Tips & Advice

A guide to Melbourne’s homeported ships for 2019

Melbourne is fast becoming a major port for lines like Princess Cruises, Cunard as well as P&O to send their ships to in 2019. This week, the premium/luxury cruise line announced it would be homeporting […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Nov 2 2018

Carnival Legend to homeport from Melbourne

Carnival Cruise Line is homeporting the Carnival Legend in Melbourne for 16 sailings over 2018/19. She will now call Melbourne home with her first cruise leaving this afternoon to New Caledonia. Announcing the news and […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Feb 7 2018

Cunard to base Queen Elizabeth in Australia for two months as demand takes off

For the first time in the company’s illustrious 179-year history, Cunard is to homeport a ship in Australia. The Queen Elizabeth – a 90,900 tonne luxury Cunarder – will offer cruises from Sydney and Melbourne […]

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . Feb 27 2017

Golden Princess passengers exposed to hepatitis E

Passengers on board the Golden Princess have been told to look for signs for a rare form of hepatitis. Symptoms include chills, vomiting as well as abdominal pain. The warning is only for guests who […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Feb 23 2017

P&O pioneers adventure and targets families with Pacific Explorer

The battle for the Aussie family cruise passenger will be joined in earnest next year, when P&O’s new ship Pacific Explorer enters the fleet. Arriving in June 2017, Pacific Explorer will throw down the gauntlet […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Nov 18 2016

Carnival Legend to be homeported in Melbourne

One of Australia’s favourite ships, Carnival Legend will be re-homported to Melbourne, moving from her home at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal. She’ll be moving to the capital of Victoria at the beginning of 2018 and […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . May 19 2016

P&O celebrates the 2015 Melbourne Cup in style

Guests onboard P&O’s three iconic ships – the Pacific Jewel, Pacific Pearl and Pacific Dawn – celebrated this year’s Melbourne Cup in style. It was also a momentous occasion for Pacific Dawn as it was […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Nov 6 2015

Golden Princess makes a theatrical entrance into Melbourne

Travel writer Sue Wallace was one of the first onboard to review Australia’s newest homeported ship for Cruise Passenger as she arrives in Melbourne this morning. See what she thinks about the ship. Cruise ship […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Oct 30 2015

Golden Princess arrives in Australia ahead of her season in Melbourne

In just a few days Melbourne will welcome its first homeported Princess Cruises ship as Golden Princess makes her way back from Noumea to her new base. The ship will be based in Melbourne from […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Oct 22 2015

Your guide to Australia’s biggest ever wave season

First came the biggest growth rate in the world and more than a million cruisers. Now Australia is gearing up for its biggest wave season ever. All our favourite lines are planning more homeported ships […]

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . Aug 7 2015

The APT journey

For the second year running, Australia’s own APT took out a swag of gongs at the National Travel Industry Awards last weekend. The company won Best River Cruise Operator as well as Best Tour Operator […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Jul 24 2015