Silversea is already taking reservations for its World Cruise in 2019, a splendid 132-day voyage between San Francisco and London.
Norwegian Cruise Line's colourful new megaship Norwegian Joy boasts a host of "first at sea" features, including a go-kart racetrack.
Cunard's Queen Victoria is just about to float out following after a refurbishment that includes a new Winter Garden.
Making a splash – U by Uniworld
Australians have once again hit a cruise high, with 1,281,159 taking a cruise last year.
Next Friday night the annual Vivid Sydney Festival will open in a spectacular burst of colour, lights and action.
Packing for any trip is always a challenge, but for cruisers it can be particularly tricky, because dress codes are involved.
Cruising: The Shipping News
All the visiting ships may have departed to sail other summer seas, but there are still options for cruising in our own backyard over the next few months.
Cabins are already being snapped up on Viking Cruises' new 2019 Alaskan itinerary aboard the yet-to-be-launched Viking Spirit.
Silver Muse is the company's ninth ship and Silversea's boldest venture to date.
While some of us spend our holidays exploring new surroundings, others prefer to stick with what they know, secure in the knowledge there will be no nasty surprises – and a good time is guaranteed.