Cruising for some may be all about the ports visited or the final destination but for others, it’s about having fun while you’re on board. YOURLifeChoices has found five cruises which offer something extra.
Cruise with celebrities
A great way to get a taste for cruising is by trying it in it's shorter for. P&O are offer a four-night cruise from Brisbane to Auckland departing 1 October 2011. Once on board you will not only enjoy the facilities of the Pacific Dawn but there's a line-up of celebrities to keep you entertained. Rugby league legend Paul Harrigon and Olympic medal winner Barbara Kendall will inspire you and make you laugh with their sporting stories. For those looking for something more hands-on, Kim Cosker of 4 Ingredients fame will be offering cooking demonstrations and helping you with your cooking dilemmas.
Fares start from $369 per person twin share. For more information, visit www.pocruises.com.au
Solar Eclipse sailing
Not since December 2002 has Australia experienced a solar eclipse. Princess cruises are promising to make this eclipse one to remember with a special 11-night cruise on board the Dawn Princess. Departing Sydney on 6 November 2012, you have plenty of time to plan your solar eclipse sailing. Visiting Brisbane, Port Douglas and Townsville on route to the Whitsundays, where passengers will be treated to a total eclipse on 14 November. The eclipse will only last two-minutes and can only be seen from north-eastern Queensland. So don't miss out or it's another 16 years until the next one.
Fares start from $1999 per person twin share. For more information visit www.princess.com.
Access all areas
Ever wanted to know what goes on the scenes on one of the many floating resorts in operation? Royal Caribbean is open all the doors on its international cruises. Meet the crew and see just how much hard work goes in to making your cruise that once-in-a-lifetime experience. See the view from the bridge, trip the light fantastic behind the theatre curtains or find out how such a huge vessel remains afloat.
Access all area tours are available at a cost of $150 on all Royal Caribbean International cruises. For more information, visit www.royalcaribbean.com.au.
Make the most of the Murray
One of the most delightful river cruises in Australia is along the great Murray River. Captain Cook will operate two unique Remark cruises in 2011 aboard the PS Murray Princess, which will depart on 2 and 9 December 2011. Sit back and relax as the Murray Princess navigates the 420kms and five locks from Mannum to Renmark, near the Victorian border. Passengers can learn about the 19th Century pioneers who made the journey before them as the Murray Princess will negotiate sandbars, hidden reefs and submerged forests on a journey which taken months to prepare.
Fares start from $1599 per person twin share. For more information, visit www.captaincook.com.au.
Few cruises conjure up images of unrelenting luxury than one aboard the iconic Queen Eli. Cunard are offering an 18-night cruise from Sydney to Hong Kong where you can truly live like a queen. Enjoy a balcony view, fluffy robe and slippers, fresh fruit daily and even a chocolate on you pillow at night. For those moments when you wish to take a break from socialising with the hoi poloi, retire to your cabin and watch the latest movies on the interactive television or make the most of the wi-fi access available.
Fares start from $5519 per person twin share. For information, visit www.cunard.com.
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