If you haven't jumped on the Australia cruising bandwagon yet, why not? Cruises from Sydney and other ports around the country are plentiful, and with CLIA's Cruise Month happening right now, it's the ideal time to get onboard with this holiday phenomenon. With Australian cruise numbers looking very strong last year, it's obvious that we are taking to relaxing ocean-going adventures like ducks to water - and who can blame us?
If you haven't yet tried this fantastic way to get away from it all and are looking for some more information, you've come to the right place at the right time! We're here to answer all your questions about cruising from Australia.
1 . Why the sudden hype?
If you haven't heard about cruises yet, you might be living under a rock - or in the Outback far, far away from any port! Cruising has been establishing itself as a holiday option in Australia for more than a decade now, and numbers from 2015 show that more than a million Australians boarded oceangoing cruise ships. 4.5% of the population cruised that year, including both first-timers and seasoned cruisers going back for more. P&O Cruises' five-strong fleet is based here year-round, along with some more ships belonging to North American cruise lines - and in the summer season there is an influx of vessels to Australia's ports, offering myriad options.
2 . What's the appeal?
Why are so many people excited about spending their vacation time at sea? Cruising is the ideal relaxing holiday for work hard, play hard Aussies. The ships are accommodation, transport, restaurants and entertainment all rolled into one, taking a whole heap of travel stress away and replacing it with nothing to do but relax by the pool that's never far away. The ease of access to bars, the personal service, the readily available food and facilities for children don't hurt either - and that's all before you arrive at the tropical destinations to step off the ship and enjoy!
What's more, cruising is a very cost-effective way to holiday, with per-day costs occasionally dipping below AUD$100 if you seek out the best cheap cruise deals. See our cruise vs land-based holiday comparison for more information!
3 . So many different cruises - where do I start?
The options can be overwhelming, we know. We suggest first narrowing down where you would like to cruise to - popular options include the idyllic isles of the South Pacific, the scenic ports of New Zealand, domestic destinations of Australia and the exotic beach resorts and cities of Southeast Asia.
Once you've got an idea of your perfect itinerary, take a look at our "seven best cruise lines for first timers" blog post to help you pick the line that will suit you. Many lines offer handy 'sampler cruises' of two to four nights, with no port stops or with just one, which are a fantastic way to decide if you like cruising in general and the line in particular.
4 . Won't I get bored?
No, is the short answer here. Not unless you want to, is the longer one! Cruises have developed far beyond their early days as a very quiet vacation for the 'newly wed and nearly dead'. Onboard, there are organised activities, pools, gyms, show lounges, bars, children's programmes and more to keep anyone occupied - and the bigger the ship is, the more facilities it will have - from mini golf courses and rock climbing walls to adventure parks, waterslides, surf simulators and ice skating rinks.
If you're still worried about boredom, it's easy to choose an itinerary with lots of ports stops to keep you on the go all day! Of course, many people choose to do as close to nothing as possible, taking the time to chill, unwind and drink a few cocktails as the world passes by - a perfectly valid way to cruise.
5 . How do I get started?
If cruising from Australia is starting to sound like a bit of you, don't worry - you can be sailing away from the dock with pina colada in hand before you know it. Cruise Sale Finder is the go-to place for Aussies to find a cruise to suit, and with the current range of Cruise Month promotions, there are plenty of affordable options. Check out these promotions on this month:
- P&O Triple the Thrill Sale
- Princess Landmark Sale
- Celebrity Cruise Sale
- Royal Caribbean Cruise Month Sale
There are even more options on our "Cheap Cruises" page - so start browsing and jump onboard with this Australian cruising love affair!