Cruising is the one of the best ways to see the world. Unpack only once in your luxe cabin then head out to enjoy your floating hotel as it cruises you in style to a whole host of destinations. And the food! Oh, glorious food! From gastronomic feasts to tasty treats, you’re sure to delight your taste buds. If you’re not careful, you might just leave the cruise with a few more inches added to your waistline!
Imagine, you could be cruising to the beautiful lagoons of the South Pacific, sailing blue seas, horizon to horizon, onboard a Transpacific Cruise all the way to a Hawaiian paradise (and back again!). Or float further afield to discover iconic cities and lush vineyards when you join an inclusive luxury European river cruise, and then go shopping to your heart’s content among the many sparkling Christmas markets. Or if Asia is your thing, take some time out to cruise along the vibrant rich history and culture of any one of the many majestic Asian rivers. All these and more start simply, with a phone call to your Accor Vacation Club Cruise and Travel specialist at Accor Vacation Club Travel!
The real challenge we find, is not whether we cruise or not – the challenge is actually which cruiseline and ship we should cruise with. You’re gonna be spoilt for choice, with multiple cruiselines available depending on your budget, destinations, ship size preferred, and level of service onboard.
Here are your Most Popular Cruiselines, as voted by you, our Accor Vacation Club Travel Members. Here are the Top 5 that made it onto the list.
Princess Cruises inspires its guests with itineraries ranging in length from three to 114 days – to see the world and come back new.
Princess is known for the television show “The Love Boat” in 1997, which introduced millions of viewers to the concept of a sea-going vacation. The show, alongside Princess Cruises, has been widely credited with fuelling the expansion of travel and cruising.
Various cabin types for traveling in luxury is a staple at Princess Cruises, with guests choosing from great-value interior rooms to high end, oceanview, balcony and suites that suit any budget. For dining, Princess Cruises features the integration of local cuisine into your culinary adventure. If you’re in Alaska, you’ll have fresh seafood. Cruising in Asia, on the other hand, nets you the best Asian noodles your destination can offer, allowing you to dine like the local and go home with richer experiences.
Considered as one of the premiere cruiselines of the world, Princess Cruises covers more worldwide destinations than any other major cruiseline. Their best cruises are arguably the ones where you can experience grand traditions and colourful cultures through Festivals of the World celebrations coinciding with cruise ship activities. Sail away to the most beautiful countries in the world with Princess Cruises, and you might find yourself dancing the night away in Rio’s Carnivalé or clinking glasses at Germany’s Oktoberfest, or marvelling at the fluttering cherry-blossoms of Japan.
Closer to home, Princess Cruises sails from our shores from the ports of Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, all offering short, mid-range and much longer cruises that can take you to the islands of the South Pacific, exploring the epic Australian coastlines, colourful New Zealand cultures, Hawaii, Japan and beyond.
P&O Cruises Australia
Considered by many as Australia’s leading cruise company, P&O Cruises Australia offers unique destinations, cruises, and onboard experiences tailor-fit for modern Australians.
Proudly cruising the South Pacific for over 85 years, P&O Cruises has mastered the islands, and has established itself as the reliable cruise line with its trusted local guides. In fact, P&O has supported many of the local communities of the South Pacific focussing on sustainable management of Isle of Pines, Lifou, and the Conflict Islands, for example.
Departures from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland to an array of fantastic destinations throughout the South Pacific, Queensland, Australia’s coastline, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, Asia and beyond see most itineraries ranging from 2 to 16 nights.
Onboard exciting shows and spectacular live performances await aboard each P&O cruise ship. Live music, comedy, themed parties – it’s totally up to you how you want to spend your night. Dance the night away or go relax and unwind at The Dome, where you’ll get the best views from the ship. Head to the onboard shops for some retail therapy, enjoy a massage at the spa, read up on your favourite best sellers at the floating library, or simply lounge about at the pool or Ocean Bar. Wanna enjoy all this without the kids or grandkids? Leave them at home, or bring them with and let them be creative and meet their fellow little sailors at the very popular Kids Clubs.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Voted “Best Cruiseline” for 15 years running by Travel Weekly Reader’s Choice Awards, Royal Caribbean’s global cruising operations takes cruisers to Alaska, Canada, Dubai, Europe, the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand in style. Innovation lies at the heart of Royal Caribbean’s travel style, with unique features such as ice-skating rinks, rock climbing walls, the North Star, Bungee Trampolines, along with the usual pools, spas, trivia, broadway-style entertainment, waterparks and slides, kids club and so much more.
Discover the world and get your pulse pounding with a variety of diverse worldwide excursions for families, foodies, action lovers and culture seekers. Shore excursions could take you off the beaten path in Europe, snorkelling in crystal clear lagoons, Scuba Diving beneath the waves, hiking to remote waterfalls and more in the Caribbean, Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, Alaska and everywhere in between.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is popular with all ages, adventurers and relaxers, families and friends, experienced cruisers, honeymooners and first-time cruisers alike, sailing to more than 125 destinations worldwide on long and short itineraries – whatever suits you!
Captain Cook Cruises
Thinking about an Island Getaway? Jump onboard a Captain Cook small ship adventure for an intensive discovery of the Fiji Islands! From the most beautiful white sand shores of the Yasawa Islands to the Mamanuca island gems, as well as the main islands, you will get up close and personal with friendly locals, clear lagoons, and the unique attractions these lovely islands have on offer.
MV Reef Endeavour is a purpose-built boutique ship hosting up to 130 passengers in 63 oceanview and porthole cabins. Kids are definitely welcome and will undoubtedly be a firm favourite with the crew. Relax on her sun deck beside the pool, enjoy the jacuzzi and mini gym, or a romantic stroll on deck together cocktail in hand under the magnificent Southern stars.
3, 4, 7 or 11 night cruises will give you a perfect slice of Fijian life. A new island or reef every day. Unforgettable days among the swaying palm trees and blue lagoons, snorkelling spots teeming with ocean life and spectacular coral, and that real deserted island feel. Spend your afternoon listening to the breathtaking harmonies of the crew and local choirs, experiencing the big happy smiles of the children as we visit their schools and small remote fishing villages to see the real Fiji, and end the day by feasting on the freshest just-caught seafood straight for the local waters.
Chart your course for over 270 destinations from the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, or further to Europe, remote Antarctica, the brilliantly coloured Caribbean, the rugged beauty of Alaska, the blue Mediterranean, the Baltics… the uniqueness of the Galapagos!! This outstanding fleet of ships will welcome you onboard and take you to unforgettable destinations all including Celebrity’s culinary excellence, intuitive award-winning service, luxurious accommodations and stunning design. It’s called the Celebrity distinction, and it’s why many people sail with them year after year.
Luxurious accommodations make your stay warm and welcoming, with over-the-top amenities and services of our AquaClass®, Concierge Class, and Suite Class to elevate your stay into an entirely new category of bliss. Indulge indulge your mind, body and spirit with state-of-the-art fitness facilities, play basketball, croquet, bocce or golf, be surrounded by a large array of exceptional artworks – maybe even take a class or two yourself? Sip cocktails in your suite, one of the many bars or restaurants, or see a celebrity-inspired show. From morning until night, there are literally hundreds of different activities happening on a Celebrity cruise ship. The only question is, which ones are perfect for you?
Celebrity’s inspired menus, crafted by Michelin-starred chef, Cornelius Gallagher, are locally sourced from each amazing destination. Choose casual or upscale, sushi or Italian, dining room or alfresco under the stars – it’s up to you. With up to a dozen specialty restaurants, and an array of bars, lounges, and clubs onboard to choose from, every experience is guaranteed to take you on a journey of discovery. This award-winning cruiseline is definitely a big hit with Accor Vacation Club Travel cruisers.
Choose your cruise today – it’s easy to search online at Accor Vacation Club Travel or simply call one of our many Accor Vacation Club Cruise and Travel specialists today at AU: 1800 70 80 90 or NZ: 0800 45 19 97.
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