Cruises for the bucket list – four of the best

The jewel-like observation capsule One is one of the most highly anticipated features of the Royal Caribbean

The jewel-like observation capsule One is one of the most highly anticipated features of the Royal Caribbean

This article was sponsored by Helloworld Travel & Cruise Centre

Helloworld Travel & Cruise Travel Centre brings you this roundup of four of the best cruises in the world, and the best deals for your next cruise.

Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas

For a rollercoaster of excitement and adrenalin, look no further than the Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas. 

Experience the sheer thrill and exhilaration of flying in an air machine that lets you soar in a controlled environment on RipCord by iFLY.

Shaken, not stirred - get served by a very cordial arm at Bionic Bar

Shaken, not stirred - get served by a very cordial arm at Bionic Bar

Take yourself to new heights on North Star, a jewel-shaped capsule that slowly ascends over 300 feet above sea level. Stunning 360° views of the ocean make the North Star one of the most anticipated features on this ship.

Or stay closer to deck in SeaPlex RCI, the largest indoor active space at sea with 30 bumper cars, a roller rink, full-size basketball court, a circus school, floating DJ booth and a resident food truck.

Enjoy the fruits of one of Britain’s most famous chefs at Jamie's Italian

Enjoy the fruits of one of Britain’s most famous chefs at Jamie's Italian

Been wanting to brush up on a language? Why not take one of the onboard classes, or tell the story with your hips by learning salsa dancing. Or – do nothing at all in a hot stone massage. Bliss. 

The Celebrity Edge

A spectacularly modern twist on a cruise liner, the Celebrity Edge caters to a hip crowd who are excited by the idea of a revolutionised cruising experience.

The ship is brimming with live flora at every turn, while abstract art and ambient lighting create a tranquil environment for you to relax within. 

Hold onto your drinks on the viewing platform as you enjoy live music

Hold onto your drinks on the viewing platform as you enjoy live music

The height of the boundary-pushing features of the futuristic vessel is the Magic Carpet, a venue that changes mood, function and even location as it cantilevers across the ship – while offering sparkling views of the sea from every degree.

The floating platform is a gutwrenching thirteen stories above sea level – gulp! – and offers a full bar and space for live music performances.

A modern twist on cruise accommodation

A modern twist on cruise accommodation

Majestic Princess

The much-anticipated Majestic Princess is heading to Australia, fabulous news for cruise fans who are keen to dive into new cruise experiences in our own region.

The vessel boasts two new restaurants designed by Michelin-starred chefs: Harmony by Richard Chen and La Mer by Emmanuel Renaut. Harmony has a gourmet Cantonese menu, while La Mer is a celebration of french culinary delights. 

Harmony was created in partnership with the former chef of Wing Lei – the first Chinese restaurant in North America to be awarded a Michelin star

Harmony was created in partnership with the former chef of Wing Lei – the first Chinese restaurant in North America to be awarded a Michelin star

Majestic has an additional 11 dining venues to tickle any kind of palate, including Princess favourites Alfredo's Pizzeria, the International Cafe in the Piazza and the World Fresh Marketplace food-station buffet which is bursting with culinary options. 

Choose this enhanced version of a Balcony stateroom with more space and a comfortable sofa bed - and the view!

Choose this enhanced version of a Balcony stateroom with more space and a comfortable sofa bed - and the view!

The cruise liner will be based in Sydney and sail 16 cruises in 2018-19 to Fiji and the Pacific islands, Tasmania and New Zealand, plus two Asia voyages between Shanghai and Sydney, and Sydney and Hong Kong.

Norwegian Jewel

Operated by the Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Jewel is an up-and-coming cruise liner that is bursting with colour and excitement.

Explore your inner kid on deck 12 at the pool, or enjoy being an adult with a poolside cocktail

Explore your inner kid on deck 12 at the pool, or enjoy being an adult with a poolside cocktail

The vessel offers some of the largest suites at sea, and hosts no less than 16 dining options and 15 bars and nightclubs, including a poolside bar and a Japanese teppanyaki bar. 

Fill your nights with magic and comedy shows, or gasp at impossible acrobatic feats at Le Cirque Bijou. Norwegian Jewel also offers an outdoor Sports Complex where you can shoot hoops with a 180 degree view of the deep blue sea. Try not to get too distracted!

Hoops with a view, or enjoy volleyball or dodgeball games on this versatile court

Hoops with a view, or enjoy volleyball or dodgeball games on this versatile court

Come aboard and venture into the wild on an Alaska Cruise, go from landscape views to city views on a Pacific Coastal Cruise or travel to endless beaches and cobble-stone cities on a Mexican Rivera Cruise. 

Ready to set sail? Helloworld Travel & Cruise Travel Centre are hosting Newcastle’s largest Cruise Day sale on August 6th at Wests City, Hunter Street, from 10am – 3pm. Entry is free and gives you access to over 50 exhibitors, exclusive savings and much more. 

This article was sponsored by Helloworld Travel & Cruise Travel Centre

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