What better a way to discover the other side of the World than on an Australasia Cruise? For a room with a different, superb, "Antipodean" view every day, you will not want to do much sleeping! From the supreme comfort of your cruise ship, you can enjoy sailing between the stunning World Class ports of Australia and New Zealand, taking in as many of the breathtaking sights as you like.
From docking by the beautiful Sydney Opera House in Australia, to sailing through the majestic and awe inspiring Milford Sound in New Zealand, Australasia cruises are sure to impress. Deserted beaches, vibrant cities, colourful coral reefs teeming with fish and lush green fjordlands are bound to impress even the most discerning of travellers.
Either step onboard in Southampton and start your incredible voyage on a World Cruise, sailing westbound and taking in the USA and the Pacific Islands before you reach the wonders of Australasia. Or pick up the pace and fly directly to Los Angeles from the UK where you meet your cruise ship, speeding up your journey for getting to the land "Down Under"! You can also choose from a great selection of cruises from Sydney.
To maximise the enjoyment of your cruise and to really get to grips with your destinations and start to understand the various cultures from around the globe, book some of the exciting shore excursions available from your cruise ship. You will find something to suit every pocket and palate, but book early to avoid disappointment.
It is not hard to see why so many people settled in Australia all those years ago! It's beautiful coastline plays host to so many fascinating ports of call you are literally spoilt for choice as to where to dock first!
Float into the stunning harbour of Sydney (shown above) and soak up the warm, friendly atmosphere of Darling Harbour or enjoy a refreshing drink in the historic Rocks Area. Catch a show at the architecturally inspiring Opera House or take an easy walk from Circular Quay to the beautiful bursting Royal Botanical Gardens. Bondi Beach has to be on your hit list for the classic "Aussie" beach experience. If you have time and are looking for something a little different, revitalise yourself in the stunning Blue Mountains. Melbourne, many times voted the world's most liveable city, offers an incredible palate of cultural experiences as well as some first rate spoting events including the Melbourne Cup, Australian F1 Grand Prix and the Australian Open Tennis.The Whitsunday Islands (pictured left) are one of the finest examples of paradise that the World has to offer. Many of the islands beaches are made up of pure white silica sand which bizarrely squeak as you walk across them.
Due North, the lively port of Brisbane (pictured right) plays host to many fascinating places of interest; the Queensland Museum, the State Art Gallery, the Butterfly House and the Maritime Museum are all worthy of your attention for an afternoon. You can also enjoy a walk around the former Treasury Building to admire the fine architecture before perhaps seeing some awesome surfing to the South of the city on the Gold Coast. For those in search of the magical underwater world of Australia, what better a place to head North to than Cairns, at the edge of the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. Cairns, itself, is a sleepy town with a very relaxed hospitable atmosphere. Take a trip on the sedate Kuranda Skyrail Cable Car for panoramic views of the area or even delve into the Nation's heritage in the Tjapukai Aboriginal Centre
Kia'ora ! (translated as Hi or Be healthy) is really the best mantra for New Zealand and the way that people like to live their lives! The two islands that make up New Zealand are crammed full of unique, curious areas all begging to be explored, set against a rich Maori backdrop, waiting to be uncovered.
Enjoy the lively entertainment scene in Christchurch, on the South Island. The beautiful parks and gardens are just one of the must see attractions along with the Arts Centre, the Art Gallery and Christchurch Cathedral. You can get around easily on the tram system, which links all of the sights in the Cultural District, ensuring that you get the most out of your time ashore. Why not contrast the vibrant city life with some incredibly raw nature while you are in Australasia? Rotorua on the North Island is known for its geothermal activity, and features incredible hot mud pools and powerful geysers (pictured left) which spurt water up to two to three times per hour and reach heights of up to 100 metres. This marvelous spectacle is sure to amaze you!
Auckland is the capital city and is magnificent to simply wander through and shop as you soak up the easy-going, relaxed vibe. The Viaduct Harbour area is a hive of activity and is home to many fun and mouthwatering outdoor eateries from where you can literally watch the sailing world go by. Be sure to book a table in the revolving restaurant at the top of the 328metre Sky Tower for out of this world views!Wellington is another spectacular stop-off on Australasia cruises, being the host to a series of art, music and film festivals. Enjoy fine ales in the historic pubs and make sure you visit the Te Papa Museum for an interesting narrative on the history of New Zealand.A trip ashore to Dunedin will make you feel like you have been transported back on the fast craft to Scotland! This friendly welcoming city is full of Scottish influences, including the only true castle; Larnach Castle and a statue of the infamous poet Robert Burns. The impressive Dunedin Railway is an architectural jewel in the crown and well worthy of a viewing. The Pacific Islands, including Fiji, Tonga and French Polynesia, also form a large part of Australasia, and offer an alternative experience of tropical islands fringed with coconut palms swaying over sun drenched beaches. Extend your visit to the "other side of the world" by staying on these stunning desert islands either at the beginning or the end of your grand voyage.