If you're reading this blog, chances are high you live in a land Down Under, often referred to affectionately as Oz. Chances are even higher that you enjoy cruising. You certainly aren't alone - the community of Oz cruising lovers is ever-growing. We took a look at what makes a quintessential Aussie holiday, why cruising fits in so well here - and how the lines are adapting to the concept.
Bring the whole crew
One of the tenets of a true-blue Aussie holiday is that the best ones are the ones with your favourite people. Romantic or solo getaways have their place, but the land of Oz is best travelled with your very own ragtag bunch of characters, scarecrow optional. From big groups of school friends to a family affair, vacations are better spent together.
Cruising certainly has you covered in this regard; holidaying with a group is never easier than on a cruise ship. Book a few cabins and you're away. You can eat together, drink together and do as much as you would like together - but there is also plenty of opportunity for alone time thanks to the many options available onboard. The best of both worlds!
It's true that a huge number of inhabitants like to follow the yellow brick road to the UK for a gap year (or Bali for a blowout), but when it comes to a relaxing short holiday, there's really no need to leave the country. Australia is a vast and varied place, and cruising offers a way to see it all from a new perspective.
There's no shortage of great domestic cruise itineraries on the Cruise Sale Finder books. As well as you typical coastal voyages to the bigger cities and ports, there are quick getaways to places like Moreton Island, river cruises on the famous Murray River, and some fabulous North Star holidays which explore remote destinations in Western Australia. Of course, Bali is an option too.
The Australian way
Other "Aussiefications" include things like Aussie powerpoints, AUD as onboard currency and favourite tipples. Carnival has even created a new beer for its Aussie passengers, teaming up with the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel in Sydney to make the Thirsty Frog Summer Ale, a craft brew designed to tickle the Aussie tastebuds. It's on tap in bars across the Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend.
Especially in the summertime, Oz is a magical land of sweltering temperatures and sunshine that will burn you to a crisp if you give it half a chance. In Queensland and some other northerly parts of the country, this more or less lasts year-round, so holidaymakers are more likely to be escaping the warmer climes than looking to go there.
Many of the lines have taken this into account with their offerings. While many still head for the tropical islands like the majority of their North American counterparts, you'll find a broad variety of Ozcruising on offer. The more temperate New Zealand is a popular choice in the summer months, with Princess Cruises especially sailing many itineraries across the ditch. P&O cruises also heeds the cool-down call and offers plenty of itineraries around Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.
There's one thing on which Australians don't compromise, particularly when on holiday, and that's flat whites. While we are an adventurous bunch, it's nice to have a few of the most important home comforts, and the cruise lines which operate Down Under are working on it. P&O cruises is the only Australia-based line, so is set up entirely for Aussie tastes and preferences, but others have made great strides - we give a special mention to Carnival.
Eschewing the typical Americano on their Australia-based ships, Carnival has brought in the Australian Coffee School to train the baristas. This means all passengers can get their familiar favourite brew to recover the morning after a long holiday evening.