As international travel restrictions remain in place, Royal Caribbean is hopeful that a pathway will soon be established to resume cruising locally.
The cruise line has announced a new season of Australian domestic sailings aboard returning favourite Ovation of the Seas.
Ovation will sail from Sydney 13 December 2021 through 31 March 2022, offering a mix of 2-night to 10-night domestic sailings that visit some of the country’s most famous cities and regions.
“We’re ever hopeful that cruising will return to its pre-Covid glory. Until that time, we’re delighted to see high quality local itineraries from our friends at Royal Caribbean,” said Claire Winnel, Manager of The Cruise and Travel Authority.
Ovation will offer guests a raft of short breaks and voyages with 24 sailings from Sydney starting in December.
Guests can choose from 2- to 10-night itineraries that visit ports such as Eden, Hobart, Adelaide, Brisbane, Kangaroo Island, Airlie Beach, Cairns or Port Douglas. Plus, enjoy scenic excursions of the Great Barrier Reef, Willis Island and the South Coast of New South Wales.
“We are very encouraged by the great response we have had to our 2022-2023 season as guests plan ahead and remain confident and excited about a return to cruising in Australia. We’ve seen strong interest in cruises on Quantum, which will homeport at Brisbane’s new state-of-the-art cruise terminal,” says Dave Humphreys, director of sales, Australia and New Zealand, Royal Caribbean International.
The new, world-class $177 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal was completed in mid 2020 and will play a vital role in growing Queensland’s cruise industry by helping to showcase all that south-east Queensland has to offer.
Royal Caribbean has completed several sailings globally, recording a successful return to cruising.
Working closely with federal and state governments as well as authorities around the world, the cruise line has developed multilayered measures to safeguard the well-being of all guests, crew members and the communities at each port of call. These protocols include the ships’ robust ventilation systems, enhanced cleaning and sanitisation, and cruising at reduced occupancy as ships initially return to sailing.
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