Cruising from Melbourne: Highlights for the 2016 Season

Posted January 13th, 2016

Whether you’re staying local or holidaying across the ocean, the Port of Melbourne is the starting point for countless amazing cruises. In 2016, the trend continues: from January to May and restarting from November to December, passengers will be spoilt for choice when it comes to cruise itineraries departing from Australia’s cultural hub. Want to know where you can sail away to? Here are our top picks for the destinations you can visit from Melbourne in 2016.

Australian Coastal

If you’re in the market for a little getaway, a number of different cruise lines offer short itineraries from Melbourne that sail to other iconic cities such as Sydney, Brisbane, and Adelaide. These local getaways, ranging in length from two to 12 nights, may be short on time but packed with fun, relaxation and entertainment.

Sailing into Sydney Harbour

Have a sea break adventure over to Sydney and enjoy the harbour from a new and unique angle, or take part in a round trip to Eden and see the whales before returning back to Melbourne. These holidays provide passengers with the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of Australia and are perfect for people who need a break but don’t have a lot of time to spare!


On a cruise from Melbourne to Tasmania, you can check out some of the best scenery that our country has to offer with natural wonders such as Wineglass Bay and Phillip Island, and immerse yourself in our convict history with the Port Arthur site and its acclaimed vineyards. Don’t then forget about the state’s capital – Hobart is known for dishing up an array of cool restaurants, cafés and markets in its alleyways, but also is home to the famous and sometimes controversial Museum of Old and New Art (Mona).

Wine Glass Bay, Freycinet National Park

New Zealand

Care to travel a little further afield? Cruising from Melbourne to New Zealand is a fantastic way to travel across the Tasman Sea and give yourself a little time to indulge in onboard service, food and amenities. Once you’re in New Zealand waters, however, you’ll be treated to a variety of ports and excursions. You could visit the country’s largest city, Auckland, and enjoy its spectacular bay and cosmopolitan lifestyle in the middle of 60 different volcanoes. Or pop down to Wellington, the capital, and enjoy the rich culture and windy weather before moving on to Dunedin, a university town that features a distinctly Scottish flair. But wherever you visit in New Zealand, you’re sure to appreciate the amazing landscapes that it is famous for.

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New Caledonia & Vanuatu

Do you like to have sand beneath your toes? Then the Pacific Islands are perfect for you! New Caledonia and Vanuatu are two very popular destinations for cruises leaving from Melbourne due to their tropical beaches and laidback lifestyle. Port Vila is the capital of Vanuatu and is well loved for its coral reefs and clear waters that are perfect for snorkelling. Meanwhile, New Caledonia offers scenic destinations such as the Isle of Pines and the capital Noumea which famously has consistently beautiful weather.

Shore Excursions in the South Pacific

Round the World

2016 will see Cunard’s Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth cruise ships sail from Melbourne to Sydney and Brisbane before embarking on cruises around the world on itineraries of 20 nights or longer. Hong Kong, Manila, Osaka, Phuket and Dubai are just some of the exotic destinations available, giving travellers with wanderlust the opportunity to experience amazing destinations with the comfort of Cunard’s cruise ships always close by.

Are you from Melbourne and interested in going on a cruise holiday in 2016? Call one of our friendly cruise consultants today on 1300 954 661 for more information on cruises and how to book!

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  Absolutely nobody in Australia knows more about cruising than Cruiseabout. With close to 30,000 nights on ships all across the globe, our consultants’ extensive experience and passion for cruising is unequaled. We're here to share the joys of cruising holidays with more Australians and invite them into our world - because we love cruising!

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