Australians and New Zealanders are taking their wanderlust to sea with ocean
cruising increasingly becoming their holiday of choice.
It’s simple – cruising ticks all the boxes for a great break. It’s an easy, fun and great value way to travel whether it’s a romantic getaway, a solo sojourn or an all-in family holiday.
The value of a cruise that brings them back time and time again. Even the cheapest cruises include main meals, accommodation, entertainment and transport in the fare, while some are all-inclusive meaning you rarely have to reach for your wallet.
Ease of travel - guests only have to unpack once and destinations come to them - and the fact the holiday starts the moment guests board their ship, so there are no long drives, airport queues or battling traffic, and it is easy to see why it’s a compelling choice.
Variety with so many cruise ships on offer these days, the competition for the cruise dollar is becoming fiercer and travellers are coming out on top.
Entertainment: Cruise lines are pulling out all stops to attract holidaymakers offering everything from thrilling top-deck waterparks and virtual reality to mega malls, celebrity chefs and Broadway-style shows.
Worldwide: While there is no corner of the earth left untouched by cruise lines these days, Australians and Kiwis prefer to cruise in their beautiful backyard. Cruises around Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific account for the majority of ocean cruise passengers.
Spoilt for choice
The idyllic islands of the Pacific have long been luring cruisers to their shores with Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji among the more popular destinations.
Local cruises, especially short breaks, has provided holidaymakers with an alternative to road trips with itineraries featuring the Hunter Valley, Fraser Island, Moreton Island and the Whitsundays in Australia, and Napier in New Zealand.
Farther afield, Europe and Alaska are attracting their fair share of holidaymakers keen to cruise around the destinations’ picturesque coastlines.It’s hard to beat the feeling of waking up in a European city like Barcelona or Rome with a big day of sightseeing ahead, or getting up close and personal with the exotic flora and fauna of the last frontier on a cruise through Alaska’s pristine fjords.
Even Asia, which has always been a hot spot for Aussies and Kiwis, is becoming a new cruise destination with more and more cruise offerings around Japan, China and South East Asia.
Whether travellers are looking for a world cruise from their homeport, a week-long holiday around the Pacific, or a mini break somewhere fun and easy, they are spoilt for choice when it comes to ocean cruising.
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