Travelling to Australia? Join 1+ Million Locals and Enjoy a Cruise

by Dean on January 19, 2018

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If you’re planning to travel around Australia you should join the 1 million+ Aussies who cruise each year.


Because it’s an affordable and easy way to visit multiple cities, explore surrounding islands and have some fun while doing so. Board the ship, unpack your suitcase and spend the rest of your time relaxing, exploring or both!

Got plenty of time to spare? 

There is a huge range of cruises from 5-14 nights, but if you have extra time up your sleeve consider a 20+ day circumnavigation cruise that will sail you around the outside of Australia, stopping at some of the most iconic cities and sights along the way.

This is a great way to sail from port to port and experience the best of each stop at a slower pace with no flights, buses or trains required. Plus, you’re likely to visit beautiful parts of Australia that you may have missed if you were travelling by land.

Short on time? 

Choose from short cruises that will generally depart and return to the same port with one or two interesting stops along the way. Short cruises are considered to be 1 – 5 days in length, some of which stop at 1-2 ports along the way where you can spend a full day exploring

This style of cruising is popular with tourists and residents alike because they offer good value for money, or ‘bang for your buck’ as we say.

What’s the best time to cruise?

Some cruise lines are based in Australia year-round, so any time really! The main cruise season runs through the warmer months in Australian, so November to March is a busy time of year for cruising but the weather is great!

If you’re interested in cruising around Australia take a better look at these cruise lines:

  1. P&O Australia

P&O is the leader in budget cruising for travellers in Australian and New Zealander. From circumnavigation sailings to short cruises, P&O provides solid value, accommodating service and lots of exciting onboard activities – including the P&O Kids Club to keep the youngsters (aged 3 to 17) entertained or P&O Edge Adventure Park where everyone is allowed to find their inner child and enjoy some adventure, with Ziplining, ‘Walking the Plank’ or Rock Climbing on offer.

There’s something for the whole family aboard one of the company’s six unique Australia-based ships, including pools, spas, sports facilities, restaurants and evening entertainment. You can expect comfortably appointed cabins at prices that will tempt you to book a longer holiday.

Cabins range from simple to penthouse suites and there really is something to suit every budget. You’ll enjoy a cozy sanctuary to relax in after each adventure-filled day, whether you’re exploring the offerings on the ship or venturing onto land for an exciting shore excursion.

After something unique? P&O’s SeaBreaks program offers a range of unique short cruises, including a Food & Wine cruise where you can learn about wine-making (and tasting), discover how to prepare a perfect cup of coffee or get to know how cheese matures.

Cruises depart from most capital cities in Australia.

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  1. Carnival Cruise Line Australia

Carnival Cruise Line is the largest in the world. They have a fleet of 24 ships across the world, and you don’t get that big without doing something right!

Carnival offers value-added cruises around Australia complete with modern and comfortable accommodation, fabulous dining options and plenty of entertainment.

Their circumnavigation cruises are popular, but their Weekend Sampler cruises are even more so, especially those that visit the islands off the coast of Queensland and enjoy some beach time alongside the city sights.

The Weekend Sampler range is ideal for travellers who want to test their sea legs and make the most of limited time, exploring everything cruising has to offer without committing to a longer journey.

Taking the kids? They will love Camp Carnival because they will enjoy hours of age-appropriate activities each day while you take advantage of the spa, bars, retail boutiques and planning your next shore excursion.

Carnival offers some great sailings from Melbourne and Sydney that will take you as far as Queensland and Tasmania. Excursions can be booked in advance to ensure that you don’t miss a second of your time on shore.

  1. Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean was named as Australia’s Best Cruise Operator at the 2016 National Travel Industry Awards – as soon as you board one of their fabulous ships you will understand why.

The experience on a Royal Caribbean ship is second to none – tons of fun and dining options for all including shows, play spaces, nightlife and cool activities for the whole family. Without leaving the ship you can rock climb, learn to surf and even ice skate as you glide across the ocean.

When you’ve had enough excitement for one day, recharge in your stateroom featuring incredible views and modern amenities. With Generations of families travelling together, there’s no better choice of travel than Royal Caribbean who offer up to 4 bedroom duplex suites. You’ll feel like this is your home away from home.

Royal offer a range of cruises around Australia including short cruises and long cruises, plus many that start in Australia and finish up in Singapore or Hawaii. You’ll find plenty of options sailing from Australian shores between October and April.

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