One kind of cruising that was booming before the pandemic and is poised to really get under steam (or under hybrid electric engines) again is small ship expedition cruising.
Bringing a large cruise ship back into service isn't as easy as turning the ignition key.
Travel is back and it's time to find your fun and reconnect with friends and family in some of our favourite local destinations.
While there might be no life on an ocean wave for us this season, anchors have already been hauled up on ships overseas, and the stiff pace of bookings indicates they remain as popular.
The cruising industry has been through a torrid time in the last 18 months, but it's ready to bounce back.
We can cruise at home and have glorious choices: rust-red Kimberley gorges; reefs and sapphire-sea islands in Queensland; forest-draped bays in misty Tasmania.
Cruise fans are bursting to get onboard again - and the cruise companies are doing all they can to make that happen safely.
It is a testament to the nation's ability to contain the coronavirus and resume operations at a time when many other countries are still struggling.
In the clearest sign yet that the cruise drought is ending, a fresh fleet of ships is set to sail out in 2021.
Emerald Azzurra, new for Emerald Cruises in January 2022, has recorded strong bookings for its inaugural season.
An epic world cruise set to depart Sydney in January 2023 has sold out in just one day.
International cruising remains in the doldrums but Australia's success in containing COVID-19 has already seen domestic small-ship cruises back in business.