Guide To Cruising

More than 1 million Australians go on a cruise every year and this figure continues to grow!

Cruises are so popular because they offer travellers:

1. Value


When you book a cruise, not only is accommodation and transport to your destination(s) included, so are meals, on-board activities and entertainment.

They offer great value for money and are a fantastic way to travel without blowing your budget.

2. Convenience


With cruises, all you need to do is show up at your port of departure and hop on board. Once there, you can indulge in an array of bars, restaurants, activities, entertainment while you cruise to your destination.

It’s also a great, hassle-free way to visit multiple destinations. You won’t need to unpack more than once. You won’t need to lug around your suitcase from place to place. And you won’t need to worry about missing your next plane, train or taxi.

Simply wake up to your next port-of-call or enjoy another gorgeous day at sea!

3. Variety


Cruises offer a variety of activities and entertainment options both on-board and on-shore. No matter who you are or what mood you’re in, you’ll find something you love.

Onboard cruise activity and entertainment options can include waterslides, waterparks, lawn bowls, rock climbing, flying foxes, comedy clubs, cabaret shows, gin-making classes, live music, table tennis, laser tag, karaoke, basketball, tennis, swimming, bingo, cinemas, casinos, trivia, spas, dance clubs and more!

Once you reach your port of call, shore tour activities offer a convenient way to explore your surroundings. They are unique to each destination and include activities such as jungle zip lining, zorbing, relaxing sight-seeing tours, reef snorkelling, shopping tours, helicopter rides, parasailing and more.

4. Family-Friendly Getaways

Family-Friendly Getaways

Cruises are perfect for any family looking for an easy, fun-filled getaway that won’t break the bank.

In addition to fun, kid-friendly activities like mini-golf and waterslides, cruises will often have highly secure, professionally run kids clubs catering for kids of all ages.

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For Australian domestic cruises, no passport is required for Australian residents. However, passengers will need to provide a Government-issued photo ID when checking in.

For Australian residents travelling on an international cruise, a passport with at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the cruise return, is required.

What To Bring

Pack as you would for a typical holiday. This includes clothes, toiletries, chargers, cameras, medications, travel documents and sunscreen.

P&O Cruises offer themed parties on all their cruises and everyone is invited! Party themes vary according to the length of cruise. You can also purchase accessories and things for dress up fun onboard.

Please note most cruises will have dress codes for different times and parts of the ship. For example, you may be fine wearing shorts and thongs at the pool deck, but you may be required to wear smart casual clothing at the bar and restaurant. Make sure to check requirements on the cruise you book.

Please also check for any items which may be prohibited on-board the ship (e.g. flammable liquids, etc.)

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Popular Cruise Destinations

Here are some of the most popular cruise destinations!

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand is a country famed for its natural beauty. Whether you want to swim with dolphins, walk through lush green countryside, get the blood pumping with adventure sports or simply relax with some of the world's best wine and cheese - New Zealand is the perfect cruise destination.



Cruise to Vanuatu and discover cascading waterfalls, picturesque beaches, world-class dive sites and fascinating culture. With 83 islands and 6 ports of call, you’ll never run out of places to explore.

New Caledonia

New Caledonia

With crystal blue waters, world heritage lagoons, magnificent coral reefs and stunning caves, it’s no wonder why New Caledonia is known as the Jewel of the South Pacific.

Experience the ambience of the bustling french town, Noumea, lounge on long stretches on the island of Lifou or experience the untouched natural beauty of New Caledonia’s best kept secret, Maré.



Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays is one of Australia’s most iconic destinations.

They contain beautiful tropical waters teeming with sea life and stunning white-sand beaches. If you long to snorkel, dive, swim, paddle or just laze on the sand - this is the place to do it!

Moreton Island

Moreton Island

Located only 58km northeast of Brisbane, Moreton Island is the 3rd-largest sand island in the world and convenient getaway location for those looking for a short getaway.

On Moreton Island, you’ll find humpback whales, dolphin feeding spots and shipwrecks teeming with coral and tropical fish.

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