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Australia is open: 5 of the best Australia cruises to book now

By Claire Benktander | 21 Feb 2022

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Sydney. Credit: Caleb Russell via Unsplash

As Australia opens its borders today to vaccinated travellers after almost two years of pandemic-related closures, we pick out five of the best Australia cruises to book now for this year and next.

5 of the best Australia cruises to book now

From metropolitan Sydney to remote, wildlife-rich islands, Australia is an unforgettable melange of landscapes and cultures – and a cruise is one of the best ways to explore it all.

Now that it’s once more open to travellers, discover our pick of five of the best voyages to Australia below that call in at the likes of South East Asia and New Zealand, to book now for later this year, 2023 and even 2024.

Australian Circumnavigation with Cunard

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Whitsundays, Australia. Credit: Guillaume Marques via Unsplash

Experience both Australia and the luxury of the Art Deco-vibe ship Queen Elizabeth with Cunard’s epic 25-night Australia itinerary. Explore the rich history of Melbourne with guided excursions to the city’s top attractions, including the Fitzroy Gardens, which were laid out in 1860 in the shape of the Union Jack.

You’ll also call in at historic Perth – including Fremantle and its iconic prison – as well as the white sands of the Whitsundays, tropical Port Douglas and Cairns – where you can explore with snorkelling excursions – and the laid-back shores of Bali.

From £3,299pp based on November 2022 departure. Find out more or call 0344 338 8641.

Melbourne to Bali with Silversea

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Silversea’s Silver Muse

If you have time to spare for a fantastic Australian adventure, then this 32-night itinerary with Silversea on board luxurious Silver Muse fits the bill. Explore cities like Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland and Wellington as well as experiencing the Aussie wildlife and nature in all its glory; visit Featherdale Wildlife Park and Blue Mountains, dubbed the Australian Grand Canyon, where you can discover breathtaking rock formations and thundering waterfalls.

Then, call at Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds, all part of New Zealand’s breathtaking fjordland. Wine connoisseurs will delight in sampling South Australia’s vintages in Adelaide as part of a vineyard tour or choose to visit some of the fantastic museums and art galleries of North Terrace. Other calls on this epic itinerary include Bali, Picton, Akaroa, Thursday Island, whale watching hotspot Kaikoura and Tasmania.

From £12,200pp based on February 2024 departure. Find out more or call 0844 251 0837.

Great Barrier Reef Cruise with Royal Caribbean

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This 10-night cruise with Royal Caribbean will allow you to get a real flavour of Australia as you fly to Sydney, where you can see the majestic Harbour Bridge and iconic Opera House, dine at the waterside restaurants that border the historic Rocks district and see the spectacular view of the world-famous harbour at night.

Then, swap city life for Australia’s epic waters and board Radiance of the Seas to explore the tropical shores of Airlie Beach, Cairns and Port Douglas, enjoying fantastic water sports like snorkelling and sailing in the picturesque bays, with ample chances to spot wildlife such as whales, dolphins and eagles.

From £822pp based on November 2022 departure. Find out more or call 0344 493 4005.

South Pacific with Celebrity Cruises

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Kick off your Aussie voyage with Celebrity Cruises on board Celebrity Eclipse in one of the world’s most thrilling cities, Sydney, where there are a plethora of attractions, beaches and exciting districts to explore. For a memorable stroll, walk along the paths by the water and enjoy the scenic views of the legendary Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. After two days at sea, this nine-night South Pacific cruise also calls at the Isle of Pines, nicknamed the “closest island to paradise” thanks to its idyllic white-sand beaches and stunning underwater wonders.

There’s more time to enjoy the sun and unspoiled beaches at Mystery Island, aptly named as it is completely uninhabited, but it has an intriguing past as a former allied forces landing strip during the Second World War. Other calls include Lifou, just off the French island of New Caledonia, and the St Tropez of the Caribbean, Noumea, considered a diver’s paradise as just off its coast lies one of the world’s longest barrier reefs.

From £3,299pp based on November 2022 departure. Find out more or call 0344 493 2043.

Asia & Australia with Princess Cruises

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Tràng An, Ninh Bình, Vietnam. Credit: Rowan Heuvel via Unsplash

Add a touch of the Orient to your Australia cruise with Princess Cruises, which has a 17-day itinerary on board Majestic Princess from Adelaide to Hong Kong. Meander Adelaide’s wide, tree-lined boulevards and admire its wonderful Victorian and Edwardian architecture, tranquil parks and excellent shopping – it also highest number of restaurants per capita of any city in Australia.

On your way to Hong Kong, your cruise will call in at Perth and Fremantle, buzzing Singapore, exotic Lombok in Indonesia and historic Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh and Nha Trang.

From £1,089pp based on April 2024 departure. Find out more or call 0344 338 8663.

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