P&O Cruises is offering Australians the final chance to sail on one of the world`s biggest moving objects…
P&O Cruises is offering Australians the final chance to sail on one of the world`s biggest moving objects – the megaliner Star Princess – when she makes her maiden visit to Australia in less than two months.
An unprecedented bookings splurge from Americans and Australians means the head-turning cruise ship will carry almost 18,000 passengers during a series of cruises in Australasia between this November and February 2004. This includes a record 4500 Australians – more than double the number of locals on any previous visiting Princess Cruises liner.
Twice as big as LA`s Rose Bowl and the legendary Titanic, three times larger than Athens` Parthenon temple and equivalent in size to 280 Qantas jumbos or 100 Manly ferries, Star Princess will sail into the history books when she arrives in Sydney on November 26. Her Sydney arrival will mark the first of 23 calls to seven Australian ports during a summer season of eight cruises in our waters.
Far bigger than any liner to have sailed to Australia before, the luxurious 109,000-ton Star Princess will squeeze through Sydney Heads four times during her season. She will also make six visits to Melbourne (first on November 28), four to Adelaide (first on Christmas Eve), six to Hobart (Nov 30, 2003), one to Darwin (February 21, 2004) and two calls at Queensland ports – the Whitsundays on February 17 and Cairns on February 18, 2004.
Australia has never seen anything like Star Princess -she will turn heads everywhere she goes, said P&O Cruises Australia Managing Director Gavin Smith.
Clearly this massive liner has already captured the imagination of a record number of Australians who have been quick to take advantage of our great value fares so they can experience the style and comfort of big ship cruising close to home, Mr Smith said.
Carrying 2600 passengers and 1100 crew and too big to fit under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Star Princess boasts a Star Trek-like bridge and a spectacular glass-walled nightclub suspended high above the ship, like a sports car spoiler.
The luxurious Star Princess also boasts:
- a wedding chapel with a webcam allowing friends and family to watch the ceremony live from home
- nine restaurants and cafes serving 45,000 dishes a day
- 12 bars and lounges plus an internet caf
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