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Journeys : April May 2010
Owner's Suites have floor-to- ceiling glass sliding doors leading out onto a French balcony -- the perfect vantage point to do a spot of whale watching! Junior Suites and Oceanview Staterooms have large windows or portholes, so you will always be able to sample ocean vistas. The fleet of 10 zodiacs allows entry to places that larger ships cannot reach -- and crew members are always there to assist. Orion Expedition Cr uising will appeal to guests who want to enjoy adventures to remote and inaccessible parts of the Australian continent and beyond. This is expedition cr uising at its finest! Sue Leake and Barbara May Oceana Nautica With a cr uise brochure that reads more like a top-end coffee table book, we were keen to see just what it was that made Oceania Nautica different from so many other ships. Built in 1998, this mid-size ship caters for up to 684 guests with a guest-to-staff ratio of 1.71 to 1. From the moment you step onboard you get that lovely welcoming feeling. Great attention is paid to creating just the right ambiance -- elegance with a relaxed and friendly country club atmosphere. Award-winning itineraries place emphasis on experiencing your destination, often remaining in port until 11pm. Your time on-board is tailored to enhance this experience. Guest lecturers will inform you about up-coming ports of call. Fine dining overseen by Jacques Pépin offers multiple open-seating venues where attire is 'country club smart' so everyone feels comfortable. Whether it's a restaurant, café, refreshment or dining on your veranda, the food is outstanding. Oceania also allows you to bring your ow n wines on-board. And don't miss afternoon tea and Tapas On The Terrance! Relaxing is easy. Enjoy the beautiful library, the world-famous Canyon Ranch SpaClub or even book one of eight private cabanas overlooking the bow. Try the well-equipped fitness centre, practise your golf drive, check out an art auction or visit one of the eight bars and lounges for dance lessons, wine and cheese tastings, music and more. Your stateroom is well-appointed, with soothing colours and plush fur nishings including the tradem ark Tranquility Bed. To fit with their style of cr uising Oceania does not cater for children. We were captivated by the friendly elegance of Oceania Nautica -- they want you to feel at home and they've certainly achieved this. Svens Kuplis (Collins Street) Rudi Jacker (Murray Street) Diamond Princess Weighing 116,000 tonnes and car rying 2700 passengers, this lovely ship promises you a wonderful traditional cruising experience. And from 6am to midnight, you'll never be short of something to do! It's US dollars and US regulations on this ship -- keep in mind that if you're under the age of 21, there's no drinking on-board. The ship's motto is 'Fun at the front and food at the back.' From Skywalkers, the highest point in the ship, you're about 50 metres above the water's surface and the views are superb. It's a lounge by day and a night club after dark. Children love the kids' club -- it's so much fun they don't want to leave! Babysitting at an additional cost is available between 10pm and 1am. There's also a mini-golf course on the ship. With four pools and spas, over 13 different restaurants and ten bars, you'll never find yourself short of somewhere to eat or drink. The Conservatory has retractable roof, open on warm summer days and closed when cr uising Alaskan waters, with the heated pool great for a dip in any weather. There's also a fully-staffed medical centre. Balcony rooms on the Diamond Princess are spacious and comfortable, with good storage space and a reasonable-sized balcony with table and chairs so you can sit outside and admire the ama zing views as you cruise in and out of your ports. Maggie Jones and Sasha Lyeontyeva Orion, Kimberly Diamond Princess Diamond Princess Oceana Nautica 53 April / May 10
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