After years of planning, cruises are back and better than ever. From fun family escapes and gourmet getaways to once-in-a-lifetime adventures zipping around on Zodiacs, here are the best cruises to book for 2023. But you’d better get in quick: these hot-ticket itineraries are sure to sell out fast.

Disney Magic at Sea: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland

Disney Magic at Sea

2 - 6 nights
Departs various dates from October 2023 to February 2024

Making its debut Down Under, the Disney Cruise Line is set to sail up and down Australia’s east coast from October 2023. There’s no shortage of things to do during your ‘seacation’: race down the three-storey waterslide, sing along at a larger-than-life stage productions of films such as Beauty and the Beast and Frozen, join a tea party hosted by Cinderella, compete in a family gameshow or catch a classic Disney film on deck under the stars. Kids will love the action-packed Oceaneer Club and Marvel Superhero Academy; grown ups won’t want to miss a massage at the high-end, ocean-view spa.

Regent: A Magnificent Crossing

Seven Seas Grandeur

14 nights
Departs 25 November 2023

When it launches in 2023, Seven Seas Grandeur will be one of Regent’s most luxe ships to date. Think: 14 decks, a grand atrium and all-suite staterooms with balconies and marble bathrooms, including a 412-square-metre top-tier option complete with private sauna and steam room. Between shore excursions in sun-baked Seville, the Portuguese island of Madeira and the Royal Naval Dockyard in Bermuda, you’ll have plenty of down time to lounge by the infinity pool, play bocce, take cooking classes and explore the line’s popular dining options like steakhouse Prime 7 and upscale French eatery Chartreuse.

Cunard Great Australian Culinary Voyage: Sydney - Sydney

Cunard Great Australian Culinary Voyage

5 nights
Departs 28 January 2023

Cunard’s first foodie-themed cruise, this roundtrip from Sydney includes daytime stops in coffee-obsessed Melbourne and the Tasmanian city of Burnie – a cheese-making hub beloved for its triple cream brie. Back on board the stately Art Deco-inspired Queen Elizabeth, guests can nibble on afternoon tea created by pastry chef Darren Purchese, take part in cooking demonstrations and Q&As hosted by food critic Jill Dupleix, sip top drops with wine critic Huon Hooke and enjoy an indulgent 3-course dinner created by chef Mark Olive, renowned for showcasing Indigenous ingredients.

Silversea Galapagos Islands Expedition Cruise

Silversea Galapagos Islands Expedition Cruise

6 nights
Departs various dates throughout 2023

The purpose-built 100-guest Silver Origin, which began sailing in 2022, is stocked with 8 Zodiac boats, a state-of-the-art observation platform and plenty of knowledgeable expedition crew – the ideal set-up for spotting giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies and sea lion pups. Almost every suite has a private veranda; the largest comes equipped with separate living areas and a huge tub with uninterrupted views of the sea. Daily excursions are included in the fare – everything from trekking across lava fields to kayaking and deep-water snorkelling – as are flights, beverages, Ecuadorian-inspired dining, door-to-door transfers, expedition gear and even a round-the-clock butler service.

Viking Magnificent Mekong: Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi

Viking Saigon

14 nights
Departs various dates throughout 2023

Rounded out by hotel stays in Hanoi, Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City, this 15-day adventure includes an eight-day Mekong River voyage aboard Viking’s newest river ship, the Viking Saigon. Explore the UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat temple complex, see the vine-covered ruins of Ta Prohm, marvel at floating markets and take a rickshaw ride through Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. The Saigon has all the chic design features you’d expect of a Scandinavian cruise company – blond timbers, plush throws draped over Queen-sized beds, floor-to-ceiling glass doors for panoramic views – and caters to just 80 guests.  

Seoul, South Korea

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