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PART A – 6 Star Cruise Lines: Currently I am able to only rate one Cruise Line in this very exclusive category - Silversea!

SILVERSEA CRUISES: This cruise line has the finest and the most intimate ships in the world! This is cruising for those who want to live in the style of a super luxury private super yacht! Silversea offers nothing but the very best! Silversea staff is trained to perfection and know how to serve and look after their guests, the Master of the ship and his senior officers will take the ships around the globe to fascinating ports not visited by large ships, and they will do this with complete safety using the finest technology and safety equipment available in the world today! Every single suite on board is a de luxe suite and all drinks are included throughout the voyage as well as many other extras including in room dinning some of the finest chef’s with cuisine to match in the ships various fine Restaurants. Therefore, if you are a connoisseur of cruising and you are looking for the ultimate cruise experience then Silversea is the company for you!

Silversea fleet Enter the pages covering the superb fleet of the Silversea five ships such as the ultimate of luxury the MV Silver Cloud & Silver Wind, MV Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Shadow.

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PART B - 6 Star Cruise Lines: This is an ever-growing list.

 

SCENIC OCEAN CRUISES: The Ultra-Luxury Mega Yacht the Scenic Eclipse will make her maiden voyage on August 31, 2018,

MV Scenic Eclipse There is the option for a second ship to be delivered in June 2019 and the Scenic Eclipse will join Scenic Group’s all inclusive luxury fleet of 21 River Cruise ships that sail throughout Europe, Russia and South East Asia! The Scenic Eclipse is 16,500 GRT, and accommodates just 228 guests having 114 luxury Suites each with a verandah, and the fare is completely all inclusive fare including full butler service for every passenger 24 hours per day! This will be the world most advanced, green and safest ship, as well as the best equipped, read this feature and discover why?

SEADREAM YACHT CLUB: Here is another recommended Luxury product. Why? This I believe is one of the finest cruise vacation experience in the world, it is as simple as that!

SeaDream Yachts SeaDream Yacht Club offers “Yachting and not Cruising” for it is a company that is totally unlike any other! It has just two superb sublimely luxurious small 4,333-ton Yachts that operate worldwide and those who love connoisseurs of cruising and travelling prefer these yachts due to their more relaxed style and the ultimate in personalised service. But what I hear most is “We love these Yachts for their relaxed atmosphere and they are never formal.” However, when on the beach, want some Caviar and champagne anyone? Well that is the SeaDream style of cruising and it is the ultimate of perfection of 6 Star small ship Cruising!

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THE YACHTS OF SEABOURN: Seabourn is a highly awarded luxury cruise line offering All-Suite accommodation and all inclusive fares!

Seabourn Yachts This greatly awarded Cruise Line offers five luxurious and intimate 6 Star All-Suite Yachts for those who demand nothing but the very best! Two of the ships are known as the Intimate Yachts, which are 10,000-tons each, whilst the newest three are larger at 32,300-tons, yet all have a small guest occupancy and thus they retain that intimate atmosphere and a very high standard as is expected for a De luxe Cruise Line!

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Viking Ocean Cruises:

MV Viking Star Viking Ocean Cruises is a company that has been at the forefront of the ultimate luxury European, Eastern European, Egyptian and Asian River Cruising for many years. The company operates some 55 ships and just in the past year it has launched some 18 new ships and has a further 12 new ships on order and now three super luxury Six Star plus, 47,800 GRT Cruise ships; the MV Viking Star launched on June 23, 2014 and she will commenced cruising this year in 2015 to high acclaim! She will be joined in 2016 will be her identical sisters the MV Viking Sea and the Viking Sky.

Celebrity Cruises:

MV Celebrity Solstice Page One is an Introduction to Celebrity Cruises covering the fleet, then Page Two has the Celebrity Century, whilst Page Three will cover the Celebrity Solstice.

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PART D – 5 Star Cruise Lines:

Holland America Line: This is my favourite overall Cruise Company in addition HAL is one of the most awarded Cruise Company ever! Holland America is famed for having “The Spotless Fleet” and having been operation for well over 140 years! In addition, unlike the vast majority of ships around the world, including British ships that are registered in ports of convenience, HAL ships have and will always be registered in Rotterdam Holland the place where the company was born! This deluxe 5 Star Line gives the very best that is on offer and HAL known for out doing almost every other cruise company! For the 2015/16 summer season the ms Noordam will make her maiden call to Sydney Australia - more below!

Holland America Line History This is the new and updated version and it covers the history of Holland America Line HAL and it looks at a number of their superb luxury cruise ships from, well the rather simple chartered ship in 1872, because their new liner SS Rotterdam (I) had been delayed, to the great SS Nieuw Amsterdam of 1938, and the spectacular SS Rotterdam V. Thus the first page covers 1872 to 2000, when the Rotterdam was laid up by Premier Cruises, then named Rembrandt! Page Two, coverers the ships from 1993 to the ship due in 2015!

ms Koningsdam Holland America Lines brand new Pinnacle Class ship that will be just over 99,500-tons is due for delivery in February 2016 and she will be one of the most exciting ships and what is described an internal work of art! This feature contains only pre-release artist impressions, but it delivers a great insight of what if to come!

ms Noordam The 82,500-ton ms Noordam will arrive in Sydney on October 25, 2015 and commence her maiden season of Holland America’s Sydney based cruises around the Pacific and New Zealand. These cruises have been operated for many years by the popular smaller ship the ms Volendam, then by the two sister ships, the ms Volendam and Zaandam. Then they were replaced by the much larger 82,000-ton ms Oosterdam however the Volendam continues to cruise around Australia and South-East Asia annually! But now the superb Noordam will operate the popular Holland America service, for they have proven to be one of the very finest cruise companies on the market, offering great value and Five Star Luxury Plus! This is my top recommendation!

ms Oosterdam This 82.000-ton cruise ship that operates in Australian and New Zealand waters annually during the summer months. View her interiors and superb accommodations. She is a 5 Star value for money ship and I cruised on the Oosterdam in February 2013 and although I prefer the smaller of the Holland America ships, but the Oosterdam proved to be an excellent ship in every possible way and she could not be faulted!

ms Oosterdam 2013, my Review I decided to take cruise on the ms Oosterdam in February 2013 and having completed our voyage around New Zealand I wrote this five page review that has countless photographs for you to discover of this amazing ship. The only fault I found of her was that she was somewhat too big for me, but that was a personal problem as I have walking difficulties these days.

ms Oosterdam 2014 Review I have commence a new Pacific Cruise Review based on my 14-day cruise from Sydney December 5 to the 19th. Due to current health reason, I am slowly adding parts of this review and Page One is almost completed. Thus it is wise to check this interesting review, which is very different to all others, on a regular basis. I can say here that Holland America and the ms Oosterdam provided a superb cruise experience and although she is far too big for me, she is a beautiful ship on the interior!

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PART E - 5 to 4 Star Cruise Lines:

Cunard Line:

Queen Mary 2 Explore the three of the great Queens of the Sea, Queen Mary 2 but this is a brand new feature revealing her after her 2016 massive refurbishment that cost 177 Australian Dollars, making her an even superior ship than ever before!

Queen Victoria Next are the two sisters the Vista Class ships; MV Queen Victoria and the last of the trio built the MV Queen Elizabeth!

Queen Elizabeth

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Star Clippers:

Royal Clipper Come and discover some of the finest and some of the most refined interiors imaginable and all that on a 5,061-ton luxury sailing yacht Royal Clipper. She accommodates just 226 passengers in glamorous style. The ship has an elegant three-deck atrium that graces the heart of the vessel and it is located directly above her Restaurant on Commodore Deck. Cuisine on Star Clippers is famed to be the very best anywhere and all reports I have received over the years on this ship and the other clippers, it just cannot be faulted!

Part F - 4 Star Cruise Lines:

Princess Cruises:

MV Majestic Princess This grandiose 144,216 Gross Registered Ton ship is the very latest cruise ship to enter into service for Princess Cruises on March 31, 2017, and she is the third of the acclaimed “Royal-Class” of ships to be completed. She accommodates some 3,560 guests in twin bedded configuration and has a crew of 1,346. The Majestic Princess will head for Australia, and be based in Sydney during the “austral summer season” from September 15, 2018 through to March 2019, making her the largest Princess ship ever to be based in Australia. She feature more dining options that any of their other ships, and her features are so vast, it will take some time to explore this wonderful ship! Read this two page feature for many of her details.

MV Diamond Princess The Diamond Princess is one of Princess’ larger cruise ships at 115,876-tons, but thankfully not as huge as the two monster ships like the MV Royal Princess and Regal Princess that are a huge 142,700-tons and carry around 5,000 passengers and crew. The Diamond Princess is by far a more refined ship, for those who like big ships and she has the more classical features with fine lounges and six main included dinning rooms as will as the Pizzeria, and the Grill and Ice Cream bar, whilst then there are three fine optional Restaurants! There are many photographs and Page Two has her deck plan.

MV Golden Princess The wonderful 108,865 ton MV Golden Princess is already a much loved cruise ship and she is without a doubt an elegant and a fashionable ship designed and thus she is perfect for the modern area. She will be sailing from Australian ports together with her sisters the Emerald and the Diamond Princess together with the smaller trio, the Sea, Sun and Dawn Princess. There will be exciting itineraries to many of your favourite ports in the South Pacific, New Zealand, Asia, as well as the United States and the ever popular annual Around the World voyages! Page Two has the ships deck plan and her accommodations in detail!

The Sun Class Ships This feature covers the delightful the Sun Class Ships, the MV Sun, Sea and the ex Dawn Princess now the refurbished P&O Cruises Pacific Explorer. Each of these ships are around 77,500-tons and accommodate 1,900 passengers and have a crew of 900, and they are based in Sydney, Brisbane as well at various times in other cities, such as Melbourne and Fremantle (Perth), etc. The feature contains many photographs as well a page with a Deck Plan.

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P&O World Cruises (UK):

MV Aurora The superbly built MV Aurora, completed in 2000 and I joined her maiden World Voyage in 2001 is an excellent ship! However in December 2014 she will receive a 26 million pound refit and this will see her beautifully upgraded to an even better ship! Includes my thoughts of my voyages in brief and countless photographs!

P&O UK Cruise Ships A complete review of all the P&O ships, complete with photographs of each ship!

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Part G - 4 to 3 Star Cruise Lines:

MSC Cruises:

MV MSC Seaside MSC Seaside is a brand new class of ship for MSC Cruises, and she is the first of the aptly named “Seaside Class.” The 154,000-ton, 5,179-passenger ship is the first of two, and the second will be named MSC Seaview and will be launched in June 2018. There is an option for a third of the class in 2021, and should be launched in December 2017. Significantly the MSC Seaside will also be christened and home ported year-round in Miami, underlining the European-based cruise line’s commitment to the American market. MSC Seaside will also be the first MSC ship to be given an English name. The Seaside Class is part of the privately owned Italian line’s €9 billion fleet expansion plan that will allow the company to double its capacity by 2026, with a number of even larger ships on order. Each of the Seaside Class ships will be built at Italy’s Fincantieri shipyards, and they will have a massive 463,000 square feet of public space, encompassing panoramic elevators with ocean views, side catwalks with suspended glass floors, a giant aqua park and a low-level outdoor promenade filled with shops, bars and alfresco dining. MSC Seaside will also offer the largest ratio of outdoor space of any cruise ship at sea. The Seaside Class are the largest cruise ships ever built in Italy. She will operate 7-night cuisse of the Caribbean from Miami including visits to MSC’s own “Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve” which has been leased from the Bahamas for 100 years, and it has a pier and a berth, as well as shops, restaurants and Bars, with entertainment spread over the Island, as well as a Yacht Club!

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Aranui Cruises - Tahiti:

MV Aranui 5 Although the popular current passenger-freighter, the MV Aranui 3 has been successfully operating for 12 years, but in January 2016 the all new luxurious MV Aranui 5 will offer well over five times the number the private balcony staterooms than the older ship, in fact 60 out of her 103 suites and staterooms will have a balcony. Her public rooms, dining facilities and recreational facilities are both luxurious and offer the very best of French and international cuisine as well as offering ample deck space, a swimming pool, a gym as well as anything a full cruise ship can offer! Enter my new feature and be amazed at these tropical voyages from Papeete sailing to countless ports and small villages around the remote Tuamotu and Marquesas archipelago’s. Highly recommended!

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P&O Cruises (Australia):

Please Note: Whilst P&O Cruises Australia in the past having been rated 3 Stars, however with the arrival of the MV Pacific Aria & Pacific Eden, previously the 5 Star Holland America Lines ships ms Ryndam & Statendam (respectively). These two ships deserve a higher status! They had a remarkable transformation, which was a brand new look for P&O Cruises and it will soon be carried throughout the fleet!

MV Pacific Aria can now be classified as 4 Star ships!

MV Pacific Aria Reviews:

Pacific Aria Review 1: I will call this my Official Cruise Review on the Pacific Aria based on my Papua New Guinea cruise, ex Brisbane February 10, 2017. This five-page feature has a two-page review of the ship covering her faculties, dining venues, entertainment, as well as her Pools and outdoor spaces, sports facilities and her excellent accommodations, etc. There is also a Deck Plan. This is followed, by a two-page feature entitled “The Papua New Guinea Experience.” This covers the Ports and Islands visited, with relevant details and many colourful photographs. This is followed by an additional page “The PNG Experience Photo Album.” Online very SOON!

. Having read the PNG Cruise Review, should you wish to do so, now or at another time, visit the August review of our 18 Day South Pacific Cruise in August 2016.

Pacific Aria Review 2 This covers my 18 Day South Pacific Island Cruise Review on the delightful MV Pacific Aria, which departed Brisbane on August 15, 2016, and returned to Brisbane on September 2. This is a multi page review and it contains a comprehensive “Deck by Deck Exploration of the Ship” covering every public venue and facilities, and it is complete with countless photographs!

. Please Note: I travel as always in a suite and at my own expense just like this, and my other maritime websites are also 100% non commercial. Therefore all my reviews are completely without any bias and totally honest!

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PART H – 3 Star Cruise Lines:

P&O Cruises (Australia):

With the MV Pacific Aria now listed as a 4 Star Cruise Ship, we know that the Dawn & Explorer will follow the trend!

 

MV Pacific Explorer The MV Pacific Explorer will join the P&O fleet in June 2017 and become the companies flagship, until the new addition of the 114,147 ton ex Carnival cruise ship will be refurbished and come into service in 2019. But, the Pacific Explorer is already well known to Australian’s for currently she is the Dawn Princess she will receive a massive refit in Singapore, making her an amazing looking ship! This feature contains two pages including her Deck plan, etc.

MV Pacific Dawn’s Refit The Pacific Dawn has undergone a massive makeover in February/March 2017 and she has become much like a new style of cruise ship, with exiting new venues in many ways styled on those found on the exiting Pacific Aria. Similar features and venues will also be installed aboard the Pacific Explorer.

MV Pacific Jewel Although externally identical to the Pacific dawn, but internally they are completely different and have their own identity! Spacious cabins, many with interconnecting rooms, fine lounges, but no huge Dome, like on the Dawn. But, she has become a very popular ship in the Southern market, such as Sydney and also for cruisers from Melbourne!

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Aranui Cruises - Tahiti:

MV Aranui 5 Although the popular current passenger-freighter, the MV Aranui 3 has been successfully operating for 12 years, but in January 2016 the all new luxurious MV Aranui 5 will offer well over five times the number the private balcony staterooms than the older ship, in fact 60 out of her 103 suites and staterooms will have a balcony. Her public rooms, dining facilities and recreational facilities are both luxurious and offer the very best of French and international cuisine as well as offering ample deck space, a swimming pool, a gym as well as anything a full cruise ship can offer! Enter my new feature and be amazed at these tropical voyages from Papeete sailing to countless ports and small villages around the remote Tuamotu and Marquesas archipelago’s. Highly recommended!

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Carnival Cruises:

MV Carnival Spirit The 88,500-ton Carnival Spirit is aimed at fun-loving Australians who are seeking an active, vibrant cruise vacation that has a broad diversity of on-board choices of entertainment, sports, pools and of course heaps of bars. The Carnival Spirit certainly offers huge outdoor areas for fun, including the 22-metre corkscrew water slide, as well as not just one or two; no there are four swimming pools on the Carnival Spirit. Then there is a miniature golf course, a jogging track and a sport court. Passengers have their choice of 16 lounges and bars, including the massive 1,170-seat three deck high Pharaoh’s Palace Theatre. This is the ideal ship for a family vacation, but not recommended for those who are looking forward to a restful cruise vacation, for like P&O Australia Carnival Cruises tend to be raucous ships and certainly not to my taste!

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Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV UK):

MS Marco Polo There is a brand new feature online that provides a general overview of the famed Classic Cruise Ship, the MS Marco Polo as she is today owned by the British Cruise Company “Cruise & Maritime Voyages” (CMV). This feature comes together with a Cruise Review by Mr. John Happs and His dear wife Hazel who cruised on her in June 2016 to Iceland and their thoughts are most enlightening, for it was their very first voyage on a Classic style, or as John said a; “Real Ship” ever! In the past they had only cruised on modern and large cruise ships.

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Coral Expeditions (Australia):

MV Coral Discoverer Coral Expeditions was established in 1983 and today is one of Australia’s most awarded “Expedition Cruise Operators.” The company was founded in Queensland, Australia and they were the first to operate environmentally sensitive cruises around the Great Barrier Reef. In 2016, a good thirty-three years later the fleet has grown from one to three fine vessels, that includes two 35-metre catamarans the Coral Expeditions I and Coral Expeditions II, and in 2005 the state-of-the-art flagship was completed in Australia, the magnificent MV Coral Discoverer. Coral Expeditions offers expedition cruises to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, the famed Kimberley region, Cape York and Arnhem Land, as well as exotic Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, the Islands of the South Pacific Tasmania, New Zealand and now as from 2016, South East Asia. Thus there is a range of cruises to amazing exotic Australian destinations in two superbly appointed vessels that operate in Australian waters, and the amazing SOLAS certified MV Coral Discoverer which covers Australia and sails far further afield!

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Captain Cook Cruises (Australia):

PS Murray Princess The PS Murray Princess is a genuine inland Paddlewheeler especially built in 1986 to sail along the great Murray River, and she certainly continues a great Australian character and that special charm of yesteryear. She is the largest inland Paddlewheeler located in, or operating in the southern hemisphere. This fine stern driven Paddlewheeler accommodates just 120 passengers in great comfort and she offers all the unique advantages of small ship cruising to the remarkable, if not one of the most beautiful river setting of Australia’s outback. She operates 3 and 4 night cruises in different directions, as well as a 7 night combined cruise from Mannum, South Australia.

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Reuben Goossens.

 

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