The new wave of luxury ships heading our way
Fans of upmarket cruising will have plenty to choose from this wave season with some of the world best luxury and premium ships heading our way, reports Bernadette Chua.
Luxury seems to be the theme for this year’s wave season. Five-star operators such as Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn and Silversea, along with premium lines such as Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises and Cunard are sending ships our way for another bumper wave season.
There will also be some new arrivals. Norwegian Jewel will be the first Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) ship to be homeported in Australia in 13 years. She will sail a range of itineraries around Australia and to New Zealand. NCL, known for the bright and colourful artwork on the bows of its ships, is also highly regarded for its excellent food and service.
The latest offering from Seabourn, Seabourn Encore
was launched at the beginning of the year and made a whirlwind trip Down Under after her christening in Singapore. She’ll be here for about six weeks this season, sailing from Asia and stopping along the way in Bali as well as the Great Barrier Reef before setting off on several sailings to New Zealand and the South Pacific. The line is also sending Seabourn Odyssey and Seabourn Sojourn.
There’s more luxury headed our way with two Crystal Cruises ships– Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.
The ultimate in five-star cruising, expect white-gloved butlers, fabulous all-balcony suites with your favourite beverage of choice, bespoke shore excursions and food from celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa.
Silversea is also returning with Silver Whisper and in early 2019, its newest ship Silver Muse will make her maiden call to Australia. Other notable mentions include Regent’s Seven Seas Navigator.
Oceania Cruises, voted by Cruise Passenger’s panel of judges as the Best Cruise Line for Food, will have Regatta in Australia on a 34-night cruise.
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth will be visiting ports around Australia. It’s just a warm up for Queen Elizabeth which will homeport in Melbourne in early 2019.