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By Alison Fox

May 23, 2022

ROYAL CARIBBEAN HAS ANNOUNCED a slew of Australia cruises for 2023 and 2024 now that the country has lifted its ban on cruise ships.

The cruise line will sail out of Brisbane and Sydney, embarking on everything from two-night getaways to 19-night voyages, according to Royal Caribbean, and the Australia cruises, which will start in October 2023, will sail on the Ovation of the SeasQuantum of the Seas, and — for the first time — on the Enchantment of the Seas.

FROM LEFT: The signature FlowRider surf simulator on Quantum of the Seas; North Star, the signature glass observation capsule, takes guests more than 300 feet above the ocean on Quantum Class ships.

“It’s thrilling to welcome back two Quantum Class ships Down Under, demonstrating Royal Caribbean’s commitment to the region. Plus… we’ve taken the opportunity to bring Enchantment of the Seas to Australia to offer unique sailings that visit new destinations we know our guests are excited to explore,” Gavin Smith, the managing director of Australia and New Zealand for Royal Caribbean International, said in a statement. “We look forward to even more guests, their loved ones, and families creating memories while holidaying with us in several of the most spectacular places on earth.”

Sail along Queensland’s coast, including a trip to Cairns, which is a jumping-off point for the Great Barrier Reef. Or use Sydney as your base to explore New Zealand’s coastline, Hobart, Adelaide, or the stunning South Pacific islands.

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Royal Loft Suite

Those who board the Enchantment’s inaugural season in Australia can visit Kangaroo Island, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu, or plan to celebrate Christmas at sea with an 11-night South Pacific and Fiji Christmas cruise.

Australia dropped its ban on cruise ships on April 17, according to the government. Before the pandemic in 2019, Australia welcomed more than 600,000 cruise ship passengers.

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SeaPlex on board Quantum of the Seas features the largest indoor active space at sea

“On the basis of medical advice and with the agreement of National Cabinet, lifting the cruise ban is consistent with the reopening of Australia’s international border and shows that we have successfully navigated Australia’s emergency response to the Covid-19 pandemic,” Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt said in a statement.

Royal Caribbean announced its Australia cruise schedule weeks after the country opened its borders to vaccinated international tourists.

All photos courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.

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