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Royal Caribbean offering deals on trans-continental voyages from Australia


Royal Caribbean is offering deals on repositioning cruises that depart Australia, including cruises to Hawaii and Singapore.

Offer is valid for new bookings made through February 27, 2016 on all Royal Caribbean voyages departing after 3 January 2016 onwards. Offer excludes all China sailings.

Qualifying cruises are eligible for

  • Up to 50% off the total fare of the second passenger who must be booked in the same stateroom as a first passenger who books at full fare. 
  • 50% Reduced Deposit is applicable to bookings made more than 70 days prior to the departure date (90 days prior to departure for holiday sailings).
  • Onboard credit for sailings on Royal Caribbean Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, Trans-Pacific and Asia Repositioning cruises departing between 03 January 2016 and 22 April 2017 will also receive
    • ​​Interior: US$200 per stateroom
    • Oceanview: US$200 per stateroom
    • Balcony: US$300 per stateroom
    • Suite: US$500 per stateroom

Buy One Get One Up To 50% off promotion is combinable with Standard pricing, Crown & Anchor discounts and Next Cruise offers only.  Offers are not combinable with Standard Group pricing, Cruisetour pricing or any other offer, promotion or restricted pricing including but not limited to: Air Offers, Flash/Mega Sales, Going Going Gone rates, Net rates, Closed User rates, Interline rates, Seniors rates, Military rates, Category Specials, Travel Agent rates, Friends and Family rates or Employee rates unless otherwise stated.

Royal Caribbean becomes newest sponsor of Australia's Got Talent


Royal Caribbean has announced a new partnership with one of Australia’s most popular TV programs, Australia’s Got Talent. 

The popular television show premiers tonight (February 1) in Australia on Channel Nine and celebrates the unique and brilliant talents of Australians from all walks of life.

Royal Caribbean is the major sponsor of Australia’s Got Talent’s “Wildcard” entries. Contestants who are not taken through to the semi-final by the celebrity judges can be voted back into the finals by viewers as Wildcards.

The winning Wildcard entrant will receive a cruise on Explorer of the Seas – Australia’s biggest, newest and most technologically advanced megaliner – plus Royal Caribbean will also offer one lucky Wildcard voter playing from home the chance to win a cruise for two on the same voyage: an 11-night cruise to New Zealand in April 2016, sailing roundtrip from Sydney and including return economy airfares.

“Royal Caribbean is incredibly proud of its world-class onboard entertainment so we’re thrilled to partner with one of Australia’s favourite television programs and showcase the very best of Aussie talent,” said Adam Armstrong, commercial director, Royal Caribbean International.

“We can’t wait to support Australia’s best talent. Explorer of the Seas is Australia’s newest and biggest cruise ship, packed with entertainment for all the family, so it’s a fitting prize for such an incredible competition,” he continued.

Australia’s Got Talent will premiere at 7.30pm on Channel Nine from Monday 1 February 2016.

Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas to be featured in new Australian television show


Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas will be featured in a new television show on the Nine Network in Australia as part of a new commercial partnership.

The one-hour primetime special, "Australia's Mega Cruise Ship" will show off Explorer of the Seas and will air on January 28 at 7:30pm in Australia.

The show will air on Nine Network and be hosted by Natalie Gruzlewski and will look at what a typical sailing offers its guests.

Gruzlewski will take guests into all corners of the ship, showcasing many of the stateroom categories and public features including the restaurants, theatre and Flowrider surfing simulator. Viewers will also check-in regularly with a family of four and an experienced cruise couple as they enjoy their real-life holidays, looking at many of the activities suited to each demographic.

Royal Caribbean Australia launches 5 day "Mega Ships Mega Sale"


Royal Caribbean is celebrating Australia Day by launching a new cruise sale for five days, the Mega Ships, Mega Sale, on sailings throughout Australia and the South Pacific.

Guests booking cruises on select sailings can pick from 'guarantee' staterooms (category Z, Y and X). The exact stateroom grade, number and location on the ship will be allocated at the discretion of Royal Caribbean International. 

The offer is valid on new bookings made between January 25 - 29, 2016 for the following ships

  • Explorer of the Seas voyages departing 14-Feb-16 & 21-Mar-16.
  • Legend of the Seas voyages departing 18-Feb-16 & 26-Feb-16.
  • Radiance of the Seas voyage departing 12-Mar-16.
  • Voyager of the Seas voyages departing 19-Feb-16, 27-Feb-16 & 05-Mar-16 only. 

Offer is applicable to Interior (category Z), Oceanview (category Y) and Balcony (category X) staterooms only.

Please ensure that promotion name ‘MegaSale’ is listed in the reservation at time of booking.

A limited number of staterooms are available at the prices shown. Once sold out, prices may be increased, withdrawn or further reduced without notice. Any eligible booking that is cancelled and then reinstated after 29 January 2016 will no longer be eligible for the promotion. Any booking that is modified after the promotion has ended will result in the loss of the promotion. Examples of changes that will result in the promotion being forfeited include, but are not limited to: change of ship, sail date, category booked, amending the travel agency ID or selecting an alternate price/promotion. 

Two Royal Caribbean cruise ships meet in Australia for first time


Two Royal Caribbean ships met for the first time in Sydney harbor for the first time recently.

Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas arrived to her new home in Sydney over the weekend, where she was "welcomed" by sister ship Voayger of the Seas.

The two ships brought almost 10,400 passengers and crew and almost $1.6 million into the Sydney economy in passenger spend on this one day alone.

“With over 10,000 people on board the two ships, it’s the equivalent of having the entire population of Byron Bay out on the harbour at one time,” said Adam Armstrong, commercial director, Royal Caribbean International.

Explorer of the Seas arrived in Sydney, concluding a 16-night epic Australia and New Zealand voyage from Fremantle, with guests from more than 30 countries onboard eager to witness the new ship’s maiden Sydney arrival. While Voyager of the Seas departs Sydney on a seven-night Tasmania sailing bound for her first port, Melbourne, on Monday.

“We’ve invested US$160 million in makeovers on both ships in recent years and the result is two spectacular cruise ships offering the biggest choice of incredible Australian-first features including ice skating rinks, exceptional dining options, Broadway-style shows, 3D cinemas, completely refreshed public spaces and staterooms, rock climbing walls, full size sports courts and the Royal Promenade - an indoor street running the length of the ship with shops, a cafe and bars.”

At 138,194 gross tons, 311 metres long and 38 metres wide, Explorer of the Seas takes the crown of Australia’s largest cruise ship from twin sister ship Voyager of the Seas.

During her five month season Explorer of the Seas will inject almost $44 million into the Australian economy including almost $41 million in Sydney in passenger spend alone.

Two Royal Caribbean cruise ships set for memorable meet in Sydney harbor


Royal Caribbean fans down under are going to want to get a good spot around Sydney harbor for the first meeting of two sister ships: Voyager of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas.

Photo by Jonathon VanHamlin

On Saturday, November 28,  Explorer of the Seas, Australia’s biggest cruise ship, make her maiden call to Sydney after an epic voyage from Southampton. Meanwhile, her slightly smaller sister ship, Voyager of the Seas, will greet her in Sydney Harbour at 6:30pm in a Historic Royal Harbour Rendezvous.

At 6:30pm the two Voyager Class megaliners will rendezvous in the Harbour near Fort Denison, treating locals a never-before-seen event.

If you happen to be in the area, Royal Caribbean recommends the following look-out spots

  • Bradley's Head (on Sydney's North Shore)
  • Cremorne Reserve (on Remorne Point)
  • Circular Quay
  • Royal Botanic Gardens (near Circular Quay)
  • Luna Park and North Sydney Swimming pool

Royal Caribbean Australia offering 72-hour cruise sale


Royal Caribbean Australia is offering guests a 72 hour sale that promises great rates on Australian cruises.

The 72-hour sale is valid on

  • Explorer of the Seas voyages departing 16-Dec-15, 17-Jan-16 & 28-Jan-16
  • Radiance of the Seas voyages departing 15-Dec-15 & 07-Jan-16 
  • Voyager of the Seas voyage departing 30-Jan-16 only

New bookings must be made within the 72 hour sale period of Tuesday 17 November 2015 10:00am AEDT – Friday 20 November 2015 09:59am AEDT.

This sale only applies to Interior (category Z) and Balcony (category X) staterooms.  72 Hour Sale is based on 'guarantee' staterooms (category Z, Y and X). The exact stateroom grade, number and location on the ship will be allocated at the discretion of Royal Caribbean International.


Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas on her way to Australia


Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas is on her way to Australia, where she will soon be the largest cruise ship to sail in that region.

Photo by Raul Soler

Explorer of the Seas departed Southampton, England today and will sail for 42 days through Europe and via Dubai, India and Asia before arriving in Perth, Australia on November 13.

Once Explorer of the Seas arrives in Perth, she will offer a 16-night itinerary around the southern half of Australia and New Zealand, before arriving at her new homeport of Sydney on November 28.

On that same day, sister ship Voyager of the Seas will be in Sydney harbor as well and both ships will be present to meet for what is sure to be a great photo opportunity.

Explorer of the Seas arrives in Australia just months after receiving a multimillion dolar makeover back in April.  She features a number of new additions and improvements including

  • FlowRider surf simulator
  • New restaurants
    • Chops Grille
    • Giovanni's Table
    • Izumi
  • two new bars
  • Virtual balcony staterooms
  • Panoramic staterooms
  • Complete refresh of all public spaces and staterooms

Royal Caribbean launches new contest in Australia to give away a free cruise on Legend of the Seas


Royal Caribbean is celebrating the arrival of Legend of the Seas to Australia with a new contest, where guests can enter to win a 2-night getaway cruise on Legend of the Seas.

The grand prize is a 2 night sampler cruise for two people in a Balcony stateroom on Legend of the Seas departing Brisbane on 8 December 2015.

Part of the contest asks entrants in 25 words or less, to nominate a legend in their life and tell Royal Caribbean what makes them legendary.

The contest is only open to Australian residents aged 18 years or over. Submissions are open beginning Wednesday 23 September 2015 and closes at 11:59PM AEST on Sunday 11 October 2015.

Entrants are limited to one (1) per person in accordance with the entry requirements. 

Five lucky winners will be selected and the winner's names will be posted to the Royal Caribbean Australia and New Zealand Facebook Page at

Royal Caribbean considering Botany Bay as new Australia homeport


Royal Caribbean is poised to move its home port in Australia from Sydney Harbor to Port Botany as a way to get around the cruise ship overcrowding issue in Sydney.

Photo by ebroh

Cruise Critic reports that Royal Caribbean regional vice president Asia Pacific, Gavin Smith, believes Port Botany was "more commercially confident" of a solution because of a drop in traffic at Port Botany.

Syndey Harbor has been the homeport for Royal Caribbean ships but the fact there is only one berth that can handle mega-sized cruise ships means Royal Caribbean needs more options.  

If Port Botany was selected as homeport, Royal Caribbean ships would leave Port Botany at 4pm and then sail into Sydney Harbor at around 6pm to give a great view of the city before heading out to sea.

Earlier this month Royal Caribbean had expressed interest in having ships leave from Wollongong, but according to Smith it does not make sense to split the ships across multiple ports.