Royal Caribbean International is in Queensland this week making the final preparations for the maiden arrival of its first ever Queensland based ship Legend of the Seas. The 2,000-guest Legend of Seas will call in Brisbane, Airlie Beach and Cairns in June, giving Queenslanders a chance to see the newest Royal before her maiden season down under from December 2015.
“We are very excited for the maiden calls of Legend of the Seas in Queensland in June, and even more excited to be kicking off our first ever season based in Queensland in December. The appetite for cruising in Queensland has grown significantly over the years, and we are thrilled to offer an international style of cruising with world class amenities and features on your doorstep,” said commercial director for Royal Caribbean International, Sean Treacy, in Queensland.
“Legend of the Seas will bring more than $24 million into the Queensland economy in 2015 and 2016, including more than $20.6 million to Brisbane during 17 turnarounds, $1.5 million to Cairns and $1.5 million to Airlie Beach during her five calls.”
At 70,000 tons Legend of the Seas is one of the largest superliners able to navigate the Brisbane River and dock at Brisbane Cruise Terminal at Portside Wharf.
Following an extensive $50 million revitalisation in 2013, the ship boasts extraordinary facilities that guests will not find onboard any other cruise ship sailing from Brisbane, such as the central Atrium where high flying acrobats put on an incredible aerial show, an outdoor rock climbing wall for active travellers to test their skill, a mini golf course and an indoor swimming pool for more leisurely pursuits, as well as a babies nursery.
Legend of the Seas’ culinary offering will satisfy the most discerning palettes with multiple speciality dining venues, including a Sushi restaurant and a 12-seat private dining room. She also features a stunning two-deck grand dining room, an 800-seat theatre, the Vitality Spa & Fitness centre, a beauty salon and a shopping arcade.
Legend of the Seas will arrive in Brisbane on 13 June, Airlie Beach on 15 June and Cairns on 16 June as part of her repositioning cruise to Singapore. She then returns in December, sailing a very similar route to kick off her maiden Australian season and Royal Caribbean’s first ever season sailing from Brisbane. During her five month season, Legend of the Seas will embark on 15 itineraries in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific ranging from two- to 18-nights before repositioning back to Asia in April 2016.
Highlights of Legend of the Seas’ maiden season include:
- An 18-night cruise from Hong Kong to Brisbane on 20 November 2015 which calls at Manila, Puerto Princesa, Kota Kinabalu, Bali, Darwin, Cairns and Whitsundays. A similar cruise operates in reverse departing Brisbane on 20 April 2016.
- Nine South Pacific cruises ranging from eight- to 10-nights calling at ports in New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Loyalty Islands. And a further two 11-night cruises incorporate the South Pacific islands and Fiji.
- One 14-night cruise to New Zealand which calls at Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin and Dusky/Doubtful/Milford Sounds.
- Visits to the Whitsundays and Cairns on two seven-night Queensland sailings.
- One two-night sampler cruise, giving cruisers a taste of Legend of the Seas.
Bookings for Legend of the Seas’ first Queensland season are open now, with fares starting from just $1,099 for the first person and $549.50 for the second when booked during the month of May, for an eight-night South Pacific cruise departing 18 February 2016.
The upcoming 2015/16 season will see Royal Caribbean’s local capacity increase by almost 50 percent with a total of four ships based locally. Along with the new deployment of Legend of the Seas in Brisbane, Royal Caribbean International will base its second Voyager Class ship Explorer of the Seas – fresh from a multimillion dollar revitalisation – in Sydney along with Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas.
Royal Caribbean International also recently announced Australia will welcome the first ever brand new cruise ship when it deploys the $1.3 billion Ovation of the Seas to Sydney for the peak summer season from December 2016. Currently under construction in Germany, the Quantum Class megaliner will not only claim the title of the largest cruise ship to ever call Australia home – carrying almost 5,000 guests and 1,500 crew – but also the most technologically advanced. Ovation of the Seas redefines cruising in Australia, offering a host of incredible features and technologies, from an iFly sky diving experience, 18 distinct dining options – including Jamie Oliver’s first at sea – a robotic bar, the fastest internet bandwidth at sea, bumper cars and the North Star – a glass viewing capsule which transports guests more than 91 metres above the ship for breathtaking 360 degree views.
Bookings for Ovation of the Seas’ maiden Australian season open mid-way through 2015, but guests are encouraged to register their interest atwww.royalcaribbean.com.au/Ovation to be the first to receive information on her sailings down under when details are announced.