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Sydney, New South Whales, Australia

Australia and New Zealand are popular destinations for cruise vacations among seasoned cruisers and first-time travelers. With unique wildlife, breathtaking views of nature, and exciting opportunities to learn about different cultures, Australia and New Zealand offer countless chances to experience a once-in-a-lifetime trip while relaxing and taking in the sights. Norwegian Cruise Line has several options for cruises to these destinations and exploring them can help you decide which one to book. Here's a closer look at a few of the itineraries and destinations you can choose from when you cruise to Australia and New Zealand in 2025 with Norwegian.

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Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand

2025 Australia and New Zealand Cruises

Norwegian offers multiple choices for Australia and New Zealand cruises in 2025. These include options for 12-day, 14-day, 15-day, and 16-day voyages, making it easy to book a shorter trip or multi-week vacation.

When you cruise to New Zealand and Australia with Norwegian, you'll get to sail away on Norwegian Sun, an incredibly luxurious ship with countless options for dining and entertainment. When you're not exploring everything that the ports of Australia and New Zealand have to offer, you can kick back at the Mandara Spa, feel the thrill of the Sun Casino, or enjoy a delicious meal at one of Norwegian Sun's multiple dining options.


Some of Norwegian's Australian cruises begin in Auckland, New Zealand, and offer several excursions, including opportunities to get up close and personal with the city's stunning wildlife. At this port, you can explore peaceful beaches, hike through winding forests, and find the 48 famous volcanic cones that surround the area. If you brave the climb to the top of one of the cones, you'll enjoy spectacular views of Auckland and its harbor. There's plenty to see in the city as well, including open-air markets where you can meet Maori people and support local artisans.

Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne, Australia


Melbourne is another popular destination when cruising in Australia, beckoning visitors with its colorful architecture and adorable wildlife. Fairy penguins, koalas, and wallabies await you at the local wildlife park, and you might even get lucky enough to cuddle a koala up close. In the thick of the city, you can traverse historic streets built on a gold rush, including churches, skyscrapers, and museums. You'll even get the chance to visit the oldest Chinatown in the Southern Hemisphere, where you can rest in tranquil parks and enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine.


Home to one of the most famous opera houses in the world, Sydney is a stop on many Australian cruises with Norwegian. While in port at the city's iconic harbor, you can get up close to the Sydney Opera House and enjoy views of the captivating skyline. If you're in the mood for swimming or surfing, stop at one of the harbor's beaches or take a stroll to Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. You can stock up on souvenirs in Sydney as well, with the Rocks district being home to shops run by local artisans.


The city of Wellington, New Zealand is the perfect stop for cruisers who appreciate historic architecture and famous landmarks. This port provides opportunities to view countless Victorian Gothic buildings, a testament to the city's long history. You'll also have the chance to see the locations of the beloved Lord of the Rings trilogy, which is especially exciting for fans of film and entertainment. If you're in the mood for nature, relax on the beach or ride a cable car up the mountain to enjoy views of the wildlife and landscape.

Kangaroo Island

It's no secret that Australia is home to kangaroos, and if you're hoping to catch a glimpse of one, you'll be in luck at the port of Kangaroo Island. Take a guided tour to bask in unparalleled views of nature, including opportunities to get close to kangaroos, koalas, and platypi. On the beaches of Kangaroo Island, you can relax and cool off in crystal clear waters, and you might even catch a glimpse of the area's playful sea lions.


Another breathtaking port to visit in Australia is Cairns (Yorkey's Knob). There's a lot to do in Cairns, such as hiking up beautiful mountains to find waterfalls and riding the iconic Kuranda Railway through the area's rainforest. To learn more about local culture, visit the Tjapuki Aboriginal Culture Park and purchase souvenirs from native artisans. You can also visit the Esplanade Boardwalk for a bite to eat or a fun day at a water park.

Napier, New Zealand
Napier, New Zealand


One of the crown jewels of New Zealand, the port of Napier is the self-proclaimed capital of the world for Art Deco. Journey through stunning architecture to view historic structures and picturesque homes built in the Art Deco style from as early as the 1930s. There's also the beautiful Marine Parade, a winding road that provides outstanding views of the city's coast and gardens. For wine enthusiasts, there are vineyards just outside of the city where you can enjoy a glass of local wine and take in all the beauty of New Zealand.

These are just a few of the exciting destinations you can visit when you book a cruise vacation to Australia and New Zealand with Norwegian.

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