As winter comes to an end in Australasia and the South Pacific, the cruises season heats up - and there's an exciting one ahead for the summer of 2016/2017! There are a whole flotilla of vessels headed our way in the next few months, so check out the range of cruises and be prepared to say goodbye winter, hello cruise season!
Australia's biggest vessel
Number one on the list of newcomers for the season is the Ovation of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's recently-launched addition. It will be the largest ship in history to be based out of Australia, and brings with it a plethora of fun features like a skydiving simulator, bumper cars, North Star viewing capsule and more.
Sarah and Meghan from the Cruise Sale Finder team travelled to China in June to get onboard the Ovation, so you can read all about it and get hyped before she arrives in Sydney! Rounding out the Royal Caribbean fleet from October are the Radiance of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Legend of the Seas with a range of itineraries to the South Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Australia and some repositioning voyages in February, March and April.
Princess Cruises' Aussie fleet swells
Princess Cruises is a staple on the Australia cruise scene year-round, with the Sun Princess, Sea Princess and Dawn Princess having spent the winter here. However the fun increases from November, when the Emerald Princess, Golden Princess and Diamond Princess will join the trio for all kinds of adventures in and around Australia.
The family of elegant Princess ships have some great cruises on offer this summer. You can circumnavigate the nation, explore New Zealand, voyage to Papua New Guinea or Indonesia and enjoy a short break if you're pressed for time. The line has departures from most major coastal cities.
A summer Solstice
Celebrity Cruises sends their beautiful Celebrity Solstice Down Under every year, and she arrives in Sydney in late October this year - the arrival of the Solstice is truly a farewell to winter! Based in Sydney, she will sail a variety of cruises to New Zealand, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, and domestic ports. Solstice itineraries are popular, so get in fast if you want a piece of this summertime fun!
You can also pick up a Carnival Cruise deal or P&O Cruises itinerary during summer, with the same ships from both lines sailing during the summer as during the winter. Their fleets offer a wide range of different holidays throughout the season, from voyages to the South Pacific, New Zealand and Southeast Asia to short and sweet cruises to the many and varied ports of Australia.
The five ships of the growing P&O Cruises fleet and Carnival's dynamic Aussie duo have become major staples of the scene, and are favourites for many an Australian or Kiwi cruiser. Taking a summer holiday onboard one of them is a friendly and familiar way to enjoy the sunshine!
Once you've decided on your vessel, you can start planning for the upcoming cruise season and well and truly farewell the cold! Pick up a deal in our Goodbye Winter Sale, and you'll be in for a summer of fun.