Between the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, Australia is extraordinarily diverse in terms of its geography, wildlife and climate, with deserts, mountains and rainforests (not to mention those beloved Koala bears). Hardly limited to wilderness, Australia also boasts urban culture in Sydney and Melbourne. Famous as the set of the "Lord of the Rings" movies, New Zealand has unparalleled natural beauty (did we mention the Great Barrier Reef), as well as adventure sports and outstanding wine.
Embarking on a cruise vacation by driving to a port -- even if the closest one is several hours away -- can be more convenient and less costly than flying. And, it's doable for a whole lot of North Americans. "It's estimated that approximately half of Americans live within a day's drive of a Carnival homeport," Vance Gulliksen, spokesperson for Carnival Cruise Lines, told Cruise Critic. If you'd like to discover which cruise homeports are near you, check our list, sorted by region.