23 Aug, 2018  |  Lastest News

P&O Cruises Australia has just confirmed the sale of Pacific Jewel, with the ship’s final P&O voyage departing from Melbourne on 24 February 2019 before being transferred to a new operator.

Sture Myrmell, president of P&O Cruises and Carnival Australia, also announced the addition of the 3,100 passenger Star Princess, which will join the fleet at the end of 2021. P&O has also previously announced that sister ship Golden Princess will be transformed and re-named to sail under the P&O banner from October 2020.

“Pacific Jewel has been a jewel by name and by nature…I feel sentimental farewelling a much-loved ship but excited for the future because the addition of two bigger ships is a game-changer for P&O Cruises and its guests,” Myrmell said.

The departure of Jewel will come a month before Pacific Eden also leaves the P&O fleet, in April 2019. Despite the changes Myrmell said P&O would continue to base ships year-round in Sydney and Brisbane, as well as offering seasonal sailings from other Australian states and New Zealand.

P&O will assist guests affected by the deployment changes, including rebooking on alternative departures and offers of full refunds for guests for whom no alternative is available. Any guest whose cruise is cancelled can choose to obtain a full refund.

Dedicated hotlines have been established for questions relating to the changes.     – source Cruise Weekly


30 May, 2018  |  Feature

Get ready to see Princess Cruises like you’ve (probably) never seen it before. The line’s newest and largest ship, Majestic Princess, is heading to Australia and New Zealand in less than four months. In fact, “Maj”, as we’re nicknaming her, will be the first international ship to arrive for the 2018-19 summer season, starting with Darwin on 8 September……….

New Brisbane cruise terminal set for go-ahead.

10 May, 2018  |  Latest News

A deal to construct a new $158 million mega cruise ship terminal in Brisbane has received approval from the ACCC, subject to two conditions……

MSC Cruise Ship Hits Dock in Roatan, Ship Cleared for Sailing

11 Apr, 2018  |  Latest News

The cruise ship MSC Armonia collided with the dock at Roatan’s Coxen Hole port in Honduras, causing damage to the dock but little to the ship itself…..

Viking Announces Ocean and River Combo Cruises for 2019

03 Apr, 2018  |  Latest News

One of the few cruise lines with the ability to offer two types of cruising in one trip, Viking has announced several 2019 itineraries that combine time on both river and ocean cruise ships…..

Symphony of the Seas, world’s largest cruise ship, kicks off maiden voyage 

31 Mar, 2018  |  Latest News

It’ll be a big day for the cruise world as Royal Caribbean’s record-breaking Symphony of the Seassails with paying passengers for the first time. ….

Majestic Princess to Adelaide, Ruby Princess to Sydney in 2019/20 Cruise Season 

27 Mar, 2018  |  Latest News

Princess Cruises has unveiled details of its 2019/2020 Australian season, which will see five ships sailing from six homeports around the country……

Why do Cruise Ships have Godmothers?

03 Apr, 2018  |  Feature

Today’s modern cruise ships have godmothers that participate in the naming ceremony and wish them well with a champagne (traditionally) bottle break against the hull……..

15 Japanese Customs That May Seem Crazy But You Need To Know

26 Mar, 2018  |  Feature

Japan is a place of contradictions, a land bound by ancient customs and traditions whilst simultaneously being a country of thriving and vibrant metropolises…….