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Whether you’re looking to escape for an extended long weekend or get away for a full week and a half of pleasure cruising, Carnival Cruise Line has the itinerary to match. Explore these top five destinations, departing from Australia with once-in-a-lifetime excursions at these ports of call, for your ideal cruise holiday.

1. Fiji

Continue the amazement from ship to land when exploring Nadi’s famous Sleeping Giant mountain range, sugar cane fields and local villages while having the chance to pass by the Hindu Temple and do some shopping before returning to the ship.

In Port Denarau, the opportunity for a half day of fishing will ensnare fishing enthusiasts. Try your luck - and skill - at catching some of the South Pacific’s favourite fish: Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Blue Marlin, and more.

The capital of Fiji, Suva, welcomes visitors to take part in a cultural revelation. Shop the bric-a-brac stores and learn firsthand why Fijian locals have a reputation of being one of the friendliest hosts!

Locals in Suva

2. New Caledonia

Noumea’s Anse Vata Beach welcomes visitors to New Caledonia with white sand beaches, French cafes, shopping and true blue waters ideal for snorkelling and swimming.

Amédée Island, a 40 minute scenic boat transfer from Noumea , is an island paradise all on its own. While it is known for its historic lighthouse, Amédée Island offers ample opportunity to explore an array of colourful marine life in the crystal clear waters below and Pacific Island cultural shows on land.

The Isle of Pines is truly a gem in the South Pacific. Take a dive in Oro Bay, a natural swimming pool, filled with turquoise waters and tropical fish.

Lighthouse and jetty

3. Queensland

When we think of Queensland, the largest tourist attraction is the Great Barrier Reef. Airlie Beach is the perfect gateway to this natural wonder. Here, visitors can dive, ride in a glass bottom boat, or explore smaller islands that feel like your own private paradise.

Moreton Island, sitting a mere 35km from Brisbane, is home to crystal-clear lakes, rare wildlife, and dreamy beaches. This oasis can satisfy action junkies with quad biking, parasailing, or diving. Those searching for utter relaxation will find serenity in the hidden beaches and tranquil waters.  

Explore even more of Tropical North Queensland natural beauty with a tour of the Daintree Rainforest and Karunda from Yorkey’s Knob.

Parasailing over Moreton Island

4. Tasmania 

Explore an entirely different side of Australia in historic Hobart. This cultural hub encourages visitors to keep wide eyes and open hearts for art and architecture, old and new.

Foodies will find that the Emerald Isle is paradise, with some of the world’s best wines, cheeses, chocolates, and more on offer.

Port Arthur is a history buff’s mecca. Formerly a convict settlement, this port tells the stories of yesteryear in a fascinating living-history atmosphere.

Port Arthur

5. Vanuatu

Shh… we’ve got a secret: Mystery Island is a hidden gem off of Vanuatu. Explore the waters on a snorkelling safari and witness the magic of living coral reefs.

Explorers will be amazed in Espiritu Santo when they take a dive to visit the most intact and accessible shipwreck in the world, the SS President Coolidge.

Vanuatu