Cruises from Fremantle, Western Australia
Fremantle is the bustling port for the city of Perth, capital of Western Australia. This harbour town is just 30 minutes from Perth and is the ideal cruise gateway for anyone living in Western Australia; it is also worth exploring in its’ own right before you board your cruise from Fremantle. Perth is a very popular first stop for international visitors to Australia (it is the shortest flight option from many countries outside of Australia) and a great introduction to the country.
Australia is a vast Continent, with very large distances between her cities. Cruising is one of the very best options open to visitors who want to see as much of the country as possible without spending hours in airport lounges or on the road. Several of the major Cruise Lines operate ship cruises out of Fremantle and there are choices available to suit all budgets and time constraints, from 2-3 night Short Breaks for weary locals, to Fremantle cruises which circumnavigate all or part of Australia and are an excellent option for both foreign tourists and locals alike.
Exploring the Top End by cruise ship
While most visitors to Australia will be heading to the major cities in the South, a visit to the North is an experience you should really consider. Your cruise out of Fremantle will take you via Australia’s West Coast to Darwin, (voted as one of the best cities in the world to visit in 2012 by Lonely Planet!), where you can get a taste of the incredible Outback by taking an air-tour to some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in Australia. Most of the Top End cruises also visit Bali and then proceed to Sydney along the Queensland coast with stops at several ports which provide access to The Great Barrier Reef. This is a fantastic 16 – 18 day cruise and provides a great overview of the richness and diversity Australia has to offer.
Fremantle Cruise north to exotic Asia
Another very popular cruise option leaving from Fremantle is to visit some of the treasures of Asia which lie to the North of Australia. There are a few to choose from and most will include visits to Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Bali. They range from 12 nights to 26 nights, so there are options for all tastes and wallets. These cruises also include quite a few sea-days, so are ideal if you love spending time relaxing and enjoying the fantastic facilities on board your cruise ship, such as the Spa, library, gym and deck games.
Cruises from Fremantle south to New Zealand
There are also a couple of Fremantle cruise ship itineraries that take in the Southern Coast of Australia, calling at Adelaide and Melbourne before heading further South to New Zealand. On these cruises from Fremantle (usually around 17 nights) you get to visit the amazing Fiordland National Park to see the glaciers and waterfalls, before cruising up the East Coast of South Island and then heading back to Sydney. There are only a couple of Fremantle cruises with this itinerary each year, so it is wise to book this one well in advance.