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Friday, 1 June 2012

Family and group holidays made easy - enjoy a fuss free holiday with a Queensland cruise

These days as we find our family and friends' schedules becoming busier and busier, it may seem almost impossible to organise that holiday you've wanted to plan for years.  And when it comes to booking flight connections, organising passport details and accommodation, and not to mention co-ordinating where to eat and what to see, it can seem like quite the headache and a logistical nightmare – but this is when a Royal Caribbean Queensland cruise can save the day.  Offering a simple solution, Royal Caribbean's Queensland cruises take out the stress of planning a group holiday, leaving you to simply relax and enjoy one another's company.

"Seeing Queensland by sea is a unique Australian experience that many have yet to discover, and doing it any other way would mean missing out on half the fun. Right on our doorstep is some of the most magnificent marine and coastal geography in the world, such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays. Imagine being right in the middle of all this natural beauty, and also having the time of your lives every minute of the way onboard on a Royal Caribbean cruise," said Adam Armstrong, commercial manager, Royal Caribbean Cruises Australia.

"For the 2012-13 summer cruise season, we have not one, but two, extensively revitalised ships sailing to Queensland, that boast some of the most exciting and innovative amenities and features that Australian cruising has ever seen.  Rhapsody of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas, are destinations themselves, and will offer activities, culinary options, and itineraries to suit all tastes, and all ages." 

Book me a cruise immediately you say? You may already be well convinced, but for your friends and family here are the top five reasons to book a Queensland cruise.

1)      Beautiful surrounds and ports of call: Queensland is truly a unique part of the world.  Offering breathtaking views right in our own backyard, the region's spectacular coastlines, and natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef, are best viewed from the deck of a cruise ship.  And there's certainly no need for passports to get to this part of the world. 

2)      Visit multiple destinations and yet unpack only once: You'll be able to visit multiple destinations in Queensland all in the one holiday without extra time on the road or in the air. Better still, you'll have the convenience of unpacking just once, leaving you free to enjoy every precious minute of your holiday hassle-free.   

3)      More time to spend together: Travelling overseas can eat up a lot of time, not to mention the fatigue and jet-lag you can suffer from a long-haul flight.  With a domestic cruise you save the time it takes to travel internationally, as well as the time spent on the ground fighting traffic on roads and losing groups in unfamiliar destinations. 

4)      Create memories, not arguments: By the time you've landed at the airport, gotten your airport transfers, unpacked at your hotel, and picked a restaurant and co-ordinated everyone for dinner, it's safe to say your group is pretty much exhausted and out of sorts.  With a cruise on Royal Caribbean, your holiday begins the moment you step onboard as you are looked after by Royal Caribbean's warm and friendly staff.  With the muss and fuss factored out of your holiday, there'll certainly be less room for quarrels.   

5)      Activities and food galore:  Royal Caribbean's newly revitalised ships Rhapsody of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas offer an extensive list of culinary options, and things to see and do while onboard.  With features such as Royal Caribbean's trademark rock climbing wall, mini-golf course, casino, basketball court and outdoor movie screens, there will be something for everyone onboard.  As part of her major revitalisation, Radiance of the Seas offers ten unique dining experiences ranging from an exclusive private five-course dinner for 14 guests at Chef's Table to authentic Japanese at Izumi and succulent steaks at Chops Grille Steakhouse.  Rhapsody of the Seas also has new technological features that will help you plan all of your activities, such as iPads in every cabin and an award-winning "way-finding" system that helps guests easily find their way around.

Prices for an 11-night Queensland cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas departing 18 February 2013 start from $1,195 per person, and prices for a 10-night Queensland cruise on Radiance of the Seas departing 20 December 2012 start from $1,755 per person.  Fares are in Australian dollars, and are per person based on twin occupancy, including taxes and onboard gratuities.

For additional information, call 1800 754 500 or visit www.royalcaribbean.com.au or the Royal Caribbean Australia and NZ Facebook page. Travel professionals can call 1300 754 500 or visit www.cruisingpower.com.

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