Go Down Under, Deep Down Under A cruise vacation to Australia/New Zealand is like a trip to a whole other world. Or, at least, to a whole other side of the world. You'll visit colorful reefs, meet curious creatures and explore progressive cities nestled in unimaginable landscapes.
And with an exciting cruisetour package, you'll travel even farther into the Australian outback, to remarkable places like the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock or the crocodile haven of Cairns. Our ships can't travel into the incredible Australian wilderness, but you can with one of our Australia Cruisetours.
Stand atop Sky Tower, the Southern Hemisphere's tallest urban structure, and gaze over the cosmopolitan city of Auckland and its 1.3 million inhabitants. Or, tour the countryside of West Auckland, visit a private sheep farm, and see for yourself how the diverse New Zealand landscape can magically change in the blink of an eye. Beaches, countryside, bungee jumping, saltwater fishing, and much, much more - Auckland's diversity is its strength. You can't miss this 'City of Sails.'
Even the rocks are exciting in Australia - especially this massive monolith. Ayers Rock, known as Uluru to the locals, rises to over 1,000 feet out of the red dust of central Australia. With its striking sunset colors and mysterious springs and caves, Uluru is as fascinating to today's visitors as it has been to the local tribes for centuries. Your perfectly timed visit will include sunset views of the rock, a tasty barbeque and an astronomer-led tour of the spectacular southern night skies.
Take a quick flight north of Sydney to Cairns, Queensland, and get to know the peaceful lagoons and lush rain forests of the Tropical North. As part of your cruisetour, you'll learn more about this area which is heavily surrounded by rainforests and wetlands and visit places such as the Rainforestation Nature Park at Kuranda. Not only will you have an opportunity to discover the native flora and fauna, but also the enchanting creatures that inhabit this area.
Three words: Great...Barrier...Reef! You can't visit Australia without a trip to the world's largest, most celebrated coral reef system. With the seaside village of Port Douglas as your hub, you'll travel to the reef for an unforgettable day of swimming, snorkeling, diving and frolicking among some 1,500 species of fish, 5,000 species of mollusk and 400 species of coral. Better bring an underwater camera!
Queenstown isn't called the 'adventure capital of the world' for nothing. Attracting international adrenaline junkies from around the globe, Queenstown and the surrounding area is primed for hiking, biking, camping, bungee jumping, skiing, fly-fishing, picture taking, and anything your heart rate can take. With a thriving nightlife and a youthful spirit, an evening out will introduce you to many local eats, drinks, and probably a few new friends. The perfect stop to let it all hang out.
Sister city to Klamath Falls, Oregon, Rotorua is known for its abundance of local geothermal activity. Bubbling mud pools, geysers, and hot springs make this a hot bed for some of the country's most enjoyable spas, intriguing botanical gardens, and environmental nature reserves. Make sure to take a trip back in time at the Rotorua Museum to see how the area thrived, and then recovered, following the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera. It's an all-natural, tropical escape.
G'day, mate! And welcome to Australia's largest city - Sydney. Your tour will include enough time to explore famous sites like lively Oxford Street, the Sydney Opera House and, of course, Sydney Harbour. Plentiful bays, pristine beaches and aquamarine waters make the Harbour one of the most beautiful in the world. And if you think that sounds eye-catching, wait 'til you see it all under the dazzling city lights at night.