Melbourne is one of the most exciting cities in Australia! Best of all, the city features a free tram that you can use to get around easily while seeing everything. Melbourne is a large cosmopolitan city with many museums, parks, gardens, and restaurants. The most ideal time to take a cruise from Melbourne is during March and May as well as September and November, as that's when its weather is at its best.
Numerous cruise lines feature cruises leaving from Melbourne. Princess offers cruises to Asia and Australia New Zealand onboard its beautiful ships Golden Princess, Majestic Princess, and Sapphire Princess. There are a few 7- to 14-night Australia/New Zealand itineraries in addition to 15- to 17-night Asia and Asia Pacific voyages. Azamara offers a 17-night Australia New Zealand voyage aboard deluxe vessel Azamara Pursuit, while Windstar travels to the South Pacific onboard Star Breeze on one-way 11+ night itineraries. For a luxury cruise from Melbourne, you might consider booking a cruise onboard the luxurious Crystal Symphony or their brand-new expedition vessel, Crystal Endeavor. Silversea offers 12- to 25+ night cruises from Melbourne onboard the stunning Silver Explorer, Silver Muse, and Silver Whisper.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Melbourne, Australia. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Melbourne, Australia. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Melbourne, Australia:
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.
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.
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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 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 are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Melbourne, along with a brief description:
♦ Federation Square
This lively area is the place you want to go to experience some local arts and culture. Located at the end of the city’s business district, this is a wonderful place to check out before or after a cruise from Melbourne. You will discover 7.9 acres of bars, cafes, restaurants, galleries, theatres, and more. It is also a great chance to admire the areas fascinating architecture, including the walkways made out of square pavers.
♦ National Gallery of Victoria
Located in the Ian Potter Centre within Federation Square, the National Gallery of Victoria is home to over 20,000 pieces of Australian art. You’ll get to admire paintings, sculptures, photographs and even textiles from both the old world and modern day. Some of the artists whose work is located here include Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, and Sidney Nolan. Visiting this gallery is a great idea for families, as there is an interactive children’s section.
♦ State Library of Victoria
Originally established as Melbourne Public Library, the State Library of Victoria is one of the oldest public libraries in the world. Inside, you can check out their vast collection of over 2 million books and over 350,000 research materials and historical artifacts! There are a few dedicated reading rooms, a chess room, and a newspaper room. This library is free to enter, and offers free internet and Wi-Fi hotspots if you need to get online.
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