A New Port of Call for Princess Cruises
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Busselton Australia

The Diamond Princess has recently become the first ship to call at Busselton in Western Australia. The guests disembarked on the 27th of November and left very impressive reviews after a full day of sightseeing.

A ‘NEW’ PORT OF CALL

The Princess ship’s guests enjoyed a wide range of tours in the area. Some of the highlights included exploring Ngilgi Cave. Discovered in 1899, it is one of Geographe Bay’s most renowned tourist attractions featuring stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations.

Without getting wet it is possible to head deep below the water’s surface at the Underwater Observatory. Obtain a view that is beaming with a variety of fish species and beautiful corals.

Nature, wine and seafaring adventures can all be found in this port of call.

Apart from walking along the pristine shores passengers can enjoy snorkelling, windsurfing or even sea kayaking. Fishing expeditions can also be arranged.

In recent years, Australian wines have become very popular. Visit the Margaret River wine region and bring back an ideal gift for those back home.

Princess Cruises Australia vice president Stuart Allison said that nine calls to Busselton are scheduled in 2015 and 2016 aboard the Diamond Princess.

The Diamond Princess is one the of the largest cruise ships to be based out of Australia. The ship has just undergone a £17million refurbishment programme and is gearing up for an exciting season down under.

Busselton Pier

DINING

No expense has been spared on the ship to provide the best culinary experiences around. As with most cruise ships these days, there are two ways to enjoy a meal. There is Traditional Dining, which has several formal dining rooms that open at the same time and Freestyle Dining, which allows the passenger to eat at their leisure.

A large amount of speciality restaurants are located on the ship such as the authentic Italian restaurant Sabatini’s, the oriental delight known as Kai Sushi and for meat lovers, there’s the Sterling Steakhouse. Other options include a buffet with international cuisine, a sundae bar and a poolside grill.

CABINS

There are a wide variety of cabins available onboard the Diamond Princess. Everything from a spacious standard inside stateroom to the luxurious interior of the Grand Suite with Balcony. All cabins come equipped with twin beds that can be made into a queen bed, a private bathroom with toiletries, a television, hairdryer, sofa and telephone.

Added amenities in the suites consist of a separate sitting area with a coffee table, a DVD and CD player, luxury towels and bathrobes, a minibar and even a hot tub.Diamond Princess in Sydney

ENTERTAINMENT

You will never be bored on this ship. The enormous casino will have you dabbling with ‘lady luck’. The Grand Casino presents a variety of the gaming selections from blackjack to slot machines to roulette. An enormous theatre offers unique acts from all over the world. It alternates as a cinema and presents feature length films in perfect quality.

Other entertainment is presented at the Skywalkers Nightclub and the Explorers Lounge, both of which offer musical acts of all kinds. During the warmer months, you can also enjoy cinema by the poolside with the Movies Under the Stars programme.

ACTIVITIES

Even when you’re done with all of the entertainment available, there is still an enormous amount of activities to try out. The pool is always a popular choice and there are four of them onboard and that’s not counting the pool in the Lotus Spa. Keep fit with state-of-the-art equipment in the ship’s fitness centre.

Release any stress with one of the many relaxing treatments available in the spa. There is an extensive Japanese bath that has both indoor and outdoor bathing sections.

Culture is also well represented with enrichment programs in fields such as art, cooking and computer classes. The guest lecturers are available to take Q&A’s.

Other activities include an internet cafe and a cosy library that is filled with books for some quiet reading time.

Children of all ages will be thrilled with the underage club on board which is divided into 3 age groups – the Princess Pelicans (ages 3 to 7), the Shockwaves (ages 8-12) and Remix (ages 13-17).

The Diamond Princess has a variety of other itineraries throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as Southeast Asia, Japan and the Far East.

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Magnificent Melbourne!
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Melbourne is a popular cruise port on the majority of Australian cruises. Melbourne is a vibrant, modern city with many different attractions to suit everyone. Like Sydney the city itself is only a short journey from where your cruise ship will dock and the majority of cruise ships will offer shuttle buses into the city centre either free or for a nominal fee.

Melbourne City Lights

Getting around Melbourne is easy as there are plenty of free tourist trams and buses at your disposal. The free trams and buses complete a loop around the city and have audio commentary to give you information about the sights you pass on the way, so they offer a great way to get a quick overview of the city. The trams and buses are very frequent and offer a hop on, hop off service.

Southbank, overlooking the Yarra River, is a chic area of the city with many cafés, bars and restaurants enjoying views over the river and beyond. If you wish to enjoy panoramic views over the city then the Eureka Sydeck is located in Southbank and from the 88th floor you are offered 360° views of the city all the way to the beach, and on a clear day you’ll even get a great view of your cruise ship all the way back in port!

Melbourne Yarra River

St. Kilda is an immensely popular beach suburb of Melbourne where you can relax on the sandy beach, enjoy some surfing and soak up the beach atmosphere. St Kilda is where the Melbourne locals head on the weekends to get out of the city and enjoy some peace and quiet.

According to locals, Acland Street in St. Kilda is the best place to get a coffee and a delicious cake in one of the many cafes you can find there. St. Kilda is notoriously popular with suffers and, as such, has a laid-back atmosphere and plenty of vibrancy.

Melbourne St. Kilda Beach

Victoria Markets are always a popular spot for visitors to the city. The markets themselves are huge and sell everything from fresh produce to clothes, souvenirs and electronic accessories, all at prices far below the Australian norm.

The independent shops which line Edward Street, outside the markets, sell lots of locally created and produced products such as clothes, handbags and kitsch accessories. You can shop here for items that are individually created allowing you to have some quirky items that are different from what your friends and family at home are sporting.

There’s so much to do on a visit to Australia’s city of Melbourne that you’ll be hard pushed to fit it all into a one day trip, and might have to return to explore more of the city and its surrounding areas!

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Stunning Sydney
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Sydney is one of Australia’s most exciting and vibrant cities, and is a great place to explore as part of a cruise holiday. It’s also a great place to begin or end your cruise holiday to allow you to spend a few extra days checking out all the things the city has to offer.

One great thing about Sydney is the proximity of the cruise ports to the main attractions of the city. One of the cruise ports, where small and medium size ships can dock, is sandwiched between the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Imagine waking up and stepping out onto your balcony and being greeted with incredible views of these world famous icons. You’d have the luxury of being docked at the centre of the heart of the city, within easy proximity to the best things the city has to offer.

Sydney Opera House

Harbour Bridge

If you’re visiting Sydney for just a day or two as part of a cruise holiday then you might want to consider seeing as much as possible in a short time by taking one of the city sightseeing bus tours. Sydney has various companies which offer this type of hop-on, hop-off service, but the biggest and most famous is the large red buses that you’ve undoubtedly seen in many cities and holiday destinations around the world. They’re a great way to see a city as large as Sydney in just a day or two.

If you’re looking to explore one of the relaxed and peaceful areas of the city then head to Sydney’s Botanical Gardens. Stroll through the lush green areas of the gardens and then walk along to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, where you can enjoy some of the best views of the city, especially at sunset.

If you’ve visited Sydney before, or just don’t want to spend a day in a busy city, take one of the quick ferries to Manly Beach or Bondi Beach and enjoy spending a day soaking up the chilled out beach town atmosphere. The ferry ride to either of these places is also one of the most picturesque ferry rides I’ve ever taken! Both Bondi and Manly are famous for their beautiful white sandy beaches, and Bondi is considered one of the surfing capitals of the world and had been the backdrop for many popular TV shows.

Bondi Beach

If you’re looking to do something extra special in Sydney, perhaps to celebrate something, then you might consider taking one of the sea plane trips around the harbour and over the city. You get to see the city from above, taking in the sights of the city from a unique and exciting viewpoint that very few people get to enjoy.

Sydney is a city with something to offer everyone, there’s so many attractions to suit people of all ages and interests and something to keep everyone busy on a visit to the city.

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