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Cruises from Brisbane 2018-2019 | Top cruise deals and sailings

Take to the seas on these luxury cruises departing from Brisbane this cruising season.

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.


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

8-day East Coast Adventure cruise  with P&O

8-day East Coast Adventure cruise with P&O from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • 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
  • Various departures from June 2018 - January 2020

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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

18 day Pacific Odyssey via Brisbane to Auckland on Holland America Line

18 day Pacific Odyssey via Brisbane to Auckland on Holland America Line from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Cruise for 18 days on the ms Maasdam
  • One-way sail from Brisbane to Auckland
  • Calls in at New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji
  • Departs 28 March 2019

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35 night South Pacific and Fiji Brisbane return sail on Princess Cruises

35 night South Pacific and Fiji Brisbane return sail on Princess Cruises from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Cruise on the Sea Princess from Brisbane return over 35 nights
  • Calls in at Pago Pago, Honolulu, Hilo, Tahiti & more
  • Departs 11 April 2019

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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

13-day South Pacific cruise with P&O

13-day South Pacific cruise with P&O from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Sail the Pacific Islands on Pacific Dawn
  • Roundtrip cruise from Brisbane
  • Calls in at Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia
  • Departs 17 December 2019

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15-day Tonga and Fiji cruise on P&O

15-day Tonga and Fiji cruise on P&O from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Cruise on the Pacific Aria through the Pacific
  • Roundtrip cruise from Brisbane
  • Calls in at Noumea, Vava'u, Nuku'alofa, Suva, Port Denarau and Port Vila
  • Departs 14 June 2019

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8-day Brisbane and New Caledonia cruise on P&O

8-day Brisbane and New Caledonia cruise on P&O from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Cruise on the Pacific Aria in this week long cruise
  • Roundtrip cruise from Brisbane
  • Calls in at Noumea, Mare and Port Vila
  • Various departures from July 2018 - October 2019

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Cruises from Brisbane to Singapore

Cunard Cruises is the main cruise company sailing between Brisbane and Singapore this season. Voyages are on the impressive Queen Victoria, and leave during March 2019.

Our top picks: Singapore cruises

Brisbane to Singapore cruise with P&O

Brisbane to Singapore cruise with P&O from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • 14-night cruise on Pacific Dawn
  • From Brisbane to Singapore
  • Calls in at Port Douglas, Darwin, Benoa
  • Departs on July 2019

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Sights of the Seas cruise with Cunard

Sights of the Seas cruise with Cunard from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • 22-night cruise on Queen Victoria
  • From Brisbane to Singapore
  • Calls in at Darwin, Bali, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong
  • Departs on March 2019

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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

10 night New Guinea Islands Encounter on P&O

10 night New Guinea Islands Encounter on P&O from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Cruise on the Pacific Aria for two weeks
  • Return trip to Brisbane
  • Calls in at Alotau, Rabaul, Conflict Islands and more
  • Various departures from May 2018 - September 2019

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10 night New Guinea Venture on Princess Cruises

10 night New Guinea Venture on Princess Cruises from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Cruise on the Sea Princess from Brisbane to Papua New Guinea and back
  • Calls in at Kitava, Rabaul, Alotau and more
  • Various departures from December 2018 - January 2020

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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.

Top Brisbane cruise deals

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Up to 33% off cruises + free dining voucher with Princess cruises

Valid from November 2018 - March 2020. Destinations include Noumea, Mystery Island, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and more. T&Cs apply.

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$85 deposit + $85 OBC with P&O cruises

Valid from November 2018 - December 2019. Destinations include Noumea, Mystery Island, Sydney, Brisbane, Tasmania, Auckland, Christchurch and more. T&Cs apply.

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Free flights + up to $600 OBC with Carnival cruises

Valid for cruises from October 2018 - January 2019 and free flights from Brisbane or Melbourne, credit available for other cities. Destinations include Noumea, Auckland, Bay of Islands, Sydney and more.T&Cs apply.

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Up to $800 OBC on Princess cruises

Valid on 17 February 2019 and departs from Brisbane. Destinations include Airlie Beach, Port Douglas and Willis Island. T&Cs apply.

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