Cruise Consumers

Royal Caribbean changes Covid-19 vaccinations requirements in the US and Europe
Cruise Consumers

Mattresses on cruise balconies?! Travellers turn balcony into a seaside siesta sanctuary

Would you ever consider pulling your mattress out to the balcony aboard a cruise ship?

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Mar 20 2024
Couple who used the Cruise Deals Check List
Cruise Consumers

Can you really get 80% off a cruise? The truth about those special deals

Cruising is back, offering an abundance of deals, but are they too good to be true? Uncover the truth behind those enticing offers and ensure you're getting genuine value with our comprehensive cruise deals checklist.

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Mar 15 2024
Three girls drinking cocktails on a Carnival ship
Cruise Consumers

How many drinks a day do you take? Carnival says 15 is enough

A bottomless alcoholic drinks package or 15 drinks cap – how much is too much when it comes to booze on a cruise?

WORDS BY Grant Jones . Mar 14 2024
Princess ship sailing through Milford Sound, in New Zealand waters.
Cruise Consumers

NZ trials digital travel declaration for cruisers

Cruise passengers have been added to a list of travellers to New Zealand now required to fill in a Customs Traveller Declaration form. 

WORDS BY Grant Jones . Mar 13 2024
travel insurance graphic
Cruise Consumers

In the wake of disasters, Aussies still aren’t travelling with insurance

If travel is one of your passions, you best protect yourself against mishaps that may befall you, no matter how or where you cruise.

WORDS BY Grant Jones . Mar 12 2024
Bent Street Performing Arts students at CLIA's 2024 awards ceremony in Sydney
Advice

Travel agents the cruise industry voted the best of the best

Cruise Lines International Association Australasia (CLIA) has produced a list of the top travel agents for cruise passengers

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Mar 10 2024
Serenade of the Seas in Sydney Harbour today on her Ultimate World Cruise
Cruise Consumers

Ultimate World Cruise drama: no room at Sydney’s prime berth

Ultimate World Cruise vessel Serenade of the Seas, whose passengers have 340 million social followers, came to Sydney but couldn't get to its berth

WORDS BY Tallis Boerne Marcus . Mar 8 2024
Nude cruisers with a cruise ship
Cruise Consumers

Nude cruiser’s advice: ‘If doing lots of fun things without clothes sounds good to you, go for it’

Nude cruising is making waves after an anonymous nude cruiser took to Reddit to answer questions about baring it all on a cruise ship.

WORDS BY Tallis Boerne Marcus . Mar 8 2024
Family dining onboard Royal Caribbean
Cruise Consumers

Package price hikes upset cruisers but some pre-buy and save

Rising onboard cruise prices are seeing more passengers buying pre-cruise packages. But are they saving money?

WORDS BY Tallis Boerne Marcus . Mar 8 2024
Ovation of the Seas sails through Milford Sound, New Zealand
Cruise Consumers

‘Two wineries and a small cheese ’n’ bickie plate: AU$300’: How to beat shore excursion price rises

Passengers are preparing for post-cruise “bill shock” as lines look for extra cash grabs from shore excursions and once-free onboard extras.

WORDS BY Grant Jones . Mar 8 2024
A render of Villa Vie Odyssey in a fjiord 15-year cruise
Cruise Consumers

Retirement at sea line Villa Vie takes delivery of first ship

Villa Vie Residences starts refit of MS Braemar to relaunch as Odyssey, beginning the start of its three-and-a-half year world cruise concept.

WORDS BY Grant Jones . Mar 7 2024
White Island victims were awarded NZ$10 million after sentencing
Cruise Consumers

White Island volcano victims awarded NZ$10 million

This week sentencing has begun in the Environment Court of New Zealand for the White Island volcanic eruption that killed 22 people on a shore excursion from their cruise and injured further people.

WORDS BY Tallis Boerne Marcus . Mar 1 2024