Cruise to the opposite side of the world and discover a whole new world in Australasia - a continent full of contrasts. Discover stunning beaches and vibrant cosmopolitan cities in Australia, while over in New Zealand there are towering mountains and lush valleys that are lined with surging waterfalls and unparalleled beauty.
From world famous skyscrapers overlooking the beautiful, natural scenery, which varies between being lush and green to uninhabited and wild, sun-drenched locations and flourishing cultures you will find another world on the opposite side of the globe. Venture to the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, which are ideal for swimming and snorkelling, or simply just relax on the radiant beaches. The next day, allow yourself to get lost amongst the magnificent metropolitan cities of Australia and New Zealand, particularly Sydney and Wellington. Whether you’re a shopaholic, a sightseeing enthusiast, or someone who appreciates the quiet life, you’ll be spoiled for choice in and around Australasia.
Venture away from the mountains, waterfalls, and miles of white sandy beaches and stand in awe at some of the most intriguing, inspirational, and famous buildings, structures and monuments in the world. Taking a cruise to Sydney, passengers can visit Australia’s most instantly recognisable landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Boasting many excellent waterside restaurants, museums, aquariums, and amusement parks, all commanding spectacular views across the city, Sydney is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with something for everyone to enjoy.
The hot and humid climate of Australia is the perfect environment for all manner of weird and wonderful wildlife that are rarely, if ever, seen naturally in other parts of the world. Dive underwater at the Great Barrier Reef to catch a glimpse of the striped lion fish, trek the Blue Mountains at dusk to witness the brush tailed possums waking from their nap, and take a walkabout through the arid Bush to photograph the likes of swamp wallabies, sugar gliders, and diamond pythons. You just never know what you’ll see next. An adventure of this scale will certainly stay with you forever.
For wine lovers, taking an Australasia cruise isn’t just a holiday, it’s a chance to gain a first-hand experience of the Australian and New Zealand wine industry. The beautiful semi-arid climate of the region brings unrivalled grape-growing conditions and Australia’s Hunter Valley and New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay are two of the best areas to tour the vineyards, sample at the cellar door, and purchase some delicious products to take back home.
The highlights of many Australasia cruises are, of course, Australia and New Zealand, but your itinerary may well take in some of the stunning Pacific islands, especially if you’re on a world cruise. Although you won’t find big and bustling cities, what you will be rewarded with is quiet, serene beauty along with fascinating and captivating history. Pitcairn Island, for example, sits overlooking the wreckage of the HMS Bounty, while Vanuatu is home to some of the most stunning beaches and waterfalls in the world. Don’t underestimate these tiny islands, they’re truly magical.
There are many options for taking an Australasia cruise. For those wanting to enjoy an extended holiday, sailings from Southampton to Sydney take roughly 60 nights and take in the Caribbean and South America before arriving in the Pacific region. For those wanting to minimise travel time, fly cruises are a popular option. Two week itineraries that take in the absolute best of Australia, New Zealand, and the surrounding areas are available, with flights to and from the UK.
You’ll find cruises to Australia and around the Pacific, all year round, but the winter months are arguably the best time to travel. As the UK freezes, Australia and New Zealand are basking in sunshine, so it’s the perfect chance to enjoy a little winter sun. New Year’s Eve is also a big deal in Sydney, and a cruise at this time of year is a wonderful opportunity to gaze out upon the bright skies lit up by thousands of fireworks that are set off each and every year. As the fireworks die down, gaze up at the stars and see if you can find the Southern Cross, or Crux, constellation - it’s best seen during the winter!
Whatever you do on your Australasian cruise holiday, whether you choose to tour the cities and explore the local cultures, hike in the beautiful countryside parks, or stick by the coastline and admire the world's largest coral reef and unbelievable marine life, this land will never cease to amaze. Australasia really is a breath-taking holiday destination and there is no better way than a cruise to explore the unforgettable sights.