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12-01-2011 - Carnival Spirit to be Australian Based

Carnival Australia's ceo Ann Sherry has just announced in Sydney that Carnival will base its 2,667-passenger Carnvial Spirit in Australian waters full-time from Oct 2012. It will be the first time Carnival has permanently based a ship outside of the United States. Itineraries and a homeport for the 88,500-tonne ship are yet to be revealed, however Sherry indicated cruises will be eight to 12 day...

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02-11-2010 - A 73m ship under a 65m bridge . . .

The captain of the world’s latest mega-liner has revealed the manoeuvring which took place at the weekend to get the giant ship under Europe’s Great Belt Bridge - with just 30cms to spare. The normal height of Royal Caribbean’s new Allure of the Seas from water level to the top is about 73m. But Captain Herman Zini told media that the 220,000-ton, 5400-passenger vessel couldn&r...

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21-09-2010 - A new Portrait of the Queen

Cunard has unveiled a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth for its new superliner of the same name.   The work, by 31-year-old English artist Isobel Peachey, shows the Queen sitting in the Yellow Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, wearing the same diamond necklace and earrings that she wore for her coronation in 1953.   It will hang in the Grand Lobby of the new 2092-passenger ship. &n...

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21-09-2010 - "Allure of the Seas" passes her Sea Trials

Royal Caribbean’s soon to be launched mega-liner, Allure of the Seas will be a sister ship to the Oasis of the Seas, and will include all the innovative features found on that marvelous mega-ship. At 225,000-tons and carrying 5,400-passengers, the Allure of the Seas and the Oasis of the Seas are by far the largest ships afloat. Allure of the Seas successfully completed her sea trials l...

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09-08-2010 - SilverSea Cruises Update

Silverseas Cruises in Brief Why would I choose Silversea Cruises? Maximum of 540 Passengers 1 Staff Member for every 1.3 passengers  onboard No inside suites- they are ALL outside 80% of the suites are verandah Suites Entry level suites start at 29m2 Biggest Suite is 150m2  Every suite has it's own Butler Siverseas are an "All Inclusive&quo...

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29-06-2010 - Cruising and the Single traveller

Single sailors back in the spotlight Next week’s debut of 128 studios on Norwegian Epic has turned attention to the solo traveller, with special deals across several cruise lines.   THE STUDIO CABINS ON NCLS NEW NORWEGIAN Epic have been hailed a hit by agents and media on preview sailings, and it’s focused the industry on the needs of the single cruiser.   More cruise l...

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16-06-2010 - HAL to have 2 ships in Australia

Yet more cruise capacity will be deployed in Austalasian waters in 2011/12, with confirmation by Holland America Line yesterday morning that it will base its ms Zaandam in Sydney for a series of cruises from Nov 2011. It will be the first time that Holland America has had two vessels down under operating a series of itineraries at the same time, with Holland America the latest line to announce lo...

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07-06-2010 - Princess Cruises ex Brisbane

Princess Cruise have announced that the Sea Princess will be coming to Australia to join her sister ships, the Dawn Princess and the Sun Princess. The Sea Princess will be based in Sydney. The Sun Princess will be based in Brisbane.  The following is a list of the sailings, correct as at 07 June 2010. Cruise Dep Date Dur ...

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22-04-2010 - Queen Mary 2 in Facts and Figures

As the longest, tallest and widest passenger vessel ever created, Queen Mary 2 was assured of a place in maritime history even before she first put to sea in 2004.   Built by French shipyard Chantiers de l'Atlantique Saint-Nazaire at a cost of A$1 billion, Cunard's 345-metre flagship is almost twice as large as the original Queen Mary, more than double the size of the legendary Queen Eliz...

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08-03-2010 - Queen Mary 2

Carnival Australia has just announced that Cunard's Queen Mary 2 will make Australia her "home away from home" in 2012 with a world first 'Royal Circumnavigation' to depart from Sydney on 14 Feb 2012. The voyage will see QM2 return to Sydney, Fremantle, Adelaide and the Whitsundays, as well as making maiden calls at Cairns, Melbourne, Darwin and Brisbane....

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