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Journeys : Dec2011 Jan2012
Here, there, everywhere with RACT Travelworld Hobart 179-191 Murray Street Phone 6232 6455 Hobart Collins Street Shop 1, 110 Collins Street Phone 6222 9222 Rosny Park Rosny Mall 2 Bayfield Street Phone 6212 6777 RACT Trave lw orld’s Travel Sales Manag er Christine Benb ow It’s summer so be prepared as the cruise ships – and there are many of them – head down under for the warmer weather. It is a growing trend that over the next two years will see some of the youngest, highest-rated, and largest ships ever to venture into our southern waters. Ships like Radiance of the Seas and Celebrity Solstice are a destination in themselves, with fine dining, 5 star Broadway entertainment and activities that include mini golf and rock climbing walls – there’s plenty to do and it is unbeatable value for money. That is why cr uising is becoming the holiday of choice for so many travellers. The cruise season in Australia runs from October to March, with many international cruise lines sending their ships to us either as part of a longer itinerary, but more and more being based here for the season. We now have ships based in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbour ne and Fremantle, making it even easier and more cost-effective to join a cruise at a port more convenient to you. If you live near a coastal port, you will be seeing more ships in the docks, contributing to the local tourism and retail industry. Regular ports now visited include Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Adelaide, Hobart and Bur nie. There is a ship and cruise for everybody. Repeat cruisers maybe yearning for new destinations, new ports and new styles of ships. First time cr uisers might be looking for family fun or a romantic interlude. If you want to cruise, then make sure you tick off all the criteria and pick the right cruise for you. • Decide where you would like to travel and what you would like to see and do when you go ashore • Decide when you can travel – this w ill affect your itinerary options • Look at which cruise lines will be suitable to your needs – small ship, large ship, boutique style, family-friendly. • Look at the demographic the ship attracts – w ill you be happy travelling with these people as your companions? Cruising to New Zealand is now one of the most popular destinations for Australians, with cruise lines such as Princess, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Holland America all hav ing regular itineraries either one way to/from Australia and New Zealand or circumnavigations of New Zealand. Another popular itinerary that will have an increasing number of departures is the circumnavigation of Australia. These cruises are ideal for those not wanting to stray too far from home – and you don’t need a passport. However, do check your itinerar y carefully as some do a few days in Bali, and you will need your passports then. Travel tips • Make sure you take out travel insurance to cover any overseas medical expenses. If you need medical assistance while away make sure you contact the insurance company to ensure you obtain all relevant documentation they will need • Dr iving – don’t assume your Australian licence is valid overseas. You can get an International Dr iving Per mit from R ACT to cover you while overseas • Before you go – make two photocopies of your itinerar y, passport, insurance policy, etc. Leave one with your family or a fr iend. If your important documents are lost or stolen while travelling, it is much easier to get replacements if you have photocopies of the originals Cruising is booming! 62 December 2011 / January 2012
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