Luxury cruising

Who has the best small ships? Your guide to boutique vessels

The pandemic has meant a huge swing to smaller vessels, with lines running ships with under 1,000 passengers seeing most of the benefit. But it’s a category full of different offerings.  Sometimes, cabins are bigger, […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Sep 4 2020
Viking Expeditions Zodiacs

Dare to compare: what Viking and Silversea offer in expedition

Cruisers are heading for the polar regions in a big way with demand running at unprecedented levels. The International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators said that 40,665 tourists visited Antarctica in the 2018-19 season – […]

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . Jan 24 2020
Best family cruise line: Royal Caribbean

Who’s best for families: Carnival or Royal Caribbean?

The battle is on for the best cruise line for families – and it’s a tight race between Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines. Both are declaring war when it comes to levels of fun, […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Jan 9 2020
Norwegian Encore

First look: the ship that offers the best of two worlds

Sailing on the maiden voyage to Southampton, England It’s a ship for grown ups, but a tearaway teenager at heart. The Norwegian Encore, the sweetheart of the fleet, is the latest Breakaway-class vessel from the […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Nov 1 2019
The Scarlet Lady main Pool

Revealed: a day aboard Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady

The launch of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Voyages has kept us on the edge of our seats for more than five years now. But details are emerging about what you can expect your holiday experience […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Sep 5 2019
Small ship luxury

Can big ships really do luxury?

It’s always been assumed that, for luxury cruising, small ships are a must. But more and more big ship lines are now offering ship-within-a-ship experiences with many of the add ons you expect from a […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Jun 12 2019
Virgin Voyages

Dare to compare: Virgin Voyages v Celebrity, Oceania and Silversea. You’ll be surprised at the results

It’s being launched with all the hullabaloo you’d expect from the Virgin brand and global entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. It’s the cruise for non cruisers.  The line that will change the game for ever. What […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Feb 21 2019
Single traveller

Best cruises for singles in 2019

Once, they were double charged and considered almost pariahs. Now, demographics have made solo sailors the flavour of the month, with more lines reducing single supplements and offering special activities to win their business. Most […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Nov 30 2018
Crystal Serenity

How to get luxe at low prices

Australia’s love of luxury lines has meant the upcoming cruise season is about to see more competition than ever before. And while lines which sport white-gloved butlers and free-flowing champagne would like you to believe […]

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . Oct 12 2018
Majestic Princess in Singapore

19 fun facts on Majestic Princess

Majestic Princess, one of the largest ships in the Princess fleet, has arrived in Australian waters and she’ll be sailing into Sydney next week. Here are some of her amazing features  – as well as […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Sep 7 2018
Royal Caribbean service room

Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Society Cruise Loyalty Program

RCL’s Crown and Anchor Society program is available to cruisers after their first Royal Caribbean cruise of three nights or longer. Like RCL’s sister brands, program is based on a point system. Members receive a […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Dec 13 2017