Top cruises for your 2019 wish list

The best cruises to inspire your next journey at sea.

Aussies are increasingly choosing cruises as their favourite way to spend their holidays. In 2017, over 1.34 million Australians hopped aboard a cruise ship and it’s not just for the “older” crowd. According to data from Allianz Travel Insurance, millennials are also keen on sailing away, with a 118 per cent increase in cruising between 2015 and 2017.

With cruising showing no signs of slowing down, we take a look at the top water adventures that we will be dreaming of this year.

European Waterways

If you’re thinking that cruising isn’t for you, a trip on this luxury hotel barge cruise may change your mind. More like a moving hotel, these intimate barges offer a cruising experience like no other.

Get back to the birthplace of luxury barge cruises and try the Southern Burgundy tour in France, aboard the Finesse. This tour only allows a maximum of eight passengers so it will feel more like your own private barge.

From wandering through vineyards to meandering down some of the most beautiful canals in France, you will get to explore medieval towns, local markets and breathtaking cathedrals.

This seven-day cruise’s exact itinerary is subject to change, for more details and pricing enquiries visit European Waterways.

Coral Expeditions

Have an adventure a bit closer to home with Coral Expeditions launching five departures to Papua New Guinea. The new tropical expedition ship, the Coral Adventurer, will set sail to unexplored territories of Papua New Guinea and West Papua, this year with departures beginning and ending in Australia.

On this tour, you will be able to take part in once-in-a-lifetime small group experiences such as swimming with whalesharks in Cenderawasih Bay or a Bandanese dinner under the shadow of volcanic Mount Api on the ramparts of 17th century Fort Belgica.

The new Pioneers and Frontiers of PNG itinerary is co-curated by Australian Geographic and is a 12-night expedition along the coastline of Papua New Guinea from Madang to Cairns via Sanananda and the Sepik River. Departs November 12, 2019. 


Hop aboard this ultra-luxury cruise liner and discover the best of the Aussie north and east coast and a taste of Indonesia.

Departing from Benoa, Bali, the 17-day Orchid Isles and The Coral Coast cruise allows you to explore the famous Komodo Island, where you have a chance to see Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat. Then go on to discover the wonders of Magnetic Island, off the coast of Northern Queensland and drop into the iconic Whitsunday islands. With all suites featuring floor to ceiling windows and verandas, this is luxury cruising at its finest.

This adventure departs from Benoa on December 4, 2019 and has cabins starting from $12,999pp.

Princess Cruises

The Sea of Japan Voyage aboard the Diamond Princess offers a great balance of activities both on and off the ship.

This cruise will set sail to some of the most exciting and fascinating places in Japan. Onboard you can relax in the freshwater pools and hot tubs or have a putt on the Princess Links course. While exploring offshore, take in the sights of a skyline tour of Ise Shima or marvel at the Toba aquarium.  

Departing Tokyo August 23, 2019, fares start from $1,749pp.



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Cunard Cruises

If you are unsure that a cruising holiday is for you, why not do a trial run on a shorter trip? The Australia Short Break cruise with Cunard leaves from Melbourne for three nights on board the Queen Elizabeth, and ends in Sydney.

You will pop down to Tasmania on the way to Sydney where you will stop in at Burnie - one of Australia's oldest cities. 

Departing in March, 2019, fares start from $953pp.

Celebrity Edge

For the ultimate indulgence, book a cruise on the Celebrity Edge ship for 11 nights sailing around the Amalfi Coast and Greek Isles.

Hailed as the “best new ship” by Cruise Critic’s U.S. Editors’ Picks Awards, Celebrity Edge features three gourmet restaurants and three different types of suites. The suites are spacious and fitted out with modern finishes, ensuring you feel like you’re in the lap of luxury for the duration of your cruise.

This cruise departs on September 30 from Rome and is priced from $6,219 pp.



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Aurora expeditions

If adventure is more your style, put your name down for a holiday of a lifetime with Australia’s only home-grown polar expedition specialist.

With a range of new cruises being added to their portfolio, a highlight is the Spirit of Antarctica.

Midsummer is a great time to enjoy the ice continent, when near-midnight sun brings abundent life to the shores. Think hoardes of penguins, and many whales and seals. 

You'll also get to visit some historic huts and scientific stations laong the way. 

This adventure departs in October 30, 2019 for more details and pricing visit Aurora Expeditions



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