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Record number of small ship cruises in Australia leads to new one-stop-shop for hundreds of close-to home cruises

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A record number of cruise lines are now basing their small expedition ships in Australia so to help travellers see more of our continent from the water and plan their adventure, Australia’s leading small ship specialist, Cruise Traveller, has gathered hundreds of close-to-home cruising options in one place on their website.

Cruise lines such as Ponant, Tradewind Voyages, Aurora Expeditions, Silversea Expeditions, Azamara, and Windstar have all scheduled extended seasons of unique, in-depth journeys around Australia between 2021 and 2023, especially with international travel currently restricted. For many of the cruise lines, including Tradewind Voyages, Windstar and Aurora Expeditions, this will be their first full foray into the Australian market.

Australians are spoilt for choice like never before, with hundreds of voyages available aboard more than a dozen small, luxury, exploration ships so Cruise Traveller has created a special Close to Home Cruising webpage – – as a one-stop-shop with all the latest sailings and offers gathered together for easy planning.

Most of the sailings are already selling quickly, underlining pent-up demand for cruising, a surge of interest in crowd-free small ships and a keenness to explore Australia in the current climate.

Designed to inspire more Australians to holiday at home, the Close to Home Cruising platform embraces all areas of our continent from the remote and spectacular Kimberley and the rest of the rugged West Australian coastline to the wildlife-rich islands and pristine landscapes of southern Australia, the wild scenery and premium produce of Tasmania, the tropical reefs of Queensland, the iconic riverscapes of the Murray and many other beautiful and rarely visited places right around our coastline.

The majestic sights of New Zealand and the amazing wildlife and ice wonders of Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic – accessed direct from Australia – are also featured on the comprehensive platform

Many of the voyages offer themes such as food and wine, natural scenery and indigenous culture and Cruise Traveller has also curated pre or post-cruise land and train journeys to enhance the exciting experiences on offer.

Many packages offer big savings including:

* A 10 per cent saving on three-night cruises from Echuca with Murray River Paddlesteamers aboard the deluxe, authentic paddlesteamer, PS Emmylou, carrying just 16 pampered guests. The sailings are in June, July and August, 2022. Including the discount, fares are available from $1395 per person, twin-share, including daily tours and wine and beer with dinner. Available until sold out.

* A 20 per cent discount on two nine-night circumnavigations of Tasmania on October 30 and November 8, 2021, round-trip from Hobart aboard Ponant’s luxury expedition yacht, Le Soleal, featuring King Island, the south-west wilderness and Australia’s highest sea cliffs on the Tasman Peninsula. From A$8430 per person, twin-share, including the discount. Book by April 30, 2021.

To book, visit or call Cruise Traveller on 1800 507 777.

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