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Bernadette Chua is a journalist based in Quezon City, Philippines.

Writer-producer-editor, with years of experience in TV and print media. Produced hundreds of stories on a wide range of topics, including food, travel, music, lifestyle, culture, history, news, social issues, politics, and personalities. Skilled in research, interviewing, and video production. Writes in English and Filipino.
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Celebrity Cruises debuts at Perfect Day at CocoCay

25 Apr 2024  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Celebrity Cruises has introduced new short Caribbean itineraries featuring stops at Royal Caribbean’s private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay. The Celebrity Reflection and Celebrity Beyond were the first to visit, offering guests premium getaway experiences. The island includes the adults-only Hideaway Beach, the Coco Beach Club with an infinity pool and fine dining, and the Bahamas’ first Overwater Cabanas. These additions aim to provide Australians with a luxurious beach escape as part of their U.S. travel plans.

Cruise The Dazzling Adriatic With Emerald Cruises

23 Apr 2024  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Emerald Cruises offers luxurious Adriatic voyages on their award-winning yachts, Emerald Azzurra and Emerald Sakara. These cruises explore the stunning Croatian coastline, including historic towns and World Heritage sites. The itineraries feature daily onshore excursions, watersports, and other amenities, with prices starting from $7595 per person for an 8-day cruise.

Exclusive: What’s inside the all-new Sun Princess

10 Apr 2024  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
The Sun Princess, a new Sphere class cruise ship by Princess Cruises, is nearing completion at Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. It's a game changer for the brand, offering features like a large casino, extensive kids' clubs, and 30 dining venues. The ship is 21% larger than its Royal fleet sisters, with a capacity of 4300 guests. It's designed to be immersive and globally applicable, able to navigate the Panama Canal. The ship boasts innovative design elements such as more light, space, and smart technology. Princess Cruises is confident in the ship's timely completion for its maiden voyage in February 2024, with construction on the second Sphere-class ship, the Star Princess, already underway.

Sail the Enchanting Coasts of China with Viking

16 Jan 2024  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Viking is set to enter China's cruise market with the Viking Yi Dun, formerly known as Viking Sun, offering international travelers domestic sailings to explore iconic Chinese cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. The voyages, starting from September to November, will feature cultural immersion through lectures, Chinese cuisine, and excursions to landmarks such as the Great Wall of China. Viking's chairman, Torstein Hagen, highlighted the company's history in China and the enriching experiences planned for guests. The article details three itineraries with varying lengths and prices, all designed to showcase China's wonders, history, and design.

Cunard unveils new David Bromley artwork

15 Jan 2024  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Australian artist David Bromley unveiled a large art installation onboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, created over 72 hours during a voyage from Melbourne to Sydney. The six-time Archibald finalist's work, reflecting his distinctive pop sensibility, will be auctioned with proceeds benefiting the charity Lifechanger. Cunard President Katie McAlistair highlighted the brand's history with art, noting the fleet will soon become the largest art gallery at sea. Queen Elizabeth is set for a season of itineraries in Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

Controversial Trends As Cruisers Debate The Use Of Child Leashes

11 Jan 2024  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Reports of aggressive behavior towards children on cruise ships have surfaced, with parents like Kirsten Smith and Fran Neilson sharing their experiences of rude passengers and concerns for future cruises. Some cruisers blame poor parenting for the issues, while others highlight the positive treatment from cruise staff. The debate coincides with the rise of child-free cruise options like Virgin Voyages and Viking Cruises.

Ponant launches 18 exciting voyages in remote Kimberley in 2025

11 Jan 2024  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Ponant, a luxury French expedition line, will launch 18 voyages in the Kimberley region for the 2025 season with two ships, Le Jacques-Cartier and Le Soleal. The voyages will feature 10-night sailings between Broome and Darwin, led by expert guides and anthropologists, focusing on the region's natural beauty and Indigenous cultures. Deb Corbett, Ponant's general manager sales & marketing Asia Pacific, highlighted the seamless experience offered by the Ponant Plus program, which includes flights, transfers, and local excursions. Prices start from $10,170 per person, with departures from 24 May to 21 September 2025.

Norway's Bold Move: Banning Non

11 Jan 2024  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Norway's government plans to ban fuel-powered cruise ships from its fjords starting in 2026, allowing only those powered by alternative fuels such as LNG. This could affect major cruise lines like Cunard, Holland America, and others, as many of their new LNG-fueled ships will not be ready by the deadline. However, lines like Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Princess are expected to meet the requirements. The Norwegian government's move is part of an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with cruise ships accounting for about 3% of the country's total. Hurtigruten is upgrading its fleet to cleaner energy sources, and Ponant is designing ships with wind and hydrogen power. The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and Carnival Corporation have expressed their commitment to environmental protection and compliance with the new regulations, while some companies have declined to comment.

Holland America Line Reveals Four Longer Voyages for 2025-26

10 Jan 2024  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Holland America Line has opened bookings for four Legendary Voyages for 2025 and early 2026, offering cruises ranging from 28 to 56 days from North American ports to destinations like Alaska, Hawaii, the South Pacific, and South America. The voyages will take place on the Nieuw Amsterdam, Volendam, Westerdam, and Zaandam ships. An early booking bonus called 'Have It All' includes shore excursions, specialty dining, beverage packages, Wi-Fi, and prepaid crew appreciation. Mariner Society loyalty members can also receive a USD$400 onboard credit per stateroom.

Icon of the Seas will have a dog mascot onboard

09 Jan 2024  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Icon of the Seas, will feature a Labrador named Rover as a permanent resident and mascot. Crew members welcomed Rover during the ship's stop in Ponce, Puerto Rico, before heading to Miami. The Royal Promenade on Icon of the Seas will replace the traditional classic car statue with a statue of a dog, marking a departure from the line's previous design choices.

The Rise of the Six-Figure Family Holiday

28 Dec 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Ultra-luxury family holidays are gaining popularity among high-net-worth individuals, with a significant increase in six-figure bookings for family trips. Luxury travel operators like Scott Dunn Private, Black Tomato, Original Travel, Cartology Travel, and The House of DreamMaker are catering to this demand by offering personalized and experiential travel experiences. These trips often involve private jets, yachts, and unique cultural engagements, with a focus on creating memorable family moments. The trend reflects a post-Covid desire to make the most of family time and the willingness to spend on extraordinary holidays.

Which Thailand luxury hotels will be on White Lotus 3?

28 Dec 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
The White Lotus, a hit TV series, is reportedly set to film its third season in Thailand, with speculation about which luxury resort will feature in the show. The series has previously filmed at Four Seasons resorts in Hawaii and Sicily, and the creator Mike White has been seen at the Four Seasons Koh Samui and Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai. Other potential filming locations include the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok, Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi, and Kamalaya in Koh Samui. These resorts are known for their luxurious amenities, cultural significance, and scenic beauty, making them fitting backdrops for the show's exploration of themes such as death, Eastern religion, and spirituality.

The Rise of the Private Jet Holidays

28 Dec 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Private jet holidays are gaining popularity, offering luxury travel experiences that bypass traditional airport hassles. Tour companies like Captain’s Choice, Four Seasons, and Aman Resorts provide exclusive itineraries with business-class flights, gourmet meals, and unique activities. Destinations include South America, Asia, and various luxury hotels worldwide. The pandemic has increased interest in these private-jet 'bubbles'. Prices range from AU$5950 for a short domestic trip to AU$300,000 for an international tour. New innovations and a variety of tours cater to different interests, including family-friendly trips and wellness-focused journeys.

Why I Love My Cruise Male Dance Host

24 Dec 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
The article discusses the reintroduction of male dance hosts on luxury cruise lines, driven by the increasing number of solo women travelers. Cruise lines like Crystal Cruises, Silversea, and Oceania Vista are considering or have already brought back dance hosts to enhance the onboard experience for solo cruisers. The growing trend of solo cruising has also led to initiatives like meet-and-greet sessions and the removal of solo supplements by companies like Celebrity Cruises and Virgin Voyages. The author fondly recalls personal experiences with dance hosts and highlights the social and security benefits of solo cruising.

High-End Travelers Seek Unforgettable Science Holidays

22 Dec 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Luxury travel is evolving as high-end travelers seek unique experiences, such as participating in scientific research during their vacations. Companies like The Luminaire offer trips where guests can join real palaeontologists in excavating dinosaur fossils in Wyoming, with a portion of the proceeds supporting scientific institutions like the Naturalis Biodiversity Center. While these trips offer personalized luxury and activities, they also contribute to scientific research and public knowledge. Critics question the depth of the scientific contribution by tourists and the potential environmental impact, but proponents argue that these trips fund important research and make science more accessible and appealing to the public.

Here are the top cruise stories for 2023

21 Dec 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
The top cruise stories of 2023 included a range of consumer experiences and industry developments. Retirement at sea became a popular topic, with a failed three-year cruise leaving a Melbourne woman homeless and a Florida couple finding it cost-effective. Passengers faced issues such as forced cabin upgrades, visa misinformation leading to being stranded, and hefty charges for COVID-19 treatment. Small ships in Europe outmaneuvered larger ones to avoid crowds, and savvy travelers saved on airfares by booking around-the-world flights. The year also saw itinerary changes due to strict biosecurity regulations in New Zealand and the impact of Cyclone Jasper in Queensland.

Year cruise to set sail in May 2024

15 Dec 2023  |  Cruise Passenger
Villa Vie Residences, a start-up formed by ex-Life at Sea management, has acquired a ship from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines to offer a three-and-a-half-year world cruise starting May 2024. The company offers both apartment ownership and rental options for extended voyages. This announcement follows the cancellation of a three-year cruise by Miray Cruises, which left customers like Melbourne's Fran Paroissien without a home. Villa Vie's CEO Mikael Petterson emphasizes a customer-informed approach with flexible payment options and a variety of cabin prices. The cruise includes food, drinks, and other amenities, with a 10% deposit required to secure a place. Skepticism remains due to past failures, but Petterson assures that private investment has funded the ship purchase and that deposits will not be used until February 15.

Lionel Messi Set to Bless Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas

14 Dec 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Lionel Messi, renowned football star and TIME’s 2023 Athlete of the Year, has been named the official icon for Royal Caribbean’s new ship, Icon of the Seas, which is set to debut in January 2024. Messi will participate in the ship's naming celebration in Miami and has expressed his excitement about the partnership. The ship boasts a record-breaking launch in terms of bookings and features six waterslides, seven pools, and over 40 dining and entertainment options. It will offer seven-night Caribbean itineraries, including visits to Royal Caribbean's private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Cruise Lines Continue To Avoid Port Calls Due To Cyclone Jasper

13 Dec 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Queensland tourism faces significant disruptions as cruise lines, including Carnival and Royal Caribbean, alter itineraries to avoid Cyclone Jasper. The cyclone, currently a Category 1 but expected to reach Category 2, has led to the cancellation of port calls in destinations like Airlie Beach and Cairns. Carnival Luminosa and Quantum of the Seas have rerouted to Sydney, offering passengers compensation options. The cyclone's path remains uncertain, with potential to reach Category 3 strength. Passenger dissatisfaction is evident, impacting Royal Caribbean's otherwise promising 2023-2024 season.

Hurtigruten Norway relaunches three popular itineraries

11 Dec 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Hurtigruten Norway has relaunched three itineraries that showcase the Nordic capitals and the Aurora Borealis. The itineraries, paused during the pandemic, include a 15-day Follow the Northern Lights: Land and Sea Tour, a 15-day Follow the Midnight Sun Land and Sea Tour, and a 12-Day Follow the Stars: Astronomy Voyage. These tours offer experiences such as husky dog and reindeer safaris, cultural insights into the Sámi people, and astronomy-focused activities with renowned scientists. Hurtigruten Norway's Northern Lights Promise guarantees a free voyage if the Northern Lights are not seen. The Original Coastal Express, part of all three itineraries, visits 34 ports and showcases over 100 fjords and 1,000 mountains.

Cruise Passenger Ultimate Guide: Pacific Adventure

11 Dec 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
P&O Australia's Pacific Adventure, formerly Princess Cruises' Golden Princess, has begun its summer season in Sydney. The ship, refurbished in 2021, offers 1316 staterooms, various dining options including free specialty restaurants, and a range of onboard activities such as waterslides and an adventure park. It also features performance areas, bars, lounges, pools, and a kids club program. The deck plan includes 18 decks with numerous guest facilities, highlighting the ship's suitability for family entertainment and cruise enthusiasts.

Cruise Passenger Ultimate Guide: Celebrity Edge

11 Dec 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Cruises' first edge-class ship, will sail in Australian waters starting November 2023, offering 6- to 16-night itineraries. The ship features 1467 staterooms, various dining options including 29 restaurants and bars, and a range of onboard activities such as the Magic Carpet, a high-tech theatre, and a Rooftop Garden. The ship also offers a spa with high-tech treatments and a comprehensive fitness center. The deck plan includes 15 decks with unique features like the Infinite Veranda cabins and a two-level Atrium stairway.

Scenic Eclipse Cruise Guide

08 Dec 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Scenic Eclipse, a 6-star ultra-luxury yacht, offers 76 sailings from December 2023 to February 2026, covering over 500 ports across 60+ countries. The ship features 114 luxurious cabins, including expansive suites with private balconies and Jacuzzis. Dining options range from contemporary French fine dining to relaxed settings, with exclusive venues like Chef’s Table and Lumière. The ship is equipped with Zodiacs, kayaks, helicopters, and a submarine for adventure excursions. Onboard amenities include a spa, multiple bars and lounges, and low-key entertainment options. Scenic Eclipse II will debut in the South Pacific and Australian coastlines in 2024.

Don't buy a cruise package and save hundreds

07 Dec 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Cruise passengers are opting out of cruise line packages, such as those offered by Princess Cruises, due to additional charges and finding it more economical to pay-as-you-go. Princess Cruises introduced fees for services like OceanNow Delivery and room service, leading to customer dissatisfaction. Comparisons with other cruise lines like Royal Caribbean show varying costs for similar services. Some passengers have shared strategies for saving money, such as bringing their own drinks and using travel cards, with one Royal Caribbean cruiser saving $1000 on her alcohol expenses.

Ultimate Guide To Princess Cruises Packages

06 Dec 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Princess Cruises has updated its all-inclusive packages for 2023 sailings, offering three main options: Princess Standard, Princess Plus Package, and Princess Premier Package. The Standard package includes basic amenities, while the Plus package adds perks like Starlink internet, premium desserts, and fitness classes. The Premier package offers the most value with additional benefits such as WiFi for multiple devices, unlimited premium desserts, and reserved seating for shows. Plus and Premier packages also include perks during embarkation and complimentary dining at select venues. The packages can be purchased during booking or onboard until the second day of sailing.

Ultimate Guide to Cairns Cruise Terminal

05 Dec 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Cairns Cruise Terminal in Queensland, Australia, accommodates up to two large cruise ships and offers access to the Great Barrier Reef and tropical rainforests. It is a 10-minute drive from the airport and close to Cairns CBD. Homeported cruise lines include Ponant, Silversea Cruises, and Windstar Cruises. Transportation options from the airport include taxis, rideshares, and shuttle services. Parking is available for $12 per day. Dining and shopping are within walking distance, and there are various hotels near the terminal, ranging from luxury to affordable accommodations.

Emerald Cruises christens newest luxury yacht Emerald Sakara

05 Dec 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Emerald Cruises has christened its new luxury yacht, Emerald Sakara, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a traditional champagne bottle-breaking ceremony. The event featured flyboarders and was attended by notable figures including CLIA President and CEO Kelly Craighead, who is also the yacht's godmother. Scenic Group's US Managing Director Ken Muskat and Founder and Chairman Glen Moroney were present. The yacht boasts deluxe staterooms, an infinity pool, wellness deck, and a marina platform with water toys. It also incorporates the latest technology as part of Scenic Group's commitment to environmental sustainability.

Celebrity Edge’s maiden voyage heads to Sydney

05 Dec 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Celebrity Edge, a ship from Celebrity Cruises' Edge-Series, has arrived in Sydney on its maiden voyage from Singapore, completing a 14-night itinerary that included stops in Bali, Darwin, Yorkeys Knob, and Airlie Beach. The ship will offer itineraries ranging from three to 14 nights around New Zealand and the Pacific, including Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa, and Tonga. The arrival in Darwin brought over 2800 tourists and 1300 crew members, and was celebrated with a Welcome to Country by the Larrakia Nation. Tim Jones, Vice President and Managing Director of Celebrity Cruises for Australia, New Zealand, and APAC, marked the occasion as a milestone. The ship's first season saw record bookings from Australia, with significant interest in the luxury suites within The Retreat.

Cruise ship hit by 30-metre wave on Antarctica crossing

02 Dec 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
An Australian cruise passenger recorded a 30-metre wave hitting the Atlas World Voyager in the Drake Passage on the way to Antarctica. The footage, captured on December 2, 2023, showed the ship enduring 185 km/h winds and a particularly large wave that washed over the bridge level. Despite the rough conditions, described as one of the roughest crossings by the crew, the ship returned safely to Ushuaia with no injuries or major damage, under the command of an expert captain.

Investigating Design Changes To Ensure Cruise Safety

01 Dec 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
A year after the Viking Octantis was hit by a rogue wave in the Drake Passage, Norway’s Accident Investigation Board has recommended reinforcing the windows on the Viking Polaris and its sister ship. The incident, which resulted in one death and eight injuries, highlighted the need for stronger international standards for ship windows. The board concluded that the crew could not have foreseen the combination of factors that led to the accident. Viking is advised to reinforce the windows while awaiting design changes.

Queen Elizabeth Homeports in Fremantle

28 Nov 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Fremantle welcomes the Queen Elizabeth cruise liner, marking the start of Cunard's Australia and New Zealand homeport season. The season features 59 Australian port calls, estimated to contribute $81 million to local economies. Highlights include the Great Australian Culinary Voyage with top chefs, a Sporting Greats and Wellness Voyage, and performances by Tim Marriot and circus company CIRCA. Cunard will also focus on local produce, with 95% of proteins sourced locally and the introduction of premium Australian beef at The Verandah restaurant.

Tasmanian Port Arrivals to Top 300,000

28 Nov 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Tasmania is on track to meet its target of 300,000 cruise passengers and crew this season, with the diversion of P&O's Pacific Adventure to Hobart after being denied entry to New Zealand. The 2023-2024 season will also see the introduction of Virgin Voyages and Disney to the Australian market, contributing to a forecast of 159 cruise calls and around 287,000 passengers and 124,000 crew. The previous season recorded 126 calls with over 170,000 passengers and 88,000 crew. TasPorts and the Tasmanian Government aim to increase regional dispersal of visitation, with about half of the cruise calls going to regional ports outside of Hobart.

Virgin Voyages’ arrives in Darwin ahead of her inaugural season

28 Nov 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Virgin Voyages' third ship, Resilient Lady, has arrived in Darwin, marking the company's first port of call in Australia. This event is part of the ship's 44-day repositioning voyage from Athens, with stops in Dubai, Mumbai, Phuket, Singapore, and Bali. The arrival signifies the start of Resilient Lady's journey down Australia's East Coast, with upcoming stops in Cairns, Airlie Beach, and Sydney, before making Melbourne her homeport. Virgin Voyages CEO Nirmal Saverimuttu expressed excitement about the milestone and the anticipation for the MerMaiden voyage from Melbourne. Launch parties in Sydney and Melbourne are planned to celebrate the occasion.

Ultimate Guide to Tipping on Cruise

16 Nov 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
The article provides a comprehensive guide to gratuity policies across various cruise lines, detailing the daily rates and additional service charges for different stateroom categories and onboard purchases. It explains that most cruise lines automatically add a gratuity charge to passengers' onboard accounts, with rates varying by stateroom type and additional percentages applied to specialty dining, beverages, and spa services. Some cruise lines, such as Azamara and P&O Cruises Australia, do not have automatic gratuity charges, as these are included in the fare or left to the discretion of the guests. The article also notes that passengers can adjust gratuity amounts based on service satisfaction and that tipping crew members for exceptional service is not prohibited.

Unveiling the Extravagance of a $262,000pp Holiday in Italy

16 Nov 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
A luxury holiday in Italy, priced at $262,000 per person, offers an 11-day adventure with cultural and culinary experiences, including the Palio di Siena horse race. Hosted by Geoffrey Kent and Charles Innes-Ker, the trip includes stays in opulent accommodations, private yacht tours, and exclusive events. Highlights feature Verona's romantic sites, Tuscan wine tastings, and a private viewing of the Palio di Siena, as well as visits to Capri, the Amalfi Coast, and Pompeii.

Ultimate Guide For Black Friday Cruise Deals

01 Nov 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Black Friday presents an opportunity for cruise enthusiasts to secure affordable fares. Various cruise lines, including Carnival, P&O, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and others, offer significant discounts and special deals. These include reduced deposits, onboard credits, and discounted fares for sailings through 2026. Each cruise line has unique offers, such as free upgrades, discounted shore excursions, and special packages, making it an ideal time to book a cruise.

Aurora Expeditions To Sail From Australia And New Zealand

01 Oct 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Aurora Expeditions has announced its new Antarctica 2025-26 season, featuring voyages from Australia and New Zealand. The season includes 32 voyages on the Greg Mortimer, Sylvia Earle, and the new Douglas Mawson, with eight new itineraries visiting regions such as East Antarctica, the Ross Sea, and the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands. New departure ports include Hobart in Australia and Dunedin in New Zealand. The season offers a variety of adventure options, including all-inclusive activity voyages and single berths for solo travelers. Hayley Peacock-Gower, CMO of Aurora Expeditions, expressed excitement about the new offerings and the introduction of the third vessel, the Douglas Mawson.

Norwegian Cruise Line Launches Viva With Latin Pop Star

01 Oct 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Norwegian Cruise Line has launched its Prima-class ship, Norwegian Viva, with a christening ceremony in PortMiami attended by 1500 guests. The event featured performances by Latin pop stars including Luis Fonsi, who officially named the ship. Norwegian Viva, which can accommodate 3,099 guests, boasts amenities such as a three-story speedway and an open-air food market. The ship will initially sail from Miami before repositioning to San Juan, Puerto Rico, offering Caribbean voyages through March 2024, and will later sail Mediterranean and Greek Isles itineraries.

Regent Seven Seas Elevates Luxury

01 Oct 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Regent Seven Seas is challenging the hotel and resort market by offering more overnight stays on its luxury cruises, starting with six 10-day itineraries in 2024. The initiative aims to provide immersive experiences at a lower cost compared to five-star hotels. The Seven Seas Grandeur, recently christened in Miami, will be part of this new offering, featuring advanced technology for personalized service. The move is seen as a strategic response to rising hotel and transport costs, with Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings President Harry Sommer identifying hotels and resorts as primary competitors. The new itineraries are based on passenger feedback, aiming to enhance the cruise experience by allowing more time at major ports.

How Food Has Become The Gateway To Travel

01 Oct 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Food has become a major motivator for travel, with cuisine and top food experiences leading the way in destination choices. Luxury Escapes reports that food tourism is the most popular trend in 2023. Cruise lines like Oceania and Regent offer culinary discovery tours, while destinations like Slovenia and New South Wales are emerging as premier culinary spots. Michelin guidebooks are now essential for travelers exploring Europe, South America, Asia, and the Americas. Scenic and Cellar Tours provide unique food-focused travel experiences, highlighting the growing importance of food in tourism.

Oceania Cruises Announces 59-Day Voyage with Savings of Up to 50% Off

01 Oct 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Oceania Cruises has announced a new 59-day voyage from the Mediterranean to Asia, visiting Africa, starting November 14, 2024, and ending January 12, 2025. The cruise will depart from Barcelona and end in Singapore, with stops in the Canary Islands, Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Namibia, South Africa, Madagascar, Tanzania, Seychelles, Maldives, Thailand, and Malaysia. The company is also offering up to 50% savings on 112 sailings in 2024 and 2025, covering various destinations including the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, Canada, New England, and South America.

Passengers Likely To Pay For Melbourne Port Fee Hikes

01 Oct 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Cruise lines operating out of Melbourne's Port are grappling with a 15% fee increase, leading to significant industry backlash. Carnival's Cunard and Princess ships have halted port stops, and Virgin Voyages has expressed dissatisfaction. The fee hike, from $28.50 to $32 per passenger per day, is intended to fund maintenance of Station Pier. The increase has sparked comparisons with other Australian ports, highlighting Melbourne's rising costs. Industry stakeholders, including CLIA and Ports Australia, are advocating for the cruise industry's economic contributions amidst regulatory and cost challenges.

Aussies Trim Costs As Gratuities Soar On Overseas Trips

01 Oct 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Australians booking Royal Caribbean cruises locally will save as the company absorbs recent gratuity price hikes, unlike those booking overseas. Royal Caribbean increased gratuities to US$20.50 per person per day for suite passengers, but these charges are included in the fare for Australian and New Zealand bookings. Other cruise lines, including Celebrity Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line, have also raised gratuities. In Australia and New Zealand, gratuities are typically built into advertised prices, contrasting with the US where tipping is more common due to lower base wages.

Woman Homeless After Forever Cruise Collapse

01 Oct 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
A retired Melbourne woman, Fran Paroissien, is homeless after the collapse of the 'forever cruise' by Miray Cruises, which failed to secure a ship for its Life at Sea concept. The cruise, intended to be a long-term, indefinite voyage, was canceled after multiple delays, affecting over a hundred passengers, including Australians and New Zealanders. Paroissien, who had taken out a reverse mortgage and rented her apartment, is now couch-surfing and awaiting a refund of over $350,000. Miray Cruises cited investor withdrawal due to Middle East unrest as the reason for the collapse. The company's chief executive, Kendra Holmes, has since stepped down.

Silver Whisper To Be Based In French Polynesia

01 Oct 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Luxury cruise line Silversea has announced 17 voyages on the Silver Whisper in French Polynesia for 2026, with the ship based in the region from April to September. The itineraries include seven and 14-night sailings through the Society, Tuamotu, and Marquesas Islands, offering guests immersive experiences such as cultural nature walks, snorkeling, and local culinary traditions. The voyages aim to deepen travelers' connection with the rich Polynesian culture and natural beauty of the region.

MS Maud Passengers Praise Crew For Keeping Them Safe

01 Oct 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Passengers aboard the MS Maud, a Hurtigruten ship, praised the crew for their bravery and professionalism after the vessel was hit by 22-meter waves, causing significant damage and a power outage. The ship, sailing off Denmark's west coast, had to be manually steered from the engine room after the bridge was abandoned. Despite the chaos, the crew managed to keep all 266 passengers and 131 crew members safe, eventually towing the ship back to Germany. Passengers shared their harrowing experiences and expressed gratitude towards the crew for ensuring their safety during the storm.

My Eco-Obsessed Partner Won't Fly But I Want to Go to Australia

01 Oct 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Kathy Lette discusses the challenge of balancing environmental concerns with travel desires in a relationship. She acknowledges her own hypocrisy regarding climate change while offering practical advice for reconciling differences with an eco-conscious partner. The article also touches on the stress of airport routines in relationships, suggesting ways to manage differing preferences.

Long Cruise For $100

01 Oct 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Cruise enthusiasts were excited by a seemingly incredible deal for a 31-day cruise from Brisbane to Seattle aboard Carnival Luminosa for just US$100. However, the offer, which appeared on the Carnival US site, raised suspicions due to its April 1 departure date and additional costs such as taxes and return flights. The deal's legitimacy remains unclear as the link now redirects to the Carnival Australia site, showing standard prices. Cruise Passenger is awaiting responses from both passengers and Carnival Cruise Line to clarify if the offer was a mistake or a genuine bargain.

Silver Nova: Greenest Luxury Ship Set To Sail In Australia

14 Aug 2023  |  cruisepassenger.com.au
Silversea has launched Silver Nova, the most environmentally conscious ultra-luxury ship, which will operate in Australia for part of the 2024-5 season. The ship features innovative design elements, including extensive use of glass and high space-to-guest and crew-to-guest ratios. The naming ceremony in Fort Lauderdale included notable figures like Nina Compton, Barbara Muckermann, and Jason Liberty. Silver Nova embarked on its maiden voyage from Venice and will undertake a Grand Voyage around South America, visiting 38 destinations in 18 countries over 71 days.

Conducted interviews and field work for the production of the Inclusive Business feature for the Philippine Board of Investments.

A feature article on the housing project for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda. Written for the 2014 Annual Report of the GMA Kapuso Foundation, a socio-civic organization organized by GMA Network Inc.


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