Royal Caribbean Ltd incorporates not only the popular Royal Caribbean line, but also the premium Celebrity Cruises and luxury Azamara Club, meaning there is an RCL product for all those who love cruising! The company has already made a pretty big splash in Australian waters, and they are counting down to their biggest season Down Under this summer.
The 2015-2016 season will be the first time that all RCL brands have at least one ship based Down Under, and the company is excited for a fantastic few months of antipodean adventures.
Sean Tracy, Commercial Director, says of the upcoming season: "RCL has been offering Australians incredible cruise holidays for almost a decade and we can't wait to kick off our biggest season yet with more unique itinerary offerings on some of the largest, youngest and most exceptional ships sailing locally."
Meeting of the giants
There is also a big few days planned in Sydney harbour, when sister ships Explorer of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas will dock together in an historic rendezvous on the 28th of November. The Voyager, sailing her fourth season out of Sydney, will welcome her identical fleetmate to her new home as she begins her Aussie debut.
The two vessels are the biggest ships to be based in the country, and should be an incredible sight for those in the vicinity of the harbour. If you live in Sydney, get yourself down to the waterfront on the 28th to witness cruise history - it's a Saturday, so no excuses!
The Royal Caribbean Line offerings for the upcoming season are a mix of old and new, with a bigger passenger capacity than any past season.
The Explorer of the Seas is the big news for Australian RCL fans, as the ship is heading south to be based here for the first time. She will stop in at Perth for an amazing 16-night voyage departing Fremantle to visit Australian and New Zealand ports before finishing in Sydney, and from then will offer cruises out of Sydney to New Zealand, New Caledonia and Vanuatu, and a short 3-night sampler cruise with no port stops.
Those who can't decide between NZ and the tropical isles will appreciate the Explorer's 13-night South Pacific and New Zealand itineraries which include both for a varied journey.
The Voyager of the Seas will be spending her fourth season Down Under, with an expanded offering to include five ports she has never before visited - Isle of Pines and Lifou in New Caledonia, Mystery Island in Vanuatu, The Whitsundays in Australia and the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. She will sail from Sydney to the South Pacific, New Zealand and a combination of the two.
The Legend of the Seas is still looking fresh after a 2013 makeover, and will be offering cruises from Brisbane for the first time. Hello Queensland! Her season will bring itineraries to New Zealand, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Queensland and some which head all the way out to Fiji.
The Radiance of the Seas will be sailing from Sydney to the South Pacific and Queensland, with some one-way journeys between there and Perth in the mix too, taking in plenty of domestic ports along the way. For a real treat, get onboard her transpacific cruise at the end of the season and embark on a fantastic journey through Tahiti to Honolulu.
A Celebrity cruise is a premium experience, and there will be plenty of opportunity for Australian cruisers to get onboard during the coming summer.
The Celebrity Solstice is an established member of the Aussie cruise scene, with many seasons here under her belt. She will offer a range of 8 to 18-night itineraries in the region, with departures from Sydney, Perth and Auckland. Her New Years cruise will include an inaugural visit to Mystery Island in Vanuatu, and there are some one-way itineraries between Sydney and Auckland so passengers can continue their holiday after disembarkation.
The Celebrity Millennium is also making a guest appearance in our part of the globe, with two sailings during her Asian season calling by Australia.
Adding a bit of luxury to our laidback cruising culture this season is Azamara with their first Australian season.
The Azamara Quest will sail five lengthy cruises to a huge variety of ports in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia, and offer more overnight stays and secondary ports where the larger ships cannot go. Some great destinations include Darwin, Hamilton Island and Port Arthur in Australia, Komodo Island in Indonesia and Picton in New Zealand.
Her one-way voyages will include departures from Benoa, Cairns, Sydney and Auckland.
With so many amazing cruise possibilities heading our way, we're sure that any Australian cruise lover can find an RCL cruise to suit them.