Cruise Ships

Silversea’s ‘Silver Muse’

Nudged against the wharf in Sydney’s White Bay, ‘Silver Muse’ looks quite at home as she readies herself for her next cruise, departing 17 Jan at 6pm.
Launched in 2017, ‘Silver Muse’ carries 596 passengers and has 400 crew – with service an absolute priority – butler service is included in every category.
Perfect for the 40+ wanting sophistication and luxury and interested in exploring the world – Silversea visits over 1000 ports – more than double of other cruise lines. An added bonus is that with these passenger numbers, disembarking for excursions in smooth and quick – as is re-embarking. 
As from January 2019 all meals in all venues are included (reservations will be necessary for the smaller venues) and the wine list includes Australian wines. 

Check the Cruise Finder for upcoming cruise on this ship – and then contact us if you would like to know about availability on a specific cruise – or other info. 

New ships, new sailings 2019/20

Silver at Sea

Silver Dawn is the 10th vessel of the luxury Silversea Cruise line. It will be launched in 2021 and the inaugural itineraries have just been announced.
The  596-guest vessel will depart Civitavecchia (Rome) on 22 September 2021, spending her inaugural season in the Mediterranean, before crossing to Fort Lauderdale.

Silver Dawn’s inaugural season will include the following itineraries:

  • Civitavecchia (Rome) to Venice—22 September–1 October 2021
  • Venice – Piraeus (Athens)—1 October–13 October 2021
  • Piraeus (Athens) to Barcelona— 13 October–23 October 2021
  • Barcelona to Lisbon—23 October–2 November 2021; and
  • Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale—2 November–15 November 2021.

New Princesses

Princess have taken delivery of Sky Princess, the fourth Royal-class ship for Princess Cruises.
This is the 17th ship Fincantieri has built for Princess at Monfalcone.
Sky Princess is the first vessel with Sky Suites, named because of their   enormous balconies.
4,610 passengers will be accommodated in 1,830 cabins with 1,411 crew. 
New Princesses to come are Enchanted Princess and Discovery Princess, to be delivered in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

How cruising has changed – but travel agents still feature

“Most group travel, most cruises, many complicated itineraries and even the majority of lodging reservations still are booked through travel agencies” according to Douglas Quinby of PhoCusWright, a travel industry research company who is quoted in a recent SMH Traveller story on The Decade in Travel. However cruising has changed hugely in the last ten years. I often write about a new ship that has just been, or is about to be, launched.
Ten years ago cruising was not a choice many travellers considered. In the 1970s the industry began to recover from the decline caused by the increased availability of air travel when Cunard introduced one-class travel across the Atlantic and provided entertainment that made the 4-day trip an experience in itself. In the 1980s bigger ships with more facilities were built but as cruising moved into the 1990s ships were built to cater to different markets. Today we have cruise ships that are built to cater for families or for discerning couples, we have ships that are built for expeditions and ships, like Oasis of the Seas, that are floating cities with parks and wave pools and much more. If we in the industry are flat out keeping up to date with what the cruise companies are offering, it is no wonder the traveller who wants to cruise chooses to go with a cruise travel agent.