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Australia & New Zealand Cruises

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About Australia & New Zealand Cruises

Between the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, Australia is extraordinarily diverse in terms of its geography, wildlife and climate, with deserts, mountains and rainforests (not to mention those beloved Koala bears). Hardly limited to wilderness, Australia also boasts urban culture in Sydney and Melbourne. Famous as the set of the "Lord of the Rings" movies, New Zealand has unparalleled natural beauty (did we mention the Great Barrier Reef), as well as adventure sports and outstanding wine.

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21 Night
Cruise to Australia & New ZealandDetails

398 Reviews
Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Coral Princess
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Coral Princess

28 Night
Cruise to Australia & New ZealandDetails

1,031 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Coral Princess
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Coral Princess

14 Night
Cruise to Australia & New ZealandDetails

Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Queen Elizabeth
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Queen Elizabeth

13 Night
Cruise to Australia & New ZealandDetails

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Ovation of the Seas

13 Night
Cruise to Australia & New ZealandDetails

662 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Crystal Symphony

100 Night
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Leaving:Melbourne
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Quantum of the Seas

8 Night
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Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Silver Shadow

15 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
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Celebrity Eclipse

12 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Coral Princess

14 Night
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Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Coral Princess

14 Night
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Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Coral Princess

28 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Coral Princess

14 Night
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Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Carnival Splendor

10 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Coral Princess

14 Night
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Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Serenade of the Seas

13 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Carnival Splendor

10 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Coral Princess

14 Night
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Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Coral Princess

28 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Celebrity Eclipse

12 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Carnival Splendor

10 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Splendor

10 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Coral Princess

17 Night
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Leaving:Perth
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Carnival Splendor

10 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Oosterdam

14 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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What is the best time to cruise to Australia & New Zealand?

Thanks to a rather temperate climate, there are cruises to the continent of Australia nearly year-round. The summer months Down Under are actually considered winter in the U.S., so that's the most popular time of year to visit (and when the vast majority of New Zealand port stops are scheduled). Just keep in mind that from December through February, it can get incredibly hot. For more: Australia Cruise Tips.

Which cruise lines go to Australia & New Zealand?

Pretty much all of the major cruise lines worldwide run Australia/New Zealand cruises, including popular lines like Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Celebrity and luxury line Seabourn. P&O Cruises is the top choice amongst local Aussies. Many of the same lines stop in New Zealand, but only during the summer months --New Zealand tends to be much colder the rest of the year. There are also expedition lines like Lindblad and Coral Expeditions that make port stops in some of the smaller ports throughout New Zealand.

What are some things to do in Australia & New Zealand?

Australia is full of natural landmarks and world-class museums. Don't miss the beaches or snorkeling and diving the Great Barrier Reef; a stroll across the iconic Harbour Bridge in Sydney; and shopping and dining in Melbourne. New Zealand is decidedly more low-key and ideal for long strolls to take in the natural landscape, but visitors should also squeeze in an excursion to historic Christchurch.

Do you need a passport to take a cruise to Australia & New Zealand?

Yes, a passport is required for cruises to Australia and/or New Zealand.

What should I pack for a cruise to Australia & New Zealand?

You'll want to be sure to pack lightweight clothing including plenty of shorts, t-shirts and sundresses, particularly if you're traveling in the region's mid-summer months. You'll definitely want a swimsuit and plenty of sunscreen as well. For more: What to Take to Australia on a Cruise.

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