The joy of cruising isn't just about lounging in luxury, waking up in new places every day, and enjoying endless activities on board (although there's plenty of that), it's also about all the exciting things you do once you reach dry land!
Here are seven of the most unforgettable shore excursions you can experience with an Australian cruise.
1.Cruising through the surreal Milford Sound
Milford Sound is easily one of the most beautiful natural attractions in the world, where jagged peaks rise sharply from calm waters and pierce the low-hanging clouds. Your Royal Caribbean 11-night New Zealand cruise will make it happen, and it's sure to be one of the most outstanding moments of your cruising life. Put this experience on your bucket list right now!
2. Meeting dragons in Komodo
Jump on board P&O's Pacific Eden in Fremantle and make your way north on an Indonesian Explorer cruise to meet a reptile that has survived millions of years. Today an endangered species, the fascinating komodo dragon can grow up to 10 feet in length and weigh up to 136 kilograms. Komodo is one of the only places in the world where you can meet these creatures, and a cruise is a brilliant way to do it.
3. Sipping on vino in the Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley is one of Australia's (and the world's) most famed destinations for wine lovers, and it's hard to picture a more relaxing, enjoyable day than flitting amongst the wineries, tasting as you go. You'll get the chance to wine and dine in the Barossa on the 27-night Australian Explorer cruise with Holland America when you make a stop in Adelaide. The tour includes four wineries and a gourmet two-course lunch (served, of course, with wine). Cheers!
4. Exploring a tiny tropical island
One of several port visits on the 10-night Pacific Islands cruise with Carnival Cruises is stunning Noumea. From here, you can take a ride 18km south of the town to the tiny, gorgeous and surreal Amedee Island, which has sand so white it's almost blinding, and waters so clear you'll have no troubles spotting the sea turtles and other creatures below the gentle waves. This excursion also includes a delicious buffet lunch and complimentary wine. Pure bliss.
5. Walking on air in the Huon Valley
Visit the gorgeous Huon Valley when you pull into port in Hobart on a 7-night Tasmania Cruise from Sydney with Princess Cruises. The Tahune Forest AirWalk takes you 120 feet above the forest floor where you can experience the lush Tasmanian wilderness from an entirely unique perspective. This experience is part of a tour that takes you into the Huon Valley and introduces you to the Huon Valley Apple Shed, including a stop at the cidery and a chance to try this locally made drop.
6. Soaring over Hawaii
Take a jaw-dropping 45 minute scenic flight over Hawaii in a helicopter and devour the views of the Dole Pineapple Plantations, Pearl Harbour, Hanauma Bay, Diamond Head, Waikiki and more. This unbelievable experience is available as a shore excursion when you jump on board the Celebrity Solstice in Sydney for an 18-night Tahitian Treasures cruise. This is a bird's eye view you won't soon forget.
7. Kayaking in the Whitsundays
Take a short and decidedly sweet 4-night Whitsundays Cruise from Brisbane with P&O and discover what all the fuss is about. This trip makes just one port call - Airlie Beach. Here, you can get on a shore excursion that explores the sparkling waters and bays around the Tancred, Repair and Shute Islands by kayak. You can stop for a swim and a snorkel in White Rock - be on the lookout for the dolphins and giant sea turtles which are frequently spotted in the area. Love getting up close and personal with stunning Australian beauty? Don't miss this tour.
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