Over 1.2 million Aussies cruised in 2016 – and the numbers keep growing

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released figures today showing that cruise passenger figures have grown to 1,281,159 in 2016 – a 21 per cent increase from the 2015 numbers. Australia remains as the top […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . May 15 2017

Cruise to help boost Queensland tourism in the wake of Cyclone Debbie

Cruise ships are returning to Queensland in the wake of Cyclone Debbie. The storm, which has destroyed much of the region, has left thousands without homes. Carnival Australia Executive Chairman Ann Sherry said that the […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Apr 11 2017

Norwegian Jewel to homeport in Sydney for a second season

She’ll be back – Norwegian Cruise Line have revealed that it will be sending the Norwegian Jewel back to Sydney for a second season over 2018/19. Steve Odell, the head of Norwegian Cruise Line in […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Jan 20 2017


Australia’s fastest growing capital city has thrown off its country cousin image with a number of exciting new developments that are rapidly transforming the city’s the skyline. Proudly re-branded ‘BrisVegas’ by its residents, the Queensland […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Oct 27 2016

Asian cruise line eyes Heron Island

An Asian cruise line has made inquiries about acquiring a Queensland island as a private playground for its passengers, it has been revealed. Heron Island, last traded for $42 million and on sale since late […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . May 6 2016

Paddle to the Pearl

Cruise passengers of P&O’s Pacific Pearl will be welcomed with something other than open arms on Saturday, when paddleboarders take to the seas to mingle with the 63,875-tonne vessel. Organised by Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Jul 17 2015

Botanica unlocks the world’s secret gardens

Judy Vanrenen, founder of Botanica, a land and cruise company, has made a life and a business out of discovering secret gardens and taking small parties of botanical enthusiasts to them. Many involve luxury cruises […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Feb 20 2015

Mooloolaba parties as first P&O ship pulls in

P&O will make its inaugural call into the Sunshine Coast’s Mooloolaba this weekend, when Pacific Pearl visits the Queensland port during a four-day cruise from Sydney. The 63,875-tonne ship is scheduled to arrive on Saturday […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Aug 15 2014

Pacific Dawn makes an unexpected maiden visit to Newcastle

Pacific Dawn made her inaugural visit to Newcastle sooner than expected after Cyclone Ita forced the ship to reroute her itinerary. The ship was scheduled to depart from Brisbane last Saturday for a Queensland coastal […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Apr 16 2014

P&O heads to Sunshine Coast

 P&O Cruises has announced it will make its first visit to the Sunshine Coast this year as part of a four-day food and wine themed cruise. The 1,865-passenger Pacific Pearl will call at Mooloolaba on […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Apr 2 2014

Locals petition against Gold Coast cruise port

The proposed $2 billion Gold Coast cruise port faces criticism as three-time world surfing champion Mick Fanning joins the fight against the terminal. Australian company, Leda Holdings plans to build the Ocean Terminal Project near […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Jan 10 2014