Do you fancy the idea of getting away from it all on a cruise holiday, but don’t have a lot of time to spare? A fun-filled sea break or a relaxing island adventure may offer an ideal solution – here’s a selection of some of our favourite cruise destinations that are close at hand.
Moreton Island is one of the world’s largest sand islands and is located just off the Queensland coast. As well as miles of beautiful beaches, it’s also a fabulous snorkelling and diving destination, with fifteen shipwrecks plus plenty of tropical fish and colourful coral to entice you. If you’d like to meet some of the locals, you can opt for a wild dolphin discovery experience or an underwater sea scooter safari, where you may come across a resident sea turtle. If you like a little excitement but prefer to keep your feet dry, you can take an ATV tour of the island or get a bird’s eye view with a parasailing adventure.
Explore the lovely city of Adelaide (we recommend the beaches, galleries and cafes of Glenelg), or venture to nearby South Australian gems such as the charming, German-influenced town of Hahndorf, the rolling vineyards and wineries of the Barossa Valley or the lower reaches of the mighty Murray River. No visit to South Australia would be complete without a day on stunning Kangaroo Island, where you can visit a sea lion colony, stop by a cellar door for a wine tasting or blow away the cobwebs with a thrilling quad bike tour. Seafood lovers are in a for a treat at the bustling fishing port of Port Lincoln, located at the southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula.
Offering a tantalising blend of Pacific Island paradise and French flair, Noumea is an easy and fun city to explore, either by cycling around the coastal pathways or on a guided tour on the iconic Tchou train. Discover the island’s rich Melanesian heritage at the Tjibaou Cultural Centre or meet the local wildlife at the Parc Forestier.
The stunning islands of New Caledonia offer stretches of pure white sand and crystal-clear waters that are guaranteed to captivate. Snorkel or swim at Mare’s stunning Yejele Beach, explore Lifou’s Secret Grotto, discover the unique beauty of the Isle of Pines and join in the laid-back way of life on all three islands.
Vanuatu offers so many different experiences, from exploring historic sites to swimming in a tranquil lagoon, from playing nine holes at the Port Vila Golf & Country Club to testing your nerve with fire walking. Take time out for a little pampering at a tranquil day spa or add a little excitement to your day with zorbing: a waterslide experience that’s completely unique.
Each destination offers a unique experience, but for many passengers, the time at sea is just as rewarding and enjoyable. As well as your time ashore, you’ll have plenty of time at sea to make the most of all the onboard activities and entertainment, from an onboard adventure park to a mouth-watering range of dining options, there are plenty of reasons to treat yourself to a cruise holiday. Talk to your personal travel manager today.