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“Wave season” rolls in this week Australia’s 2009/10 cruising season officially opens on Friday, with highlights for cruise lovers across the country – on land and at sea. SYDNEY WILL CELEBRATE THE START OF THE AUSTRALIAN cruise season on Friday when Dawn Princess returns to the city after her first world voyage. At 5am the next day, the first international ship to arrive back in Australia, Rhapsody of the Seas brings home more than 1300 Australians as well as 500 American and 300 European passengers. In total, Sydney will enjoy 52 visits by 12 Carnival Australia cruise ships over the season, including the launch of P&O’s superliner Pacific Jewel, the maiden visit of the world’s most luxurious cruise ship, Seabourn Odyssey (24 February) and QM2’s first overnight call. Also in NSW, Newcastle will feature on the Australian circumnavigations of Sun Princess and Dawn Princess for the first time, with three visits scheduled. Western Australia is the next biggest state for cruising this season, with 47 visits by seven Carnival ships – almost double last year’s 24 visits – and P&O’s first ever season from Fremantle, starting 16 December. Cunard’s Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 and Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas will visit Fremantle, Albany and Exmouth. Rhapsody also visits Broome and Bunbury. In November Regent Seven Seas Mariner will make calls along the west coast as well as Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Classic International Cruises’ Athena is offering ten itineraries to and from WA, and six sailings to and from Adelaide, including the first-ever return cruise to Tasmania.

Rhapsody opens the city’s season with her arrival on 8 November, and two days later commences the season in Melbourne followed by Tasmania’s Burnie on 11 November and Hobart the next day. Carnival ships will visit Tasmania 25 times and Victoria 29 times, including the first visit to Phillip Island on New Year’s Day. In Queensland, the season opens when Rhapsody of the Seas docks into Brisbane

Dawn Princess is on her way to Australia at 7am on 19 October, followed by Airlie Beach and Cairns. Cairns will also welcome Amsterdam on 26 October, followed by other capital cities, marking Holland America Line’s return to Australia. Seven Carnival ships will make 43 calls in the state, with Pacific Dawn moving to her new homeport of Brisbane. In Darwin, Rhapsody of the Seas and Sun Princess both arrive on 27 October, with HAL’s Volendam, Silverseas’ Silver Whisper and Princess Cruises’ Diamond Princess all making the city their first port of call in Australia this season. Cruising also comes to Christmas Island this year with the arrival of Pacific Sun, which also returns to Norfolk Island this season – the first time since 1932. Other major ships on the way include The World, Balmoral, Europa, Saga Ruby, Crystal Symphony and Oceania Nautica.

TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER 2009 Ph: 1300 799 220 Fax: 1300 799 221 Email: Editors: Louise Goldsbury & Bruce Piper

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THIS WEEKLY COLUMN HIGHLIGHTS HOT DEALS ON cruises departing in the next 60 days – ideal for our spontaneous readers! Check out this week’s cruise bargains! 7 nights – Fl y/Cr uise to Singapor e Fly/Cr y/Cruise Singapore on SuperStar Libra • Departs: 11 & 25 Nov • From: $1149pp • Includes: flight from Melbourne to Singapore; 3-night cruise; 4 nights pre-cruise and 2 nights post-cruise at Novotel Clarke Quay • CLICK HERE or call 1300 369 848

10 nights – Syd ney to South P acific Sydney Pacific on Pacific Dawn • Departs: 29 Nov • From: $1562pp • Includes: 10-night cruise to Noumea and Vanuatu • For bookings, call 1300 366 268 or see

Visit us at the expo! CRUISE WEEKLY WILL BE EXHIBITING AT THE European Travel Expo this weekend. Come and visit us for a chance to win a great hamper full of goodies. Other cruising exhibitors include Nordic Travel and Hurtigruten Cruises. The free event will be held on Sunday 18 October at the Mercure Hotel (818 George Street, Sydney) – for details, see p.4 p.4.

TODAY’S CRUISE WEEKLY Today’s issue has four pages, including pg. 5 a page of cruise specials (pg. 5).

Yangtze River Cruise Special Only $999 per person, 5-night cruise only on board Viking Century Sun.

Viking River Cruises offers a never-before-seen $999 per person offer for a 5-night ‘cruise only’ river cruise on its award-winning Yangtze River ship the 5-star Viking Century Sun. Offer is available for departures on the 17th, 22nd and 27th of November, 2009, Chongqing – Wuhan or reverse, twin share and includes daily shore excursions, all meals as well as shipboard gratuities and port charges.

Contact your travel agent today or call Viking toll free 1800 829 138 or email For more information visit Conditions apply. Contact Viking River Cruises for details. Fare is per person and in Australian dollars, based on double occupancy and include port charges and shipboard gratuities. Gratuities for Program Directors and local city guides are not included. For pricing notes, offer restrictions and other booking terms and conditions, see page 94 in 2010 River Cruise Journeys brochure.

ABOVE: Egypt’s pyramids; pool deck on Arion.

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THIS WEEK AT SEA ... SEA... WELCOME TO THE EDITOR’S COL UMN! COLUMN Well, the cruise season is finally here, kicking off this weekend in Sydney, so you can expect a lot of action around the ports of Australia over the next six months. For some parts of the country, this will be the first time that cruise ships have graced the shores, while other cities are up for record numbers of visiting vessels and passengers disembarking for the day. Sydney traffic has been brought to a standstill on several occasions in the past couple of years by the maiden visits of giant ocean liners or when two big Cunard Queens arrive on the same day. Even for people who have never been on a cruise, the majestic spectacle of these floating luxury hotels is enough draw thousands of people to the harbour – watching from land or on packed ferries, boats and kayaks. It will be interesting to see the response of people in other states and territories, which are all poised for a series of special cruising events this year (see pg.1). These historic and quite magical moments are great advertising for cruises! But the question asked by many cruise lines is how do we turn those land spectators into cruise passengers? Why don’t all of those people who are so fascinated by the ships ever get on board? What made you decide to finally book your first cruise? I’d love to know! This season, from mid-October 2009 to April 2010, will break all records. At last count, a total of 44 ships will make more than 420 calls in 24 ports around Australia. If you’re really keen, get up early on Saturday for the pre-sunrise arrival of the first international cruise ship, Rhapsody of the Seas, which pulls into Circular Quay’s Overseas Passenger Terminal at 5am. Cruise Weekly will publish your photos of the ship if you email them to me at Spaces are still available on many of the cruises departing from Australia, so it’s not too late to make the leap from land to sea. Let an expert help you choose the best cruise for you – find your nearest cruise specialist by entering your post code at Louise Gol Gold sburyy dsbur uise W eekl itor Editor itor,, Cr Cruise Weekl eeklyy Ed ation to makeTuesday a booking. cruiseorweekly 13 October 2009

Alleged assault on ship QUEENSLAND POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AN ALLEGED sexual assault on board the Pacific Sun, according to the Courier Mail. Police boarded the ship in Brisbane on Saturday after a South Pacific cruise. People allegedly involved in the incident have been interviewed by officers, but no arrests were made. Meanwhile, the court case continues over the death of Dianne Brimble on another P&O ship in September 2002. The prosecution has withdrawn part of its case against Mark Wilhelm, who is accused of her manslaughter and of supplying a prohibited drug, because of a lack of proof of “gross criminal negligence”.

North Europe in 2010 NEW BALTIC AND NORTH SEAS CRUISES HAVE BEEN launched by Holland America Line. A 10-night ‘Gems of the Baltic’ cruise on ms Eurodam sails from Copenhagen, Denmark and includes cities in Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Sweden. Departing July 2010, this cruise is priced from $2,749pp twin share – and Travel the World is offering $50 onboard credit for bookings before 30 November 2009. Call 1300 766 566 or see

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New terminal for Hobart HOBART IS SET TO GET ITS LONG-AWAITED CRUISE ship terminal within about two years. The Macquarie Wharf Number Two shed will be transformed into a terminal, and also house an Antarctic research centre. The shed will be used as a cruise passenger transfer area from next month, with extra car spaces also on the way.

Heli-golf and game fishing in one ISL AND Escape Cruises ISLAND is operating two six-day ‘Golf & Game Fishing’ adventures in the Northland region of New Zealand. The boutique cruise company has arranged play on four of the best seaside courses, with helicopter transfers taking golfers to and from each course. Afterwards passengers are welcomed back on board for an afternoon of game fishing in the Bay of Islands. There are three levels of ensuite accommodation and the fare includes chef-prepared meals, use of motorised golf carts, fishing gear, fishing guides, the helicopter transfers and return airline transfers between Auckland and Keri Keri. Golfers’ prices start at NZ$7740 (AU$6245) or NZ$4240 (AU$3420) for non-playing partners, departing from Auckland in March 2010. Visit for more details or talk to your travel agent. page 2

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CL ASSIC International Cruises is offering free travel for under-18s on two school holiday CLASSIC cruises aboard Athena to Bali this summer. Parents only need to pay $300 for each child to cover port charges and taxes. The special family deal applies to two adults and two children on a 10-night Christmas cruise return from Fremantle in WA on 20 December plus an overnight stay in Bali (priced from $4790 for the family of four, including all onboard meals and Christmas festivities); and an 11-night cruise with a three-day stay in Bali (from $4840 per family). Adding to the convenience for families, passengers can use the small ship as their base while exploring the island, and the onboard currency is Australian dollars. Bookings are available via travel agents.

%URFKXUHRI WKHZHHN THE latest brochure from Lüftner Cruises has been released with prices in Australian dollars. Lüftner Cruises operates eight ships on the Dutch and Belgian canals and the Rhine and Danube rivers, including the five-star Amadeus Diamond (2009) and Amadeus Elegant (2010), Amadeus Princess, Amadeus Symphony and Amadeus Classic and Amadeus Royal. These ships are designed to carry up to 160 passengers in comfort. The 52-page brochure highlights voyages priced from $1055 per person (including taxes, port charges, wines with dinner and selected shore excursions) – for a Christmas and New Year five-night sailing on the Danube – up to $4625 for a cruise across Europe from Amsterdam to Budapest. For more details, see a travel agent.

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ecruising up for an award ONLINE CRUISE BOOKING SERVICE, ECRUISING.TRAVEL has become the first-ever travel company to be named a finalist in the annual City of Sydney Business Awards. It received the third highest number of votes in the Tourism category for 2009; the other four finalists in the category are tour operators and attractions. Winners will be announced next week.

Vote for new ships’ names AUSTRALIANS CAN NOW VOTE FOR THE NAMES OF the 16th and 17th members of the Costa Cruises fleet, due for delivery in spring 2011 and 2012. Travel agents from around the world submitted their suggestions throughout the year but it is the public who chooses the winning names. For a shortlist of the 25 pairs of names, visit Cr uise W eekl ia/New Zeal and Cruise Weekl eeklyy Austral Australia/New Zealand PO Box 428, West Ryde NSW 1685 Ph: 1300 799 220 | Fax: 1300 799 221

ROYAL CARIBBEAN CREW ARE NOT HAPPY WITH one aspect of the cruise line’s expansion into the UK – British passengers don’t tip as much as Americans. Managing director for the UK and Ireland, Robin Shaw, told a cruise forum in Barcelona that it’s a big issue for cabin stewards and waiters who rely on tips for a large part of their incomes. RCC, which doesn’t automatically add tips onto customer bills, may decide to adopt the system used by other cruise lines, which include all onboard gratuities in their fares. It’s a problem that the crew may also encounter in Australia this season – most Aussies don’t tip much either. A WOMAN HAS WRITTEN TO A NEWSPAPER TO complain that her husband refuses to cruise because ships don’t serve real ale. The Sunday Times travel expert responded that several cruise lines carry draught beer as well as lager, but they are keg beers, not cask conditioned. The nearest thing to a British pub afloat is the Golden Lion Pub on Cunard Queen vessels, complete with pint pots, dartboards and classic pub meals such as bangers and mash. Other lines that have draught ale include Fred Olsen, Princess, P&O, Hapag-Lloyd and Saga Cruises – cheers! THE MALDIVES GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING TO hold a cabinet meeting underwater to highlight the threat of global warming. President Nasheed, a qualified diver, and his cabinet, who are undergoing dive training, will sign a document during the dive, calling for cuts in carbon emissions. Ministers will communicate using hand signals and waterproof boards and pens. Nasheed will also hold a press conference in the water. He warns that the islands’ residents will soon need to find new homes if the UN’s prediction on rising sea levels is correct.

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