Best Carnival Short Cruises from Sydney in 2016

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Ready for a quick getaway from Sydney? Here are five great Carnival cruises that will have you away, relaxed and in holiday mode without needing too much time.

Weekend Sampler on Carnival Spirit

This three-night “cruise to nowhere” spends time at sea and provides a spectacular departure and arrival along Sydney Harbour. It suits those who want to unwind for a few days and let someone else take care of the food and entertainment. If you’re new to cruising, it allows you to sample this type of holiday and the amenities of the ship. Carnival Spirit has an impressive 12 decks of fun for everyone, from mini-golf to a sports court, adults-only spa to swimming pools and age-appropriate entertainment for the kids.


Tasmania on Carnival Legend

A five-night jaunt south provides a good combination of on-board relaxation (with two days at sea) and attractive destinations, with ports of call at Hobart and Port Arthur. Among the many shore excursions are a tour of historic Richmond, sightseeing around Hobart and a visit to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary for a stickybeak at Tasmanian devils. The adventurous could try sea kayaking or a walk among the treetops of the Huon Valley. At Port Arthur, learn about convict history and hardships on a behind-the-scenes tour of the World Heritage site.


Queensland on Carnival Spirit

A delightful four-night coastal meander brings you to Moreton Island, known for its stunning beaches and sand dunes. Among ways to explore are an ATV quad-bike ride or desert safari on a 4WD off-road terrain vehicle that also introduces you to the island’s Aboriginal culture. Explore a 37-kilometre beach, national park or (for the ultimate treat) take to the air on a sightseeing heli-flight. There’s also downtime on board during the sail in order to enjoy the dining options, evening entertainment and games on Carnival Spirit.


Melbourne Cup on Carnival Spirit

Sail to Melbourne on a six-night cruise that sees you in the city for three days over the Melbourne Cup. Take in the spectacle of the Melbourne Cup parade, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime peer behind the scenes at Flemington racecourse, and dine at the Victoria Racing Club. You could even spend time with a personal shopping guide to get all frocked up for the big event. General admission and transport to the races are included, but additional upgrades also get you to Melbourne Cup and Crown Oaks days.


Pacific Islands on Carnival Spirit

If you can stretch your break to eight nights, you’ll not only be able to enjoy all the ship’s amenities over four laid-back days at sea, but explore three beautiful destinations in New Caledonia too. Isle of Pines is one of the jewels of the Pacific, known for its colourful snorkelling. Maré offers the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular white sands of Yejele Beach. Meanwhile the capital, Noumea, supplies a blend of chic French style and relaxing activities such as Segway rides, river kayaking or a visit to the aquarium.

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