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.
New Zealand is home to more than enough towering mountains, award-winning wineries, adrenaline-pumping activities and cultural experiences to wow hundreds of thousands of cruisers annually. With more than a dozen mainstream ships plying New Zealand's picturesque waters from October to April, passengers certainly have a lot of choice. This chart features a representative from every major line, including Princess and Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Carnival, Celebrity, Regent Seven Seas, Oceania Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Silversea, P&O Cruises and Seabourn. Each of the 12 ships -- which were handpicked based on their popularity among all cruise options in New Zealand -- caters to a different type of traveller. Families on a budget might find the most 'bang for their buck' onboard Carnival Legend, while couples looking to splurge can pamper themselves with Crystal Symphony's lavish suites and all-inclusive fine dining. Familiarise yourself with the biggest contenders' itineraries, exclusive New Zealand offerings and more to determine which cruise is best for you.