Depart Newcastle with Dream Cruises

Dream Cruises aims to redefine cruising with inspirational luxury and transformational journeys at sea. Soon Australian and New Zealand cruisers can experience their own “dream cruise”, when Explorer Dream arrives in Australian and New Zealand waters from October 2019.

Dream Cruises has announced new cruise options for Australia’s East coast, releasing a series of short sector itineraries and a new embarkation point in Newcastle.


Explorer Dream will be the first of the Dream Cruises fleet to homeport in Australia (at Sydney’s White Bay Cruise Terminal), with the first departure due to set sail from Sydney on 27 October 2019.

In addition to the seven-night coastal cruises to Queensland and Tasmania, Dream Cruises has released a series of short sector cruise options.

There are six new sectors to choose from, including one-way and weekend cruises.

You can now opt to cruise one way from Brisbane to Sydney or reverse, with a choice of two, three, four and five-night itineraries available. Fares start from AU$286 per person for a two-night cruise from Brisbane to Sydney.

Newcastle Departures


Dream Cruises has further expanded their offerings by announcing a new embarkation point – Newcastle. Novocastrians can depart from the convenience of their local port, with two departures dates available. There is a four-night cruise departing 4 November from Newcastle to Brisbane (via Gladstone and the Sunshine Coast) and a seven-night round-trip from Newcastle on 25 November, visiting Gladstone, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Sydney.

Other Departures


Explorer Dream will embark on a series of 7-night cruises with the option to sail north from Sydney along the stunning coast of Queensland, or journey south to Tasmania’s unique rugged landscapes. Alternatively, guests can set sail from Auckland and navigate the scenic shores of New Zealand.

Dream Cruises is perfectly-suited for the tranquil Australian lifestyle, combining authentic Asian heritage with world-class offerings to those who enjoy a relaxed ambience and an appreciation for the finer things in life.

Prior to her Australian and New Zealand deployment, Explorer Dream will make her way from Shanghai to Sydney. The 21-night relocation voyage will commence on 6 October 2019, cruising via nine ports – Hong Kong, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Jakarta, Bali, Darwin, Cairns and Gladstone.

Guests onboard will be among the first to experience the newest member of the Dream Cruises fleet following a USD50 million investment by Genting Cruise Lines to transform the much-loved Superstar Virgo (of sister brand, Star Cruises) into Explorer Dream.

The 75,338-tonne luxury ship will have capacity to carry 1852 passengers in a total of 926 staterooms. There will be 7 cabin categories ranging from affordable Interior Staterooms through to the decadent Palace Villas. For those seeking something in between, Balcony Staterooms will appeal, as will the fifty luxurious Palace Suites which come with exclusive benefits such as wi-fi, premium beverage package, specialty dining and bespoke 24-hour butler service.

The former Superstar Virgo will retain her luxe charm, paired with newly enhanced opulent interiors and a grand piazza-style lobby. Staterooms will be rejuvenated with sophisticated contemporary décor and eye-catching artwork.

Guests will embark on a journey featuring some of the finest and unexpected experiences from around the world. Dance under the stars, enjoy Broadway-style production shows, or indulge in some exclusive pampering at Crystal Life spa.

Foodies will be well-catered to with Dream Cruises’ range of bar and dining concepts on board, including Umi Uma sushi and teppanyaki restaurant, Palm Court, Mozzarella Ristorante & Pizzeria plus a gelateria and “cake corner” for those with a sweet tooth.

Couples can enjoy a romantic dinner under the stars at Seafood Grill, the signature restaurant of internationally-acclaimed Australian chef, Mark Best.

Catering to families and multi-gen cruisers, there will be a kids’ club for “Little Dreamers”.

While the ship will be bursting with entertainment and excitement, you’ll also find plenty of space for some much-needed relaxation. The range of staterooms offer a haven of calm; balancing modern convenience with total tranquillity. Drift off to sleep each evening wrapped in the comfort and luxury of the ‘dream beds’, thanks to a unique combination of high-quality mattresses, silky smooth sheets, bouncy duvets & a mountain of pillows.

For guests looking for a little more exclusivity – tucked away in its own special enclave – The Palace is an area composed of two Palace Villas and 44 spacious and elegantly furnished Suites. Unwind with private facilities, exclusive privileges and the finest hospitality.