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Find the cruise line that suits your sensibilities.

Find the cruise line that suits your sensibilities.

If you are looking for a cruise experience that’s a step up from the rest, both Princess and Royal Caribbean are top choices. These premium lines both offer a range of cruises from Australia on their stunning ships and are growing in popularity as they provide more vessels and more options to the Aussie cruise market.

Although these two lines occupy a similar niche, often favoured by experienced cruisers who want something a little more luxurious than the entry level lines, they certainly have their differences. Picking the line that suits you and your family or friends can make a great holiday into a fantastic one, so have a read below to get the lowdown on both Princess and Royal Caribbean and decide on the perfect ocean voyage.

Princess

The Sapphire Princess cruise ship at port

Ships sailing Down Under: Golden Princess, Sea Princess, Sun Princess and Majestic Princess.

Onboard highlights: While Princess ships vary widely, there are some features found across most of the fleet which particularly appeal. The enrichment programs are very popular, as the line teams up with onshore experts like the Discovery Channel to provide fascinating content.

The line was the first to introduce big outdoor screens, and “Movies Under the Stars” remain a highlight of the ships. Their spa and fitness facilities are extensive, and they have some great specialty restaurant options such as SHARE, in partnership with celebrity chef Curtis Stone. The 24/7 pizzeria on most ships is also beloved by Princess passengers!

Princess is perfect for: the discerning cruise passenger who likes a little elegance! The line has a romantic reputation, making it a great pick for couples. It eschews the flashy aesthetics and entertainment common on cruise ships for something a little more understated, providing a vibe and a holiday that is classy but still family friendly.

For more in-depth information, take a look at our “Spotlight on Princess” article.

Royal Caribbean

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in the Sydney Harbour, next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Ships sailing Down Under: Ovation of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas.

Onboard highlights: Signature features on Royal Caribbean ships include ice rinks, rock climbing walls, mini golf, surf simulators and other awesome entertainment facilities - on the Ovation you’ll even find bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a viewing capsule that will take you 300 feet above sea level.

The line is also known for a wide variety of specialty restaurant options on top of those included in the fare and has teamed up with Jamie Oliver for a delicious “Jamie’s Italian” eatery on many of its ships.

Royal Caribbean is perfect for: cruisers who love a bit of extravagance. The line goes all out with decor, food, activity and entertainment options, and there is always something to do, see, eat or drink. The standards of quality and service are high, and they cater to all kinds of cruisers: families, couples, singles, groups of friends, the lot. A Royal Caribbean cruise is fun and packed with endless possibilities.

For more in-depth information, take a look at our “Spotlight on Royal Caribbean” article.

Either of these lines are a fantastic choice for those who want a little more from their cruise experience, but they do have their own highlights and special features which will appeal to different cruise lovers. We hope that the pointers above will help you to get the absolute best cruise from Australia experience!

From party cruises in the Baltic to a classy Cunard voyage, I’ve been lucky enough to experience the full spectrum of cruise life. Onboard you’ll probably find me by the pool with a doorstop sized book in one hand and a mojito in the other, or sampling an array of delicious foods.

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