At 6:30pm on Saturday the 28th of November, the Voyager will be on her way out of the harbour after a day spent in Sydney, while the Explorer enters the harbour for her maiden call in what is to be her new homeport. A big occasion for Royal Caribbean, it is also a great photo op for cruise lovers in Sydney.
Suggested vantage points for anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of this "meeting of the giants" include Bradley's Head on the North Shore, Cremorne Reserve on Cremorne Point, sections of the Royal Botanic Gardens which overlook the harbour, and near the wharf at Kirribilli. Should you want to make an outing of it, head down to Circular Quay, soak up the harbourside atmosphere and watch from a restaurant terrace.
Royal Caribbean in AustraliaThe arrival of the Explorer of the Seas to begin her first season sailing in the South Pacific is a landmark date for Royal Caribbean, as the line continues to strengthen their commitment to the region. As a twin sister to the Voyager of the Seas, the newcomer will boast the same mega-ship features more common in North America, including a surf simulator, an ice-skating rink, a rock climbing wall and an impressive promenade.
These entertainment venues aren't for everyone, but they certainly provide more options to Aussie cruisers, as well as offering fantastic family holiday fun. What's more, both ships carry more than 3,000 passengers - which means more capacity for the burgeoning Australasia cruise market.
Commercial Director for Royal Caribbean International, Adam Armstrong, said of the rendezvous on Saturday: "Over the last decade we have been committed to bringing the biggest and best cruise ships to our doorstep, and this day will mark the beginning of an exciting new chapter in our history. With a combined build price of US$1.3 billion and a further US$130 million injected into bow-to-stern makeovers in the last 12 months, they represent the biggest investment ever made by a cruise line in Australia."
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