Here’s the thing about luxury: it doesn’t have to be the bells and whistles you’re probably picturing. Luxury doesn’t have to be the penthouse suite, the butler service, the fine food and wine (although of course, those things certainly help).
Cruise fans are bursting to get onboard again - and the cruise companies are doing all they can to make that happen safely.
It is a testament to the nation's ability to contain the coronavirus and resume operations at a time when many other countries are still struggling.
In the clearest sign yet that the cruise drought is ending, a fresh fleet of ships is set to sail out in 2021.
Emerald Azzurra, new for Emerald Cruises in January 2022, has recorded strong bookings for its inaugural season.
An epic world cruise set to depart Sydney in January 2023 has sold out in just one day.
After a year of isolation and lockdowns, four months on a ship is looking pretty good to cruise super fans.
International cruising remains in the doldrums but Australia's success in containing COVID-19 has already seen domestic small-ship cruises back in business.
The enforced pause has provided time for an embattled cruise industry to rethink and regroup.
If boarding a flight to nowhere to live out the good old days of travel is not attractive, how about a round-trip cruise sailing to nowhere?
Forget the tequila shots, straw markets and jewellery stores. If cruise lines are allowed to resume operations anytime soon, passengers won't be permitted to roam freely around port cities.
Cruise line's stringent covid-19 guidelines were breached by a family on a shore excursion in Naples, which MSC says led to them denying those passengers re-entry to the liner.