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|
|21 Oct 2019||Up to 50% off experiences + extra 10% off with code||RBF****|
|15 Oct 2019||$15 off sitewide||EXT****|
|9 Oct 2019||Up to 15% off airport parking across Australia||AWA****|
|8 Oct 2019||Up to 75% off worldwide hotels + extra 5% off with code||FIN****|
|30 Sep 2019||Get $20 credit||FIN****|
|Last checked||Code description||Code|
|2 Oct 2019||Fly free to Europe or get up to $1,500 off cruises||********|
|21 Aug 2019||50% off deposit + Up to $500 OBC with Holland America cruises||********|
|21 Oct 2019||Up to $500 OBC + 5 free extras with Norwegian cruises||********|
|18 Oct 2019||$99 deposits on cruises + ice cream and drink package||********|
|17 Oct 2019||$25 deposit on cruises with flights + hotels||********|
finder.com.au is one of Australia's leading comparison websites. We compare from a wide set of major banks, insurers and product issuers.
finder.com.au has access to track details from the product issuers listed on our sites. Although we provide information on the products offered by a wide range of issuers, we don't cover every available product. You should consider whether the products featured on our site are appropriate for your needs and seek independent advice if you have any questions.
Products marked as 'Promoted' or "Advertisement" are prominently displayed either as a result of a commercial advertising arrangement or to highlight a particular product, provider or feature. Finder may receive remuneration from the Provider if you click on the related link, purchase or enquire about the product. Finder's decision to show a 'promoted' product is neither a recommendation that the product is appropriate for you nor an indication that the product is the best in its category. We encourage you to use the tools and information we provide to compare your options and find the best option for you.
The identification of a group of products, as 'Top' or 'Best' is a reflection of user preferences based on current website data. On a regular basis, analytics drive the creation of a list of popular products. Where these products are grouped, they appear in no particular order.
Where our site links to particular products or displays 'Go to site' buttons, we may receive a commission, referral fee or payment.
We try to take an open and transparent approach and provide a broad based comparison service. However, you should be aware that while we are an independently owned service, our comparison service does not include all providers or all products available in the market.
Some product issuers may provide products or offer services through multiple brands, associated companies or different labelling arrangements. This can make it difficult for consumers to compare alternatives or identify the companies behind the products. However, we aim to provide information to enable consumers to understand these issues.
Providing or obtaining an estimated insurance quote through us does not guarantee you can get the insurance. Acceptance by insurance companies is based on things like occupation, health and lifestyle. By providing you with the ability to apply for a credit card or loan we are not guaranteeing that your application will be approved. Your application for credit products is subject to the Provider's terms and conditions as well as their application and lending criteria.