A crewman's story: what really happened aboard the Coral Princess

Some cruise lines drop strict health requirements, but Aussie ships maintain testing before boarding

It’s been a week in which two significant moves demonstrate life may soon get back to normality for cruise passengers. The usually tough Centre for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) in the US  announced it […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Jul 21 2022
Ruby Princess

Lawyers claim Carnival will say passengers aboard Ruby Princess “failed to take reasonable care”

Lawyers acting on behalf of hundreds of passengers taking action over the Ruby Princess COVID-19 outbreak claim Carnival PLC and Princess Cruises’ defence documents indicate the company could maintain passengers should share some of the […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . May 25 2021
Coral Adventurer

Australia extends international travel ban until June 17 as cruise talks continue

The new strains of COVID 19 have forced the Australian government  to extend the international travel ban until June – but talks over the resumption of cruising are continuing, according to a statement tonight from […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Mar 2 2021
Sculptures by the Sea

The Airbnb of the outdoors; Sculpture by the Sea returns – travel news of the week

The Airbnb of the outdoors Hipcamp has partnered with Australian private camping company Youcamp to utilise their 50,000 camping spots across 1,000 Australian private properties.  The partnership will create the most comprehensive resource for unique […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Sep 15 2020
A Disney inspired menu and family glamping packages - travel news of the week
Great Australian Adventures

A Disney inspired menu and family glamping packages – travel news of the week

Once Upon a Time At nel restaurant they keep things interesting, and a little fantastical. The new ‘once upon a time’ degustation menu is no exception. The 11 nostalgia inducing dishes start off with ‘Eat […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Sep 8 2020
News bites - what's going around Australia
Great Australian Adventures

News bites – what’s going around Australia

Pack your pup The Langham Sydney has recently paired with Pound Paws for a new, curated Pampered Pets Staycation package. In addition to the usual luxe of a Langham stay, a special gift bag, pet […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Sep 1 2020
Fly fishing retreat
Great Australian Adventures

Travel news bites – what’s going on around the region

Is your next girls trip fly-fishing? Fly-fishing and luxury go hand in hand on this exclusively female 6-night, 5-day stay on New Zealand’s South Island. You will spend your days angling for the best catch […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Aug 25 2020
Helicopter Rescue

Heart attack victim left with $25K medical rescue bill even though he thought he was insured

A South Australian passenger airlifted from a cruise ship after suffering multiple heart attacks was issued with a $29,092 rescue and medical bill.  And even though he had travel insurance bought through the Australian Central […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Aug 21 2020
How the cruise industry got 250,000 crew members home

How the cruise industry got 250,000 crew members home

It’s been a quiet few months for the cruise industry. Pre-COVID, we would be at the height of the European and North American wave season, sailing around the Mediterranean or sunning ourselves on the beaches […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Aug 6 2020
CMV's Marco Polo

The crews from CMV ships set to see their homes at last

The crew from five Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ are at last going home, according to line’s parent company, Global Cruise Lines. It comes after the British Maritime and Coast Guard Agency detained the Astoria, Astor, […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Jul 3 2020