Volendam

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

Queen Victoria, Queen Mary and the Crystal Serenity

Well dear readers, I was hoping to present you with some beautiful photos of the Queen Victoria docked at Sydney’s International Terminal, followed by the Dawn Princess sailing out of our beautiful harbour at night… but I need to brush up my photography skills.
So this week – the Queen Mary 2 will arrive in the Harbour on Thursday (bringing the lovely Biba back into the offices of the Mosman Cruise Centre) and the Crystal Serenity will follow on Saturday. I am thrilled to have been invited to visit both of these luxurious ladies of the sea and hope to do a better job of photography so I can present you with a slide show of them both.
If you’re out cruise spotting this week look for…

24th February

  • Rhapsody of the Seas in Sydney Harbour
  • Diamond Princess visits Melbourne for the day
  • Queen Victoria visits Adelaide for the day

25th February

  • Royal Princess arriving and leaving Sydney
  • Celebrity Millenium visits Melbourne for the day
  • Black Watch moors in Burnie, Tasmania for the day

26th February

  • The Queen Mary 2 arrives in Sydney, docking at Garden Island, and stays for a day
  • Saga Rose arrives in Sydney and berths at the International Cruise Terminal overnight
  • Rhapsody of the Seas visits Brisbane for the day
  • Black Watch visits Melbourne for the day
  • Diamond Princess goes to Hobart, Tasmania for the day

27th February

  • Aurora arrives in Brisbane and leaves same day
  • Royal Princess will also moor in Brisbane for the day
  • Volendam visits Burnie, Tasmania for the day
  • Athena goes to Fremantle for the day
  • Diamond Princess goes to Adelaide for the day

28th February

  • Millenium returns to Sydney and stays until March 2. She will moor at Athol Buoy
  • Crystal Serenity arrives in Sydney and stays at the Overseas Passenger Terminal until 1 March
  • Pacific Sun arrives in Brisbane and leaves same day
  • Volendam visits Melbourne for the day

1st March

  • Pacific Dawn arrives for the day in Sydney Harbour
  • Aurora also visits Sydney and stays overnight. She will moor at Point Piper Buoy then move to the Overseas Passenger Terminal
  • Saga Rose arrives in Brisbane for the day
  • Pacific Sun moors in Adelaide for the day

2nd March

  • Volendam arrives in Sydney and departs same day
  • Athena returns to Fremantle for the day

Phew! Busy time. If you’d like more information I’m always happy to oblige. Just email me, martin@travelchoice.com.au or phone me during office hours on 2 9968 1600

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

55% saving on Volendam cruise from Singapore to Sydney in March – but be quick!

It’s an 18 night package on the luxurious Volendam, a Holland America ship that is currently sailing in the Pacific and Australian waters – this is an amazing offer!
This cruise leaves Sydney on 19 March – well actually you overnight in Sydney and sail the next day. This is a fabulous opportunity to enjoy Sydney, a chance to book a performance at the Sydney Opera House – and walk back to your accommodation afterwards! or to eat at one of Sydney’s top restaurants.
Volendam departs Sydney on 20 March at midnight and sails towards the Whitsundays, arriving at Fitzalan in the Whitsundays on 23rd, and Cairns the next day. Sailing through the beautiful Whitsundays is always a special experience and the Volendam makes a leisurely trip to Lizard Island, the Ribbon Reef Region and the blue, blue waters of Torres Strait before reading Darwin on 28th March.
From here you will visit Komodo Island in Indonesia – the home of the Komodo Dragon, the world’s heaviest and largest lizards – they average 2 to 3 metres in length and 79 kilos in weight.
Padang, Bali and Semarang in Java are the other Indonesian ports of call before arriving in Singapore on 4th April.
Accommodation in Singapore is at the Concorde Hotel for 2 nights. Many of us visit Singapore as a stopover but with 2 nights this is a great opportunity to do a day tour of parts of Singapore that you would usually not see.
You will arrive back in Sydney on 6th April.
As well as the cruise and accommodation your trip includes all meals, entertainment and activities on board, cruise taxes, NDAs and air taxes and surcharges, transfers and a one-way economy fare with Qantas from Singapore to Australia (upgrades are available, of course).
Prices start at $2,909, so if you are interested be quick. You can phone me on 2 9968 1600 – or email martin@travelchoice.com.au

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