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P & O Cruises in Auckland for 2014
P & O Cruise fans will be happy to know that the cruise line will be offering Auckland departures in 2014.

The winter programme, released this week, has a total of 75 cruises departing from Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

And for time-strapped travellers there will be more than 20 short breaks of two to four nights.

Itineraries include a range of cruises to warmer destinations, including Tasmania, the Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea.

Pacific Pearl’s departures from Melbourne will include the cruise-line’s first-ever visits to Australian ports including Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln and Robe.

There will also be a five-night voyage to Tasmania in April, with stops in Burnie, Port Arthur and Hobart, as well as a six-night voyage to Adelaide, with stops at Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln.

Pacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl will offer a total of 34 departures from Brisbane, including a series of seven-night Pacific Islands cruises onboard Pacific Jewel.

Papua New Guinea cruises will depart from Brisbane and Sydney with 10 and 11-night cruises.

The short cruises on offer will depart from Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with a range of themes including Lifestyle, Food and Wine, and Comedy.

All 2014 cruises will go on sale on October 22 2012.


Discover Fiji with Captain Cook Cruises
Discover Fiji in a completely different way next year, with cultural-themed voyages on Captain Cook Cruises’ MV Reef Endeavour.

Five seven-night Discovery Cultural Cruises are on offer, to cruise round Vanua Levu and explore the distinctive Fijian cultures on the island, together with remote villages and schools.

The five cruises depart 5 February, 7 May, 02 July, 03 September and 05 November.

The Reef Endeavour will also be offering six seven-night Discovery Heritage Cruises which will visit the Northern Fijian Islands, exploring the islands’ history, art and culture along the way.

These cruises will depart on 01 January, 05 March, 02 April, 04 June, 06 August and 03 December.


Crystal’s 2014-15 Season
Crystal Cruises has released details of its extensive cruise destination programme in 2014.

The programme includes 61 voyages on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, stopping at 194 ports across 68 countries.

Highlights include stops at UNESCO World Heritage Sites on 54 of the 61 cruises; as well as an 89-day LA
to London World Cruise, which includes Crystal’s first return to West Africa since 2011.

A third of the cruises will only be 10-days or less in length, suiting travellers needing a shorter break.

There will also be twice as many Asia sailings in 2014 than in 2013 and European cruises promise more time in port, including four sailings with no sea days.

Crystal has also revealed itineraries up to  April 2015, including 15 cruises, a 20th World Cruise, and debuts in Ambodifototra and Tolanaro, Madagascar; Richards Bay, South Africa; and Sanya, China.

In 2015 Crystal Symphony will spend the first part of the year in Southeast Asia, with eight new sailings between Bangkok, Bali, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Crystal Serenity meanwhile will make her first-ever circumnavigation of the world, departing from Miami.


Bremen scrubs up ready for Antarctica
MS Bremen is all prepared for her first-ever Antarctic season this year.

In a 19-day drydock overhaul, she was completely stripped of paint to make way for a fresh two tonne paint job of eco-friendly TBT-free underwater coating.

Old carpets were replaced with new, as well as new curtains.

The galley was also updated with new kitchen equipment.


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