The laidback waterfront capital of Darwin rewards a visit. Credit: Shutterstock

Amazing fly cruises to Australia for 2024

Author: Lucy Abbott

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Australia, the land of legendary scenery and rich traditions, is a once-in-a-lifetime cruise destination. We take a look at a selection of stand-out destinations that are calling your name…

With 2,800 annual hours of sunshine, 11,000 beaches and over 500 national parks to explore, Australia is the place to be.

But how can you explore all this to its full potential? Well, by cruise of course.

And Princess Cruises is the cruise line to take you there; as destination experts, they propel you to the forefront of the action where you can snorkel among fascinating fish, gaze at historic landmarks and explore ancient cultures.

Flexibility is key with Princess Cruises, as the line offers various itineraries to choose between- from short cruises that you can add onto your summer holidays to longer roundtrips that enable you to do a deep dive into all that Australia has to offer.

So, say g’day to your next adventure and discover the destinations that await.

Sail by the iconic Sydney Opera House. Credit: Shutterstock

Breath-taking destinations

It’s not often we can say that a destination has something for everyone – but Australia truly has it all.

Culture vultures can explore arts and crafts in the likes of the city of Montville, and foodies can further a passion for wine and chocolate with a taste-tour in the Margaret River region.

Nature lovers will be amazed at Cairns for its award-winning Rainforestation National Park, which contains iconic Australian animals in the koala and wildlife park, hosts a Pamagirri Aboriginal experience as well as embarks on amphibious Army Duck rainforest tours.

To explore further, perhaps opt for Princess Cruises’ Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure excursion, which takes place in Northern Australia’s largest wildlife attraction, where you can admire cuddly koalas, lizards, water birds and more.

What’s more, Princess Cruises have a wide range of Discovery Recommended and Animal Plant Recommended excursions, such as the ‘Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary’ excursion in Hobart, which is a three-hour adventure to see all of Australia’s more famous natives – from Tasmanian devils to wallabies.

Visit the the award-winning Rainforestation National Park in Cairns, Queensland. Credit: Shutterstock

Let’s not forget the city lovers, as you will be catered for as well on an Australia cruise. Explore the likes of Sydney, home to the iconic Sydney Opera House nestled as well as it’s cosmopolitan city centre.

Melbourne is also famed for its city centre, with everything from culture, art and fashion on offer – and this city is very walkable, so whack on those trainers.

For world-class shopping, look no further than Adelaide, just picture yourself mooching along the tree-lined boulevards (shopping in hand of course), ready to grab a bite to eat in the city which features the highest number of restaurants per capita of all of Australia.

Take a stroll around Melbourne's famous city centre. Credit: Shutterstock

Scenic cruise like never before

Gain a new perspective of Australia by simply stepping out onto your balcony or up onto the top deck, as Princess Cruises crafts their itineraries to include a multitude of stunning scenic cruising spots.

The Kimberley Coast is a true standout. Known for being one of the least touched marine environments in the world alongside over 8,000 miles of unspoiled coastline, it's one not to miss.

So look out for marine wildlife such as sea turtles, blue crabs as well as the world’s largest population of humpback whales as you sail around the 2,600 plus islands that are scattered beyond the reefs – be sure to look for a variety of seabirds too, including giant Australian Pelicans and Red-footed Boobies.

Admire humpback whales from your balcony. Credit: Shutterstock

You can experience this scenic sailing port on a variety of itineraries, such as the ‘10-day Coral Coast’, ‘15-day Northern Explorer’, and ‘22-day Round Australia’.

Another amazing scenic cruising opportunity comes in the form of the Yampi Sound. This spot of scenic cruising is brimming with history, so it’s worth hopping out of the swimming pool or bar to have a look at…

Beyond the mining history, you can admire the many islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago – with the largest being Koolan Island. History buffs will be fascinated with the Sound’s history, as during World War II, raids were launched against the Japanese forces using Catalina Flying Boasts from Cockatoo Island in Yampi Sound.

The koala is an iconic Australian animal. Credit: Shutterstock

Why sail with Princess Cruises?

Aside from all the amazing destinations on offer, Princess Cruises make your onboard experience just as seamless as your offboard adventures…

Firstly, the Medallion and accompanying MedallionClass app will both be your best friend throughout your cruise.

Ordering food and drink becomes easier than ever – with your food finding you, rather than the other way around, your door unlocks automatically as you approach with your Medallion (alongside a personalised greeting) and you can navigate the ship easily through the onboard navigation and ‘Shipmate’ locator on the app.

And speaking of food, Princess Cruises offers an extensive range of dishes to suit every appetite. In fact, every dish has a tale to tell – with the line’s chefs bringing family recipes and an extensive culinary knowledge from their homeplaces.

Deluxe balcony staterooms with Princess Cruises give you great views from your own personal space. Credit: Princess Cruises

So, you can tuck into a steak, aged and cut onboard, or perhaps homemade pasta with the knowledge that love and care has been instilled into your food – our stomachs are rumbling.

As for the fleet, you have the luxury of choice when it comes to the ship you’ll sail to Australia on.

From Crown Princess, with nearly 900 balconies to a gorgeous three-story Atrium, to Royal Princess, featuring the perfect fusion of traditional cruising decorated with innovative extras, you can be sure that you’ll have a base you’ll be consistently excited to go back to after a day of exploring.

Sail to Australia onboard stunning Majestic Princess for unbeatable service. Credit: Princess Cruises

So, for an adventure that is calling your name, dive in headfirst and book it – you only live once.

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About Lucy Abbott

Lucy is a cruise journalist who has sailed on a variety of ships, from expedition to river – with her favourite being expedition cruising.

Lucy is interested in new sustainable ways to cruise as well as how cruising is becoming accessible for all.

She works together with Kaye Holland to keep the World of Cruising website up to date with all the latest cruise news.