Stop dreaming and book a cruise……..

So the long, hot summer is truly over and winter is almost here.

While some people will be planning their winter ski holidays and relishing the thought of crisp cold mornings and roaring log fires, those who hate the cold will be dreaming of their next summer holiday – which seems impossibly far away…..

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Orion relaunches and set for first New Zealand departure

National Geographic Orion is set to launch in March 2014 from New Zealand after an extensive makeover with an emphasis on SCUBA diving.

Formerly a luxury expedition vessel with Australia’s Orion Expedition Cruises, the Orion was recently acquired by Lindblad Expeditions, and they will be running expedition cruises on the ship in association with National Geographic.

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Singapore Slings on Sapphire Princess

As Southeast Asia becomes more and more popular as a cruise holiday destination, Princess Cruises has announced a four-month season in Singapore in 2014-15.

The 2,670-passenger Sapphire Princess will be based in Singapore and will go on 15 round-trip cruises ranging from three to 11 nights, calling at seven countries and 16 ports.

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Fairground at sea – RCI’s new ship Quantum raises the bar in cruising

Royal Caribbean International’s latest amazing cruise ship has been described by RCI as having many new “firsts at sea” – and looks set to be the new template for future cruise liners in the market.

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Silversea sets the overnight trend

Luxury small-ship cruise company Silversea is increasing its overnight stays in major destinations allowing guests to explore further afield.

Silversea’s president for Europe & Asia Pacific Steve Odell told Cruise Weekly the overnight stays gave their guests the benefit of longer and more varied excursions.

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Celebrity’s two ships down-under

Two Celebrity Cruise ships are going to be cruising around the Australasian region in 2014/15, including a 17-night cruise from Auckland to Perth.

Celebrity Century and Celebrity Solstice will offer a total of 27 cruises in summer 2014/15 ranging from three to 23 nights and offering departures from Sydney, Freemantle and Auckland.

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Hooked on cruising – tips and advice

Philip King has cruised all over the world and knows his stuff.

He is full of helpful advice and tips about cruising – so in his own words, here they are!

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Oosterdam set to come to New Zealand

Holland America Line’s MS Oosterdam is set to come to New Zealand next summer.

Three 14-day New Zealand Discovery sailings are planned, departing 8 December 2013, 19 January and 16 March 2014.

The popular MS Oosterdam is coming to Australasia with her sister ship  MS Volendam, and both ships will visit more than 50 ports across New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific islands.

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Hooked on Cruising

Philip King loves cruise ship holidays.

So much so he’s lost count of how many he’s been on “but I think I’ve done about 25”.

The forty-something corporate executive explains he’s “always loved ships” and as a child loved going down to see the occasional cruise liner visiting Wellington in the 70s.

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P & O expands down-under

Popular P&O Cruises is expanding its operations down-under to meet huge demand from its Australasian regional customer base.

Cruise departures are set to go from every mainland state in Australia with an eight cruise-itinerary for Pacific Jewel  (based in Fremantle) and round-trip cruises from Adelaide.

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