Cruises from Brisbane 2020-2021 | Top cruise deals and sailings
Take to the seas on these luxury cruises departing from Brisbane this cruising season.
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Whether you're a seasoned cruiser or a novice eager to sample life on the ocean wave, October 2020 to April 2021 is cruising season in Australia, the prime time to set sail on a luxurious getaway.
Some of the world's biggest liners call Australian waters home during this period, and Brisbane is host to a slew of ships and voyages. You can hop onboard for just a weekend trip, or enjoy an extended sojourn for up to a month.
Here's everything you need to know about booking a cruise from Brisbane.
Places you can cruise to from Brisbane
From Brisbane, cruise ships depart for Australian, New Zealand and South Pacific destinations, as well as some Asian nations.
Itineraries range from 2-day sample cruises to Sydney, to 32-day journeys to Asia.
Which cruise lines leave from Brisbane?
Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises are the two main cruise lines dedicated to sailings from Brisbane throughout the season. Holland America Line and Cunard also offer select, though more limited, sailings around Australia and into Asia.
Cruises from Brisbane to ports around Australia
From Brisbane you can cruise to many of Australia's major ports including Sydney, Fremantle, and Hobart.
Sample cruises start from two days, such as Princess Cruises' Australia Getaway which travels from Brisbane to Sydney. Trips are priced from $329 per person based on twin share.
Longer cruises sail around Queensland, stopping at Airlie Beach, Townsville, Cairns, Port Douglas, Willis Island, Fraser Island, the Whitsunday Islands and Hamilton Island; and Perth, stopping at Fremantle, Broome, the Kimberley Coast, Darwin, Port Douglas and Geraldton.
Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises both offer tours from Brisbane around Australia.
Our top picks: Australia cruises
Cruises from Brisbane to New Zealand
This season, Princess Cruises is offering a select number of sailings from Brisbane to New Zealand on its Sea Princess ship.
Our top picks: New Zealand cruises
Cruises from Brisbane to Fiji and Vanuatu
P&O Cruises offers the widest variety of trips throughout the season from Brisbane to the South Pacific. Itineraries range from 7–14 nights and can include stops in Noumea, Mare, Port Vila, Lifou, Nuku'alofa, Vava'u, Suva, Port Denarau, Mystery Island, Isle of Pines, Espiritu Santo and Champagne Bay.
Prices start at $734 for a 7-night trip from Brisbane to New Caledonia.
Our top picks: South Pacific cruises
Cruises from Brisbane to Singapore
Cunard Cruises is the main cruise company sailing between Brisbane and Singapore this season.
Our top picks: Singapore cruises
Cruises from Brisbane to Papua New Guinea
Both Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises offer trips from Brisbane that are dedicated to cruising Papua New Guinea, calling in to Alatau, Kitava, Rabaul, Kiriwina Island and the Conflict Islands.
If you prefer, you can book a variety of itineraries with P&O that include Papua New Guinea, departing from Cairns.
Prices start at $1,710 per person based on twin share, cruising with Princess.
Our top picks: Papua New Guinea cruises
Where do cruises depart from Brisbane?
Brisbane has two international cruise terminals: Port of Brisbane at the mouth of Brisbane River and Portside Wharf in the suburb of Hamilton. Ships measuring up to 270 metres are able to dock at Portside Wharf, while Port of Brisbane is generally used to accommodate any larger ships.
P&O and Princess cruise ships typically weigh anchor at Portside Wharf, which is less than a 10-minute taxi, shuttle or Uber ride from Brisbane Airport. Shuttles offering an airport-to-port service include The Airport Flyer and Brisbane Minibus.
There is no direct public transport link between Brisbane Airport and Portside Wharf. To use public transport, take the train from the airport to Brisbane Central station. From there, take a 5-minute walk to Adelaide Street at City Hall (Stop 18) and catch the 300 bus to Bretts Wharf bus stop. This is 200 metres from Portside Wharf.
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