DECEMBER heralds the arrival of Silversea’s ultra-luxe flagship vessel, Silver Muse, into Australia where she will sail to Darwin from Bali before heading down the coast and making maiden calls at Cairns, Townsville, the Whitsunday Islands, Brisbane and Sydney.
AFTER a long run of growth that has been the envy of the world, Australia’s cruise market is showing signs of losing momentum. But that hasn’t dampened enthusiasm among Australian travel agents who still report healthy levels of growth. travelBulletin’s annual cruise survey takes a closer look at how agents view the travel industry’s stand-out performer.
SCENIC is weathering turmoil in the construction of its expedition vessel Scenic Eclipse, with striking workers and a financial crisis forcing a change of board at the vessel’s Croatian shipbuilder and the delay of the vessel’s inaugural voyage by a further three months.
AUSTRALIA’S reputation as a growing consumer of luxury cruising has received another shot in the arm with news that Azamara Club Cruises will be bringing its newest ship Azamara Pursuit to the local market in 2021.
AMIDST the flurry of high-end cruise operators looking to consolidate their hold on the luxury river cruise market, Amazon and Mekong River specialist Aqua Expeditions has announced it will increase its fleet by 150% over the next two years as part of a major expansion campaign.
FLAMBOYANT businessman Richard Branson is not one to do things by halves, so it shouldn’t be surprising his foray into the cruising market is ramping up before it has even launched.