Australasia & South Pacific Islands
The cruise region of Australasia includes Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands (such as Fiji, Bora Bora, Tahiti and Samoi).
Major cruise lines offer itineraries along the Australian coast and often include the Islands of Noumea and Vanuatu from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. These cruises are scenic, and most do not offer water-based excursions.
Specialty cruises, generally in small ships with passenger numbers ranging from 10 to 100 allow passengers to explore Australia’s diverse coastline. These cruise destinations include the Great Barrier Reef or alternatively Australia’s Top End (northern Australia) with cruises operating from Darwin to Broome; and around Tasmania.
Larger ship and Barrier Reef cruises are available year round, the Speciality cruises are seasonal. Tasmanian & New Zealand cruises operate in the Southern summer (November to March) while Top End cruises operate in the winter months (April to October).
South Pacific cruises are extremely popular with increasing numbers of ships domiciled in or visiting the region each year.