Luxury ship sets the benchmark

A new cruise ship is set to hit the luxury market in 2016.

Award-winning luxury cruise company, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, announced this week the construction of a new 738-passenger cruise ship, growing the company’s passenger capacity by nearly 40 per cent.

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Travelling the old-fashioned way

If you’re looking at booking a cruise holiday with a difference this year, why not look at the increasingly popular cruise-rail deals on offer.

More and more cruise line companies are offering packages combining sea travel and inland travel –the best of both worlds without the hassle of having to make separate arrangements for each part of the journey.

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SeaDream II makes first venture down under

Five-star mega yacht SeaDream II is set for its inaugural Asia & Northern Australia season in February 2014.

SeaDream Yacht Club president Bob Lepisto told Cruise Weekly the company was looking forward to welcoming past and new guests from New Zealand and Australia.

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Christening for Royal Princess

It was a christening of a different kind for the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton this week.

In her last solo official appearance before she gives birth to her baby next month, the Duchess christened the 3,600-passenger Royal Princess in Southampton’s Ocean Terminal.

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Ten common questions about cruising

1.       Are cruises all-inclusive?

No, most are not. Although your cruise fare covers your accommodation, meals in main dining venues, activities (including kids’ clubs) and evening entertainment, there’s a bunch of stuff that isn’t included.

Other restaurants, soft and alcoholic drinks, specialty coffee bars, shore excursions, spa treatments and tips are generally not included (although becoming more popular to be included), although some cruise lines do include alcohol now.

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Explore Australia with Lindblad

Orion

Intrepid expedition experts and conservation champions, Lindblad Expeditions, is set to increase its presence in Australia.

With its recent takeover of Orion Expedition Cruises, the company currently offers expeditions on the 102-passenger National Geographic Orion in North-Western Australia’s wild Kimberley region.

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Jewel in the crown – Diamond Princess set to visit New Zealand

Superliner Diamond Princess is set to visit New Zealand this coming 2014/15 cruise season.

The 2670-passenger cruise liner will sail six 12-night voyages from Sydney to Auckland as part of her Australasian season.

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Food glorious food – the lowdown on cruise holiday dining

One of the main attractions of a cruise holiday has got to be the delicious food on offer.

And it’s not just that someone else is doing the cooking for two weeks – although that’s a big enough draw card in my book.

It’s more the prospect of an unlimited variety of freshly cooked, gourmet food, the sort you wouldn’t normally eat at home.

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Cruising – a value for money holiday

The idea of going on a cruise holiday is dismissed by many of us as wildly out of our price range and only really possible as a dream lotto-win holiday.

But if you’re considering all the options for an overseas holiday, it pays to look more closely at the figures.

Not only are cruise holidays coming down in price but they also give value for money.

Think about it.

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Catch up on Cruising: Latest cruise news in bite size

Carnival time in Australasia

Carnival Cruises are set to build on their popularity in Australasia by adding another cruise ship to the region.

Carnival Legend will join Carnival Spirit in September 2014 and will sail from Sydney for a number of 8-12-night cruises to New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji.

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