Antarctica Cruise Experience

In January 2013 I traveled to Antarctica on board the Quark expedition vessel “Ocean Diamond”.

On arrival at Ushuaia we were met by the Quark land operator and transferred to our pre cruise accommodation, Hotel Las Lengas, after check-in the remainder of our day was free to explore Ushuaia before a pre expedition briefing at 4pm (at the hotel).  The first day of the expedition was free until a representative from Quark came back to the hotel and transferred us to our ship.  The Ocean Diamond is a good 3.5 star standard with all your needs catered for, right down to a basic small gym.

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P&O Australasia gears up for more adventure

If you’ve always fancied reenacting the  ‘Titanic moment’ on the bow of a large ship then now is your chance.

But if you were hoping that Leonardo DiCaprio is part of the deal then you might be disappointed!

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Melbourne Cup and Australian Open Grand Slam with P & O

If you are thinking of booking tickets to the Melbourne Cup this November or the Australian Open Grand Slam in January then have a look at the cruise packages with P&O Cruises.

In early November this year and in November 2014, horse race lovers will be able to relax on a six-night cruise from Sydney to the Emirates Melbourne Cup on Pacific Pearl.

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Global party for Royal Caribbean

Popular Royal Caribbean International is celebrating big time with a huge global party.

Fifty million passengers, including half a million New Zealanders and Australians, have chosen to cruise with the company since the 1960s, and the company is throwing a “New Year’s Eve-style party” across it fleet to mark this achievement.

A year-long campaign is kicking off and passengers can share their “WOW moments” on Royal Caribbean Cruises by posting photos, videos and stories on Facebook and Instagram under the hashtag #RoyalWOW.

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Makeover time for Oceania

Fans of upscale cruise line Oceania Cruises will be happy to know that a major refurbishment is due for three of its award-winning ships.

Regatta, Insignia and Nautica will each undergo a $50 million overhaul in early 2014, bringing them up to the same level of luxury as the line’s two newest ships, Marina and Riviera.

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Kiwi Cruise Favourites

Cruise ship holidays are no longer the pie-in-the-sky holiday dream they used to be as affordability and value-for-money deals mean we can turn our dreams of cruising into reality.

Add to that varied itineraries and flexible stays and the classic cruise holiday is catching on in a big way with intrepid travellers down-under.

Last year, more than 48,000 Kiwis took cruise holidays, a figure almost doubling in size from 2008 when records began, according to travel reports.

So it’s interesting to see what the favourite destinations are for New Zealanders.

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Popular Azamara hints at Oz visit

Popular boutique luxury cruise line Azamara Club Cruises is set to visit Australasia in 2015.

The cruise line is becoming more and more popular with New Zealanders and Australians, despite the fact their ships have never visited the region.

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River cruising – on and off the beaten track

It’s fair to say river cruising is considered by many to be the best way of seeing a country and its major sights and cities.

All over the world, rivers large and small have been a life-line for people since civilization began – they depended, and still depend, on the water as a source of economic livelihood and food.

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Catch up on Cruising: Latest news in bite size

Compagnie du Ponant set to bring a taste of France to New Zealand

French luxury cruise yacht company Compagnie du Ponant will be sailing a new ship on New Zealand and Australian waters in 2015-2016.

In a news release yesterday, Fincantieri ship building company said the new ship, which has not yet been named, will sail in Alaska in the summer season and New Zealand and Australia in the remaining months.

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Confused about cruise ship ratings?

Here’s a guide to help you understand them

You’re booking a cruise for the first time in your life and suddenly faced with a bewildering array of cruise ships with different star ratings.

Of course it stands to reason that a six-star cruise ship is better than a three-star cruise ship but in what way?

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