Northern Australia Explorer: 17 nights in April 2012

 Sun Princess
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See a different side of cruising with this Princess Northern Australia Explorer. See some true blue parts of northern Australia (remember, it's in the tropics!), and stop in Indonesia for some beautiful beaches. Starting in Sydney, the first stop is in the incredible Whitsundays, known for white beaches, islands, sailing and the Great Barrier Reef. This is a truly amazing part of Australia! Next up is Cairns, a sweltering city where you can escape the autumn cold. Have a walk around the wide, tree-lined promenades and enjoy the city before moving on to Darwin. Here you can peruse the museums and botanical gardens- just watch for jumping crocs in the Adelaide River! After Darwin, there is some scenic cruising along the rugged and beautiful Kimberley Coast, and then a port stop in Broome. The arid landscape meets the indian Ocean here with some great beaches. Once a centre of 'pearling' rather than goldseeking, Broome is now a vibrant and interesting city. The cruise then leaves Australia for Indonesia, stopping in Lombok, part of the lesser Sunda Islands. Lombok can be compared to neighbouring Bali, but with fewer people and cheaper prices- perfect! After a few more sea days stop in at Geraldton. Rock Lobster is a major industry here, so be sure to try some of it! The cruise finishes in Perth, capital of Western Australia.

Cruise Operator: Princess Cruises
Vessel: Sun Princess
Ports of Call: Sydney, Airlie Beach (Whitsundays), Cairns, Darwin, The Kimberley (Scenic cruising), Broome, Lombok, Geraldton, Perth (Fremantle).
Sailing Dates: Departs Thurs, April 12 2012. Arrives Sun, April 29 2012.

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 17 nights

 Days/ Ports of Call/ Arrivals and Departures.

 Day 1: Sydney, departing Thu Apr 12  16:00
Day 2-3: At sea
Day 4: Airlie Beach Sun Apr 15 7:00-15:00
Day 5:  Port Douglas (Cairns) Mon Apr 16 08:00-19:00
Day 6-7: At sea
Day 8: Darwin Thu Apr 19 10:00-17:00
Day 9: At sea
Day 10: The Kimberley (Scenic cruising)
Day 11: Broome Sun Apr 22 11:00-23:00
Day 12-13: At sea
Day 14: Lombok Wed Apr 25 07:00-17:00
Day 15-16: At sea
Day 17: Geraldton

About the Sun Princess

The Sun Princess is premium quality cruising. Cabins are reminiscent of any top-notch hotel, and there are a high percentage of balcony rooms. traditional Dining is served at the same time each night in the Regency Dining Room, or you can try out the Sterling Steak House for a small cover charge. There are other casual specialty restaurants onboard, or have dinner on your balcony! Work it off in one of the several pools or the gym, and relax in the adults-only Lotus Lounge. Theatres, bars and lounges will keep you busy in the evenings, if you can tear yourself away from your cabin!
Find out more about the Sun Princess here.

Book the Northern Australia Explorer here!

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