Celebrity Cruises

A load of cruise specials

Clogging my email intray are a heap of great cruise specials!! But my goodness you’d have to be quick to get some of them…

  • Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises Earlybird savings! Bookings have to be in by Thursday for savings of up $900*pp.
    Plus if you book on local South Pacific, Australian and New Zealand Celebrity Century sailings by 31 March 2011 you will receive up to US$150 Onboard Credit*
    Also Azamara’s 2011 Europe Offer of US$500 OBC* or A$500 air credit* also ends 31 March 2011
  • Receive a $1,000* Onboard Spending Credit with any of these SilverSeas 2011 sailings!
    Reserve your ocean-view suite and receive a $1,000 “Passport to Luxury” Onboard Spending Credit. Customise your Silversea cruise exactly as you wish.
    Options include: spa treatments, speciality restaurants, Silver Shore excursions, Boutique purchases, Internet packages, laundry service, personal training and more.

    More than 50 voyages to choose from starting at AU$4,258.
    Featured Voyages Include:
    15 Apr 2011 Hong Kong to Tokyo
    27 Apr 2011 Tokyo to Shanghai
    7 May 2011 Shanghai to Tokyo
    19 May – Southampton to Barcelona
    18 June – Lisbon to Barcelona

    REQUEST a QUOTE – martin@travelchoice.com.au – don’t forget to put the voyage you are interested in the subject line.

  • Holland America have a book by April 8, 2011 and save up to 50% on 2011 Europe Cruises such as the following …
    –Mediterranean 7 to 24 day cruises starting at $699*
    –Northern Europe, 12 to 35 day cruises starting at $1,399*
    MS Prinsendam 14 to 28 day cruises starting at $2,249*

* Conditions apply of course – just ask me…. and there’s more… but you can see that if you are free to cruise and it takes your fancy there’s plenty to choose from if you are quick. You can call me at work 9968 1600 or email me…martin@travelchoice.com.au

11 new cruise ships in 2009 and 2010

Aimed at the growing cruise market, these vessels are mostly sailing from ports in the northern hemisphere and each has a special focus.

  • Carnival’s Splendor
    With 1,503 this ship, which caters for families and those who a love an endless program of Vegas-style entertainment, also has a water slide in the second pool and a retractable glass dome over the midship pool
  • Celebrity, Solstice and Equinox
    Perfect for the “ style-conscious thirtysomethings drawn by edgy design” this ship is a mini art gallery of modern art valued at over $6million US. Features include a real grass croquet lawn. The Solstice is already plying routes from Florida to Italy, and sailing the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. The Equinox will launch in August.
  • Costa Luminosa
    This ship has an 800 seat 4-D cinema, a gold simulator and a Formula One Grand Oriz driving similator. It also has more cabins with balconies than any other Costa ship.
  • Costa Pacifica.
    This ship has a musical theme and includes a sound studio where guests can cut their own CDs with a sound engineer.
  • Holland America Eurodam
    Cruise loving food fanatics are the market for this ship which includes a Culinary Arts Centre where guests can watch cooking demos and take classes.
  • MSC Fantasia and Splendida
    For those who like to be waited on, these ships are old-school according to T+L. 99 suites have their own butler. The Fantasia is sailing already, Splendida is due to be launched in July.
  • Princess Cruises, Ruby Princess
    Aimed at those who are looking for value, the outstanding features of this ship include the Sanctuary at bow where adults can lounge and listen to iPod playlists while they are spritzed with Evian water!
  • Seabourn Odyssey and Pride
    With only 225 cabins Odyssey will undertake her first world cruise in January 2010. The marina on the aft side enables passengers to snorkel or kayak off the side of the ship. The Odyssey will visit Sydney February 2010. Pride is due to be launched in 2010.
  • Silversea Prince Albert
    For those who love adventure, this 66 cabin ship has a fleet of Zodiacs, all cabins have ocean views and it sails to Antarctica, the Arctic and South America.

For tips on the best cabins – and more info check out the Travel+Leisure website.

American travelers vote for their top cruise ships

Top cruise line for large ships according to Conde Nast magazine Traveler’s readers in 2008 is Celebrity Cruises. Celebrity was considered tops in ambience/décor, food/restuarants, service/staff and standard/comfort of cabins. P&O Cruises was top for child-friendliness and Royal Caribbean International topped the list for nightlife/entertainment.

Top three Cruise lines were
1. Celebrity Cruises
2. Crystal Cruises
3 . Royal Caribbean International

Of the small ship lines, Traveler’s readers considered Windstar Cruises to be the best for itinerary/variety of destinations and child-friendliness. Silversea was considered to have the best food/restuarants and Seabourn (The Yachts of Seabourn) line was tops for environmental friendliness.

Top three small ship cruise lines were:
1. Windstar
2. Silversea Cruises
3. Star Cruises

Find out more about the poll.
Our new photo gallery is a quick tour of the Celebrity Mercury – photos taken by me when it was docked in Sydney in February last year.
A quick scan through this blog will show you when some of the ships from these lines have visited Australian ports.
The current Celebrity ship plying Australian ports is the Celebrity Millenium which is cruising around the South Pacific and New Zealand – if you would like info on this ship please contact me – martin@travelchoice.com.au