Whether an Australian port forms part of your cruise itinerary or marks your point of embarkation, this vast island holds many ports which showcase some of its natural wonders, rich culture, mouth-watering fare, and abundant wildlife. Australian ports of call offer a banquet of experiences for all tastes and the climate isn’t too bad either.
Steph from Cruise with Amber spent 10 months travelling around Australia and in this post, she takes us on a short tour around some of the main Australian ports you’re likely to encounter on a cruise.
The cruise industry is one of the most innovative sectors in the maritime world, constantly evolving and changing, offering new surprises, even for the most experienced cruiser.
Leading cruise lines continue to listen to their customers' needs and feedback, be that the introduction of new technology, or sailing to more exotic or unusual destinations.
Alaska is truly the last frontier, as many places in Alaska can only be reached by boat or seaplane. The remoteness of some parts of Alaska are ideal for exploration by cruise ship, and exploring Alaska by cruise ship is easy.
Each port stop allows you to get off the ship and explore on your own, or you can take an excursion (tour) to get some first-hand experiences with nature. Taking a cruise to Alaska allows you to visit some amazing ports such as Juneau, Icy Straight Point (Hoonah), Haines, Skagway, Seward and Ketchikan. From Seward you can take a bus or train to Anchorage, and then onto the interior or Denali National Park by train, bus, or car.
Cruising to Alaska can be done in several ways such as seven days round-trip from Seattle or Vancouver, seven days northbound one-way from Vancouver or Seattle, seven days southbound one-way from Seward, Anchorage, or Whittier, or a combination of the last two for a roundtrip fourteen-day cruise, and some cruise lines offer longer cruises from Vancouver, and other port departures such as San Francisco. The Alaska cruising season runs late April to mid-October.
So, you’ve probably seen the films from the golden era of Hollywood, seen pictures of the stars arriving on transatlantic liners, perhaps your own family arrived in the New World aboard one of the Atlantic greyhounds and I’m certain you’ve watched Titanic and marveled at the elegance of shipboard life (we’ll ignore the bit about icebergs for the sake of this article) and you wish you’d got to travel just like the movie stars, but cruising just doesn’t seem to be that way anymore.
Well, you can! Cunard Line’s RMS Queen Mary 2 still regularly sails the line voyage between New York and Southampton, she is the last built true ocean liner, following in the wake of illustrious predecessors such as her namesake the Queen Mary (now permanently moored in Long Beach, California) and successor to the Queen Elizabeth 2 (now a hotel in Dubai). She carries on a tradition that has been some 181 years in the making.
Join me as I tell you the top five reason you should make a Transatlantic Crossing; to aficionados its always a crossing, never a cruise. (You can have that tip for free.)
Sometimes trying something new can be a little scary, especially if it's possibly going to cost you a decent sum money. Trying a cruise line for the first time is no different! But change can be exciting and lead to new opportunities and adventures.
Experience cruiser, cruise blogger and travel writer Marcus Adam, has shared with us his top reasons why you should consider booking a cruise holiday with Celebrity Cruises. If like Marcus, you've cruised with Celebrity Cruises before, then you'll know what he's talking about!
Ambassador Cruise Line is a brand-new cruise line and is the first new British cruise line to be launched in more than a decade!
To find out what all the fuss is about, we caught up with the cruise line's Chief Marketing Officer, Gordon Nardini, ahead of the maiden voyage of Ambassador Cruise Line's first ship, Ambience, setting sail from London Tilbury, UK in April 2022.
Booking a cruise holiday to Antarctica is considered by most, a once in a lifetime experience. However, cruise and destinations vlogger Gary Bembridge, from Tips For Travellers, has just returned from his second cruise to the region!
We quizzed Gary about this unique cruise experience so we could share with you his experience and what you might need to consider or know before heading to Antarctica on a cruise.
Somewhat later than originally planned in summer 2021, despite the global pandemic, P&O Cruises' brand new state-of-the-art flagship, Iona, set sail from Southampton on its maiden voyage. On board was Matthew Gilbert, from Cruising with Matthew.
We took a moment to catch up with Matthew following his cruise on Iona, to ask him all about this very special maiden voyage!
If you have a list of places to cruise to in the future, then Norway should at the top. From the stunning and majestic scenery to the charming and friendly villages, towns, and cities, I just absolutely love all things Norway.
I’ve decided to compile a list of the top 5 cruise ports to visit in Norway to give you a flavour of what is on offer and hopefully tempt you into cruising there sometime soon!
Back in 2015, I spent three nights in Dubai prior to embarking a seven-night Arabian Gulf itinerary onboard Splendour of the Seas. It can be a daunting place the first time you visit, especially knowing how to get around. With so much to explore, its hard to decide exactly what to see, especially if you’re only visiting for a few days on a ship.
Dubai quickly became one of my favourite places I have visited. There seems to be something for everyone to enjoy. It’s like they’ve taken inspiration from every major city around the world and put it all in one place. The architecture is a sight to see in itself. Every single skyscraper seemed to have its own unique design element.