Australians all let us rejoice, because 2016 Australia Day cruises are promising you the biggest and best Australia Day yet! Get ready to experience Australia Day like never before. In 2016 Australia Day cruises are departing from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, each featuring itineraries full of entertainment, dining and festivities that celebrate January 26 the Australian way.
In 2016 Australia Day cruises with P&O Cruises take you right to the heart of the celebrations on Sydney Harbour. Enjoy the all-day party on the harbour before taking your place for grand finale. You’ll have the best seat in the house as Sydney’s magnificent fireworks fire off from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House to light up the sky all around you. This is where memories are made.
Choose from five 2016 Australia Day cruises. Pacific Aria and Pacific Jewel both depart for Sydney on Sunday 24 January. Pacific Aria departs from Brisbane and Pacific Jewel departs Melbourne, both arriving in Sydney Harbour at dawn on Australia Day. Pacific Aria heads back to Brisbane via Newcastle, giving you an opportunity to explore this cosmopolitan city.
Celebrate with friends and family onboard Pacific Dawn. Departing Brisbane, Pacific Dawn heads out to stunning Moreton Island for an Australia Day like you’ve never experienced!
Why not join the 2016 Australia Day cruises on the Pacific Pearl or Pacific Eden? Both ships will head out to sea from Sydney, letting you experience the massive array of entertainment, gourmet dining and activities onboard before joining Pacific Aria and Pacific Jewel in Sydney Harbour on Australia Day.
You’ll arrive in Sydney Harbour right on time for WugulOra. This ceremony of raising the Aboriginal and Australian flags on the Sydney Harbour Bridge marks the start of Australia Day celebrations at 7:30am.
What you do next is up to you! On an Australia Day Cruise, you’ll be front and centre in Sydney Harbour for the nation’s biggest party.
Watch as more than 1,000 participants take to the water in the Great Australian Swim. Starting at the Sydney Opera House, the 2.2km swim takes them around Farm Cove to battle it out for the Series Final. Next up are the ferries! Sydney’s beloved First Fleet ferries dress up to the nines to take part in the annual Ferrython. Choose your favourite and cheer them on as they make a dash to the finish line under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Other highlights include a cruising concert, the Tug and Yacht Ballet, Tall Ships Race, and Harbour Parade of Sydney’s most iconic vessels.
Stand proud for the Salute to Australia at midday. Received by the HMAS Canberra in Sydney Harbour, the 21 Gun Salute is sure to give you goose bumps! Then, join in as everyone on water and lands sings the national anthem. Don’t forget to look up for the RAAF fast jets, Red Berets Australian Army parachute display and annual Qantas flyover.
As night falls on Australia Day, the party continues onboard your ship. You’ll head out to sea for one more night of live music, shows and entertainment. Or simply relax and rejoice in the simple pleasures, like cocktails with friends in your favourite bar. After all, 2016 Australia Day cruises are all about celebrating everything that’s great about being Australian!
Get ready for an Australia Day of epic proportions! Book your 2016 Australia Day cruise today.