Believe it or not, Australia Day 2016 is almost upon us. Once the festive period is out the way and the January blues have hit home, the nation will once again enjoy a day away from the 9 to 5 in celebration of our illustrious history, heritage and culture.
Whilst your primary concern at present will likely be Christmas, we’re here to remind you that Australia Day is just over two months away — so it might be wise to start pondering what you want to do with your extra day off at the start of the New Year.
At Cruise1st Australia, we think a short impromptu cruise is a great way to shake off the January blues without splurging too much of your income on a pricey breakaway. And, with this in mind, we’ve assembled four of your favourite short cruise breaks that are perfect for Australia Day celebrations.
Moreton Island, P&O Australia
Cruising direct from Sydney to the paradise beaches of Moreton Island, this P&O Australia sailing is the perfect remedy to a stressful January. Taking place over four nights from the 23 January 2016, this round-trip itinerary lets guests enjoy the very best of ship and shore — with plenty of time to explore the serene, sunlit landscapes of Moreton after a day or two at sea. Whilst cruising the waves, passengers can take full advantage of the facilities and amenities available aboard new P&O vessel, Pacific Eden.
South Pacific, Royal Caribbean
If you’ve got time for a sunny summer holiday at the end of January, Royal Caribbean’s South Pacific getaway could be the cruise for you. Sailing from Sydney on an eight-night, round-trip itinerary; Royal Caribbean passengers will be ferried to a total of three islands in the South Pacific, including Noumea, Lifou Island and the Isle of Pines — each of which is more beautiful and sun-kissed than the next. With white sands and turquoise waters aplenty — what more could you want from an Australia Day getaway.
Tasmania from Sydney, Carnival Cruise Line
Fancy a five-night break in your own backyard? Opt for Carnival Cruise Line’s brilliant Tasmania from Sydney cruise — a five-night, round-trip cruise transporting passengers from Sydney to Tasmania via Hobart and back again. Perfect for Sydney-dwellers looking to escape the rat race for a few days, this cruise takes place aboard Carnival Spirit — an ocean liner renowned for its fun, action-packed entertainment roster.
Australia Day, P&O Australia
If ever there was a perfect holiday to celebrate Australia Day, P&O’s Australia’s aptly named Australia Day cruise would be high on the list of potential candidates. Travelling from Sydney on the 24 January, this three-night sailing gives guests the opportunity to celebrate the occasion in fine style aboard the fun-filled Pacific Pearl. The best thing about P&O Australia’s Australia Day cruise is that it’s available aboard several ships sailing from a handful of ports across Oz, including Brisbane, Melbourne and of course Sydney.
Planning the perfect Australia Day getaway? Cruise1st Australia can help. Liaising closely with many of Australia’s leading cruise operators, we’re well placed to find the ideal itinerary for an impromptu January break. Browse our cruise deals or call us on 1300 857 345.
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