Cruising: what’s the latest cruise news?

Here’s what’s happening in the world of cruising this week.

Cruise news 5 November 2016

You know what I love most about cruising? The happy-go-lucky attitudes of cruisers who’ve left their troubles on dry land, the never-ending party atmosphere and, most importantly, the fact that you’re virtually uncontactable for days at a time …

Whether you want to set sail on the world’s longest cruise, see the world’s best coastline or have some festive-season fun, we’ve got you covered in this week’s cruise news.

Princess Cruises offers longest world cruise
Celebrating 10 years of setting sail on world cruises from Australia, Princess Cruises has announced a historic 106-night world cruise to depart Sydney in 2018.

The Sea Princess will undertake Princes Cruises’ longest ever world cruise, visiting 40 exciting destinations in 27 countries, including Greenland, Newfoundland, New York and Barcelona. The journey will cover a distance of 32,000 nautical miles – or the equivalent of one and a half times around the world.

For more information, head to ETB Travel News.


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Dubai named as world’s best coastline
A study commissioned by Royal Caribbean has revealed that Dubai has the world’s best coastline, with Britain’s Blackpool coming in second place, and the Gulf of Mexico third.

A mathematical equation created by psychologist Dr David Holmes, took into account horizon, sea colour, sand quality, cleanliness, interesting features, air quality and weather.

According to Dr Holmes: “All countries have good and bad shorelines; however, some are stunning in their unpretentious beauty combined with iconic features. Shorelines such as Dubai in UAE score well across all elements of the formula, whilst others such as Inchydoney in Ireland offer wonderful experiences with the added benefit of attracting smaller crowds.”

Australia was the only country to have two coastlines featured in the top 10, which is rounded out as follows:

4. Cape Cod, US

5. Inchydoney, Ireland

6. Twelve Apostles, Australia

7. Cape Town, South Africa

8. Cavelossim, India

9. Krabi, Thailand

10. Whitehaven Beach, Australia.

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Fun on board a festive Murray River cruise
If you’re looking for something to do during Christmas or New Year’s Eve, then why not celebrate the festive season cruising the mighty Murray River on board the Murray Princess?

The seven-night Christmas cruise departs Friday 23 December and returns Friday 30 December, or you could take a three-night New Year’s Eve Cruise which departs Friday 30 December.

The Christmas cruise includes a traditional Christmas lunch, a range of festive-themed activities and games, carols, eggnog, and presents from Santa.

The New Year’s Eve cruise includes a special NYE dinner hosted by the captain and officers, followed by a spectacular NYE celebration complete with music, dancing and fun.

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