As someone who normally loves nothing more than to pack up the 4WD and take off on a big road trip, I've recently been looking at cruises as yet another way to explore this great continent . . or the waters surrounding it at least.
Here are three cruises I've found that have something for everyone no matter what the budget.
1. Rhapsody of the Seas
The Rhapsody of the Seas is considered affordable luxury with the price of an 11 Day Queensland Coast cruise in a twin share cabin starting at only $1050 per person ex Sydney and that includes main meals and on-board entertainment. Great value!
You'll visit Newcastle, Cairns, Airlie Beach and Brisbane before arriving back in Sydney relaxed, refreshed and possibly a kilo or two heavier.
On board you can do absolutely nothing or choose from a range of activities including day spa, adults only solarium pool, bars, rock climbing wall, basketball court and even self levelling pool tables.
For more information visit Rhapsody of the Seas
2. Dawn Princess
Dawn Princess takes its passengers to Australia, the South Pacific and New Zealand. The ship is always ripe for romance. Couples can walk hand-in-hand at The Sanctuary, which is an outdoor retreat designed for adults, or they can kick back and watch movies under the stars. The ship was christened by the original cast of The Love Boat to ensure that romance is promoted.
Couples seeking romance have nothing but praise for this ship. The spas and on-board entertainment are incredible. Princess Dawn will not disappoint.
For more information visit Dawn Princess
3. True North - Kimberley Snapshot
High on the list of my 'must go soon' destinations in Australia is the Kimberley Coastline and a 7 day cruise from Broome to Wyndham on True North would be an excellent way to discovery this awesome coastline.
The cruise visits Cockatoo Islands, Koolan Islands, Doubtful Bay, Montgomery Reef, Prince Regent River and of course you'll get up and close to the rugged coast line.
The True North is more akin to an exclusive floating hotel than a cruise ship with numerous lounges, sun decks and bars to relax and enjoy your surroundings and even an on board internet cafÃ©. King size beds, en-suite facilities and modern dÃ©cor make for luxurious accommodation made even more comfortable by the ships computer controlled motion stabilizers.
Multiple expedition boats and the ships on helicopter will help you to get off the ship and set foot on top of one of the many spectacular waterfalls and sheer cliffs.
If you're looking to experience one of Australia's best cruises on our most remote and spectacular piece of coastline (and you can afford it) then check out True North . . and send me a post card please!
For more info visit True North
Choose One of the Top Three
Whether it's a family holiday on a budget, a romantic couples cruise or a luxurious wilderness adventure, a cruise is an excellent way to spend a week or two and these three are a great place to start.