The battle for Brisbane is on between Royal Caribbean, P&O, Carnival Cruise Line and Princess Cruises
This week saw a major announcement – another ship is bound for Brisbane. New Luminous Carnival will begin her maiden voyages from November for the Sunshine State.
Recently baptized by the arrival of Pacific Explorerthe battle for Brisbane’s new state-of-the-art international cruise terminal has just begun.
The princess has the princess coral also homeporting and November will also mark the first crossings of quantum of the seasthe Royal Caribbean ship offering departures from November 1.
Meanwhile, P&O Pacific Encounter will already be installed, with departures from August 27.
We find out who is heading to Brisbane.
Royal Caribbean offers everything from quick three-night sea getaways to longer 18-night sailing getaways. For anything between six and eight nights, you can take a seven-night Queensland cruise that takes you to essential Queensland stops such as Airlie Beach and Cairns, offering opportunities to sample the Great Barrier Reef. You can also head in the direction on an eight-night Tasmania cruise, with stops in Sydney, Eden and Hobart. There are also plenty of South Pacific cruise options in this range, with eight-night crossings available for under $1,000. If you are looking for something longer, there is a 13 night cruise in New Zealand leave on March 14, or a 17-night transpacific cruise Leaving April 12.
quantum of the sea is packed with Royal Caribbean’s favorite free food spots, with the American Icon Grill, Windjammer Cafe, Cafe Promenade and Sorrento’s to name a few of the highlights. There are also nine specialty restaurants, from less expensive options like the Noodle Shop to indulgent dining experiences like the five-course dinner with wine pairing at the Chef’s Table or the Wonderland Fantasy Gourmet.
Activities and entertainment
It’s hard to beat Royal Caribbean for activities. There’s skydiving at sea on IFLY, the highest views at sea from North Star, you can have your cocktails made by a robot at the Bionic Bar, family fun at the SeaPlex, watch movies outdoors and much more. . There are of course also shows and theatrical productions organized, don’t expect a dull moment on quantum of the seas.
For a taste of cruising with Princess, you can sail as briefly as a Three day seacation in Australia, but there are many more options for longer escapes. To head towards the Great Barrier Reef, you can jump on a seven-day queensland cruise with eight different departure dates available between now and February, for something even more spectacular you can opt for a 12-day exploration of Queensland and the Conflict Islands. For a deeper dive in Papua New Guinea you can try this 11-Day Papua New Guinea Cruiseor rather to the south, you can try this one-off seven-day trip to the New South Wales coastdeparture on August 5, 2022.
princess coral has five dining options included, Chocolate Journeys, International Cafe, PRincess Pizzeria, The Bar & Grill, and Horizon Court. If you opt for the culinary specialties instead, you can feast at the Bayou Cafe & Steakhouse, indulge in Italian at Sabatini or indulge yourself with the Chef’s Table experience.
Activities and entertainment
Princess doesn’t quite have all the fun of some of the other big lines, but there’s still plenty going on whether you’re trying your luck at the Vegas Style Casino, hitting the pools and hot tubs, or just play to win at the sports fields. There is more to offer when it comes to entertainment with outdoor cinema, original musicals and plenty of parties and dancing.
Just like the other lines, P&O has plenty to offer those looking to get to the Great Barrier Reef, with many departures on their Discovery of the coral reef adventures to be won, where cruises port to Airlie Beach, Cairns and Willis Island. If you’re looking to laugh at sea, you can board a three night comedy cruise and look forward to performances by some of Australia’s finest comedians. For another option, there is a series of Four nights Pentecost routes, for a quick escape to Airlie Beach and the beautiful surroundings.
For a free dinner, Pacific Encounter has all the P&O favorites with pan-Asian at Dragon Lady, contemporary Australian at The Pantry, Italian cuisine at Angelo’s and the classic Waterfront Restaurant.
However, if you want to sample the delights concocted by celebrity chefs Johnny Di Francesco and Luke Magnan, you’ll need to head to the specialty restaurants, with the acclaimed chefs having two and three restaurants on board respectively.
Activities and entertainment
Pacific Encounter has something to entertain you. You can walk the board out to sea at P&O Edge Adventure Park, try your hand at a number of Deck Games, take a mixology class, take the kids to the water park, sing your heart out at karaoke and more.
When the night comes, you can expect memorable evenings with exotic performances and costumes, an adult-only comedy club, original production shows, lots of live music, and the next-level arcade for the youngsters. or those who are not looking for a nighttime experience.
Carnival Cruise Line
At present, it remains a bit of a mystery what Carnival’s offer to Brisbane will look like. The cruise line has confirmed itineraries will start from November, but exact details have yet to be revealed.
The line revealed that the routes will visit the Great Barrier Reef and Airlie Beach and soon also the South Pacific.
We know Luminous Carnival won’t have all of Carnival’s known spaces and restaurants, however, we do know that the ship currently has seven pools and hot tubs, 12 bars and lounges, and five restaurants.
Knowing Carnival, you can assume the focus will be on family fun and it has been confirmed that the ship’s crew will be Carnival staff, so you can expect Carnival’s quality of service.