Cruising Updates

CNS to AKL with Silversea

Silversea's latest ship, the Silver Discover, will cruise from Cairns on November 3, 2014, berthing in Auckland 18 days later.

The Silver Discoverer will visit islands in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, before sailing to the archipelago of Vanuatu. While in Vanuatu, guests can explore the rich island heritage of Luganville, bathe in the freshwater springs at Champagne Beach and experience the black shores of Ambrym. Sailing into New Caledonia, ports of call will include Lifou and Île des Pins, before heading to Norfolk Island. Silver Discoverer will then navigate the Bay of Islands, reaching Auckland on 21 November, 2014.

Prices start from US$12,750 per person in an Explorer Suite double occupancy. Silversea’s fares include all shore excursions hosted by an expert expedition team; all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet meals with dishes inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary wines, Champagne and spirits served throughout the ships; and all gratuities.

This voyage is subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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China home ports Quantum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, will make its home port in Shanghai (Baoshan), China, bringing the company’s most innovative ship to the world’s fastest-growing cruise market.

The ship will reposition to China in May 2015, following her inaugural winter season sailing out of New York Harbour to the Caribbean. In China, Quantum of the Seas will join Mariner of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas in Asia, increasing the company’s capacity in the region by 66%.

Adam Goldstein, President and COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, says consumers in China have grown to expect the best the world has to offer. 'We are ready to accelerate the growth of this vital market and it is part of our strategy to raise the profile of the global tourism industry amongst Chinese tourists.'

'Every trend we are seeing in China tells us we can achieve a real long-term competitive advantage and appealing returns on our investments in this fast-growing market by accelerating our presence there,' Goldstein says.

The Quantum-class ships, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, will debut a new set of first-at-sea onboard experiences, such as Ripcord by iFLY, a skydiving experience; North Star, an adventure that transports guests more than 300 feet in the air on a breathtaking journey; cutting-edge transformative venues including SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more; and the cruise line’s largest and most advanced staterooms ever.

Guests also will enjoy the new Quantum class 'Dynamic Dining,' a new culinary experience that offers a landscape of 18 restaurant concepts as vast and varied as dining in the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, including specialty restaurants created with partner-chefs Jamie Oliver, Devin Alexander and Michael Schwartz.

The Quantum Class spans 18 decks, encompass 167,800 gross registered tons, carry 4,180 guests at double occupancy and feature 2,090 staterooms.

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Captain Cook Cruises Fiji new brochure

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has released a new Fiji Islands Small Ship Cruising brochure for 2014/15.

The 12 page brochure includes accommodated cruises around the Yasawa Islands, Fiji’s remote north and Lau islands, wedding and romance packages, functions and events, day cruises and Tivua Island stays.

New for 2014 is the 11 night Lau Islands Discovery cruise taking passengers on a voyage of discovery to a part of Fiji rarely seen by tourists - the Lau Islands and Kadavu.

Three, four, seven and eleven night cruises are available as well as day cruises to Tivua Island, providing a taste of what the cruise line can offer.

Jackie Charlton, managing director, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji, says the new brochure offers something for everyone.

‘Our small ship MV Reef Endeavour takes guests to remote islands and villages where larger ships cannot get to and mainland resorts cannot access, for a true authentic Fijian experience.’

To download a complete copy of the brochures click here.

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New Darwin Elite cabins

From June 2, 2014, the mv Santa Cruz is offering a new Darwin Elite cabin class. A popular vessel for cruising the Galapagos Islands, the ship's new cabins will be positioned at the stern of the boat deck, and feature a larger cabin area and additional special amenities and services including complimentary wines and beers at dinner, the use of the VIP lounge at the departure airport in the Galapagos, L’Occitane en Provence products in the bathrooms, bathrobes, free wetsuit rental, turn-down service and priority assistance and service.

Accommodating 90 guests, the mv Santa Cruz will from June offer 12 Darwin Elite cabins, 19 Explorer Plus Standard Cabins, and 12 Explorer Cabins. Contact World Journeys for rates and availability 0800 117311 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Explorer of the Seas new home port

Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas will be home ported in Sydney from November 2015, replacing Rhapsody of the Seas.

The 3,800-guest Explorer of the Seas is a slightly larger sister ship to Voyager of the Seas, currently the largest ship ever to be deployed to the region. The ship’s maiden Australasian season will take in ports across, New Zealand, the South Pacific, and Australia, along with repositioning cruises both to and from Singapore.

The Explorer of the Seas was launched in 2000 and is currently based in Cape Liberty, New York sailing to the Caribbean, Bermuda and Canada. During the northern summer 2015, she will be based in Southampton, England on her first ever European deployment. In October she will then commence a month-long journey to Singapore; followed by a grand tour of western and southern Australia – taking in maiden ports of call in Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne and finally New Zealand – en route to Sydney.

Rhapsody of the Seas will leave the local fleet in April 2015 after eight successive seasons. Demand is expected to be high on her farewell summer 2014-15 season. She will be based in the Mediterranean from May to October 2015 with further itineraries to be announced shortly.

The 2015-16 Australia and New Zealand cruise season will go on sale in the next two weeks.

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Make over for Diamond Princess

After a A$30 million dollar makeover, Diamond Princess is ready to unveil her new look. New additions include the largest Japanese bath at sea, featuring an 800 square metre Japanese bath and garden complex with indoor and outdoor bathing areas, a hydro-therapy pool, ocean-view saunas and stone baths; a new sushi restaurant; designer shopping and the first fragrance bar at sea. The Horizon Court will be upgraded to offer contemporary food service areas and action stations for live a la carte cooking and all cabin interiors will be refreshed; there will be new art gallery displays and an updated Sabatini’s Italian speciality restaurant and more.

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Silversea christens Silver Discoverer

Silver Discoverer is the third expedition ship to join the Silversea Expedition Fleet. The ceremony took place at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore, with a traditional Chinese lion dance performance and Bhangra Folk dancers providing local entertainment.

Following a blessing, honorary godmother Elda Turco Bulgherini, Professor of navigation law at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, officially welcomed Silver Discoverer to the Silversea Expedition Fleet by cutting a ceremonial ribbon.

Fresh from a major refurbishment, the 5,218-tonne Silver Discoverer has been updated with elegant carpets, upholstery and photography. Up to 120 guests are accommodated in 62 ocean-view suites, each featuring an in-suite bar set-up, refrigerator, and a fully renovated bathroom.  In addition to a new walk-in rainforest shower, each bathroom features a new vanity, shelving, mirrors, lighting fixtures, and wood flooring. All suites have been redecorated and outfitted with reupholstered furniture, new flat screen TVs, and new mattresses.

Silver Discoverer will embark on her maiden voyage from Broome to Darwin on April 2, exploring Australia's Kimberley Coast.

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Savings on Hurtigruten Voyages

Hurtigruten is offering 50% off the Second Passenger on select 2014 Classic Norway Voyages departing between April 1 and December 12 2014.

Offer is not valid on suite categories (MX, MG, M2, Q2 & QJ). Applicable for double, triple and 4 berth cabins, with a minimum of 1 full paying adult per cabin. Subject to availability. Valid for sale until May 31, 2014. Contact Discover the World Cruising on 09 623 4293 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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