Brisbane has always been a major shipping port, but has only relatively recently become a leisure cruise port as well. Since 2009, P&O Australia have used Brisbane as homeport forPacific Dawn and will expand capacity when the latest mid-sized ship carrying 1500 passengers, Pacific Aria, arrives for both summer and winter seasons in 2015-16. Cruisers will have the choice of long or short cruises from Brisbane to satisfy their urge to holiday at sea on modern, fun ships. Here are a selection of short cruises from Brisbane to whet your appetite for Australia’s fastest-growing holiday choice.
The two-night classic
Before planes cornered the travel market, Australians would travel between major cities on the mail steamers. Short cruises between Brisbane and Sydney are a regular offering from P&O and are a relaxing alternative to airport crushes and traffic jams. Relive those classic days of travel with entertainment, quality dining and all the fun of a holiday at sea next time you want to visit Sydney.
Four nights to the Whitsundays
Cruises from Brisbane are a great idea for a quick de-stressing getaway for busy city folks and families with little time to spare. Sail to the popular tourist destination of Airlie Beach for a value-packed P&OSeaBreak. After an overnight sailing, you will spend all day in this perfect location with ample time for swimming, snorkelling or just relaxing on the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.
Three-night cruise to nowhere
If you just want to check out the ship without worrying about getting home, this is the short cruise for you. Three easy nights aboard give you and your family the chance to get the hang of cruising and the fun of life at sea. Enjoy the dining, entertainment and all the ship facilities on one of these uncomplicated itineraries that will give you a much-needed chance to unwind away from home.
Three nights to Moreton Island
Here’s a chance to step up as a cruiser and not only enjoy the relaxing benefits of a shipboard holiday, but also try out an experience-enhancing shore excursion. Moreton Island, just a short distance from Brisbane, will give you the chance to sample one of several enriching excursions like the two-hour Wild Dolphin Discovery or the Cape Moreton Northern Explorer, where you can visit Queensland’s oldest lighthouse in between visiting scenic locations like Honeymoon Bay and Champagne Pools.
Two or three nights to nowhere aboard Legend of the Seas
If you’ve done the P&O ships and looking to see what the competition are offering, try this quick sampler from Royal Caribbean whose ship, Legend of the Seas, sails long and short itineraries out of Brisbane to the South Pacific as well as locally. Every cruise line strives to be different if not better, so if you’re planning a longer cruise, it might be wise to “audition” ships to find what style rings your bell.