CREST OF A NEW WAVE
Tune into exciting developments, at sea and on shore
When a cruise fleet that commands more than 70 per cent of the Australian and New Zealand cruising market is holding a summit on what we can expect on the high seas in coming years, serious cruising fans will be taking note of exciting new announcements.
At last week’s World Leading Cruise Lines Summit on board the new Majestic Princess sailing from Auckland to Sydney, CEOs and senior management from liners including P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Cunard, Seabourn, Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Line gathered to let us in on all their insider secrets. Here’s some of what we can look forward to.
MORE SHIPS IN THE REGION
Princess Cruises revealed the exciting news that the 3560-guest Regal Princess will join sister Royal-class ship Majestic Princess in our waters sailing from Sydney from December 2020 until April 2021.
“Not only will this be the first time Princess Cruises has deployed two Royal-class ships from the same homeport outside the Caribbean, but it will be the biggest deployment we’ve ever had in Sydney,” Princess Cruises’ Stuart Allison said.
The 3700-guest Carnival Splendor is getting the full Aussiefication before she heads here to sail in Australian waters in December 2019, including trained baristas and, most thrilling, a giant, yet-to-be-named green and gold waterpark with two slides, and mini-racer slides plus the Tipping Bucket for little water-lovers.
And the new custom-designed terminal in Brisbane, set to open in 18 months, will make cruising out of Queensland more popular than ever. In 2020, Carnival Spirit will be based there year-round.
A universal trend recognised among the cruise lines represented at the summit is travellers’ desire for unique immersive experiences on shore.
“Creating more localised and customised experiences creates a better experience for the guest and if you do it right, it provides a bigger distribution of guests around these different ports and towns so you don’t overwhelm certain things,” according to Holland America Line president Orlando Ashford.
Princess Cruises’ Deanna Austin says it’s local artisans and cultural leaders who bring a destination to life. Princess Cruises’ new Local Connections program has resulted in the development of 20 new shore excursions in six ports including Broome, Perth, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and Brisbane. HOLLANDAMERICA.COM; PRINCESS.COM
WORKING WITH COMMUNITIES
A theme across the board is the need for sustainability, at sea and on shore. Sture Myrmell, president of Carnival Australia and New Zealand and P&O Cruises Australia, stressed the need to work with communities in the Pacific.
Working together with DFAT and the Difference Incubator in what is called the YuMi Tourism Project, Carnival is giving emerging local entrepreneurs direct access to one of their biggest markets – cruise ship tourists. Aiding local community entrepreneurs is just one aspect.
Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia and New Zealand group president Jan Swartz says, “We’re supporting community-based activities from paying for paramedics and humanitarian work through Save the Children.” CARNIVALSUSTAINABILITY.COM
CARNIVAL SPLENDOR Kids will love the green and gold waterpark on Carnival Splendor; Healesville Sanctuary is on a Melbourne shore trip with Princess Cruises.