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Welcome to a website that has been in operation since the early 1990’s. Cruise-Australia has been designed especially for the Australian, New Zealand and the Asian cruise market and they also love heading overseas and joining ships far afield, having become worldwide cruise travellers and explores of countries far afield. Records have proven that Australia is the world’s fastest growing cruise market, and considering I have been in the Passenger Shipping Industry since 1960, and having worked up to a manager, then CEO, to owner of a Cruise Company, I certainly know a great deal about the industry which I love greatly! Although I semi-retired in the mid 1980s, I continued my passion as a non-profit Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer and as millions around the world now know, a well-known Maritime Historian. However be assured, whenever I take a cruise I always pay my full fares, for I do not believe in freebies! My only aim is to provide my knowledge to all who are seeking the right cruise ship for their needs, and thus to review the ships that are currently in operation here in Australia, New Zealand as well ships from around the world are there for you to choose from

The author is seen, during a line-voyage--

to the UK on the MV Athena in 2012------

To date I have enjoyed well over 250 Cruises & this includes around the world voyages of 106 days and a number of up to 56 nights line voyages from Australia to the U.K. with P&O UK, as well two with Classic International Cruises Line aboard the MV Athena, and they were simply excellent, but I have to be honest, there were also there were those that were just not that great. Therefore I feel very confident that I know what is a good Cruise Ship/Company and what is not. It is my aim to provide informative information on what is an excellent cruise experience and one that will suit your needs! Also, remember to contact me for further information to check on your individual needs, etc. I have also included famous Classic liners that have become luxury Hotels, such as the wonderful “QE2” now open in Dubai!

In Closing:

To date my four main Classic Liner and Cruise Sites being: & .net & & .net have received an amazing 521.2 million visits to date. Therefore, I wish to thank my countless readers/supporters from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and throughout the world, for your support, and the countless emails, for it is due the up to 140 emails per day many of us have become such good friends. I have been delighted to have been able to guide you and others regarding the ship that has proved to be the most suitable for your next cruise vacation. Thus, thank you for you responses as they have been most encouraging, and I am grateful for your ongoing support!

You may enter the Cruise Australia Index HERE - Or continue and read the Latest Cruise News below, then use the Main Index Bar at the bottom of the page for many of the ships listed on the site.

Reuben Goossens.

Maritime Historian, Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer, Author & Lecturer.

Commenced in the Passenger/Cruise Shipping Industry in 1960.

Brisbane, Australia.

Latest Cruise News

July/August 2018


News Items found on this page:


Pacific Aria Refit and Make Over Completed


Hotel “Queen Elizabeth 2” open in Dubai


Carnival to Home Port one Ship in Brisbane & one in Sydney from 2020


Fourth Cunard Vista Class Ship Due in 2022


Seabourn building Two New Expedition Ships, the first by 2021


A New P&O Cruise Ship due in 2019


Pacific Aria Updated Cruise Review




Pacific Aria has Received a Make Over

P&O Cruises Pacific Aria has now completed her 12-day dry dock in Singapore and you will now discover a good range of new features and furnishings. In addition the ships bow now fall’s inline with the other four ships in the fleet and has that stunning Southern Cross draped over her bow.

The ever popular “Dome” located forward and topside up on Deck 12 therefore, but it offers wonderful ocean views and it has now been fully tranformed and it has taken on a brand new contemporary nautical theme with dark blue and white hues, as well as new drapes and soft lighting. By day, the Dome is an attractive venue for board games, trivia, dance classes as well as a favourite place for passengers to relax on the lounges with a coffee or read a book. In the evening the Dome transforms into a fashionable dance-spot.

For further details and many more photographs of the new look ship, visit the: Pacific Aria Refurbishment page.

For more information visit, or call 13 24 94

Or better still go and see a licensed Cruise-travel agent who provides a full service!




“Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2

Dubai - UAE


“Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2” Dubai at Port Rashid is seen with a grand city backdrop has now officially opened

The exciting new luxury floating hotel, the ex Trans-Atlantic Liner RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, so lovingly known in days gone by as the ‘QE2’ has finally opened in Dubai as a 5 Star luxury floating Hotel on April 2018.

Although her lifeboats and davits have been removed, but apart from that she looks very much the same as we remember her as during her cruising days, having received her diesel engines and her new suites built topside, etc. Her interiors have been carefully been restored to their original state, with very minor alteration, thus allowing the ship to constantly reveal her history through her décor and fittings, such as her original furnishings and art throughout her public spaces.

The Golden Lion Pub remains as was and how many memories have been made here and will be again

Accommodations have been beautifully updated, although again, the Cunard touch can be found in every room.

One of the spacious Captains Club Rooms

Ashore is the Terminal, which has the reception desk, a Café and the Cunard Museum complete with replica of a Tourist Class cabin from 1969, there is also a life-sized replica of the ship’s bridge.

Here we see the Ship and the Terminal with the marina just aft of the QE2

I have placed a comprehensive webpage online (LINK below the next Photograph), which provides a short history of the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, to her arrival at Dubai, her long lay-up and her amazing revival to her magnificent transformation into a superb hotel, which has retained the great Queen as much as possible in her original condition, which her original owners at Palm Jumeirah would not have done!


Visit my comprehensive all New Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 page


New 2020 Carnival Cruises Now Available from Brisbane & Sydney

MV Carnival Spirit & Carnival Splendor

Carnival Cruise Line’s brand new 2020 cruise program has been released and is now on sale. It offers Australian holidaymakers opportunities to have more fun at sea than ever before according to Carnival Cruises, and it offers a record number of 75 departures from Australia to the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia.

Special News for Brisbane: Carnival Spirit will become the first-ever Carnival ship to be home ported in Brisbane therefore Queenslanders can start to book their next cruise vacation right from their doorstep as from today, with cruises available from October 2020. Queenslanders will benefit from itineraries including 7-day cruises to the tropical wonderlands of Espiritu Santo, Mystery Island and Noumea.

The carnival Spirit is seen at anchor at one of the Tropical Islands of Vanuatu

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia

There is also News for Sydney: As from today, Australians can book Carnival Splendor’s sailings between January and June 2020. Then Carnival Splendor will become the newest and largest ship, to be home-ported year round in Australia.

The Carnival Splendor to be based in Sydney is seen at sea

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia

Please see below an overview of Australian based example fares and itineraries: 

Fares on the 7-night cruise to the South Pacific on Carnival Spirit, sailing from Brisbane on 29 November 2020 start from $1,099 per person, interior twin share.

Fares on the 8-night cruise to the South Pacific on Carnival Splendor, sailing from Sydney on 11 March 2020 start from $1,049 per person, interior twin share.

In addition, there is an opportunity to join one of the legs of the Trans-Pacific cruises to and from Honolulu on the Carnival Spirit in 2020.

No matter which cruise you choose, you will get to experience all that Carnival has to offer, with over 45 daily activities, from themed nights, live Broadway-style entertainment, and the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss with Seuss at Sea™ to the thrilling Green Thunder waterslide.

The new amidships water park and huge slides on the Splendor

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia


Brisbane will be Delighted to Welcome Carnival Spirit in 2010!

Photograph provided by & © Carnival Australia

For further information and to book visit your specialised cruise / travel agent, or call 13 31 94. Terms & conditions apply.

Fourth Cunard Ship due in 2022

This as yet Unnamed Ship will be a “New Generation Ship”


September 25, 2017: Luxury cruise brand Cunard today announced it is adding a fourth ship to its fleet. This investment is part of the company’s ambitious plans for the future of Cunard globally.

Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest cruise company and parent of the Cunard brand, has signed a memorandum of agreement with Fincantieri S.p.A., Italy, to build a new ship that will join the Cunard fleet in 2022.

The as yet unnamed ship will join Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth as the fourth member of the Cunard fleet, the first time since 1998 that the luxury cruise brand will have four ships in simultaneous service.-

Author’s Comment: But believe me, she will be no Queen Elizabeth 2, or as we loved to call her the QE2! This new ship will look very much like the ship we saw just above, yet that Carnival Splendor, but the new one will have a black hull and a Cunard funnel, etc. I will have more to say latter!

A sad farewell to the much loved Queen Elizabeth 2 on February 25, 2008, it was a very sad day for all Australian’s

Photograph by & © Rex Cox – With thanks!

The iconic and unparalleled luxury cruise brand is going from strength to strength, having seen crowds of more than one million people gather in 2015 to celebrate the company’s 175th anniversary. Cunard has subsequently invested over £120 million refurbishing the flagship Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria.

Alongside an array of exciting new itineraries featuring new destinations and special event voyages for 2018 and 2019, Cunard has also continued to evolve the guest experience to meet the needs of the luxury consumer by introducing new bar and dining signatures, entertainment offerings and brand partner across the fleet.

Simon Palethorpe, Senior Vice President, Cunard said: “We have only recently marked the 50th anniversary of one of Cunard's much loved ocean liners, the legendary QE2. What better way to celebrate her important role in Cunard's past than by announcing our commitment to Cunard's future with the commissioning of a new ship. Cunard offers unrivalled luxury ocean experiences and the new ship firmly underpins our plans to continue our growth across international markets.”

Cunard will be revealing exciting details about this (very weird looking) new ship during the course of 2018 and through to the ship’s launch.

This is a typical ugly pack them in poorly designed box-like Carnival ship and it is

sadly a far cry from the wonderful traditions of the Cunard days. They may ensure

that the interiors look Cunard, but the ship is top heavy, just look at it and it tells its

own story she is simply ugly as sin! Personally I would not sail on her if you paid me!

Her exterior is a slightly modified version of the 133,500 ton Carnival Vista as seen below


This ship has a slightly modified sloped upper foc’sle section, being more for wind protection,

as well as all the children’s theme and water parks area’s along the top & aft decks


• The new 113,000 GRT (Gross Registered Tonnage) ship will carry 3,000 guests and she will be launched in 2022.

This will be 249th.ship to fly the Cunard flag.

This will be Cunard’s first new ship in 12 years, since the launch of Queen Elizabeth in 2010.


Author’s Notes: The much loved QE2 was the very last ever genuine Cunard style Ship ever to be built, the three that followed have basically been somewhat 100% American Carnival (cruises) designs, which are mostly based on their horrid American “Vista Class” series of ships, and its modified larger versions, which includes this new unnamed ship.

Here we see the very same design of Holland America Line’s ms Koningsdam

Although she is 99,500 ton and being a 5 Star Luxury cruise line she only has 2,600 passengers


Then there is Costa Cruises 114.450 ton Costa Pacifica accommodating 3,780 passengers

Therefore, this new Cunard ship is just another very poorly designed box-like Carnival Vista style Class ship, sadly it is a far cry from the wonderful traditions of the Cunard days when genuine ships sailed the sea. The people of Cunard may ensure that the interiors look “ever so Cunard”, but that is just a façade, for the ship is top heavy, just look at her and she tells her own story “Help, I am as ugly as sin!” Personally I would not sail on of these ships if you paid me!

It is so tragic how the American’s are destroying all that was good in shipbuilding design, and it is not just me saying it, but it is backed up by many famed maritime architects, but then people like Carnival, call us Dinosaurs. I am proud to carry that badge, thank you!

Would you like to visit a real Cunard ship today? When visiting Europe, fly Emirates and stopover in Dubai and book a room at the Hotel “Queen Elizabeth 2” and you will spend time and onboard last quality liner ever built! You will not regret it as both the ship and Dubai will offer you an amazing stopover and treasured vacation!

Hotel “Queen Elizabeth 2” in Dubai opened on April 18, 2018

Visit my comprehensive all New Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 page

And also remember that the wonderful beautifully restored RMS Queen Mary which is also open as a great hotel, museum and fine Restaurants, etc, at Long Beach, California, USA.

The Cunard’s Great Queen of Sea RMS Queen Mary is now a fine hotel




Seabourn to Build Two Ultra-Luxury Expedition Ships

Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, announced yesterday that it has signed a Letter of Intent for the construction of two new ultra-luxury expedition ships, and these magnificent 170 meter, 23,000 gross ton expedition ships will add new capacity for Seabourn in Antarctica, the Arctic, and other exotic destinations around the world while meeting PC6 Polar Class standards. Each will feature 132 luxurious oceanfront veranda suites, which will be home for up to 264 guests. Details of the ships design will be released at a later date.

A typical standard Verandah Suite

Each ship will have a marina just as on all other Seabourn ships, for easy boarding onto Zodiacs and kayaks.

Each ship has a marina


For full details enter the link below;


Seabourn Two New Ships 2021


A New P&O Cruise Ship due in 2019

P&O Cruises have announced that after two previous ships that would have possibly joined the P&O fleet that it would now be the already popular Princess ship, which has been cruising from our shores. Therefore, the 108,865 tonne Golden Princess will be transferred to P&O Cruises Australia in 2019.

Before she will enter her new duties, she will be completely refurbished, to fall in line with the exciting new P&O interiors design and of course the introduction of the wonderful Pantry, which has been a mammoth success, where passengers do not touch food, thus no contamination, or sickness occurring, like on other companies ships. Here food is fresh and hot, and it is like an amazing food court with a host of international and good old Australian dishes!

The Australia’s cruising future looks extremely bright, and P&O has grown from being a single ship company in the days of the FunShip TSS Fairstar and Fair Princess, then in 2000 the Pacific Sky arrived on the scene, but today P&O has five top quality cruise ships from 55,820-tons to 77,441-tons.

The Golden Princess seen from the air and she is packed with some of the most amazing facilities at sea!


Pacific Aria Updated Cruise Review

Considering I live in Brisbane, I decided to undertake a number of cruises; the first being an 18-Night South Pacific cruise on MV Pacific Aria in August. This cruise was followed by another South Pacific cruise in December, which was followed by a 14-nights cruise to the PNG in February 2017. These three cruises were so much enjoyed that I decided to book another cruise. This being another cruise to the PNG for 10-nights Papua New Guinea Cruise departing November 14, 2017, and I am again going on another cruise in May 2018, and several others in the same year.

I am presenting a full and an updated Two Page review covering the entire ship, as well as an amazing three page “The Papua New Guinea Experience.” The PNG is a spectacular destination and is really worth visiting! Believe me, heading to the PNG on a cruise ship is in reality one of the best ways to see it, just look at the amazing Three Page PNG Feature with countless stunning Photographs that will have you wanting to rush to your cruise agency, to book a PNG cruise!

For those who live in Brisbane, around Queensland as well as Northern NSW, the Pacific Aria is ideal for those who prefer a locally based ship and one that is not over crowded. She is such a luxurious and intimate ship, full of style and, but best still as I have already indicated, there are never more than 1,500 passengers aboard, but more often it will be between around 1,300 passengers! Believe me, I am certainly am looking forward to my next cruises in 2018!



The New 2017 to 2019 P&O Brochure is now available from your friendly licensed Cruise & Travel Agency



Below my “Important Note” you will find they official LINK to the Cruise-Australia Website Index, and there you will find countless ships from many company’s. If you have a question in regard a ship, or which ship / cruise company will suit you the best, email me via link below.

Important Note: I highly recommend that if you wish to book a cruise, that you go and see a Good and a Long Established fully Registered Travel-Cruise Agency for information and bookings as they will ensure the best possible fares as well as provide superior service until you depart and often even after you come home from your cruise!

Booking direct through a cruise company is seldom the best option, as there will be no actual service, you will have to do everything yourself, including printing out your tickets, etc, and you may well pay a higher fare.

Therefore, do yourself a huge favour, and go and see that good Cruise / Travel Agent who knows the cruise industry well, for they will look after your interest and make sure that you get the best fare available, etc!

Reuben Goossens.

Maritime Historian, Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer, Author & Lecturer.

Commenced in the Passenger/Cruise Shipping Industry in 1960.

Brisbane, Australia.

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