5* Queensland & Sydney

Take a dream cruise of a lifetime to Australia and the stunning Queensland coast including the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. All from the luxury of the 5* Ruby Princess.

Option to extend your stay in Australia available – call for details

DESTINATION Australia
FROM Dublin / Sydney
DATE 22 October 2019
DURATION 10 Nights
PRICE From €2,259
Cruise the wonderful Australian coast on this 10-night cruise on the 5 star Ruby Princess. Departing from Sydney with the iconic Sydney Opera House you sail north to visit the gorgeous Queensland coast to visit Airlie Beach, Yorky’s Knob (Cairns), Port Douglas, Willis Island and Brisbane. Option to extend your stay in Australia available – call for details

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1-2: Travel from Dublin to Sydney, Australia: 

Day 3: Sydney, Australia: 

On arrival in Sydney, following your indirect overnight flight, you will be transferred to the port to board the 5* Ruby Princess, your home for the next 10 nights.

As your ship passes Harbour Heads, you are presented with the shimmering skyline of Sydney – hailed by many seafarers as “the most beautiful harbor in the world.” Two prominent landmarks, Harbour Bridge and the sail-like curves of the Sydney Opera House, grace the backdrop of this picturesque harbor. There is a wealth of adventure waiting in Sydney – from its cosmopolitan city center to miles of beautiful beaches and the Blue Mountains.

Australia’s oldest and largest city was born in 1788 with the arrival of the “First Fleet” transporting 760 British convicts. Today, Sydney is the largest port in the South Pacific and is often voted the most popular destination in the South Pacific.

Day 4-5: At Sea:

Day 6: Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia: 

Airlie Beach is your gateway to the Whitsunday Archipelago. These 74 islands feature pristine fringing reefs, calm, lagoon-like waters, and superb beaches. The archipelago is one of Australia’s premier playgrounds.

The Whitsundays were once mountains. Rising seas at the end of the Ice Age formed the Whitsunday Passage between the islands and the mainland.

Day 7: Yorkeys Knob (Cairns), Queensland: 

The picturesque town of Yorkeys Knob, dominated by its dramatic headland, is your gateway to Cairns – one of Australia’s hottest vacation destinations. Cairns boasts three of Australia’s great natural wonders. Just offshore, immense bastions of living coral form the Great Barrier Reef. Sixteen miles of superb beaches stretch to the north of the city – the famed Marlin Coast. Inland lays the ancient rainforest of Daintree National Park.

Cairns’ graceful, tree-lined esplanade was once the gateway to the gold fields of North Queensland. A travel tip – Cairns is pronounced “cans.”

Day 8: Port Douglas, Queensland:

In 1877, the aptly named James Venture Mulligan struck pay dirt on Hodgkinson River, igniting the fabled North Queensland Gold Rush. At the height of the boom, Port Douglas boasted 12,000 residents and 27 hotels. Bust inevitably followed boom, and Port Douglas slid into decades of obscurity. Then came a second gold rush in the 1980s as tourists flocked to the North Queensland Coast. Located between the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas provides a perfect gateway to hardy adventurers en route to rainforest and reef.

In addition to its nearby scenic wonders, Port Douglas boasts several resorts ranging from the Sheraton Mirage to the Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa in the heart of the rainforest.

Note: Port Douglas is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship’s tender.

Day 9: Willis Island, Australia:

This tiny island measures in at just 1,600 feet long by 490 feet wide, though it is the only permanently inhabited island in the Coral Sea Islands Territory. You won’t find any neighborhoods, schools or homes here, however. The only structures on Willis Island comprise a weather monitoring station hosted by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, where just a handful of weather observers reside at any given time.

Willis Island is one of several tropical islands sitting beyond the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea Islands Territory, and is surrounded by thriving reefs where many creatures make their homes. Numbering into the thousands, Willis Island itself caters to many species of seabirds, including Masked, Brown and Red-footed Boobies that cry out nearly 24 hours a day. It is also an important nesting ground for turtles.

Note: Willis Island is a scenic cruising site. Ships will slowly travel past while a knowledgeable port lecturer points out significant sites you’ll be able to see from onboard.

Day 10: At Sea:

Day 11: Brisbane, Queensland:

Once considered the “country cousin” among Australian cities, Brisbane is today the nation’s third-largest metropolis – and one of the most desirable places to live in the country. Lying on the banks of the meandering Brisbane River, this cosmopolitan city boasts elegant 19th-century sandstone buildings, a lively cultural scene and superb parklands. Brisbane is also your gateway to uniquely Australian adventures, be it the theme parks of the Gold Coast or Queensland’s dazzling beaches.

The beaches south of Brisbane form Queensland’s Gold Coast. Travel tip: Brisbane is pronounced “Bris-bin.”

Day 12: At Sea:

Day 13: Sydney, Australia: 

Following your departure from the Ruby Princess, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home to Dublin.

Option to extend your stay in Australia available – call for details

10 Nights accommodation aboard the 5 Star Ruby Princess, operated by Princess Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on Ruby Princess)

Ruby Princess Ruby Princess is a luminous jewel on the seas and a romantic destination in itself. Christened by lovebirds Trista and Ryan Sutter of TV’s The Bachelorette, she offers nearly 900 balconies from which to view the world, an array of entertainment options including Movies Under the Stars®, and sumptuous dining choices from Crown Grill to the International Café.

  • Last Refurbished: December 2015
  • Guest Capacity: 3,080 lower berths
  • Number of Crew: 1,200
  • Tonnage: 113,561

DINING Passionate about our culinary craft, we’re committed to serving you mouthwatering, handcrafted dishes made from scratch throughout your voyage. Be sure to join us at one of our award-winning specialty restaurants to celebrate your next birthday, anniversary or milestone and enjoy tantalizing specialties.

  • SHARE℠ by Curtis Stone (specialty restaurant)^
  • The Salty Dog Gastropub^
  • Chocolate Journeys℠
  • Crown Grill℠ (steakhouse specialty restaurant)^
  • Crab Shack (specialty restaurant)^
  • Chef’s Table Experience^
  • Vines (wine bar)^
  • International Café
  • Horizon Court (buffet)
  • Trident Grill (burgers & hot dogs)

^Nominal charges may apply.

ACTIVITIES Each day, a world of exciting activities awaits, from cooking demonstrations to dance classes, trivia contests and a range of enrichment programs, including our Encounters with Discovery at SEA™ speaker series from experts who offer insights into the places you’ll visit.

  • Discovery at SEA™ Programs
  • Festivals of the World
  • The Piazza
  • Shops of Princess
  • Art Gallery & Auctions
  • Photo & Video Gallery
  • Platinum Photography Studio
  • Freshwater Pools & Hot Tubs
  • Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis)
  • Princess Links (putting course)

ENTERTAINMENT There’s always something happening on board — from heading to the Princess Theater for a lavish original musical production to enjoying a blockbuster movie poolside under the stars or simply relaxing in a lounge sipping a cocktail where a live band is playing your song.

  • Movies Under the Stars®
  • The Voice of the Ocean (live show)
  • Original Musical Productions
  • Music & Dancing
  • Vegas-style Casino
  • Featured Guest Entertainers
  • Princess Theater
  • Club Fusion (dance club)
  • Skywalkers Nightclub
  • Crooners Bar

JOYFUL REJUVENATION Everything you need to refresh body and mind is right on board. Indulge in a manicure, pedicure or a makeover in the salon, or a soothing massage in the Lotus Spa®. Or maybe it’s a brisk workout in the fitness center, followed by a little “me time” in The Sanctuary, a tranquil retreat reserved just for adults.

  • The Princess Luxury Bed (on board in Apr. 2018)
  • SLEEP by Princess
  • The Sanctuary (retreat for adults)^
  • Lotus Spa®^
  • Lotus Spa® Fitness Center
  • Fitness Classes^

^Nominal charges may apply. FAMILIES Cruising is the ideal way for families to reconnect, from grandparents to grandkids and everyone in between. Share the joy of discovery on fascinating excursions, delight in entertaining group activities on board and, best of all, stay in a family suite or book adjoining rooms that keep family members close by.

  • Movies Under the Stars®
  • Discovery at SEA™ programs
  • Festivals of the World
  • Shore Excursions
  • Discovery Family Fun Fair^
  • Pools & Hot Tubs
  • Sports Court
  • Enrichment Courses
  • Karaoke & Trivia Games
  • Holiday Activities^

KIDS & TEENS Staffed by experienced counselors, our younger cruisers are sure to stay happy all day long. Through our Discovery at SEA™ program, as well as the California Science Center partnership, we deliver exciting interactive activities for kids ages 3-12, while teens can take DJ workshops, while teens can sip mocktails and make new friends.

Dates & Prices

Date Price Stateroom
22 October 2019 Was €2,399
now €2,259
Inside Cabin Book Now
22 October 2019 Was €2,849
now €2,749
Oceanview Cabin Book Now
22 October 2019 Was €3,049
now €2,919
Balcony Cabin Book Now

Option to extend your stay in Australia available – call for details

Price Inclusions

  • Return flights from Dublin to Sydney
  • Return transfers from port to airport
  • 10 nights onboard the 5* Ruby Princess based on 2 sharing
  • Superb dining on a full board basis
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Return transfer from port to airport
  • Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable non-transferable deposit of 15% required at time of booking
    • Balance due 16 weeks from departure
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Child and family prices available on request
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.