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Explore the Best Australian Islands on a Carnival Cruise

If you are currently looking to plan a family holiday, Carnival Cruise Line has a range of family-friendly holidays that are sure to keep the kids and the adults entertained and relaxed!

You could set sail on the east coast of Australia, exploring the best islands, participating in daily activities, shore excursions and enjoying the many dining options that Carnival has to offer.

Whilst planning a holiday can be a daunting task, they also offer free holiday planning advice, providing you with expertise on destinations and itinerary planning – essentially doing all the hard work for you! Carnival offers peace of mind with health and safety guidance, ensuring that you feel safe to climb aboard.


Moreton Island – Cruise Port

Moreton Island is home to Tangalooma Resort a well-kept Australian secret! Tangalooma is host to wild dolphins, reef-covered shipwrecks, beautiful sunsets, white sandy beaches, sand dunes where you can use your human power to rush down, ATV quad-biking adventures and crystal clear waters that make snorkelling a dream. It’s a place that truly exudes so much adventure and fun! Take a short cruise from Sydney or venture out for 8-10 days with a variety of itineraries reaching Moreton Island from both Sydney & Brisbane.

Airlie Beach – Cruise Port

Carnival offers an experience where you can truly experience the Great Barrier Reef and all of its tastes, sights and activities. Explore the famous Whitehaven Beach, enjoy a day on a glass-bottom-boat cruising over the Coral Sea or if you want something thrilling, go for a joy ride on a high-speed catamaran! The Airlie Beach cruise has something for all members of the family. Take a short cruise from Brisbane or venture out for 8-10 days with a variety of itineraries reaching Airlie Beach from both Sydney & Brisbane.

Willis Island – Charming Cruise Port

Willis Island may be small, but it sure is mighty! Carnival can take you here, just east of Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. This remote outpost is home to the manned Australian Bureau of Meteorology weather station. Carnival scenically cruises through here for you to enjoy the view from the vessel.


Lifou Isle – Cruise Port

Based in New Caledonia, Lifou Isle provides an abundance of picturesque and sensory goodness. With beautiful white sand, crystal clear waters and unreal sunny weather all year round, this is the perfect spot for a family holiday to make lots of memories in the water. Partake in diving to see the wonderful marine life or put on your hiking boots and take in the magnificent scenery.



Scrolling through the online catalogue of onboard activities, it is no doubt that there is fun for everyone in the family.

Activities include an arcade, a basketball court, games, bingo, a Build-a-Bear workshop and even cooking demonstrations and classes. Carnival also offers art auctions, for those who love a bit of art. They even offer services to grab that family photo you have been meaning to take for a long time, with Dream Studio and Pixels onboard to get some happy snaps.

For adults, there are so many bars and lounges to choose from and even a casino! For the whole family, there is entertainment daily with the Dive-in movies, karaoke, live music, Broadway-style stage shows and trivia.

On top of daily entertainment options, there are also events with a sail-away party, 80’s night, mega deck party and even a Madhatter’s High Tea, just to name a few.

Catch some vitamin D with the many outdoor activities like the waterslides, pools, jacuzzies and even mini golf!

The list continues, with a range of shops available for those shopaholics and options to relax or workout with a variety of spa and fitness services. Carnival truly offers on-board activities to suit the entire family.



Whilst there is so much onboard to keep you entertained, Carnival also offers an array of shore excursions for days in port. These see you participating in a range of exciting activities! Through shore excursions you will roam beaches, snorkel and swim in pristine waters, a range of boating activities, cultural and historical experiences, fishing fun, hikes and walks that take your breath away, not to mention the abundant sight-seeing and shopping.



If you weren’t already sold with the amazing destinations, daily activity options and shore excursions, you are going to love the free kids club! Ages 2 – 11 have access to Camp Ocean, where little ones will be kept busy, active and having too much fun. Kids are sorted into supervised, age-based groups who all go off to participate in age-appropriate activities.

Ages 12 – 14 are welcome to join Circle C, where they will participate in supervised dance parties, games and outdoor activities around the ship, providing the opportunity to hang out and meet new friends.

Teens are not forgotten, with ages 15 – 17 invited to join Club O2, with a host of activities such as karaoke, sport and video games to name a few, all will keep them entertained, educated and supervised on board. Carnival’s great kids club staff will give you the peace of mind you need to go and enjoy some time exploring ship.


All I can say is – you won’t go hungry! Carnival has a huge range of dining options, catering to all dietary requirements and ages. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is certainly sorted aboard a Carnival ship. From burgers, 24/7 pizza, juicy steaks, seafood, sushi, pub feeds, a dessert bar, pasta, Italian and Mongolian, there are so many delicious cuisines to choose from, all guaranteed to delight your taste buds and fill your belly.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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