More lux­ury ships head­ing to Aus­tralia

The lux­ury cruise sec­tor is boom­ing with more up­mar­ket ships head­ing to Aus­tralia in 2018. Cruise Pas­sen­ger com­pares three lines com­pet­ing for Aus­tralia’s lux­ury dol­lars.

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Aus­tralians look­ing for small-ship lux­ury cruises will be spoilt for choice in 2018 as lines bring more ves­sels to Syd­ney. But cruis­ers had bet­ter be quick. Ac­cord­ing to Re­gent Seven Seas Cruises, Aus­tralians are book­ing cab­ins so far out that the line is set to re­lease itin­er­ar­ies for 2020.

Lisa Pile, Re­gent’s vice pres­i­dent sales Aus­tralia/New Zealand, said 2019 will be a “bonzer year”, with pas­sen­gers for­ward book­ing the best suites in record num­bers. The av­er­age Aus­tralian cruise is for 12 days at $20,000 per suite.

The Aus­tralian boom in lux­ury cruis­ing has at­tracted some of the best-known names – with three vis­it­ing Syd­ney ear­lier this year to show­case their ships.

New­est en­trant Vik­ing Ocean Cruises brought in Vik­ing Sun, promis­ing new-build Vik­ing Orion will be here for three months from De­cem­ber, and even longer in 2019. While the line’s small ships don’t claim a lux­ury la­bel, they are cer­tainly above pre­mium. One par­tic­u­lar hot seller for Aus­tralia has been a 22-night jour­ney from Ja­pan to Canada. The trip next year will be 50 per cent Aussie – a com­pany record for Vik­ing.

The freshly re­fur­bished Seven Seas Nav­i­ga­tor also vis­ited – one of sev­eral Re­gent Seven Seas sail­ings in Aus­tralia that has in­creased the line’s pres­ence by 30 per cent.

Ocea­nia Cruises berthed Re­gatta, and re­vealed Aus­tralia has be­come the line’s sec­ond most im­por­tant mar­ket. Re­gatta will spend 56 days in Aus­tralia and New Zealand, re­turn­ing for an even big­ger sea­son from Novem­ber 2018 to March 2019.

So who should you choose? And what do you get for your money? Here’s our ver­dict.

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