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Summer on Royal Caribbean

This coming summer cruise season, Australians can expect big fun in the South Pacific on Explorer of the Seas and Voyager of the SeasRoyal Caribbean’s newly revitalised twin sister ships that are dedicated to sailing Pacific itineraries all summer long, writes John Pond. 

Summer cruise itineraries will whisk guests away to idyllic destinations like Mystery Island and Port Vila in Vanuatu, and Noumea, Isle of Pines and Lifou (Loyalty Islands) in New Caledonia, there will even be two Fiji overnight calls, when Explorer of the Seas stays the night in Suva during her repositioning voyages between from Australia to Seattle.

Royal Caribbean’s Voyager Class pioneered the interior promenade in cruise ship design, allowing interior staterooms to look down on to an indoor street lined by cafes, shops and bars, where colourful characters from much loved movies like Shrek and Madagascar light up the night with family parades and shows.

Royal Caribbean is known as an innovator, and for good reason, says Adam Armstrong, Managing Director for Royal Caribbean International in Australia and New Zealand.

“Since we arrived in Australia some eight years ago, we’ve been delivering Australians with the style of cruising they had previously been travelling overseas for. With two Voyager Class megaliners now sailing from Sydney, there’s double the opportunity to cruise on Australia’s most feature-packed ships, and double the fun,” Armstrong concluded.

Voyager and Explorer of the Seas boast a range of accommodation options, such as interconnecting staterooms and luxurious, multi-room suites, as well as the new panoramic family staterooms that offer all the benefits of an apartment, including floor-to-ceiling windows and a separate bunk room for the kids.

When parents and grandparents are looking for some downtime, the award-winning kids club program, Adventure Ocean, offers a range of age appropriate activities and spaces that kids can call their very own. Included in the fare, Adventure Ocean groups range from Aquanauts (aged three to five years old), Explorers (six to eight) and Voyagers (nine to eleven). Tweens and teens have their own spaces too, including a dedicated night club. Babies aged 6-18 months can attend the Royal Babies and Tots playrooms, where trained youth staff, together with parents, oversee learning and play sessions. In-room babysitting services are available for a small fee.

Fares for a seven night roundtrip sailing on Voyager of the Seas start from AUD$849 per person, twin share, departing Sydney 1 November 2016 and including calls to Noumea and Isle of Pines in New Caledonia.

Visit Royal Caribbean website for details.