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Kimberley Cruise Tips
Cruising the Kimberley is an experience that features highly on bucket lists, whether it's a Kimberley coast cruise, taking a smaller ship down shallow rivers or a cruise and land combination. This untouched wilderness area, in Australia's north-western corner, covers more than 423,000 sq. km. From thundering waterfalls and dramatic tidal flows, to saltwater crocodiles, mighty boab trees and red plains that seem to stretch on forever, there are incredible sights (and photo opportunities) at every turn. As one of the first parts of the globe to be inhabited thousands of years ago, the region also has great cultural significance and extensive Aboriginal rock art. Unfortunately, the other thing that is incredible about cruising the Kimberley is the price -- you won't get much change from $10,000 per person, with luxurious trips costing even more. But for those who can afford it, a Kimberley cruise will not disappoint.
10 Reasons to Cruise Across the Ditch With Princess Cruises’ Overland Tours
Australians heading to New Zealand with Princess Cruises can now take advantage of its expanded shore excursion program of overland journeys, including the opportunity to spend a night off the ship. With so many new land and sea tours of Australia and New Zealand available, the cruise line’s Across the Ditch program has exclusive Princess land tours such as an industry-first trip from Tauranga to Great Barrier Island. Princess Cruises off-the-beaten-path excursions give passengers the chance to stargaze while listening to Māori legends, to learn about sustainable living at a farming co-operative or to visit heritage sites with a local expert. Here are 10 reasons why Princess Cruises could be the right choice for you in New Zealand.
Cruise Supplies: The Longest Shopping List in Australia
A cruise shopping list is very long and unpredictable. Just ask Jeremy Goodman, P&O Cruises' Director of Supply Chain, who oversees the supplies for local P&O, Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Cunard and Seabourn ships. From working on product development to ensuring there is always enough toilet paper onboard, there is no task too big or too small for Goodman and his hard-working team. We asked him what it’s like managing one of the world’s longest shopping lists.
Best Time to Cruise
It's one of the most common cruising questions: When is the best time to cruise Alaska, Australia, the Caribbean, Canada/New England, Hawaii, Europe or the South Pacific? The answer depends on many variables. Fall foliage enthusiasts, for instance, will find September and October the best time to take that Canada/New England cruise, whereas water sports-lovers (and families) much prefer to sail the region in the summer when school is out and temperatures are warmer for swimming. The best time to cruise to Alaska will vary depending on your preferences for viewing wildlife, fishing, bargain-shopping, sunshine, warm weather and catching the northern lights. For most cruise regions, there are periods of peak demand (high season), moderate demand (shoulder season) and low demand (low season), which is usually the cheapest time to cruise. High season is typically a mix of when the weather is best and popular travel periods (such as summer and school holidays). However, the best time to cruise weather-wise is usually not the cheapest time to cruise. The cheapest time to cruise is when most travelers don't want to go because of chillier temperatures or inopportune timing (too close to holidays, the start of school, etc.). But the lure of cheap fares and uncrowded ports might make you change your mind about what you consider the best time to cruise. As you plan your next cruise, you'll want to take into consideration the best and cheapest times to cruise and see what jibes with your vacation schedule. Here's a when-to-cruise guide for popular destinations.
New Zealand Cruise Tips
Australia and New Zealand might be close Pacific neighbours but they definitely aren’t the same. New Zealand has its own distinct offerings that cannot be compared to Australia's. If you've seen the breathtaking, sweeping vistas portrayed in blockbuster movies like "Lord of the Rings," you won't be disappointed; this is where they were filmed. New Zealand’s thriving arts scene, stunning natural beauty, rich indigenous culture, and fine food and wine makes it one of the South Pacific's most diverse and enjoyable destinations to explore by ship. New Zealand really does offer something for everyone. The early Polynesian inhabitants called New Zealand "Aotearoa," which means "The Land of the Long White Cloud." Ever since European traders and whalers arrived in the late eighteenth century, it has retained a reputation for being ruggedly beautiful and mysterious, a land of geysers and glaciers that brings together a pleasing fusion of Maori and British cultures. The country is neatly packaged up in two halves. The North and South islands are separated by the Cook Strait, which is just more than 19 kilometres wide at its narrowest point. The North Island is more heavily populated, featuring bigger cities that include Auckland and the nation's capital, Wellington. The South Island is arguably the star of the show, with its wide-open spaces, spectacular mountains, lakes and glaciers. However, that’s not to say you should skip the North Island which also has plenty to offer visitors. From the Bay of Islands at the top of the North Island to dramatic Fiordland in the far south, cruising New Zealand opens up a world of natural wonders and reveals a vibrant culture. It's also one of the safest countries in which to travel, with efficient airline networks, generally good roads, and excellent healthcare, and emergency and hospital facilities.