Carnival Splendour to head to Aussie waters
The 3,000 passenger Carnival Splendour will be joining P&O Cruises Australia in 2019, making her bigger than any of the lines’ ships. This will mean for Aussie cruisers there are more opportunities to cruise with P&O as the line will be doubling its capacity in just four years. P&O Cruises Australia President Sture Myrmell said that the decision is to maintain the pace of P&O’s growth momentum. “We benefit from being part of a global organisation with a worldwide fleet of cruise ships that ensure we have the flexibility to make the most of opportunities in our region and to adjust our strategies accordingly,” he said. “Having reviewed the market, we believe a 3000-passenger ship is the right sized ship for the P&O fleet to drive further sustained growth in our market.”
P&O launched new onboard app
One of Australia’s favourite cruise lines, P&O has launched its onboard app for its guests. Passengers will be able to use the WhatsOn app to plan their activities, make bookings and share their experiences throughout their cruises. The app allows families and friends travelling together to send messages to one another, check in and ‘like’ locations as well as recommend activities, ensuring no one misses out on any holiday fun. Guests can also book shore tours with a few clicks, check their onboard account, view special promotions available across the ship and keep up to date with the latest news from around the world. With the app also providing the daily schedule of activities for the entire cruise, guests can book their preferred activities online and create a wish list for each day.
The first pictures of the Seabourn Encore
Take a look inside the world’s newest luxury cruise ship, the Seabourn Encore which was launched in Marghera in Italy earlier this month. She will be officially christened on January 17, 2017 in Singapore before she arrives down under on January 22. The ship will cater for 600 exclusive guests with 300 suites – each with a private verandah. Click here to have a look onboard!
Qantas launches direct flight from Perth to London
It is now the longest route in the world – Qantas will be starting its Perth to London service on the new 787 Dreamliner from March 2018. The journey will take around 17 hours – and is not for the faint of heart or budget seekers. The flight will cost 40 per cent more than the regular ‘Kangaroo Route’ from Sydney.
Vote in this year’s special Readers’ Choice Awards
No doubt 2020 will go down in cruise history as the year of the pandemic – a once in a generation event. And this year’s Cruise Passenger Readers’ Choice Awards will reflect it.