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Karryon Cruise News: Disney, New Caledonia, CLIA Cruise Month, Cunard + more

Miss any shipshape updates this week? Get up to speed with the latest intel, thanks to our weekly wrap of all the news making waves in cruising right now.

Miss any shipshape updates this week? Get up to speed with the latest intel, thanks to our weekly wrap of all the news making waves in cruising right now.

Finally! There’s so much going on in the world of cruising again (Hurrah!).

So to make your life easier in navigating it all, we’ve fathomed it all out by curating a wrap of the latest news you need to know this week.

Welcome aboard. The sail-away party starts right here.

Disney Cruise Line launches 2023 ‘Disney Magic at Sea’ sailings Down Under

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Disney Wonder.

Disney Cruise Line officially launched with a splash in Sydney last night with Disney fans, travel trade and media, celebrating the exciting news of the line’s first-ever immersive cruise vacations in Australia and New Zealand for a limited season from October 2023, sailing on Disney Wonder from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland. The inaugural sailing departs Sydney on 28 October 2023 with bookings open from 29 September 2022 at 8am AEST/11am NZDT.

Read on for more here.

Calling back: New Caledonia reopens to cruising from 5 October

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Kayaking in Kanumera Bay, Isle of Pines in New Caledonia. Image: Marine Reveilhac

New Caledonia will officially reopen its maritime borders to cruise ships on 5 October 2022 with P&O Cruises’ Pacific Explorer to be the first vessel to make an overnight stop in Noumea on 4 October followed by Lifou on 6 October.

Read on for more here.

CLIA Cruise Month sails into final week on a surge of industry support

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Cruise Lines International Association Australasia’s Cruise Month campaign is cresting on a wave of social media activity from travel advisors to highlight the month-long celebration of all things cruise in September 2022. 

Read on for more here.

Last stretch! Final sign-up for NCL’s Walk for Wellness 2022

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The final countdown to Norwegian Cruise Line’s third annual Walk for Wellness is underway with registrations due by 30 September 2022 to promote health and wellbeing in the travel industry, take on weekly walking challenges and win up to $16,000 in prizes.

Read on for more here.

Royal return: Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth sails back to Australia in November 2022

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Queen Elizabeth in Tasmania. Image: Cunard

Queen Elizabeth returns to Australian shores for the first time since early 2020 for a 121-day record Australian residence, arriving in Fremantle on 7 November 2022. Select Cunard sailings offer savings of up to 25 per cent as part of the Annual Savings Event when booked until 30 November 2022.

Find out more at cunard.com

Regent Seven Seas Cruises partners with David Jones to reach high-value shoppers

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RSSC is the first cruise brand in Australia to partner with an iconic premium retailer, David Jones, in an integrated brand awareness campaign that includes three branded windows in the flagship Sydney store during CLIA’s Cruise Month campaign in September.

Find out more at rssc.com

APT launches new 2023 Kimberley cruising itineraries with PONANT

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Le Laperouse on the Kimberley Coast.

APT has announced additional dates to its Kimberley Cruising 2023 holidays as well as eight new tour itineraries combining cruise and 4WD adventures in the remote region. APT’s relationship with luxury cruise company PONANT will see Le Soleal join Le Laperouse for APT’s Kimberley Small Ship Expedition Cruising range.

Find out more at aptouring.com.au

Silversea lines up onboard experts for inaugural Silver Endeavour sailing

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Departing from King George Island on 21 November 2022, Silver Endeavour will host qualified historians, marine biologists, anthropologists, naturalists, filmmakers and more on her maiden voyage, who will deliver informative lectures, workshops and excursions on the inaugural round-trip expedition.

From May 2023 through March 2024, Silver Endeavour guests will be able to journey to 116 cold-weather destinations across Northern Europe, the Arctic and Antarctica, including 24 maiden calls for Silversea, as part of 25 new immersive expedition voyages, ranging from six to 18 days.

Find out more at silversea.com/silver-endeavour

Save $1,000pp off Aranui Cruises French Polynesia long voyages

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Image: Lionel Gouverneur

Cargo cruise line Aranui Cruises is offering $1,000pp on all long voyages, departing Papeete on Aranui Cruises’ 125-metre mixed freight and passenger vessel Aranui 5 between January and June 2023 (except the five-day Tuamotus cruise) with $2,000 off every twin-share cabin booked by 9 December 2022. Most of the discounted voyages are Aranui’s traditional 12-day roundtrip cruise from Papeete to the Marquesas, but for the first time, passengers can also save on two Discovery cruises to Pitcairn and the Cook Islands. 

Find out more at aranuicruises.com

Complimentary return flights with Cruise Traveller’s Unseen NZ cruise package

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Heritage Adventurer.

Cruise Traveller’s seven-night fly, stay and cruise Unseen NZ package departing 28 February 2023 includes a complimentary flight from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Queenstown and a six-night, round-trip small-ship cruise aboard Heritage Expeditions’ Heritage Adventurer. Priced from AUD$8750pp, twin-share with complimentary flights for bookings made by 31 October 2022.

Find out more at cruisetraveller.com.au/unseenNZ

Viking good deals on ocean and river cruising

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Geiranger Fjord, Norway.

Bag a bargain on Viking’s deals of the week. Offers include:

  • 36-day Grand Fjords & Iconic Viking Shores ocean cruise from Amsterdam to New York City from AUD$22,295pp twin-share, saving up to $2,800 per couple when booked before 31 October 2022.
  • 8-day Lyon & Provence river cruise from Lyon to Avignon from AUD$2,995pp twin-share cruise-only, saving up to $2,000 per couple when booked before 31 October 2022.

Find out more at vikingcruises.com.au

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