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This year, your favourite cruise lines are revving up for extravagant Australia Day celebrations. Let’s see what our local ships are doing this long weekend.

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Cruise Line: P&O Cruises

Ships: Pacific Eden (moored in Sydney Harbour), Pacific Explorer (moored in Sydney Harbour), Pacific Aria (White Bay, Sydney), Pacific Dawn (Brisbane, Queensland), Pacific Jewel (Melbourne, Victoria)

Australia Day Activities: Celebrate Australia Day with Australian themed entertainment, lamingtons, pavlova, meat pies and music tracks featuring Australian entertainment icons. There are plenty of ways to be part of the onboard celebrations from entering the Australian national anthem sing off, karaoke or trivia competitions, to learning to decorate the perfect pavlova, or watching an Australian-themed movie marathon. Passengers will also have the opportunity to win $10,000 with P&O’s Look Like a Legend competition so glue on your moustache, dust off your baggy green or put on an outfit that pays tribute to your favourite Aussie legend for your chance to win!

Cruise Line: Carnival Cruise Line

Ships: Carnival Spirit (at sea), Carnival Legend (at sea)

Australia Day Activities: All passengers will receive a miniature Australian flag, with optional face painting and temporary tattoos also on offer. An Australia Day Party will be hosted onboard the Lido Deck on Carnival Legend and Carnival Spirit, featuring a delicious BBQ and prizes for the best Australia Day outfit. Other activities during the day include Aussie themed trivia, relay races, Australian movies and specially themed arts and crafts for kids.

Variety of boats in Sydney Harbour for Australia Day

Cruise Line: Celebrity Cruises

Ships: Celebrity Solstice (at sea)

Australia Day Activities: Keeping up with modern Australian culture, Solstice will treat passengers to delicious treats and fun activities with an Aussie flavour throughout the day.

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ships: Ovation of the Seas (Picton, New Zealand), Radiance of the Seas (Tauranga, New Zealand), Explorer of the Seas (at sea)

Australia Day Activities: Look forward to a belly flop contest, sexiest man competition, cricket, and face-painting. During the day, there will be parties on the pool deck with a barbeque, where passengers are encouraged to get into costume to win the ‘Best Dressed Aussie’ prize. Australian classic meals such as prawn skewers, meat pies, lamb chops and lamingtons will be served with local wines and beers. Into the night, celebrations continue with bands and DJs playing Waltzing Matilda, Kylie Minogue, INXS, John Farnham and more.

Cruise Line: Princess Cruises

Ships: Sea Princess (Akaroa, New Zealand), Golden Princess (Kangaroo Island, South Australia), Majestic Princess (at sea), Sun Princess (Mystery Island, Vanuatu)

Australia Day Activities: Princess ships will be decorated in green and gold and Australian flags. Dinner menus will feature gourmet local cuisine including Tasmanian smoked salmon and Northern Territory barramundi.

Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line

Ship: Norwegian Jewel (Dunedin, New Zealand)

Australia Day Activities: Australia Day celebrations will kick off with the national anthem sung by one of the ship's Australian singers. A poolside barbeque will have a band playing Australia’s greatest hits including songs by INXS, Men at Work, Bee Gees, AC/DC and more. An Aussie-themed cake will be cut for passengers to indulge in, and the buffet is set to offer some delicious Australian dishes.

Cruise Line: Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Ship: Astor (At Sea)

Australia Day Activities: Astor will host an Australian Fair on board, with games such as thong tossing, kangaroo hop, and pool games. If the weather permits, there will also be a classic Aussie barbecue lunch on the deck, accompanied by live music. The evening’s show will be themed around Australian music; all of the songs that will be performed in the show are the work of Australian songwriters. There will also be a Best Dressed Aussie competition for all cruisers on the voyage, as well as Australia-themed quizzes and crafts during the cruise.