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With Reuben Goossens

Maritime Historian, Author & Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer

Please Note: Cruise-Australia and my other related maritime sites are 100% non-commercial and privately owned sites. Please be assured that I am NOT associated with any cruise company or any travel or cruise agency, etc! The author has been in the Passenger Shipping industry for over sixty years and although I am now retired, but I am delighted to continue to share my vast knowledge with those who love to take their vacation by sea! Thus I continue to write on worthy Cruise Companies and their wonderful ships, be these ships small or large in order to better to inform cruise and ship enthusiasts for their pleasure, but more so to ensure that you, my wonderful readers, will make the best-informed choice possible on which ship will be just right for you!


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Cruise Companies and their Ships

General details on each ship and the author’s thoughts.

PART A -   Star Cruise Lines: There is only rate one Cruise Line in this very exclusive category!

Silversea Cruises:

This is cruising for those who want to live in the exclusive style that is on offer on board the luxury private super yachts of Silversea, for this world renowned company 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 their 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 deluxe suite and all drinks are included throughout the voyage as well as many other extras including in room dinning with some of the finest chef’s officering exquisite 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! Comment: What can I say about the finest super luxury cruise company in the world, it is better than the other luxury cruise lines? Yes it is, as it offers better cuisine, better service, better suites, better public venues, more space per passenger, and not to forget the most amazing well planned itineraries, and what more could we possibly wish for? Highly Recommended!

Silversea fleet                  Enter the pages covering the beautiful ships operated by Silversea Cruises, including the MV Silver Wind, Silver Muse, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Shadow with the new Silver Moon to Arrive in 2010. Also included are the ships of Silversea Expeditions, which includes the MV Silver Cloud and the soon to arrive Silver Origin. (Please Note this feature is currently being updated!).


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


SeaDeam Yacht Club:

Here is another recommended Luxury product. Why? This I believe is one of the finest cruise vacation experiences in the world, and it is as simple as that!

Please Note: This feature is currently offline as it is being completely updated.

SeaDream Yacht Club        SeaDream Yachts offers luxury “Yachting for not Cruising” this is a very unique company that is completely unlike any other! SeaDream Yachts operates just two luxurious yet intimate style Yachts perfect for those who are connoisseurs of cruising and travelling prefer these yachts because of their relaxed style and the ultimate in personalised service. But what I hear most is “We love these Yachts for their luxury combined with a relaxed atmosphere and they are never formal.” However, when on the beach would you like some Caviar and Champagne? Well that is the SeaDream Yachts style of cruising and it is the ultimate of perfection of luxury small ship Cruising!

                                                    Comment: This is indeed a dream of a cruise company, the best anyone can possibly enjoy. Go on a SeaDeam Yachts experience and drift away on a Heavenly cruise and come back home completely enriched!


Scenic Ocean Cruises:

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? Comment: This is one of a kind exploration small ship, and without doubt the most advanced in the world, as well as the most luxurious! Do not miss this boat!


The Yachts Of Seabourn:

Seabourn is a highly awarded luxury cruise line offering All-Suite accommodation and an all inclusive fares!

Seabourn                            This much awarded Cruise Line offers luxurious and intimate 6 Star All-Suite ships for those who demand nothing but the best! All ships are spacious yet they tend to have relatively small guest occupancy, and thus they retain that special intimate atmosphere combined with a very high standard, as is expected from a luxury Cruise Line! Comment: Once you have paid your fare you will cruise in luxury and everything is included!

Seabourn Venture             NEW … This is Seabourn’s new luxury Expedition Ship due in June 2021, with her as yet un-named sister to follow a year later. This two page feature covers all her details and she will also feature two submarines. Page 1 also features ample interior images as well as details of her maiden series of voyages for 2021 & 2022, whilst Page 2 contains her Deck Plan.


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 in 2015 to high acclaim! She has been joined by her identical sisters the MV Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun, Viking Orion and the Viking Jupiter. You will find no Casino’s here nor any children as these are ultra luxury adult cruise & exploration ships! Comment: Let me just say that these luxury ships are simple perfection in every way possible. Highly recommended!

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. Comment: Celebrity offers a top of the line cruise and has done so for a very long time. Highly recommended!


PART D – 5½ Star Cruise Lines:

Holland America Line:

This is my personal favourite Cruise Company to sail with in addition Holland America Line (HAL) is also one of the most awarded Cruise Company’s! HAL is famed for having “The Spotless Fleet” and they have been in operation since 1873, thus to date (2019) for a good 146 years! In addition, unlike the vast majority of ships around the world, including British ships that are registered in ports of convenience, like the QM2 which is registered in Hamilton Bermuda, but HAL ships have and will always be registered in Rotterdam Holland the place where the company was born! This deluxe 5 ½ Star company gives the very best that is on offer and HAL known for out doing almost every other larger ship cruise company’s! The ms Noordam has made Sydney home from October to April annually, however the very popular Oosterdam is returning once again - 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 also looks at their earlier beginnings, from 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 and popular 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! But the story continues with many new builds well into the future!

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 all Luxury Plus! Comment: She is so very delightfully Holland America Lines and I loved this ship, but she is about to be replaced by her sister the Oosterdam. These ships are my top recommendations!

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 ½  value for money ship and I cruised on the Oosterdam in February 2013 and 2014, although I prefer the smaller of the Holland America’s ships, but the Oosterdam proved to be an excellent ship in every possible way and she could not be faulted! Comment: Did I love my two cruises on her and you can read my two reviews and you will discover that she was simply a fine ship and so much more, for she had great style and elegance, and the food was to die for, the service was beyond compare!

ms Oosterdam 2013 Review I decided to take a 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. At first, the only fault I found was that she was somewhat too big for me, but that was a personal problem as I have walking difficulties. But soon thereafter, I had to start using a scooter, thus problem solved! But now I must book a Suite with suitable disabled facilities.

ms Oosterdam 2014 Review … I have 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 Oosterdam crew provided a superb cruise experience and she is certainly a beautiful ship. However, in 2005 she will be replaced by the newer sister the ms Noordam and you will have noted a new feature on her above.


PART E - 5½ to 4½ Star Cruise Lines:

Cunard Line:

Queen Mary 2                     It is well known that she is certainly not my favourite ship, externally she is hideous, an enlarged Carnival Vista Class ship, which has a tacked on phoney rounded stern, black painted in pretend decks, attempting to make her look a little like the Grand Old Queen of the Ocean the RMS Queen Mary, but the QM2 is a fake! However internally she is indeed a deluxe floating hotel and offers the very best of everything at a big price of course. Also remember, when you sail with Cunard you join the British “Class” system, for there are three classes on board, pending on your accommodation, which will have you dinning in your separate Restaurant, The super luxury class dines in the Queen Grill, Luxury class in the Princess Grill (both on Deck 7), and the rest dines in the Britannia Restaurant at the bottom of the ship, although it is a big and a beautiful Restaurant! The Grill classes also have their own lounges and Bar as well as their private deck spaces, etc.

Comment: What you do need to know before you decide book on any Cunard cruise is that you better pack your tuxedo and dinner suits and cumber bands, and ladies your finest evening gowns and I do mean full length ones, not just a cocktail dress, as well as your finest jewellery, for believe me there will be diamonds, rubies, sapphires and pearls galore on a Cunard ship, as it is designed for the wealthy. Cunard has many formal nights every single week and they are compulsory. In fact if you are not dressed correctly, you are not permitted to enter the restaurant, or many public venues, if you did manage to get in, believe me, you will be soon shown the door! Also Note: When it is not formal it is semi formal, which means long trousers, collar and tie as well as a jacket, and ladies a cocktail dress is now suitable. But when in port, or on a fancy dress night or another casual entertainment night, it will be “smart casual” meaning slacks and an open neck shirt, and a casual dress. But, if three classes and all those formal and semi formal nights is not for you, just stay far away from joining a Cunard cruise!

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                 It has been announced that a fourth 113,000 ton Cunard ship is to be built and will be launched in 2022 and she will accommodate over 3,000 passengers. The ship is still un-named, but it will be Queen something that’s for sure!


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! Comment: This is cruising where dreams come true, as you sail under the sails, combined with the best of service, cuisine, and supreme venues and accommodations!

Part F - 4½ 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. Comment: So OK, hate the look of these boxes on water, but her Asian interior design was especially create for the Chinese market, and now she sails in Australia seasonally. Some tell me that they have enjoyed their cruise on her, but that she is far from their favourite Princess ship and will go back to the Golden or Diamond Princess.

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. Comment: Had a Mini Suite on her, very nice, but would have preferred a Suite. Sadly for some reason Princess refuses to cater for disabled passengers who prefer to only sail in a Suite, very poor show Princess, I will NOT be back, even though I am an ‘Elite’ Captains Club member. Otherwise, for everyone else, she is a great Ship.

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! Please Note: In 2020 after her major refit she will become P&O Cruises Australia Pacific Adventurer. Her sister the Star Princess will follow her to P&O in 2021, and she will be renamed Pacific Adventurer.

The Sun Class Ships          This feature covers the delightful the Sun Class Ships, the MV Sun and the Sea Princess. 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. Please Note: The Dawn Princess has left the fleet, but remain in this feature. Comment: Beware the very, and I do mean very small inside cabins, otherwise they are good ships. Also, this feature still features the Dawn Princess, but she was transferred to P&O Australia and is now the completely refurbished MV Pacific Explorer and is currently in service as well as being P&O’s flagship.


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! Comment: Enjoyed my Line voyage from Brisbane to Southampton and San Francisco to Sydney, great memories!

P&O UK Cruise Ships         A complete review of all the P&O ships, complete with photographs of each ship! Please Note: Sadly, the much loved MV Oriana has been sold to CTS or “China Travel Service” and COSCO, “China Ocean Shipping Company” and they have taken delivery of her in August 2019. V-Ships Leisure has been awarded the contract to handle both technical and her hotel operation management. The Chinese cruise trade has simply exploded over the last years!


The Majestic Line:

Comment: Andy Thoms and Ken Grant who have lived and sailed throughout the west-coast of Scotland and the many beautiful Islands and the many lochs, purchased two 1972 built, but laid up Irish timber hulled herring trawlers, one in 2004 and the second in 2017. Both were completely stripped and lovingly refitted into amazingly comfortable small-cruise-ships for just 11 guests maximum. In 2004 the M/V Glen Massan commenced to cruise the west-coast and Islands and the Lochs of Scotland and she was followed up in 2006 by the M/V Glen Tarsan. These two vessels were such a massive success not just because for the magnificent destination, but the superior cuisine served on board, with the freshest food, which passengers simply loved. The crew of four were acclaimed for their friendliness, knowledge and always being ready to call guests out on deck to see whales, porpoises, or other land based special views. All cabins have private facilities. Then in 2016 and 2019, two newly constructed steel hulled vessels joined the fleet the M/V Glen Etive and Glen Shiel respectively, these having additional facilities. Many repeat passengers tend to prefer the older vessels, but will sail on the new ships as they do operate on longer and new destinations.

Comment: I highly recommend “The Majestic Line” for it is an amazing cruise experience with a difference, and all past guests rate it 5-Star and as “one of their best cruise experiences ever!”.

The Majestic Line               A two page feature that contains an Introduction, the early ships the M/V Glenn Massan & Glen Tarsan. There is also a “Food & Dining on Board” feature, and a Cruise Review, including one from TV presenter June McDonald on Page One. Whilst Page Two covers the M/V Glen Etive & Glen Shiel and much more.


Part G - 4½ to 3½ Star Cruise Lines:

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 Papéeté sailing to countless ports and small villages around the remote Tuamotu and Marquesas archipelago’s. Comment: Highly recommended, but being French, but somewhat expensive!


P&O Cruises (Australia):

Please Note: Whilst P&O Cruises Australia in the past had been rated 3½ Stars, however with the arrival of the MV Pacific Aria which was previously a 5 Star Holland America Line ship the ms Ryndam. She had a most remarkable transformation and thanks to her massive success, the entire fleet has now received a similar upgrade and look, which has given P&O a brand new look and fee. Due to the fleet having been so beautifully refurbished as well as the arrival of the Pacific Explorer, ex Dawn Princess, and the arrival of the 108,865 ton Pacific Adventure, ex Golden Princess in 2020, combined with some fine tuning on board P&O has is now rated between 3 to 4½ Star rating pending the ship, Pacific Dawn is without a doubt the lowest rated ship, and far below the standard of all the other ships in the P&O fleet!

PS: There is one more Princess ship to join P&O Cruises Australia and that is the Star Princess which due to join the fleet by 2021, although we are awaiting her new name.

MV Pacific Aria Reviews:

Please Note: Myself and hundreds of Queenslanders I have spoken to whilst on the Pacific Dawn in June 2019, as well as the humongous amount of emails I have received, we are all very dissatisfied with P&O removing the Pacific Aria away from Brisbane. And in her place we are receiving the 23 year old Pacific Explorer, ex Dawn Princess, that has been refitted, but she is just another old ship like the very old Pacific Dawn, which is on her last legs, to say the least! In addition, Princess ships, do not cater, for travellers like myself who only sail in a wheelchair accessible Suites, for Princess cruises feels that the disabled obviously cannot afford them, well both they, Carnival and P&O are very wrong! ON Pacific Aria, Suite 10058 being the wheelchair accessible Suite is always sold at least a year in advance, and it is very hard to get, thus I book far in advance and tend to pay the highest price, but I have sailed on this fine ship countless times, and have just completed another PNG cruise in November 2019.

Reuben Goossens, the author.

Pacific Aria Cruise             This is my Cruise Review of the Pacific Aria and it is based on a 7 Night cruise departing Brisbane November 9, 2018, being one of the shortest cruises I have taken. Although short, it was the wonderful “Barrier Reef Discovery” cruise, and it was a sheer delight! This was my sixth cruise on the Aria and this time she had a new look, having had a partial refit!

                                                    Comment: Barrier Reef a great week away with pristine waters and perfect itinerary! The Pacific Aria is the best ship in the P&O fleet and receives the top ratings constantly!

Pacific Aria PNG Review    This is my official Papua New Guinea Cruise Review based on my cruise, ex Brisbane February 10, 2017. This five-page feature has a two-page review of the ship covering all of her faculties (as they were in 2017), dining venues, entertainment, as well as her Pools and outdoor spaces, sports facilities and her excellent accommodations, etc. As you will discover by the following, this is y second PNG cruise in 2017, for this review includes a very special two-page feature entitled “The Papua New Guinea Experience.” this feature is based on the ports visited during the first cruise undertaken ex Brisbane on February 10, 2017. There is also a Deck Plan. Comment: The PNG is a must do cruise!

Pacific Aria Bounty Adventure … This cruise review dates back to August 15, 2016, but it covers the Pacific Aria in detail, even though her dome has been refitted since then and her bow now has the Southern Cross draped (painted) over her bow.

Pacific Aria Refit Page       View just some of the refurbished features aboard the Pacific Aria.

Please Note: I travel as always in a suite and at my own expense. In addition;, and all my other maritime websites are also 100% non-commercial, as there is NO advertising, and NO favouritism to any company. Therefore all my reviews are without any bias and totally honest!


MV Pacific Explorer            The MV Pacific Explorer is P&O’s exciting new (well a 24 year old) cruise ship, which joined the fleet in June 2017 and she became P&O’s flagship, and she will be until the arrival of the 114,147 ton MV Pacific Adventure in 2020. However, the Pacific Explorer is already well known to Australian’s for she was the Dawn Princess she received a massive refit in Singapore, making her an amazing looking ship! This feature contains two pages including her Deck plan, etc. It has also been announced, that her sister, the Star Princess will also join the fleet late in 2021, and her name will be released later. Details are on this page. Comment: She is P&O’s newest (23 year old) ship and I have received a few positive reviews on her, but also some poor ones, due to her having the smallest and I do mean (VERY, YERY SMALL) indoor cabins of any cruise ship anywhere! I sailed on her when she was the Dawn Princess on an around the word cruise Sydney/Sydney, then we continued on to Brisbane, a total of 106 nights, and I saw these cabins and they are terrible! I rated then 1 out of 10. Comedians always made jokes about these cabins, “are you living the life in your broom closets.”

MV Pacific Adventure        P&O’s first 114,147 Ton Grand Class cruise ship, where guests will be at the leading edge of a global revolution when P&O Cruises Australia welcomes its first “Ocean Medallion” enabled ship, the Pacific Adventure in October 2020. A much better ship than the Explorer!

Comment: But as far as cabins is concerned, the Pacific Aria has the best cabins in the entire P&O Fleet as even an inside cabin has a lounge area with sofa and an table yet P&O is getting rid her, try and work that out. But, is it that their thinking is more related to that they do not sell enough booze on her as it has a slightly more senior clientele, Carnival/P&O prefer their ships to be filled with gamblers, losers and drunks as their spend far more money, and Carnival just loves your money!


Carnival Cruises:

MV Carnival Spirit             The 88,500-ton Carnival Spirit is aimed at what os called by Carnival “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. As the promo goes … 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. As you will have gathered Carnival Cruises is not recommended for those who are looking forward to a restful cruise vacation, for Carnival Cruises tend to be raucous ships and certainly not to my taste! Comment: “Fun-loving Australians”, means that it is OK if you like being over run by countless screaming kids, and drunken idiots who tend to annoy passengers all over the ship. Comment: Carnival is certainly not my style cruising. I give it a 3 Star Rating, but others love it.

MV Carnival Splendor …            She is due to arrive in Sydney in December 2019, and she will be the newest Carnival cruise ship to be based in Australia. The 113,300 ton ship will be home-ported year-round in Sydney and she has a capacity for 3,700 passengers on her 14 decks. The Carnival Splendor is undergoing a refit and its new giant Water Park will cost $250,000 and it will be even more thunderous the one known as the “Green Thunder” on board the Carnival Spirit. And for all those who are Water Park fans, believe me this is big news indeed. The New Water park towers a massive 50 meters above the waterline, being the height of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and its name will be “Green Lightning” and as you enter it will launch you with an impressive 11.3-metre free-fall drop as the capsule floor opens, followed by a slingshot curve, twisting and what will seem like never ending sliding twists and turns and then into a giant green swirling bowl. Further details will follow as they come to hand. (To be completed soon).


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. Comment: A true stylish classic gem indeed and every one who has sailed on her has simply loved this unique ex liner!


Coral Expeditions (Australia):

Coral Expeditions             Brand new multi-page feature is now online, covering all of “Coral Expeditions” remarkable four small expedition ships! Coral Expeditions” was established in 1983 and today this company has become one of Australia’s most awarded “Expedition Cruise Operators.” The company was the first to operate environmentally sensitive cruises around the Great Barrier Reef. Then in 2005 it operated its first ocean going small-cruise ship named the “Coral Discoverer”, which received a comprehensive refurbishment and partial rebuild in 2016 and she continued to operate cruises around the Kimberley’s, to New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Indonesian Island, etc. Then in 2019 a brand new 5,599-tonne ship joined the fleet named “Coral Adventurer”. Thus Coral Expeditions are able to offer expedition cruises to the World Heritage-listed “Great Barrier Reef” on their popular ship the Coral Expeditions II, and on their ocean going ships to 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, South East Asia and Indian Ocean cruises and so much more. The three larger ships are all SOLAS certified, and the Coral Discoverer, Adventurer and Geographer have active stabilisers. Comment: Coral Expeditions” is Cruise-Australia’s N° One Small Cruise Operator of 2019!


Captain Cook Cruises (Australia):

PS Murray Princess            The wonderful PS Murray Princess is a genuine inland Paddle Wheeler 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 Paddle Wheeler located in, or operating in the southern hemisphere. This fine stern driven Paddle Wheeler 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. Comment: She is the best cruise on the Murray!


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! Comment: This is a very different style ship I admit, but over the years, I have received so many complaints re this company as well as Costa Cruises!


Please Note: Cruise-Australia and its associated pages are 100% non-commercial and privately owned cruise sites and are NOT associated with any cruise company or travel agency! Although the author has been in the passenger shipping industry since 1960 and is retired, but continues to write cruise and ship reviews and articles in order to better to inform cruise and ship enthusiasts and provide information for those intending a cruise in the future.

Bon Voyage!

Reuben Goossens.


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