Melbourne cruises destination information
|Melbourne itinerary and upcoming sailing dates|
|Feb 9, 2020||Tasmania Discovery, 7 Nights||from $2154|
|Feb 9, 2020||A Taste of Tasmania, 5 nights||from $6181|
|Nov 3, 2019||Melbourne Cup, 6 nights||from $3512|
|Oct 25, 2019||Australia Getaway, 2 nights||from $441|
|Jan 12, 2020||Weekend Sampler, 2 nights||from $598|
|Oct 11, 2019||Melbourne, 4 nights||from $1730|
|Jan 27, 2020||Pacific Islands, 11 nights||from $3219|
|Jan 14, 2020||New Zealand, 10 nights||from $3806|
|Dec 7, 2019||New Zealand, 13 nights||from $3075|
|Mar 23, 2020||Queensland, 14 nights||from $2151|
|Dec 13, 2019||Australia and New Zealand, 14 nights||from $2748|
|Feb 19, 2020||Tasmania and Melbourne, 6 nights||from $1565|
|Feb 14, 2020||Comedy, 3 nights||from $1197|
|Feb 5, 2020||Melbourne, 4 nights||from $912|
|Oct 27, 2019||Southern Australia Explorer, 7 nights||from $3375|
|Dec 14, 2019||Tasmania and Southern Australia, 8 nights||from $2840|
|Nov 2, 2019||Melbourne Cup, 7 nights||from $2683|
|Oct 30, 2020||Fiji Explorer, 14 nights||from $3199|
|Dec 7, 2019||Tasmania, 8 nights||from $989|
|Jan 30, 2020||New Zealand, 13 nights||from $1762|
The Stunning Main Port of Melbourne
Melbourne is located in Australia's smallest continental state, Victoria. Originally a part of the state of New South Wales, Melbourne was made a separate colony in 1851. A year later, gold was discovered and the subsequent gold rushes along with the development of rural industries propelled the city's growth.
This growth also helps explain Melbourne's reputation as a "melting pot", with people of all nationalities coming here in search of a better life.
Today, Melbourne's prosperity continues and the quality of life for its residents is among the best in the world. Testament to Victoria's "Garden State" nickname, Melbourne has some great parks and gardens including those at the Government House and at Captain Cook's cottage as well as the world-famous Melbourne Zoo.
Cruise Port: What to do in Melbourne
Murray River Paddlesteamers
Boutique, luxury river cruises on a wood powered steamboat. Do we need to say more? Embark on a relaxing journey along the Murray River where you’ll be treated to short day cruises, overnight cruises and dining cruises with dinner and wine matchings. They offer a river cruise for everyone. Gin lovers can book a river trail to and from the distillery as well as tasting handcrafted beverages onboard. Feel yourself completely relaxing into the journey as your knowledgeable skipper provides historical commentary about the surrounding Echuca region. You’ll learn about the three paddle steamers currently in use and the newly restored PS Canberra which is over a hundred years old. Why not continue your nautical themed holiday with a paddle steam cruise along the Murray River for a truly memorable experience. Cruise from Brisbane to Victoria and immerse yourself in the beauty of this region.
Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 6 pm
Murray River Paddlesteamers
57 Murray Esplanade, Port of Echuca, Echuca, Victoria 3564
Imagine the beauty of silently drifting over the miniature city of Melbourne during a gorgeous sunrise. Discover famous landmarks like the Yarra River, Eureka Tower, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and Westgate Bridge from the air with BalloonMan and their experienced team. The continually changing panorama means you get a unique view of the surrounds. Wine enthusiasts might enjoy the luxury package of a night at Balgownie Estate Winery Retreat Bendigo with a sunrise balloon ride over the historic Goldfields region of Victoria. BalloonMan offers flight packages in both Melbourne and Bendigo. Balloon flights are perfect any time of the year, and they offer flights seven days a week. Combine a hot air balloon ride with your cruise holiday from Brisbane for an unrivalled experience in the air.
Open every day: 7 am - 9 pm
10 Bond Street, Abbotsford, VIC 3067
O’Brien Icehouse is an exhilarating way to spend a few hours in Docklands, Melbourne. Get your skates on for one of the many themed nights like RnB Friday's or Neon Saturday. Step outside your comfort zone with professional lessons in figure skating, curling, speed skating or ice hockey. You'll find that Melbourne's largest ice rink is perfect for adults and children of every skill level. Step off the ice and into the warmth of Igloo Cafe located on site. They offer drinks and food (try the Poutine) to refuel hungry skaters as well as a toasty spot for onlookers. Prebook your tickets before arrival to secure your space and ensure you don't miss out on any lessons. O'Brien Icehouse is an ideal way to spend time with the family while in Melbourne. This is one attraction not to miss when organising your Princess Cruise.
Where: 105 Pearl River Road,Docklands,3008, Australia
Open: 7 Days a Week
When you visit Fortyfivedownstairs it will become immediately evident why the gallery-come-theatre is one of Melbourne’s most renowned creative spaces. Step in off the central city street, make your way down the stairs into the beautifully designed gallery, and spend some time perusing the spectacular range of artists’ works showcased by Fortyfivedownstairs. Visiting for a show? Wander down a level further and make yourself comfortable in the cozy theatre, perfect for intimate performances and theatrical entertainment. Whatever your reason for visiting this creative hotspot, you’ll be blown away by the passion and talent that emanates from the building.
Disembark your last minute cruise and head along to Fortyfivedownstairs in the heart of the city, just 6kilometres from the Melbourne ports.
Where: 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday11:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 7:00pm
The Grain Store
Victoria’s capital has a reputation as a foodie city, so add some fine dining on to your cruise from Melbourne with a breakfast or lunch at The Grain Store. Located right in the trendy laneways area on Flinders Lane, it’s the ideal land-based experience to set off your seagoing adventure - and your tastebuds will thank you. The menus at The Grain Store focus on using fresh, seasonal local produce with few additives. Chef Ingo Meissner is originally from Germany but has worked in many countries around the globe, and is especially fond of traditionally rustic European and Mediterranean dishes. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and on the weekends, a brunch menu too - so make it a focus of a great day spent in central Melbourne.
Where: 517 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 7am to 4pm, weekends 8am to 4pm
The Gateway Hotel
If you’re looking to explore the beautiful state of Victoria before or after your Melbourne cruise, The Gateway Hotel is an excellent place to stay. Situated on Princes Highway close to Geelong and the Avalon Airport, it is (as its name suggests) a gateway to many things - including the famously spectacular Great Ocean Road route. Rest your head here before venturing out to discover this amazing region. The hotel has a relaxed, friendly vibe which is the ideal introduction to Victoria. All accommodation units of various sizes offer air conditioning and tea/coffee making facilities, free WiFi and plenty of other amenities for a comfortable stay. The hotel includes a popular pub where visitors can eat, drink and enjoy all kind of regularly scheduled entertainment and events along with the locals.
Where: 218-230 Princes Hwy, Corio VIC 3214, Australia
Opening Hours: Accommodation available year-round, pub hours 9am to 5am every day.
Jack Rabbit Vineyard
Picture this: stunning green vines stretching out before you, the ocean in the background, and a delicious wine in your hand. That’s what you’ll get when you pay a visit to Jack Rabbit Vineyard. It’s not just the beautiful location that wins people over, the wine served and sold at Jack Rabbit Vineyard is some of the region’s finest, with a fantastic range lining the Cellar Door shelves. Try one of the sparkling sauvignon blancs, or add a Jack Rabbit Merlot to your order at the restaurant. Just popping in? The cafe serves delicious lunches and dinners, with the option to purchase a bottle or two before you head on your way. Jack Rabbit Vineyard is located 1.5 hours drive from the port where you disembark your Melbourne cruise.
Where: 85 McAdams Lane, Bellarine, Victoria, 3221, Australia
Opening hours: Open 7 Days
Flying Brick Cider Co
Imagine you’re lounging on a deck chair under the summer sun, plate of incredible food in one hand, and deliciously fresh cider in the other. That’s just a taste of what you’ll get when you visit Flying Brick Cider Co. Whether you’re stopping in for a meal, or you’re visiting to try one of the three ciders on offer - Original, Draught and Pear - you’ll want to linger a while as soon as you set eyes on the beautiful location on the Bellarine Peninsula. The Cider House restaurant is a stunning wooden building, with indoor and outdoor seating to accommodation all seasons. Open 7 days a week, the chefs serve incredible, no fuss dishes, and have guided cider and wine tastings from 10:00am. Put Flying Brick Cider Co at the top of your holiday travel list. Disembark your Melbourne Cruise, and head to the Bellarine Peninsula for a wonderful day out.
Where: 1251 - 1269 Bellarine Highway, Wallington, Victoria, 3222, Australia
Phone: +61 3 5250 6577
Curlewis Golf Club
There’s nothing quite like teeing off on an 18-hole golf course under the beautiful Australian sun. Visit the Curlewis Golf Club and spend a day or two putting around this 6,150 metre sand-based course. In 2015, Lyndsay and David Sharp took over the club, which originally opened back in 1970. Under new ownership, the club has thrived, moving quickly up the rankings of top golf courses in Australia. It’s not just the course itself that’s fantastic, the Bistro restaurant serves incredible lunch meals throughout the week and delicious dinners from 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Step off your Melbourne cruise, and head to the Bellarine Peninsula, just over an hour’s drive away.
Where: 1345 Portarlington Road, Curlewis, Victoria, Australia
Phone: +61 (03) 5251 1111
Leura Park Estate Winery
Tucked into the bottom of Port Phillip Bay in Victoria lies the stunning Leura Park Estate Winery. Showcasing some of the region's top wines, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to taste these delectable flavours. Offering chardonnay, pinot noir, shiraz and their popular sparkling pinot chardonnay, Leura Park Estate grows all the grapes right there in Geelong to ensure only the highest quality of produce is used in the winemaking process. And while the wine is excellent, the food served at the Cellar Door is just as delicious. Stop in for lunch between Thursday and Sunday to enjoy dishes complemented by the wines so beautifully crafted on the property, or take a guided tasting tour for something a little different. From the Melbourne cruise port, venture south through Geelong to reach Leura Park Estate Winery. The trip will take just over an hour.
Where: 1400 Portarlington Road, Curlewis, Victoria, 3222, Australia
Opening hours: Thursday - Sunday, 10:30am - 5:00pm.
Party the night away at the 1950s-style cocktail bar, Madame Brussels. Whether you’re stopping by for a light lunch or you’re ready to dance late into the evening, the lively atmosphere will get you in the groove. This heart-of-Melbourne location allows visitors to lounge on the rooftop garden bar, taking in the stunning views of the city below. Blankets are available so winter visitors can wrap up warm while enjoying a hot drink. Hire out Madame Brussels’ Upper Terrace for an upcoming celebration, or join in on one of their scheduled events throughout the year. Madame Brussels is a 20-minute drive from the Melbourne cruise terminal; hail a cab, or jump on the 109 bus to get there.
Where: Level 3, 57-59 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000, Victoria, Australia
Hours: 7 days, 12 noon - 1:00 am
Park Regis Griffin Suites
Experience Melbourne and all its wonders by booking into the Park Regis Griffin Suites in St Kilda. One and two-bedroom apartments are on offer at the Park Regis Griffin Suites, all with modern furnishings and décor. Unwind in your room after a day exploring the beautiful city of Melbourne with free cable, WiFi, and full kitchen facilities. The hotel rooms and studios have the same perks but are a cosier option for you and one other. The on-site café, Purple Café/Bar is an ideal spot for a cup of hot coffee, breakfast, lunch, or a snack on the go. Whether you begin or end your Melbourne cruise in the city, stay in style at Park Regis Griffin Suites.
Where: 604 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria, 3004, Australia
Phone: +61 3 8530 1800
Get your trip to Melbourne off to the right start by booking yourself into Adelphi Hotel in the heart of the city. Offering a wide range of rooms and suites to suit the needs of every visitor and budget, Adelphi Hotel features contemporary decor with a nod to its historical beginnings as a warehouse in Melbourne circa 1938. All the rooms come fitted with elegant king beds, in-room entertainment, free WiFi and Espresso coffee machines. Make your way to the roof to enjoy the glass-bottom swimming pool which overlooks Flinders Lane, and head to Om Nom restaurant for a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. Step off your Melbourne cruise and jump in a 10-minute taxi ride from the ports.
Where: 187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia
Phone: +61 (3) 8080 8888
Om Nom Kitchen
It may be the incredible decor and beautiful mirror-ceiling that draws you into Om Nom, but the desserts will keep you there. In the historic Adelphi Hotel, Om Nom is a luxurious restaurant and bar, showcasing some of the most beautiful and delectable desserts in Australia. The words ‘whimsical’ and ‘theatrical’ come to mind as you run your eyes down the menu created by Executive Pastry Chef Jo Ward and take in the creativity of flavours and designs. Enjoy just one of the incredible desserts, or sample a bit of everything by ordering the degustation. Disembark your Melbourne cruise and hail a taxi - you’ll be dining in style in around 10 minutes.
Where: 187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia
Hours: Lunch 12 pm - 3:30 pm Monday to Friday
Dinner 6 pm - 10:30 pm Sunday to Thursday
Dinner 6 pm - 11:30 pm Friday and Saturday
Striving to be the best of the best, Little Cupcakes pride themselves not only on the presentation of their sweet treats but on the delicious flavours they create. As well as providing customers with beautifully decorated baked goods, they cater to all dietary requirements, with vegan and gluten-free options available. Celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other milestone by gifting a box of cupcakes, or indulge yourself with delicious brownies and freshly baked cookies for something a little different. With four different locations around Melbourne, you’ll easily find a Little Cupcakes store wherever your journey takes you. The closest shop to the Melbourne cruise ports is only an 8-minute drive away.
Where: Discover all Little Cupcakes’ locations here.
Phone: +61 03 9602 3884
From an idea tossed around at the dinner table to one of the most diverse and thriving weekly events in Melbourne, Craft Markets Australia will have you wishing you brought an extra suitcase along on your Melbourne cruise. Each weekend throughout Melbourne, the sundry markets draw in thousands of visitors, all ready to peruse the handmade and handcrafted products and locally grown produce. Disembark your Melbourne cruise and get ready to hit the stalls - with a multitude of markets scattered around the city, you’re bound to find one nearby.
- The Markets:
- Queen Victoria Market
- Flemington Racecourse Market
- A Market at Hanging Rock
- Lardner Park
- Mornington Racecourse Market
- Point Nepean Portsea Market
- Red Hill Community Market
- Yarra Glen Racecourse Market
- Sorrento Makers Market
Office location: 10A Satu Way, Mornington Victoria, 3931, Australia
Office hours: Mon - Fri 9.00 am to 3.00 pm. Closed Wednesdays.
St Kilda Sea Baths
Put St Kilda Sea Baths on the top of your Melbourne bucket list and enjoy a day lounging by the heated, indoor saltwater pool and sampling delicious food. The history of St Kilda Sea Baths dates back to the 19th Century when the baths were first established and men and women had segregated areas and neck to knee swimsuits. These days the complex has a multitude of exciting activities on offer. You can wine and dine in the array of restaurants and cafes, cocktails overlooking the bay and the famous St Kilda Beach, pick up a treat from the beachside cafes, visit South Pacific Health Club or even rent a bike, Stand Up Paddle Board or learn Kite Surfing. This iconic complex is six kilometres south of the CBD and is on Melbourne’s most famous beach. So step off your Melbourne Cruise and make your way to St Kilda Sea Baths for a fabulous day of fun activities or relax, eat and drink and rejuvenate.
Manchester Unity Building
One of the most iconic buildings in the heart of Melbourne, the Manchester Unity Building is an exquisite mix of culture, art and commerce. As the second incarnation of the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Odd Fellows building, the Collins Street site was built in 1932 in Gothic style and stands tall to this day. Throughout its halls are residential homes and around 100 small businesses. Book a tour (on Sundays) to learn about the history of Manchester Unity Building, and dine in their stunning 1932 Cafe & Restaurant for delicious meals and a superb wine list. After booking one of our Melbourne cruise deals, sign up for a tour to experience this breathtaking building.
Where: 220 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 7:00am - 3:00pm
Closed on Saturday
Multicultural Arts Victoria
A passion for the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities of Australia drives Multicultural Arts Victoria as they strive to represent, support and strengthen the First Peoples of Australia. From dance performances to musical extravaganzas, art workshops to film showings, MAV hosts a little bit of everything. Check out the upcoming events page on the website to find out if your Melbourne cruise coincides with any of the amazing shows.
Where: Multicultural Arts Victoria South Melbourne Town Hall Level 1, 208-220 Bank Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Phone: +61 3 9188 3681
Melbourne is a food lover’s paradise, and a visit to Roule Galette lives up to the reputation of the city. Sample French crepes the way they’re meant to be: freshly made and topped with nearly anything you can imagine. From the fresh crepe aroma to the French music and decoration, you’ll feel like you're stepping off the busy Flinders Lane in Melbourne’s central business district and into a Parisian cafe. Roule Galette serves up both sweet crepes and savoury galettes - try one of the delicious crepes from the menu, or create your own by adding any topping you’d like to existing dishes. Melbourne cruise deals aren’t the only thing making a splash in this great city. Pop by in the morning to savour their breakfast galettes and crepes, or simply enjoy a hot coffee.
Where: Scott Alley, 241 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia
Open: See website for full list of opening hours.
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