Join one of our Australasia cruises to the opposite side of the globe and you will find another world. Breathtaking scenery, a rich flourishing culture and sun-drenched landmarks can be found at almost every turn on our Australasia cruises. Our Australian cruises and New Zealand cruises boast vibrant, outdoor cities where stunning skylines of modern architecture make way for museums art galleries, shops and fine restaurants. Yet these countries are known as much for their varied cultures and landscapes as they are for their lively cosmopolitan cities, making Australasian cruises a breathtaking holiday destination.
Venture away from the city centres on your Australian cruise and you will find yourself surrounded by verdant mountains, waterfalls and miles of white sandy beaches. Here, the landscapes of Australia and New Zealand remain as they were before settlers arrived at these shores. Whatever you do on your Australia cruise holiday, whether you choose to hike in the national parks, visit award winning wine reserves or head out on the ocean to admire to world’s largest coral reef, this land will never cease to be amazing. Passengers can even venture further afield with cruises that visit Papua New Guineau to really discover the vast variety that this region offers.
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The first thing to say about the easy-going South Australian city of Adelaide, which sits at the mouth of the Torrens River, is that it is a gourmet’s delight with a huge range of restaurants and cafés. Food and wine should always be high on the agenda for any cruise visitor to this European-influenced gateway to the outback.
Hot, dry summers (our winters) give the city an almost Mediterranean feel as people spill out onto the streets enjoying outdoor dining or wandering through the impressive Botanical Gardens, location of the Bicentennial Conservatory, the largest glasshouse in Australia. Another highlight of Adelaide cruises is the South Australian Museum, with the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal artefacts, well worth to visit.
From Adelaide, your cruise tour leads you to the wineries along the Murray River and Barossa Valleys – prime grape-growing regions. Only an hour away from the centre of the city, they make for fascinating side trips. You can also catch the ferry across the bay to Kangaroo Island where kangaroo, wallabies, koalas and platypuses can be viewed in their natural habitats. More can be seen at the Cleland Wildlife Park and in the Coorong National Park.
With such a variety of destinations, cruises to Adelaide deliver all the adventure associated with experiencing a rich and varied culture.View typical shore excursions for this port
Classic Australian pastimes such as surfing and swimming from sensational beaches – that is what you will find on the coastline surrounding Queensland’s capital and cruise port Brisbane. Cruises here bring to your holiday a balance of both nature and elegant grounds.
To the south are the high-rise hotels which make up the exciting Surfers’ Paradise and Gold Coast resorts, while to the north there is the beautiful and more sedate Sunshine Coast.
Cultural attractions in downtown Brisbane are located in and around the South Bank Parklands by the Brisbane River – site of the 1988 World Expo. In close proximity you will discover the Queensland Museum and the State Art Gallery, which features many Aboriginal works. Shore excursions from our cruises to Brisbane also include the Butterfly House and Maritime Museum.
The best shopping can be found at the Myer Centre complex on the city’s central commercial artery, Queen Street. While enjoying your Brisbane cruise walk south to admire the fine architecture around the former Treasury building and then discover the imaginatively landscaped Botanic Gardens. View typical shore excursions for this port
Cruises to cosmopolitan Melbourne, which is Australia’s second largest city, bring into your holiday a combination of distinctly European feel with the home country’s celebration of the outdoor life.
Set on the Yarra River and close to national parks and beaches, the city certainly loves its sport from Australian Rules Football and cricket to horse racing and grand prix motor-racing.
While, for culture-vultures, Melbourne cruise must-visits include the Victorian Arts Centre with its magnificent concert and theatre complex allied to the National Gallery housing Australia’s greatest collection of fine art; and the Melbourne Museum, the largest in the country with fascinating displays of Aboriginal artefacts.
One of the best ways to get an immediate feel for the city is to jump on a vintage tram which will rattle you around the key sights in the city centre. Cruises to Melbourne also benefit from the town’s hugely diverse cultural mix which makes for an incredible variety of cuisine, from Greek and Spanish to Chinese and Vietnamese. Many also operate a BYO (Bring Your Own) policy, allowing diners to buy their favourite tipple cheaply elsewhere and then take it in to drink with their restaurant meal.View typical shore excursions for this port
The western Australia capital of Perth has a distinctly relaxed and welcoming atmosphere with large areas of parkland leading down to the Swan River and easy access to the ocean. Remarkably, this Australian city is almost as close to Singapore as it is to Sydney which goes to demonstrate the vastness of this under-populated and still-untamed country, as you will discover on our cruises to Perth.
Youthful, leisure-biased Perth is blessed with a temperate climate and its modern city centre is easy to walk around with many pedestrian-only shopping streets. Perth cruise passengers should visit the Perth Zoo, home to much local wildlife, as well as Kings Park, which is ideal for cycling and picnics.
Alternatively, Perth cruises take you down river to the yachting mecca of Fremantle, or you can head across to the holiday island of Rottnest for diving, snorkelling or plain sunbathing, or go on a tasting tour of the Swan Valley wineries – the choice is yours.View typical shore excursions for this port
One of the world’s great cities and harbours, Sydney always lives up to great expectations. When you are on one of our Sydney cruises, the first glimpse of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House will stay in your memory forever.
Even before the 2000 Olympics, cruises to Sydney had much to offer – hosting the games just made the city even better with improved facilities and extra dining and entertainment venues all round.
From the waterside restaurants fringing the historic Rocks district, the Sydney cruise tour takes you around Sydney Cove past the Circular Quay ferry terminal to that remarkable Opera House and the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens.View typical shore excursions for this port
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About Whitsunday Islands
Fabulous beaches, tropical forests, amazing swimming and snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef – the Whitsunday Islands are the perfect cruise holiday islands.
Situated south of Townsville and off the coast of tropical North Queensland, Whitsunday Islands cruises offer the perfect place for pure relaxation.
Named by Captain Cook in 1770, the Whitsunday’s number more than 20 islands, many uninhabited. Whitsunday is the largest, followed by Hook, but Hayman to the north and Hamilton to the south are the most developed. Beautiful white sand beaches are an idyllic setting for swimming and sunbathing while the resorts on Hamilton, Hayman and Lindeman islands provide superb retreats. With such a variety of islands, cruises to the Whitsunday Island will offer your holiday a combination of both nature and elegant grounds.
Catamarans, sailing boats and large yachts weave their way between the islands – many offering snorkelling, diving and whale-watching trips. Ferries provide a lifeline and are a great way to island hop while soaking up the sun.View typical shore excursions for this port
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New Zealand’s biggest city and major cruise port, Auckland, sits between the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea, which is how it came to host the America’s Cup twice - in 1999 and 2002 - attracting investment to transform the harbour side into a superb meeting and eating place which all Auckland cruise visitors can now appreciate.
The Viaduct Harbour area now boasts outdoor restaurants ideally placed to view the hundreds of yachts attracted to this icon of sailing success. This ‘City of Sails’ is also home to New Zealand’s impressive National Maritime Museum which charts the nation’s seafaring history.
Harbour ferries offer a great way of viewing the city, either by crossing the bay to old-established Devonport or under the harbour bridge to the suburb of Birkenhead. Otherwise cruises to Auckland take in all the sights from the revolving restaurant at the top of the Sky Tower, the tallest structure in the southern hemisphere at 328 metres. On Auckland cruises, shore excursions can take you to the remarkable geysers and mud pools of Rotorua.View typical shore excursions for this port
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About the Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands cruise destination is New Zealand’s finest maritime park and comprises 144 islands, myriad bays and beaches around the coastline.
The Bay, with its subtropical climate and pristine natural environment, has an abundance of marine life, including the big marlin, whales, penguins, dolphins, gannets and many other species. And although it’s an aquatic playground for adventure activities and escapist relaxation, much of Northlands extensive coastline remains unspoilt.
The maritime and historic park is the original cradle of local European civilization, but it also boasts fine examples of the fascinating Maori culture. Cruises to Bay of Islands also include tours to several museums filled with fine examples of European and Maori history, which provide a unique insight into colonial New Zealand. In fact, you will find that the Maori culture is still very much alive in this region, as 32 percent of the population is Maori. The shopping, dining and entertainment possibilities that stem from this distinctive local culture, which embraces art, creativity, organic farming and alternative thinking, is quite unique, making Bay of Islands cruises a must see.View typical shore excursions for this port