Australia and New Zealand Cruises 2019 - 2020

What better way to explore the Land Down Under than on an Australia & New Zealand cruise?

Australia and New Zealand

What better way to explore the land down under than on a magnificent cruise to Australia? From exotic wildlife and untouched nature to urban hubs and cultural capitals, Australia is a destination that has fascinated adventure-seekers for decades. Fly to Australia and sail along the coast, or combine it with a trip to New Zealand, Tasmania, or southeast Asia on a repositioning cruise. Stick to the mainland, or explore the numerous islands located just off Australia's coast.

Australia has no shortage to offer nature lovers. Boasting some of the most unique wildlife on Earth, you'll have the chance to get up close and personal with a koala, or see a kangaroo in its natural habitat, during an exciting shore excursion. Scuba divers won't want to miss an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef, and water-lovers will enjoy swimming, snorkeling and surfing along the sandy beaches. Take in the stunning natural landscapes of New Zealand's Fjordland National Park, or explore the manmade wonder of the Sydney Opera House.

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  Popular Itineraries
Breathtaking Port Chalmers from Sydney 9-Day Journey
Breathtaking Port Chalmers from Sydney 9-Day Journey
8 Nights with the Queen Elizabeth
 February 2021
p.p.from $1,752
Beautiful Wellington with Princess Cruises
Beautiful Wellington with Princess Cruises
7 Nights with the Golden Princess
 April 2020
p.p.from $999
8-Day Vibrant Escape to Hobart
8-Day Vibrant Escape to Hobart
7 Nights with the Queen Elizabeth
 March 2021
p.p.from $1,467
Glorious Melbourne with Cunard
Glorious Melbourne with Cunard
8 Nights with the Queen Elizabeth
 February 2021
p.p.from $1,709
8-Day Discovery to Wonderful Hobart
8-Day Discovery to Wonderful Hobart
7 Nights with the Ovation of the Seas
 October 2020
p.p.from $880
  Cruises to New Zealand
Iconic Sydney from Auckland with Regal Princess
Iconic Sydney from Auckland with Regal Princess
11 Nights with the Regal Princess
 February 2021
p.p.from $1,759
Discover Colorful Christchurch from Sydney
Discover Colorful Christchurch from Sydney
13 Nights with the Majestic Princess
 February 2021
p.p.from $1,944
14-Day Picturesque Adventure to Fiordland National Park
14-Day Picturesque Adventure to Fiordland National Park
13 Nights with the Sapphire Princess
 February 2021
p.p.from $1,809
Sensational Tauranga Voyage with Princess Cruises
Sensational Tauranga Voyage with Princess Cruises
13 Nights with the Sapphire Princess
 November 2020 - January 2021
p.p.from $1,779
Spectacular Napier from Brisbane 15-Day Escape
Spectacular Napier from Brisbane 15-Day Escape
14 Nights with the Sun Princess
 February 2021
p.p.from $1,879
  Luxury Cruises
Mesmerizing Rouen Excursion with Seabourn Ovation
Mesmerizing Rouen Excursion with Seabourn Ovation
12 Nights with the Seabourn Ovation
 September 2020
p.p.from $7,974
Colorful Singapore from Sydney with Seven Seas Mariner
Colorful Singapore from Sydney with Seven Seas Mariner
18 Nights with the Seven Seas Mariner
 February 2021
p.p.from $18,099
Spectacular Christchurch Adventure with Silver Muse
Spectacular Christchurch Adventure with Silver Muse
12 Nights with the Silver Muse
 March 2020
p.p.from $6,200
Sensational Darwin 14-Day Cruise
Sensational Darwin 14-Day Cruise
13 Nights with the Silver Muse
 March 2020
p.p.from $5,800
Auckland to Melbourne 12-Day Getaway
Auckland to Melbourne 12-Day Getaway
11 Nights with the Silver Muse
 December 2019
p.p.from $6,290
Top Australia and New Zealand Ports
Sydney, Australiafrom
$224

The vibrant cultural capital of Australia, Sydney is a must-see city for anyone visiting the Land Down Under. From the silhouette of its iconic opera house perched on the edge of the water to the idyllic green hills of the Blue Mountains sprawling from the city, Sydney is guaranteed to capture your heart. With its pristine beaches, landmark architecture, and charming islands, you may never want to leave Sydney Harbor - but venture outside the city and you'll be rewarded with a world of incredible nature just waiting to be discovered.

Highlights of Sydney
  • Take a ferry through the harbor to see Sydney’s photogenic skyline
  • Spend the day shopping, strolling, or sunbathing at the famous Bondi Beach
  • Take an excursion to nearby Royal National Park, where you’ll see lush rainforests, towering cliffs, and wild bushlands
Auckland, New Zealandfrom
$569

New Zealand is home to more than just beautiful landscapes and hobbits. A melting pot of different cultures, its blend of European, Pacific Islander, and indigenous Māori heritage give the island its unique charm. To get a real sense of the colonial, geographic, and indigenous forces that have shaped this city, be sure to check out the Auckland Museum, located in the heart of the city. Nature lovers might find themselves more drawn to the volcanoes, beaches, and caves nearby.

Highlights of Auckland
  • Visit one of the many nearby volcanoes, such as the famous One Tree Hill
  • Experience New Zealand’s indigenous culture on a guided tour by a Maori guide
  • Step into the magical Shire at the Hobbiton movie set – a must-see for Lord of the Rings fans!
Brisbane, Australiafrom
$224

A colorful subtropical city, Brisbane is the perfect gateway to both the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. The capital of Queensland, it’s a cultural hub full of hip bars, charming art galleries, and museums. To truly take in the city, climb the nearby Kangaroo Point cliffs, where you’ll be treated to a breathtaking panoramic view of the Brisbane city skyline. If you’re staying a bit longer, there are plenty of nearby islands, forests, and vineyards just waiting to be explored.

Highlights of Brisbane
  • Spend the day at Stadbroke Island and get a glimpse of the marine life
  • Explore the city’s scenic waterways from the deck of a CityCat Ferry
  • Cuddle up with Australia’s cutest marsupial at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Melbourne, Australiafrom
$244

Once a Victorian seaside resort, Melbourne has evolved into a hip capital of culture where the party never stops. Its world-famous arts scene means it’s home to multiple exhibits and festivals each year. History buffs won’t want to miss out on historical landmarks such as Flinders Street Station, an Art Deco cinema called The Astor, or the Old Melbourne Gaol, a former prison for convicts. Those more interested in the 21st century will delight in the numerous art galleries, cocktail bars, and cafes just waiting to be discovered. And to keep its residents fueled up for all-night parties and high energy festivals, Melbourne reportedly has the best coffee in the world.

Highlights of Melbourne
  • Browse the stalls of the Queen Victoria market for fresh fruits and souvenirs
  • Take a historic train on a tour around downtown
  • Visit the hip seaside neighborhood of St. Kilda
Wellington, New Zealandfrom
$719

The capital of New Zealand, Wellington is a charming, coastal city with a number of cultural centers and landmarks disproportionate to its size. Its picturesque crescent-shaped harbor is the perfect place for a pleasant walk on a calm day, or you can explore the surrounding countryside on a guided tour – a landscape you just might recognize from New Zealand’s most famous fantasy film trilogy, The Lord of the Rings.

Highlights of Wellington
  • Immerse yourself in Middle Earth on a Lord of the Rings tour. Visit Weta Studios with its collections of sets, props, and costumes, or tour the locations where the movies were filmed on-site.
  • Stroll around the city center and take in historical landmarks such as The Beehive, the National War Memorial, and the National Library
  • Check out the native wildlife at Zealandia or the Wellington Zoo
Darwin, Australiafrom
$1,056

Located in Australia’s only truly tropical region, Darwin is a melting pot of cultures and creatures. Its proximity to southeast Asia mean it’s full of Asian culture and cuisine, and you won’t want to miss the bustling markets serving up authentic international cuisine. The adventurous Aussie spirit is alive and well too, and you can channel your inner Crocodile Dundee as you explore the rivers and wetlands by boat in hopes of catching a glimpse of Darwin’s famous saltwater crocodiles. And the area has a fascinating history, from aboriginal cultures to colonization to World War II.

Highlights of Darwin
  • Get up close and personal with Australia’s most famous reptile at Crocodile Cove
  • Eat your way around the world and get a taste of a true international marketplace at Sunset Markets
  • Explore the rugged cliffs, colorful rainforests, and Aboriginal art at the nearby Kakadu National Park
Tauranga, New Zealandfrom
$734

Tauranga is a booming port city surrounded by stunning nature. Its bustling waterfront is full of diverse restaurants and pop-up shops that are popular among tourists and locals alike. Nearby, some of New Zealand’s greatest natural wonders are just waiting to be discovered. From the nearby Mount Maunganui to the hot springs of Rotorua to the marine life living just offshore, Tauranga is the perfect launching point to discover New Zealand’s bay of Islands.

Highlights of Tauranga
  • Hike Mount Maunganui and be rewarded with sweeping views of the city and the bay
  • Explore the historical site Monmouth Redoubt to learn the local history between the Māori and the early colonists
  • Take an excursion to the island of Rotoua, bathe in the volcanic geysers and enjoy a Polynesian spa experience
Port Chalmers, New Zealandfrom
$928

Port Chalmers is a historical seaside town, located North of Otago Harbour. Founded in 1844, many of the original brick houses still stand today adding to the historic feel of the town. Some of the very first explorations of the Arctic by adventurers such as Captain Scott began in Port Chalmers. Visitors to Port Chalmers can learn about the historical and modern day importance of the port by visiting the Port Chalmers Regional Maritime Museum. Port Chalmers is also a well-known hub for art and culture, visible by the many antique shops and art galleries located in the area. A visit to Port Chalmers promises to be culturally unique.

Highlights of Port Chalmers
  • Visit the Port Chalmers Regional Maritime Museum
  • Explore the Port
  • Have a cultural experience of your own in one of the many antique shops and cafes
Bay of Islands, New Zealandfrom
$569

The Bay of Islands is a sweeping sub-region of northern New Zealand. The enormous inlet holds 144 islands and dozens of cities and towns, each more charming than the last. Breathtaking waterfalls, beautiful rainforests, and clear waters teeming with marine life await, and the region also has a fascinating history marked by clashes between the colonists and the region’s indigenous Māori people.

Highlights of the Bay of Islands
  • Swim, snorkel, or sail the sparkling waters of the bay, discovering beautiful coral and hidden islands as you go
  • Take a helicopter tour of the Bay of Islands and see one of New Zealand’s most stunning natural landscapes from above
  • Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to learn about New Zealand’s history and the indigenous and colonial forces that shaped it
Cairns, Australiafrom
$633

The gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is a paradise for outdoor explorers. With picturesque islands dotting its waters, magnificent rainforests just a short distance inland, and miles of sweeping beaches in between, you’ll truly experience the best that Australia has to offer. From hidden coral cays to secret forest swimming spots, Cairns is also one of the best places in Australia to get your feet wet – so don’t forget your bathing suit!

Highlights of Cairns
  • Snorkel or dive among the largest coral reef on Earth
  • Take a historic train ride on the Scenic Railway and experience the rainforest from the comfort of your car
  • Go on a gondola ride with the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and get a bird’s-eye view Barron Gorge National Park
Hobart, Tasmaniafrom
$439

Located in the shadow of Mount Wellington, Hobart is Tasmania’s largest and oldest city. Booming with tourism, the town boasts a buzzing waterfront area overflowing with shops, restaurants, and an enormous town market, Salamanca Place. The town center offers a plethora of dining, drinking, and shopping options, including a budding craft beer scene and several galleries featuring local art. Those looking to get away from it all may enjoy a scenic drive to the summit of Mount Wellington, or an excursion to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

Highlights of Hobart
  • Browse the shops and stalls of the bustling Salamanca Place market
  • Acquaint yourself with the local wildlife at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Spend a day at Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art, and immerse yourself in an ever-changing exhibit of modern and immersive art
Adelaide, Australiafrom
$264

Tucked away on the coast of South Australia, Adelaide is truly a hidden gem. Known as the “City of Churches,” its affluent history means you’ll find plenty of historic spires and lush green parks interspersed throughout its metropolitan center. But gone are the days of being posh and stuffy – this up-and-coming capital is rapidly gentrifying, and it’s become one of the best areas in Australia to eat, party, and drink.

Highlights of Adelaide
  • Eat and drink your way through the Adelaide Central Market, which offers world-class cuisine at more than 250 different stalls
  • Tour the local Barossa Valley wineries and sip your way through the surrounding countryside
  • Take in the eclectic art collection, ranging from modern to Monet, at the Art Gallery of South Australia
Napier, New Zealandfrom
$734

The main city in New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay region, Napier is a charming town built in the distinctive Art Deco style of the 1930s. Classic cars, vintage clothing and stunning design await if you choose to tour the city’s historical quarter. Napier is also a great destination for kids, with an aquarium, a technology museum, and a petting zoo all providing great activities for families. Grown-up travelers may prefer to spend the day touring a winery, and adventurous travelers won’t want to miss a day trip to Te Mata Park with its redwood forests and limestone cliffs.

Highlights of Napier
  • Take a guided Art Deco tour and learn how the city’s unique architecture came to be
  • Browse downtown Napier for unique gifts and good eats
  • Take an excursion to Cape Kidnappers to see the world’s largest nesting place for gannets
Akaroa, New Zealandfrom
$922

Named for the Maori word for “long harbor,” Akaroa is a charming harbor town located about an hour outside of Christchurch. The only French settlement in New Zealand, the town is a mishmash of French, English, and Maori culture. Stroll through the historic town center and take in the quaint European architecture, or explore the serene nature both on and offshore. The harbor is home to a resident population of Hector’s dolphins, the smallest and rarest dolphins in the world, and shorebirds and penguins abound.

Highlights of Akaroa
  • Sail out to the harbor and swim with the resident Hector’s dolphins
  • Stroll down the main street, browse the shops, and taste the local wines and cheese
  • Visit the “happiest garden on earth” at The Giants House, a charming, historic house decorated with colorful mosaics and playful original art
Airlie Beach, Australiafrom
$469

Airlie Beach acts as the main hub for trips to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Airlie Beach is known as a popular nightlife spot with a host of clubs and bars. Port of Airlie boasts a boating marina along with a range of accomodation offerings and trendy eateries, which guests to enjoy al fresco dining. Every Saturday there are a number of markets offering fresh produce as well as local crafts, providing a great opportunity to experience the culture like a true local. An excursion to the nearby Conway National Park is highly recommended.

Highlights of Airlie Beach
  • Explore the tropical rainforest and waterfalls at Conway National Park
  • Sample some fresh seafood at one of the eateries along the marina
  • Take a trip to the Whitsunday Islands
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