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Sarah on Aug 24, 2015

What to expect for Cruise Week 2015

CLIA Cruise Week is nearly upon us. This popular event takes place in Australasia from the 7th to the 14th of September 2015, and is a calendar highlight for the cruising community across the world, with separate cruise weeks also taking place in North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The week's events are put together by CLIA Australasia. The Cruise Lines International Association is the world's largest cruising association, focused on promoting and growing the cruise industry. More than 60 of the major cruise lines are members, and they offer a training and accreditation program for cruise agencies to ensure quality service for cruise customers around the world.

CLIA Australasia

Making cruising known

The annual week-long cruising extravaganza aims to promote and bring awareness to cruising in Australasia. There will be advertising, film nights, displays, events and more in cruise agencies across Australia and New Zealand, bringing the benefits of cruise holidays to everyone's attention.

This year's Cruise Week will also see the introduction of an interactive online e-zine, making the delights of the week even more accessible to cruise lovers around the nation. "People spend more time online today than they do reading the newspaper, watching TV or listening to the radio" said Brett Jardine, CLIA Australasia General Manager, "so it makes good sense to take Cruise Week into the digital space."

The online magazine is set to include interviews with keen cruisers and celebrities, enticing destination coverage, an interactive quiz, and reviews of what you could find onboard the various lines and ships. Mr Jardine says it will be "A fantastic way for the industry to attract prospective passengers as it will enable readers to experience life onboard a wide range of ships through content, images and video designed to immerse them in the magic of cruising."

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For the veteran cruisers

Chances are if you're reading this blog, you are already well aware of the benefits of cruising. Don't worry, CLIA Cruise Week has something to offer you too. Of course, more interest in cruising amongst Australians is great for the future of the industry in terms of more ships and more options becoming available in the region, but we're talking immediate benefits.

The e-zine will be a source of information on cruising as a whole and a great read for even the most veteran cruisers, so take a look at it when it comes out - you might learn something new or get some ideas for your next adventure.

The number one thing to look out for during Cruise Week is the sales. As part of the promotions, a huge range of lines will be offering exclusive deals and specials through CLIA-affiliated agencies like Cruise Sale Finder. You can expect reduced deposits, discounted prices, onboard credits and more - this event makes our job of finding cruise sales very easy indeed! The best of it is that all lines will be offering great deals at the same time, so there's something for everyone.

If you're planning to book your next holiday soon, we recommend waiting until Cruise Sale Week and then checking out what's available at Cruise Sale Finder! Now might be the time to bite the bullet and get on that cruise you've always dreamt of. Luxury all-inclusive ship? Antarctica expedition? River cruise? Asian adventure? European port-hopping? It's all on the table.

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I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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