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Guide to Cruising

What to know before you go: Cruising

Ready to jump on the cruise bandwagon for a holiday you will never forget? If you’re not already accustomed to the cruising way of life, then here are your top tips to ensure you get on your way to experience the holiday of a life time.

Currently we are offering our travellers with the option of P&O and Royal Caribbean cruise lines.

The most popular destinations for Australian travellers include:

Australia: Travel to Moreton Island, Queensland, Whitsundays and Tasmania. These are 3-7 day cruises and are a great introduction to cruising for first timers. No passport is necessary for the Australia destinations.

South Pacific: The most popular of cruising destinations. The vessels will travel to New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji over 7+ nights.

New Zealand: Take a 10-night cruise around the stunning coast of New Zealand.

As one of the most economical ways to travel, cruising is an affordable good-value for money holiday option. Our cruises include meals, on-board activities and entertainment. Flights and transfers are not included and drinks and shore excursions can be purchased on board at your convenience. This means your holiday is much easier to budget for than many land-based holidays.

Although it’s fair to say you could go your entire holiday without spending another dime, not everything is included in your fare. Your on-board expenses will be charged to your personalised cruise card in the currency used by each liner; P&O & Carnival (AUD$ on board), Royal Caribbean (USD$ on board).

Here is a list of what is not included in your fare:

  • - Specialty dining options
  • - Alcoholic beverages and premium soft drinks
  • - Spa and salon treatments
  • - Activities such as Bingo and the Casino
  • - Shore excursions
  • - Fitness classes
  • - Duty free purchases or items from on board the ship

Cruises can vary in length from one day to a few months and are available both domestically and internationally. They are a great way to see the world without the hassle of extensive travel. Most of our cruising options range from 3-10 days.

Our domestic cruises do not require a passport. However, all cruises visiting international destinations will require a current passport.

Accommodation:

Your standard cruise fare will include your chosen accommodation option upon booking. Our cruise liners offer a variety of accommodation options to suit all budget needs. Every cabin will include amenities such as, private ensuite, hairdryer, wardrobe, air-conditioning, telephone, television, personal safe for valuables, cabin stewards who attend daily.

The various cabin types offered on P&O and Royal Caribbean include:

  • - Interior cabins (no windows)
  • - Exterior/ocean view cabins (Port hole view)
  • - Ocean view balcony cabins

As most cruises are designed for the whole family there are a huge number of activities to keep the kids entertained. Kids are of course included in your cruise fare and are welcome to enjoy facilities such as; themed parties and discoes, kids buffet, kids pool and water activities, family productions, dance classes and scavenger hunts. Most ships also feature dedicated kid’s clubs meaning mum and dad can enjoy some adult time too.

On-board activities and entertainment:

One of the best parts of the cruising experience is definitely the on-board activities. Not only will you never be hungry on a cruise, you will also never be bored. Throughout the day and night both of cruises offer a wide range of entertainment options suitable for everyone.

Varying from ship to ship these include:

  • - Swimming pools, spa and poolside activities
  • - Fitness centres
  • - Libraries
  • - Trivia and game shows
  • - Dance classes
  • - Karaoke
  • - Scuba diving
  • - Sports such as basketball, rock climbing, ice skating table tennis, jogging tracks and more
  • - Live production and Broadway performances
  • - Casinos
  • - Guest entertainers and comedians
  • - Live music
  • - Piano bars
  • - Cinemas
Tipping on board the ships is not mandatory and is included in all P&O, Royal Caribbean & Carnival cruises ex Australia. However, you are more than welcome to tip for exceptional service.
All cruises have extensive medical facilities on board that can cater to your needs should you fall ill. They are open 24 hours, 7 days a week for any medical emergencies.