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The Best Cruises To Australia And New Zealand
By Sharon
Pushed April 12, 2017
The Best Cruises To Australia And New Zealand
The Best Cruises To Australia And New Zealand
From uninhabited outposts in Australasia to the sub-Antarctic islands off the coast of New Zealand teeming with bird life, there is no shortage of thrills at sea. Here is our pick of the best cruises to Australia and New Zealand.
Prices were correct at the time of publication and include flights unless otherwise stated.
1. Sydney to Indonesia
A complete circumnavigation of the continent of Australia? Holland America Line is offering the chance to do exactly that, on a 32-night round-trip cruise from Sydney that also calls at Bali and Komodo, in Indonesia. Highlights include a call at Hamilton Island in the tropical Whitsunday Islands for snorkelling or sailing, a few days in and around the Ribbon Reef region of the Great Barrier Reef, and remote Darwin in the far north. As well as visiting all of Australia’s key cities – including an overnight in Fremantle (for Perth) – the cruise on the mid-sized ship Maasdam will visit Exmouth on the West Coast (for Ningaloo Reef), the Torres Strait, Kangaroo Island and Tasmania.  Sailing date - (October 21 2017.  (hollandamerica.com).
2. Christmas in Australia
Although Captain Cook never actually landed on Magnetic Island, it was the incident recorded by the explorer in 1770, where the ship’s compass “would not travis well when near it”, that gave the island its name. If you fancy spending Christmas Day enjoying one or two of its 23 bays and beaches, consider Oceania Cruises’ Southern Cross itinerary. The 33-night cruise on Regatta will call at Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne, but it’s the smaller destinations that are the most alluring. There’s the world’s largest sand island, Fraser; inquisitive kangaroos in Esperance, Western Australia; and two ports of call in Papua New Guinea, plus visits to the Indonesian islands of Komodo and Bali. Oceania Cruises Regatta Sailing date - December 20 2017 web (oceaniacruises.com).
The world’s only true ocean liner, Queen Mary 2, will be sailing on a 12-night Fremantle (for Perth) to Sydney cruise from February 12 2018. It offers the opportunity to spend time with family or friends in either city – Cunard can arrange the hotels. The itinerary takes in Busselton – known for its caves as well as vineyards – picturesque Adelaide, cultural Melbourne (twice) and Kangaroo Island, where guests will find sea lions as well as kangaroos. On sea days, entertainment ranges from dancing in the largest ballroom on the seas to attending lectures by eminent speakers. Cunard - Queen Mary 2 Departing on February 12 2018 web  (cunard.com)

4. Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmania
An in-depth itinerary and a ship packed with facilities need not be mutually exclusive. Norwegian Jewel has a host of dining and drinking venues, sports activities and entertainment options, yet visits several lesser-known destinations on its nine-night Australia and Tasmania round trip from Sydney. There are diverse landscapes and wildlife on Kangaroo Island, arts and crafts in small-town Burnie in Tasmania, and Eden in New South Wales, whose beautiful bay was once a contender for Australia’s capital. In the unlikely event you tire of all the facilities on board, there’s city action too – Melbourne, Adelaide and the Tasmanian capital of Hobart are included.  NCL Norwegian Jewel Departing on February 10 2018. web (ncl.com)  -

5. Undiscovered Australia
Crystal Cruises offers some of the best dinings at sea along with instruction in golf and film-making and expert speakers in the fields of politics, sports, and history. This 11-night South Australia and Tasmania cruise on the 922-passenger Crystal Symphony docks overnight in the attractive port city of Fremantle (near Perth) before cruising to a selection of less-visited ports. Bunbury attracts dolphins to its bay and Albany presents an interesting military history. At Esperance comes the chance to see kangaroos on the beach. Melbourne is a stop on the way to two ports in Tasmania, and the cruise ends in Sydney.  Crystal Symphony Sailing date  February 5 2018. web (crystalcruises.com) 

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