Cruising has never had more exposure and been more popular than at this time, particularly in Australian and nearby waters. Partly due to our North American friends discovering that our summer is their winter and the deployment of some fantastic ships in our part of the world.

Most of the ‘new ship’ buzz surrounds the arrival of Royal Caribbean’s, Ovation of the Seas, which will be a real game changer for our market.  She is 168,000 tons (huge!) and part of the Quantum class ships with 2090 well-appointed staterooms (more rooms than Australia’s largest hotel – Four Points by Sheraton Sydney) with a capacity to accommodate 4905 guests and a few thousand crew. Not to mention its Martini mixing robots (not quite Tom Cruise and Bryan Brown, but very precise), star-studded kitchens (18 restaurants, no less), skydiving simulator, dodgem cars, circus school, floating DJ booth and quirky, resident food truck.

Ovation of the Seas heads to Sydney from Singapore in late November and, as CruiseCo agents, our staff can book this exclusive CruiseCo charter. Once she arrives in Sydney she sets sail for a series of New Zealand cruises before returning to Singapore on the 23rd of January, 2017. Right now, our teams have some great family offers – Adults Fly Free, Kids Cruise Free – on the departures from Singapore on Ovation of the Seas.

As has been the case for a few years now, European river cruising continues to blaze with popularity, and the 2017 season is already filling up on the back of some terrific value fly-cruise deals. Avalon Waterways are offering fly-free-in-economy-class deals, and a brilliant business class air supplement from as little as $2995 per person for Europe river cruise of 15 days or more.

European cruise lines offer some of the best value anywhere. Again, our teams have uncovered a 7-nights Greece and Italy sailing in a balcony cabin on Celebrity cruises starting at $1109 per person twin share. That’s around $158 a day for all meals, transportation and entertainment. Brilliant value in anyone’s language.

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