Cruising Down Under


With more cruise lines adding Australia to their summer routes, travelers now have easier access to all this faraway land has to offer.

By Natalie Aroyan

Ever the bucket-list destination deemed too distant, Australia is now becoming easier to reach thanks to the largest cruise lines in the world positioning their ships there for a summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

Companies such as Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity, and Holland America have committed an increasing number of ships to homeport in the region every year, while lines including Cunard, Seabourn and Crystal now claim Australian ports as part of their diverse itineraries.

Carnival Cruise Lines went one step further by repositioning the newly Aussified Carnival Spirit year-round in the land down under, joining local cruise line and sister brand P&O Cruises Australia. This is the first time that Carnival has homeported a ship outside of North America to sail year-round.

So what should cruisers look forward to when heading to the land of boomerangs and beaches?

We list the top three must-dos in some of Australia’s major cities and most popular cruise ports….


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