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Carnival Cruises Australia is bringing big holiday savings for the whole family! For one week only book a triple or quad share cabin on selected departures between Jan 2017 - May 2017 and the 3rd/4th kids/guests sail FREE! Sale starts Friday 2 December 8am, so get in early with your expression of interest & our team will hold your cabin as soon as the sale starts - Don't miss out.

The recently revitalised Azamara Journey is currently cruising through Asia and will then journeying to Australia for the very first time in the new year. Book now and receive a free inside to outside cabin upgrade - Plus reduced fares on balcony cabins and suites. On sale for 2 weeks only - Call our specialists on 1800 121 187.
 
Highlights of cruise deals from this edition...
Great Summer Getaways
25 MAR 2017
ex Sydney
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NIGHTS
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South Pacific
Cruise
Celebrity Solstice
from $931
($103/day)
Flash Sale
Limited Cabins
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16 JAN 2017
ex Brisbane
Cruise deals on 2014-2017 Cruises 11
NIGHTS
Cruise deals on 2014-2017 Cruises
Pacific Islands Cruise A704N
Pacific Aria
from $849
($77/day)
Flash Sale
Kids Space Sold Out
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16 DEC 2016
ex Melbourne
Cruise deals on 2014-2017 Cruises 13
NIGHTS
Cruise deals on 2014-2017 Cruises
Christmas Cruise
J651
Pacific Jewel
from $1,199
($92/day)
Flash Sale
Limited Cabins
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22 APR 2017
ex Sydney
Cruise deals on 2014-2017 Cruises 24
NIGHTS
Cruise deals on 2014-2017 Cruises
Transpacific
Cruise
Explorer of the Seas
from $1,872
($78/day)
Flash Sale
Limited Cabins
Best Cruise Deals 2014-2017 Cruises
*Prices are in AUD per adult twin share & subject to availability. Other conditions may apply
Carnival Cruises - Kids Sale Free
27 MAR 2017
ex Sydney
Cruise deals on 2015-2017 Cruises 5
NIGHTS
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Tasmania Cruise
G711N
Carnival Legend
From $749*
($150/day)
Up to $50 OBC
50% Off Deposits
3rd/4th Guest Free
Sale starts 8am Fri
Best Cruise Deals 2015-2017 Cruises
5 NOV 2017
ex Sydney
Cruise deals on 2015-2017 Cruises 6
NIGHTS
Cruise deals on 2013-2014 Cruises
Melbourne Cup Cruise S740
Carnival Spirit
From $1,699*
($283/day)
Up to $50 OBC
50% Off Deposits
3rd/4th Guest Free
Sale starts 8am Fri
Best Cruise Deals 2015-2017 Cruises
17 MAY 2017
ex Sydney
Cruise deals on 2015-2017 Cruises 8
NIGHTS
Cruise deals on 2013-2014 Cruises
Pacific Islands Cruise S719
Carnival Spirit
From $999*
($125/day)
Up to $100 OBC
50% Off Deposits
3rd/4th Guest Free
Sale starts 8am Fri
Best Cruise Deals 2015-2017 Cruises
9 MAY 2017
ex Sydney
Cruise deals on 2015-2017 Cruises 8
NIGHTS
Cruise deals on 2013-2014 Cruises
Pacific Islands Cruise S718
Carnival Spirit
From $999*
($125/day)
Up to $150 OBC
50% Off Deposits
3rd/4th Guest Free
Sale starts 8am Fri
Best Cruise Deals 2015-2017 Cruises
*Prices are in AUD per adult twin share & are correct @ 1 Dec subject to availability. Conditions may apply
Azamara Club Cruises - Australia & Asia Upgrade Sale
19 JAN 2017
ex Hong Kong
Cruise deals on 2015-2017 Cruises 13
NIGHTS
Cruise deals on 2015-2017 Cruises
Vietnam & Thailand Cruise
Azamara Journey
From $2,601
($200/day)
Inside - Outside
Upgrade
Best Cruise Deals 2015-2017 Cruises
19 FEB 2017
ex Sydney
Cruise deals on 2015-2017 Cruises 15
NIGHTS
Cruise deals on 2015-2017 Cruises
Australia & NZ Voyage Cruise
Azamara Journey
From $3,942
($263/day)
Inside - Outside
Upgrade
Best Cruise Deals 2015-2017 Cruises
22 MAR 2017
ex Sydney
Cruise deals on 2015-2017 Cruises 18
NIGHTS
Cruise deals on 2015-2017 Cruises
Australia & Asia
Cruise
Azamara Journey
From $4,131
($230/day)
Inside - Outside
Upgrade
Best Cruise Deals 2015-2017 Cruises
1 FEB 2017
ex Singapore
Cruise deals on 2015-2017 Cruises 18
NIGHTS
Cruise deals on 2015-2017 Cruises
Great Barrier Reef
Azamara Journey
From $4,167
($232/day)
Inside - Outside
Upgrade
Suites On Sale
Best Cruise Deals 2015-2017 Cruises
*Prices are in AUD per adult twin share & subject to availability. Other conditions may apply
 
The Best Cocktails at Sea
If you’re new to cruise, it’s not unusual to expect that the standard cocktails onboard range from Pina Coladas to Long Island Iced Teas – not that there’s anything wrong with them – after all where better to enjoy a Pina Colada than on top deck during a sailaway party surrounded by like-minded cruisers.

But if you’re looking for something a bit more cutting edge, the good news is every local cruise line now offers some variation of a cocktail-specific bar.

While we would quite enjoy trialling every one of the exotic new cocktails on offer to summarise the best for you, below are Cruise Critic’s suggestions. We’d love to hear if you try your hand at the ones below over the Silly Season.

Candy Bartini, Princess Cruises
Bartender Bruce at the Wheelhouse Bar on Diamond Princess is particularly partial to the Candy Bartini, one of 10 new cocktails that are part of Princess Cruises’ recently introduced “Chocolate Journeys”. Bruce says the chocolate, caramel and creamy nougat flavours are enhanced by the addition of Grey Goose vodka.

Candy Bartini
45ml Grey Goose vodka
15ml Kahlua
15ml Irish Cream
7ml Galliano
7ml Butterscotch Schnapps

Shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a chocolate and caramel swirl.



Cucumber Sunrise, Carnival Cruise Lines
The recipe for this deliciously refreshing cocktail is taken from Carnival Cruises’ Alchemy Bar, found on both Carnival Spirit and Legend.

The bar is described as a vintage cocktail pharmacy where mixologists prescribe alcoholic remedies for all manner of “ailments”. Bartender Richard Andrews, from Jamaica, says the Cucumber Sunrise is the most-served cocktail at Alchemy.

Cucumber Sunrise
2 cucumber wheels
60ml Belvedere vodka
30ml fresh lime juice
30ml watermelon syrup
22ml orange juice

Put two cucumber wheels into a chilled glass and muddle. Place remaining ingredients in another glass, add ice and cover with the shaker.

Shake for five seconds then double strain into the chilled glass – strain into glass through a fine strainer after passing though a regular strainer. Garnish with a cucumber wheel.




Chilli Margarita & Cascade Martini, P&O Cruises
According to barman Adam Monkman, who looks after thousands of keen imbibers at the uber-cool MIX Bar on Pacific Pearl, the most requested cocktails are the Chilli Margarita and Cascade Martini.

Chilli Margarita
30ml chilli-infused tequila (1800 gold)
30ml Grand Marnier
30ml fresh lime juice
30ml pineapple juice
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Salt the rim of a chilled margarita glass and pour contents, with ice, into the glass. Garnish with a dried chilli.

Cascade Martini
45ml Absolut Raspberry
15ml Chambord (raspberry liqueur)
15ml lemon juice
15ml vanilla syrup
30ml cranberry juice

Shake all the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a sliver of lemon peel.



Dragonfly Martini, Celebrity Cruises
This fresh and sophisticated martini can be found in the totally cool, ice-topped Martini Bar aboard Celebrity Cruises. Sit back in the contemporary plush high-back chairs while listening to up-tempo tunes and enjoy a collection of classic and rare vodkas and a portfolio of fine caviars.

Dragonfly Martini
45 ml Russian Standard Vodka
15ml Cointreau
22ml lime juice
15 ml Monin Hibiscus Syrup
15 ml pink grapefruit juice
30ml fresh kiwi juice

Pour all ingredients into a shaker, add a scoop of ice and shake. Strain the ingredients into a chilled martini glass. Place a small piece of dry ice into the glass to create a smoking effect.



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