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Circumnavigating Australia via Cruise Ship - Tips?

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We are excited about our upcoming cruise, which will circumnavigate Australia in 36 days on Regent Navigator January 23 - March 2, 2020.  Have any of you done a circumnavigation?Any advice? Must sees? Cruise length tips?

 

Circling Australia has been a goal of ours for a long time. We got a taste for this wonderful country when it was our jumping off point for a cruise around New Zealand several years ago.

 

It's our second Regent cruise (Voyager Med cruise September 2018). Navigator seems to get savaged in many CC reviews but I'm hoping that these are the exception and that the recent refit has helped. We love Celebrity Cruises, too.

Regent Australia Circumnavigation Map.png

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We did it four years ago, have a booking to do it again in 18 months a great cruise.

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That's a fabulous itinerary with something different in every port. I suggest you google each of the towns for background knowledge, then read through all the ship's advertised shore excursions to get an idea of what's available. There's some good info on all those ports here on CC.

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What an adventure you are going to have on such a wonderful cruise around Australia.  Enjoy!

 

Quick comments from my experience, to get you started -

Be aware that this is the cyclone season in northern Australia,, so you may experience a Low and/or heavy rain. 

You'll need to book a trip to the Great Barrier Reef with the ship, as not longer enough time in port to book independently.

Mooloolaba is a beautiful ocean beach on the Sunshine Coast.  Be aware that due to sea conditions, not all ships can tender passengers here.

Esperance, WA - Hire a car and drive to Cape Le Grand National Park, with the most beautiful beaches in Australia.  When we camped  there in September, the wild flowers were spectacular and there were kangaroos on the beach.  One of Australia's special places!

Kangaroo Island - go on ship's tour, as driving distances are long to main attractions.  This is another of Australia's special places.   

 

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We did the circumnavigation of Australia a few years ago, on Oceania before Regent started it.   From an itinerary standpoint, it was one of our best cruises ever. Completely agree with Cape Le Grand National Park, Regent actually has a very nice excursion there.

We have spent almost 200 days on Navigator and are booked again next year. We love the small size, and the very dedicated crew which offers fantastic service.

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Thank you for the destination tips and cyclone warning.  Particularly Cape Le Grand. And thanks BBWC for reassuring us about Navigator. Hopefully she is small enough to get into smaller ports and that weather allows her tenders to do get us to land. This is the longest cruise we have ever taken and we are a bit intimidated. Many sea days and a very small ship. Good thing or bad? 

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1 hour ago, Jlhalldc said:

Thank you for the destination tips and cyclone warning.  Particularly Cape Le Grand. And thanks BBWC for reassuring us about Navigator. Hopefully she is small enough to get into smaller ports and that weather allows her tenders to do get us to land. This is the longest cruise we have ever taken and we are a bit intimidated. Many sea days and a very small ship. Good thing or bad? 

Good thing.  Small ship, but not so very small!  (I just did a cruise on a very small ship of 100 passengers.)

There are so many advantages to cruising on small ships.  You will come to appreciate the sea days and the rhythm of life on a small ship.

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