As the number of Australian cruisers increases, so too does the desire to see more ships visit our shores.
We already have over 41-plus ships visiting the region in 2014, including three new ships – one mega-liner, one luxury vessel; and one adventure ship.
But Australians want more.
Late last year we asked our Facebook followers to tell us which ship they would love to see cruising down under.
Here’s what they had to say:
1. Allure of the Seas/Oasis of the Seas
Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships aren’t just the world’s largest ships, they’re also Australia’s most desired.
Cruise Passenger Facebook follower, Leah Malcolm said she spends “so much time flying to the US” just to sail on the world’s largest ships. And Kim Norton said she wants to see them down under because they’re both “beautiful ships”.
Both ships were part of the line’s Genesis program to create ships, which featured a range of at sea, firsts, including the first Starbucks at sea; and the first AquaTheatre or amphitheatre at sea.
2. Any Disney ship
The line is popular amongst families because of its focus on entertaining the youngeons, with Disney-related pool areas; Disney themed rooms and even Disney theatre productions.
Cruise Passenger Facebook followers Helen Corliss and Simon Amanda Swift said they want Disney “for the kids!”.
3. Royal Princess
Facebook user Anne Saxby said one look on the Princess Cruises website and you’ll understand why she should be visiting our shores.
“Simply stunning,” she said.
Currently, Royal Princess cruises in Europe, the Caribbean, Canada and New England.
4. MSC Preziosa
MSC Cruises’ newest ship, MSC Preziosa is a fantasy for Australian cruisers.
The fourth vessel in the line’s Fantasia-class of ships, she was made with enhancements including a redesigned deck, an infinity pool and 100 more staterooms than her sister ships.
Additionally she has the world’s largest waterslide at sea starting up on deck 18 and offering a thrilling journey through 390 feet of through twists and turns.
Facebook user Antony Kershaw said she’s a beautiful vessel Australians would come to appreciate.
“A beautiful and affordable ship that might surprise a lot of you,” he said.
Currently, MSC Preziosa sails the Mediterranean.
5. Seabourn Quest
The last and the final ship in Seabourn’s Odyssey-class yachts, she carries 450-passengers at double capacity and offers the perfect blend of luxury and big ship facilities without the hassle of crowds.
Facebook user Geoff King said it he’d love to see a 6-star ship sail to Australia.
“We have a good range of large modern ships, especially over the summer, and having the option of a luxury ship that can visit the smaller ports would make for a nice change,” he said.
“It would be nice to have an Oasis class ship, but lets face it, the ports in our region can’t handle it – Voyager of the Seas itineraries are quirky enough because of her size.”
Currently, Seabourn Quest cruises Antarctica, Canada, Mediterranean, Northern Europe and South America.
Other ship request:
Royal Caribbean’s Freedom-class ships
Let us know which ship you would like to see in Australia by leaving a comment below.