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Choosing the Right Summer Cruises from Melbourne in 2017

The glamorous capital of Melbourne has become a popular summer cruise hub in recent years, offering high-seas holidays to the south, the west, Tasmania, New Zealand and beyond. And in good news for anyone living in Victoria, there’s a growing number of options when it comes to ships and itineraries; here are five of the best for the summer of 2017.


Tasmania on Golden Princess

Escape to the Apple Isle on this six-night round-trip cruise from Melbourne on Golden Princess, which returns to Australia in 2017 and her new permanent home. On this cruise you’ll enjoy the best of Tasmania, with scenic cruising of Wineglass Bay, a long day to explore the historic ruins of Port Arthur, and an overnight stay in Hobart. Also on the itinerary are one relaxing sea day and a call at Phillip Island for a bit of penguin spotting.

Need to know: Golden Princess departs Melbourne on January 12.


South Pacific on Pacific Jewel

A round trip from Melbourne, this relaxing 12-night cruise will appeal to beach and sun lovers alike. Pacific Jewel starts the voyage with three days at sea, before making calls to ports including Noumea, Lifou, Port Vila, Mystery Island and the Isle of Pines. After five days of onshore fun, this cruise will wrap up with three more sea days heading back to Melbourne, affording you plenty of time to enjoy ship facilities including P&OEdge activities or some pampering in the spa.

Need to know: Pacific Jewel departs Melbourne on January 13, 2017.


Brisbane on Queen Mary 2

Enjoy a trip on Cunard’s iconic Queen Mary 2 as she cruises from Melbourne to Brisbane for 14 nights. Besides enjoying her many onboard features, including fine dining and entertainment, you can kick back with five sea days including one at the beginning and end of the cruise, and explore ports of call including Kangaroo Island, Port Arthur and Hobart. You’ll also return to Melbourne mid-cruise, and enjoy two separate stops in Sydney, with scenic cruising along Wilsons Promontory and the Tasman Peninsula.

Need to know: Queen Mary 2 departs Melbourne on February 18, 2017.


Kangaroo Island on Pacific Eden

If you fancy a short getaway with two relaxing days on the high seas, and a day exploring Kangaroo Island, this is the cruise for you. You’ll be travelling on board Pacific Eden, a new addition to the P&O fleet in 2015, and a revitalised ship fusing luxury with affordability. On Kangaroo Island a line-up of fun awaits, from getting up close and personal with its local colony of sea lions to enjoying pristine beaches and artisan food and wine.

Need to know: Pacific Eden departs Melbourne on February 20, 2017.


New Zealand on Golden Princess

Three relaxing sea days crossing the Tasman kick off this 13-night round-trip cruise. Travelling on Golden Princess, which will call Australia her permanent home in 2017, this holiday showcases the best of New Zealand, visiting destinations including Auckland, Tauranga, Gisborne, Wellington, Akaroa and Dunedin. You’ll also explore the dramatic sounds of the South Island’s Fiordland National Park, and catch your breath on the way back to Melbourne with two more days at sea.

Need to know: Golden Princess departs Melbourne on March 18, 2017.

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