Cruising Updates

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.

Cruising Updates

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.

Cruising Updates

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.

Cruising Updates

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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New destination for Island Passage

Luxury small ship cruising specialists Island Escape has added another New Zealand destination to its itinerary.

The Island Passage cruise ship will now venture to Abel Tasman National Park, cutting down on time spent at Fiordland due to wet weather.

Owner Peter Bissett says he wanted to bring the best of summer to his guests.

'It's such a beautiful place and we just wanted to be there.'

Island Passage captain Mark Inglis and chief stewardess Emma Taylor giving travel agents a guided tour of the luxury cruise ship in Auckland this week

The company is also offering free flights to Vanuatu to anyone who books a Romance of Vanuatu cruise departing May 2014.

Click here for more information on Island Escape cruises and their current offers.

Cruising Updates

Earn 20% on Un-Cruise

World Journeys is offering agents 20% commission on new bookings of select Un-Cruise Adventures cruises when deposited by May 30, 2014. The offer applies to any 2014 departures aboard SS Legacy and Safari Endeavour, which include in Alaska – the Wilderness Passage of Discovery, the Famed Passages of Discovery, Alaska’s Golden History, and Gold Rush Legacy; and in Oregon – the Legacy of Discovery.

Savings of up to US$700 per couple are available on early bookings of selected Un-Cruise Adventures cruise departures in Hawaii, Mexico’s Sea of Cortes, Alaska, Oregon and Coastal Washington. Contact 0800 117311 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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