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Sailing to the horizon

Ahoy there! Setting sail on a cruise, whether exploring our coastline or hopping over to international island neighbours, is a relaxing way to visit vibrant cities and towns along with some seriously incredible natural scenery. Picture cruising through the Great Barrier Reef, soaring along the east coast down to Tasmania, or venturing further to check in on New Zealand or South Pacific islands like New Caledonia and Vanuatu, there are countless cruise options to suit your individual tastes.

Our iconic Sydney Harbour is of course a major departure point for a variety of cruises, including those heading to New Zealand, the South Pacific, and the Great Barrier Reef. You also have cruises departing from Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, and Cairns. Why not dip your toes into cruising with a 2-day seacation cruise from Sydney to Melbourne, or dive headfirst into adventure with a 2-week cruise through the South Pacific?

There’s still plenty of time to book a cruise this year, with peak cruise season offering the most optimal conditions generally running from October to April for much of Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. Let us introduce you to some of the top cruise destinations and notable cruise lines Australia has to offer.

And be sure to not miss the boat when it comes to purchasing a tailored Cruise Travel Insurance policy which can offer you cover for missed cruise departure, cruise delays, cabin confinement for medical reasons, and more.

Reasons to book a cruise out of Australia

Sailing to the horizon

Numerous cruise lines operate in Australia, offering a range of options from luxury to family-friendly cruises. Prominent cruise lines include Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, P&O Cruises, and Celebrity Cruises.

Cruise durations vary based on the destination and itinerary. Short cruises within Australia might last a few days, while longer cruises to New Zealand, the South Pacific, or the Kimberley region can span one to three weeks or more.

Cruise ships are equipped with all kinds of goodies in the form of amenities, including multiple dining options, entertainment venues, pools, fitness centres, spa facilities, and plenty of fun and games for kids and younger adults. Onboard experiences on many ships cater to a diverse range of ages and personalities, ensuring there's something for everyone.

As fun as the ship may be, along with the picturesque views of the open ocean from your private balcony or one of the main decks, most cruises also offer a range of shore excursions at each port of call which greatly enhances the appeal of booking a cruise.

Excursions can include guided tours, adventure activities, cultural experiences, and wildlife encounters. The best part is you get to choose excursions based on your own interests and can even opt to craft your own self-guided itinerary of activities when disembarking as opposed to following organised groups if that is your wish.

Cruises have become widely popular around Australia, so be sure to book your cruise well in advance to secure the best prices and cabin choices. Consider the type of cruise that suits your preferences, whether it's a family-friendly cruise, a luxury experience, or an adventure-focused itinerary.

And don’t forget to research visa requirements for international cruises when thinking about a South Pacific cruise and make sure your cruise insurance policy lists all countries you will be visiting on your voyage.

Cruising Eastern Australia

Sailing to the horizon

Sydney is a major hub for cruise departures in Eastern Australia. Enjoy stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House before setting off around Australia or heading into international waters.

Brisbane is another significant departure port acting as a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the South Pacific islands. Whether you're seeking the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Sydney or Brisbane or the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, there are numerous major cruise lines providing a range of cruise options from Brisbane and Sydney.

Sailing through the Whitsundays is a highlight of many Eastern Australia cruises, allowing you to enjoy pristine white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and water activities such as kayaking and snorkelling.

Cruising the South Pacific

From Fiji's crystal-clear waters to Vanuatu's vibrant coral reefs and New Caledonia's French-inspired charm, South Pacific cruises from Australia offer a blend of adventure, relaxation, and exotic cultural exploration.

Ports of call on South Pacific cruises may include popular destinations like Noumea, Lifou, Isle of Pines, Suva, and Port Vila, each offering unique experiences ranging from cultural tours and culinary adventures to snorkelling in tropical reefs and visiting traditional villages.

Many cruise lines offer itineraries that combine South Pacific destinations with stops in New Zealand or Eastern Australia, providing a comprehensive exploration of the region's diverse landscapes, cultures, and attractions.

Ready to set sail?

With so many incredible destinations to explore and a variety of cruise options to suit every taste and budget, there's never been a better time to book a cruise out of Australia. Whether you're dreaming of relaxing on tropical beaches, discovering vibrant cities, or immersing yourself in diverse cultures, a cruise offers a convenient and unforgettable way to experience it all.

Don't forget to pack your sunscreen, swimsuit, and sense of adventure – your next unforgettable journey awaits!