Arcadia

Cruise ships… they just keep docking


This is the time of year when ships move in and out of Australian ports almost daily and as the industry grows more and more will come. Today the Queen Mary 2 leaves Sydney bound for Adelaide. In the last 10 days I have been on board the Arcadia and the Balmoral and my colleague has just come back from a short cruise on the Dawn Princess. More to come…
The Arcadia is a P&O vessel and was designed for the British market “trendy British” is how Berlitz describes her layout. The guide also describes it as “restrained and welcoming” which I agree with. This is one of a number of ships displaying works of art (around 3,000 in this case) – and all by contemporary British artists. It has an observation lounge at the top of the ship, 14 bars – including an English pub of course and a spa with a hydrotherapy pool (see pic). There are 5 types of accommodation – though descriptions can be confusing to the novice. The picture is of the Barcelona Suite. A strictly child-free ship, the four- star Arcadia is on her way back to Southampton via Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore.
The Balmoral is another British ship and she belongs to the Fred Olsen line. I felt like I was visiting a friendly British club. With a much smaller capacity than the Arcadia which can take 2,500 passengers, the Balmoral which can carry 1350 has a more intimate feel. Also on a World Voyage, the Balmoral is, at time of writing, in the Great Australian Bight.
This week (8th March) Sydney will see the Pacific Sun at Wharf 8, the Pacific Princess (13th March) at the Overseas Passenger Terminal and next day the Volendam with Crystal Symphony arriving on the 18th. Busy time… but a great chance to see these fabulous ships in our busy harbour.
Email me – martin@travelchoice.com.au if you would like any more information on any of these ships and their destinations.

Cruise ships keep on coming


Sorry – I missed a few days on the blog. I hope you weren’t planning to go ship spotting in your harbour. This the list for this week – there’s is barely time to draw breath as the cruise ships come and go at the height of our season.
If seeing these ships inspires you to cruise, we can handle last-minute bookings for this year, or take early bookings for 2010. You could be arriving in Sydney March 8, 2010 aboard Queen Mary* 2 after a relaxing 23-night sailing from Hong Kong to Sydney for $5,500 – or arriving aboard Queen Victoria – 23 nights from San Francisco – for $4,330.00
*(See below for traveller’s impressions).

16th February

  • Oriana sailing into the International Cruise Terminal in Sydney and departing again

17th February

  • C. Columbus making an entrance into Melbourne, leaving same day
  • Tahitian Princess sails into Burnie Tasmania and leaves same day
  • Queen Victoria sails into Hobart and sails again
  • Seven Seas Voyager will dock in Adelaide for the day

18th February

  • Amadea arrives in Sydney and leaves next day
  • Oriana arrives in Brisbane and leaves same day
  • Black Watch also docks in Brisbane and leaves the next day
  • Arcadia arrives in Melbourne and leaves again
  • Sun Princess also sails into Melbourne leaving same day
  • Diamond Princess sails into Hobart
  • C. Columbus visits Devonport in Tasmania

19th February

  • Queen Victoria will dock at the International Terminal in Sydney overnight
  • Tahitian Princess will make her inaugural visit to Sydney and leave again
  • Amadea will move to White Bay so the other two liners can dock and not moor in the Harbour.
  • Rotterdam visits Fremantle overnight (see new slide show on right, taken when I was on board the Rotterdam in Sydney last week)

20th February

  • Arcadia arrives in Sydney and stays overnight
  • Pacific Dawn also arrives in Darling Harbour for the day
  • Diamond Princess sails into Melbourne and sails out that night
  • C. Columbus returns to Hobart for the day

21 February

  • Black Watch arrives in Sydney, staying for 2 nights
  • Pacific Sun arrives in Brisbane sailing same day
  • Tahitian Princess will also dock in Brisbane and leave that day
  • Seven Seas Voyager sails into Fremantle for the day

22 February

  • Dawn Princess sails into Sydney departing same day
  • Diamond Princess will arrive and depart Sydney this day too

If you’d like to know more about any of these ships and their schedules drop me an email – martin@travelchoice.com.au