Be the first to know...

Subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest cruise deals.

We'll help find the right cabin - every year our team attends ship inspections, training courses and yes - CRUISES. All to help find your dream cruise faster!
Meet our award winning team

We're just a phone call away - booking a cruise is not like a hotel and our accredited Cruise Specialists are available to help at every step of the way!

Great deals, every day - as one of Australia's largest retail cruise operations, we bring you more deals from more cruiselines, every day.View our current specials.

Peace of mind for your holiday - for 20 years we've delivered exceptional service to our guests. Our awards speak for themselves!

One stop shop - as a full service agency we can help with all your travel needs, open 7 days a week. We can also help with Cruise Gift Cards & the Universal Travel Adapter, an essential for 2013!

Clean Cruising - read the story behind our name and our vision for sustainable cruise holidays - click here.

Meet our team!

Martine Hero

With 31 years in the travel industry, Martine has wide experience in retail, corporate, groups, teaching and tour operating. Having lived in Europe/UK for 8 years before returning to Australia, her 7 years in tour operating and escorting tours helped her understand exactly what clients want on their holiday. Martine has a passion for cruises to exotic destinations... and singing!

"Never let the world's problems stop you from travelling."

Connect with Martine today on
1800 121187 and get more from your next cruise!

Don't miss out on Dawn Princess over 75 exciting nights on the Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise exploring New Zealand. This cruise sails from Sydney, the cruise will take you to 30 ports in 14 countries before returning to Sydney. Your 4 star cruise from Princess Cruises has forward departures, but is unfortunately sold out for this departure.

BONUS up to $1,000 onboard cabin credit for this cruise!

Day Date Port of call Arrival Departure
1 Fri 27 Jul 2012 Sydney, Australia 4.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Cruise ships berthed at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) access sweeping views of the harbour, Opera House, CBD, Circular Quay ferry terminal, and Sydney Harbour Bridge – all within a few minutes’ walk. The OPT is currently undergoing a major expansion to berth vessels with 5000+ passengers. The new White Bay Cruise Terminal, for mid-sized vessels that can pass under the Bridge, docks two cruise ships. Facilities at both terminals are efficient, though White Bay is 30 minutes’ drive by taxi or shuttle bus to the CBD and Central Station. Long term car parking is not too far away from each terminal. During the crowded summer season cruise ships occasionally tender passengers from Athol Buoy and Point Piper Buoy. QM2 has docked at Garden Island Naval Base.

Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is Australia's first and largest city. Astride the magnificent Sydney Harbour, it has come a long way from its convict beginnings in 1788, but still exudes a rough and colonial energy. Soak up Sydney’s gorgeous harbour on a wide range of vessels including yachts, tall ships, catamarans, or even kayaks. If adventurous try a jet boat ride, or perhaps decide that there's no better way to see the sights than on a Sydney Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Harbour Cruise. Take surfing lessons at Manly and Bondi Beaches. On the harbour’s north shore are Taronga Zoo and the Sydney Aquarium, and on a tiny island in the middle of the harbour tour historic Fort Denison.

Adjacent to the OPT investigate The Rocks precinct with its images of a colourful convict past. Day options include a climb to the top of the ‘Coathanger’, tour of the Opera House, dining at the Skywalk of Sydney Tower, strolling in Hyde Park, dining at an ethnic restaurant, Duty-Free shopping, and striking up a conversation with friendly locals. One-day coach tours visit the highlights of Sydney, Hunter Valley wine region, and the spectacular Blue Mountains. Take a scenic flight over the Harbour and Pacific surfing coastline. For lovers of sport, whale-watching, sky diving, and hot air ballooning are also on offer.

more/less...
2 Sat 28 Jul 2012 At Sea
3 Sun 29 Jul 2012 At Sea
4 Mon 30 Jul 2012 At Sea
5 Tue 31 Jul 2012 At Sea
6 Wed 1 Aug 2012 At Sea
7 Thu 2 Aug 2012 Darwin, Australia 8.00am 5.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise The new Darwin cruise ship terminal, adjacent to Stokes Hill wharf waterfront area and convention centre, is only one kilometre from Darwin’s CBD. Modern amenities, hotels and parking are right there, alongside a mini-market with beautiful local productions – Aboriginal art and crafts, diamonds and opals, and eateries, all very distinctive of the Top End. Darwin is a home port for the small luxury vessels Coral Princess, Oceanic Discoverer, and Orion that explore the Kimberley coast to Broome. A score of cruise ship lines include Darwin in their itineraries for Australia, Indonesia, South-East Asia and World Cruises. The harbour, seven times the area of Sydney Harbour, and bounded by mangrove forest, offers great fishing, sunken ships and sea life.

Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory, Australia. Its tropical climate has two seasons, Wet and Dry. The hottest month is November, just before the onset of the monsoon season, locally known as 'Mango Madness' season. Originally a pioneer outpost, Darwin has been rebuilt twice. Air raids during World War II landed more bombs than on Pearl Harbour. Then came the devastation of Cyclone Tracy in 1974 that flattened 70% of the city. Visits to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the East Point Military Museum, the Aviation Heritage Centre, and the Myilly Point Historical Precinct, give one a truly fascinating understanding and 'feel' for the local history.

The lazy beaches, modern wave pool, buzzing markets, the orchids and traditional Aboriginal plants in the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, and numerous annual festivals make Darwin a cultural melting pot of exotic smells and flavours. Stroll around this vibrant, cosmopolitan, yet casual city, passing the occasional busker intoning the droning sound of a didgeridoo. Quite special. Truly a young city rich in history and cultural heritage.

more/less...
8 Fri 3 Aug 2012 At Sea
9 Sat 4 Aug 2012 At Sea
10 Sun 5 Aug 2012 At Sea
11 Mon 6 Aug 2012 At Sea
12 Tue 7 Aug 2012 Singapore, Singapore 8.00am 6.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Singapore is an island nation located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. It lies 137 km N of the Equator, just south of the Malaysian state of Johor. One of the few remaining city-states in the world, Singapore is a thriving cosmopolitan city that is brimming with diversity and has a multiplicity of culture, language, arts and architecture and a world famous variety of cuisine. You'll find historic sites like the Thian Hock Keng temple, superlative shopping, including gargantuan malls, and numerous beaches. You will certainly not be surprised to know that over ten million tourists visit Singapore each year.

Before the shops open at 11 am visit the famed Botanic Gardens with its virgin rainforest and its magnificent orchids, and have a delightful breakfast at the food court at Tanglin Gate. Then you will probably gravitate to the famed retail stretch of Orchard Road. Continue on to see the 'real Singapore'. Visit the amazing artwork at the Ritz Carlton, tour the unheralded Chinatown Heritage Centre, go to Haji Lane for some unique shopping, take a ride on the 165 m high Flyer, and perhaps travel to Dempsey Hill and enjoy the historical setting as well as eat at the White Rabbit.

There are a series of delightful tours that include the famous Raffles Hotel, harbour cruises, visiting the famous Sentosa Island by the scenic cable car and which offers some truly fantastic experiences for children and adults alike. Or, take a hop-on-hop-off bus tour with its inviting buses and interesting commentary, and hence get 'a feel' for the island. Singapore also happens to be one of the cleanest and safest cities of its size in the world. Just make sure you heed all the local laws, as penalties here are renowned for being very severe.

more/less...
13 Wed 8 Aug 2012 At Sea
14 Thu 9 Aug 2012 Koh Samui, Thailand 8.00am 5.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Koh Samui is an island off the E coast of the Kra Isthmus in Thailand, about 35 km NE of Surat Thani town. It is Thailand's third largest island, the central part of which is an uninhabitable mountainous jungle. The various lowland areas are connected by a single road that circumnavigates the island. Explore pristine beaches, villages, and relaxing beach-side restaurants, either by hiring a bicycle or hiring a local Samui driver/guide to show you around. The island is truly an oasis of natural beauty, with its white sandy beaches, dazzling coral, luscious lagoons, picturesque waterfalls, swaying coconut trees and crystal clear water.

The Big Buddha, located on the north of the island, is in all the guide books of Samui; but there are several other temples and chedis worth seeking out. Most of the freely distributed maps indicate where the best lookouts are and which waterfalls are notable. Then there are the famous, erotically shaped Hin Ta and Hin Ya rocks at the southern end of Lamai. It is also possible to visit some of the surrounding islands, while a day trip to the gorgeous Ang Thong National Park, which is the least spoilt of all, and accessible with a guide, may be your choice.



more/less...
15 Fri 10 Aug 2012 Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand 7.00am 7.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Bangkok, the capital, largest urban area and primary city of Thailand, is about a two-hour trip from Laem Chabang Port. The city is situated at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River. It is a place where the past, present, and future live harmoniously together, as reflected by the luxury hotels and gleaming skyscrapers that grace the skyline alongside dazzling, historical temples. The city's wealth of cultural landmarks and attractions in addition to its notorious entertainment venues has made it synonymous with exoticism. There are some wonderful boat tours on offer that provide a peaceful, relaxing way of seeing some fantastic sights.

Places well worth visiting include the country's most visited historical venues such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun, as well as the Vimanmek Palace Complex, and a few of its thousands of temples. The National Museum and the National Gallery Museum have wonderful displays of traditional and contemporary works. For something different, visit the Snake and Crocodile Farms, or even the largest outdoor museum in the world, Ancient City, with its replicas of famous buildings. Alternatively, get lost in ancient Siamese history with a river cruise to the famous ruins of Ayuthaya, the Kingdom's former capital.

Be aware that foreign residents and tourists alike complain of widespread scams and blatant price gouging, but by being circumspect, you will thoroughly enjoy this amazing city that draws in eleven million international visitors annually. You are sure to find exactly what you are looking for among dazzling temples, eclectic markets, gleaming palaces, ritzy shopping malls, a famous nightlife and the many things in between. It is one of the most cosmopolitan, contrasting, and above all compelling of Asian cities. Make sure to arrive in Bangkok with a zest to explore, and to make the most of every minute in this magical metropolis.

more/less...
16 Sat 11 Aug 2012 At Sea
17 Sun 12 Aug 2012 Phu My, Vietnam 7.00am 6.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise The port of Phu My in the Mekong delta is one of several gateways to Ho Chi Minh City and the seaside resort of Vung Tau. Explore the National History Museum and Reunification Hall. Browse the shops on Dong Khoi Street and immerse yourself in the myriad of colors, aromas and sights that make up this energetic and enterprising city.

Over a quarter of a century has passed since the Vietnam War ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon. Today, the name of this bustling metropolis on the Mekong River is Ho Chi Minh City. Yet, the essence of the city, a major trading center since the 18th century, remains unchanged. The air is filled with the cries of street hawkers and honking horns. Swarms of motorbikes buzz down the crowded streets balancing every sort of cargo imaginable—from clinging families to coops of live chickens. And everywhere, friendly faces and warm greetings meet you.



more/less...
18 Mon 13 Aug 2012 Nha Trang, Vietnam 8.00am 5.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Nha Trang is a coastal city and capital of Khánh Hòa province, Vietnam. It is possibly best known for its bay, one of the most beautiful in the world, and the excellent scuba diving. It is a popular destination for locals, international tourists and large numbers of backpackers. The setting is stunning, with towering mountains looming up behind the city and the sweeping beach stretching into the distance, the turquoise waters dotted with little islands. The beachfront has been given a huge makeover in recent years, with parks and sculpture-gardens spread along the shorefront. The city has the alluring combination of being pleasant on the eye, inexpensive and culturally interesting.

If you are a keen photographer then do visit the internationally renowned Long Thanh Photo Studio with a permanent exhibition gallery open to the public. The Alexandre Yersin Museum, which is known for its displays of scientific history, and the National Oceanographic Museum are also of interest to many. There are some great day tours as well, such as visiting interesting religious sites including Po Ngar Cham Towers and the Long Son Pagoda, or perhaps soaking in mineral mud at the Thap Bo Hot Spring Centre. Then there are the cooking classes, which start with buying products at the markets, and finish with a terrific meal.

It is not only the blissful beaches and glorious coastline that define Nha Trang. It also offers some wonderful dining with meals based on the bounty of the sea, and an array of international flavours. Snorkelling, kayaking, mountain biking and even motorbiking, all offer varied landscapes of the province. Alternatively, located 60km from the city center, with the height of 1578m, Hon Ba Peak, with its pure air and cool temperature, allows for walks to observe some of the 60 endangered species living in the mountain, as well as some delightful flora.

more/less...
19 Tue 14 Aug 2012 At Sea
20 Wed 15 Aug 2012 Hong Kong, Hong Kong 8.00am 11.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Hong Kong, situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and the South China Sea, is a kaleidoscope of life, a sophisticated fusion of East and West, a city of diversity where new and old meet at every turn. Hong Kong offers a host of memorable tourist attractions within its compact area. Victoria Harbour and the Giant Buddha are among the most awe-inspiring. Then take the famous Escalator and the Tram to the Peak, the tallest point on the island, with some of the most expensive homes to be found anywhere. When there, take a short walk to escape the crowds and be rewarded with some excellent harbour views.

Take a half day tour of the island for an overall picture, and be amazed, not only by the diverse contrasts, but also the close proximity of astonishing cityscapes and soaring mountains, heritage sites, and extensive countryside. All this truly opens a window into what will be, while embracing what has passed. Well-known attractions include: Ocean Park; Buddhist Monasteries; Kowloon; the New Territories; Long Island; or - for children - Hong Kong Disneyland Theme Park. Then visit the Heritage Museum, which brings Hong Kong’s culture to life. You could even choose to make a simulated flight landing in Kai Tak in Hong Kong.

Although it is not the largest part of the territory, Hong Kong Island is the place that many tourists regard as the main focus. To get the best views of Hong Kong, leave the island and head for the opposite Kowloon waterfront. The great majority of Hong Kong Island's urban development is densely packed on reclaimed land along the northern shore. This is the place that the British colonisers took as their own, so if you are looking for evidence of the territory's colonial past, this is a good place to start. It is the island that gives the territory Hong Kong its name.

more/less...
21 Thu 16 Aug 2012 At Sea
22 Fri 17 Aug 2012 At Sea
23 Sat 18 Aug 2012 Shanghai, China 7.00am 6.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Shanghai, at the mouth of the Yangtze River on the mid-coast of mainland China, is the most populous city in the People's Republic. It is the largest centre of commerce and finance on mainland China, and is the 'show-piece' of the world's fastest growing major economy. It is a major cruise port rivalling Hong Kong and Singapore. By late 2014 72-hour visa-free stays for tourists are expected. Go to the Bund to watch ships on the river and marvel at the huge variety of architectural styles on display, or watch the crowds pass by in People’s Square. Shoppers should make a beeline for the Fabric Market, where you can have a suit or dress tailor-made for you at bargain prices.

Nanjing Road is Shanghai's world-famous shopping paradise, but there are great shopping districts throughout the city, and taxi fares are very reasonable. Enjoy visiting the many beautiful museums and theatres, including the Shanghai Art Museum, the Natural History Museum, and then perhaps take a ride on the world's first magnetic levitation train. As there were so many concessions to Western powers during the turn of the 20th century, the city has everything from classic Parisian style, to Tudor style buildings that give an English flair, and 1930s buildings reminiscent of New York or Chicago. At night, enjoy the spectacular neon lights.

The city is a tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as the Bund and the City God Temple, and its ever-expanding Pudong skyline including the 468m Oriental Pearl Tower. Shanghai is the hotspot of modern China, a cosmopolitan city buzzing with the concept of 'lifestyle revolution', showcased in the architectural temples of art, fine dining and contemporary urban living. Enjoy your visit to this scintillating city, swirling with rapid cultural change. There are also beautiful parks and temples to visit. Western customs and Chinese traditions intertwined and formed Shanghai's culture, making a visitor's stay truly memorable.

more/less...
24 Sun 19 Aug 2012 At Sea
25 Mon 20 Aug 2012 At Sea
26 Tue 21 Aug 2012 Beijing (Tanggu), China 4.00am 7.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Beijing, in Tanggu Province, northern China, is the capital of the People's Republic of China and the nation's political, economic, cultural and educational centre. It is also China's most important centre for international trade and communications. Each year sees about 4.4 million international visitors join with 140 million Chinese tourists to visit this popular tourist destination. Renowned tourist attractions include the: Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Ming Tombs, the National Stadium, and not least Tiananmen Square. As the cultural centre of China, it is rich in historical sites and important government and cultural institutions.

Don't neglect to take a rickshaw ride or a tour to the Beijing Hutongs, a wonderful way to reflect on the local people’s lives. Indeed there are around twenty practical day tours worth including, and these include bicycling and walking tours. Places of interest are: Fragrant Hill Park, Niujie Mosque, 798 Factory Art District, Beijing World Park, Lugou Bridge, Songshan Nature Reserve, Yangi Lake Amusement Park, and the wonderful spectacle of the Yinhu Cave. Enjoy shopping for a bargain, perhaps view an acrobatic performance, and thoroughly enjoy the delicious food, especially a Peking Duck dinner.

Street food in Beijing is located in Gui Street and showcases many excellent cuisines. Stretching over 1km, 90% of the commercial shops in the street house more than 150 eateries. You can definitely find most of the larger restaurants here. Shoppers should be aware that at nearly all markets in Beijing, bartering is essential. When browsing through large, ‘touristy’ shopping areas, do not put it beneath your dignity to start bargaining at 15% of the vendor's initial asking price. In fact, final prices can often be as low as 15%-20% of the initial asking price.

more/less...
27 Wed 22 Aug 2012 At Sea
28 Thu 23 Aug 2012 Pusan, South Korea 12.00pm 6.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Pusan, the second largest city and principal port of South Korea, is situated in the SE of the peninsula on the Korea Strait. The city has many steep hills, creating a delightful mix of mountains and ocean. While Pusan was relatively untouched during the Korean War, the flood of refugees has shaped the city. Tourists often come to this region to hike and to visit the Buddhist Temples located deep within the region's mountains. The Beomeosa Temple, founded in 678 AD, is perhaps one of the most frequented temples in the area and is always packed with worshipers and tourists. For art buffs, Busan offers several museums and historical buildings.

Pusan is famous for its seafood, beaches (such as Haeundae Beach district with its carnival board-walk, and Gwangalli Beach with its famed cafes, bars and restaurants), and the Hallyosudo Waterway with its picturesque islands. You will enjoy shopping at the local branch of the Lotte Duty Free Department Store, and E-Mart, as well as strolling in the scenic Taejongdae Park with its great sea views. Also worth visiting is the large Busan Aquarium with its 3D ride and excellent displays, while the Haeundae Cruise Boat that starts from the ferry terminal provides a one-hour trip that offers breathtaking views of fantastically shaped cliffs.

Take the reasonably priced all-day hop-on hop-off City Tour Bus, and visit PIFF Square, which is full of movie memorabilia, shopping and various outlets of great food. You will enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. Also of great interest are the Theme Park, Shinsegae Centum City Spaland, the Jagalchi Market, Jump (a comic martial arts performance), and the Pusan Museum, as well as several interesting temples. There is certainly a fascinating variety of places to visit in this, the fifth largest port in the world. If scenery is your interest, try visiting Dongbaek Island, or bird watch at the Nakdong river estuary.

more/less...
29 Fri 24 Aug 2012 At Sea
30 Sat 25 Aug 2012 Vladivostok, Russia 5.30am 7.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise The largest Russian port of the Pacific coast, Vladivostok is located less than 100 km east of the Chinese border, and just across from the main Japanese island of Honshu. Home base of the Russian Pacific Fleet, it also happens to be one of Russia's greatest cities ideal for walking around. Long-dead volcanic hills give the city a patchwork layer-cake effect. All manner of buildings arise from different levels and eras. For example, one finds a gutted wooden house at the foot of a Krushchevsky apartment block, topped by a shiny new casino, and beyond that sea and sky. On Pushkin Street the American Consulate's next door neighbour is a burnt-out shell. Wherever you walk, you're going up or down, and it is a rare moment when you can't get a glimpse of the sea.

There are numerous beautiful architectural buildings dotted throughout the city. The Railroad Terminal, for example, looks more like a palace for the Tsars, while Svetlanskaya Street (Central Street) is lined with fascinating memorial buildings. For a fantastic view of the city, including the Golden Horn Bay and the amazing new bridge, be sure to take the cable car or climb to the top of Eagle’s Nest Mount. The Vladivostok Fortress attracts many visitors, though many realise it is actually an excellent Museum of military history. The fact is, the "fortress" consists of plenty of forts scattered around all the territory of Vladivostok, its suburbs and some islands.

Another historical museum is the S-56 Submarine Museum that provides visitors the opportunity to see interesting wartime history inside a real submarine. Russian Island offers the opportunity to relax on the lovely beaches, swim in the warm sea or explore a lot of the ancient fortress. Another great spot in which to relax is the State Marine Conservation Area, a national park with delightful flora and fauna. For those who love old cars the Automotive Antique Museum, though out of town, is very well worth the visit.

more/less...
31 Sun 26 Aug 2012 At Sea
32 Mon 27 Aug 2012 At Sea
33 Tue 28 Aug 2012 Yokohama, Japan 6.00am 6.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Yokohama is located on the western coast of Tokyo Bay, less than half an hour's train journey directly south of Tokyo. It is the second largest city in Japan and one of the cities most visited by foreigners. Despite being devastated by bombings in WWII it remains a maritime city and retains an international flavour. Nissan and city of Yokohama have launched Japan’s first-ever car-sharing program with ultra-compact EVs (electric vehicles). The main objectives of the project are to reduce carbon emissions on public roads, improve the quality of transportation in the city, and promote tourism.

Among its many attractions are Yamashita Park along the waterfront with the famous ship Hikawa Maru (that now serves as a museum), the nearby Yokohama Marine Tower, Zoorasia (one of Japan's largest and best kept zoos with animals from as far away as the Amazon and Africa). Then there’s the largest of Japan's Chinatowns, Yamate and Motomachi (former residential areas of foreign merchants), and The Ramen Museum which is dedicated entirely to a very popular Japanese noodle dish. If interested in shopping, then the Suit Company Yokohama Station West must be visited. This company is a long-trusted retailer of quality clothing for both men and women, at affordable prices.

Needless to say there are a large number of other fascinating shopping venues. If you have some time take a half-day excursion to Sankei-en, an extensive Japanese Garden just south of Yokohama, that provides a perfect setting with its picturesque temples and other ancient buildings. For relaxation, visit the Negishhi Forest and the picturesque Seseragi Parks. Many enjoy visiting the Tattoos History Museum. Whatever you do, you are sure to enjoy this spacious and open harbour frontage city, with its generally low-rise skyline.

more/less...
34 Wed 29 Aug 2012 At Sea
35 Thu 30 Aug 2012 At Sea
36 Fri 31 Aug 2012 At Sea
37 Sat 1 Sep 2012 At Sea
38 Sun 2 Sep 2012 At Sea
39 Mon 3 Sep 2012 At Sea
40 Tue 4 Sep 2012 Anchorage (Whittier), USA 8.00am 8.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Ships call at the ports of Seward and Whittier on the SE coast of Alaska as gateways to Anchorage, which is home to almost half the population of Alaska. What better way to see Alaska than taking the impressive train ride from Seward to Anchorage. You'll see wild animals, beautiful scenery, and enjoy a great meal in the diner car. On arrival be sure to visit the historical Alaska Railroad depot, walk the streets to discover interesting restaurants and a great range of stores (such as Modern Dwellers), and meet very friendly locals. Set alongside magnificent scenery, Anchorage is an unforgettable destination.

The best way to absorb Anchorage's rich and varied history is to visit one of the state's most popular attractions, the modern Anchorage Museum of History and Art in the centre of town. In addition to its rotating exhibitions, the museum features the permanent Alaska Gallery with large areas of exhibition space dedicated to very informative depictions of Alaskan history. The Anchorage Zoo provides an excellent overview of animals of the area, such as the opportunity to view polar bears playing under the water.

The Alaska Native Heritage Centre, a renowned cultural centre and museum in Anchorage, is an exciting place where all people can come to expand their understanding of Alaska's first people. Here we share the rich heritage of Alaska's eleven cultural groups drawing upon the lifeways of long ago, the wisdom of our elders, and the traditions that endure. Its goal is to encourage cross-cultural exchanges among all people. Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, with its two active volcanoes, also provides visitors with a true wilderness experience.

more/less...
41 Wed 5 Sep 2012 Hubbard Glacier, USA 1.00pm 6.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Marching to the beat of a different drum, Hubbard Glacier is advancing while the rest of Alaska's ice rivers are receding rapidly. In 1986 and again in 2002 the glacier galloped forward, closing off Russell Fjord to create an entirely new lake. These phenomena quickly passed and were followed by short retreats, but the glacier is once again on the move and Russell Fjord is headed for another spell as an inland body of water. Hubbard Glacier is the longest tidewater glacier in Alaska, extending over 120 km from its source on Mt Logan in the Yukon.

As Hubbard advances it creaks and groans as it moves and is a very actively calving glacier. This makes for some exciting moments when the huge chunks of ice crash into the bay creating a wonderful sound known locally as 'white thunder'. The sail up to Hubbard is both leisurely and beautiful. Small ice bergs, sometimes with sea birds or seals resting on them, float in the water that is glacial blue. Seals calve on the ice bergs here as Orca whales do not visit the bay.

This huge white and ice blue glacier is lit by the most amazing, unpolluted day light you have ever seen. The ship gets up so close you can pick out the colours and lines all along the Glacier. Then are heard massive cracks, like gunshots, as avalanches and ice drop off the Glacier itself. It is truly an amazing once in a lifetime sight, possibly a Wonder of the World.

more/less...
42 Thu 6 Sep 2012 Sitka, USA 8.00am 6.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Sitka is the fourth largest city by population in Alaska and is situated on the west side of Baranof Island. The flora and fauna of Sitka and its surrounding area are notable attractions. Residents and visitors alike enjoy fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, and simply experiencing all this dynamic town has to offer. Sitka is one of the oldest and most culturally significant communities in Alaska. Floatplane excursions are a breathtaking way to view the area's many sights from ‘up above’.

In the city there are many buildings that reflect the history of this significant Alaskan community, such as: the Pioneer Home, the Russian Bishop’s House, the Alaska Raptor Centre, as well as the Sitka Historical and Sheldon Jackson Museums. Then there are the St Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge, the National Historical Park and the Tongass Natural Forest to appreciate Nature. There are also many religious buildings of significance such as St Michael’s Cathedral and St Peter’s-By-The-Sea Episcopal Church.

Guided hiking day trips, such as climbing the 11 km trail to the top of the dormant volcano Mount Edgecumbie, are large enterprises in Sitka. Kayaking is another popular activity and small guided day excursions are offered locally. Sitka, Alaska, is famous for its spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, and culturally rich history.

more/less...
43 Fri 7 Sep 2012 Juneau, USA 8.00am 6.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Built on a narrow shelf between Mt. Juneau and the deep waters of Gastineau Channel, Juneau is Alaska's state capital and a rewarding destination for glacier viewing. Juneau is a blend of fishermen and teachers, legislators and artists, homemakers and lawyers, union workers and frontier entrepreneurs, students and Native elders, all sharing an active port city within an inspiring wilderness setting. Visitors often take the Mount Roberts Tramway, an aerial tramway, that takes them from the cruise ship docks up to the SW ridge of Mount Roberts, providing great scenic views of Juneau and the Gastineau Channel. Twenty kilometres out of town is the Mendenhall glacier, a must-see.

In front of the federal building, the large fountain with its bronze statue of pelicans, which are not indigenous to Alaska, is most appealing. Juneau is home to the Alaska State Museum, which contains a life-sized eagle tree, as well as other permanent galleries. However, you must visit the Red Dog Saloon with its swinging doors, sawdust floors, and flag covered ceiling. The cherished memorabilia that includes Wyatt Earp's gun, a walrus oosik (a walrus penis bone), trophy, wildlife mounts, historical posters, photographs, and currency signed by miners, simply just blows one away.

Juneau Whale Watch’s custom boats depart from Auke Bay Harbour and explore Alaska’s Inside Passage for the best Juneau whale watching. May through September this spot is the playground for whales, eagles, Orca, bears, as well as a number of different seabirds. In fact it is one of the largest concentrations of Humpback whales found anywhere on the planet. That’s how they can guarantee that whales will be seen. On top of that visitors will witness some of the most spectacular views, sharp rising snow-capped mountains on either side of calm, clear blue water, surrounded by lush green fir trees.

more/less...
44 Sat 8 Sep 2012 Glacier Bay, USA 6.00am 3.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Glacier Bay, situated in SE Alaska, USA, was originally a large single glacier of solid ice until early in the 18th century. Since it started retreating, it has left about 50 glaciers in its trail and become the largest protected water area park in the world. While its many branches, inlets, lagoons, islands, and channels provide prospects for scientific exploration, it is primarily an amazing visual spectacle. Glaciers descending from high snow-capped mountains into the bay create spectacular displays of ice and iceberg formations.

Interestingly, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve includes nine tidewater glaciers, four of which actively carve icebergs into the bay. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also famous for its wildlife that include grizzly and black bears, moose, black-tailed deer, mountain goats, wolves, lynx, sea otters, seals, sea lions, Pacific white-sided dolphins, orcas, humpback whales, bald eagles, and gulls, as well over 200 bird species.

Cruise ships typically spend a full day (9-10 hours) in Glacier Bay including a stop at a major tidewater glacier. National Park Service park rangers come on beard to provide a narrative about important aspects of the visit, give a presentation about the park, and answer passengers' questions. They often have a bookstore with maps and brochures as well as a variety of exhibits/hands-on materials to enhance your visit.

more/less...
45 Sun 9 Sep 2012 At Sea
46 Mon 10 Sep 2012 Vancouver, Canada 1.00pm 11.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Vancouver is a sophisticated coastal city located to the south of British Columbia, Canada. The city is linguistically and ethnically diverse as reflected in the fact that 52 percent of its inhabitants do not speak English as their first language. Ranked highly in worldwide ‘liveable city’ rankings for many years and being surrounded by nature’s scenery at its best, makes tourism its second largest industry. This beautiful city brims with attractions such as Vancouver's Olympic Village located on the SE side of False Creek, which offers stunning views of the city's downtown skyline and Coastal mountains.

The city is also renowned for its unique dining experiences, boutiques, and shopping districts such as Antique Row, and exotic Chinatown. Don’t miss the historically renovated Gastown - the oldest downtown neighborhood - filled with great souvenirs, good food, and Native Arts and Crafts. If you are looking for funky, hip stuff, then visit Commercial Drive and Central Granville. To relax, visit the delightful Stanley Park, resplendent with its deep forest, totem poles, and scenic promenades. Its nickname Hollywood North comes as no surprise, as it is the third- largest film production centre in North America.

Of great assistance to visitors is the very modern Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre. Here one finds helpful volunteers to find pictures and maps for all kinds of locations, including all the restaurants, attractions, activity information, and coupons. Also available is the public transportation map, which is helpful to get around the town if you want to go outside of walking distance, and don't want to use rental car or cab. Also popular with visitors are: Granville Island that offers a feast for the senses; Grouse Mountain, especially in the snow season for skiing and snowboarding; and Whistler, a luxurious slice of paradise just a two hour drive away.

more/less...
47 Tue 11 Sep 2012 Victoria, Canada 7.00am 1.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada, and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast. It is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific NW, with British settlement beginning in 1841, and it still retains a number of historic buildings close to the harbour. The city certainly has a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences. As an island destination, Victoria offers visitors an escape from the hurried world and beams with ambience. Boasting the mildest climate in Canada it is green and beautiful year-round.

The juxtaposition of stunning heritage architecture framed by ocean views and mountain vistas, together with high tea at the Empress hotel, open air double-decker buses, turreted castles, fine British woollens and delicate china, all contribute to making Victoria a truly unique place to visit. Be sure to take a tour of the city on foot, by boat, or by coach. In Victoria, heritage architecture, colourful gardens and traditions like afternoon tea, mix with a plethora of outdoor adventure, world-class culinary experiences, as well as a vibrant arts and culture scene.

Here are some world-class attractions that are really worth checking out: the Butchart Gardens that earn every superlative for its impeccable reputation, the Provincial Museum and Imax Theatre, Whale Watching, the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, and the Craigdarroch and Hatley castles. Also available are many kilometres of hiking, biking and walking trails. This, combined with the wild beauty of the Pacific Ocean and old-growth rainforests set against a backdrop of the Olympic Mountains, makes Victoria the perfect getaway. All will enjoy the natural beauty, temperate climate and heritage interest that Victoria offers.

more/less...
48 Wed 12 Sep 2012 At Sea
49 Thu 13 Sep 2012 San Francisco, USA 7.00am 7.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise San Francisco, on the Californian coast, is one of America’s most attractive cities with its famous Golden Gate Bridge, steep streets that provide panoramic views of the beautiful San Francisco Bay and surrounding mountains, and its eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture. Perhaps also famous for the nearby Silicon Valley, this ‘City by the Bay’ has become even more international with large numbers of immigrants from Asia and Latin America. Explore the amazing Fisherman’s Wharf that offers great food, and the numerous boutiques. Take a hop-on hop-off bus that crosses the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy the beautiful scenery and expensive homes at the Marin Headlands.

Cruise on one of the many ferries, visit the famed Alcatraz Island with its abandoned prison in the middle of the bay, and possibly even visit Oakland and Berkeley that lie just across the Bay. One couldn’t possibly leave without taking a ride on one of its antique cable cars that still shuttle passengers up and down the city slopes. Then there are the ethnic neighbourhoods like Chinatown and Japantown, each with their traditional shops and their own uniqueness. North Beach is known as an Italian neighbourhood, the Mission District as a Hispanic community, and Castro Street for its gay and lesbian population.

The unique mixture of diverse cultures is reflected in the great San Francisco cuisine. There are many highlight walks you can take. Some of the best ones are: Fillmore, between Pine and Broadway, lined with a good mix of shopping, views, steep slopes, and some of the city's largest and most expensive homes; and Columbus that runs from North Point in Fisherman's Wharf, through the grand church, and famous cafes at the heart of North Beach to the landmark Transamerica pyramid. A day’s coach tour will take you to Yosemite National Park.

more/less...
50 Fri 14 Sep 2012 At Sea
51 Sat 15 Sep 2012 At Sea
52 Sun 16 Sep 2012 At Sea
53 Mon 17 Sep 2012 At Sea
54 Tue 18 Sep 2012 Hilo, USA 9.00am 6.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Hilo is an impressively beautiful town and the largest settlement in Hawaii, overlooking Hilo Bay with beaches, caves, rivers, and waterfalls within its limits. The town is near two shield volcanoes, Mauna Loa, considered active, and Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano where some of the best ground-based astronomical observatories are placed. Though not necessarily seen as a tourist town, if you can do without a few amenities, you will be thoroughly rewarded here.

Visit: the Rainbow Falls in a gorge blanketed with lush vegetation, the Tropical Botanical Gardens with its delightful flowers and wonderful views of the ocean, the Lili'uokalani gardens to absorb its quaint Japanese features, and the Nauna Loa Macadamia Nut Visitors Centre to enjoy the famous nuts. Also on offer are helicopter rides that provide an excellent overview of the entire island.

If travelling to the Kiouea and Volcano National Park to see its active volcano, then be sure to stop and see the delightful Akatsuda Orchid Gardens. The Tsunami Museum and the Lyman Mission House and Museum present fascinating historical facts about the area, and if you wish to experience something truly different, then visit the Punakuu black-sand beach and watch the green turtles basking.

more/less...
55 Wed 19 Sep 2012 Honolulu, USA 7.00am 11.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise The birthplace of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the Unites States, Honolulu is the cultural, industrial, commercial, and governmental centre of Hawaii, with Waikiki Beach the epicentre of the tourist industry. It is a thriving world-class city, with nearly one million people in its metropolitan area. Oahu is the most popular of the Hawaiian Islands, and as the city is packed with sights, activities, and tourist attractions, it is easy to understand why there is so much to do in this southernmost major U.S. city. It is also a major hub for international business, military defense, as well as famously being host to a diverse variety of east-west and Pacific culture, cuisine, and traditions.

While most of us are aware that the beaches around Honolulu are exquisite, and include the world famous Waikiki Beach, as well as Kahaloa and Ulukou Beaches, which also offer superb swimming and plenty of activities for the whole family. Places that could well make up your short list are: the excellent Honolulu Zoo where animals wander around freely, and includes a petting zoo; the beautifully restored 19th century Iolani palace; and a free visit to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel that is a fascinating landmark of Waikki Beach.

Of great interest are shopping venues, such as the Aloha Tower Marketplace complex that consists of numerous shops featuring not only clothing, but also jewellery and art. The complex also offers a great choice of restaurants and expansive views of the harbour from the Aloha Tower observation deck. Another exciting venue is the mysterious and historical Chinatown. With its colourful combination of SE Asian cultures and numerous restaurants and medicine shops, it certainly is an amazing experience.

more/less...
56 Thu 20 Sep 2012 Nawiliwili, USA 8.00am 5.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Nawiliwili is a large beach park and port on the SE of the island of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands. One of the wettest spots on Earth, with an annual average rainfall of over 11 meters, it is located on the east side of Mount Wai'ale'ale. The high annual rainfall has eroded deep valleys in the central mountains resulting in canyons with many scenic waterfalls. Sport fishing is excellent in the harbour while great snorkel and dive opportunities are also available. It also provides access to Poipu Beach, one of the best beaches in Hawaii as well as the opportunity to experience a helicopter tour.

If you want to shop, have a great lunch and get some sunshine then simply walk over to Nearby Kalapaki Beach with its great little shopping malls – one right on the beach - and simply relax on the beach or participate in snorkelling, safe swimming, as well as surfing. The Wailua River boat trip to the Fern Grotto is always appreciated as there is great shopping at Coconut Plantation just beyond the river. The scenery is delightful, while the town of Hanalei is a wonderful little community with eclectic boutiques, shops and small wonderfully rustic restaurants.

Many regard the helicopter tour of Mt. Waialeale, Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast as awesome, a ‘must-do’ and something that will be remembered forever. The helicopters will take you up the canyon, to the Alakai Swamp, by numerous waterfalls, into the main canyon walls and much, much more. You may also get to land at the amazing island of Niihau, a small island of some 250 full blooded Hawaiians, and absorb their natural way of life and culture.

more/less...
57 Fri 21 Sep 2012 Maui, USA 7.00am 6.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise The Island of Maui, the Magic Isle of Hawaii, is surrounded by 48km of beautiful beaches that are known for quiet waters in the summer, and being a whitewater playground for the surfing elite in winter. An ideal way of seeing the island is to travel by car or bus and visit such places as Paia, a small town on the island with a collection of quaint shops, along with art galleries and great local food at casual restaurants. Here, natural wonders set your spirit free and the warm ‘aloha’ of Maui's people fills your heart with a sense of belonging.

Things that are popular amongst visitors include: the ‘must-do’ of experiencing a traditional Hawaiian luau, and if time permits a journey to Pearl Harbour to reflect on an era of amazing conflict and courage. Then there is the opportunity to go on a volcanic adventure on Big Island, or take a dive in the Atlantis Maui Submarine. Be transported to the Maui of yesteryear on the Lahaina train, one of the last remaining sugar-cane trains in Hawaii. On this trip you will be able to enjoy panoramic views and even do some whale watching.

While helicopter tours are available, simply driving along the Hana Highway, one can visit the Keanae Peninsula and delight in Mother Nature’s Art Gallery that includes rainbow eucalyptus trees, yellow ginger blossoms and the flaming red awaphui giner that make for a palette of many colours. When visitors reach the town of Hana they agree that it is one of the most unforgettable and remote towns in Hawaii. A little more driving brings one to the cascading and fascinating Wailua Falls.

more/less...
58 Sat 22 Sep 2012 At Sea
59 Sun 23 Sep 2012 At Sea
60 Mon 24 Sep 2012 At Sea
61 Tue 25 Sep 2012 At Sea
62 Wed 26 Sep 2012 At Sea
63 Thu 27 Sep 2012 Papeete, French Polynesia 8.00am 9.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise The city of Papeete is the capital of Tahiti, the largest of the French Polynesian Islands. With its pleasant warm tropical climate, city-lovers will enjoy Papeete's chic shops, specialist stores and boutiques, together with the lively mix of French, Polynesian, and Chinese cultures. Shop around for the best hire car deal, and enjoy driving along the broad avenue by the famous waterfront, and then venture forth along the four-lane express way that links the city with the trendy suburban districts of Punaauia and Paea on the west coast. Its suburbs creep up the mountains overlooking the city and sprawl for miles along the coast in both directions.

There are also bus, mini-van and catamaran tours available. Take the time to visit some of the well known attractions such as the Robert WAN Pearl Museum, with its beautiful but detailed and fascinating exhibits, that is the only museum in the world that is dedicated to pearls. Eating at the Roulottes should be a priority. The roulottes are a series of caravans, cooking and serving a range of local dishes on the spot, which makes for a relaxing, safe and friendly, experience. Other interesting sights include: Bougainville Park, the Cathedral of Notre Dame of Papeete, the presidential Palace and the Town Hall to name but a few.

All beaches are technically public property, but getting to them is often difficult. However activities include all the water sports, as the marine life is exquisite, with the hugely popular humpback whale topping the list. Enjoy the great restaurant options, museums, and the numerous arts and crafts galleries and shops, but do not forget the daily Municipal Markets. You could even go outside the city limits and visit delightful botanical gardens and a Lagoonarium. Above all you will thoroughly enjoy your visit to the Island of Love, the island of legends.

more/less...
64 Fri 28 Sep 2012 Bora Bora, French Polynesia 8.00am 6.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, and as the mysteries and romance associated with the words Bora Bora bring an almost mystical presence to the island, it is arguably the most famous island in the world. Part of the allure has to be its almost unbelievable beauty. Two towering peaks of sheer black rock dominate the centre of the island and make an impressive backdrop to an assortment of blue waters that will dazzle the eyes. Whatever one chooses to do, visitors will thoroughly revel in this wonderful Polynesian island paradise.

Bora Bora is predestined for snorkelling and scuba diving in and around its lagoon, its most treasured feature, while you can also jet ski, windsurf, or simply bask in its warmth. Many species of sharks and rays inhabit the surrounding body of water, and there are a few dive operators on the island offering manta ray, and shark-feeding dives. While most of the tourist destinations are aqua-centric and public transport on the island is nonexistent, it is possible to visit attractions on land such as the seven WWII cannons, giant cannons that were put in place by the United States during World War II.

Bicycles are the recommended method of transport and there are also small ‘fun-cars’ for hire in Vaitape, the administrative centre. One can also rent a motorboat to explore the lagoon. There are a variety of tours and safaris available, including the opportunity to go scuba diving from a submarine, as well as simply enjoy relaxing in a glass-bottomed boat, enjoy a motu picnic, and learn about the local culture. Shopping for the famed black pearls and jewellery, or visiting the local restaurants, are also welcome activities.

more/less...
65 Sat 29 Sep 2012 At Sea
66 Sun 30 Sep 2012 At Sea
67 Mon 1 Oct 2012 Apia, Samoa 8.00am 5.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Apia, town and capital of Samoa, is located on the northern shore of Upolu Island in the South Pacific Ocean. The only city in Samoa, Apia is the country's chief port and economic centre. It is situated on a natural harbour at the mouth of the Vaisigano River, with Mount Vaea, the burial place of the writer Robert Louis Stevenson, directly to its south. He spent the last four years of his life here, and his home 'Vailima' is now a museum in his honour, and a visit is highly recommended.

While there are modern buildings in Apia, there is still the atmosphere of a trading town in colonial times. There is, for example, just up from the old courthouse, the European Cemetery, with graves of early German settlers. Add to this the Flea Market, the Fish Market, and the John Williams Memorial, and you will enjoy 'getting to know' the city. You can, of course, enjoy a range of activities which include deep sea fishing, snorkelling, diving, caving, yachting, or even playing golf.

Other places of interest are the spectacular Papapapaitai Falls, which plunge more than 150 m into a volcanic crater, surrounded by lush rain forest, and the the Papasee'a Sliding Rock, for all ages to enjoy sliding down various sized waterfalls. Be sure to organise a cab to get you back at the end of the day. The restaurants offer a wide range of delightful food and drinks. Enjoy taking in the picturesque beaches and sights of Apia.

more/less...
68 Tue 2 Oct 2012 At Sea
69 Wed 3 Oct 2012 At Sea
70 Thu 4 Oct 2012 At Sea
71 Fri 5 Oct 2012 At Sea
72 Sat 6 Oct 2012 Auckland, New Zealand 7.00am 8.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Auckland, set on 52 dormant volcanic cones and known as the ‘City of Sails’, is New Zealand's biggest city and has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. Situated on a narrow isthmus, it is one of the few cities in the world to have harbours on two separate bodies of water, the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Places to be visited in the city include not only the central business district and the inner city park also known as the Domain, but also the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby, with its colonial era homes. Travel to the summit of Mt Victoria with stunning panoramic views of Auckland City, and then visit Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere.

Hop On Hop Off buses for the city depart from Queens Wharf cruise terminal. Daily departures from Viaduct Harbour of the Whale and Dolphin Safari offer a guaranteed viewing of dolphins or whales as well as other captivating animals on every trip. If more adventurous take an hour and a half Auckland Bridge Climb, go hot air ballooning, or participate in bungy-jumping that operates daily and is available to anyone aged 10 years or over. Also on offer are Canyoning Adventures at various levels of difficulty with no experience required. With tours catering for all kinds of travellers, you will thoroughly enjoy your visit.

Wherever you are in Auckland you're never far from breathtaking scenery, beautiful beaches, invigorating walks, outstanding food - including the 'Pacific Rim' cuisine that has perfected the fusing of Pacific and Asian flavours - and award-winning wine. Enjoy great shopping at the home of top fashion designers in the city's heart, or visit the markets that are a magnet for bargain hunters. Places to visit include the Museum, Zoo, and the Botanic Gardens.

more/less...
73 Sun 7 Oct 2012 Bay of Islands, New Zealand 7.00am 4.00pm
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise The Bay of Islands - the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand - is an area in the Northland region of the North Island of New Zealand. Located 60 km NW of Whangarei it is close to the northern tip of the country. The bay is the busiest, yet quietest place you'll ever come to. It lies in a subtropical wonderland with an average summer temperature of 24 deg., and has the bluest skies in the world. (That's official!) This beautiful collection of 144 islands provides plenty of natural and historical places of interest such as the stunning site at Paihia, where the Waitangi Treaty Treaty can be examined. Attractions include the historic Treaty House, a giant flagstaff, a unique fully carved Maori meeting house, and the world's largest single-hulled canoe.

Also on offer are superb golden sand beaches that are safe for swimming and sun bathing, as well as sailing, boogie boarding on the sand dunes, visiting glow-worm caves and mountain biking. Visit the famous Hole in the Rock, the thundering Rainbow Falls in Kerikeri with its farms and wineries, and a ferry ride away, the elegant township of Russell where not only great seafood right on the waterfront is a must, historians will delight in soaking all the missionary history of the area.

Scuba dive or snorkel at any of the fine 100 dive sites including the renowned Greenpeace flagship, Rainbow Warrior, which suitably forms a sanctuary for a host of reef fish. Game fishing is superb, and bird enthusiasts will enjoy watching the Blue Penguins, Gannets, Grey Warblers and the endangered Dotterel. Above all enjoy swimming with the dolphins, or simply watch the fun and marvel at the whales surfacing far out amongst the islands.

more/less...
74 Mon 8 Oct 2012 At Sea
75 Tue 9 Oct 2012 At Sea
76 Wed 10 Oct 2012 Sydney, Australia 7.00am
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise Cruise ships berthed at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) access sweeping views of the harbour, Opera House, CBD, Circular Quay ferry terminal, and Sydney Harbour Bridge – all within a few minutes’ walk. The OPT is currently undergoing a major expansion to berth vessels with 5000+ passengers. The new White Bay Cruise Terminal, for mid-sized vessels that can pass under the Bridge, docks two cruise ships. Facilities at both terminals are efficient, though White Bay is 30 minutes’ drive by taxi or shuttle bus to the CBD and Central Station. Long term car parking is not too far away from each terminal. During the crowded summer season cruise ships occasionally tender passengers from Athol Buoy and Point Piper Buoy. QM2 has docked at Garden Island Naval Base.

Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is Australia's first and largest city. Astride the magnificent Sydney Harbour, it has come a long way from its convict beginnings in 1788, but still exudes a rough and colonial energy. Soak up Sydney’s gorgeous harbour on a wide range of vessels including yachts, tall ships, catamarans, or even kayaks. If adventurous try a jet boat ride, or perhaps decide that there's no better way to see the sights than on a Sydney Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Harbour Cruise. Take surfing lessons at Manly and Bondi Beaches. On the harbour’s north shore are Taronga Zoo and the Sydney Aquarium, and on a tiny island in the middle of the harbour tour historic Fort Denison.

Adjacent to the OPT investigate The Rocks precinct with its images of a colourful convict past. Day options include a climb to the top of the ‘Coathanger’, tour of the Opera House, dining at the Skywalk of Sydney Tower, strolling in Hyde Park, dining at an ethnic restaurant, Duty-Free shopping, and striking up a conversation with friendly locals. One-day coach tours visit the highlights of Sydney, Hunter Valley wine region, and the spectacular Blue Mountains. Take a scenic flight over the Harbour and Pacific surfing coastline. For lovers of sport, whale-watching, sky diving, and hot air ballooning are also on offer.

more/less...

Dawn Princess is based in Australia, mostly cruising out of Melbourne to New Zealand over 13 nights. Between October 2014 and March 2015 Dawn Princess has two bases, Melbourne and Auckland, and makes a circuit to include Melbourne and New Zealand’s islands. 2015 highlights include: Fremantle to six countries of SE Asia, depart 25 July, 26 nights; Sydney to PNG, depart 23 June, 15 nights; Sydney to Pacific islands including French Polynesia and Hawaii, depart 18 September, 35 nights. After September 2015 Dawn Princess is based in Sydney. Princess Cruises organises on-shore tours which can be booked before sailing or during the cruise. For some voyages pre- and post-cruises tours are available to extend your stay in major ports.

Accommodation
There are six main categories of staterooms - Suites with balcony, Mini-Suites with balcony, Balcony, Oceanview Deluxe, Oceanview, and Interior – and 28 grades, which give a broad choice according to guests’ needs of space and price. All cabins have pleasing décor and reasonable storage space, satellite TV, refrigerator, and 24-hour room service. Fresh fruit (by request), evening bed turn-down, bathroom lotions, and bathrobes (by request) come with every stateroom. Standard cabins are well-designed and functional. Some cabins accommodate a third and even a fourth person. Generally twin beds can be made up into a queen-size bed. Bedding is top quality. There are no interconnecting or single cabins. There are many wheelchair-accessible cabins, and guests with disabilities are well catered for. An in-cabin dining menu is available 24-hours.

Food and Dining
There are two main dining rooms (no Anytime Dining), and dinner is served in two set seatings in each dining room with the same waitstaff and assigned tables and tablemates. Dress code is smart casual, and on cruises longer than three days dress for a formal night for every week of sailing. Breakfast and lunch are provided in an open seating arrangement. (Of course a continental breakfast can be delivered to your stateroom, and there is a stateroom menu.) The alternative eating venue is Stirling Steakhouse (extra charge, reservations) for really good steak and barbecued chicken. Passengers booked in cabins with balconies can order several special, romantic meals to be served restaurant-style on the verandah - Ultimate Balcony Dining. Order special dietary requests before sailing.

Entertainment
In the evening having two show lounges (both theatre and cabaret style) is a great way to give passengers more entertainment choices. During her 2009 refurbishment additions included a Movies Under the Stars screen in the main pool area for new movie releases, sporting events and concert videos. Adults have their own private sunbathing area, the Sanctuary, at the front of the ship. Add seven bars and lounges, nightclub and dance floors, and the casino, to the list of evening options. Alternatively, just stroll around and shop duty-free, or for a quiet time retire to the Library/Card Room or Internet Café.

Princess Cruises Specials

Click here to view Dawn Princess's calendar of future cruises or
View the current location for Dawn Princess here!

Don't miss out on Dawn Princess over 75 exciting nights on the Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise exploring New Zealand. When: Ship: Dawn Princess Category: Cruise Cabins from $ per person
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise
Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise bookings

Cruise summary

Cruise: Grand Circle Pacific Voyage Cruise
Duration: 75 nights
Ship: Dawn Princess
Star rating:
Departs: Sydney
Returns: Sydney
Ports of call: 30
Forward departures:

What's onboard? ▼

  • Defence Force (active and ex-serving) onboard credit program (ADF & NZDF)
  • Stateroom
  • Piazza-style Atrium
  • Shops duty free (4)
  • DINING
  • Main dining rooms (2)
  • Traditional Dining
  • Anytime Dining outside Australia
  • 24-h room service & menu
  • Special dietary requests
  • Formal dining nights
  • Ultimate Balcony Dining
  • The Chef’s Table
  • Steakhouse & seafood
  • Buffet, Pizzeria
  • Internet café
  • Patisserie, Wine bar
  • Ice cream sundae bar
  • Drink & coffee packages
  • Afternoon tea
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Show lounges (2)
  • Lounges, bars, nightclub, disco (7)
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Onboard games, parties, tours
  • Casino
  • ScholarShip@Sea courses
  • Library
  • Art auctions
  • Celebration packages
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Pools (4)
  • Whirlpools (5)
  • The Sanctuary adult oasis
  • Fitness Centre, jogging track
  • The Lotus Spa, beauty salon
  • Sports deck & table games
  • Golf simulator
  • UNDER 18
  • Princess Pelicans (3-7 y)
  • Shockwaves (8-12 y)
  • Remix (13-17 y)
  • OTHER
  • Weddings (selected itineraries)
  • Medical centre
  • No tipping, bar service charges ex Australia
  • ATM on board
  • Internet, phone, Wi-Fi (pay)
  • Laundromat
  • 220V AC (Australia)
  • Mobile phone reception
  • Wheelchair access
  • Daily newsletter

What's included? ▼

  • Accommodation as booked
  • Australia: Gratuities for Sun and Dawn Princess departures, and Sea Princess departing and returning to Australia.
  • All main meals on-board
  • Coffee, tea & milk 24 hrs
  • Oplen/anytime dining (not in Australia)
  • Traditional/set time & multi-venue dining
  • Cocktail or champagne reception
  • In-cabin dining at no charge
  • Complimentary mini-bar setup (Suites)
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Specialty lectures, workshops, classes & programs
  • Bridge director on select cruises
  • Kids clubs & teen programs (3-17 yrs most ships)
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Onboard newsletter
  • Port maps and/or guide books
  • Destination seminars and/or lectures
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Alternate specialty dining venues
  • Room service menu items (unless specified)
  • Casino gaming, bar expenses
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Outside Australia: Service charge USD 11.50 (suites USD 12) pp/night all ages. Adjust or remove on board.
  • Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
  • Outside Australia Service charge: bar and wine 15%
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry and/or valet charges
  • Laundry services (Complimentary for Suites & Elite Capltain's Circle
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
  • Childcare night services (3-12 yrs, 10pm-1am)

Recent testimonials

"The Pacific Dawn cruise was terrific - we really enjoyed ourselves. I would like to thank you for the time you have spent answering all my questions."
Ian R from Sydney


"Service was exceptional and your consultant went out of her way to answer all my questions. I called about 10 different local agents (I live in Melbourne) and no one would match your prices. Your deal is amazing."
William H from Melbourne


"Terri remembered every member of our party from last year's Diamond Princess. She goes out of her way to say hello & is always ready with helpful advice."
Margaret from NSW