Thursday 25 October 2012

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Hi Cruisers,

As promised, below are some photo's from Carnival Spirit one night cruise. I'm sorry there are not more of the ship but the team seemed more interested in photographing themselves! It's been 11 years since I've seen the Spirit and it has aged pretty well. The entertainment was good, my food was very good at dinner, my steak was still glistening when it was served up and cooked to perfection. Green Thunder, the new addition was a real hit with the crowd, I personally haven't tried it but anyone I spoke to after the ride seemed pretty excited. The area top aft of the ship called serenity which is really nice with cabana's, lounges etc, bit like a resort pool area without the pool, great places to escape the masses.

We were lucky with the weather, it was a perfect Sydney sunny day sailing out through the heads, we left at 3.30pm so we could go into international waters which enabled them to open the Casino and Shops. It all seemed to end very quickly and I was off early, I think while most of the team were still sleeping! 7 of us went on so if you have questions about Spirit, one of the team members can answer them I'm sure.

Click here to book Carnival Spirit online, some at $80.00 a day!

Carnival Spirit click here to enlarge

Jay and I went on Oosterdam yesterday for an inspection and lunch and I have to say, I really liked it, much better than previous HAL ships I've seen, it was much brighter inside and some really innovative ideas. One in particular was the cooking classes, they have a special room set up with a kitchen, it looked amazing and it's FREE! You can pay a small charge and cook with the Executive Chef, eat what you cook with paired wines, sounds pretty good.
The other was the learning centre sponsored by Microsoft. It's a really cool space set up with lap tops and a man employed by Microsoft to teach people on board, it's free which is great. I met the man himself and he said he loves teaching people and seeing the learning and growing on board about how to use a computer.

You can probably tell I liked the ship and considering it is 5 star and we have cruises at $80.00 a day, why not jump on board?!

Click here for Oosterdam sailings, some at $80.00 a day!

ms Oosterdam click here to enlarge

Here's a great way to spend some extra time aboard ms Oosterdam! This 25 night cruise departs Sydney 12 January 2013 and heads down to Hobart before crossing the Tasman. You'll visit Port Chalmers, Akaroa, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland and the Bay of Islands before returning to Sydney for a day. If you live in Sydney, this would be a great chance to pop home and grab some clothes or do some washing before setting sail for the South Pacific!
Heading off first to New Caledonia, you call in on the Isles of Pines and continuing on to Vanuatu. Here you'll call at Mystery Island, Port Vila & Lunganville. Heading back to New Caledonia, you'll then visit Lifou and finally Noumea before returning to Sydney. This really does offer the best of both worlds when it comes to Domestic cruising! Inside cabins from $1,979.00 or if you buy a G obstructed for just $2,959.00, you'll get a free upgrade to a Veranda! Click here for details

Ocean Princess from Singapore to Sydney just gets cheaper and cheaper! I know we've covered this one before but this is a great last-minute deal! Departing 13 November 2013, we'll transfer you to the fantastic Shangri-La hotel for a night before your cruise. The following day we'll then transfer you to new state of the art Marina Bay Cruise Terminal where you'll join Ocean Princess for a 20 night cruise. You'll first be sailing to Thailand where you'll be visiting Koh Samui & Bangkok. You'll then be stopping at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam as well as the Indonesian Island of Lombok. Sailing to Australia, you'll call at Darwin & Whitsundays before disembarking in Sydney. Great value from only $2,379.00 for an inside or $3,069.00 for a balcony! Click here for details

Queensland cruising has always offered great deals and this Celebrity Solstice offer is no exception! Departing Sydney 28 March 2013 for 11 nights, you'll head north to Cairns, Port Douglas, Willis Island & Airlie beach before returning to Sydney via Brisbane. Just $1,429.00 including a free upgrade to a Veranda! Plus, you can book it online! Click here for details

Vision of the Seas will be repositioning from Copenhagen to Southampton 14 September 2013. Get onboard this interesting itinerary with this 13 night package we've put together. Start off with a night at the Merriott Copenhagen right on the water. You'll then join Vision of the Seas for a 10 night cruise. Travelling north, you'll drop by Oslo in Norway before heading to Inverness in Scotland, gateway to Loch Ness. You'll then cruise to Greenock to visit Glasgow and sail across the Irish Sea, visiting Dublin & Cork. Finally, you'll call in at Cherbourg on the French coast before disembarking in Southampton. From here we'll transfer you to London for a 2 night stay at St Ermins hotel before your flight home. priced from $3,859.00 for an inside or $4,619.00 for a balcony! Click here for details

Here's another great Christmas Cruise offer on board Diamond Princess! Departing Sydney 14 December 2012 for 14 nights, you'll cruise to Hobart, Melbourne, Fjordland National Park, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Marlborough Sounds & Auckland before disembarking in Auckland. Let someone else do the work for only $1,259.00 for an Inside or $2,019.00 for a balcony! Click here for details

Cunard short sectors have sold well and most sold out but Sydney to Auckland is still available departing 7 March next year for a 4 night cruise, prices start from $1,189.00 which is pretty good! Click here for details

Brett & the ecruising team

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