuring an abundance of wildlife including penguins, dolphins, marlins, whales, gannets and more. Akaroa: Famous as the only French settlement in New Zealand. Picton: The heart of the Marlborough Sounds, this picturesque port town is home to great cafés, restaurants and galleries Gisborne: the unofficial ‘Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand Information supplied by: Dream Cruises And www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!
  2. Starting on the 27th Of October 2019. Explorer Dream will conduct a series of 21 seven-night cruises in Australia and New Zealand homeporting in Sydney and Auckland and visiting the Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, Brisbane, Eden and Tasmania. The new itineraries are below: “Queensland and the Barrier Reef Cruises”, 6 one-week cruises starting 27 October 2019, calling at: Mooloolaba/Sunshine Coast: Famous for its perfect climate, beautiful golden beaches and crystal clear water. Brisbane: The capital of Queensland and north of the world-famous Gold Coas. Newcastle: Gateway to the Hunter Valley wine region Gladstone: A quaint little village for those who love heritage, history and funky finds. “Tasmania Island and Melbourne Cruises”, 8 one-week cruises starting 9 February 2020, calling at: Port Arthur: A World Heritage city with the first settlements in Australia, Hobart: Capital of the State of Tasmania and one of the most charming cities in the world Burnie: Gateway port to North Tasmania, famous for its lavender fields and wine country. Melbourne: Capital of the State of Victoria and consistently voted as one of the world’s most livable cities. Phillip Island: Famed for its penguin population, the island is also popular for surfers and motoring enthusiasts. Eden: On the sparkling Sapphire Coast, Eden is one of the best whale-watching spots in Australia. “North and South New Zealand Cruises”, 7 one-week cruises starting 15 December 2019, calling at: Wellington: Capital of New Zealand and famous as the background of the “Lord of the Ring” and “Hobbit Trilogy” films Milford Sound/ Doubtful Sound: Fiordland is one of the southern hemisphere’s great wilderness regions and has achieved World Heritage Status for its stunning natural features. Dunedin: Designated as a UNESCO City of Literature and the center of learning in New Zealand with the largest university in the country Napier: Beautifully preserved 1930s architecture is Napier's special point of difference Bay of Islands: A group of 144 islands, famous for its stunning beauty and history, featuring an abundance of wildlife including penguins, dolphins, marlins, whales, gannets and more. Akaroa: Famous as the only French settlement in New Zealand. Picton: The heart of the Marlborough Sounds, this picturesque port town is home to great cafés, restaurants and galleries Gisborne: the unofficial ‘Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand Information supplied by: Dream Cruises And www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising! View full article
  3. Genting Hong Kong has announced that the SuperStar Virgo which is the sister ship to Norwegian cruise lines , Norwegian Spirit formally known as Superstar Leo will move from Star Cruises to Dream Cruises in April 2019. The 1998-built, 2,000-guest ship will sail from Northern Asia next summer and then move to Australia and New Zealand for the Australian cruising season. The ship will be renamed the Explorer Dream. Explorer Dream will conduct a series of 21 seven-night cruises in Australia and New Zealand, homeporting in Sydney and Auckland and visiting the Great Barrier Reef, Brisbane, Melbourne, Eden and Tasmania. Stay tuned for more information! Welcome back Explorer Dream ( Superstar Virgo) to Australia! Information supplied by: www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising! #DreamCruises View full article
  4. Genting Hong Kong has announced that the SuperStar Virgo which is the sister ship to Norwegian cruise lines , Norwegian Spirit formally known as Superstar Leo will move from Star Cruises to Dream Cruises in April 2019. The 1998-built, 2,000-guest ship will sail from Northern Asia next summer and then move to Australia and New Zealand for the Australian cruising season. The ship will be renamed the Explorer Dream. Explorer Dream will conduct a series of 21 seven-night cruises in Australia and New Zealand, homeporting in Sydney and Auckland and visiting the Great Barrier Reef, Brisbane, Melbourne, Eden and Tasmania. Stay tuned for more information! Welcome back Explorer Dream ( Superstar Virgo) to Australia! Information supplied by: www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising! #DreamCruises
  5. As many Australian’s are aware Australia is in the middle of one of the worst droughts we have ever seen, channel nine’s today show and also channel sevens sunrise have even got right behind our farmers with raising much needed funds for those in need. Not only is there the financial toll that many of our struggling farmers feel up against it but there is also the emotional and physical toll that along with that as well. That’s why rural aid has started a drought appeal called: Rural Aid's Buy-A-Bale drought appeal campaign. Below is some information about the Buy A Bale Campaign and Support of Rural Australia: Rural Aid's Buy-A-Bale drought appeal campaign is providing meaningful support for farmers by delivering hay and other essential items to farmers who have no feed left for their cattle or sheep. All donations to the drought assistance campaign have a fourfold effect. Some hay is donated, some we buy, so we’re feeding a hay farmer and their family. Some of our truckies are donating their time and diesel, some loads we’re paying for, so we’re feeding truckies and their families. In the end we deliver relief to our farmers at no cost to them. Australians, donating to Buy a Bale is helping not just farmers but their communities and so many more people. So thank you on behalf of our farmers for your support. Not only is there the Rural Aid and its Buy-A-Bale campaign, there is also P&O Cruises Australia who have decided to help out and jump in and Work in conjunction with the charity. P&O Cruises Australia has set aside 85 cabins across two separate four-night cruises to give hard-pressed farmers and their families a break from the crippling drought in New South Wales and Queensland. The cruises — one from Sydney to Moreton Island and the other from Brisbane to the Whitsundays — are being offered in the face of the disastrous drought that has resulted in 100 per cent of New South Wales’ land area and nearly 60 per cent of Queensland’s land area being drought declared, with large sections described as being subject to ‘intense drought’ conditions. President P&O Cruises Australia Sture Myrmell spoke of the powerful impact of the drought on rural families and of Rural Aid's inspiring efforts to coordinate and deliver relief to people on the land including massive road convoys of trucks carrying badly needed feed to stricken livestock. “We know from Rural Aid that the physical and emotional toll of such a severe and prolonged drought on rural communities is enormous and that many farmers have not had a break in years,” Mr Myrmell said. “As much as everyone across Australia would like to, we cannot make it rain to break the drought but we can do what we can to give some farmers a welcome respite from the burden in the best way we know how by making cruise opportunities available. “We are very proud to be working in partnership with such a widely respected organisation as Rural Aid and its Buy-A-Bale campaign to make this happen.” Rural Aid is working with P&O Cruises to nominate farmers in New South Wales and Queensland who will sail on the cruises on Pacific Explorer and Pacific Dawn from Sydney and Brisbane on December 4 and December 10 respectively. CEO Rural Aid Charles Alder said, “Whilst we're moving thousands of tonnes of hay for our farmers through our Buy A Bale program, this offer from P&O Cruises will equally bring mental relief to our farmers stressing about their animals but also their own situation. “These cruises will provide a great opportunity to break out and relax. We've put the call out to our volunteer base with farm-sitting experience to help allow these farmers to get away and know their farms are in good hands.” Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia And www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising! View full article
  6. As many Australian’s are aware Australia is in the middle of one of the worst droughts we have ever seen, channel nine’s today show and also channel sevens sunrise have even got right behind our farmers with raising much needed funds for those in need. Not only is there the financial toll that many of our struggling farmers feel up against it but there is also the emotional and physical toll that along with that as well. That’s why rural aid has started a drought appeal called: Rural Aid's Buy-A-Bale drought appeal campaign. Below is some information about the Buy A Bale Campaign and Support of Rural Australia: Rural Aid's Buy-A-Bale drought appeal campaign is providing meaningful support for farmers by delivering hay and other essential items to farmers who have no feed left for their cattle or sheep. All donations to the drought assistance campaign have a fourfold effect. Some hay is donated, some we buy, so we’re feeding a hay farmer and their family. Some of our truckies are donating their time and diesel, some loads we’re paying for, so we’re feeding truckies and their families. In the end we deliver relief to our farmers at no cost to them. Australians, donating to Buy a Bale is helping not just farmers but their communities and so many more people. So thank you on behalf of our farmers for your support. Not only is there the Rural Aid and its Buy-A-Bale campaign, there is also P&O Cruises Australia who have decided to help out and jump in and Work in conjunction with the charity. P&O Cruises Australia has set aside 85 cabins across two separate four-night cruises to give hard-pressed farmers and their families a break from the crippling drought in New South Wales and Queensland. The cruises — one from Sydney to Moreton Island and the other from Brisbane to the Whitsundays — are being offered in the face of the disastrous drought that has resulted in 100 per cent of New South Wales’ land area and nearly 60 per cent of Queensland’s land area being drought declared, with large sections described as being subject to ‘intense drought’ conditions. President P&O Cruises Australia Sture Myrmell spoke of the powerful impact of the drought on rural families and of Rural Aid's inspiring efforts to coordinate and deliver relief to people on the land including massive road convoys of trucks carrying badly needed feed to stricken livestock. “We know from Rural Aid that the physical and emotional toll of such a severe and prolonged drought on rural communities is enormous and that many farmers have not had a break in years,” Mr Myrmell said. “As much as everyone across Australia would like to, we cannot make it rain to break the drought but we can do what we can to give some farmers a welcome respite from the burden in the best way we know how by making cruise opportunities available. “We are very proud to be working in partnership with such a widely respected organisation as Rural Aid and its Buy-A-Bale campaign to make this happen.” Rural Aid is working with P&O Cruises to nominate farmers in New South Wales and Queensland who will sail on the cruises on Pacific Explorer and Pacific Dawn from Sydney and Brisbane on December 4 and December 10 respectively. CEO Rural Aid Charles Alder said, “Whilst we're moving thousands of tonnes of hay for our farmers through our Buy A Bale program, this offer from P&O Cruises will equally bring mental relief to our farmers stressing about their animals but also their own situation. “These cruises will provide a great opportunity to break out and relax. We've put the call out to our volunteer base with farm-sitting experience to help allow these farmers to get away and know their farms are in good hands.” Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia And www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising!
  7. P&O Cruises Australia announced a second Grand Class ship will join the family while bidding farewell to one of its “jewels” as part of the cruise line’s commitment to refresh the fleet over time. Carrying more than 3,100 guests, Star Princess will join her sister ship, Golden Princess, in the P&O Cruises Australia fleet from the end of 2021. Star Princess will replace the much-loved and considerably smaller Pacific Jewel, which will leave P&O Cruises in March next year, by which time she will have served the brand for almost 10 years. President of P&O Cruises and Carnival Australia, Sture Myrmell, said welcoming two Grand Class ships – Star Princess and Golden Princess – was part of the evolution of the P&O Cruises fleet. In September last year, P&O Cruises announced its plan to refresh its fleet over time, continuing to evolve the guest experience and creating economies of scale necessary to compete effectively in today’s environment. “Pacific Jewel has been a jewel by name and by nature. I feel sentimental farewelling a much-loved ship but excited for the future because the addition of two bigger ships is a game-changer for P&O Cruises Australia and its guests,” Mr Myrmell said. “P&O Cruises Australia is all about offering a great value cruise holiday that celebrates modern Australia across food, entertainment, activities and service delivered in a contemporary setting. We are ensuring P&O Cruises has the right ships for a contemporary brand operating in a competitive market.” Mr Myrmell said P&O Cruises would continue to base ships year-round in its key homeports of Sydney and Brisbane as well as offering seasonal sailings from other Australian states and New Zealand. A transformed Golden Princess will join the P&O Cruises fleet in October 2020 while her sister ship, Star Princess, will join P&O Cruises at the end of 2021. Pacific Jewel’s final voyage will depart from Melbourne on 24 February, 2019 before being transferred to a new operator following her sale. P&O Cruises will assist guests affected by deployment changes to make alternative arrangements, including their choice of: Rebooking on equivalent or near equivalent cruises on other P&O Cruises’ ships Offering a choice of alternative cruises on other ships in the P&O Cruises’ fleet where a near equivalent match is not possible Providing a full refund to guests for whom no alternative cruise choice is suitable (any guest whose cruise is cancelled can choose to obtain a full refund). P&O Cruises will contact all guests over the coming weeks to provide further information on alternative options. “We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause some guests and will work hard to find alternatives for those whose holiday plans are affected. We also thank guests for their patience because it is likely to take some weeks to put everything in place but we hope this good news will be well received by our loyal guests,” Mr Myrmell said. Dedicated telephone and email channels have been established for guests who have questions related to an affected cruise: Australia Phone line: 1300 550 491 New Zealand Phone line: 0800 543 177 Email Address: cruiseupdates@pocruises.com.au Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia And www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising! Golden Princess Photo supplied by: http://morgan-photo.com/portfolio/the-golden-princess-arrives-in-melbourne-30th-oct-2015/ View full article
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    P&O Announces New Ship and Bids Farewell to Older Ship

    P&O Cruises Australia announced a second Grand Class ship will join the family while bidding farewell to one of its “jewels” as part of the cruise line’s commitment to refresh the fleet over time. Carrying more than 3,100 guests, Star Princess will join her sister ship, Golden Princess, in the P&O Cruises Australia fleet from the end of 2021. Star Princess will replace the much-loved and considerably smaller Pacific Jewel, which will leave P&O Cruises in March next year, by which time she will have served the brand for almost 10 years. President of P&O Cruises and Carnival Australia, Sture Myrmell, said welcoming two Grand Class ships – Star Princess and Golden Princess – was part of the evolution of the P&O Cruises fleet. In September last year, P&O Cruises announced its plan to refresh its fleet over time, continuing to evolve the guest experience and creating economies of scale necessary to compete effectively in today’s environment. “Pacific Jewel has been a jewel by name and by nature. I feel sentimental farewelling a much-loved ship but excited for the future because the addition of two bigger ships is a game-changer for P&O Cruises Australia and its guests,” Mr Myrmell said. “P&O Cruises Australia is all about offering a great value cruise holiday that celebrates modern Australia across food, entertainment, activities and service delivered in a contemporary setting. We are ensuring P&O Cruises has the right ships for a contemporary brand operating in a competitive market.” Mr Myrmell said P&O Cruises would continue to base ships year-round in its key homeports of Sydney and Brisbane as well as offering seasonal sailings from other Australian states and New Zealand. A transformed Golden Princess will join the P&O Cruises fleet in October 2020 while her sister ship, Star Princess, will join P&O Cruises at the end of 2021. Pacific Jewel’s final voyage will depart from Melbourne on 24 February, 2019 before being transferred to a new operator following her sale. P&O Cruises will assist guests affected by deployment changes to make alternative arrangements, including their choice of: Rebooking on equivalent or near equivalent cruises on other P&O Cruises’ ships Offering a choice of alternative cruises on other ships in the P&O Cruises’ fleet where a near equivalent match is not possible Providing a full refund to guests for whom no alternative cruise choice is suitable (any guest whose cruise is cancelled can choose to obtain a full refund). P&O Cruises will contact all guests over the coming weeks to provide further information on alternative options. “We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause some guests and will work hard to find alternatives for those whose holiday plans are affected. We also thank guests for their patience because it is likely to take some weeks to put everything in place but we hope this good news will be well received by our loyal guests,” Mr Myrmell said. Dedicated telephone and email channels have been established for guests who have questions related to an affected cruise: Australia Phone line: 1300 550 491 New Zealand Phone line: 0800 543 177 Email Address: cruiseupdates@pocruises.com.au Information supplied by: P&O Cruises Australia And www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising! Golden Princess Photo supplied by: http://morgan-photo.com/portfolio/the-golden-princess-arrives-in-melbourne-30th-oct-2015/
  9. It’s a must watch video, so cancel your plans and tune into Channel 10 on Sunday the 19th of August at 3.30 pm to watch Flight Centre’s latest episode of The 48 Hour Destination, filmed entirely on-board Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas. Flight Centre Travel Consultants Greer Gardiner and Tayla Barkhusen have the time of their lives as they attempt t...o experience all the incredible features on-board Ovation of the Seas in just 48 hours. The episode was originally aired on Saturday the 04th of August at 1pm on channel 10 and will be available on TenPlay. Apart from the cabins on Royal Caribbean’s Ovation Of The Seas, this episode from The 48 Hour Destination gives a great insight as to what it’s like on board Ovation Of The Seas! Information supplied by: www.australiancruisngnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising! #RCLSeaBeyond #LiveLifeBig #Supercruising #RoyalCaribbean #LiveBIGonroyal #ComeSeek View full article
  10. It’s a must watch video, so cancel your plans and tune into Channel 10 on Sunday the 19th of August at 3.30 pm to watch Flight Centre’s latest episode of The 48 Hour Destination, filmed entirely on-board Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas. Flight Centre Travel Consultants Greer Gardiner and Tayla Barkhusen have the time of their lives as they attempt t...o experience all the incredible features on-board Ovation of the Seas in just 48 hours. The episode was originally aired on Saturday the 04th of August at 1pm on channel 10 and will be available on TenPlay. Apart from the cabins on Royal Caribbean’s Ovation Of The Seas, this episode from The 48 Hour Destination gives a great insight as to what it’s like on board Ovation Of The Seas! Information supplied by: www.australiancruisngnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising! #RCLSeaBeyond #LiveLifeBig #Supercruising #RoyalCaribbean #LiveBIGonroyal #ComeSeek
  11. While it is disappointing to learn today that Garden Island will not be used as a cruise ship terminal, it certainly was not a surprise to those in the Australian cruising industry. The reason why Garden Island won’t be used as a cruise ship terminal is down to the following reason. "A future terminal at Garden Island will not be considered following advice from the Commonwealth Government, Melinda Pavey who is the New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight said citing significant challenges in sharing berth space alongside the navy. Minister Pavey had this morning released the state government's long-awaited Cruise Development Plan, saying the move would "provide a blueprint for growing the cruise industry in NSW". Please see the Cruising Development Plan here: http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/cruise The state's Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall, said the measures would "help keep the cruise industry powering along...it is vital we take the steps necessary to propel the industry's future growth". The plan builds on the NSW Government’s significant investments in the state’s cruise industry. The CDP details ten actions to support the industry both in Sydney and in regional NSW, with options to address short, medium and long-term capacity constraints. This will ensure that NSW remains a world-class cruise destination and continues to capitalize on economic benefits this industry brings to our state CLIA Australia chair Sture Myrmell welcomed the plan, saying the industry would work constructively with the NSW government. “Our industry has been advocating for a solution to Sydney’s infrastructure constraints for some years and having a clear plan of action with the NSW Government is a step forward to achieve greater certainty and a platform for growth,” Myrmell said. Information supplied by: N.S.W. Department Of Industry And www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising! Photo supplied by: Brian Gaskin of www.australiancruisingnews.com.au View full article
  12. While it is disappointing to learn today that Garden Island will not be used as a cruise ship terminal, it certainly was not a surprise to those in the Australian cruising industry. The reason why Garden Island won’t be used as a cruise ship terminal is down to the following reason. "A future terminal at Garden Island will not be considered following advice from the Commonwealth Government, Melinda Pavey who is the New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight said citing significant challenges in sharing berth space alongside the navy. Minister Pavey had this morning released the state government's long-awaited Cruise Development Plan, saying the move would "provide a blueprint for growing the cruise industry in NSW". Please see the Cruising Development Plan here: http://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/cruise The state's Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall, said the measures would "help keep the cruise industry powering along...it is vital we take the steps necessary to propel the industry's future growth". The plan builds on the NSW Government’s significant investments in the state’s cruise industry. The CDP details ten actions to support the industry both in Sydney and in regional NSW, with options to address short, medium and long-term capacity constraints. This will ensure that NSW remains a world-class cruise destination and continues to capitalize on economic benefits this industry brings to our state CLIA Australia chair Sture Myrmell welcomed the plan, saying the industry would work constructively with the NSW government. “Our industry has been advocating for a solution to Sydney’s infrastructure constraints for some years and having a clear plan of action with the NSW Government is a step forward to achieve greater certainty and a platform for growth,” Myrmell said. Information supplied by: N.S.W. Department Of Industry And www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising! Photo supplied by: Brian Gaskin of www.australiancruisingnews.com.au
  13. As Aussies across the country celebrate Christmas in July, Carnival Cruise Line today marked the official eve of the mid-winter season (24 July), Grinchmas Eve, with a thrilling spectacle across Sydney Harbour. In an unexpected sight for Sydneysiders and cruisers, The Grinch dramatically winched himself from a helicopter above Sydney Harbour, in an attempt to steal the Christmas fun from Carnival Spirit. After his fearless drop from the helicopter, Carnival cruisers then caught sight of The Grinch this morning causing chaos onboard the ship; pinching the Captain’s hat, hiding the turkey and stealing lollipops from the Cherry on Top sweet shop. Today’s visit was an unexpected secret mission, but The Grinch will return for surprise appearances throughout Carnival’s Christmas cruises. With over 45 activities to enjoy onboard each day, the fastest and steepest waterslide at sea – Green Thunder – and multiple live entertainment venues, in the end even the The Grinch couldn’t resist turning his frown upside down, dancing along to all of the fun he was witnessing onboard. The Grinch has now made his way on-board Carnival Spirit, making amends with the Captain after stealing his hat and causing mischief. The two have enjoyed a lovely Grinchmas Eve feast – they told jokes, shared Christmas stories and had FUN soaking up Sydney’s sunshine. Information supplied by: Carnival Cruise Line, Australia And www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising! Photos by: James Morgan of http://morgan-photo.com/ View full article
  14. As Aussies across the country celebrate Christmas in July, Carnival Cruise Line today marked the official eve of the mid-winter season (24 July), Grinchmas Eve, with a thrilling spectacle across Sydney Harbour. In an unexpected sight for Sydneysiders and cruisers, The Grinch dramatically winched himself from a helicopter above Sydney Harbour, in an attempt to steal the Christmas fun from Carnival Spirit. After his fearless drop from the helicopter, Carnival cruisers then caught sight of The Grinch this morning causing chaos onboard the ship; pinching the Captain’s hat, hiding the turkey and stealing lollipops from the Cherry on Top sweet shop. Today’s visit was an unexpected secret mission, but The Grinch will return for surprise appearances throughout Carnival’s Christmas cruises. With over 45 activities to enjoy onboard each day, the fastest and steepest waterslide at sea – Green Thunder – and multiple live entertainment venues, in the end even the The Grinch couldn’t resist turning his frown upside down, dancing along to all of the fun he was witnessing onboard. The Grinch has now made his way on-board Carnival Spirit, making amends with the Captain after stealing his hat and causing mischief. The two have enjoyed a lovely Grinchmas Eve feast – they told jokes, shared Christmas stories and had FUN soaking up Sydney’s sunshine. Information supplied by: Carnival Cruise Line, Australia And www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising! Photos by: James Morgan of http://morgan-photo.com/
  15. Do You Want To See Australia’s Largest Cruise Ship From The River To The Sea? Well now you can with Australia’s biggest Cruise ship Ovation of the Seas navigating the river "Ems" from Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany to Eemshaven, the Netherlands on March 11 and 12, 2016. The 348 meter long ship with a tug boat formation was navigating the narrow river guided by Differential GPS. The Ovation of the Seas together with the Quantum and Anthem of the Seas are the third biggest cruise ships in the world and actually the biggest ever build in Germany at the Meyer Weft shipyard. Ovation Of The Seas is due back into Sydney on the 02nd Of November 2018 to start her third summer cruising season in Australia. Thank you to our wonder friends at Meyer Werft shipyard for this stunning video. Information supplied by: www.australiancruisingnews.com.au The HOME Of Australian Cruising! View full article
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