Tasmania is known for many special things, most notably for stunning landscapes, creatively prepared fresh local produce and warm, southern hospitality. You can’t go wrong with a cruise to this historical island hideout.
Best Tasmania cruises
It’s a big journey so make sure you choose the right company to cruise with, whether you’re looking for the best bang for your buck or white-gloved service.
Best for money: Celebrity
While there are certainly cheaper lines, Celebrity is all about giving you a touch of luxury along with the bells and whistles you’d expect from a mega-ship. Cruises start from $60 a night and include upmarket dining options, complimentary room service, huge stage shows, daily enrichment activities, live music and even a silent disco.
The original line of the Love Boat sure knows romance. Honeymoon packages, couples massages, an intimate dinner for two and sunset drinks on your private balcony are all on the agenda. You can even let your loved ones share in your newlywed bliss through the Honeymoon Wishes Registry.
Room service included
No free alcohol
No price matching
Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Discover Card, JCB
Best for families: P&O Cruises
Think poolside movies, big theatre performances, kids clubs, water parks, family dining and accommodation to fit up to five in one room. You’ll find something to suit each member of the group down to the smallest tots.
Traveling with the whole crew? P&O also offers group discounts to help keep the costs down.
Dream’s seven-night Tasmania Explorer itinerary includes three different stops around the island state so you can get to know Tasmania better. Explore from end to end with a day each in historical Port Arthur, bustling Hobart and the stunning nature accessible from Burnie.
Room service included
No free alcohol
No price matching
Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Cash, Debit
When nothing but the best will do, Crystal rises to the occasion. A high staff-to-guest ratio and an intimate level of service are only the beginning. Expect fine dining, stylish decor, extensive facilities, premier entertainment, a thoughtful enrichment program and all-verandah plush suites complete with butler service.
Where do we begin? Shore excursions in each port, specialty dining, premium wines and spirits, in-suite mini-bar, Wi-Fi, gratuities and even a pre-cruise luxury hotel package. On one of the most inclusive lines out there, the list goes on and on.
Holland America offers all the class and style of modern cruising without the whiz-bang attractions that detract from your vacation at sea. Thoughtful onboard enrichment includes Microsoft classes to help you create and share your travel memories, a blues club, live chamber orchestra and big theatre performances.
If you’re at all curious about classic time-honored cruising traditions, Cunard is the embodiment of old-world cruising. Step back in time with its glamorous black-tie events, elegant afternoon teas, gala balls, fine dining, garden parties and Shakespearean performances.
When choosing cruises for this list, we looked at the quality of routes available from each cruise line, prioritizing well-paced itineraries with port stops at key destinations around Tasmania.
We also considered dining onboard, weighing the number, variety and overall quality of restaurants against passenger reviews. Finally, we weighed cabin amenities against each price point, looking for cruise lines that are known to deliver the highest value.
Additionally, we sought out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences and each company’s overall reputation.
When is the best time to cruise to Tasmania?
Tasmania has four distinct seasons with a cool, temperate climate. The most pleasant summer months to visit for sightseeing are from December to February, whereas the winter months from June to August are the coolest and wettest in the state.
If you’re considering a visit, factor in these considerations before determining your dates:
Off-season. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a cruise ship visiting Tasmania between April and September but if you do get the chance, it’s a wonderful time for hiking.
School holidays. Australians take their holidays very seriously so expect to see the locals out in force during summer school holidays — mid-December to late January — and over Easter break.
Whale-watching. Southern right and humpback whales migrate along the east coast from May to July and September to November.
What are the must-do cruise excursions in Tasmania?
Embrace the easy way of life Tasmania is known for or schedule an adventure or two to get the blood pumping.
Mount Wellington. Head 4,200 ft. above sea level to take in sweeping views over Hobart and southern Tasmania. Enjoy one of the many walking tracks at the summit or take on an exhilarating downhill cycle.
Cradle Mountain. Catch glimpses of the local wildlife, hike along a glacial lake and discover some of Tasmania’s quirkiest towns.
Museum of Old and New Art. Described as a “subversive adult Disneyland,” this museum is all about controversial contemporary art that is sure to surprise and impress.
Port Arthur Historic Site. A World Heritage site that offers a unique perspective on Australia’s earliest history — the lives of the convicts — and more recent events that shaped the country and its citizens.
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Ever seen a Tasmanian devil up close? Now’s your chance, along with a range of native Tasmanian animals including wombats, kangaroos and wallabies.
Huon Valley. If you consider yourself a foodie, make a beeline for the rich farming land of the Huon Valley to sample some of the locally grown and made smoked salmon and trout, sheep’s cheese, honey and cider among other local treats.
Avoid the overcrowded ports further north and enjoy the serenity of Australia’s most intimate island state. Keep an eye on our top cruise deals to save on your big trip.
Frequently asked questions
Weather in Tasmania can be unpredictable so it’s safe to say you’ll need to factor in both warm weather gear as well as options for cold or rainy days, even in summer. Some cruise lines are more casual than others but most have at least one “formal night” where you’ll be expected to dress to impress.
Costs vary widely depending on the cruise line you sail with. In general, a great sale fare with a line like Celebrity can start from $60 per person, per night, while the most luxurious cruises can easily reach up to $1,000 per person, per night.
Sailing with cheaper companies can also add up, as shore excursions, gratuities and drinks on board aren’t usually included. It could be worth upgrading to make sure you’re getting the most for your money.
Lengthy one-way world cruises depart from Seattle or Los Angeles and include a full day in Hobart. If you’ve got less time to play with, you can combine a visit to Australia or New Zealand with your Tasmania cruise with departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Christchurch and Auckland for as few as four nights sailing.
Cristal Dyer is a travel writer at Finder. She has been writing about travel for over five years and has visited over 40 countries around the world. Cristal currently travels full-time, writing about her favourite cities and food finds, and she is always on the lookout for amazing flight deals to share.
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