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May 30, 2017 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Royal Caribbean International will open bookings for its 2018/19 Australian summer season today, Tuesday 30 May, and to celebrate, Australia’s favourite sale is back. Book before 30 June 2017 and guests can ‘Buy One, Get One Half Price’ – PLUS receive a Balcony stateroom for the price of an Oceanview^.

The 2018/19 summer season will see Australia’s newest, largest and most modern cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas, return for her third and longest season yet. She will be joined by Explorer of the Seasset to become the largest cruise ship to ever visit Newcastle – as well as Radiance of the Seas, offering Royal Caribbean’s very first departure from Melbourne and three cruises departing from Auckland.

“We can’t wait to welcome our three megaliners back down under for the summer of 2018/19 – marking our longest Aussie season yet,” said Adam Armstrong, managing director, Royal Caribbean Australia & NZ.

Radiance of the Seas will kick off the 2018/19 summer season, arriving to Sydney on 6 October 2018. Explorer of the Seas will return down under on 27 October 2018 and Ovation of the Seas on 2 November 2018. Together, the three ships will offer 61 sailings, ranging from three to 23-nights, sailing to nine different countries including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, French Polynesia, Malaysia, New Caledonia, Singapore, the USA and Vanuatu.

Australia’s biggest, newest and most modern ship, Ovation of the Seas, as well as culinary favourite Radiance of the Seas will primarily offer guests a range of Australia and New Zealand itineraries. Ovation will sail exclusively from Sydney, while Radiance of the Seas will sail from Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.

As well as her New Zealand voyages, Radiance of the Seas will also sail a range of shorter cruises perfect for first timers, including a three-night sampler cruise to nowhere, a new four-night cruise to Melbourne and a five-night Tasmania sailing.

Australia’s second largest ship, Explorer of the Seas, will become the largest cruise ship to ever call to Newcastle in February 2019, following upgrades to the Port of Newcastle to allow mega ships to berth in the Hunter. Explorer of the Seas will call twice during the season, on 10 February 2019 during a six-night voyage that also includes calls to Wollongong and Hobart, and on 16 February 2019 during a 14-night South Pacific voyage.

Explorer of the Seas will continue her focus on South Pacific voyages that are big on fun for all ages, with a range of eight to 14-night sailings. Her fantastic onboard amenities, including the FlowRider surf machine, rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, Broadway-style shows and sports court, as well as the idyllic island destinations she visits, such as Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu, make her the ideal summer getaway for all the family.

“But if you can’t wait until next year, Australia’s favourite sale also applies to this coming summer, with cruises on our four Sydney-based megaliners kicking off in October 2017.

Radiance of the Seas will be the first of the Royal Caribbean megaliners to return this summer, arriving in Sydney on 8 October. She will be followed by Australia’s three largest cruise ships: Voyager of the Seas will reach Fremantle on 28 October, Explorer of the Seas will arrive in Sydney on 29 October and Ovation of the Seas will arrive in Fremantle on 29 November 2017.

“There’s no better time beat the winter blues and plan your summer getaway – for this season or next. By booking early, you’ll ensure you reserve your preferred choice of ship, departure date and itinerary, as well as your pick of the staterooms, and you’ll lock in a terrific price,” Armstrong concluded.

Choose a seven-night South Pacific voyage onboard Explorer of the Seas, departing Sydney on 10 March 2019 and calling to island favourites Noumea and Lifou. As part of Royal’s incredible offer, guests can book a Balcony stateroom for the price of an Oceanview, with fares for the first guest starting from just $1,349, and $749 for the second.

Or cruise onboard the all-new Ovation of the Seas departing Sydney on 23 November 2018 from just $1,389 per person for the first guest and $699 for the second, and receive a Balcony for the price of an Oceanview Stateroom. The five-night voyage to Tasmania is perfect for those short on time who want to experience all this incredible new ship has to offer, such as her 18 dining options, surf and sky diving experiences, and mind-blowing entertainment.

Be part of history and sail to Auckland on Royal Caribbean’s maiden Melbourne departure. Sailing on Radiance of the Seas, the 10-night New Zealand voyage departs Melbourne on 23 February 2019 and cruises to Sydney, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington and Picton and includes a cruise through the breathtaking Milford Sound, before arriving in Auckland. Guests can book a Balcony Stateroom for the price of an Oceanview, with the first guest paying from $2,069 and the second, from just $1,129.

Bookings for the 2018/19 season are open today. For further information or to book a cruise, visit, phone 1800 754 500 or contact your local travel agent.

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