Australia's Top 5 Domestic Cruise Companies

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Dreaming of your next domestic holiday without the hassle of driving long hours or lugging your suitcase around? Read all about the top 5 domestic cruise companies right at your doorstep, with the ease of unpacking once you will not have to lift a finger with all meals, accommodation and entertainment included. Enjoy the sea breeze as you relax with a cocktail, meet up with friends in the bar, join in the vast variety of entertainment & activities onboard or explore the spectacular shore tours offered for your desired adventure.

P&O

P&O Cruise Lines is the perfect budget cruise line for couples, families, groups, and solo travellers looking to discover popular destinations around Australia. Water slides, pools, game shows, nightly live performances, kids club, complimentary food options and adult only areas what more could you want. From short 3-night sampler cruise to longer 4 – 11-night cruises discover the Great Barrier Reef, Australian capital cities, Tasmania, Moreton Island, and main events such as the Melbourne Cup & Australia Day. Depending on the length of the cruise dress to impress with P&O’s formal nights, sail away party, Bianco white party, Great Gatsby and Back to School.

What’s Included:

  • Gratuities
  • Accommodation
  • Entertainment (Late night comedy, cinema, live music, night club, theme nights & production shows)
  • 4 dining options (Angelo’s Italian restaurant, Dragon Lady Asian inspired restaurant, Waterfront restaurant main dining room & the Pantry buffet style) *Depending on ship
  • Kids Clubs
  • Exercise Track
  • Art & Craft classes, dance classes & wellness seminars
  • Hot tubs, swimming pools, waterslides, and water parks
  • Deck games, lawn bowls & sports courts

 

What’s NOT Included:

  • Beverages
  • Specialty restaurants & 24-hour room service
  • Spa access/treatments
  • Casino & black Circus performance
  • Evening child minding
  • Bingo & P&O Edge Adventure Park
  • Duty-free shopping
  • Wi-Fi
  • Shore excursions

 

Photo: P&O Cruise Lines

Carnival

Carnival Cruise Lines is a lively fun ship for extended families, young couples and anyone looking for a fun filled holiday. Eat as much as you want whenever you want with 24-hour pizza & ice-cream at your constant desire. Offering you a range of spectacular domestic holiday destinations, escape for the weekend on a sampler cruise, soak up the heat of the tropical North Queensland, Swim in the crystal-clear waters of Moreton Island and visit the lush hinterlands of Tasmania. From mini golf to epic waterslides to adults only retreats Carnival will have loads of things for you to do whilst relaxing at sea. Get out your glow sticks out as Carnival hosts the best Rock n Glow party at sea along with an elegant theme night, Mexican mega deck party and island theme night.

What’s Included:

  • Gratuities
  • Accommodation
  • Entertainment
  • 13 complimentary dining options (Depending on ship)
  • Kids Club
  • Jogging track, sports courts, mini golf, waterslides, swimming pools & hot tubs
  • Hosted deck games, Hasbro® the game show, family trivia, towel animal workshops, dive-in movies

 

What’s NOT Included:

  • Beverages
  • Specialty restaurants & 24hr room service
  • Spa access/treatments
  • Casino
  • Evening child minding
  • Bingo & video arcade room
  • Wi-Fi
  • Duty-free shopping
  • Shore excursions
Photo: Carnival Cruise Lines

Princess

Princess is a fantastic & friendly cruise line ideal for retirees, couples, families of mixed generations and solo travellers looking to escape to the ocean. Explore Princess’s world class entertainment, complimentary food options, swimming pools and destination themed activities. Whether you are wanting a short 2-3-night getaway or a longer 3 – 30-night cruise Princess has you sorted from bustling capital cities to sampler cruises to the sunny North Queensland to around Australia cruises. Broaden your horizon & get the most out of your cruise with Princess’s OceanMedallion, a small disc the size of a coin personalised & complementary to you that will we carried or worn throughout your cruise. OceanMedallion offers you a smooth & efficient boarding, fast & reliable Wi-Fi, keyless stateroom entry, drinks on demand & more!

What’s Included:

  • Gratuities
  • Accommodation
  • Entertainment
  • Complimentary restaurants/café’s
  • 24-hour room service (charges apply for balcony breakfast and dinner, pizza delivery, bottled soft drinks and alcoholic beverages)
  • Kids Club
  • Exercise track, deck games & sport courts
  • Hosted deck activities
  • Hot tubs & Swimming pools

 

What’s NOT included:

  • Beverages
  • Specialty restaurants
  • Spa access & treatments
  • Casino
  • Duty free shopping
  • Wi-Fi
  • Shore excursions
Photo: Princess Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean International is like no other, experience innovative technology for a fantastic cruising experience both onboard the ship & ashore. Royal Caribbean is a superb cruise liner for families, couples, and solo travellers. Go home raving about your cruise holiday with Royal Caribbean’s world class service, extraordinary entertainment, delicious dining options and first at see innovations like skydiving and surfing at sea. Wanting to go on a Royal Caribbean cruise now? You can with a short 2-3 night sampler cruise to test out whether cruising is for you or experiment with a longer voyage from 3-16 nights taking in Australia’s top end, Queensland, Tasmania & some of the best wine regions in Australia.

What’s Included:

  • Gratuities
  • Accommodation
  • Entertainment (Cinema, Theatre, Broadway style shows and more)
  • Complimentary restaurants/café’s
  • Kids Club
  • Exercise track, deck games &sport courts
  • Adults only Solarium
  • Hosted deck activities
  • Hot tubs, waterparks, flowrider surfing simulator & swimming pools
  • Ice-skating rink, north Star, seaplex, iFly, rock climbing & mini golf

 

What’s NOT included:

  • Beverages
  • Video Arcade
  • Royal tots & nursing – child minding
  • Specialty restaurants
  • Spa access & treatments
  • Casino
  • Duty free shopping
  • Wi-Fi
  • Shore excursions

 

Celebrity

Relish a wonderful holiday away in true celebrity style onboard Celebrity Cruise Lines. Renowned for couples, honeymooners, mature families, groups & solo travellers Celebrity will leave you speechless with its stunning chic interior to outdoor lawn club experience to professional live music performances onboard. Reserve your exclusive & secluded slice of paradise in an Alcove on the lawn club (hire fee applies), enjoy an outdoor picnic in comfort with your private butler for the day or relax in the adults only solarium. Discover the wonderful sights, sounds and flavours close to home with Celebrity’s 2-12-night domestic getaways. Adventure to Australia’s wine & culinary capitals Melbourne, Adelaide & Hobart or visit Australia’s relaxing North Queensland to soak up the summer heat.

What’s Included:

  • Gratuities
  • Accommodation
  • Entertainment (Movie screenings, silent disco, theatre shows)
  • Complimentary restaurants/cafés
  • Kids Club
  • Exercise track, deck games & sport courts
  • Adults only Solarium
  • Hosted deck activities, bingo & trivia
  • Hot tubs & swimming pools

 

What’s NOT included:

  • Beverages
  • Specialty restaurants
  • Spa access & treatments
  • Casino
  • Duty free shopping
  • Wi-Fi
  • Shore excursions
  • Lawn Alcoves
Photo: Radiance of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

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