Getting around Melbourne, seeing the sights or celebrating a special occasion doesn’t have to be done on land, thanks to the Yarra River and a great choice of Melbourne cruises.
Boogie your way along with an on-board DJ, soak up the sights, sip champagne or tuck into a high tea.
From all-inclusive lunch and dinner cruises to whale watching, there’s something for everyone. You can celebrate most occasions on board an organised cruise, and why not? Mother’s Day, Christmas, Melbourne Cup or New Year’s Eve – Melbourne’s cruise companies have them all catered for. Some river cruises operate multiple times daily and others on select days. See our travel section for cruises leaving Melbourne.
Departing Southbank Promenade or the Docklands, you can cruise your way along the Yarra River on a number of routes.
Highlights of Melbourne city cruises include historic sailing ships and cruise ships in dock, the Docklands, the CBD skyline, Federation Square, the Royal Botanic Gardens, parklands and famous sporting arenas.
Some go further afield taking you to the seaside suburb of St. Kilda, Herring Island or Port Phillip Bay. There are also ferry services between Melbourne, Williamstown, Queenscliff, Sorrento and the Mornington Peninsula.
These are a popular choice for visitors to Melbourne or just a special treat for the locals, with lots of deals to be had. Some of the river cruise companies operate floating restaurants or run regular themed lunch and dinner cruises. Food is either buffet style or gourmet meals served on board. There’s often a drinks package and/or a bar on board for true relaxation.
Another highlight of a visit to Melbourne is a Phillip Island cruise for watching the penguin parade at sunset. Tours normally include hotel transfers to the port and the chance to see dolphins and seals. Whale and dolphin watching cruises are also a must during migration season.
A Melbourne cruise is a unique way to organise your own special event such as a wedding, birthday or a corporate event. You can hire a self-drive boat or go all out and charter a luxury boat or yacht with skipper. These cruises can be personalised for intimate groups or huge functions, with or without catering.
Whether you book through an online activities site or a daily deals website, here’s a guide to some of the key cruise companies in Melbourne. The cruises typically last 1-4 hours.
|Company||Sightseeing||Lunch||Dinner||NYE||Special events||High Tea||Private hire|
|Melbourne River Cruises||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|City River Cruises||X||X||X||X|
|Williamstown Bay & River Cruises||X||X|
|Last checked||Code description||Code|
|13 Dec 2019||Up to 50% off experiences + extra 15% off sitwide||FIN****|
|12 Dec 2019||Extra 8% off hotels worldwide||CLP****|
|10 Dec 2019||Up to 10% off dining with code||DEC****|
|27 Nov 2019||Extra 10% off with code||FIN****|
|21 Nov 2019||Year-end sale: Extra $10 off experiences with code||YEA****|
|Last checked||Code description||Code|
|10 Dec 2019||Get 12% off Sydney New Year's Eve cruise w/open bar||********|
|28 Nov 2019||Sydney New Year's Eve cruises from just $150||********|
|13 Dec 2019||$1 deposit + up to $450 OBC + extra $100 OBC on P&O cruises||********|
|12 Dec 2019||Up to 40% off + US$550 OBC with Royal Caribbean||********|
|12 Dec 2019||Up to 30% off worldwide cruises + free items in extras||********|
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