In two weeks, Royal Caribbean will be commencing their wave season when Radiance of the Seas returns to Australia on October 6.
The line’s sister brands, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises will also be returning for another bumper season, with some spectacular highlights.
It will be Ovation of the Seas longest season ever, Celebrity Cruises will be offering four new South Pacific destintions in Tonga, Samoa and American Samoa and Azamara Club Cruises will be docked at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal for a special New Year’s cruise.
“Internationally, 2018 has been a huge year and we’re responding to that local love with some big announcements later in the season,” said the company’s managing director of Asia Pacific, Susan Bonner.
“In March we launched the biggest ship in the world, Symphony of the Seas, while July saw an identical sister join the Azamara fleet,Azamara Pursuit; and we’re not done yet. The cherry on the top will be Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Edge, a revolutionary ship we welcome this November.”
Here are some of the company’s highlights:
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL
Royal Caribbean will have three megaliners sailing in the region, including Ovation of the Seasreturning for her third, longest season yet.
Radiance of the Seasis the first international ship to return to AU, kicking off the cruise season when she arrives to Sydney on 6 October.
Together, Ovation of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, and Radiance of the Seas will be based in Sydney, offering 60 sailings ranging from three to 21 nights.
From September 2018 through to April 2019 the three megaliners will call at 38 ports across Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, Asia and North America (Hawaii) with departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Singapore, Honolulu and Seattle.
Culinary favourite, Radiance of the Seas,will offer Royal Caribbean’s very first departure from Melbourne.
Radiance will also offer three one-way cruises departing from Auckland, allowing guests to tack on new experiences to the beginning or end of their cruise.
All three megalinerswill sail throughout Australia, NZ and the South Pacific, with Explorer of the Seasfocusing primarily on the South Pacific.
Sister ship Voyager of the Seaswill temporarily homeport in Asia for the 2018/19 season, before returning fresh from a multimillion dollar modernisation next year.
Celebrity Solstice– Australia’s highest rated cruise ship according to the esteemed Berlitz Cruising Guide – will return to Australia and New Zealand for her seventh local season, offering 16 cruises to 37 ports of call in eleven countries.
The 2017/18 summer season will see the line visit destinations in Australia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Hawaii, New Caledonia, Fiji, Loyalty Islands, Tonga, Samoa, American Samoa and Vanuatu. Itineraries range from nine to eighteen nights with departures from Sydney, Auckland, Fremantle and Honolulu.
Solstice will offer four brand new South Pacific destinations in Tonga, Samoa and American Samoa.
The modern luxury cruise line will introduce an overnight call in Hobart.
Celebrity Cruises will offer the lines first roundtrip sailing from Auckland on 16 March 2019.
The linesDiscovery Collection tours will be offered for the first time ever in Australia and New Zealand. The bespoke, small group tours crafted to be uniquely iconic, local and exclusive, and include a behind the scenes wine tasting in Picton and a personal tour through a majestic Kauri forest in the Bay of Islands.
AZAMARA CLUB CRUISES
This will be Azamara Club Cruises’ fourth season in our waters, the second season for Azamara Questand the line’s biggest year yet down under, offering more local sailings from more ports than ever before.
Azamara Questwill return down under in December 2018 offering seven local sailings during the season
The itineraries include the line’s very first Perth, Melbourne and first international departure from Cairns.
This season will also see maiden calls for the line to New Zealand’s Gisborne, Nelson, Kaikoura and the stunning Stewart Island nature reserve
The Australian season kicks off with an epic 15-Night New Year’s Eve in Sydney sailing departing Fremantle on 22 December, which spends a double overnight in Sydney, allowing guests to enjoy celebrations and fireworks from onboard the ship moored in Sydney Harbour.