ICYMI: Cruise May edition
Princess’ biggest yet
Princess Cruises has set course for its largest Australian and New Zealand deployment, with five ships set to homeport out of six cities in the 2019/20 season.
Local cruise passengers will have over 125 departures to choose from across Sydney, Perth (Fremantle), Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland.
Two out of four of Princess Cruises’ newer ships, Ruby Princess and Majestic Princess, will be based in Sydney, generating a 25% increase in capacity on the 2018/2019 season.
The extra capacity has allowed Princess to send Sun Princess to Western Australia to spend a record 121 days homeporting from Fremantle.
The move doubles the line’s capacity in the state and will include 28 cruise ship visits, including 18 to regional port destinations in WA.
Scenic Eclipse 2019/20
Scenic has released its Scenic Eclipse 2019/20 brochure offering new destinations and itineraries.
The addition of a second ship to the fleet has opened up new possibilities for the cruise line, allowing it to introduce Northwest Passage and the Russian and Canadian Arctic and expand itineraries in the European Arctic.
New summer departures for the Antarctic in Depth cruise have been added, along with another date for the Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands itinerary.
World’s biggest cruise ship delivered
The title of “world’s biggest cruise ship” was ceremoniously handed from one Royal Caribbean International ship to another, with delivery of the 228,081 gross registered tonne Symphony of the Seas.
The vessel has capacity for 5,518 guests at double occupancy and features seven distinct neighbourhoods, the tallest slide at sea and a collection of new culinary offerings including an upscale eatery called Hooked Seafood, the Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade and El Loco Fresh, offering made-to-order tacos and burritos.
The ship is home to the “Ultimate Family Suite”, a two-level suite with an in-room slide, private cinema, floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall, table tennis table and a whirl pool.