Author Bio: Nick Boyle is a blogger at Cruise 1st, a discounted provider of cruise deals from Australia.
When we’re driving to and from destinations, we often see places we might like to stop at on the way – and because we’re in control of our destination, we can stop whenever we like. Cruising offers you a similar level of freedom.
Back when cruising was ‘new’, cruise liners went from destination A to destination B in as few stops as possible. Nowadays, you can often find yourself visiting destinations C, D and E before arriving at B – which is great if you’re looking for a holiday with a difference.
Here, we’re going to have a look at a few popular cruise ships sailing between Australia and New Zealand – with a few stop-offs on the way!
The Pacific Dawn
The Pacific Dawn is an exciting cruise liner sailing out of Brisbane all year long. The ship, which is complete with more than 180 balcony cabins, 9 bars and lounges, an adults-only retreat and four spas (to name just a few features), is sure to appeal to all tastes, having being designed by architect Renzo Piano.
The main feature of this ship has to be ‘The Dome’ – a huge entertainment area where you can enjoy amazing views and fantastic entertainment.
A typical 14-night cruise on the Pacific Dawn departs from Brisbane, stopping off at Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga and finally Auckland. So, if you’re into adventure sports, cheese tasting and beautiful scenery – this sort of cruise could well be for you.
The Pacific Pearl
The Pacific Pearl is a relatively new cruise liner featuring an impressive eleven passenger decks – offering a huge choice of entertainment for on-board passengers.
The ship has an on-board circus, cocktail bars and a celebrity-chef restaurant (for those with a larger budget!). And with two outdoor pools, duty-free shopping and a huge selection of activities for children, the Pacific Pearl really is a ‘gem’ of the ocean.
A typical 10-night cruise on the Pacific Pearl will see you Depart from Sydney, travelling to Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Christchurch, Picton and finally, Wellington in New Zealand.
You can book cruises to and from Australia and New Zealand from a variety of places. To get you started on your search, you can view the latest Pacific cruise deals from Cruise1st here.
The Voyager of the Seas
The Voyager of the Seas is an impressive vessel offering fun for the entire family. With a variety of restaurants to suit all tastes on board – even the fussiest of eaters will be satisfied. An on-board climbing wall and ice rink will keep the kids occupied, while the casino, bars, and spas should keep the adults entertained!
A typical 14-night cruise on the Voyager of the Seas departs from Sydney and will stop off at Auckland, Tauranga, Christchurch, Dunedin, Dusky Sound & Milford Sound, before heading to Melbourne on the way to docking at back in Sydney.
Cruising to stop off
The advantages of opting for a cruise with more stop-offs are endless. To name just a few though: you’ll see more beautiful locations, experience more culture and create more amazing memories to share when you arrive back home. Cruising in the Pacific really is a different holiday experience, and it’s certainly one well worth giving a go!