Cruising Destinations: A Quick Overview

Cruising is again coming into its own with ocean and river ships offering luxury, discovery, family-friendly and adventure cruises for all ages. Cruise from your major capital, cruise-connect with flights or combining with tours to make your dream holiday a reality. Check out some of the below destinations with cruise lines from 3-star fun ships to ultra-luxury ships and river cruises to suit any budget or desire.

South Pacific – Sail to the beautiful islands of the South Pacific including Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, Tonga, the Cook Islands and more. Cruise lines including P&O, Princess, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Holland America Line sail these waters from short getaways to longer sailings of 14 days and more from Australia. Specific destinations are also catered to, for example Captain Cook and Blue Lagoon sail throughout the islands of Fiji, and in Tahiti and French Polynesia it’s Oceania, Windstar, Paul Gauguin, to mention a few.

Europe River Cruises – To discover the heart of Europe – nothing beats a luxury river cruise. Immerse yourself in luxury as you enjoy the history, culture and make sure to enjoy the culinary delights, not to mention the vineyards and wineries just waiting for you to taste their magnificent wines around every river-bend. APT, Scenic Cruises, Travelmarvel, Uniworld, Avalon Waterways, Viking sail along the Danube, Rhine, Douro, Seine, Rhone, Saone, Volga Rivers through Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, France, Portugal, Spain, so many you will be spoilt for choice!

Mediterranean – Dance a flamenco in Spain, savor croissants in the south of France, try your luck in Monaco, eat gelato in Italy, sun yourself on a Greek Isle, discover history or relish the exotic spices of Morocco. All major cruise lines sail the Mediterranean from MSC, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess, Azamara, Holland America Line, Costa, Ponant, Royal Caribbean, Silversea, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises and more.

Caribbean, East & West – Listen to the lyrical sound of steel drums as you cruise onboard a tropical Caribbean cruise. With over 7000 Caribbean Islands, reefs and cays this island string of loveliness is a haven for many cruisers. Join Disney for the perfect, magical family-friendly cruise, or embark on Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess, Holland America Line, MSC or Royal Caribbean – including Anthem of the Seas, one of Royal Caribbean’s newest, largest ships in the world!

Transpacific – This is your chance to cruise from Sydney or Brisbane to some of the most beautiful locations in the world – Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea, Hawaii and even further – to Alaska. Tropical breezes and swaying coconut palms touch unspoiled white sand beaches, which are contrasted by the surrounding clear, blue lagoons filled with colourful tropical fish and vibrant corals – that’s Bora Bora! Touch base at other tropical islands – Tonga, Samoa, French Polynesia and share in their individual island cultures before sailing into a Waikiki sunset on the islands of Hawaii, a melting pot of peoples, cultures and an iconic destination of choice. Transpacific will either return to their embarkation point, or continue further to Canada/Alaska for a cruising season before retuning once again to Australia. Cruise lines sending their ships on Transpacific repositioning and longer voyages include Royal Caribbean, Princess, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises and more.

Alaska – A land of frontiers backed by the Rocky Mountains is opened up as you cruise through the Alaskan Inside Passage. You will be amazed at the remote towns including Skagway, Ketchikan (Salmon capital of the world) and Alaska’s landlocked capital city Juneau. Discover the blue ice of the huge glaciers, whales, dolphins and many sea-birds… maybe even bear and caribou along the shores!  There are many ships that sail these northern waters including Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess and Celebrity Cruises – each one a floating hotel including accommodation, dining and entertainment.

Antarctica – Here is an adventure to explore regions few have ventured to. Here you can get up close and personal with penguins, orcas, whales, seals and more all living among sparkling icebergs, windswept islands and mainland Antarctica. The summer sailing season is short, so you need to book ahead. Cruise lines visiting Antarctica include Ponant, Silversea, National Geographic Lindblad, Scenic Cruises, Seabourn and more, with expeditions to frozen islands and the peninsular made by Zodiacs (weather permitting).  You will be comfortable, well taken care of onboard with cabins, cuisine, entertainment and interesting presentations about the Antarctic.

Panama Canal – One of man’s greatest engineering feats, and named as one of the modern wonders of the world, the Panama Canal cuts through the Americas to provide an easy transition between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. This tropical region offers cruises from Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess and Celebrity Cruises.

There’s an infinite number of cruises, river cruises, cruiselines, ports, destinations and itineraries available. Ask your Cruise and Travel specialist to help select the right cruise for you. Search online now, or call DISCOVER365 on 1300 830 786


by Jacqueline Hamilton