The Australian cruise industry is on the brink of a record-breaking summer of cruising, as forty-one vessels from multiple cruise lines set sail for Aus in time for the 7-month ‘wave season’.
Traditionally beginning after the arrival of the first international cruise liner; ‘wave season’ is the affectionate moniker for Australia’s booming cruise industry. In the seven months from September to late April, thousands of passengers will take to the seas aboard over forty global cruise ships — making it the most popular time for cruising in Australia by a proverbial country mile.
This year, the Australian tourist board is expecting a 21% rise in cruise passenger numbers compared to 2014’s figures, due primarily to the increased capacity afforded by the arrival of so many ocean liners. And that’s not the only record set to be broken during 2015/16: five new ships will make their maiden voyage down under during the new season — more new ships to visit our shores than in any previous period.
If you’re yearning for an unforgettable cruise getaway and are yet to book your 2015/16 summer break, here’s a brief guide to the cruise lines visiting Australia this summer season.
Returning from a season of Japanese sailings; Princess Cruises’ Diamond Princess will become the first ocean liner to reach Australia when she arrives in Sydney on 29 September. Along with four other vessels — including Sea Princess, Sun Princess, Golden Princess and Dawn Princess — Princess Cruises will be offering a mixture of itineraries from Sydney, Brisbane, Fremantle and Melbourne.
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Royal Caribbean’s four-strong fleet of Aussie-bound ships will offer sailings from 9 October onwards to a number of destinations, including Asia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. During the 2015/16 season, Royal Caribbean will re-launch the 138,194 tonne Explorer of the Seas after an extensive upgrade — increasing the line’s total passenger capacity by 3,114.
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Among the most luxurious cruise lines afloat, Celebrity Cruises will once again be visiting Australia for another bumper ‘wave season’ — basing elegant liner Celebrity Solstice in Sydney for her fourth consecutive season. Solstice will offer round-trip sailings to New Zealand, and will be briefly joined by fleet-mate Celebrity Millennium during a single-night call on 29 March.
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Offering five cruises from Sydney, Auckland and Cairns; Azamara Cruises has become a household name among Aussie cruise-lovers. The 2015/16 cruise season looks set to be a fruitful one for Azamara, as the brand launches new brand Azamara Club Cruises with the arrival of intimate, 695-passenger vessel Azamara Quest on 4 January.
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Carnival Cruise Line
Continuing its commitment to the Australian cruise market, Carnival Cruise Line will base two of its ships, Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend, in Australia during the 2015/16 summer season. Arriving over the coming weeks, Carnival’s Aussie duo will offer an exciting array of South Pacific sailings from Sydney.
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P&O Cruises Australia
P&O Australia will launch two new ships, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, in Australia this season — expanding its overall fleet from three to five vessels. Over the past year, P&O Australia have updated every ship in its Australian fleet, in an effort to better meet the needs and requirements of Australian cruise-goers. All five of P&O’s ships will sail into Sydney Harbour on 25 November as part of P&O’s historic harbour parade.
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To book a ‘wave season’ cruise with any of the above cruise lines, visit the Cruise1st Australia website where you’ll find a complete range of the latest holiday deals. Alternatively, give our dedicated customer service team a call on 1300 857 345 and we’ll be happy to help you.
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