Seven lines hit by New Zealand’s bio-blockade as passengers fume

From Carnival to Viking, almost every cruise line has fallen foul of New Zealand’s tough biosecurity regulations about hull cleaning. It’s meant disaster for many passengers who have travelled around the world for a once-in-a-lifetime […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Jan 12 2023

When can you board a cruise in Australia? Here’s what the lines are saying

After news that Australia’s ban on cruise was finally lifting, the first question was: “When can I get on a locally based ship?” The first international cruise line to arrive will be Ponant, when expedition […]

WORDS BY Tallis Boerne Marcus . Mar 18 2022

Anger as Canada reopens but Australia becomes only nation doing nothing to return cruising

Australia’s cruise industry yesterday reacted angrily to news that Canada is reopening to sailings – leaving Australia as the only leading cruise nation where the government is doing nothing about a resumption. To rub salt […]

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . Jul 15 2021

Aussie cruise lines wait and see over vaccines while US operators are forced to change tack

Just as the cruise world seemed to be getting unity on its vaccines protocols, radical politicians have stepped in to muddy the waters. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity have reversed their mandatory policy and announced cruises […]

WORDS BY Tallis Boerne Marcus . Jun 11 2021

Meet Effie K: the “over-the-moon” winner of our Celebrity Cruises competition

Cruise Passenger’s Celebrity Cruises contest winner was in no doubt about how happy the prize had made her. “OMG! I am so over the moon right now!” Effie was understandably excited.  She had just found […]

WORDS BY Tallis Boerne Marcus . Jun 11 2021

Royal Caribbean, Princess announce sailings – for vaccinated passengers only

Cruise lines are announcing new sail dates – but only for passengers who have had vaccines against COVID-19.  The moves are a sign that it is likely most lines will insist on mandatory jabs for […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Mar 20 2021
Tips & Advice

Is a specialty dining package worth it?

When it comes to dining at sea, the options are many. So when you’re adding up the advantages of purchasing a dining package, is it worth it compared to paying as you go? When a […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Feb 21 2020

Leap aboard these last minute cruise deals!

Surprisingly – leaving your Cruise booking to the last minute can pay off big time especially if you’re on the look out for discounts and added extras such as onboard credit offers, discounted add-ons such […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Dec 6 2019

Where to cruise in 2020 – by one of Australia’s top travel agents

Norway, the Northern Lights, the Nile and the South of France will be the hot destinations for 2020, one of Flight Centre’s top selling cruise consultants, Anna Shannon has predicted. “Experienced Australian cruisers who have […]

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . Dec 5 2019

Cruise Season 2019: the best deals this summer

Australia is set to see its biggest cruise season yet.  And the good news about more ships is that it means more deals to tempt you on board. They include offers on the new ships […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Aug 8 2019

Yoga, pilates, meditation on the menu for Celebrity vegan health retreat

Vegans will be over the moon. The first health retreat at sea for vegans will launch on Celebrity Solstice’s nine-night South Pacific voyage on 20 October. The transformational retreat will bring together all vegan cruisers […]

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . Jun 8 2018