There’s no better holiday than a cruising holiday, whether that’s to explore Australia’s own gorgeous coastline, to wind through the tropical islands in our midst or to set sail for faraway exotic destinations. When it comes to cruising, Princess Cruises has been leading the way for over 50 years and spans some of the most fascinating destinations around the globe. Famous as the star of the 70s TV series The Love Boat, they’re also renowned for their innovative ships, onboard options and exceptional customer service. So we’ve picked our five favourite Princess Cruises itineraries that depart from right here on Australian shores.
Fremantle to Sydney
To explore the gems of Australia’s northern coastline – with a quick side-trip to Lombok in Indonesia – you can’t look past this 17 night cruise on Dawn Princess. Explore museums and memorials in Geraldton, admire the pearls and long sweeping beaches in Broome, and enjoy the dramatic scenery of the rugged and remote Kimberley Coast. A stop in Darwin allows time for a unique capital city encounter in the Top End, before cruising down Australia’s east coast with stops in tropical Port Douglas – where the rainforest meets the sea – and bustling Brisbane.
Fremantle to Singapore
Departing from beautiful and historic Fremantle in Perth, this 12 night cruise on Dawn Princess offers plenty of beach time and a few key bustling cities, with stops in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Lembar, on the Indonesian island of Lombok, is the first stop. Considered the “unspoiled Bali”, it’s the perfect place to snorkel, soak up the island vibes and browse the colourful markets before moving on to the soaring skyscrapers and shops of Kuala Lumpur. Continue on to beautiful and historic Penang, the duty-free haven of Langkawi and the famous paradise of Phuket, where beautiful beaches, Thai culture and jungle adventures await. Top it all off with more big city adventures in sky-high Singapore, full of fabulous food, shopping and world-class attractions.
Return from Sydney
This 13 Night Cruise on Sun Princess is the perfect way to the spectacular landscapes and cities of our closest neighbour, New Zealand. Taking in both the North Island and South Island, city highlights include trendy and compact Wellington, wildlife-rich Dunedin and stunning Auckland, where fine dining, fabulous views and cosmopolitan thrills merge. You’ll also find yourself in awe of Fiordland National Park, home to the famous Milford Sound, and beautiful regions such as the Bay of Islands, Napier, Tauranga and French-infused Akaroa.
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Sydney to Dubai
For a true cruising experience that spans seas and oceans, this 20 night cruise on Sea Princess gives you plenty of time to really soak up the onboard atmosphere and enjoy the facilities between ports. Departing from Sydney, you’ll stop in at cultural and colourful Melbourne with plenty of time for some shopping, historic encounters and entertainment, before cruising on to Margaret River, famous for its world-class wineries and gourmet food producers. Drop by Fremantle for a quick glimpse of Perth before setting sail for colonial-rich Colombo in Sri Lanka. When you get to Dubai, no doubt you’ll be ready for all that shopping!
Return from Sydney
This is the perfect cruise for those in need of an island holiday. A 14 night cruise through the South Pacific on Sun Princess, there’s plenty of time to soak up the sun, explore new cultures and swim and snorkel in some of clearest waters on earth. With stops at Port Denarau, Suva and Savusavu in Fiji, this is the perfect time to browse the colourful local markets, take part in a traditional kava ceremony and venture into the lush tropical jungle. Get a taste of France in the Pacific with two stops in New Caledonia and soak up the friendly vibes of Vila, in Vanuatu, set on a beautiful harbour touting clear blue lagoons and palm-fringed islets.
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