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Kristof on Jun 14, 2017

5 of the best voyages from Sydney for cruise newbies

Curious about cruising and wondering what all the fuss is about? You’re not alone. More and more Australians are taking to the seas each year. With better ships, cheaper fares and expanding itineraries on offer, it’s easy to see why cruising has become so popular.

But with all of that choice, where does a cruise newbie begin?

When the ocean is calling and you don’t know where to start, take a look at these five amazing round-trip voyages from Sydney. Offering a range of itineraries to suit various travel types, these are perfect options for first time cruisers in Australia.

Mix laughs and leisure on a comedy cruise.

1. Comedy Cruise

Three nights is all it will take to get you hooked on cruising with this round-trip Comedy Cruise from Sydney. This sampler cruise will head out to sea and lazily loop back around, giving you time to try life onboard, all the while entertaining you with some of P&O Cruises’ best comedic talent. Think of it as an extravagant comedy trip where you stay in hotel-style accommodation, enjoy meals included in the fare, and relax with mates as you remember what it feels like to laugh so hard you don’t make any noise at all.

2. Sunshine Coast Cruise

Sunny Queensland is one of Australia’s top travel destinations, so a four-night Sunshine Coast Cruise could be the perfect trial voyage for first time cruisers. Departing Sydney, this trip offers a day at sea on the way north, a full day in gorgeous Mooloolaba, and another day relaxing onboard on the way back. Affordably discover what cruising is all about, and visit relaxing beachside towns along the way. You have nothing to lose when you hop on with P&O Cruises for this short and sweet trip up the coast.

Port Arthur is one of Australia’s most intriguing historic sites, and a must-visit on any Tasmania cruise.

3. Tasmania Cruise

Keen to delve a little more into cruise life? Spend a week on the Golden Princess and head south on a Tasmania Cruise with Princess Cruises. This 7-night adventure includes shore visits at Port Arthur and Hobart, as well as scenic cruising through the gorgeous Coles Bay, a day in Melbourne, and a couple of days at sea. Within just one week you get to taste many facets of the cruising life - from sea days where you fill your time with onboard activities, to port visits where you pick your favourite shore excursions, and even a few hours of scenic cruising - you will get the full spectrum in one go.

4. Melbourne Cup Cruise

Did you know that some cruises are centred around events? Kick off your foray into cruising with a Melbourne Cup Cruise from Sydney return where you’ll spend six luxurious nights onboard the Carnival Spirit. Get acquainted with life onboard and partake in exciting Melbourne Cup activities at the same time. Your fare includes race tickets and transfers to and from the event, making this one of the easiest and most fun Cup Days ever. Don’t forget, you’ll get a full day at sea after the event to relax, recover, and make the most of the complimentary room service!

Lifou is just one of the idyllic destinations in store for those on a South Pacific cruise from Sydney.

5. South Pacific Cruise

Calling all sun worshippers and anyone who thinks that a proper holiday must involve the tropics. This 7-night South Pacific Cruise will whisk you off to the Pacific islands, where you’ll stop at Noumea and Lifou to explore each of these incredible, sun-kissed destinations. After a week aboard this Royal Caribbean cruise with its incredible entertainment, food and amenities, you’ll return to Sydney completely hooked and ready to book your next one.

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While I’m no cruise veteran, I do have a deep love for travel and fond memories of a certain Baltic cruise I went on many years ago… I think cruising is the ideal way to make sure there are no boring bits in your trip - why waste your holiday enduring arduous air journeys when you can cut through the waves in style and comfort?

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