a great time to escape to the high seas for a holiday, whether you’re escaping
the cooler weather, in need of a break, or you want to take the kids away on an
adventure during school holidays. Here’s our top pick of what’s on offer
departing from Sydney in 2016.
1. Queensland on Sun Princess
the first day of winter by hitting the high seas to explore the best of
Queensland and the tropical north. Your home for this 10-night cruise is
Princess Cruises’ 2,010-guest Sun
Princess. Besides relaxing for five sea days between ports of call, you’ll
get to explore Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays, exotic Port Douglas, enjoy
scenic cruising of Willis Island in the Great Barrier Reef, and spend a full
day in Brisbane before returning home.
to know: Sun Princess departs Sydney
on June 1, 2016.
2. Papua New Guinea on Pacific Jewel
you’re tempted to venture further afield this winter, consider this 11-night
cruise on P&O’s Pacific Jewel to
Papua New Guinea. This round-trip cruise begins with a relaxing sea day,
followed by a day in Brisbane. After two more sea days, you’ll go ashore to
explore three popular ports including Alotau, Kiriwina in the Trobriand Islands
and Papua’s Conflict Islands. Finally, catch your breath and wrap up your
cruise as you steam home for three leisurely days.
to know: Pacific Jewel departs Sydney
on June 14, 2016.
3. Moreton Island on Pacific Pearl
on time but still want to escape? One option is to join P&O’s Pacific Pearl on a four-night return
jaunt to Queensland’s Moreton Island. The cruise begins and ends with a
relaxing sea day, and in between, you’ll spend a long day in this popular
island playground. It’s famous for abundant marine life, unspoiled beaches and
towering sand dunes, with activities to enjoy including snorkelling, swimming,
quad-bike riding and handfeeding dolphins.
to know: Pacific Pearl departs Sydney
on July 11, 2016.
4. South Pacific and Fiji on Carnival Spirit
nights escaping the winter chill, and exploring the best of the South Pacific,
is an alluring option with this itinerary in August. Cruising on Carnival Spirit, you’ll kick off with
two days at sea, after which you’ll enjoy a stop in New Caledonia at Nouméa,
another sea day and stops in Fiji including Port Denarau and Suva. After
another sea day, the cruise wraps up with calls to Vanuatu’s Mystery Island and
the idyllic Isle of Pines in New Caledonia. The two final days are spent cruising
home to Sydney.
to know: Carnival Spirit departs
Sydney on August 18, 2016.
5. Sydney to Fremantle on Sea Princess
you have more time on hand, consider this unique 17-night winter itinerary that
takes you across the Top End and through the best of Western Australia.
Cruising on the newly refurbished Sea
Princess, you’ll enjoy nine relaxing days at sea. In between are ports of call
including Brisbane, Yorkeys Knob for Cairns, Alotau in Papua New Guinea,
Darwin, the Kimberley’s outpost of Broome and Geraldton, before arriving in
to know: Sea Princess departs Sydney
on August 28, 2016.