Whether you're a seasoned cruiser or a novice eager to sample life on the ocean wave, October 2018 to April 2019 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.
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
8-day East Coast Adventure cruise with P&O from CruiseAway
Cruise on the Pacific Dawn with P&O Cruises
Roundtrip cruise from Brisbane
Calls in at Airlie Beach, Yorkeys Knob, Port Douglas and Willis Island
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
13-day South Pacific cruise with P&O from CruiseAway
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.
Top Brisbane cruise deals
Up to 42% off P&O cruises + free premium beverage package
Valid for travel on select dates from September 2019 - October 2020. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Noumea, Port Vila and more. T&Cs apply.
15-day Norway cruises + return flights from $4,299
Valid for travel on select dates in June 2020 with MSC Poesia. Sample fare is per person twin share. Includes flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth to Humburg or Germany. Destinations include Molde, Tromso, Longyearbyen, Honningsvag, Stavanger and more. T&Cs apply.
Valid for travel on select dates. Destinations include Moreton Island, Noumea, Hamilton Island, Vanuatu, Brisbane, Sydney and more. Cruises start from $315 per person for 3-night comedy cruises. T&Cs apply.
Valid for travel at 9 March 2020 with the 5-star Celebrity Solstice cruise. Destinations includes Auckland and more. Includes hotel accommodation, flights from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane, daily meals and more. T&Cs apply.
Stephanie Yip is the travel editor at Finder and has been writing about travel and lifestyle for over a decade. She has written for Travel Weekly, Escape, Thomas Cook Magazine, Showpo, The Nibbler and Hostelworld. She was also the editor of kids magazine DMAG. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Technology Sydney and has visited over 50 countries (and counting). She has a passion for sharing her experiences and knowledge of travel and helping readers stretch their dollars while on holiday.
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