Nautica

Comings and goings in Australian ports


We’re into the peak of the cruise season, so there’s plenty for the cruise ‘spotter’ to see. Our picture is the deck of the Sun Princess when she was in Sydney Harbour in 2007.
3rd February
Nautica and Celebrity Millenium sailed into Melbourne in the morning and Nautica sailed out again in the afternoon, Celebrity Millenium leaves on 4th.
Dawn Princess docked at Port Arthur in Tasmania and leaves on 4th.

4th February
Asuka 11 docks at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal for the day – then moves round to Wharf 8 Darling Harbour for another day before leaving on 5th February. Asuka 11 is a Japanese ship and was originally the Crystal Harmony. The cabins are luxurious and there are live fish tanks for A1 sushi!
Volendam will visit Melbourne for the day. While the Volendam was in Sydney on the 2nd February, Biba, our senior cruise consultant, did a tour. “The main restaurant was very impressive,” she said ” it takes 750 guests at a time but even so it felt very intimate and ‘royal’. It was easy to talk to other people at our table of 6.” And she rated the food highly. “The most outstanding feature of the cabins was the tiled heated chairs in the spa room – they had superb views. Overall,”she said “the ship had a warm homely feeling – and for a ship that carries about 1450 passengers… it feels smaller really.”

5th February
Paul Gauguin arrives in Brisbane and stays for just 4 hours
Nautica sails into Sydney and leaves next day at 2200 hours
Volendam sails into Burnie in Tasmania, and departs same day
Athena arrives in Adelaide and sails the following day

6th February
Pacific Dawn will return to Sydney Harbour and depart again for the South Pacific
Sun Princess will arrive in Melbourne and depart again
Celebrity Millenium visits Hobart for the day
Dawn Princess will visit Burnie in Tasmania

7th February
Pacific Sun will sail into Brisbane leaving again same day
Dawn Princess arrives in Melbourne for the day

8th February
Nautica will visit Brisbane for the day.
Want to know more about the sailings of these ships – any others? Send me an email to martin@travelchoice.com.au

In your harbour 28 January to 4 Feb


28 January
Pacific Dawn will arrive and depart Sydney same day
Millenium will sail into Melbourne and leave same day
29 January
Diamond Princess will visit Sydney and leave for New Zealand on the same day
30 January
Volendam will arrive in Burnie, Tasmania and sail again the same day
31 January
Volendam will arrive and depart Melbourne
Pacific Sun will visit Brisbane for the day
Millenium will arrive into Sydney and depart again
1 February
Dawn Princess will visit Sydney for the day
Nautica will arrive in Hobart and leave that evening
2 February
Volendam will sail into Sydney and leave at 18:30
Diamond Princess will visit Hobart for the day
Athena will visit Adelaide and leave that afternoon
Lots happening – and new cruise deals coming through every day. Want to find out more about any cruise? I’m happy to help – my email is martin@travelchoice.com.au

Ships in your port

Bit late this week – at this time of year the ports are so busy with cruise ships. Today I have spent 5 hours on a ship’s visit on board Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas . This is what travel agents do in order to check out the ships without actually sailing on them and it gives them an opportunity to look at the different types of cabins and the facilities on board. More about that to come in the posting on Rhapsody of the Seas.
If you were watching on
11 January
Rhapsody of the Seas sailed in and out of Hobart
12 January
Nautica sailed in and out of Hobart and Sun Princess arrived and left Melbourne.
13 January – today
Rhapsody of the Seas is in Sydney until tomorrow 14 January – she sails at 6pm.
Silver Whisper has sailed into Hobart and will sail again late today.
15 January
Silver Whisper sails into Melbourne leaving the same day
17 January
Silver Whisper will arrive in Sydney, stay overnight and sail for Hong Kong next day
Pacific Sun will arrive and depart Brisbane
18 January
Pacific Dawn sails into Sydney leaving the same day
19 January
Dawn Princess will arrive in Sydney and leave again.

Sailings for week 5 to 10 January 2009


Ports are busy at this time of year as ships come and go for their Pacific seasons – all these ships are staying in the Southern Hemisphere. Ships visiting Australian ports this week are:
5 January
Celebrity Millenium, Volendam and Diamond Princess sailed into and from Sydney
Nautica arrived in Brisbane and left the same day
6 January
Rhapsody of the Seas arrives and departs Sydney for New Zealand
7 January
Nautica arrives in Sydney and stays overnight, sailing the next day (photo of Nautica taken at Circular Quay on 7 Jan.)
Volendam arrives in Melbourne and departs the same day
8 January
Pacific Dawn arrives in Sydney
Rhapsody of the Seas arrives in Melbourne and leaves same day, Celebrity Millenium arrives and stays overnight
9 January
Dawn Princess returns to Sydney and leaves same day
Fremantle will welcome Athena which departs same day
10 January
Pacific Sun visits Brisbane for the day
Nautica will visit Melbourne and leave the same day
Do email me – martin@travelchoice.com.au if you would like information on any of these ships and their itineraries. Or you can call Sydney time between 9 and 5 – 2 9968 1600.