Brisbane, like cruising, is all about fun in the sun! Those leaving on a cruise from Brisbane will find their holiday begins as soon as they arrive in the laid-back, friendly and confident Queensland city with a year-round warm climate. Brisbane cruising is on the rise, and the city's proximity to the tropics makes it an excellent choice as departure point.
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Cruises departing Brisbane have a wide range of itineraries. Cruises from Brisbane to the South Pacific islands are very popular, as the trip from Brisbane to Noumea takes only one full sea day. New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji are the most common islands visited. New Zealand is another destination on the roster, along with long-distance cruises heading up into southeast Asia or around the world. Domestic cruises from Brisbane need look no further than nearby northern Queensland and the Great Barrier reef for a slice of paradise without even leaving the country.
Which ship? There are several to be seen frequenting Brisbane's Portside Wharf. P&O Australia's Pacific Dawn is based there, and Princess's Sea Princess is currently scheduled to run cruises out of Brisbane for most of the year. Brisbane is a common port of call for Cunard's Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria on their round-the-world voyages. Ships from other lines including Royal Caribbean and Holland America also make visits to Brisbane as part of their Australia itineraries.
Portside Wharf is the primary terminal for Brisbane cruises, with the bigger ships tying up at the freight terminal downstream in the Brisbane River. Public transport makes it easy to reach central Brisbane, so take some time out from the ship and explore if you have a chance! Cruisers will love friendly Brisbane which brings a touch of holiday ashore with lush parks, a man-made beach on the riverbanks and a vibrant cafe scene for those looking to relax and watch the world go by.
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