Best for a breezy budget getaway: P&O Cruises
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For many, Cairns is already a vacation hotspot so it’s hard to imagine a cruise holiday that can top it. But with destinations like Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands within reach, it’s no surprise cruise lines manage to woo travellers from Australia’s shores.
Whether you’re looking for a quick budget escape or a lux small-ship adventure, here are some great options to scratch your cruising itch.
Make your cruise your own with your choice of cruise companies based on your budget and lifestyle. We’ve sourced cruises for bargain hunters, doe-eyed couples and adrenaline addicts among others.
Foodie couples will love the chef-led market tours and dining under the stars at the outdoor restaurant. Adventurous couples should make a beeline for the watersports platform where you can go kayaking, sail-boarding and even waterskiing.
All cabins have balconies, there’s a choice of restaurants and bars onboard and days can be spent with time by the infinity pool, relaxing in the spa or working out in the gym. Evenings are filled with dancing to live music, classical concerts or big production shows.
Get truly pampered with a choice of nine different pillow types, personalized stationery, your preference of toiletries and amenities and even have your suite stocked with your favourite spirits and wines.
When choosing cruises for this list, we look at the quality of routes available from each cruise line. We also consider onboard dining options, weighing the number, variety and overall quality of restaurants against passenger reviews.
Finally, we weigh cabin amenities against each price point, looking for cruise lines that are known to deliver the highest value.
We also seek out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences and each company’s overall reputation.
There are cruises sailing from Cairns throughout the year with availability largely depending on your destination. Generally, cruises to the South Pacific are more popular during the summer months and cruises to Asia are more frequent in autumn and winter.
With access to the South Pacific, Asia and Australia’s Top End, it’s hard to beat the variety of destinations on offer with a cruise from Cairns. Head to our top cruise deals for the latest offers that can save you on your next holiday.
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