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
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
Need to know: Golden Princess departs Melbourne on
Pacific on Pacific Jewel
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.
know: Pacific Jewel departs
Melbourne on January 13, 2017.
on Queen Mary 2
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.
Queen Mary 2 departs Melbourne on
February 18, 2017.
Island on Pacific Eden
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.
know: Pacific Eden departs
Melbourne on February 20, 2017.
Zealand on Golden Princess
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.
know: Golden Princess departs
Melbourne on March 18, 2017.