CREST OF A NEW WAVE

Tune into ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments, at sea and on shore

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - LINER NOTES - AN­DREA BLACK

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.

PRINCESS.COM, CAR­NI­VAL.COM.AU

UNIQUE EX­PE­RI­ENCES

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

PIC­TURES: CAR­NI­VAL CRUISES, PRINCESS CRUISES

CAR­NI­VAL SPLEN­DOR Kids will love the green and gold wa­ter­park on Car­ni­val Splen­dor; Healesville Sanc­tu­ary is on a Mel­bourne shore trip with Princess Cruises.

LO­CAL CON­NEC­TIONS

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