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Royal Caribbean count down to biggest Oz cruise season yet

Royal Caribbean is getting ready for the start of the 2017/18 international cruise season, announcing the stellar lineup of ships headed our way.

Superliner Radiance of the Seas, arriving into Sydney Harbour on Sunday 8 October 2017, marks not only the first of the company’s cruise ships to return to our southern waters, but also Royal Caribbean’s tenth season based down under.

With six Australia-based ships, RCL Cruises will offer a total of 97 cruises throughout Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Asia during the 2017/18 season, delivering an injection of AUD$198 million to the Australian economy in passenger spend alone.

To put the scale of their upcoming ships into perspective, they’ve released this comparison:

Joining Radiance of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s groundbreaking Ovation of the Seas, returning for her second and longest SuperCruising season yet, as well as family-favourites Voyager of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas, known as the South Pacific Sisters.

Celebrity Solstice – voted Australia’s favourite ship by Aussie travel agents and readers of Cruise Critic – will celebrate her sixth season in Australia, arriving in Sydney on 20 October 2017 for her first sampler cruise in three seasons.

Meanwhile boutique cruise line, Azamara Club Cruises returns for her third and biggest season down under yet, when Azamara Journey arrives via Australia’s west coast in January, making maiden calls to Adelaide and Perth, as well as a number of regional destinations.

Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas will offer 76 sailings ranging from two to 23 nights, calling on 46 ports during the 2017/18 season.

This 2017/18 season will also see a number of new cruise ports for Azamara Club Cruises, with Azamara Journey making maiden calls to Perth (Fremantle), Exmouth, Bunbury, Albany and Esperance in Western Australia, plus Adelaide and Kangaroo Island in South Australia.

Meanwhile modern luxury line Celebrity Cruises will offer 17 sailings ranging from two to 18 nights, calling at 32 ports during the season. The highlight of the season is the return of Celebrity Solstice’s two-night weekend sampler cruise ex Sydney on 20 October – back by popular demand after a three-season hiatus.

Visit royalcaribbean.com.au for more info.

Chris Ashton

We’re Chris Ashton and Simon Ceglinski, two Aussie travellers with a love of exploration and adventure, and the odd bit of luxury thrown in. We seek out street art, street food, and scuba diving wherever we go, and prefer the road less travelled over well-worn tourist paths.

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