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Welcome to Cruise-Australia.com a website that
has been online since the early 1990’s. Cruise-Australia has been
designed especially for Australian’s,
Records have proven that Australia has become
the world’s fastest growing cruise market, and considering I have been in
the Passenger Shipping and the Cruise Industry for over sixty years, having
commenced in New Zealand as a travel agent and then worked up to a manager,
later to become the head of a major International around the world passenger
Shipping Company in Australia, followed by operating a Cruise Company, I
certainly know a great deal about the industry, an industry I love greatly!
Although now many years later, I had to retire due to rather extreme ill
health, but when it is possible I still make an attempt to continue to share my
vast knowledge with those who love to take their vacation by sea. Although I
have to be honest, myself like many regular cruise
passengers are not fond of the today’s modern great big cruise ships that
1. Look more like Apartment Blocks, or as many regulars say per email;
“Great big square boxes on a hull” or 2. “
Accommodating 4,905 passengers & a crew of 1,500, thus a total of 6,405 persons on board
That is called “Vacation with a Crowd”!
Whenever I and
aboard MV Diamond Princess during a 13 Day
Maritime Historian, Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer, Author & Lecturer.
I have been in the Passenger Shipping and Cruise Industry for over 60 years.
In conclusion; countless millions around the world know me well as a Maritime Historian, and cruise-australia.com and ssmaritime.com has been online since the early 1990’s. I have now written on well over 1,350 classic Liners and Cruise Ships, both the grand ships, as well as some of the less significant migrant ships, but all these ships are very important. Then there were those wonderful passenger-Cargo-Liners that would take between 20 to around 400 passengers, many of them offered sheer luxury. The aforementioned has now resulted in having an amazing 533.2 million readers to date and I am sure that you will have noted that you will never find any advertising on any of my pages, or asking for donations, for all this cruise information and maritime History is online for you for free to enjoy, as it is financed 100% by the author!
Please Note: This page is in Two Parts. Part One directly below has two News Items and an point of interest, whist Part Two contains stories regarding four cruise companies, operating from small luxury cruise ships to larger ones, and each is highly recommended! Also a story regarding various ships operating on our shores. Then there is an item regarding a series of my personal Cruise Reviews, mostly on the Pacific Aria and other ships on Pacific, NZ, Barrier Reef or PNG cruises, etc. Enjoy!
Seabourn elevates “Tea Time” with a Newly Enhanced
Daily Afternoon Tea Service aboard every Ship!
The key element of Seabourn’s new
Afternoon Tea Service is the line’s addition of the finest luxury tea
brand “TWG Tea”. Established
“We are always looking at ways to take
the amenities and services at the heart of the Seabourn cruise experience to
the next level, and our new Afternoon Tea Service does just that,” said
In keeping with English tradition, Seabourn’s new Afternoon Tea Service is nestled conveniently between lunch and dinner, available from 4 and 5 p.m. daily in the Observation Bar.
The Observation Bar on board the Seabourn Odyssey
Served are, loose-leaf tea selections from
“TWG Tea”, the finest luxury
tea brand whose collection is the largest in the world, include choices such as
English Earl Grey, Imperial Lapsang Souchong, and Highlands BOP Ceylon. They
are delivered to the table by the highly trained staff and properly served on
handcrafted china from “Bernardaud”, the family-owned French
porcelain company originally established in
TWG Tea has been greatly awarded as being one of the finest Teas in the world!
Afternoon Tea will also be accompanied by a set selection of sweet desserts and savoury snacks that will change daily on a rotating cycle, including gluten-free and vegetarian options, presented upon a stylish three-tiered display tray at the guest’s table in the Observation Bar. A sand clock, started as soon as the tea hits the water, is left at the table to ensure that guests can steep their tea precisely the way they like it while the service staff explains the tea’s origins and how different steeping times can enhance the flavour.
Afternoon Tea is a traditional British tea service served at 4 p.m. between lunch and dinner, focused on serving light fare that includes scones, finger sandwiches, jam and marmalade. With roots going back for generations, history says that Afternoon Tea dates back to the mid-1800s and the Duchess of Bedford. At the time, kerosene lamps in wealthier homes helped usher in a late dinner, often served around 8 or 9 p.m., leaving people of the era, including the Duchess, feeling a bit hungry between meals. She decided to regularly invite friends over for tea and a selection of snacks during the late afternoon.
The idea of Afternoon Tea eventually spread across society, growing into a social occasion that continues to draw people together for interesting conversation to this day.
Seabourn’s enhanced Afternoon Tea Service is now being offered across the Seabourn fleet, with the TWG brand implementation ongoing and set to be completed in the coming weeks.
The wonderful Seabourn Odyssey is seen her at-Dusk
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P&O Cruises - will off-load the Pacific
Dawn to her new owners in February 2021, but the bad news for Australian cruise
lovers, P&O is also getting rid of their best ship and most luxurious ship
in the entire P&O Cruises Australia fleet, as she is the only ship that has
ever retained the N° One rating throughout
her entire career with P&O, and no other ship
has been able to get it from her not even the Pacific Explorer. Thus sadly, the
Pacific Aria will leave
The proud bow of the wonderful Pacific Aria is seen with the Southern Cross beautifully draped over it
Both ships are to be retired as they will be replaced by the very much larger Pacific Adventure (ex Golden Princess) and the just named Pacific Encounter, currently sailing as the Star Princess, which will join the fleet in November 2021.
Pacific Dawn’s final voyage under the
P&O Cruises Australia banner is scheduled on February 8, 2021, which will
see her sail from Melbourne, Australia, around the east coast of Australia and
then to Singapore where she will end her voyage and be handed over to her
future owners. The Pacific Aria will make a similar voyage from
On the P&O webpage - - it states;
“*P&O Cruises Australia's first permanent ship was the Fairstar, followed by Pacific Sky, Pacific Star, Pacific Sun, Pacific Jewel, Pacific Eden, Pacific Aria & then Pacific Explorer.”
Well, the question is the above is incorrect! The truth is, sadly the P&O Media does not even know very much about P&O’s past and their own fleet’s history, thus let me a maritime historian remind them. Below I will also provide the year that each ship commenced with P&O, and departed to be either broken up or join another company.
*Also note that the name “P&O Cruises Australia” did not exist at the time of the Fairstar in 1988, as it did not come about until the time of the Pacific Sky after the year 2000!
The correct ship listing of ships operated by P&O from 1988 to 2019 should read as follows.
“P&O’s first permanent ship (based in Australia) was the Fairstar 1988-1997, followed by Fair Princess 1997-2000, Pacific Sky 2000-2006, Pacific Sun 2004–2012, Pacific Star 2005–2008, Pacific Dawn (2007–2021), Pacific Jewel 2009-2019, Pacific Pearl 2010-2017, Pacific Eden 2015-2019, Pacific Aria 2015-2021 & then Pacific Explorer 2017 - total of 11 ships.
For interest, ships marked in Blue, were either Sitmar ships obtained in 1988
by P&O/Princess, or were in construction at that time, thus all were
designed by Sitmar Cruises! Ships in Red
were a couple of old Carnival ships, and the two
Therefore, soon the P&O fleet will consist of just three ships, the aging 77,441-tonne Pacific Explorer, then joining this year (2020) the 108,865-tonne Pacific Adventurer will join the fleet (I sailed on her in her Princess days, a very good ship, but just too big for me), and her almost identical sister the 108,977-tonne Pacific Encounter will join a year later in 2021.
Let’s Talk About Cruising
Over countless years I have written features
and reviews on countless worthy Cruise Ships and their respective companies in
order to better inform cruise and ship enthusiasts … 1; for their
pleasure, 2; but more so to ensure that you, my wonderful readers will
make the best-informed choice possible on what kind of ship, or which ship will
be just right for you. Below I am featuring some wonderful small-ship operators
that offer as you will see with the next some real Magic, and by that I really
mean it, for the reviews I received have simply outstanding to say the least. Thereafter
I cover the luxury passenger/cargo ship MV Aranui 5 based in
You will discover
that on Cruise-Australia there is a vast variety of cruise options available
from mini-cruise ships to those giants of the sea; however I will start with
these wonderful mini-cruise ships based in
spacious Dinning Room, Lounge, library & Bar on the
Lounge on the
And believe me there is not a fishy smell to
be found anywhere, except when that giant seafood buffet is on the table! The
Bridge on all ships is open to the Guests. These well designed ships cruise
around the west coast of
“The Majestic Line” fabulous four mini-cruise-ships that will capture you and delight you!
Then what about
Aranui 5 is seen at
Maori language being all part of the CPTM ships great Polynesian history and culture
Photograph © by CPTM
Thus as you can see from the amazing ship
above, the MV Aranui 5 will offer her 254 Guests comfortable, air-conditioned
accommodations in remarkable comfort, for this is certainly not a traditional
cargo ship that just has some passenger accommodations, but this is more of a
luxury passenger ship that just happens to also carry cargo and mail to the
many Islands it visits, which really makes the voyage so much more
interesting! On her spacious aft decks the ship offers her Guests space to
sunbathe, swim in the pool and enjoy exotic tropical drinks while she wends her
way among the countless beautiful tropical
around the Beautiful
Including the magical Tuamotu and Marquesas Archipelago’s
“Quality Small-Ship Cruise Operator” by “cruise-australia.com”.
The Company has grown from just one small
rather basic vessel to a fine fleet of glamorous small expedition ships that
The new 5,599-tonne Coral Adventurer, will be followed by her new sister
the Coral Geographer which will arrive in November 2020
Image © Coral Expeditions
Launched in April 2019 and purpose-built to take guests closer to unspoilt vistas in comfort, style and safety, the luxurious Coral Adventurer accommodates 120 guests in 60 spacious staterooms and she has a cruising speed of 13.5 knots. She is a culmination of years of design and three decades of passion for expedition cruising, the Coral Adventurer has over 1000 sqm of open deck space including a wrap-around promenade deck with panoramic views. There are multiple indoor and outdoor bars, including the Explorer bar up on sundeck, she has a well-equipped gym, and a passenger elevator, all of which creates an environment designed for guest comfort. Coral Adventurer has captured the unique requirements for both guests, and the ships crew.
But above all it will be the countless
incredible destinations she will visit that will make the cruise, combined with
a ship that has the highest quality equipment and technology that will make her
perfect ship to sail the Indonesian archipelago,
Then there is also the state-of-the-art 1,838-ton, MV Coral Discoverer (built in 2005, but completely refurbished in 2016), being an intimate, Australian cruise ship and she has become a much sought after small cruise ship operating at a cruising speed of 14 knots.
The luxurious MV Coral Discoverer
In Addition there is also the Coral Expedition
II, which mostly operates 3 and 4 night
Explore the Magic of the Coral Expeditions a fleet of Intimate Expedition Ships
Besides the smaller companies shown on this
page, there are the more traditional larger ship companies, as well as the more
glamorous super luxury smaller up-market Cruise Lines, such as
“Silversea,” “Seabourn”, “SeaDream Yacht
Club” and “Viking Ocean Cruises” and of course the luxurious “Holland America Line.” HAL’s luxury ships cruise to and from
Visit my Feature
Another HAL visitor to
America Lines 5 Star luxury cruise ship, the ms
Amsterdam is seen departing
whilst she is on her around the world voyages. HAL is the world’s highest Rated Cruise Line
as well as having the highest Rated Cuisine served to their Guests at Sea
Enter my ms Amsterdam Ship Review when she was in
All Cruise Companies & ships can be found on the Index Bar at the bottom of the page.
But I would now like to turn to an ever growing and a most successful British cruise company “Cruise Maritime Voyages” or CMV, who commenced in 2010. Today they have a fleet of six ships in operation, and they prefer to operate both modern as well as some of the best maintained and beautifully refurbished classic style cruise ships including the greatly loved MS Marco Polo.
The superb CMV Classic Liner and much loved Cruise ship is the MS Marco Polo celebrates her 55th anniversary in 2020, and she is scheduled to sail well into late 2021
A cruise review by
CMV operates some magnificent
traditional Classic Cruise ships, such as the Marco Polo of course, as
well as the MV Astoria, but then they also operate the luxurious and
very much newer cruise ship; Vasco Da Gama.
This is without a doubt a wonderful cruise company with an excellent fleet of
ships, but also known for its excellent service and entertainment! In 2021 two
further ships will join their fleet; one is the identical sister of the
I recommend a cruise on the traditional
newest ship in the fleet the ms
Also visit for Australian based voyages
Above I have shown just a very small insight
into a very big world of cruising that is available to you, and I have not
forgotten the local scene, such as P&O cruises Australia, as I have cruised
on the Pacific Aria frequently, being such a fine ship, and of course P&O
Cruises Australia has undergone a complete transformation, with all the
existing ships that remain having taken on much of the very stylish décor and
themes from the Pacific Aria and placed them on the Pacific Dawn, giving the
old girl a whole new look! And of course on P&O’s newer arrivals the
November 2019: My dear friend and Carer, Eng Tan have just returned from one of our many cruises on the delightful ms Pacific Aria, we have reached every corner of the Pacific as well as North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef, as we have been so fortunate to cruise a good number of times to magical Papua New Guinea, as well as the wonderful “The Bounty” cruise, which visits Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, amongst other wonderful tropical Islands.
However, our last cruise was our beloved PNG cruise and we had smooth sailing to say the least, but soon we will see the Aria head off to New Zealand and Adelaide, and in February 2021 she will leave P&O forever, like a few of the other ships that have been sold off. Yet the Pacific Aria is the best ship in the fleet! You will soon come to see that I and countless of other past passengers who love this magnificent ship, considering she has the best cabins of all the P&O ships, as all cabins has a lounge area with a sofa and a coffee table and so much more, etc. In addition, she is officially rated the Number One ship in the fleet, yet they are dumping her. My review of our recent PNG cruise will cover some of the reasons quite comprehensively.
Aria seen at anchor off
Photograph by & © Mr. Hun-Eng Tan
an INDEX to other cruises & “The …
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