Royal Caribbean has become a fast favourite with Australian cruisers over the past few years, with Aussies falling head over heels for the cruise line's casual vibe, fun activities and family friendly facilities. The line currently has a fleet of five ships based in Australia, with Ovation of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas sailing out of Sydney and Legend of the Seas based in Brisbane - and each of these vessels are set to celebrate Australia Day in style.
Adam Armstrong, managing director, Royal Caribbean Australia and New Zealand, said of the celebrations, â€œWith five of our ships based in the region this season, more Aussies than ever before are choosing to celebrate Australia Day with Royal Caribbean. With sea, sunshine and a party atmosphere like no other, a cruise is the ultimate way to embrace the Australian spirit.â€
All kinds of quintessentially Australian traditions have been incorporated into the Royal Caribbean celebrations: BBQs feature prominently of course, alongside humourous Belly Flop competitions and â€œbest-dressed Aussieâ€ contests. Food is an essential part of almost any celebration, and Royal Caribbean is laying on Australian-themed feasts in the Main Dining rooms and at Windjammer Cafe. Meat pies, pavlova, lamingtons and lamb chops are just a few of the dishes that Australia Day cruisers will get to enjoy, alongside some of the nation's most well loved beer and wine.
In addition to these fleet-wide festivities, each ship boasts its very own take on the Australia Day celebrations. Radiance of the Seas will wow guests with the â€œLargest Pavlova at Seaâ€, Explorer of the Seas will host an Aussie Olympic Games and Ovation of the Seas will be using its SeaPlex facility for a bit of summer cricket.
Unfortunately, there's no way for you to get onboard a Royal Caribbean ship this Australia Day unless you've already booked - these sailings sold out a while ago - but next year is another matter entirely. Those keen to make next year's national day the best one yet have several exciting options available to them. Ovation of the Seas will be heading for the South Pacific on an eight night itinerary, visiting idyllic destinations like Mystery Island, Vanuatu and New Caledonia and hosting a special Australia Day party at sea, while the Explorer of the Seas will be visiting New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Lifou over the course of 10 nights, laying on Australia Day day fun on the 26th of January.
Of course, Australia is far from the only time that Royal Caribbean ships set out on cruises from Aussie shores. Take a quick look over the other incredible deals and itineraries that the line is offering - this well beloved cruise company could take your next vacation from drab to delightful.