I’ve said it before on my tips for cruising with kids page “cruising is becoming a popular way to travel”.
In the year 2012-2013 Australia saw 62051 passenger capacity from cruise ships.
So with the introduction of new ships that will be calling Australia home over the 2014-2015 year those numbers are due to swell – The industry goal is to have a 1 000 000 passengers by 2016.
With cruising becoming a popular way to holiday for young, old, singles, couples and families; with itineraries taking you around Australia to New Zealand all the way to Hawaii or up to Asia, we are becoming spoilt for choice from the new ships on offer.
So let’s have a quick look at which ships currently call Australia home and who will be introducing new cruise ships to Australia over the 2014-2015 summer cruising season and on into 2016.
Cruise ships sailing to and from Australia
Carnival Cruise Line
Currently the Carnival Cruise Line offers Carnival Spirit on the east coast and will be launching the revamped Carnival Legend in September 2014 to Australia. The Legend will offer a very similar experience to that of Spirit and has been resigned with Australians in mind.
Cruise and Maritime Voyagers (CMV)
CMV have the Astor that sails from Fremantle yearly during the summer season.
Celebrity Cruises have 2 ships based in Australia for the summer.
- Celebrity Solstice
- Celebrity Century
with the Celebrity Millennium sailing in SE Asia.
Holland America Line
Holland America Line has the Volendam Cruise ship sailing in October and November from Australia
P & O Cruises
P&O Cruises have three ships
- Pacific Dawn,
- Pacific Jewel,
- Pacific Pearl
currently sailing around Australia during the summer.
They are about to have 2 ships from the Holland America Line refurbished and available for the 2015 season.
Princess Cruises offer 3 ships sailing around or to and from Australia
- Sea Princess,
- Diamond Princess,
- Dawn Princess.
No new cruise ships have been scheduled at this time.
Royal Caribbean have 3 ships
- Voyager of the Seas,
- Radiance of the Seas
- Rhapsody of the Seas
who call Australia home over summer. They will be introducing the megaship
- Legend of the Seas arriving December 2014
Now remember that these are only the cruise ships that are based in Australia over the summer season, there are also many more ships that stop into Australia on their world-wide itineraries.
Have I whet your appetite for family cruising? Where will you go?
Well don’t forget to check out my tips for booking a family cruise before you book that next family holiday.