You may have noticed a wide and varied range of cruise ships visiting our Australian shores. We all know P&O cruises, they have cruised our waters since the early days and definitely came into their own during the seventies and eighties (thanks also go to “The Love Boat”, the TV show that showed us all what cruising could be).
And there are those who have now based themselves firmly in our Australian market – Princess, Carnival, and Royal Caribbean with the largest passenger ships in the world. Have you also heard of Celebrity Cruises and Holland America Line with ships currently cruising around New Zealand, Australia and South Pacific waters? Or Cunard Line and the ultra luxurious Seabourn, Azamara or Oceania Cruises who regularly touch base in Australia throughout the year?
Why are so many ships now calling Australia home? Sailing downunder for the glorious summer season, and heading back north for the winter? Hold onto your hats everyone… Australians spent an estimated 12 million days at sea with over 1.2 million of us cruising in 2016! That’s a 21% increase from 2015, continuing the trend in the cruising market over the past decade.
It’s safe to say that Australia has caught the cruising bug!
And why not?! Australia is on the doorstep of some of the world’s most spectacular cruising destinations. Australia’s own shores, it goes without saying, are incredibly popular. New Zealand’s land of the long white cloud holds many secrets ripe for discovery by cruisers. Yet the most cruised by far with 542,825 Australian cruisers is the South Pacific.
Were you one of the many who have experienced a tropical sunrise? Lagoons fringed with swaying palms and long deserted white sand beaches? Brilliantly coloured corals and shimmering fish swimming under crystal clear turquoise waters? If not, why not? It’s one of the HOTTEST cruise destinations for Australian’s to sail to.
South Pacific Cruises – so close and yet far enough away to be on holiday.
From beautiful Fijian villages and sandy islands, tropical Mystery Island, the very chic French New Caledonia and Vanuatu’s exotic shores, there’s a natural aquarium at the Isle of Pines, Mare and Dravenui, island chains strung out across azure seas, like jewels in a crown, of Samoa and Tonga’s untouched beauty and beyond to the stunning islands of French Polynesia and the rainbow smiles of Hawaii.
It’s time to grab your snorkel and flippers and explore the brilliant coral and fish-filled lagoons. Or simply laze in the sun on sandy beaches, grab a bargain at vibrant, local market stalls, experience island life and more. Each destination has it’s own unique culture, each it’s own way of welcoming guests, and all a stone’s throw from Australia’s own shores.
The South Pacific is right here on our doorstep, great for a first and second cruising experience or a few relaxing days away. And South Pacific cruises are leaving almost everyday from a major port near you!
So let’s start cruising – give us a call today and soon you could be sailing into a tropical sunrise.
CRUISER’S TIP: Did you know many cruisers have discovered that a Christmas-New Year cruise to the South Pacific can often work out cheaper than staying at home! We know how to get you the best deal – go on ring us now.
*Statistics from “Cruise Industry Source Market Report – Ocean Cruise Passengers Australia 2016”, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), 2016