Ahoy! Sydney's Cruise Season Sets Sail

5 April 2014

Waking up in the morning and finding yourself on the high seas with only glistening blue ocean before you is truly one of the greatest experiences in life. The 2014 cruising season from Sydney kicked off in February, but it's the cooler months that see many seafarers heading for balmier shores.

There are endless opportunities to get on board with multiple cruise liners and plenty of far-flung and exotic locations to discover in 2014. On the way, you will find yourself entertained and wined and dined, all the while enjoying a journey in style.

 Set your sights on a cruise from Sydney

P&O's Pacific Pearl off the port bow

One of the most frequent visitors on the Sydney cruise scene this year will be P&O’s Pacific Pearl. Whether you head to New Caledonia, the Great Barrier Reef or dive right into P&O's Food and Wine cruise, you will enjoy the delights of signature dishes by celebrity chef Luke Mangan as well as a phenomenal entertainment program.

Headed by its outdoor circus and acrobatic performances, the Pacific Pearl treats guests to a selection of daring and dazzling shows. If you want to get involved, you can even take part in one of their juggling and acrobatic classes.

Royal Caribbean's Radiance right ahead

Another a frequent visitor to Sydney's Circular Quay this year will be Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas, which heads to New Zealand in late November and takes in the delights of the South Pacific in December.

On board the Radiance you’ll find a luxurious setting harking back to the golden age of travel. Avid golfers desiring a round in the middle of the ocean may enjoy the ship's country club with golf simulator. If you fancy your luck, you can take a whirl in the James Bond-inspired casino.

To get you in the mood for something exotic before you land at your next port, try a stint in the safari-themed solarium, where de-stressing takes place amongst the foliage, bungalows and lagoon pools.

Another of the Royal Caribbean fleet, Rhapsody of the Seas, will voyage to the South Pacific from Sydney throughout 2014. Rhapsody's unique offerings include six stunning whirlpools, eight bars and lounges and an adults-only retreat. Delight in incredible live shows, music and even the chance to do a spot of rock climbing whilst cruising the Pacific.

Princesses, Celebrities and Queens on the seas

If a bit of a rest and relaxation away from the kids is what you need, Princess Cruises’ Dawn Princess will depart Sydney in October for a three-day sojourn to Melbourne. The adults-only Sanctuary makes it the ideal place to rejuvenate your senses. In the evening, you can watch a movie under the stars at the ship’s romantic outdoor theatre.

If you enjoy the idea of heading south but would prefer a longer cruising option, get on board the Celebrity Century, which heads to South Australia after stopping in Melbourne in October and November.

For five-star luxury coming to Sydney, plan ahead for the next arrival of the world-famous Queen Mary 2 in 2015 as she celebrates her 175th birthday.

Elise Coroneos

Elise Coroneos, a native of Sydney, has spent years on the prowl for new and exciting travel destinations. Her favourites include North America, particularly its east coast and New York, where she lived for more than 12 years. She has a penchant for eclectic art scenes, wine bars and out of the way jazz joints.