Grand Australia Cruise
Viking’s Grand Australia Circumnavigation cruise is a 32 day cruise, roundtrip from Sydney.
Viking’s Brand new 32-day Grand Australia Circumnavigation will operate roundtrip from Sydney counterclockwise, visiting ports including Airlie Beach, Townsville, Cairns, before a side trip to Indonesia, stopping in Komodo and Bali, then to Geraldton, Albany, Adelaide, Burnie and Eden. Many Guests have been requesting this itinerary for some time, so we are thrilled to be able to now deliver this opportunity.
A cruise filled with beauty and culture
This sailing takes in a rich combination of beauty and culture as you circumnavigate Australia from Sydney and return, encountering iconic natural wonders and lesser-known cultural gems, as well as Indonesian treasures in Komodo and Bali. Admire the Whitsunday Islands, the stunning Great Barrier Reef and the wilds of northwestern Tasmania. Immerse yourself in the intriguing histories of Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne as you journey around Australia.
Expand your horizons on comfortable, state-of-the-art ships, intimate and thoughtfully created by experienced nautical architects and designers to enrich your interaction with your destination in every way. Each sister ship carries only 930 guests and is engineered at a scale that allows direct access into most ports. The fleet features understated elegance and modern Scandinavian design. Unique Features: The Infinity Pool, one of the first of its kind at sea, gives you a sense of swimming in the heart of your destination. Its glass backing is infused with the spirit of exploration.
An Enriching experience
Viking believes the best way to understand a country is through enrichment. On their cruises, you truly explore your destination – through its food, culture, countryside and customs. Perhaps you accompany the ship’s chef on a trip to a local market; go behind the scenes at a famous theatre company; or even view private collections and hidden vaults at world-class museums. The ship offers multiple restaurant venues and unique dining experiences, from casual cafés and pool grills to wine-pairing menus and regional specialties.
Intimate and thoughtfully created by experienced nautical architects and designers. The vessel can hold up to 930 guests, ensuring a comfortable experience with a small passenger to crew ratio. Viking Venus cabins come in a wide variety of options, however each features a veranda. From Veranda Staterooms to the abundance of extra perks and amenities in the spacious Explorer Suites, there’s no finer way to travel. All cabins feature a King-size Viking Explorer Bed, free Wi-Fi, premium Freyja toiletries, purified water, 24-hour room service, and twice a day housekeeping.
Dining options include Manfriedi’s Italian Restaurant, Viking Bar, The Chef’s Table, the main Restaurant, Torshavn jazz lounge, World Cafe, Mamsen’s, Aquavit Terrace, a pool grill and bar, and The Kitchen Table onboard cooking school. Onboard Viking Venus, you’ll find no shortage of venues to keep you entertained.Onboard activity venues include The Viking Living Room relaxation library, The Nordic-inspired Spa & Salon, a Fitness Center, a Theatre, an infinity pool with hot tub, the Wintergarten exterior relaxation area.
The Explorer’s Lounge, and a Top-level Sports Deck, a bright and beautiful The Spa is a destination in its own right. A sanctuary for body and soul, float in the gently bubbling water of the hydrotherapy pool, warmed by the sight of flickering flames of a full-length fireplace. Recline on a heated ceramic bed under soft lighting. Chill out in the Snow Grotto. Relax. Blending the rejuvenating experience of Nordic therapies with the restorative power of the sea, Viking have reinvented the spa experience; drawing upon the holistic wellness philosophy of Nordic culture. To stimulate your circulatory system visit the snow grotto where snowflakes gently descend from the ceiling through chilled air, then invigorate yourself in the sauna, following a centuries-old Nordic tradition.
The Infinity Pool is one of the first of its kind at sea, gives you a sense of swimming in the heart of your destination. Its glass backing is infused with the spirit of exploration. The heated Main Pool and hot tub provide a calming oasis in any weather. The retractable roof allows for any-time swims and soaks. A haven for relaxation, it’s a fun spot to socialize during a day at sea. It’s been thoughtfully designed for lap swims, leisurely wading or enjoying a drink poolside. By night, it’s a magical setting for star gazing and for viewing our “Movies under the Stars.
What would a trip like the cost?
Viking Venus – Departs on January 20, 2025 – February 20, 2025 32-day Grand Australia Circumnavigation Cruise; Category: Deluxe Veranda Stateroom (DV2), Port Taxes & Fees, Viking Premium Economy Air from Tampa, FL, Roundtrip Transfers, Viking Cruise Travel Protection at $24,196.00 p/p dbl. occ. Keep in mind; prices accurate at time of print/subject to change.
With the demand is already strong, and with just one departure date, this itinerary will sell out fast, so we encourage you to book early to avoid disappointment.
Do I need a visa to enter Australia?
Unless you are an Australian citizen, you will need a valid Australian visa to enter the country. All passport holders, regardless of age, must apply for a visa before leaving home. We at Curlew Travel assist our clients with Australian Tourist Visa Applications.
When is the best time to visit Australia?
Whether you’re planning your Australian holiday around the weather, or want to travel when things are most affordable, here’s the rundown on the best times to visit Australia. Australia is home to tropical, subtropical, desert and temperate climates – we’ve got dewy rainforests, sandy plains, snowy alps and sunny beaches. Temperature and climate are important considerations when planning your trip or packing your bags (we’re the land Down Under, so our seasons are the opposite to the Northern Hemisphere). But don’t forget to consider peak seasons, spectacular wildlife events and exciting festivals that could influence your decisions on when to visit Australia.
HIGH SEASON (DECEMBER-FEBRUARY)
The sun is shining, the temperatures soar and the beaches are dazzling (except in the northern regions, where it’s wet season). However, summer is the most expensive time to travel in Australia, with high demand increasing the price of flights and accommodation. The popularity means that it’s important to make bookings well in advance and stay organized, so you won’t miss out. (Hint: Consider February, after kids are back in school.)
SHOULDER SEASONS (MARCH-MAY AND SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER)
Spring and autumn are among the best times to travel the entire country. International flights to Australia are more affordable than in summer; the weather is warming up (or cooling down from summer highs); and the north, from Broome to Cairns, experiences the dry season, offering perfect travel conditions.
LOW SEASON (JUNE-AUGUST)
Winters in Australia are cool and cloudy, but there’s still plenty of sunshine to enjoy as well. The good thing about traveling during this period is that there are fewer tourists, cheaper flights and you can get great deals on accommodation. This period is peak season in Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region, with an abundance of sunshine and moderate temperatures to enjoy.
Australia is a vast and diverse country with a wide range of landscapes, cities, and attractions to explore. The best way to see Australia depends on your interests, preferences, and the amount of time you have. Remember that Australia is a large country, and it’s important to plan your trip according to your interests and the regions you wish to explore. Consider the distances between destinations and the time you have available to make the most of your visit.
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