Top ocean cruise destinations departing from Australia


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Top ocean cruise destinations departing from Australia

Australia is surrounded by astounding and beautiful locations that are just a ship-ride away. From many of the ports that dot the Australian coastline, you have the opportunity to enjoy not only the places you visit but also the experience of the journey.

It's easy to relax, unwind and enjoy the view when you're cruising to your dream destination.

Pacific Islands

A tour through the Pacific Islands is a popular route taken by several cruise companies operating from Australia. Although it's hard to pick which wondrous Pacific islands to visit, many cruise companies have already done the hard work for you. Popular itineraries include navigating through Fiji, New Caledonia, Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, French Polynesia, and many more. Cruises usually leave from Brisbane or Sydneyi,ii,iii.

New Zealand

For a journey closer to home, cruises are perfect for voyaging around the islands of New Zealand. New Zealand seems to have it all, from white sandy beaches to picturesque grasslands. You can explore these landscapes when you disembark at ports such as Akaroa, Auckland, Bay of Islands, Christchurch, Dunedin, Fiordland National Park, Napier, Tauranga and Wellingtoniv,v. From sea level, witness the gorgeous fjords of Fiordland National Park, be awed by the snowy mountains and the ice-filled rivers; in Akaroa explore the ancient volcano that the city lies in; or sip on chilled wine in a Napier vineyard. Cruises usually depart from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbanei,ii.

Asia

From Brunei to Vietnam, the options are endless. Cruises usually leave from Sydney, Melbourne or Fremantlei,ii, and take you on any number of journeys through Asia. Whether it's the culture of East Timor or the cuisine of Thailand that excites you, there is a cruise that will take you there. On arrival, take in the sights and sounds of the countries of Asia, rich with ancient cultural sites and diverse experiences.

Idyllic beaches are aplenty when travelling through Asia and the Pacific.

Around the world

For those who love the open sea and have the time to embark on an epic once-in-a-lifetime odyssey, the 'around the world' cruise is ideal. These cruises make the most of your time by stopping in famous ports throughout the world to give you a taste of each location. Explore the temples of Phuket, wander the ruins of ancient Rome, dip into the cool waters of Santorini, feast in Cannes, let the wine flow in Barcelona, and ride a rickshaw in Mumbai. The choice is yours.

Cruises are a fun way to travel where entertainment and recreational facilities are in abundance, complete with world-class cuisine, private accommodation, and stunning views. When travelling however, it is also important to be protected in case of loss or injury. Comprehensive travel insurance from Allianz provides medical and repatriation cover, as well as cover for cancellation and loss of belongings. Get a quote before you board your boat!


iP&O Cruises, viewed 19 July 2013,
www.pocruises.com.au/pages/default.aspx

iiPrincess Cruises, viewed 19 July 2013,
www.princess.com/index.html

iiiCarnival Cruise Lines, viewed 19 July 2013,
www.carnival.com.au/

ivP&O Cruises, Kiwi Adventure - P340, viewed 19 July 2013,
www.pocruises.com.au/findacruise/pages/CruiseProfile.aspx?CruiseCode=P340

vHolland America Line, Australia/ New Zealand and S. Pacific, viewed 19 July 2013,
www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-destinations/australia-new-zealand-cruises