Monday, March 7, 2011

Added Capacity in Australia 2012-13

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Some time in our lives we'd all love to leave our footprints on a white sand beach or snorkel the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef. It is here, in Australia and the South Pacific, that natural beauty abounds. Fascinating people inhabit peaceful islands and charming cities combine old-world atmosphere with hardy, frontier spirit.

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A cruise to Australia, New Zealand, and/or the South Pacific can fulfill almost every exotic adventure that a serious traveler could dream. Cruises and cruisetours start at 14 nights long and sail seasonally between October and April. The beauty of these itineraries is that you can see as much of the South Pacific as you like in one cruise.
Great Barrier Reef - Credit: Tourism Australia Copyright

2012-13 Deployments Announced

Cruise lines have begun announcing their Australia plans for the 2012-13 season, and now is the time to plan a cruise vacation there as additional capacity means greater flexibility and potential savings.   In this article, we will discuss the deployments that have been announced.  In future articles, we will provide updates on the itineraries, and also take a closer look at the destination itself. 

Carnival Cruise Line is basing the 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit in Sydney, Australia year-round starting October, 2012. The Spirit will sail 8- to 12-night voyages to the Pacific Islands as well as 13-night sailings to New Zealand.  The 88,500-ton Spirit  is so big it can't fit under the city's Harbour Bridge, therefore, it will be based at Circular Quay's Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Celebrity Cruises announced plans to send  the 2,850-passenger Celebrity Solstice, to Australia and New Zealand in December, 2012, taking the place of the smaller, 1,814-passenger Celebrity Century.  The ship will sail  12- and 13-night voyages between Sydney and Auckland, New Zealand during the winter of 2012-13. The season also will include a circumnavigation of Australia, consisting of two sailings between Sydney and Perth (Fremantle). Many of the itineraries will include overnight stays in Sydney.

Holland America announced that it will have two ships sailing in Australia during the 2012-13 season,  the 1,926-passenger Oosterdam and the 1,432-passenger Volendam, increasing capacity by 25% over the 2011-12 season.   Holland America says its plans 10- to 25-day itineraries in and around Australia and New Zealand for the 2012-13 season. Detailed itineraries have not been announced yet.

Princess Cruises 2012 deployment will include 4 ships, 11 itineraries, and 45 voyages. There are several new itineraries including a 14-day Australia & New Zealand itinerary on Diamond Princess, a 11-day itinerary on Dawn Princess that offers a chance to view the 2012 solar eclipse, and  a 33-day Australia & New Zealand voyage on Sea Princess.

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