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Plan Ahead – 2017’s Best Summer Cruises from Sydney

There are plenty of reasons to consider a cruise for your next summer holiday; you get to visit many destinations in one trip, and you also only have to unpack once. And for cruise fans living in or near Sydney, there are plenty of exciting ships and alluring itineraries to consider. Here are five of the best for the summer 2017.


New Zealand on ms Noordam

This mid-sized Holland America ship will return to Australia in 2017 for a number of cruises including this 14-night round trip from Sydney. Kick off the new year with an exploration of New Zealand’s best, with highlights including the dramatic Bay of Islands, Art Deco Napier, Wellington and scenic cruising of Fiordland National Park, with two sea days at the beginning and end to kick back and enjoy ms Noordam’s facilities.

Need to know: ms Noordam departs Sydney on January 4, 2017.


Singapore on Ovation of the Seas

Besides being the first new build to debut Down Under in her maiden season, the arrival of Ovation of the Seas is highly anticipated for other reasons. On this ship you can skydive, ride the North Star viewing capsule, go rollerskating and enjoy the flexibility of dynamic dining. Ovation of the Seas will spend six weeks here, wrapping up her inaugural season with a 14-night repositioning cruise. It has 10 relaxing sea days for onboard fun, and calls at Brisbane, Darwin and Malaysia’s Port Kelang.

Need to know: Ovation of the Seas departs Sydney on January 23, 2017.


South Pacific and Fiji on Carnival Legend

If you’re in need of a cruise holiday with sun and plenty of beaches, this 12-night voyage on Carnival Legend ticks all the boxes. A round trip from Sydney, ports of call include Noumea, Fiji’s Port Denarau and Suva, Mystery Island and the idyllic Isle of Pines. It’s also an itinerary with plenty of sea days in between, including two to kick off the cruise, two on the way back to Sydney and two in between island hopping.

Need to know: Carnival Legend departs Sydney on January 17, 2017.


Brisbane on Queen Mary 2

Enjoy a seven-night cruise on the most famous of Cunard Queens, when Queen Mary 2 ventures Down Under for her annual visit. This unusual itinerary packs much into a week, including three sea days, two ports of call in Tasmania including historic Port Arthur, and a Tasman Peninsula sail-by. There’s also a return to Sydney for a full day before her arrival in Brisbane, allowing you to play tourist in your home city!

Need to know: Queen Mary 2 departs Sydney on February 25, 2017.


Queensland on Pacific Jewel

Ideal for lovers of the great outdoors, Pacific Jewel heads north to Queensland on this seven-night cruise. A round trip from Sydney, the ship will spend a day at sea before stopping at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast and Gladstone in the southern Great Barrier Reef. En route back to Sydney, there’s a second sea day before enjoying a long stay at the activity-packed Moreton Island, followed by a final sea day ahead of arriving home.

Need to know: Pacific Jewel departs Sydney on February 20, 2017.

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