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Sailing into a Thrilling Summer Cruise Season
       The bumper cruise season kicked off   variety of sailings around the country
       on Saturday 15 September with the   with P&O Cruises’ Pacific Jewel, Pacific
       arrival of the first international ship of   Dawn and Pacific Aria offering the
       the 2018/19 season – Princess Cruises’   cruise line’s first three-ship deployment
       Majestic Princess.                  in Brisbane and Pacific Explorer sailing
       CLIA Australasia & Asia Managing    from Sydney, while Carnival Cruise Line’s
       Director Joel Katz said cruise-lovers were   Carnival Legend will sail on a record
       in for a treat this summer. “Australians   nine cruises from Melbourne in January
       can look forward to a parade of brand   and February. In addition to Majestic   will be nine maiden Australian calls for
       new ships as well as some beloved   Princess, Princess Cruises will have local   Seabourn with Seabourn Sojourn.
       favourites. From head-turners such as   favourites Golden Princess, Sea Princess   The season for Royal Caribbean
       Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth and Royal   and Sun Princess.                   Cruises (RCL Cruises) started with
       Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, to   Ensuring ports right around Australia   the return of Radiance of the Seas
       newcomers’ Majestic Princess, and Le   receive the economic benefits of cruise   on 6 October – setting up Royal
       Laperouse, Australia’s coastline will be   tourism, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth   Caribbean International, Celebrity
       abuzz with the worlds most exciting   will make her maiden call to Burnie   Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises for
       cruise ships all summer. With a total   in Tasmania on 18 February, P&O will   a monumental 2018/19 season. With
       of four ships making their maiden visit   offer its biggest ever Adelaide program   five Australia-based ships, RCL Cruises
       down under, including two of the    from January to March, and Holland   will offer 83 cruises throughout Australia,
       newest ships at sea, there’s no doubt   America’s Amsterdam, Noordam and   New Zealand, the South Pacific and
       that Australia has the attention of the   Maasdam will make seven maiden   Asia during the 2018/19 season.
       world’s leading cruise lines and has   Australian calls this season including   The 18/19 summer marks the first
       stamped its place on the global cruise   Norfolk Island, Bunbury, Broome, Kuri   Australian season for newly appointed
       map,” Mr Katz said.                 Bay, Gladstone, Airlie Beach and     managing director Susan Bonner,
       Creating excitement for expedition   Newcastle.                          who is preparing for some major
       cruisers, Ponant’s brand new small ship   While Sydney remains the cruising   announcements amongst the
       Le Laperouse will make its maiden visit   gateway to Australia with 45 ships   upcoming seasons’ sailings: “Australian
       to Australia in early 2019, offering a   making 285 visits to the Harbour City   guests love our three brands – the
       season of cruises in the Kimberley. The   this summer, regional New South Wales   adventure and innovation of our Royal
       184-passenger ship debuted earlier   towns will also reap the rewards of cruise   Caribbean ships; the sophisticated food,
       this year and boasts an underwater   tourism with the Sapphire Coast set to   wine and style of our Celebrity ship;
       bar with marine viewing opportunities,   welcome 15 ships, Newcastle looking   and the destination immersion found
       Michelin-starred French fine dining   forward to hosting 10 ships, which is   on our boutique Azamara ships; we’re
       and a stunning infinity pool. MSC’s   twice as many as last season, and Port   responding to that local love with some
       3223-passenger Magnifica will also call   Kembla set to receive two ship visits   big announcements later in the season.”
       at Sydney for the first time in January,   after welcoming its first cruise ship last   Highlights include Ovation of the Seas,
       bringing some Italian glitz down under.   summer.                        Explorer of the Seas, and Radiance of
       The largest ship to call Australia home,   Carnival Australia Cruises into Record   the Seas sailing from Sydney, offering
       Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas,   Season – Australia’s ports are set for a   60 voyages ranging from three to 21
       returns to Australia in late November   bumper cruise season with Carnival   nights, calls at 38 ports across Australia,
       for its longest season yet, sailing from   Australia-brand ships making a record   New Zealand, the South Pacific, Asia
       Sydney until late March. Meanwhile   696 calls, up 13 per cent on the previous   and North America (Hawaii). Radiance
       Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth will make   summer season’s record of 616 calls,   of the Seas will sail Royal Caribbean’s
       history when it offers its first Australian   generating around $500 million in   very first departure from Melbourne
       season of cruises from Sydney and   economic activity. The 696 calls will be   whilst sister ship Voyager of the Seas will
       Melbourne in February and March     made to 38 different Australian ports,   temporarily homeport in Asia for the
       2019, marking the longest deployment   compared to 33 ports last year, enabling   2018/19 season, before returning fresh
       of a Cunard ship down under. Queen   the economic benefit of the cruise   from a multimillion dollar modernisation
       Elizabeth will briefly be joined by sister   season to spread even further.   next year.
       ship Queen Victoria in February.    Carnival Australia President Sture   Celebrity Solstice returns for her seventh
       Luxury aficionados will be spoilt for   Myrmell said the estimated $500 million   local season, offering 16 cruises to 37
       choice with Seabourn’s Seabourn     economic contribution to local ports   ports of call. Itineraries range from nine
       Sojourn and Seabourn Encore, Crystal   over the summer cruise season would   to eighteen nights with departures
       Cruises’ Crystal Serenity and Crystal   include passenger and crew spending,   from Sydney, Auckland, Fremantle and
       Symphony, Regent Seven Seas and     supplies and port charges.           Honolulu.
       Silversea’s Silver Whisper and Silver    “With cruise industry figures showing   Highlights for Azamara – This will be
       Muse all visiting Australia in the coming   that local cruising continues to grow   Azamara Club Cruises’ fourth season
       months. Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking   in strength, we’re very excited to   in our waters, the second season for
       Orion, which debuted this year, is also   be adding even more Australian   Azamara Quest and the line’s biggest
       coming. Another visitor will be Seven   destinations to the cruise map this   year yet down under, offering seven
       Seas Mariner of the Regent Seven    summer,” Mr Myrmell said.            local sailings during the season. The
       Seas fleet visiting Norfolk Island in late   Queensland will attract more than a   itineraries include the line’s very first
       November before sailing to various New   third of the visits, with Carnival Australia’s   Perth, Melbourne and first international
       Zealand and Australian ports followed   ships scheduled to make 247 calls to 11   departure from Cairns. This season
       by a circumnavigation of Australia.   different Queensland ports – a 30 per   will also see maiden calls for the line
       Oceania’s Regatta will spend some time   cent increase on last summer’s 190 visits.   to New Zealand’s Gisborne, Nelson,
       in Australian and New Zealand waters   Other highlights of the summer cruise   Kaikoura and the stunning Stewart Island
       and also undertake a circumnavigation   season include: A record nine cruises   nature reserve NCL's newly refurbished
       of Australia.                       from Melbourne for Carnival Cruise   Norwegian Jewel will be returning in late
       In addition to the international visitors,   Line, Seven maiden Australian calls   November and staying down under until
       local ships will continue to offer a   for Holland America Line ships: There   late February.

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