Cruise lines departing from Melbourne are offering best-value cruises with savings of up to $1000 per person. 

Melbourne is fast becoming a popular cruise destination due to its proximity to Tasmania and as an alternative city to Sydney.

The capital of Victoria is also known for its great cafe culture, wonderful exhibitions and sporting events. Melbourne plays host to the Australian Open for tennis, test cricket matches for the Ashes as well as the Formula 1 racing.

Port of Melbourne
Port of Melbourne

In addition, cruises from Melbourne allow easy access to idyllic islands like New Caledonia, Fiji, and French Polynesia. Additionally, cruise enthusiasts can also embark on Australian coastal voyages along the Great Barrier Reef or explore New Zealand and experience scenic cruising to the stunning Milford Sounds. 

With more and more cruise lines offering affordable and discounted multi-night sailings, Cruise Passenger has prepared a list of the best cruises from Melbourne this 2024. 

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises is offering its best-value 14-Day New Zealand cruise via Diamond Princess. This voyage is at $748 from $1238 starting rate which allows guests to save up to $490. This Princess’ New Zealand sailing is scheduled on November 16. 

Port visits

From Melbourne, this 14-day sailing aboard Diamond Princess will have scheduled visits to Auckland, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch  and Dunedin in New Zealand. In addition, the ship will also have scenic cruising on Fiordland National Park before heading back to Melbourne for disembarkation. 

Norwegian Cruise Line 

Norwegian Cruise Line offers 50% off all cruises promo including the 14-day Australia and New Zealand sailing. This Christmas offering scheduled on December 21 is at $2,149 for starting rate plus a $200 onboard credit. This voyage will depart Melbourne via Norwegian Sun. 

Port visits

Departing from Melbourne as its port of embarkation, Norwegian Sun heads to other Australian ports like Portland, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island,  and Hobart. Additionally this 14-day voyage also has scheduled visits to Milford Sound, Dusky Sound, and Doubtful Sound in New Zealand. Moreover, visits to Dunedin, Wellington, Marlborough, Napier, and Tauranga are also part of the itinerary before the ship heads to Auckland for disembarkation. 


Cunard is highlighting its 5-night Melbourne to Sydney voyage via Queen Elizabeth. This pre-summer cruise is priced at $1,299 starting rate with up to $100 onboard credit per person. This Sydney-bound cruise from Melbourne is scheduled to sail on November 12. 

Port visits

In its 5-day sailing, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth will visit Hobart and Port Arthur before heading to Sydney  to disembark. 

P&O Cruises Australia

P&O Cruises Australia offers a list of summer itineraries this 2024. One of the best-value deals is the 8-night Christmas Cruise via Pacific Explorer with a discounted price of $1409 starting rate. This roundtrip to Melbourne voyage is scheduled on December 19. 

Port visits

This 8-night sailing via Pacific Explorer is set to visit Kangaroo Island, Port Arthur, and Hobart before heading back to Melbourne for disembarkation. 

Disney Cruise Line

Disney joins the lineup of cruise lines offering Melbourne-based pre-summer sailing. The line’s 7-Night Disney Magic at Sea aboard Disney Wonder is priced at $3, 768 scheduled on November 3. 

Port visits

Departing from Melbourne, Disney’s Wonder ship is set to visit Eden, Sydney, and Hobart,  before it heads back to Melbourne to disembark. 


Luxury line Silversea highlights a 22-night Australia Cruise via Silver Nova as part of its Spring offering. Set to depart Melbourne on October 14, Silversea offers its most enriching promo to date. For its door-to-door offering, starting rate is at $16,500 from $18,500. On the other hand, the line’s port-to-port promo starts at $14,450 from $15,450. This deal allows cruisers to have $1000 savings per person. 

Port visits

With Melbourne as its port of departure, Silversea’s Silver Nova is set to visit Eden, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Mooloolaba, and Fraser Island. In addition, Shute Harbor, Townsville, Cairns, Port Douglas, Cooktown are also part of its itinerary before heading to Darwin for disembarkation.