Seabourn announces lineup of guests on the Encore

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard will be one of the guests speaking onboard the new Seabourn Encore. The latest ship from the luxury line will also host a number of speakers as part of its program Seabourn Conversations including Tim Rice, the award-winning lyricist who wrote Evia and the Lion King, Chef Darren McGrady who has cooked for the British Royal Family, Walter Robinson the editor at large and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist from The Boston Globe and more. The Seabourn Encore will be arriving in Australia in January 2017 after her christening in Singapore in November. Prices start from $23,499* per person double occupancy for a 24-day voyage on Seabourn Encore from Singapore to Sydney on November 10, 2017, and visiting ports in Indonesia as well as along Queensland’s coast.


Carnival Cruise Line adds to its entertainment lineup

Carnival Cruise Line has added life-sized board games to both the Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend. Guests travelling onboard will be able to try out classic games like Trivial Pursuit, Guess Who and Cranium with oversized props around the ship. “Australians are amongst the most outgoing of our passengers. They love participating in all our onboard games and sports, so we’ve decided to expand our entertainment range even further, joining with some leading companies to bring even more exciting and engaging experiences onboard our ships,” said Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Jennifer Vandekreeke. Guests will also be able to play the murder mystery hit Cluedo and passengers will then be able to solve the crime using clues they will receive throughout their voyage. The new entertainment will be rolling out over the coming months.


Construction starts on Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, the Celebrity Edge

STX shipyard in France cuts steel for the latest Celebrity Cruises ship, the Celebrity Edge. During the ceremony, the line also announced the Edge’s new sister the Celebrity Beyond will be launched in 2020. The third and fourth Edge-class ships are due for delivery in 2021 and 2022. “Edge Class is destined to be a trailblazer in modern luxury travel,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. “The new ships will be on the cutting edge of innovation and the leading edge of design, so the ship names are spot on and offer a sense of how Celebrity Cruises is looking into the future.”