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About Mooloolaba

Queensland is said to be 'beautiful one day, perfect the next'. In keeping with this theme, the Sunshine State prides itself on having more than 2,000 kilometres of fabulous beaches and coastal hotspots. One of these highlights is Mooloolaba, about an hour's drive north of Brisbane.

Mooloolaba's population swells considerably each weekend and on school holidays. However, it's not a quiet hideaway by the ocean. While very much maintaining its own identity, Mooloolaba is, along with the neighbouring Alexandra Headland, a suburb of Maroochydore. The three seaside areas sit next to each other -- the centre of Maroochydore being the third area -- and it's hard to tell where one seaside village and the next begins.

Mooloolaba is very much the tourist hub of the three and The Esplanade, with its abundance of restaurants, cafes and shops overlooking one end of Mooloolaba Beach, is the focal point. Mooloolaba's prime location makes it an excellent launching pad to all sorts of attractions, such as the world-class Australia Zoo, the Glass House Mountains and the Sunshine Coast hinterland and its quaint towns.

For cruise travellers, Mooloolaba has only been a port of call since August 2014. However, its long history as a tourist destination means there is a calm confidence in its treatment of visitors. It might be a small town by the ocean, but for a holiday it is top notch on many levels. The combined population of all three numbers is in excess of 30,424 (based on 2018 Census figures), and this brings with it a co-existing blend of tourism and urban living.


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  • 61 Night
    Cruise to Mooloolaba

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Victoria, Vancouver ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    61 Night Cruise to Mooloolaba Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 4
      Victoria
    • Day 5
      Vancouver
    • Day 6
      Seattle
    • Day 7
      Outside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 8
      Ketchikan
    • Day 9
      Icy Strait
    • Day 10
      Hubbard Glacier (Cruising)
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      Seward
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      Kodiak
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      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 14
      Dutch Harbor
    • Day 15
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Petropavlovsk
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Hokkaido
    • Day 23
      Hakodate
    • Day 24
      Miyako Island
    • Day 25
      Sendai
    • Day 26
      Oarai
    • Day 27
      Tokyo (Yokohama)
    • Day 28
      Shimizu
    • Day 29
      Kobe
    • Day 30
      East China Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 31
      Okinawa
    • Day 32
      Ryukyu Island
    • Day 33
      Taipei (Keelung)
    • Day 34
      South China Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 35
      Hong Kong
    • Day 36
      Hong Kong
    • Day 37
      South China Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 38
      Hue
    • Day 39
      South China Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 40
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 41
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 42
      South China Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 43
      Singapore
    • Day 44
      Singapore
    • Day 45
      Cruising (Java Sea)
    • Day 46
      Semarang
    • Day 47
      Surabaya
    • Day 48
      Bali
    • Day 49
      Bali
    • Day 50
      Bali
    • Day 51
      Komodo Island
    • Day 52
      Cruising (Timor Sea)
    • Day 53
      Darwin
    • Day 54
      Cruising (Arafura Sea)
    • Day 55
      Thursday Island
    • Day 56
      Cruising (Coral Sea)
    • Day 57
      Cairns
    • Day 58
      Whitsundays (Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island)
    • Day 59
      Cruising (Coral Sea)
    • Day 60
      Mooloolaba
    • Day 61
      Brisbane
    • Day 62
      Cruising
    • Day 63
      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Regatta - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding service on a ship that's a foodie's dream come true

    Cons

    In rough seas, movement is quite noticeable

    Bottom Line

    A smaller ship that's big on creature comforts

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    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    You might call Regatta the perfect "Goldilocks" ship -- it's not too big, not too small, but ra...

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    SherwoodCruiser
    Sail Date May 2019
    Wonderful vacation!
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Splendid cruise
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 20 Night
    Cruise to Mooloolaba

    Leaving:
    Singapore
    Visiting:
    Singapore, Semarang ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    20 Night Cruise to Mooloolaba Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Singapore
    • Day 2
      Singapore
    • Day 3
      Cruising (Java Sea)
    • Day 4
      Semarang
    • Day 5
      Surabaya
    • Day 6
      Bali
    • Day 7
      Bali
    • Day 8
      Bali
    • Day 9
      Komodo Island
    • Day 10
      Cruising (Timor Sea)
    • Day 11
      Darwin
    • Day 12
      Cruising (Arafura Sea)
    • Day 13
      Thursday Island
    • Day 14
      Cruising (Coral Sea)
    • Day 15
      Cairns
    • Day 16
      Whitsundays (Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island)
    • Day 17
      Cruising (Coral Sea)
    • Day 18
      Mooloolaba
    • Day 19
      Brisbane
    • Day 20
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Regatta - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding service on a ship that's a foodie's dream come true

    Cons

    In rough seas, movement is quite noticeable

    Bottom Line

    A smaller ship that's big on creature comforts

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    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    You might call Regatta the perfect "Goldilocks" ship -- it's not too big, not too small, but ra...

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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Disgusting floating health hazard, rude staff, and bad entertainment
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    If the missed ports were the only problems.....
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 30 Night
    Cruise to Mooloolaba

    Leaving:
    Auckland
    Visiting:
    Paihia, Gisborne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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    30 Night Cruise to Mooloolaba Route (Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Auckland
    • Day 2
      Paihia
    • Day 3
      Gisborne
    • Day 4
      Napier
    • Day 5
      Wellington
    • Day 6
      Akaroa
    • Day 7
      Dunedin
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Milford Sound
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Burnie
    • Day 12
      Melbourne
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 15
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Brisbane
    • Day 18
      Mooloolaba
    • Day 19
      Gladstone
    • Day 20
      Cruising (Coral Sea)
    • Day 21
      Cairns
    • Day 22
      Cooktown
    • Day 23
      Cruising (Coral Sea)
    • Day 24
      Thursday Island
    • Day 25
      Torres Strait
    • Day 26
      Cruising (Arafura Sea)
    • Day 27
      Darwin
    • Day 28
      Cruising (Timor Sea)
    • Day 29
      Komodo Island
    • Day 30
      Bali
    • Day 31
      Bali
    Ship Details

    Seven Seas Explorer - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Pros

    Gorgeously decorated ship; emphasis on fine dining and intuitive service

    Cons

    Ship action slows at night, and entertainment needs refining

    Bottom Line

    The ship offers an inclusive and completely luxurious experience

    Reviews

    Seven Seas Explorer Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value3.5

    Well before Seven Seas Explorer launched in July 2016, Regent Seven Seas was calling it the "Mo...

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    Erndog72
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    A great experience
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great first cruise with Regent
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Mooloolaba

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Brisbane, Mooloolaba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    16 Night Cruise to Mooloolaba Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Brisbane
    • Day 4
      Mooloolaba
    • Day 5
      Cruising (Coral Sea)
    • Day 6
      Whitsundays (Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island)
    • Day 7
      Cairns
    • Day 8
      Cruising (Coral Sea)
    • Day 9
      Alotau
    • Day 10
      Port Moresby
    • Day 11
      Cruising (Coral Sea)
    • Day 12
      Cruising (Arafura Sea)
    • Day 13
      Darwin
    • Day 14
      Cruising (Timor Sea)
    • Day 15
      Komodo Island
    • Day 16
      Bali
    • Day 17
      Bali
    Ship Details

    Regatta - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding service on a ship that's a foodie's dream come true

    Cons

    In rough seas, movement is quite noticeable

    Bottom Line

    A smaller ship that's big on creature comforts

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    You might call Regatta the perfect "Goldilocks" ship -- it's not too big, not too small, but ra...

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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Modified South Pacific Cruise
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Up to expectations and sometimes exceeding them
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 23 Night
    Cruise to Mooloolaba

    Leaving:
    Brisbane
    Visiting:
    Mooloolaba, Gladstone ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal Cruises
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    23 Night Cruise to Mooloolaba Route (Crystal Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Brisbane
    • Day 2
      Mooloolaba
    • Day 3
      Gladstone
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Honiara
    • Day 7
      Gizo
    • Day 8
      Rabaul
    • Day 9
      Rabaul
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Madang
    • Day 12
      Wewak
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Ternate
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Komodo Island
    • Day 18
      Bali
    • Day 19
      Bali
    • Day 20
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Semarang
    • Day 22
      Cruising
    • Day 23
      Singapore
    • Day 24
      Singapore
    Ship Details

    Crystal Serenity - Crystal Cruises

    Pros

    Extensive enrichment and entertainment, inclusive fares, top-notch service.

    Cons

    Can feel clubby with many older, repeat passengers.

    Bottom Line

    You'll be pampered but never bored on luxury's largest ship.

    Reviews

    Crystal Serenity Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    The 980-passenger Crystal Serenity takes the best of big-ship cruising and the best of luxury t...

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    alwaysonaship
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    We Jumped Ship In Cabo!
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    We had a great cruise on the Serenity
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 18 Night
    Cruise to Mooloolaba

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Brisbane, Mooloolaba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    18 Night Cruise to Mooloolaba Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Brisbane
    • Day 4
      Mooloolaba
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Airlie Beach
    • Day 7
      Cairns
    • Day 8
      Cairns
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Darwin
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Bali
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Singapore
    • Day 19
      Singapore
    Ship Details

    Azamara Pursuit - Azamara

    Pros

    ** Comfortable home base for exploring unique itineraries, with warm and accommodating service

    Cons

    ** Most cabins, especially the bathrooms, are small and feel tight

    Bottom Line

    ** Pursuit is perfectly sized to sail into more remote ports; onboard atmosphere is quiet and congenial

    Reviews

    Azamara Pursuit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0

    In August 2018, Azamara Club Cruises expanded its two-ship fleet with the addition of Azamara Purs...

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    SailingSteve77
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Twilight Zone cruise!
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Fantastic Captain, Crew, and Ship
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice