MANY Australians are getting to know their country by cruising around the coastline rather than driving many thousands of exhausting kilometres by road.
As australiancruisingnews.com notes there is no shortage of circumnavigation cruises this season with the first ones getting under way in the next few weeks.
Princess Cruises’ Dawn Princess, carrying 1970 guests, sails on a 35-night circumnavigation of Australia and New Zealand from Sydney on October 11, with a similar cruise in April next year, www.princess.com
Also next month (October 20), Holland America’s Volendam, with 1430 guests, makes a 34-day counter clockwise round Australia cruise with 20 ports of call, www.hollandamerica.com
Radiance of the Seas has 2500 guests for a 16-night Top End cruise from Sydney to Fremantle (October 24) followed by a 17-night South Coast of Australia and New Zealand sailing that together make a 33-night voyage around both countries, www.royalcaribbean.com.au
Based in Fremantle for the first time this summer Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ Astor (620 guests) embarks on a 35-night round Australia cruise in late January, www.cmvaustralia.com
Adding sparkle to the local cruise season Queen Mary 2 (2620 guests) arrives in Fremantle (Perth) from Mauritius on February 12 for 33 days in Australian waters. She will make full circumnavigation cruises from Fremantle, Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, which will all enjoy two visits from the liner, www.cunard.com
Circumnavigation cruises usually visit state capitals and major tourist regions such as the Great Barrier Reef off North Queensland and the Kimberley off the northwest coast of Western Australia. Most of these cruises can be broken into smaller sectors for the time-short who do not have a month to spare at sea.