Ocean Cruises

Hong Kong or Honolulu, Buenos Aires or Boston, Amsterdam or Antarctica. No matter the city, no matter the destination, an ocean cruise will take you there.

Pack your bags and never look back, embark on an enchanting ocean cruise today to encounter a rousing new form of exploration. Whether you want a short jaunt to the South Pacific or a grand voyage across the continents, a destination intensive immersion or a socially stimulating on-board experience, there is always a cruise line and itinerary that can more than accommodate you. Take the plunge and start planning your ocean cruise vacation today.

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Ocean Cruises & Packages

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Princess World Cruise 2026 Book Now

All passengers can book now on one of Princess' newly released 2025/26 local cruises or their much anticipated 2026 World cruise departing from Australia*

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Includes Flight Credit, hotel stays, tours, & cruise*

Ponant - Mediterranean Melange Fly/Cruise Package

Enjoy flight credit, hotel stay, tours & a 10 night cruise through the stunning Mediterranean with Ponant's Le Bougainville*

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Includes Flight Credit, hotel stays, tours, & cruise*

Ponant - Unchartered Isles of Japan Fly/Cruise Package

Enjoy flight credit, hotel stays, tour & a 7 night cruise through Asia aboard Ponant's Le Soleal*

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Includes Flights, hotel stays, tours, & cruise*

Ponant - Wild Wonders of the Kimberley Fly/Cruise Package

Enjoy flight credit, hotel stays, tour & 10 night cruise through the stunning Kimberley in luxury with Ponant with this fly/cruise package*

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Includes Flight Credit, hotel stays, rail journey & cruise*

Ponant - Alaskan Sail and Rockies Rail Fly/Cruise Package

Enjoy flight credit, hotel stays, 2 day Rocky Mountaineer rail journey, transfers, cruise and more with Ponant*

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Big savings + drinks & more*

Oceania Black Friday Sale

Enjoy savings with Oceania up to $8,300 per stateroom +reduced deposits + free beverages + free dining + free shore excursions + free gratuities + more*

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Enjoy up to US$350 Onboard Credit*

Oceania - Onboard Credit Offer

Enjoy up to US$350 onboard credit per stateroom plus simply more with Oceania cruises! Free gratuities, champagne, wine & more*

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Prepaid Crew Appreciation*

Holland America - Black Friday Sale

Its time to explore with Holland America. Enjoy prepaid crew appreciation + drinks, dining, shore excursions + Wi-Fi*

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Up to 75% off 2nd Guest*

Celebrity - Up to 75% off the 2nd Guest

Save up to 75% off the second guest when you book a Celebrity cruise for a limited time*

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Free Flights to Darwin/Broome

Ponant - Kimberley Cruising

Explore the untouched wilderness of The Kimberley onboard Ponant and enjoy free flights plus EUR200 bonus shipboard credit!*.

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Save up to 35% on select sailings*

Cunard - First Come, First Served

Sail with Cunard and enjoy savings up to 35% on select 2024 and 2025 voyages. Book now before you miss out*

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Free Stateroom Upgrades or 15% Off Suites*

Azamara - Free Stateroom Upgrade

Cruise with Azamara on select 2024 sailings and enjoy a free stateroom upgrade or up to 15% off Suites. Book now before you miss out*

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Onboard Credit + Drinks & Wi-Fi*

Azamara - Early Booking Bonus

Booking early comes with benefits! Enjoy onboard credit, included Wi-Fi and a Premium Drinks Package on 2025 cruises*

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Drinks + Dining + Shore Excursions & More*

Oceania - Brand New Deal

Cruise with Oceania and receive simply more! Enjoy free drinks + free gourmet specialty dining + unlimited Wi-Fi & free shore excursions*

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From 15% Single Supplement*

Explora Journeys - Solo Offer

Explora Journeys are offering from 15% single supplement on select cruises. Solo travellers can save big! Book now as this offer won't last!*

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No Single Supplement*

Ponant - Solo Offer

Ponant has made solo cruising more affordable with no single supplement available on select cabin categories and departures*.

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Single supplements from 125%*

Silversea - Solo Offer

Enjoy luxury cruising as a solo traveller onboard Silversea's exceptional ships with single fares starting from 125%*. Available on select departures only.

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Single Supplements from 110%*

Regent - Solo Offer

Regent Seven Seas makes cruising in luxury as a solo traveller so much easier! Enjoy reduced single supplements from as little as 110%* on select departures.

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Up to $85 Ship Credit + More*

Princess - World Cruise 2025

Secure your place on Princess' 2025 World Cruise departing Australia PLUS receive bonus onboard credit and discounts*

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Sail Australia, New Zealand & the South Pacific Small Ship Style

Windstar - South Pacific Cruises

Sail around Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific to learn what small ship cruising is all about while onboard a luxurious Windstar cruise!

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One bonus hotel night*

Tauck - Exclusive Hotel Bonus

For a limited time and exclusive to Discerning Traveller, book a Tauck itinerary and enjoy one bonus hotel night*.

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Bonus bottle of wine*

Coral Expeditions Discerning Traveller Selection

Includes excursions, all meals, select alcoholic beverages, tips and gratuities plus an exclusive bottle of welcome wine*

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€200 per person ship credit*

Ponant - Australia, NZ & Antarctica

Luxury & adventure awaits with Ponant! Cruise Australia & New Zealand & enjoy €400 ship credit*. Plus itineraries from NZ to Antarctica available!

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Free Land Programs*

Regent - Free Land Programs

Make a booking in any suite category on select cruises to enjoy an enriching and FREE 2- or 3-night pre- or post-cruise land program*

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Why your next holiday should be an Ocean Cruise

A rapidly growing market and an increasingly popular choice for avid holidaymakers across Australia, ocean cruises are fast becoming the best way to discover the world and reach exotic locales. From the beautifully designed ships and must-see itineraries to the plethora of onboard activities on every craft, there are a whole host of fantastic reasons why everyone should board at least one ocean cruise in their lifetime. Exploring the globe and learning about distant cultures can form some of the best memories in a person’s life, and an ocean cruise ship can greatly assist in enhancing that experience to phenomenal levels.

Nevertheless, you might be a little hesitant about taking the plunge to set sail on an ocean cruise. So to help clear the air, Discerning Traveller has created a list of wonderful reasons why your next dream holiday needs to be an ocean cruise! Take a look at our reasons below and find out how a cruise can make your next adventure beyond extraordinary.

Minimal plan required for an astounding trip!

Easily one of the most stress-inducing parts of organising a holiday is the logistics required for each of the various destinations in your adventure. Managing transportation, arranging quality accommodations, figuring out the best dining venues in each locale, organising a holiday can become extremely confusing and taxing.

With an ocean cruise however, the guesswork is taken out and the hardest choice a person may face is whether they want a beautiful balcony or luxurious suite! Transportation is sorted, accommodation moves with you throughout the journey, and there is often an assortment of delectable dining venues to keep you satisfied the entire trip. Enjoy a stress-free holiday free from the logistics with an ocean cruise.

Almost everything is included

Just like the previous reason, coordinating all of the components of a vacation can be additionally difficult when trying to adhere to a strict budget. Moreover, once on your trip with your friends and family, trying to stay below the budget is always harder than you think. Unforeseen expenses, impulse purchases at the local markets, buying tickets to popular events, all this and more can add up and leave you short-changed!

In comparison, your passenger fare on an ocean cruise is fairly all-inclusive. Not only does this include leisurely transportation to the destination of choice and comfortable accommodations, but travellers get access to even more! All onboard meals at a selection of dining venues, access to a variety of entertainment options and even admission into deeply relaxing facilities and outdoor pools. Certain cruise lines are also implementing complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi ship-wide, allowing guests to stay connected from afar. Through this all-encompassing list of complimentary amenities and facilities, cruises will keep you entertained, catered to, and more than satisfied for your entire journey.

Explore multiple destinations in a short amount of time

While yes, you can theoretically hop from locale to locale in a short amount of time without the benefit of a cruise ship guiding you the whole way, but why would you? Having to not only unpack and repack from your hotel room but also race back to the airport is rather unwieldy. Moreover, you rarely ever get to fully explore the destinations you actually visit as you spend most of your time just waiting.

While on a cruise ship however, you only need to unpack once since your accommodation travels with you! Flights as well are only required if you are going on an international voyage. In addition, ocean cruises, namely small ship cruises, regularly spend a decent period of time docked at port, allowing guests to explore the destination at their own pace. Finally, while non-cruising travellers are waiting at the airport or sitting uncomfortably on a plane, patrons on an ocean cruise have an abundance of space and a whole host of options to keep you busy as you glide on the seas.

Go for a little, go for a lot: the choice is yours!

Whether individuals want to go on an unforgettable voyage across the globe, or desire a simple sampler cruise just off the coast of Sydney, travellers are spoilt for choice when organising an ocean cruise. Every bucket-list destination you aspire to visit will typically have a multitude of ocean cruise lines from Cunard to Ponant that specialise in exploring that region. Moreover, there are often variations to itineraries that focus on a specific area of interest from mouth-watering food tours to stimulating wildlife jaunts. With an overabundance of options available at the tips of your fingertips, planning your next holiday with an ocean cruise is almost essential!

Sail the seas with an Ocean Cruise today!

Interested in planning your next exciting trip with an ocean cruise? Make sure to enquire here to contact Discerning Traveller today. We have a dedicated team of professionally-trained cruise consultants that endeavour to ensure that planning your voyage is simple, stress-free, and personalised to all your needs and requests. Get in touch with us now and organise your next dream adventure with ease!

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