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A few more ships in port

This week you will spot the following ships in your port…

Wednesday 18 March
Millenium is in Sydney Harbour for the day – she’s pictured here when she visited at the end of February
Rhapsody of the Seas visits Adelaide for the day
C Colombus is in Devonport, Tasmania just for the day
Diamond Princess in Hobart Tasmania, leaving same day

Thursday 19 March
Volendam will visit Sydney and stay overnight
Rhapsody of the Seas is in Melbourne for the day

Friday 20th March
Pacific Dawn arrives in Sydney and leaves same day
Sun Princess visits Fremantle and leaves the next day
Rhapsody of the Seas is in Adelaide for the day

Saturday 21st March
Pacific Sun visits Brisbane for the day
Volendam arrives in Melbourne and leaves the same day

Monday 22nd March
Melbourne will welcome Rhapsody of the Seas for the day

Tuesday 23rd March
Royal Princess arrives in Burnie, Tasmania and leaving same day
Volendam is in Adelaide, leaving the same day

More and more Aussies are taking cruises and the most popular cruises are those in our home waters – Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific – then Asia. The big attraction of cruising is the inclusion of accommodation, meals, transport, entertainment and, in many cruises some great extras, all in the one price. And for many getting on and/or off in the home port is another plus – as is only unpacking once. If you fancy cruising – or think you might – we can suggest a cruise that will suit your budget and your time-frame – there are so many to choose from. There are also many different types of cruise ships – so if you would rather travel with people of your own age, on a big ship, or a small exploration vessel, we can find the right one for you.
Drop me an email anytime – martin@travelchoice.com.au

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 coming and going


Bit quieter this week in the ports of Australia – they’re all at sea! It’s not until 24th that the first ship returns. Though the little known Black Prince will leave Adelaide on 23rd.
Our picture shows Pacific Dawn leaving Sydney last week – she’ll be back on 28th.
24th January
Pacific Venus will leave Darwin having arrived the day before
Pacific Sun will arrive in Brisbane and leave same day
Sun Princess will arrive in Melbourne and leave the same day
Athena will arrive in Fremantle and leave the same day
25th January
Diamond Princess will arrive in Hobart and depart same day.
27th January
Diamond Princess sails into Melbourne leaving again at 5.
Athena comes back to Fremantle and leaves again
Rhapsody of the Seas will arrive in Sydney and depart the following day
Bookmark this blog to keep up to date with ships around Oz – or contact me – martin@travelchoice.com.au if you have a specific inquiry.


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.

In Australian ports over the New Year

December 29
Pacific Sun arrives and departs Brisbane
December 30
Athena arrives in Fremantle and departs again
Sun Princess arrives and departs from Melbourne
December 31
Volendam arrives in Sydney Harbour and departs next day
World of Residensea will also be in Sydney Harbour on New Year’s Eve.
Millenium arrives in Melbourne and departs the next day
January 1
Volendam leaves Sydney
Millenium leaves Melbourne
January 2
Athena arrives and departs from Fremantle
January 3
Millenium arrives in Melbourne – and stays till January 5
Diamond Princess arrives and departs from Melbourne.
For more information on any of these ships – and their schedules – you can email me anytime. martin@travelchoice.com.au

Cruise ships in town

It’s a busy time of year. If you are new to cruising or a cruise ship ‘spotter’ you will have plenty to look out for. I’ll try to keep you up to date with their comings and goings but if there is something you would like to know about a ship – or a cruise please email me. martin@travelchoice.com.au

Here is a cruise calendar for the next few days.
On Thursday 18 December

Dawn Princess arrives in Sydney,
Silver Whisper arrives in Brisbane,
Sun Princess arrives in Melbourne

On Saturday 20th
Silver Whisper arrives in Sydney
Pacific Sun arrives in Brisbane
Athena arrives in Fremantle.