Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Lots to Sea on a Cruise; a Popular Holiday for Australians Just Keeps Getting Bigger and Better, Taking More of Us to Exotic Locations or to Visit Our Own Backyard

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Lots to Sea on a Cruise; a Popular Holiday for Australians Just Keeps Getting Bigger and Better, Taking More of Us to Exotic Locations or to Visit Our Own Backyard

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Byline: WORDS: DARREN HALLESY

If there's one form of holiday that continues to grow across the nation, it's cruising. Aussies (and the rest of the world) can't seem to get enough of cruising the Pacific and beyond while spending each day being entertained, eating great food and dancing until the early hours.

According to the Cruise Lines International Association 2018 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook and Cruise Travel Trends report, global cruise travel is steadily on the rise with a projected 27.2 million passengers expected to set sail in 2018.

In 2017, an estimated 25.8 million passengers cruised compared to a confirmed 24.7 million passengers in 2016.

Cruise companies want to meet demand, and it's for this reason that there are at least two more ships set to make Brisbane home over the next 18 months.

The newly refurbished Sun Princess is ready to go, making the Queensland capital its home port, joining P&O's Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria that also dock and turnaround on a weekly basis.

The newest ship in the fleet, Majestic Princess, will visit Brisbane over the 2018-19 season.

The Sun Princess has just returned from Singapore where it received a big overhaul.

Every bed has been replaced in the ship.

The company hired one of the world's best bed experts to oversee the selection, with 2000 new beds now in place as part of 44,000 across the entire Princess fleet over coming months. The new club class suites are incredible, including a lounge, bedroom, walk-in wardrobe, make-up area and a bathroom with your own bath.

Very nice if you can afford the top-of-the-range rooms.

The bed even comes with pillows that have a small speaker inside piping relaxation music.

The kids' clubs have all been made over, in conjunction with the Discovery Channel that sponsors the areas.

The Tree House is strictly for kids aged three to seven years old, The Lodge for kids aged eight to 12 and The Beach House for kids aged 13 to 17.

Spreading the clubs over three different age groups means that children will get to hang out more with kids their own age.

From built-in juke boxes to dance floors, heaps of PlayStations, sideshow alley machines, and lots of board games to play, the supervised areas will be a breath of fresh air to parents, as it allows everyone in the family to have their own kind of holiday.

One of the shows on the ship is The Voice of the Ocean, a version of the popular TV show The Voice that allows not only passengers to live out their dreams of singing on stage, but each person in the audience is given an electronic device to vote for their favourite.

The brand-new Pizzeria will be a big hit with families, with authentic Italian pizzas on offer catering to all tastes.

The prosciutto, pear, gorgonzola and spinach pizza is a gourmet treat. …

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