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Cruise’n’Travel Journalist / Cruise Reviewer
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Please Note: Cruise-Australia is a non-commercial and privately owned cruise site and it is NOT associated with any cruise company or travel agency! Although the author has been in the passenger shipping industry since 1960 and is currently semi-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.
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Holland America Line … This is the new and updated Page One of a new feature created late February 2013, and it covers the history of Holland America Line and it looks at a number of their superb luxury 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 this page covers 1872 to 2000, when the Rotterdam was laid up by Premier Cruises, then named Rembrandt! Page Two, covering 1993 to 2015 will be online soon!
-News Updates …
Rotterdam … R-Class Please Note: the ms
Rotterdam page has been newly created in March/April 2013, and now has 3 pages.
I love the
The delightful 60,000-ton ms
R-Class The superb
Volendam - Cruise Review … With the author having sailed on the superb
… R-Class The sister to the
ms Amsterdam Ship Review … The author was onboard the ms
ms Prinsendam … The Explorer The “Elegant World Explorer” and after recent refurbishments she is even better! This is the ultimate in style and elegance and she is the Word Explorer of the company. I highly recommend this ship!
Oosterdam … V-Class This
82.000-ton cruise ship operates in Australian and
ms Oosterdam Cruise Review … The author sailed on the Holland America Line (HAL) ms Oosterdam on a 14 day cruise from Sydney (Feb 6, 2013) to Auckland and wrote this comprehensive four page review, with many photographs covering the entire ship and every venue and Page Five has the complete Deck Plan! If you are thinking of sailing on this ship or one of her Vista class sisters, such as the; ms Noordam, Westerdam & Zuiderdam, it will give you a full understanding of these larger ships of the Holland America Line! However, every HAL ship does have its individual style of décor andmulti million dollar art collection, but those beautiful fresh flowers in all the public venues is a HAL signature to be found on all HAL ships! … V-Class.
Nieuw Amsterdam … S/V-Class This BIG new 68,700-ton accommodates 2,106 passengers providing more space
than other ships of her size. She is grand, but for me to big and I still
Please Note: The ms Oosterdam and Volendam arrive in Australia each year in October, whilst the Oosterdam remains in Sydney and operates cruises to the Pacific and new Zealand, the Volendam does a Circumnavigation of Australia and a expedition voyage to Singapore, and then commences a series of Asian cruises.
*HAL Class of ship: *S-Class = ms Statendam, Maasdam, Ryndam & Veendam. R-Class = 61,000-ton - ms Rotterdam, Volendam, Zaandam & Amsterdam. V-Class = 83,000-ton ms Zuiderdam, Oosterdam, Westerdam, Noordam. Note: These 8 ships are my personal favourites, for they are the perfect size and have just the right numbers of passenger, and this is perfect to the passenger to crew ratio!
Z S/V-Class – a Signature Class, which is an
SeaDream Yacht Club: *This is author’s Number One recommended Ultra Luxury product. Why, it the finest vacation experience in the world, it is as simple as that!
SeaDream Yachts … SeaDream Yacht Club offers “Yachting, not Cruising” for it is a company that is totally unlike any other! It has two superb luxurious small 4,333 ton Yachts that operate world wide and those who are connoisseurs of cruising and travelling prefer these Yachts due to their relaxed style and the ultimate in personalised service, yet these Yachts have a relaxed atmosphere and they are not formal.
SILVERSEA Cruises: This a cruise line, with the finest and intimate ships in the world! Every single room on board is a luxe suite and all drinks are includes throughout the voyage as well as many other extras. This is cruising for those who want to live in style and in the type of luxury of a private style yacht! Silversea offers nothing but the very best!
Silversea fleet … Enter three pages covering the superb fleet of the Silversea ships from the very newest the Silver Spirit to the two original ships built, the Silver Wind and Silver Cloud. In between there were was also the Silver Shadow and Silver Shadow. All the author can say is this, if you are a connoisseur of cruising and you are looking for the ultimate, Silversea is the company for you!
P&O Cruises Australia: Australia’s Number ONE Cruise Company!
P&O has proven to be good value for money, and I would sail with them and I
have many times, where I would not sail on a Carnival ship. I have always
enjoyed myself on P&O! My two favourite ships are the Pacific
Dawn … This magnificent
70,000-ton cruise ship departs year round from
Jewel … This
fine ship is based in
Pearl … NEW & Updated: The new
addition to the P&O Australia fleet will be in 2010, she has visited our
shores before as the P&O UK Arcadia, before that she was Princess
Cruises’ Star Princess. Before entering service she will be fully
P&O/Carnival News Updates … All the latest from Carnival Corporation & plc, which includes; P&O Cruises UK, P&O Cruises Australia, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, Cunard Line & Costa Cruises. P&O Australia could teach them a lesson when it comes to food and entertainment!!!
Celebrates 77 Years ... in December 1932, the elegant three
Aurora … Aurora 2006 Cruise Reivew. Having sailed on her maiden world cruise, there is
no doubt that
Oriana … 2005 World Cruise review. The author sailed on Oriana for 42 days, from
Carnival Spirit … This 88,500-ton ship will be the largest ship ever to be permanently based in Australia year-round and she will operate out of Sydney sailing 8 and 9 day cruises to New Caledonia, as well as 10 and 11 day cruise to New Caledonia and Vanuatu, and several itineraries of 12 day Pacific cruises as well as one 13 day cruise around New Zealand from Sydney and two departing Melbourne. She will have had a complete refit with a brand new exciting Water Park installed, which is said to be the most exciting at sea with thrill rides galore and a perfect ship for the family and the young at heart!!
Orion Expedition Cruises: This Company has Won Cruise-Australia’s “Best Cruise Company” in 2009”
Celebrity Cruises: One of the finest luxury cruise Lines operating larger cruise ships!
Celebrity Solstice … This is without a doubt the most
remarkable and the most advanced modern cruise ship in the world. This is a new
class of ship with innovations never seen before, she is certainly not a ship
like we used to know, and will not be liked by the genuine ship lovers, for the
truth is, she is a massive building, a hotel and a resort that happens to float
and take you to places. But, we have to admire the ingenuity that has gone into
this massive floating super luxurious hotel! She may not be my kind of ship,
but I come from another generation, for those who have discovered the new world
of cruising, she will be just “super!” Also visit Celebrity
Solstice - Page Two. This
ship will be heading for
MV Celebrity Century … This 70,606-ton luxury cruise ship is heading Down Under in 2011 & 2012, and a new page full of phorographs has been added online for your enjoyment! She will be followed up by the glamorous Solstice in 2012!
Rhapsody of the
… This 2,435 passenger French built 78,491 ton cruise ship
operates out of
*Some of the big complaints I have received about all RCI ships to date are that “They are too Americanised” – Also, the Menu will have steak and lobster featured, but you can only have it, IF you pay extra for it, only then you can have it! And they constantly push the optional extras! RCI is beginning to sound like Carnival. Or is Carnival becoming RCI?
RCI is very big on pushing “packages” on to you, as well as other “options” onboard and this commercialisation just goes on and on, throughout your cruise! Just what you need on a relaxing vacation?
Freedom of the Seas
… The 158,000 GRT (ton) Royal
Caribbean Cruises super cruise ships. Freedom of the Seas, was floated out at “
RCI – Oasis of the Seas … This is the first of the hideous GIANTS 220,000–ton Project Genesis ships that set sail mid in 2009, the second in the series, the Allure of the Seas set sail in 2010. Oasis ansd the Allure are the largest monster floating buildings ever to be built and they are certainly the most revolutionary whatever’s conceived. These hideous floating resorts accommodate a massive 6,400 people.
sorry, but RCI has gone too far, and has gone Ga Ga, or is it to
Cunard Line: The name says it all a great company with a long history! Although I loathe their exterior design, which is entirely American created by the American Carnival Corp, and they are known as the Vista Class of ships, and yes even the Queen Mary 2 is a large Vista class ship with a dummy rounded stern tacked on, to make her look more traditional, but like so much of the ship, it is all fake! Just look at those hideous black painted blackouts far forward that is supposed to represent open decks from a distance, pretending to be an older style ship, who is kidding who? But that is typically American!
a There is no doubt that these hideous looking ships do have beautiful and luxurious interiors, but does this make these overly formal and big ships suitable for everyone? No certainly not, although these ships are owned by the American carnival Plc, they are operated as the very traditional British Cunard Line ships, and thus they are extremely formal, meaning more formals than any other cruise line on the seven seas! And I do mean around 5 per week! Thus for most Australian’s and New Zealander’ Cunard may NOT be the best choice, for if you are onboard, and not dressed up to the English standard, that is a full dinner suit and proper black bow tie, and the ladies in an elegant long dress, believe me, the Brits can be extremely nasty and they will call you all sort of names, Australian’s will be things like “typical convicts.”! Or, “What can you possibly expect from a New sheeplander,” and other jibes!
Queen Mary 2
… The biggest of the
Queen Victoria … She is the second new
Queen and is slightly larger than the P&O UK’s
Queen Elizabeth … The Vista-Class Queen
Elizabeth has set sail and I saw her in
Seabourn Yachts … The intimate and luxurious Cruise Line for those who demand nothing than the best!
is the grand five masted all steel ocean going cruise ship that offers the
ultimate of luxury over four decks. There is no doubts that this is the
ultimate of ocean going experiences! Cruises operate in the
Princess Cruises Australia: Princess Cruises WAS my one favourite cruise company’s for many years and considering that I am an Elite (platinum) Captains Club member, I feel that I have been with them on a good number of cruises, thus my thoughts have always been more than fair! But sadly the Australian based Princess Cruises has sadly lost favour with me as well with so many of their regular & past passengers! The truth is Carnival has very much destroyed what was a perfectly good cruise company, and they will destroy their other companies as well; I have seen them infiltrate other companies, for suddenly these other companies are suddenly charging for things that have always been free. The problem with Carnival is this: The very name Carnival is this, it in reality spells just the following “PURE GREED” for the have lost their focus of looking after their guests! Our cruise on the Dawn Princess was simply a cruise from hell and we will NEVER cruise with them ever again!
I have been asked, “Will you ever sail with Princess again” – NO, NOT IF YOU PAID ME AND OFFERED ME THE FINEST SUITE ONBOARD!
Dawn Princess Cruise Review … I had removed this Dawn Princess 2009 World cruise review but have now returned it. Below are some of my thoughts, which will have to do and it says it all really! Sadly I have received many further emails over the past few years, especially from the 2011 around the world cruise, which obviously also did not go too well and she again suffered mechanical and other problems!
PS: The American run ships, such as the Diamond Princess, etc, are by far superior for they are managed by the Americans and not Carnival Australia and thus you will not be treated like a second class citizen as so many tell me they feel on the Sun and Dawn Princess compared with other Princess ships!
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