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USA to Australia Cruises

There are cruises from the United States to Australia, but there aren't many because it's a long trip. A cruise to Australia is the comfortable and luxurious way to get down under.

US to Australia cruises depart from Los Angeles, Hawaii, Seattle, New York, and San Francisco.

94-day cruise to Australia on Holland America . Round-trip from San Diego (California) to Honolulu (Hawaii), Lahaina (Hawaii), Hilo (Hawaii), Fanning Island (Kiribati), Pago Pago (American Samoa), Apia (Samoa), Suva (Fiji), Lautoka (Fiji), Port Vila (Vanuatu), Noumea (New Calendonia), Brisbane (Australia), Airlie Beach (Australia), Townsville (Australia), Cairns (Australia), Darwin (Australia), Komodo Island (Indonesia), Broome (Australia), Exmouth (Australia), Geraldton (Australia), Fremantle (Australia), Albany (Australia), Port Lincoln (Australia), Kangaroo Island (Australia), Adelaide (Australia), Melbourne (Australia), Port Arthur (Australia), Hobart (Australia), Sydney (Australia), Dunedin (New Zealand), Akaroa (New Zealand), Wellington (New Zealand), Napier (New Zealand), Tauranga (New Zealand), Auckland (New Zealand), Tonga, Niue, Rarotonga, Bora Bora, Huahine, Tahiti, Tuamotu and Nuku Hiva. • 2024 departure: January 3.

55-night cruise to Australia on Cunard Line . One-way from New York to Sydney (Australia). Visit Southampton (England), Lisbon (Portugal), Tenerife (Canary Islands), Walvis Bay (Namibia), Port Elizabeth (South Africa), Cape Town (South Africa), Durban (South Africa), Le Port (Reunion), Port Louis (Mauritius), Fremantle (Australia), Adelaide (Australia) and Melbourne (Australia). • 2024 departure: January 3.

39-night cruise to Australia on Seabourn . One-way from Los Angeles (California) to Sydney (Australia). Visit Hilo (Hawaii), Maui (Hawaii), Honolulu (Hawaii), Kauai (Hawaii), Fanning Island, Samoa, Pago Pago, Nuku alofa, Russell (New Zealand), Auckland (New Zealand), Tauranga (New Zealand), Wellington (New Zealand), Picton (New Zealand) and New Plymouth (New Zealand). • 2024 departure: January 11.

26-night cruise to Australia on Princess Cruises . One-way from Los Angeles (California) to Sydney (Australia). Visit Honolulu (Hawaii), Maui (Hawaii), Apia (Samoa), Auckland (New Zealand), New Plymouth (New Zealand), Picton (New Zealand) and Dunedin (New Zealand). • 2024 departure: January 18.

25-night cruise to Australia on Cunard Line . One-way from San Francisco (California) to Sydney (Australia). Visit Honolulu (Hawaii), Apia (Samoa), Suva (Fiji), Auckland (New Zealand), Wellington (New Zealand) and Christchurch (New Zealand). • 2024 departure: February 7.

28-night cruise to Australia on Royal Caribbean . One-way from Los Angeles (California) to Brisbane (Australia). Visit Maui (Hawaii), Kona (Hawaii), Oahu (Hawaii), Moorea, Tahiti, Auckland (New Zealand), Bay of Islands (New Zealand), Sydney (Australia) and Newcastle (Australia). • 2024 departure: February 11.

36-night cruise to Australia on Princess Cruises . One-way from New York to Sydney (Australia). Visit Key West (Florida), the Panama Canal, Manta (Ecuador), Lima (Peru), Pisco (Peru), Easter Island, Tahiti, Moorea, Auckland (New Zealand) and Bay of Islands (New Zealand). • 2024 departure: July 13.

22-night cruise to Australia on Carnival Cruise Line . One-way from Seattle (Washington) to Sydney (Australia). Visit Honolulu (Hawaii), Moorea, Tahiti and Fiji. • 2024 departure: September 19.

31-day cruise to Australia on Princess Cruises . One-way from San Francisco (California) to Sydney (Australia). Visit Los Angeles (California), Honolulu (Hawaii), Maui (Hawaii), Papeete (Tahiti), Moorea (French Polynesia), Bay of Islands (New Zealand), Auckland (New Zealand), Napier (New Zealand), Wellington (New Zealand) and Picton (New Zealand). • 2024 departure: September 24.

18-night cruise to Australia on Celebrity Cruises . One-way from Honolulu (Hawaii) to Sydney (Australia). Visit Tahiti, Moorea, Raiatea, Auckland (New Zealand), Tauranga (Australia) and Bay of Islands (New Zealand). • 2024 departure: October 3.

61-night cruise to Australia on Oceania . One-way from Los Angeles (California) to Sydney (Australia). Visit San Francisco (California), Astoria (Oregon), Victoria (Canada), Vancouver (Canada), Ketchikan (Alaska), Sitka (Alaska), Seward (Alaska), Kodiak (Alaska), Dutch Harbor (Alaska), Kushiro (Japan), Hakodate (Japan), Miyako (Japan), Oarai (Japan), Tokyo (Japan), Shimizu (Japan), Kyoto (Japan), Hiroshima (Japan), Miyazaki (Japan), Ishigaki (Japan), Taipei (Taiwan), Hong Kong (China), Nha Trang (Vietnam), Saigon (Vietnam), Singapore, Jakarta (Indonesia), Bali (Indonesia), Darwin (Australia), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), Alotau (Papua New Guinea), Cairns (Australia) and Townsville (Australia). • 2024 departure: October 3.

23-day cruise to Australia on Princess Cruises . One-way from Honolulu (Hawaii) to Sydney (Australia). Visit Maui (Hawaii), Papeete (Tahiti), Moorea (French Polynesia), Pago Pago (American Samoa), Tauranga (New Zealand), Auckland (New Zealand) and Picton (New Zealand). • 2024 departure: October 4.

18-night cruise to Australia on Royal Caribbean . One-way from Honolulu (Hawaii) to Sydney (Australia). Visit Tahiti, Moorea, Raiatea, Auckland (New Zealand) and Bay of Islands (New Zealand). • 2024 departure: October 13.

23-day cruise to Australia on Holland America . One-way from Seattle (Washington) to Sydney (Australia). Visit Honolulu (Hawaii), Kona (Hawaii), Apia (Samoa), Suva (Fiji), Lautoka (Fiji), Lifou (New Caledonia) and Noumea (New Caledonia). • 2024 departure: October 24.

46-night cruise to Australia on Seabourn . One-way from Los Angeles (California) to Sydney (Australia). Visit Maui (Hawaii), Hilo (Hawaii), Honolulu (Hawaii), Kona (Hawaii), Kiribati, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Raiatea, Arutanga, Rarotonga, Niue, Tonga, Russell (New Zealand), Waiheke Island (New Zealand), Auckland (New Zealand), Wellington (New Zealand), Kaikoura (New Zealand), Akaroa (New Zealand), Timaru (New Zealand), Stewart Island (New Zealand), Melbourne (Australia) and Eden (Australia). • 2024 departure: November 27.

37-day cruise to Australia on Holland America . One-way from Fort Lauderdale (Florida) to Sydney (Australia). Visit Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands), Puerto Limon (Costa Rica), the Panama Canal, Manta (Ecuador), Lima (Peru), Easter Island, Tahiti, Moorea, Raiatea, Rarotonga, Tonga and Noumea. • 2025 departure: January 4.

26-day cruise to Australia on Princess Cruises . One-way from Los Angeles (California) to Sydney (Australia). Visit Honolulu (Hawaii), Kauai (Hawaii), Suva (Fiji), Bay of Islands (New Zealand), Napier (New Zealand), Picton (New Zealand) and Dunedin (New Zealand). • 2025 departure: January 20.

23-night cruise to Australia on Cunard Line . One-way from San Francisco (California) to Sydney (Australia). Visit Honolulu (Hawaii), Apia (Samoa), Nuku'alofa (Tonga), Auckland (New Zealand), Tauranga (New Zealand) and Bay of Islands (New Zealand). • 2025 departure: February 4.

30-day cruise to Australia on Princess Cruises . One-way from Los Angeles (California) to Sydney (Australia). Visit Honolulu (Hawaii), Kauai (Hawaii), Papeete (Tahiti), Moorea (French Polynesia), Pago Pago (American Samoa), Suva (Fiji), Dravuni Island (Fiji), Bay of Islands (New Zealand), Auckland (New Zealand) and Tauranga (New Zealand). • 2025 departure: September 15.

22-night cruise to Australia on Carnival Cruise Line . One-way from Seattle (Washington) to Sydney (Australia). Visit Honolulu (Hawaii), Tahiti, Moorea and Noumea. • 2025 departure: September 18.

19-night cruise to Australia on Celebrity Cruises . One-way from Honolulu (Hawaii) to Sydney (Australia). Visit Moorea (French Polynesia), Tahiti (French Polynesia), Raiatea (French Polynesia), Tauranga (New Zealand), Auckland (New Zealand) and Bay of Islands (New Zealand). • 2025 departure: October 1.

19-night cruise to Australia on Celebrity Cruises . One-way from Honolulu (Hawaii) to Sydney (Australia). Visit Papeete (Tahiti), Moorea (French Polynesia), Tauranga (New Zealand), Auckland (New Zealand) and Bay of Islands (New Zealand). • 2025 departure: October 2.

27-day cruise to Australia on Holland America . One-way from Seattle (Washington) to Sydney (Australia). Visit Honolulu (Hawaii), Maui (Hawaii), Kauai (Hawaii), Pago Pago, Fiji, Dravuni Island, Suva, Lautoka and Anelghowhat. • 2025 departure: October 12.

17-night cruise to Australia on Royal Caribbean . One-way from Honolulu (Hawaii) to Sydney (Australia). Visit Papeete (Tahiti), Moorea (French Polynesia), Raiatea (French Polynesia) and Tauranga (New Zealand). • 2025 departure: October 13.

21-day cruise to Australia on Princess Cruises . One-way from Honolulu (Hawaii) to Sydney (Australia). Visit Kauai (Hawaii), Kona (Hawaii), Hilo (Hawaii), Papeete (Tahiti), Moorea (French Polynesia), Raiatea (French Polynesia), Nuku'alofa (Tonga) and Norfolk Island (Australia). • 2025 departure: October 31.

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From urban verve to outback wilderness, Australia is a year-round sunny paradise.

A large island nation, Australia delivers the best of both the city and the country, the beach and the bush. The locals here are a laidback and friendly bunch, with a dry sense of humor and their own slang language. Explore cosmopolitan Sydney, home to Bondi Beach's turquoise waters and the architecturally unique Sydney Opera House. Cruise to Australia and visit Queensland to experience the Whitsunday Islands, where you can snorkel to see the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest living organism. For an authentic Australian adventure, head to the outback: Check out Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with its red dome known as Ayers Rock.

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From The Bush To The Beach

From urban verve to outback wilderness, Australia is a year-round sunny paradise

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Seaside Road and Beach, Melbourne Australia

MEET MELBOURNE

Melbourne is a hipster haven and Australia's culture, coffee and sports capital. Grab a flat black (the Australian version of an Americano, with espresso and hot water) at Patricia on Little Bourke Street, then rent a car and start off on the Great Ocean Road, which will take you along sweeping views of Australia's southern coast.

Australia Outback Waterfall

HEAD TO THE OUTBACK

In the remote Northern Territory, visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: See the famous dome-shaped red rock rising out of the Central Australian Desert. Or check out Kakadu National Park, where you can see ancient rock art at Nourlangie or hike to the hidden waterfalls at Motor Car, Twin or Jim Jim Falls.

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TOWN AND COUNTRY

Get to know the different sides of Australia, from vibrant, modern cities to wild, untamed wilderness.

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KING AMONG REEFS

Snorkel, dive and swim along the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef — you can even charter a glass-bottomed boat to stay dry while seeing the only living organism visible from outer space. The reef is accessible from places like Cairns, Airlie Beach, Townsville and Port Douglas in Queensland.

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In Queensland, take a day trip to the surrounding tropical islands: Check out Fitzroy Island and its National Park, where you can laze on the white sands of the coral beach or go bird-watching for for emerald doves and white-bellied sea eagles. See the colored sands at postcard-perfect Fraser Island, or explore the wild island state of Tasmania during your vacation.

South Pacific Turquoise Water Beach

PICK A BEACH

Explore Western Australia's Cape Le Grand National Park, which offers stunning coastline set against rolling heathlands filled with kangaroos. Check out Queensland's Gold Coast, where you'll find local favorite Nobby Beach (known colloquially as "Nobby's"). Or get lost in Tasmania's Freycinet National Park, where pink granite cliffs overlook white-sand beaches and clear blue waves.

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Choose your Australian vacation adventure: Relax on a tropical island or one of thousands of beaches, hike in a remote national park or venture into the vibrant city.

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SAMPLE SYDNEY

A sampler cruise from Sydney is a great way to experience both Australia's biggest city and an exciting cruise.

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Tasmania is an underrated Australian state that's home to Cradle Mountain, the World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site and the eccentric Museum of Old and New Art among other things to do.

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The best time to visit Australia depends on where you want to go. The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland and the Northern Territory are best explored during dry season (May to September), while summer is the optimal time to visit southern states like Victoria and Tasmania.

Weather-wise, northern Australia enjoys an endless summer, but it does get cold in Victoria and Tasmania during winter. Meanwhile, Melbourne is known for displaying four seasons in one day, so always have a jacket and umbrella on hand, just in case.

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"Fair dinkum" — Aussie slang for "authentic" or "genuine" — Australian cuisine has been influenced by England, New Zealand and even Italy. However, there's nothing more Australian than throwing some steak and snags (sausages) on a barbie (barbecue) — no shrimps allowed.

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POPULAR PUB GRUB

There are two dishes to order at an Aussie pub: a chicken parmigiana (called a parmi Down Under) or a burger, which will usually come topped with Australian specialties like beetroot or pineapple. Of course, you can always go for a classic steaks: Porterhouses are popular in Victoria, while rump steaks are particularly beloved in New South Wales.

Australian Biscuits

THE REAL BISCUIT

Australia has some delicious sweet treats, but it's perhaps best-known for perfecting the biscuit. Try Anzac biscuits with oats and golden syrup, lamingtons — a sponge square covered in chocolate and coconut — and Tim Tams, the local favorite brand of chocolate-covered biscuits.

Australian Meat Pies

IT'S PIE TIME

Meat pies — with a flaky pastry crust baked around a savory filling of ground meat (typically beef or lamb) and spices — are a traditional Australian lunch or snack found in bakeries across the country. Another favorite is the Chiko Roll, similar to a large spring roll but filled with the signature Aussie ingredients of mutton, celery, barley, rice, carrots and spices.

Related Ports

The Australian coast is dotted with beautiful ports, like Esperance, to explore. In Queensland, Cairns and Airlie Beach are both gateways to the Great Barrier Reef. Meanwhile, Darwin is a gateway to the Northern Territory's rugged natural sights, including Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, and Uluru.

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Brisbane, Australia

Adelaide, Australia, Rocky Beach

Adelaide, Australia

Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, Aerial Landscape

Airlie Beach, Queensland

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Cairns (Yorkeys Knob), Australia

Darwin, Australia, Rocky coast

Darwin, Australia

Esperance, Australia, Lucky bay

Esperance, Australia

Geraldton, Australia Indian Ocean Cliffs

Geraldton, Australia

Hobart, Tasmania Landscape Beach

Hobart, Tasmania

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Melbourne, Australia

Newcastle, Australia Lighthouse Beach

Newcastle, Australia

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Perth (Fremantle), Australia

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Port Douglas, Australia

Port Hedland, Australia Eight Mile Beach

Port Hedland, Australia

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Sydney (White Bay), Australia

Sydney, Australia, Opera House

Sydney, Australia

Willis Island (Cruising), Australia Great Barrier Reef

Willis Island (Cruising), Australia

Wollongong (Port Kembla), Australia Beach

Wollongong (Port Kembla), Australia

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Eden, Australia

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Port Arthur, Tasmania

Cairns, Australia Aerial View Noah Beach

Cairns, Australia

Snelling Beach Aerial Panorama, Kangaroo Island (Penneshaw), Australia

Penneshaw, Australia

Beach in Town of 1770, Queensland, Australia.

Gladstone, Australia

Aerial photography of Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth Western Australia

Exmouth, Australia

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Albany, Australia

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Last updated . 16 May 2024

Whether exploring the world from your nearest Aussie port or far-flung shores, cruising in 2024 and beyond is a dynamic and diverse proposition.

Are you planning to go on a cruise in 2024? According to a survey by the Tourism & Transit (TTF) forum conducted in December from a sample size of 2000 Australians, one in four answered yes. These results track with an ever-increasing global demand for cruising, with an estimated 35.7 million passengers set to sail in 2024 according to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

These figures bust pre-pandemic levels thanks to a robust and agile cruise industry that adapted quickly to the challenges presented by Covid-19 and that continues to offer a strong value proposition compared to land-based holidays. That TTF’s survey results show a strong uptick in those 35 and under planning to cruise this year – 35 per cent of those asked answered affirmative – demonstrates that an ever-more diversified cruise offering is attracting a new audience.

The Greg Mortimer ship in Antarctica, Aurora Expeditions

See Antarctica on an adventure cruise with Aurora Expeditions. (Image: Sergei Andronov)

This year will bring a succession of new ships entering service as cruise lines continue to invest heavily in a more advanced and sustainable global fleet. “This year’s launches include a mix of contemporary ships, luxury ships and expedition ships, from an equally broad range of cruise lines,” said Joel Katz, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) managing director in Australasia.

“Together these ships will be among the most advanced and energy-efficient ships to have ever sailed, and the choices they offer demonstrate why there is a cruising style to suit almost any taste.”

the Uniworld Aria Amazon cruising through the Amazon river

Uniworld’s Aria Amazon cruises through the wilderness.

How is cruising embracing sustainability in 2024?

Cruising into 2024 and beyond is all about being better and bolder. It’s about innovation and leading-edge technology in support of efforts to reach an industry-wide goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

For example when Celebrity Cruises introduces Celebrity Xcel , its fifth ship in the Edge Series in November 2025, it will come complete with a new engine model that provides fuel flexibility with the ability to use three types of fuel including methanol, in anticipation of later adoption of the emerging alternative fuel.

the iconic magic carpet on Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises’ innovative cantilevered Magic Carpet is unlike any other.

Even the largest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean’s recently launched Icon of the Seas , features leading-edge technology that marks a major milestone towards the cruise line’s goal to build a carbon-neutral ship by 2035. Innovations on Icon  include running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and an industry-first waste-to-energy system that sees solid waste converted directly into energy onboard.

The Greg Mortimer ship in Antarctica, Aurora Expeditions

Sail past tabular icebergs with Aurora Expeditions in Antarctica. (Image: Tyson Mayr)

And Aurora Expeditions, an Australian-owned pioneer of polar travel that leads small-ship expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctica and beyond, has reached a sustainability milestone by achieving B Corp Certification. This benchmark recognises businesses that meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, and that have made a legal commitment to balance profit with purpose.

zodiac cruising at Prospect Point in Antarctica

Go zodiac cruising with Aurora Expeditions at Prospect Point in Antarctica. (Image: Tyson Mayr)

The latest in cruising travel trends

Virtuoso, a leading global travel agency network specialising in luxury and experiential travel, has identified adventure cruising as its top travel trend in the 2024 Virtuoso Luxe Report  – Australia & New Zealand, citing prevailing interest in Alaska – where the likes of UnCruise Adventures have specialised in venturing for almost three decades – and increased accessibility to Antarctica, its leading adventure destination for the year.

an Alaskan Moose drinking from a river

Witness Alaskan wildlife with Holland America Line. (Image: Mark Byer)

CLIA’s Joel Katz said expedition cruising had fostered a new breed of traveller, drawn to increasingly sophisticated small-scale ships that can reach remote and pristine locations.

“Australian and New Zealand travellers are increasingly motivated by the opportunity to gain insight into other cultures or have first-hand encounters with wildlife. As a result, we’re seeing a lot of creativity in these areas as cruise lines develop a more intimate and memorable experience for their guests.

“Conservation and sustainability are a huge part of the expedition experience and guests often join a cruise to learn more about the marine environment, wildlife, climate and remote ecosystems,” he continues. “Protecting the natural environment is very much a priority and cruise lines are among the pioneers in implementing environmental protections and emission reductions at sea,” he says.

a boat at dawn in Milford Sound

Milford Sound in New Zealand is a cruising hotspot. (Image: georgeclerk via Getty Images)

Virtuoso also highlights the intimate nature of small-vessel cruising on the rise among new and experienced cruisers alike, with river cruising coming out ahead for its laid-back atmosphere, access to major cities and sights and wide-ranging itineraries that help you get under the skin of a destination, whether you’re sailing the Nile, Mekong or Danube.

We’re also seeing more cruise lines collaborating with renowned land-based tour operators on increasingly sophisticated land and sea packages that offer the best of both worlds. And then there are companies like Tauck; this well-loved American brand founded in 1925 has long blended the two with its global roster of guided tours, small ship cruises and river cruises, and its presence in the Australian market is growing.

the Dome of Naturhistorisches Museum from the Palace of Justice, Vienna

Tauck is renowned for its Europe river cruises. (Image: Wien Tourismus/Christian Stemper)

New cruising hotspots around the world

Asia might just be our new hotspot for cruising – Japan reached No. 4 on the list of appealing cruise destinations in TTF’s recent survey, behind perennial Aussie favourites New Zealand, Europe and the South Pacific – but Africa is the new frontier. And cruise lines are responding to travellers’ appetite for more adventurous and immersive itineraries.

Oceania Cruises’ newly launched 59-day Grand Voyage, for example, includes a sail down the western coast of Africa with days at sea punctuating ports in Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, and an overnight stay in Walvis Bay, Namibia. And Norwegian Cruise Line has returned to African waters for its longest season to date following a successful season out of Cape Town in 2022/23.

an African safari at sunset

Africa is a new frontier for cruising. (Image: Byelikova Oksana)

Its sailings onboard mid-size ship Norwegian Dawn drop into locations such as Réunion, known for its volcanic landscapes and rainforests; Nosy Be, Madagascar, famous for its spectacular coral reefs; and Richards Bay, a gateway to South Africa’s wildlife safaris. Norwegian Dawn  will return to homeport from Port Louis, Mauritius and Cape Town, South Africa, in 2024/25 and 2025/26 with a similar roster of itineraries.

the Kalaisson Temple in Port Louis, Mauritius

Kalaisson Temple in Port Louis, Mauritius, is a featured port with NCL.

And the Caribbean is becoming more accessible to Australians too, with some of our favourite cruise lines offering refreshed itineraries. Travelling in the States?

Hop on a Royal Caribbean cruise from any number of departure cities including Los Angeles and Miami for island-hopping tasters ranging from five to 12 nights while NCL’s all-new Norwegian Viva  is home-porting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in winter 2024/25. Its Caribbean adventures will see guests wake up in a new tropical paradise every day on islands including Antigua, Barbados and St. Lucia.

Puerto Rico on a sunny day

Puerto Rico is among NCL’s Caribbean cruise destinations. (Image: dbvirago via Getty Images)

Discover a new perspective Down Under

And we’re cruising closer to home, too, keen to jump aboard ships from our nearest local port to explore Australia from a new perspective. Or to simply make the most of a long weekend free of responsibilities, where the most pressing decision you’ll make is which of the ship’s umpteen restaurants to book a table at for dinner.

And while cruise industry disruptor Virgin Voyages, which made its debut Down Under for the 2023/24 season when Resilient Lady  sailed into Australian waters, won’t be back for the next season (citing escalating tensions in the Red Sea and with hopes to return for future seasons), it brought with it a diversified style of cruising that widened the appeal among Aussies. It has helped prime our appetite for a long weekend on the high seas.

Virgin Voyages ship Resilient Lady

Resilient Lady is the latest ship from Virgin Voyages.

Australia is heading into a bumper year of cruising in 2024, CLIA confirms, as cruise lines offer more local ships, more sailings and more cabins than ever before.

“We will see 81 cruise ships operating in Australian waters over the course of 2024, which is 14 per cent more than last year,” Katz reported. “Many of these ships will be staying longer and offering more local sailings, which means Australia will welcome more than 3700 port calls around the country – an 18 per cent increase over last year.”

The result, he said, is a wealth of cruising options for cruise aficionados and a huge economic potential for communities around the Australian coast. “The total cruise passenger capacity in Australia this year will be up by 42 per cent on 2023, which reflects the huge passion Australians have for cruising and the strong overseas interest in sailing Down Under.”

So with all that in mind, maybe you will be one of four Australians choosing to cruise this year. Read on for inspiration.

The latest and greatest cruising itineraries

Explore more of the world with these brand-new itineraries.

Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises has announced three new itineraries that explore lesser-known ports in Africa and Asia at the end of 2024 and into 2025. The 1250-guest ship Riviera will sail an epic 59-day Grand Voyage, which cruises from Barcelona to Singapore.

Riviera ship from Oceania Cruises

The 1250-guest ship Riviera will sail an epic 59-day Grand Voyage.

Viking River Cruises

Viking’s 2024-2026 river cruise brochure is packed with culturally rich itineraries such as The Rhine & Main Explorer, Mississippi River Odyssey and Big Easy to the Gateway City.

Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways had oenophiles clinking glasses at the news of its Bordeaux 2025 itineraries. The new Bonjour Bordeaux: Châteaux, Wineries & Charming Villages cruise will be available for one-, two- and three-week sailings.

lush vineyards in Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux

Saint-Émilion in Bordeaux is a region covered in depth with Avalon.

Sail Croatia

Sail Croatia’s new small-ship Heritage cruise is aimed squarely at culture boffins. The seven-night cruise onboard its Elegance ships departs from the historic town of Split. The itinerary loops in five UNESCO-protected sites, as well as natural parks and places of historical interest along the Dalmatian Coast.

Explora Journeys

Explora Journeys has introduced new Destination Experiences designed to immerse guests into the culture of Central America, the US and Canada’s Pacific Coast, and Hawai‘i. Highlights include a traditional Temazcal ceremony in Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas and a hike through the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles.

Aranui Cruises

Aranui Cruises will open up a new area of French Polynesia to cargo cruising in 2025. The 125-metre mixed freight and passenger vessel Aranui 5 will carry cargo to the Austral Islands archipelago in a series of 13-day voyages in 2025.

an aerial shot of the Austral Islands with Aranui

Sail across the spectacular Austral Islands with Aranui. (Image: Lionel Gourverneur)

The coolest cruise ships you need to try

From contemporary creations to liners evoking the golden age of ocean cruising and intimate expedition vessels, there’s an exciting new crop of ships on the horizon.

Celebrity Ascent

Celebrity Cruises ’ most innovative ship, Celebrity Ascent , has been etched into the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide  as one of just seven vessels to receive a global Four-Star Award.

Cruising the Caribbean and Mediterranean, the 3260-guest ship has 32 dining options, including Le Voyage by renowned French chef Daniel Boulud, a multi-deck Sunset Bar and lush Rooftop Garden with floating pools. The ship is LNG-powered and adaptable to greener fuels of the future.

the Celebrity Ascent at sea

Experience the award-winning resort at sea, Celebrity Ascent.

Every aspect of Queen Anne  is a nod to the golden age of ocean cruising. The 2996-guest Cunard ship has a timeless design centred around a light-filled three-level Grand Lobby.

It has twice the number of the cruise line’s beloved Britannia staterooms and more than 4000 pieces of artwork, which champion young and contemporary artists. The Pavilion, which doubles as a pool and open-air theatre, has a retractable domed roof making it suitable for all climes. Queen Anne will be based in Europe until 2025 when she will make her maiden World Voyage.

the Panorama Pool Club onboard the Cunard ship, Queen Anne

Soak up the sun at the Panorama Pool Club onboard Queen Anne.

Sun Princess

Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess made her inaugural voyage around the Mediterranean in February, showcasing her sleek design, huge range of accommodation including 55 accessible cabins, and unique and generously spaced venues.

The ship features a geodesic glass-enclosed dome, which is a pool by day and stage by night, with the most technologically advanced theatre at sea. Families are catered to with a fun multi-generational activity zone on the top deck, as well as suites that can accommodate up to five guests.

Princess Cruises, Sun Princess

The ship made her inaugural voyage in February.

Galapagos Explorer

Luxe eco-conscious travel company andBeyond can lay claim to the most exclusive expedition yacht in the Galápagos Islands with the upcoming launch of the 38-metre Galapagos Explorer .

Sleeping just 12 guests in six spacious cabins, the ship will offer unrivalled experiences tailored to suit the intimate group onboard, such as encounters with giant tortoises and snorkelling with sea lions. The ship itself oozes relaxed luxury, with indoor and outdoor dining and a hot tub on the upper deck to soak in as the sun sets.

the Galapagos Explorer at sea

The Galapagos Explorer will explore unchartered territory.

Abercrombie & Kent

Expanding its operations in Egypt, bespoke tour company Abercrombie & Kent will add a fifth Nile riverboat to its fleet, slated to launch in 2025.

Designed as a high-end floating hotel, the yet-to-be-named vessel will feature 32 cabins with floor-to-ceiling windows and marble bathrooms, two restaurants, a spa and gym, a swimming pool and sun deck, and a crew comprising Egyptologists for an unrivalled insight into the region while on shore and onboard.

sailing through the Nile River with Abercrombie & Kent

Drift down the peaceful waterway on the Nile with Abercrombie & Kent.

Norwegian Viva and Norwegian Aqua

Norwegian Cruise Line debuted its newest ship, the 3099-guest Norwegian Viva , last year in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, which mirrors the design of sister ship Prima .

And in 2025, Norwegian Aqua will make its maiden voyage in the Caribbean. The 3571-guest ship will feature the world’s first hybrid rollercoaster and waterslide, a digital sports complex, and NCL’s first-ever three-bedroom Duplex Haven Suites, which are set to be the most spacious at sea.

sunloungers facing the sea at Vibe Beach Club, Norwegian Viva

Bask in the sun from the comfort of a lounger at Vibe Beach Club on Norwegian Viva.

Seven Seas Grandeur

With the highest staff-to-guest ratios at sea, Seven Seas Grandeur offers exceptional service to match the high-level luxury. Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ new ship features 15 accommodation categories including the 412 square-metre Regent Suite, dubbed The Most Exclusive Address At Sea.

It has a 1600-piece art collection and a state-of-the-art spa with a zero-gravity massage table and amber and quartz crystal bed. With opulence comes a conscious design that reduces emissions and waste onboard.

the elegant dining at Seven Seas Grandeur

Enjoy luxurious comforts onboard the Seven Seas Grandeur. (Image: RSSC)

Oceania Cruises ’ newest ship Allura  will launch during the European winter of 2025 hot off the heels of Vista . The 1200-guest ship has some of the biggest standard suites at sea, measuring a generous 27 square metres, as well as 10 dining destinations and the signature Culinary Center offering hands-on cooking classes. It will cruise in the Med and Caribbean.

Explora Journeys will launch its second ship, EXPLORA II , in August 2024. With 461 ocean-front suites, no less than three outdoor swimming pools and promising culinary riches across nine foodie experiences plus a considered roster of wellness and entertainment, it’s all in service of ensuring guests have the most enriching of ocean voyages.

Icon of the Seas and Utopia of the Seas

Carrying a whopping 5610 passengers around the Caribbean, Icon of the Seas has broken many records at sea – from the tallest waterslide to the biggest swim-up bar. Royal Caribbean isn’t done yet, though, with Utopia of the Seas coming at the end of the year. Coined the world’s biggest weekender, this party-loving vessel will sleep 5668 passengers and focus on three- and four-night itineraries from Florida.

the Icon of the Seas ship sailing across the Caribbean

The Icon of the Seas will sail around the Caribbean.

The best in offshore adventures

Cruising is increasingly as much about what you do off the ship as on, as these land and sea packages and immersive itineraries attest to.  

Venice to Athens

Crystal Symphony will sail from Venice to Athens on 14-24 November for the first-ever Crystal Chairmen’s Cruise, which speaks to the newly relaunched cruise brand’s elevated offering and promise of a program of enriching adventures on land by those who do it best.

Guests onboard will be given the opportunity to engage with industry titans A&K Travel Group chairman Manfredi Lefebvre and Geoffrey Kent, founder & chairman emeritus of Abercrombie & Kent, who will be onboard as guest lecturers for the voyage.

Japan and South Korea

Australian group travel specialist Gullivers has announced an exciting culinary tour of Japan and South Korea with Malaysian-Australian cook and TV host Adam Liaw. The 11-day cruise onboard Silversea’s Silver Muse will explore the landscapes and flavours of five destinations, including Busan and Tokyo.

Malaysian-Australian cook and TV host Adam Liaw

Malaysian-Australian cook Adam Liaw will head the culinary tour with Gullivers.

Cruise & Rail program

Uniworld has launched its new 2024 Cruise & Rail program. The five new itineraries will include destinations such as Istanbul, Transylvania, the Swiss Alps, Austria and Milan. Uniworld also offers a range of tailor-made pre- and post-cruise Cruise & Rail options from sister brand Adventure World.

a locomotive passing through Kalte-Rinne viaduct in Breitenstein

Venture past the scenic Kalte-Rinne viaduct in Breitenstein.

Immersive Overnights program

Regent Seven Seas Cruises will offer overnight stays in every port of call as part of its new Immersive Overnights program in 2024-2025. Enjoy deeper explorations after dark with everything from a sunset wine tasting in Tuscany to neon nights in Shanghai.

a scenic landscape of the Tuscan countryside

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is set to explore the sprawling Tuscan countryside.

How you can cruise closer to home

These great Aussie itineraries mean you don’t need to travel far for an unparalleled cruising journey.

Do the full lap with Silversea

Silversea will circumnavigate Australia on its brand-new ship Silver Nova for the first time in 2025. The 47-day antipodean journey is bookended by Melbourne and stops at 23 ports from cities such as Sydney and Hobart to the scenic isles of K’gari and Kangaroo Island.

The 12th ship for Silversea, ultra-luxe Silver Nova boasts a spacious design with an exceptionally high staff-to-guest ratio (1:1.3) and butler service for every suite. It’s also Silversea’s most sustainable ship with a hybrid engine that runs off LNG fuel and can connect to shore power while docked, reducing carbon emissions.

the Silver Nova Ship at sea

Circumnavigate Australia with the ultra-luxe Silver Nova.

Go global from home with Princess

Half a century after Princess Cruises began sailing in Australian waters, the cruise line will welcome its newest ship Discovery Princess  to Australia in 2025, its third and biggest to explore the region.

The new ship will join Crown Princess  in Sydney, while Grand Princess will be based in Brisbane. The trio will operate 75 unique itineraries, including Australia circumnavigations, round-trip cruises to New Zealand and Fiji, and the longest world cruise to depart from Australia – an epic 114-night sailing that takes in 31 countries.

the Crown Princess at sea

Sail across snow-covered landscapes onboard the Crown Princess.

Long weekends at sea with Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean ’s 2024-2025 season from Australia will have more weekend sailings than ever before from our shores. With 40 itineraries onboard Quantum of the Seas  and Ovation of the Seas , guests can sail to the South Pacific and New Zealand from Brisbane and Sydney, or a weekend getaway for a few days of sea and sun, with Aussie highlights such as the Great Barrier Reef thrown in for good measure.

Join chef cruises with Cunard

Cruise with some of Australia’s greatest gastronomic stars on the third edition of Cunard’s Great Australian Culinary Voyage departing February 2025. The five-night cruise will take place on Queen Elizabeth  between Sydney and Hobart and is headlined by Matt Moran.

The famed Aussie chef is joined by MasterChef winner Julie Goodwin who will MC the journey; acclaimed First Nations chef Nornie Bero who will take over Lido Alternative Dining restaurant; pastry chef Darren Purchese who will host hands-on workshops and a night-time dessert bar; and wine connoisseur Kate Spain who will lead onboard masterclasses and a Hobart shore excursion.

pastry chef Darren Purchese posing for a photo while preparing desserts

Pastry chef Darren Purchese hosts a night-time dessert bar. (Image: Cunard/Getty)

Three must-see ports to check out in 2024

Whangārei, new zealand/aotearoa.

In February Oceania Cruises’ MS Regatta  was the first cruise ship to visit Whangārei in decades. This Northland city’s attractions include the Whangārei’s Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery, where architecture and art harmonise with nature.

Philippines

Asia’s Best Cruise Destination for 2023 is set to be the next big thing in cruising. With some 7641 islands, it’s not hard to see why. Several new international cruise terminals are being constructed to meet anticipated demand, including in paradisiacal Palawan and surfing capital Siargao.

Nosy Be, Madagascar

Nosy Be is one of the most sought-after stops on a cruise with Norwegian Dawn , which debuted in Southern African waters in 2024. This island off the northwest coast of Madagascar is famed for its  lemurs, chameleons and ylang ylang trees, which make up a major part of the local economy.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

For anyone who’s dreamt of seeing the northern lights (that’s all of us), the coming two years might be your best chance in more than a decade. The aurora borealis will reach a solar maximum, which happens halfway through the 11-year solar cycle and sees the auroral displays at their most active, dynamic and vibrant.

the Tromsø Cathedral at night with aurora borealis in the background

Experience the northern lights in Tromsø. (Image: RelaxFoto.de via Getty Images)

Gold Coast-based cruise specialist My Cruises has created an exclusive itinerary with Norwegian Cruise Line to coincide with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: the Exclusive Northern Lights Discovery journey sails in October 2025.

And Norway specialist Hurtigruten is so confident you’ll see the swirling atmospheric phenomenon when you sail one of its expert itineraries during auroral season that it’s promising another voyage for free if you don’t. “It is super strong this year,” says Hedda Felin, CEO of Hurtigruten Norway. “Although I have seen them so many times, I still get blown away. It’s a magical feeling to be under the northern lights.”

a close-up shot of the green lights in the sky, Aurora Borealis

The dancing green lights will take your breath away.

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What it’s like on the floating mega-city Ovation of the Seas

Turns out there is an ultimate family holiday – a ship where you can skydive, rock climb and ride bumper cars while you travel to idyllic islands.

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I didn’t think I was a “cruise person”. I thought I’d get claustrophobic spending nine nights on a ship. I also decided long ago that cruises were for retired couples or those families that get together for “Dad’s 70th” or the “50-year wedding anniversary” and all wear matching T-shirts.

But it turns out, a cruise can be an incredible family holiday, especially if you’re after convenience.

There are endless activities – more than you’re able to fit in – and an impressive selection of places to eat.

You can also be a tourist and visit multiple locations without any hassle and, when kids are involved, this is a gamechanger.

But it’s not relaxing – at least not this particular cruise, which is popular with families.

We sailed the islands of the South Pacific over Easter, which meant Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas was at capacity (4900 guests).

It was a girls’ trip – of sorts – with my daughters, aged nine and seven, and my sister, and we packed it all in, trying every activity and making the most of every minute on board.

There are 16 decks on Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas.

The activities

Scrolling through the itinerary on the Royal Caribbean app (everything is done via the app) we are presented with an almost endless list of things to do.

There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an outdoor movie theatre, sports courts, video arcade and ping pong and air hockey tables. Every day you can take part in pickle ball, football or basketball games, there are scavenger hunts, cake decorating, or you can learn how to make sushi.

But what really makes Ovation of the Seas special is some of the more unique activities it has on board. It’s the only ship that you get to skydive one day and surf the next.

While my daughters were too young to try out surfing on the FlowRider, we absolutely loved the skydiving adventure.

The signature RipCord by iFly skydiving experience was a huge hit with my nine-year-old.

Each ride lasts for about a minute, inside a vertical wind tunnel – with a viewing area outside – and it was incredible. You get to free fall in a safe and controlled environment with expert instructors.

The ship also has three rock climbing walls (we spent A LOT of time here) and bumper cars and roller skating. And then there is the North Star, a glass-walled capsule which takes you 90m into the air, for a view of the ship and surrounding ocean. This one is not for those afraid of heights, but the views are stunning.

The rock climbing walls were hugely popular.

A chance to get away

While I said this cruise wasn’t relaxing (purely down to the number of activities we tried to squeeze in), there are ways to escape with an adults-only pool and restaurants.

I did manage to squeeze in some pampering at the Vitality Spa and enjoyed a luxurious few hours and one of the best deep-tissue massages I’ve ever had.

They have everything you need to recharge, from facials, massages and body wraps to manicures, pedicures, make-up and hair services.

Every Royal Caribbean ship has a spa and fitness centre. The spa costs extra, and can be booked online before the cruise or once on board the ship.

The North Star, pictured on a different Ovation of the Seas cruise, takes you 90m into the air, for a view of the ship and surrounding ocean.

The night-life

There is plenty to do in the evenings with live music, discos and comedy shows. You can’t take children to everything, but we did bring them along to Spectra’s Cabaret, a Royal Caribbean production. Featuring a blend of live performance, technology and music, the cabaret was a lot of fun.

Another huge hit with all of us were the cocktails (and mocktails for the kids, obviously) at the Bionic Bar. After selecting your drink on the iPad, it is made by one of the two robotic bartenders.

You can’t beat a great buffet – and Windjammer Marketplace was first-class.

One of the surprising details about Ovation of the Seas was the number of restaurants on board. There are 17 different places to eat on this floating mega-city.

Windjammer Marketplace, the ship’s casual buffet-style restaurant, was outstanding. Sure, it was busy, but despite the ship being at capacity, you could always find a seat and the food was fresh, hot and so much variety.

The main dining room also offers exceptional multi-course meals each day.

There are also speciality restaurants (these come at an additional cost) such as the Japanese restaurant Izumi, Jamie’s Italian, Chops Grille and Chef’s Table. But the real delight was at Wonderland, where you are transported to a fantasy world.

The restaurant is loosely based on the world of Alice in Wonderland, and the entire experience is immersive. You have to dip a paintbrush into water and paint the menu for it to magically appear, and then the dishes themselves are a visual feast and designed to surprise you.

The clear water off Mystery Island was best enjoyed on a pool floatie.

Time off the boat

With so much to do on the ship, it’s easy to forget that you’re there to experience the islands of the South Pacific. Our cruise stopped at Noumea in New Caledonia and Mystery Island and Port Vila in Vanuatu.

While in Noumea, we took the 45-minute boat ride to Amedee Island. The tiny coral island is a natural marine reserve with crystal clear water, colourful coral and tropical fish. We managed to see some large sea turtles while snorkelling, and also a fair few sea snakes (both on land and in the water). The snakes are poisonous but we were assured by the locals that they are afraid of humans and they, thankfully, did keep their distance.

Our next destination was the small, uninhabited, Mystery Island. It’s simply stunning, with snorkelling and paddle boarding available, and locals from neighbouring Aneityum head over on days that cruise ships visit to sell coconuts or do hair braiding.

The third offshore day was spent at Port Villa, the largest city of Vanuatu. Here we took advantage of one of the tours organised by cruise staff. We visited the Pepeyo Cultural Village, where we were shown the traditional ways of fishing and hunting, and watched fire walking, and the Aelan chocolate factory. The highlight of this visit, though, was the Blue Lagoon swimming hole. It is a safe and accessible place to swim, but also has ropes hung from trees to swing into the water.

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The details

A seven-night South Pacific cruise in December, on board Ovation of the Seas, starts at $1199 per person. The nine-night South Pacific cruise sails in November this year (starting at $1782 per person) and February 2025 (starting at $1561). All the details and other cruises are at royalcaribbean.com.

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How to visit Australia without flying: Holland America launches new Grand Voyage

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The long-haul flight can be enough to keep some U.S. travelers from visiting Australia . But a new Holland America Line itinerary will offer an alternate route.

The cruise line’s Grand Australia and New Zealand voyage will sail round-trip from San Diego, California in 2026, taking guests down under and back over 93 days.

"Our Grand Voyages are renowned for connecting guests with the world's most fascinating places while sailing roundtrip from the United States," Beth Bodensteiner, the line’s chief commercial officer, said in a news release . "Our team crafted this itinerary to show guests the parts of Australia and New Zealand they expect to visit, but also included frequently asked for, but rarely visited, ports throughout Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands."

When is Holland America’s Grand Australia and New Zealand voyage?

The cruise will depart on Jan. 4, 2026 aboard the line’s 1,432-guest Zaandam ship.

Where will the cruise sail?

The ship will visit 44 ports in 10 countries. Passengers will make their way to Hawaii first before heading to the South Pacific. The ship will then visit Australia – almost circling the country – and New Zealand, followed by Tonga and French Polynesia on the way back to San Diego.

The itinerary features two days of scenic cruising at the Great Barrier Reef and four late-night departures in Adelaide, Australia and the French Polynesian islands of Moorea, Raiatea and Huahine. Guests will also stay overnight in six ports, including Honolulu, Sydney and Auckland, giving them ample time to explore.

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How much does the cruise cost?

The cruise currently starts at $17,699 per person based on double occupancy, according to Holland America’s website . Travelers who book by June 16, 2025 can get perks like a Surf Wi-Fi package, airport transfers in San Diego, a 3% pay-in-full discount and more thrown in (though they vary by stateroom category).

Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at [email protected].

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P&O Australia and CCL-Carnival Cruise Line have both canceled scheduled calls to New Caledonia due to ongoing civil unrest in the region.

Carnival Splendor ship was scheduled to depart for New Caledonia tomorrow, while Pacific Adventure ship is a frequent visitor to the area.

In a statement, P&O Australia announced that due to the declared state of emergency arising from the unrest, the Pacific Adventure will no longer visit Lifou or Noumea . Instead, passengers will spend an additional day at Mystery Island . P&O emphasized that they are closely monitoring the situation in Noumea and nearby regions, maintaining contact with relevant authorities. They assured that the safety of guests and crew is their top priority and promised to inform guests promptly if further itinerary changes become necessary. P&O expressed sympathy for the affected communities in New Caledonia and gratitude to their guests for their understanding.

The sister brand CCL-Carnival similarly adjusted the itinerary for Carnival Splendor’s South Pacific voyage departing on May 19th, now including stops at Santo and Vila instead. Affected guests have been informed of the changes and offered either onboard credit or future cruise credit if they choose not to travel. Carnival stated they are in continuous contact with authorities and are prioritizing the safety of guests and crew, thanking everyone for their understanding.

These cancellations are significant, as tourism is crucial for New Caledonia's economy. Lifou, the largest in the Loyalty Islands archipelago, is known for its dramatic landscapes, including white sand beaches, coves, limestone caves, and cliffs. The local economy traditionally relies on copra, the dried meat of coconuts, for oil extraction, but tourism has become increasingly vital.

The unrest in New Caledonia stems from protests against new voting regulations imposed by France, leading to violent demonstrations, looting, and arson attacks. The territory has experienced its worst violence in 30 years, resulting in at least four deaths and hundreds of injuries as protesters clash with security forces.

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The natural beauty of New Zealand, its amazing food and wine, and its historic culture is everything you’d expect – and more. Experience it all with one of our cruises from Australia to New Zealand in 2024. Our cruises depart from next to three magnificent Australian icons - Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Sydney Opera House. From there you’ll visit iconic North and South Island destinations, with shore excursions to:

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At the moment, Carnival Cruise Line’s New Zealand holidays only depart from Australia. But that doesn’t mean that won’t change in the future. Keep an eye on this page for all the great cruises to New Zealand in 2024 and 2025 as they’re added. Contact us to find out more.

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Carnival has some great cruise deals on last-minute holidays from Australia, but there’s no golden rule when it comes to getting the destination you want. Last-minute cruises from Australia are unlikely to come up at the really popular times of the year, and even some destinations rarely have any staterooms available. So, don’t leave your run too late to book any of our Australia cruises to New Zealand in 2024. Take advantage of our special offers before they run out.

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Carnival Cruise Line offers a few different Australia to New Zealand holidays in 2024. The 10, 11, or 12-day cruises allow you plenty of time to relax and enjoy your holiday. Depending on which cruise you choose, it can take a little over two or three days to reach New Zealand from Sydney onboard Carnival Splendor.

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Princess Cruises to Sail Largest-Ever Europe Cruise and Cruisetour Season in 2026

New sun princess one of five to sail region. season also features total solar eclipse cruise - return to copenhagen – plus new roundtrip rome itineraries..

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FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (May 9, 2024) – Princess Cruises is going big in Europe for 2026. The “Love Boat” line today announced that its 2026 European cruise and cruisetour season will be its biggest ever, with five Princess cruise ships sailing the region, including the sensational new Sun Princess. Set to sail on a record-breaking 222 cruises, guests will have unparalleled opportunities to explore the beauty and diversity of Europe.

Running March through November 2026, the European season features 59 unique itineraries, visiting 101 destinations across 29 countries, ranging from five to 42 nights. Highlights of the upcoming season include an opportunity to experience the 2026 total solar eclipse; sail on the newest Princess ship – Sun Princess; the return of roundtrip cruises from Copenhagen and new itineraries from Rome. The robust season goes on sale May 23, 2024.

“There’s incredible demand for European vacations and we don’t see that slowing down anytime soon,” said Terry Thornton, chief commercial officer for Princess Cruises. “Guests should book early as our best pricing will be when these cruises first go on sale. Our 2026 season delivers the best of Europe with incredible voyages visiting a mix of marquee ports, as well as smaller, off-the-beaten-path spots offering guests their very own personalized journey.”

2026 Europe Highlights

Sun Princess , the next-level Love Boat from Princess, will sail 7-, 14- and 21-night Mediterranean voyages departing from Civitavecchia (Rome), Piraeus (Athens), and Barcelona. Guests on a 14- and 21-night voyage can enjoy an itinerary without calling to the same port twice for a Grand Mediterranean Adventure .

  • Itinerary Sample: A seven-night Mediterranean voyage sails roundtrip from Piraeus (Athens) to Barcelona, calling at Santorini, Kotor, Corfu, and Messina (Sicily).

The newest Princess ship is a true engineering marvel, offering an extraordinary cruise experience with not-to-be-missed culinary, entertainment and luxury accommodations. Sun Princess debuts new eye-catching experience venues including The Dome, a groundbreaking geodesic, glass-enclosed structure at the top of the ship inspired by the terraces of Santorini. The outward and suspended Sphere Atrium, the namesake of this new class of ship, takes the central Piazza hub of the ship into a new dimension. With 30 inviting restaurant and bar venues with an unprecedented collection of celebrity collaborators, high-end ingredients and culinary experiences, Sun Princess has something for every guest to love.

The 3,660-guest Sky Princess will return for its sixth year to home port in Southampton. Sky Princess takes guests on itineraries ranging from seven to 28 nights to destinations including Northern Europe, the Canary Islands, and the Mediterranean.

On August 12, 2026, Sky Princess will sail directly into the “path of totality” on a special 14-night Total Solar Eclipse Cruise which also visits France, Spain and Portugal. The cruise departs Southampton August 8, 2026.

NEW for 2026 is a 28-night Northern Europe and Mediterranean itinerary sailing roundtrip Southampton and calling to Skagen, Copenhagen, Warnemunde (for Berlin), Stockholm (overnight), Helsinki, Tallinn, Visby, Zeebrugge (for Brussels/Bruges), Southampton, Vigo, Cadiz (for Seville), Malaga, Cartagena, Gibraltar, Lisbon, Bilbao, Le Verdon (for Bordeaux). Departs September 12, 2026.

NEW for 2026, the 3,660-guest Enchanted Princess offers Mediterranean itineraries roundtrip from Civitavecchia (Rome), ranging from five, seven, eight, and 14-nights.

  • Itinerary Sample: A seven-night Mediterranean & Adriatic sailing roundtrip Rome (Civitavecchia) to Dubrovnik, Kotor and Corfu.

For the first time-ever, the 3,560-guest Majestic Princess is sailing roundtrip from Southampton , offering British Isles and Northern Europe itineraries ranging from 11, 12 and 14 nights. British Isles voyages take guests to historic ports across England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland, while the Northern Europe itineraries include stops in Scandinavia, Iceland, the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium.

  • Itinerary Sample: A 14-night Northern Europe cruise visits Haugesund (Norway), Skjolden/Sognefjord (Norway), Olden/Nordfjord (Norway), Aalesund (Norway), Reykjavik (Iceland), Isafjordur (Iceland), Akureyri (Iceland).

Princess Cruises returns to Copenhagen after six years with the 2,670-guest Sapphire Princess , providing 12-night Northern Europe itineraries.

  • Itinerary Sample: Visits to Skagen, Oslo, Gdynia, Klaipeda, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, Nynashamn (for Stockholm), and Visby.

Prior to sailing from Copenhagen, Sapphire Princess sails in the Mediterranean for two months between March and April 2026, from Barcelona, plus itineraries sailing roundtrip from Civitavecchia (Rome).

Cruisetours: Guests can combine a Europe cruise with multiple days on land to experience more of the region with five cruisetours to choose from. Guests can choose to sightsee in the cosmopolitan city of Madrid on the Highlights of Spain cruisetour, visit Florence and Rome on the Classic Italy cruisetour, explore Mediterranean treasures on the Best of Greece cruisetour or take in the spectacular landscapes of Ireland on the Ring of Kerry cruisetour.

Grand Adventures and Passages: All five ships sail ultimate transatlantic crossings, offering voyages ranging between 14- and 29-nights.

More Ashore: 19 ports include ‘More Ashore’ late-night stays on select itineraries, and three ports provide overnight stays – Alta, Hamburg and Stockholm.

With Princess Plus and Premier inclusive packages guests enjoy the ultimate in savings by adding popular amenities like WiFi, beverages, fitness classes, crew gratuities and more at an even greater savings of up 65% when amenities are purchased separately.

Princess Captain’s Circle members can take advantage of an early booking window starting May 16, 2024, and are eligible for a special discount if booking before August 31, 2024.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel advisor, by calling 1-800-Princess (1-800-774-6237) or by visiting www.princess.com .

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Longer ‘Legendary Voyages’ Highlight Holland America Line’s2024-2025 Australia, New Zealand And South Pacific Cruises

Itineraries up to 58 days include immersive explorations of South Pacific islands and a circumnavigation of Australia 

Seattle, Wash., May 30, 2023  — Three Holland America Line ships are set to explore the lush landscapes and natural wonders of  Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific  in 2024-2025. From unspoiled islands to cosmopolitan cities, Westerdam will spend the season Down Under, while Koningsdam and Zaandam each offer a longer  Legendary Voyage  to the South Pacific and Hawaii.  

In October 2024 Westerdam sails a westwardly South Pacific crossing, followed by the iconic Australia Circumnavigation. From December 2024 through March 2025, the ship offers a series of 14-day departures roundtrip from Sydney, Australia, or between Auckland, New Zealand, and Sydney. Zaandam’s “Tales of the South Pacific” in September 2024 is from Vancouver, Canada, to San Diego, California, or roundtrip San Diego, while Koningsdam’s “Hawaii, Tahiti and Marquesas” in February 2025 is roundtrip from San Diego.

“Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific are iconically beautiful locations, but they have so much more to offer which is why they remain high on the bucket list of travelers who are looking to see the world with the ease of a cruise,” said Beth Bodensteiner, Holland America Line’s chief commercial officer. “The Australia Circumnavigation itinerary is the most in-depth immersion a cruiser can have of the continent, and many of our Legendary Voyages make it possible to visit distant destinations from a North American homeport. These cruises are among some of the most notable we offer.”

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Holland America Line’s extended  Legendary Voyages  range from 25 to 59 days and combine the ceremony of a Grand Voyage with itineraries that feature a comprehensive collection of ports that enrich the experience in each destination. Most of Holland America Line’s Legendary Voyages sail roundtrip or to/from a North American homeport, allowing travelers to see the world from their doorstep with a convenient domestic flight and easy embarkation.

Highlights of the Australia and New Zealand 2024-2025 Season

  • LEGENDARY : The 35-day “ Australia Circumnavigation ” departing Nov. 17, 2024, sails Roundtrip from Sydney. Westerdam visits 16 ports around the continent of Australia and includes scenic cruising in the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the remote Ribbon Reef and Far North Regions. Guests enjoy overnight calls at Freemantle (Perth), Australia, and Hobart, Tasmania, along with a late-night departure from Adelaide. Beyond Australia, the ship will call at Komodo Island.
  • From January through March 2025, Westerdam offers 14-day “ Australia and New Zealand ” cruises between Auckland and Sydney. The sailings include six ports around New Zealand and a call at Hobart. All itineraries include scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park, and select dates also include Milford Sound.
  •  A special 14-day “ New Zealand Holiday ” cruise departing Dec. 22, 2024, is roundtrip from Sydney. Guests spend the holidays exploring six ports around New Zealand, including an overnight call at Wellington. The holiday itinerary also features scenic cruising in Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound.

Highlights of the South Pacific 2024-2025 Season

  • LEGENDARY : 51- or 56-day “ Tales of the South Pacific ” voyage aboard Zaandam. The 51-day itinerary is roundtrip from San Diego departing Sept. 30, 2024, while the 56-day cruise is from Vancouver to San Diego departing Sept. 25. The exploration takes a counterclockwise route around the South Pacific, with 20 calls in Hawaii, Kiribati, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Niue, Cook and Society Islands, Marquesas and Tahiti. Guests have extra time ashore with overnights at Honolulu, Hawaii, and Papeete, Tahiti, as well as late-night departures from Honolulu and Suva, Fiji.
  • Westerdam’s 23-day “ South Pacific Crossing ” departing Oct. 24, 2024, is from Seattle, Washington, to Sydney. The Pacific Ocean crossing includes seven ports in Hawaii, New Caledonia, Fiji and American Samoa.
  • LEGENDARY : The 35-day “ Hawaii, Tahiti and Marquesas ” aboard Koningsdam departs Feb. 15, 2025, and is roundtrip from San Diego. The ship makes four calls in Hawaii and six additional island calls throughout the South Pacific. Overnights include Honolulu, Raiatea, Moorea and Papeete.
  • LEGENDARY : Westerdam’s 29-day “ South Pacific Crossing ” departing March 30, 2025, is from Sydney to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Guests discover 12 ports in Hawaii, American Samoa, Fiji and New Caledonia. The itinerary offers an overnight at Honolulu, plus late-night departures from Lahaina and Kona, Hawaii; Suva; and Nouméa, New Caledonia.

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