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With over 59 years’ experience booking cruises between them, our Cruise Experts have a passion for cruise holidays and know how to find you the best deal. Between them they’ve sailed on 20 cruises and have spent a total of 100 nights onboard some of the biggest and best ships in the industry. In addition to their travel industry experience and retail ship inspections, our Cruise Experts have also cruised with some of the most recognised names in the cruise industry including P&O, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Celebrity Cruises.

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TravelOnline Cruise Experts

Meet Karen

Karen has been a Travel Agent specialising in Cruise for the past three years and was first introduced to cruising on a girls getaway four years ago. Cruising is now her preferred way to holiday.

Karen says, “there is nothing quite like knowing that while you are away, you only have to unpack once, there are no beds to be made, no washing and no cooking to be done. You can be as active or as inactive as you like – it’s your holiday. Play bingo or trivia, learn how to mix cocktails, learn an appreciation for wine or just order a drink from one of the many bars, play mini golf, climb a rock wall, learn how to ice skate or surf or just sit in the spa.”

Karen has cruised:

  • 7 Night Pacific Dawn – Island Hopper
  • 4 Night Pacific Dawn – Whitsundays (travelled twice)
  • 3 Night Pacific Dawn – Comedy Cruise
  • 2 Night Pacific Aria – 5 Ship Celebration Cruise
  • 8 Night Carnival Legend – Pacific Islands
  • 7 Night Pacific Aria – Barrier Reef Discovery
  • 5 Night Pacific Pearl – Sydney to Auckland
  • 3 Night Sea Princess – Brisbane to Sydney
  • 11 Night Celebrity Equinox – Western Caribbean
  • 12 Night Celebrity Constellation – Greece, Croatia & Turkey
  • 3 Night Pacific Jewel – Food & Wine Cruise

Karen's Tips

Check in all your luggage but have your bathing suit and sunscreen on hand to start your holiday as soon as you get on the ship. You will look like you are still there from the last cruise.

Choose an early check in time so you can take advantage of lunch before you even leave the port of call.

If travelling with a group, it is great to have post it notes and a pen on your door with blutack so you can leave notes as to where you are – gone to the pool!

Always take sea sickness or nausea tablets and have them on hand in case you start to feel a little uneasy.

Pack a few pegs so you can hang your bathers up in the bathroom, they do supply a line just not any pegs.

If visiting the Islands and you are looking for adventure, quad biking is fun, but pack some clothes and shoes that you are happy to leave behind!

Water shoes are great for the islands, as is taking your own snorkelling gear, saves the extra expense of hiring.

Take a nice outfit for every Formal Night and take advantage of the free photo sessions, they are a great keepsake and a great way to update the family wall photo!

If you’re new to cruise – try one of the many short breaks on a few different lines to get your sea legs and work out which one suits you better as the different ships all offer something different.

If travelling with P&O don’t forget to check out the theme nights and take a costume so you are ready to party!
Most of all, have fun!

“I get so excited when I think about helping to plan not only my own holidays but helping my customers book on the right cruise for them.” - Karen, TravelOnline Cruise Specialist

Meet Cecilia

Cecilia has worked in the travel industry for the past 9 years and has booked many cruise holidays in her time. Her first encounter with a passenger cruise liner was upon embarkation on the Dawn Princess sailing from Sydney to Melbourne and this was where her passion for cruising first began.

Cecilia says, “I have been fortunate to experience a few cruise holidays myself and cannot wait to travel on my next one. What I love the most about cruise holidays is that in my experience in travelling from hotels to airports on buses, trains and planes, cruising is your one stop shop for a relaxed, laid back, carefree holiday where everything is already arranged for you and the hardest decision you have to make is where to eat and what you want to do next; “to hit the buffet or try my luck at bingo? That is the question.”

Cecilia has cruised:

2 Night Dawn Princess – Sydney to Melbourne
7 Night Pacific Dawn – Pacific Island Hopper
8 Night Carnival Spirit – Pacific Islands

Cecilia’s Tips

Book specialty dining options upon embarkation of your cruise so you don’t miss out.

Pre book shore excursion via online check-in – particularly ones you don’t want to miss out on to avoid disappointment.

Always book shore excursions with the cruise line – they take fantastic care of you and will make sure you get the most out of your tour and get you back to the ship on time for your cruises departure from Port.

Take a bit of foreign currency with you for each of the ports prior to getting on the ship – rates can be expensive on board to exchange funds.

Have fun and relax - the cruise will be what you make it!

“I LOVE CRUISES!” - Cecilia, TravelOnline Cruise Specialist

Meet Holly

Holly has been passionate about travel for her whole life and has worked in the industry for the last 6 years. During this time she has accomplished a lot, including meeting her soon-to-be husband who convinced her to go on a cruise. This was just the beginning of what is now an addiction to cruising.

Holly says, “Cruises are such a big part of my life. Many of my happiest memories were made while on a cruise. I took my first cruise with my soon-to-be husband, I got engaged on a cruise and very soon I will be getting married on a cruise! Cruises have been a part of so many milestones in my life and I love sharing that joy and excitement with our customers. I get to help our customers to make special memories of their own onboard a cruise.”

Holly has cruised:

  • 7 Night Pacific Dawn – Pacific Island Hopper
  • 7 Night Pacific Dawn – Queensland Coast
  • 5 Night Mariner of the Seas – Asia (got engaged on this voyage!)
  • 5 Night Diamond Princess – Hong Kong, Vietnam & Singapore
  • 7 Night MSC Preziosa – Western Mediterranean
  • 7 Night Pacific Aria – Pacific Island Hopper
  • 7 Night Pacific Aria – Queensland Coast (getting married on this voyage!)

Holly's Tips

Don't hesitate to ask questions for special occasions on board, generally the staff will go above and beyond to help out.

Check your passport is still valid when booking international sailings.

Leave PLENTY of time to get to the port. You're better off having to wait a small amount of time than to have the ship sail without you. Trust me – they will not wait!

A drinks package is highly recommended and offers great value, whether you're relaxing poolside with a cocktail in hand or dancing the night away in the club.

It’s easy to go a little overboard (pun intended) with food on a cruise, so try and use the stairs where possible to shred those extra few kilos gained from the buffet (our record was 168 flights in a day)!

“Cruising is always my preferred holiday, they're just so easy and relaxing” - Holly, TravelOnline Cruise Specialist

Meet Laura

Laura has worked in the travel industry for the past 10 years and has booked many cruise holidays in her time.

Laura says, “I love talking about cruise with clients and cruising myself. I have recently done my first cruise and have already booked my next one for May next year. The best thing about cruising is you only unpack once, you can do as little or as much as you like and it’s definitely a relaxing holiday. I absolutely love the fact you can sit around and get waited on all day by the amazing staff onboard the cruise liners”.

Laura has cruised:

  • 7 Night Pacific Dawn – Pacific Island Hopper
  • 7 Night Pacific Aria – Queensland Islands

Laura's Tips

Whether you’re the most experienced cruiser or beginner, make sure you take sea sickness tablets. If you’re especially concerned, you can have an injection to prevent seasickness before you travel.

Book specialty dining options upon embarkation of your cruise so you don’t miss out.

Pre book shore excursion via online check-in – particularly ones you don’t want to miss out on to avoid disappointment.

Take a bit of foreign currency with you for each of the ports prior to getting on the ship – rates can be expensive on board to exchange funds.

“I LOVE CRUISING” - Laura, TravelOnline Cruise Specialist

Meet Emma

Having worked in the travel industry for nearly 15 years, Emma has booked thousands of people on their first cruise, second cruise and even tenth cruise. She believes that cruises are the best holidays, as you only have to unpack the once but experience many destinations in the one holiday.

Emma has cruised:

  • 1 Night Pacific Dawn
  • 3 Night Superstar Leo
  • 12 Night Carnival Spirit
  • 7 Night Pacific Dawn

Emma's Tips

Book in advance – don’t leave it to the last minute, especially if you are looking at sailing during school holidays or peak travel dates.

Pre book shore excursions with the cruise line.

Pre book any speciality dinning, especially for any special occasions as spaces fill up quickly.

“Remember - HAVE FUN” - Emma, TravelOnline Cruise Specialist

Meet Jodie

Jodie has worked in the travel industry for the past 16 years and has booked many cruise holidays in her time. Her first encounter with a passenger cruise liner was upon embarkation of the Pacific Sky sailing the South Pacific for a Christmas cruise.

Jodie says, “I have been fortunate to experience a few cruise holidays myself and am always looking for the next one. What I love the most about cruise holidays is the no cooking, no cleaning. Just time to relax or join in on the activities".

Jodie has cruised:

  • 10 Night Pacific Sky – South Pacific
  • 2 Night Legend of the Seas – Brisbane
  • 7 Night Pacific Dawn – Queensland Coast
  • 14 Night Pacific Dawn – South Pacific

Jodie's Tips

Pack for every occasion including the theme nights.
Pre-book shore excursions via online check-in to avoid disappointment – particularly ones you don’t want to miss out on.
Take a bit of foreign currency with you for each of the ports prior to getting on the ship.

"Have fun and relax" - Jodie, TravelOnline Cruise Specialist