The bustling city of Brisbane is an ideal place to set off on your next cruise, or to visit while on a cruise. Filled with museums, gardens, parks, shopping districts, restaurants, cafes, and historic neighborhoods that are worth exploring, Brisbane is perfect for those who enjoy life on the waterfront. With perfect weather year-round, this is where you can go to enjoy the sunshine, watch the river ferries come in and out, and spend as much time as you want exploring the picturesque streets before or after your cruise.
Princess features the highest number of cruises from Brisbane aboard Majestic Princess, Pacific Princess, Sapphire Princess, Sea Princess, and Sun Princess. There are a few short 2-night cruises from Brisbane to Sydney and 4-night roundtrip voyages from Brisbane that stop in Sydney or Airlie Beach. If you are looking to travel to the South Pacific from Brisbane, Princess also offers a few 11- to 13-night South Pacific cruises, and 14-night roundtrip Australia New Zealand itineraries for those looking to stay in the country. Cunard Line features similar short Australia itineraries in addition to 15- to 35-night Asia and Asia Pacific voyages. Royal Caribbean’s feature-filled Radiance of the Sea sails a series of 8-night South Pacific cruises and Silversea’s luxury Silver Muse takes 16-night cruises from Brisbane to Singapore.
Princess, Crystal, and Cunard all offer world cruises from Brisbane, allowing you to see some of the best highlights in all of creation. Princess offers a short 13-night World Cruise from Brisbane to Singapore aboard Island Princess while Cunard’s longest itinerary is 57-nights from Brisbane to Southampton. Crystal Cruises features an 18-night world cruise to Southeast Asia onboard Crystal Serenity.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Brisbane, Australia. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
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Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Brisbane, along with a brief description:
♦ Brisbane City Hall
Located in King George Square, Brisbane City Hall is a great way to get acquainted with the capital city! You can ride an elevator all the way to the top (over 300 feet) to witness stunning views from the top of the clock tower. There is also a museum located in this building, where you can learn about how the city has developed over the years through photographs, videos, and paintings. Around the city, you will find plenty of “Greeters” who are willing to share their passionate knowledge about the city and all its landmarks. If you have some time to spare before or after your cruise from Brisbane, visiting city hall is a highly-recommended (and free) way to make your vacation even more special.
♦ The Queensland Museum
This museum has a little something for everybody and is another fun free activity to do when you cruise from Brisbane. You can discover exhibits about World Wars I & II, as well as natural history, maritime life, and dinosaurs. You will also be able to check out a large hanging aircraft and a replica of an Orient Line ship. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon learning about the history of Brisbane and its surrounding area.
♦ Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Located right beneath Mount Coot-tha, these botanical gardens are so beautiful you might never want to leave. This garden in particular is best-known for its many species of rainforest flora. Some of the things you can enjoy here include a cactus house, a tropical house, Japanese gardens, and some really relaxing walking trails with a lake. You can opt to explore the grounds on your own or join in on a free guided tour. Best of all, admission to the garden is free too, making this a great option for before or after your cruise.
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