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Australia’s cruise season officially begins with the arrival of Rhapsody of the Seas

October 2, 2013 Cruise No Comments Email Email

At dawn on Saturday 5th October, Sydney Harbour will be dotted with vessels from around the world during the Navy Fleet Review celebrations. On this momentous day, Royal Caribbean is proud to welcome Rhapsody of the Seas for this first time this year.

The 78,000 tonne superliner will be the first international cruise ship to arrive in Sydney and the biggest on the harbour that day. Her arrival will mark the official start of the 2013-14 Australasian cruise season – slated to be Australia’s biggest cruising season to date.

Rhapsody of the Seas has spent the last month crossing the Pacific Ocean from her northern summer home of Alaska, visiting ports in Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia as she made her way to her summer home for the seventh consecutive summer cruise season operating out of Australia. Rhapsody of the Seas will arrive with 2100 guests from all over the world, including America, UK, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Norway and Spain.

Since Rhapsody’s first arrival in 2007, our Australian fleet has grown significantly and there are now five ships from two of our cruise brands sailing here this season. In fact, with more cruises and carrying more guests than any other cruise line, Royal Caribbean International is Sydney’s largest cruise line this summer,” said Adam Armstrong, commercial director, RCL Cruises Ltd Australia.  “This is will be our largest Australian season to date, with ships staying longer for the Australian summer. We will welcome over 210,000 guests in total over the wave season, which is 10 per cent more than last year.”

Based in Sydney until 18 April 2014 and Rhapsody of the Seas’s 2013-14 program features 18 itineraries ranging from seven- to 16-nights.   Her season features cruises to the South Pacific islands including a nine-night Christmas cruise, 11-night cruises to Tropical Queensland which include two full days docked in Cairns and a seven-night Tasmanian cruise.

Rhapsody of the Seas’s arrival will be followed closely by Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas, which arrives on 11 October. Five ships from the Royal Caribbean Cruises and sister cruise line Celebrity cruises will sail in Australian waters this season, including the largest and most innovative ship based in the region, Voyager of the Seas, and Celebrity Solstice, Australia’s youngest superliner epitomising ‘modern-luxury’. Royal Caribbean International was also recently voted ‘Best Australian Based Cruise Line’ at the National Travel Industry Awards.

Royal Caribbean invites Sydneysiders to capture their “WOW moments” – such as the arrival of Rhapsody of the Seas– and enter 15 seconds videos into Royal Caribbean’s newly launched Instagram film festival. Simply upload to Instagram via the hashtag #InstaFilmFest* and they will go into the draw to have their film screened at a special VIP event and to win a cruise to the South Pacific. For more details, visit the InstaFilmFest microsite:

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