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February 18, 2017 Destination Feature, Headline News No Comments Email Email

As a young lad growing up in the then fishing village of Watsons Bay in Sydney, where my grandfather and uncle were fishermen, I developed a love of the sea. But being a genuine red-head my complexion and the sun burn prevented me from spending too much time pursuing my dreams.

During my forties, I discovered cruise ships! Now THIS IS the life for me.

Northern Explorer Cruises with Princess Cruises

Why Princess Cruises?

Australian’s are very fortunate when it comes to selecting a cruise that suits our lifestyle.

We have access to mega ships, expedition ships, family style ships, boutique ships, luxury ships and more. We have from three and four day cruises to liner voyages around the world.

Sun Princess (supplied)

We decided on Sun Princess, mainly from the very positive feedback we have received from mature travellers, Also, that the 17-day itinerary, from Sydney to Perth, via New Guinea would suit the time we had available.

Princess Cruises have a very large and dedicated following amongst us mature travellers. During the cruise we talked with many of them and it didn’t take too long to realise that most of them had been on a lot more cruises than we have. They mentioned other cruise lines, but admitted they always came back to Princess.

Atrium (supplied)

Sun Princess is a large ship, but not mega as seems to be the coming trend.

Being 77,000 gross tonnes and 261 metres long, carrying up to 2010 passengers, with a crew of 924. For those less mobile there are 19 wheelchair accessible staterooms.

The ship is up to date as far as facilities having a refurbishment in April 2016. As a home away from home they offer a full complement of things to keep you entertained and other areas if you just feel like relaxing over a book from the extensive library.

Alongside Alotau (Pam Latham)

Food, glorious food – Following the latest international trends Sun Princess features three speciality restaurants … Extra charges do apply.

SHARE by Curtis Stone restaurant.

When asked about his restaurant, “So much of my food ethos comes from my Australian upbringing so it means a lot to me that two of my SHARE restaurants are so close to home for Australians,” Curtis said.

Share Charcuterie (supplied)

“SHARE combines all the things that I’m most passionate about – being on the ocean looking over the water, escaping to visit new destinations, and sharing stories and good times over a delicious meal.”

“I’m a very hands-on chef – I’ve been heavily involved in sourcing produce from the best Australian suppliers for Sun Princess.”

Sterling Steakhouse serves the highest quality cuts of premium, grain-fed beef including New York strip steak, Porterhouse and Filet Mignon. Voted among the “Best Cruise Ship Steakhouses” by USA TODAY. You’ll delight at the selection of meats presented for your choice, or perhaps you’ll opt for fresh seafood selections, such as tiger prawns and sea bass, all prepared to your exact specifications.

The Kimberly (supplied)

Kai Seafood Bar

An under-the-sea journey awaits at Kai, an exquisitely decorated seafood restaurant specializing in oysters and sushi. Enjoy an elegant experience in the restaurant or try the traditional sushi bar, serving up sushi and sashimi expertly prepared before your eyes. Seafood cocktails, shucked oysters, and oyster shooters, along with Sake and wines-by-the-glass, are also on the menu.

More food than you can eat… From the formal dining rooms, to coffee shops, to buffets and even a New Zealand Natural ice cream outlet. Another couple of laps of the deck.

International Café (supplied)

Ports of call… Naturally this depends on the cruise you select and Princess has put together a very comprehensive list of shore excursions for each port.

Accommodation ….  Question – Where do you spend the most time on the ship? (Not the bar Dallas) Answer. –  In your stateroom – and this is where Princess has excelled with the bedding. The luxurious new beds feature a scientifically engineered mattress and bed springs, a plush two-inch pillow top, European-inspired duvets and 100% luxurious Jacquard-woven linens-to assure that at the end of your voyage, you come home feeling refreshed and renewed. And we both agreed that these were the most comfortable beds and pillows we have ever enjoyed.

  • Princess Cruises will offer a range of Northern Explorer cruises between Sydney/Brisbane and Fremantle in 2017 and 2018, with itineraries varying from 14 to 18 nights.
  • Options include cruises on the 77,000-tonne Sun Princess, which offers an array of great features including award-winning chef Curtis Stone’s restaurant at sea, SHARE, the Sterling Steakhouse and Kai Seafood Bar as well as seven bars and lounges, two show lounges, the Sanctuary adults retreat, Movies Under the Stars and Princess Luxury Beds in every stateroom.
  • Sun Princess will sail from Fremantle on July 16, 2017 on a 15-night Northern Explorer cruise finishing in Brisbane. Fares start from $2199* pp twin share for the cruise which includes scenic cruising along the Kimberley coast as well as visits to Broome, Darwin, Port Douglas, Cairns and Alotau in Papua New Guinea.
  • For more information and bookings call Princess Cruises on 13 24 88, see a licensed travel agent or visit
  • * Valid until February 28, 2017. Subject to availability. Conditions apply.

Words: Michael Osborne

The writer was a guest of Princess Cruises

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