Summer is here and for many people it’s a time to wind down and take a break. If you think you’ve left it too late to opt for a holiday on the high seas, you’re wrong. Here are five last-minute cruises to consider, departing from various Australian capitals.
The South Pacific and Fiji on MS Noordam
For a cruise holiday packed with exotic beaches and outdoor experiences, it’s hard to beat the South Pacific. This 13-night round-trip cruise from Sydney is on Holland America’s MS Noordam, which made her Down Under debut this summer. On the agenda are visits to Mare, Easo, Lifou and Noumea in New Caledonia, Vanuatu’s Mystery Island, Lautoka and Dravuni Island in Fiji, plus six sea days to kick back on board.
Need to know: MS Noordam departs Sydney on January 2, 2016.
Adelaide to Brisbane on Queen Elizabeth
If you’ve ever fancied travelling on Cunard’s newest liner, the majestic Queen Elizabeth is spending part of the summer in Australia cruising between some of our capitals. One option is an eight-night cruise from Adelaide to Brisbane along the Great Southern Ocean and the Tasman. There are overnight calls at Melbourne and Sydney for sightseeing and exploring, a day in Newcastle and two sea days. While on board, you can enjoy the ship’s many alluring features including spacious accommodations, the Royal Spa and deck sports like shuffleboard.
Need to know: Queen Elizabeth departs Adelaide on February 16, 2016.
Papua New Guinea on Pacific Aria
New to the P&O fleet this summer, Pacific Aria’s many intriguing itineraries include a 13-night round-trip cruise to Papua New Guinea from Brisbane. It begins with two days at sea to relax into your holiday, then stops at eight diverse ports of call including the cultural and historic region of Alotau, the diving haven of Madang, Wewak, Rabaul and the scenic beaches of Milne Bay. At the end of your voyage, there are two sea days to savour your experiences.
Need to know: Pacific Aria departs Brisbane on February 16, 2016.
Fremantle to Singapore on Sun Princess
Departing from Fremantle in February, Sun Princess will enjoy a leisurely cruise to the Asian cruise hub of Singapore. After three days at sea getting to know your ship and enjoying facilities including three pools and nine different dining options, you’ll enjoy a call at Benoa in Bali. After two more sea days, Sun Princess will steam north to Malaysia and Thailand; calls there include Port Klang for a full day for a trip to Kuala Lumpur, also Penang and the exotic beach havens of Langkawi and Phuket.
Need to know: Sun Princess departs from Fremantle on February 23, 2016.