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There are around 30 cruise ports in Australia, dotted all the way around the coast. Sydney is the country’s largest port, with two terminals in the harbour welcoming hundreds of ships each year. In NSW, cruises regularly visit Newcastle, which is close to the Hunter Valley wine region, and the pretty town of Eden on the far south coast. In Queensland, cruises visit Brisbane, the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Fraser Island and Moreton Island. You can also venture further north to the remote outposts of Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands, which are almost entirely untouched by tourism. Along the southern coast of Australia, popular ports include Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula, Hobart, Adelaide and Kangaroo Island. Darwin in the Northern Territory is close to the famed Kakadu National Park and a great jumping off point for cruises to Indonesia.

More cruise lines are now visiting Western Australia, calling at Perth, Bunbury and Exmouth, where you can swim with whale sharks. The remote Kimberley region along the northern edge of Western Australia is also becoming popular for expedition cruising, with smaller ships taking passengers through its spectacular natural landscapes. These cruises will sail between Darwin and Broome. 

An Australian cruise is a great way to get a taste of life at sea. You can start with a short cruise of just three or four nights, which will usually take you on a round trip from your departure point with one or two stops. For example, a popular four-night cruise from Sydney travels north along the coast, stops at Moreton Island (off Brisbane) for one day and then returns to Sydney. Longer cruises can run for seven, 14 or 21 days, taking you to more ports and states. If you want to complete a full circumnavigation of Australia, you’ll be cruising for around 25-30 days. 

Cruises operate year-round in Australia, so you can set sail whenever you like. The busiest time is during the warmer months between November and April, which is known as the Wave Season. This period has the most departures and is when many international ships will visit our waters. Spring and autumn have the most pleasant weather and you will be sailing under warm, sunny skies. Remember that school holidays will always be busy and there will be lots of families sailing, so avoid these times if you’d like a bit of peace and quiet. The cruise season in the Kimberley runs from April to October with April and May being the best months to see the waterfalls in full force after the wet season.

Yes, most cruise lines can cater to dietary restrictions. Larger cruise ships will have multiple restaurants on board, so you will have options when looking for menus featuring things like vegetarian or gluten free. If you have more specific or unusual needs, speak to your travel agent when you book and find out if you can submit requests early. The crew and your waiter will also be able to assist on board.

Themed cruises are very popular in Australia, so you will be able to find something fun and quirky to suit your interests. There are cruises themed around country music, Elvis Presley, popular eras like the 80s and 90s, disco, comedy and sporting events like the Melbourne Cup. Australian music themed cruises may even have famous local artists on board. These cruises tend to be short, usually around four or five days, and there are lots of fun activities, decorations and passengers in full costume.

Yes, if you are not an Australian citizen or living here under an approved visa, you will need a tourist visa for an Australian cruise. This applies whether you are flying into an Australian city to begin your cruise or you are arriving by sea when your ship sails into Australian waters. Australian citizens and residents to not need a visa for cruises that only visit Australian ports, even if you sail into international waters.

The whole family will love an Australian cruise. Onboard many of the larger ships sailing here you’ll find family-friendly fun in the form of swimming pools, waterslides, waterparks, sports courts and outdoor games. Most ships have kids’ clubs with separate groups for each age group, ranging from toddlers to teens. They will also host movie nights, interactive game shows and Broadway-style musicals. Most of the ports around Australia will also offer shore excursions suitable for the whole family, from cycling and bushwalks to snorkelling, animal encounters and outdoor adventures.

Certainly! Natural wonders are a highlight of many Australian itineraries. Cruises along the Queensland coast will take you into the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, where you can snorkel, dive and paddle above spectacular technicolour coral. Along the southern edge of Australia, a number of cruise ships now visit Kangaroo Island, considered one of the most biodiverse environments in the country. Visit huge seal colonies, spot koalas in the trees and cruise alongside curious dolphins. The Kimberley region in Western Australia is one of the world’s last true wilderness areas and expedition ships cruising here will visit rugged coastline and isolated archipelagos.

Many of the world’s largest and most advanced ships are cruising in Australian waters, so you can expect a huge range of entertainment and things to do on board. The whole family will enjoy the swimming pools, waterslides, sports courts, mini golf and more. There are also quieter spaces, like games rooms and libraries, are kids’ clubs suitable for young children and teens. Be entertained with live music, theatre, comedy and interactive game shows, as well as regular movies – sometimes screened outside by the pool. There may also be entertainment focused on Australian culture and local performers.

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From outback adventures and vineyard tastings to delightful city tours and local immersions, Australia and New Zealand shore excursions bring you the best of the regional cuisine, culture, history and natural beauty. Extended evening stays and overnights across the region give you the chance to more fully embrace the iconic wonders and local life with explorations ashore and leisurely, meaningful touring.

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Extend your stay before or after your Australia and New Zealand cruise at one of these luxurious hotels, carefully selected for their superb location, ambiance, world-class standards of service, cuisine and amenities. Our hotel packages include free air date changes up to 3 days before or after your cruise and free transfers between the airport, hotel and ship as well as porterage. You’ll also enjoy the services of our exclusive Oceania Cruises hospitality desk at each hotel.

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Choose a sophisticated setting with the beautiful harbor-side haven of Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, featuring 590 luxurious rooms, 35 of which are lavish suites. Spread over 35 floors in Darling Harbour’s tallest building, enjoy the latest technology and contemporary décor with chic French touches, plus unique dining experiences overlooking the harbor. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the harbor and skyline, laze the day away by the infinity pool or indulge at the Champagne Bar.

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Grand Windsor Hotel

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Set in an art deco building dating from 1936, this refined hotel in the city center is a seven-minute walk from restaurants and bars in Viaduct Harbour and a nine-minute walk from the landmark Sky Tower. Stylish rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen televisions, as well as mini-fridges and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Amenities include a wellness center and a chic fine dining restaurant and bar serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Shaped like Mandarin Oriental's iconic fan, this stunning hotel enjoys a wonderful setting in Marina Bay. Only minutes from the central business district and with a choice of fabulous restaurants, fantastic rooms and extensive leisure facilities, Mandarin Oriental Singapore offers the ultimate urban retreat. Combining subtle oriental touches with luxurious contemporary comforts, the accommodations exude a sense of understated style. From cappuccinos and cocktails to delicious cuisines from around the world, the hotel features multiple gourmet venues to suite every taste and mood.

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Our Australia & New Zealand Pre- and Post-Cruise Land Programs invite you to immerse yourself in the vibrant cultures, cuisines and rich history of this region. These multi-day, in-depth Land Programs include exclusive tours, premium hotel stays, airport transfers when arriving and departing the day your program begins and ends, and oftentimes locally inspired meals and porterage too.

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Cultural Sydney

Become immersed in Sydney’s extraordinary Aboriginal culture for a glimpse into an ancient lifestyle that still flourishes today. Take the ferry to Goat Island and discover its significance to the Aboriginal people, who own it once again. Wander about the Royal Botanic Garden and the national park Ku-Ring-Gai Chase for an understanding of herbal medicines and how the indigenous people nurtured the land. Deepen your insight even further by browsing Aboriginal artwork and listening to Elders tell spiritual Dreamtime stories.

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New Zealand’s Natural Wonders

Life is noticeably different beyond Auckland’s city limits. The pace is slower, the air exudes an aura of joy and nature isn’t shy about flaunting her wonders. It won’t take long to embrace the beauty, especially in the fertile farmlands, the ideal setting to savor a flight of wines at a boutique vineyard. It’s easy to lose yourself in natural environs such as Muriwai Beach, where colonies of seabirds ride the offshore updrafts. And what a rare treat to cruise across a deep cavern lake eerily illuminated by thousands of glowworms.

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Angkor Wat – From Singapore

The Angkor Archaeological Park offers a rare glimpse into the scale, power and architectural ingenuity of the Khmer empire that flourished in this Cambodian jungle setting until the 15th century. The ruins of Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument, may be the park’s star attraction but the Hindu-Buddhist temples at nearby Angkor Thom are just as staggeringly beautiful. The hundreds of serenely smiling stone faces at its Bayon Temple are particularly memorable, especially considering that they were carved with hand tools about 900 years ago.

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Catch a wave at Bondi, shop ‘til you drop in the city or sip a long black in the vibrant inner west before a cruise from Sydney. Culturally diverse, Sydney offers plenty to explore, from art galleries and ancient Aboriginal culture, to iconic structures and a heady mix of cuisines. When cruising from Sydney’s deep-water port in the heart of the city, you can explore it all before or after your next Sydney cruise with Princess.

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Cruise from Sydney and head ‘across the ditch’ to New Zealand, Australia’s closest neighbour. Sample award-winning wines in Picton, discover rich Māori heritage in the Bay of Islands or explore Tolkien’s mythical Middle Earth. With Princess’ Across the Ditch program, sample the best of the region and immerse yourself in local culture on board any of our round-trip cruises from Sydney or one-way trips to Auckland.

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Australia Cruises

Cruising from Sydney allows you to explore the very best of Australia – including its rich culture and diverse landscape. Dive the Great Barrier Reef, browse Hobart’s Salamanca Markets or tantalise your tastebuds in the Barossa Valley and Margaret River wine regions. From bustling cities to deserted outback, coastal paradise to craggy peaks to lush rainforest, Australia is a land that has it all.

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Australia Seacations

One of the wonderful things about Australia is the fact that you don’t have to go far to see something new. If you’re short on time, short cruises from Sydney allow you to explore some of the country’s highlights. On 2 or 3-day cruises from Sydney, browse Melbourne’s boutique stores and laneways, see a koala at Brisbane’s Australia Zoo or kick back and relax on the Gold Coast.

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Papua New Guinea

Located off the north coast of Australia, the rugged paradise of Papua New Guinea is the perfect destination for those who want to head off the beaten track. On a cruise from Sydney, relax on Alotau’s immaculate white-sand beaches, or dive the Conflict Islands’ pristine reef system to uncover the intriguing marine life within. You’ll soon realize that Papua New Guinea is a place that’s not easily forgotten.

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Located just off Australia’s mainland, Tasmania offers plenty to explore on your next cruise from Sydney. Stroll through bustling Hobart and sample some of the local produce, then uncover the state’s history as a penal colony at Port Arthur. Trek Tassie’s wilderness on a hike of Cradle Mountain, or marvel at the beauty of Freycinet Peninsula. Whether on a short cruise getaway or a longer trip, Tasmania is simply a must-see.

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South America Cruises

From the balmy jungles of South America to the icy terrains of Antarctica, revel in the best of both worlds on a cruise from Sydney. In Puntarenas, learn how Starbucks coffee beans are harvested at the company’s only farm. Walk past pyramids in Huatulco, and uncover treasures of Mesoamerica. Or ascend to Corcovado Mountain and visit one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the Christ the Redeemer statue.

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Tahiti & South Pacific Cruises

On cruises from Sydney, step into paradise as you uncover the mesmerising beauty of Tahiti and the islands of the South Pacific. Explore these dream destinations and bask in the crystal waters of Lemon Bay Beach in New Caledonia’s Noumea. Kayak within a secret oasis at Vanuatu’s Mystery Island, wander colourful markets in Fiji’s Lautoka or discover rich French Polynesian culture in Tahiti.

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Home to ancient civilizations and long-standing traditions, Asia welcomes you to explore age-old cultures. Learn the art of Thai dancing in Bangkok, navigate the Cu Chi tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City or discover 8,000-year-old history at the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Between the landmarks and local connections, experience a sensory experience unlike any other on a cruise from Sydney to Asia.

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What You Need to Know About Cruises from Sydney

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Sydney at a Glance

  • Language : English
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  • Docking : Your cruise from Sydney docks at White Bay Cruise Terminal or the Overseas Passenger Terminal (Circular Quay West).
  • Attire : Opt for shorts and t-shirts during the hot and humid summer months (December to February) and long pants and sweaters in the cooler months of winter (June to August).
  • Transportation : Public transport makes Sydney easy to get around, thanks to its ferries, buses, trains and light rail. Driving in the city is not recommended, especially during peak hour, due to high density traffic.

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Whether taking a short cruise from Sydney or a world tour, there’s plenty to explore in the city before or after your cruise. Foodies can indulge in diverse cuisines, while history and nature lovers can find hidden gems at every turn. Climb the Harbour Bridge, tour the Opera House or wander the Royal Botanic Gardens. Outside the city, cool off at Manly Beach, hike the Blue Mountains or catch a game at Sydney Cricket Ground.

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Possibilities are endless aboard Royal Princess®, the newest class and our core ship that cruises from Sydney. Savor international cuisine by day and then enjoy late-night game shows with fellow guests.

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From French fare and yum cha delights to the Hollywood-style pool club and private karaoke suites, you’ll feel like an international superstar on your cruise from Sydney aboard Majestic Princess®.

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Expect over-the-top adventure when you travel down under on a Holland America Line cruise to Australia. You can scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge, meet Tasmanian devils in Port Arthur (or ghosts in Hobart!), ride camels on Cable Beach in Broome, and hop a helicopter in Melbourne for a flight down the Yarra River Valley. Other wow-worthy moments on your Australia cruise: trekking through the planet’s oldest rainforest in Townsville, and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef during a call in Cairns.

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Australia Circumnavigation Cruises

Want to go on a cruise around Australia? That's a "circumnavigation" cruise. Surprisingly, there aren't a lot of these "circle Australia" cruises available. It's a long voyage, and that limits the number of people who have the time to take it. All of the options are listed below.

Australia's major cities are on the coast, so a cruise round the continent is a natural way to explore. The cruises typically depart from Sydney and include stops at Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin and more. Often they go to Tasmania and Bali too.

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February 14, 2024: 34-night cruise around Australia on Royal Caribbean . Round-trip from Sydney (Australia) to Brisbane (Australia), Gladstone (Australia), Cairns (Australia), Darwin (Australia), Exmouth (Australia), Perth (Australia), Esperance (Australia), Adelaide (Australia), Melbourne (Australia), Hobart (Australia), Picton (New Zealand), Lyttelton (New Zealand) and Dunedin (New Zealand).

February 29, 2024: 26-day cruise around Australia on Princess Cruises . Round-trip from Sydney (Australia) to Brisbane (Australia), Willis Island (Australia), Cairns (Australia), Darwin (Australia), Broome (Australia), Geraldton (Australia), Perth (Australia), Busselton (Australia), Albany (Australia), Adelaide (Australia), Melbourne (Australia), Burnie (Australia) and Hobart (Australia).

October 18, 2024: 30-night cruise round Australia on Cunard Line . Round-trip from Sydney (Australia) to Airlie Beach (Australia), Cairns (Australia), Darwin (Australia), Bali (Indonesia), Broome (Australia), Geraldton (Australia), Fremantle (Australia), Albany (Australia), Adelaide (Australia), Melbourne (Australia), Hobart (Australia) and Port Arthur (Australia).

October 26, 2024: 28-day cruise around Australia on Princess Cruises . Round-trip from Sydney (Australia) to Hobart (Australia), Melbourne (Australia), Adelaide (Australia), Albany (Australia), Busselton (Australia), Fremantle (Australia), Geraldton (Australia), Broome (Australia), Darwin (Australia), Cairns (Australia), Willis Island (Australia) and Brisbane (Australia).

November 17, 2024: 35-day Australia circumnavigation cruise on Holland America Line . Round-trip from Sydney (Australia) to Newcastle (Australia), Brisbane (Australia), Airlie Beach (Australia), Cairns (Australia), Darwin (Australia), Komodo Island (Indonesia), Broome (Australia), Exmouth (Australia), Geraldton (Australia), Fremantle (Australia), Albany (Australia), Port Lincoln (Australia), Adelaide (Australia), Kangaroo Island (Australia), Melbourne (Australia), Hobart (Australia) and Port Arthur (Australia).

December 22, 2024: 34-day Australia circumnavigation cruise on Oceania Cruises . Round-trip from Sydney (Australia) to Newcastle (Australia), Airlie Beach (Australia), Cairns (Australia), Cooktown (Australia), Darwin (Australia), Bali (Indonesia), Exmouth (Australia), Geraldton (Australia), Perth (Australia), Busselton (Australia), Albany (Australia), Adelaide (Australia), Kangaroo Island (Australia), Portland (Australia), Phillip Island (Australia), Melbourne (Australia), Burnie (Australia) and Eden (Australia).

March 19, 2025: 28-day cruise around Australia on Princess Cruises . Round-trip from Sydney (Australia) to Hobart (Australia), Melbourne (Australia), Adelaide (Australia), Albany (Australia), Busselton (Australia), Perth (Australia), Geraldton (Australia), Broome (Australia), Darwin (Australia), Cairns (Australia), Willis Island (Australia) and Brisbane (Australia).

November 23, 2025: 28-day cruise around Australia on Princess Cruises . Round-trip from Sydney (Australia) to Brisbane (Australia), Willis Island (Australia), Cairns (Australia), Darwin (Australia), Broome (Australia), Geraldton (Australia), Perth (Australia), Busselton (Australia), Albany (Australia), Adelaide (Australia), Melbourne (Australia) and Hobart (Australia).

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Berlin is taking reports of a Russian plot to assassinate the chief executive of a German arms manufacturer very seriously, and says it won't be intimidated by Moscow's threats.

CNN and the New York Times reported yesterday that US intelligence had discovered and warned Germany of a Russian plot to kill Armin Papperger, CEO of Rheinmetall.

The German company makes artillery shells and tanks that Ukraine has used in its war against Russia.

The plot was one of a series of Russian plans to assassinate defence industry executives across Europe supporting Ukraine, CNN reported.

After Washington's warning, German security services were able to protect Mr Papperger, it said.

"We will not allow ourselves to be intimidated by Russia," said Germany's interior minister Nancy Faeser.

She added that Germany will continue to do "everything we can to prevent Russian threats" within the country.

Rheinmetall has not directly confirmed the reports, while the Kremlin has denied them as fake and based on anonymous sources.

More now on Russia's response to Joe Biden's gaffes at last night's NATO summit.

The US president accidentally introduced the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, as "President Putin" before correcting himself.

He later mixed up the names of his Republican rival Donald Trump with that of Vice President Kamala Harris.

Videos of Mr Biden's gaffes featured prominently on news bulletins in Russia, where state TV has long depicted the 81-year-old as a senile old man.

A Kremlin spokesperson called Mr Biden's faux-pas "slips of the tongue" ( see 13.10pm post ), while a representative of Russia's foreign ministry joked that the US president had shown himself to be a "pro-Russian candidate being controlled by the Kremlin".

Maria Zakharova published a sarcastic commentary that used Mr Biden's error to mock what Moscow says are false US allegations it has meddled in its politics.

"It seems to me that the notorious 'Russian interference in the American elections' cannot be hidden any longer - there is a pro-Russian candidate [Biden] who is controlled by the 'hand of the Kremlin,'" Ms Zakharova joked on Telegram.

Later, at an official news briefing, she accused the "US deep state" of covering up Mr Biden's condition for years.

"The question arises - is this same Biden signing all these cheques [for Ukraine]?," she said. 

"The same Biden who doesn't know what country he's talking about. And he is the one signing cheques for billions of dollars? 

"Of course, he can be given any piece of paper to sign."

Some European leaders defended Mr Biden, with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Dutch Prime Minister Dick Schoof all sticking by his side. 

"Slips of tongue happen, and if you always monitor everyone, you will find enough of them," Mr Scholz told reporters.

Mr Biden overcame a childhood stutter and has frequently mangled names and misspoken throughout his political career.

The 81-year-old has said previously that his health is in good shape and that he would take another neurological exam to determine his mental acuity if it is recommended to him by his doctors.

Biden overcame a childhood stutter and has frequently mangled names and misspoken throughout his political career.

"The only thing age does, it creates a little bit of wisdom if you pay attention," he said.

Russia's foreign ministry has accused South Korea of blackmail and "threatening tactics" over its potential weapons supplies to Ukraine.

South Korea has provided non-lethal aid to Ukraine, including mine clearance equipment, but has so far resistsed Kyiv's requests for weapons.

The country said in June that it is revising this stance, however, in light of deepening cooperation between Russia and North Korea.

That has angered the Kremlin, with Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova accusing South Korea of using "NATO narratives" to defend its potential arming of Ukraine.

She said: "We very much regret that Seoul's foreign policy uses NATO narratives, blackmail and threatening tactics, which is unacceptable to sovereign states."

Finland has passed a law granting border guards the power to block asylum seekers crossing from Russia - at odds with its international human rights commitments.

Helsinki has accused Moscow of weaponising migration by encouraging 1,3000 migrants from countries such as Syria and Somalia to cross the border.

The Kremlin denies the allegations, but Finland believes it is promoting the crossings in retaliation for joining NATO.

Similar steps have been taken in recent years in other European countries, including Poland and Lithuania, to make it more difficult for migrants to cross the border from Russia and ally Belarus. 

The Kremlin says the whole world paid attention to Joe Biden's verbal slips at the NATO summit, but it was more concerned with his "unacceptable" comments about Vladimir Putin.

Mr Biden spoke in detail for some time about geopolitics, but all was overshadowed when he mistakenly introduced Volodymyr Zelenskyy as "President Putin", before quickly correcting himself.

Separately, the US president referred to Mr Putin as "a murderous madman". 

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters: "We noticed that the whole world paid attention to what happened, and there can be no comment here, but it is clear that these were slips of the tongue.

"It is understandable that they probably received such a wide resonance given the context of the internal political discussions that we are now witnessing in the US, but it's not our topic, it's an internal US topic."

He added that the Kremlin had taken note of what it called disrespectful comments Mr Biden made about Mr Putin. 

"We continue to consider it absolutely unacceptable and impermissible behaviour for a head of state to make such disrespectful remarks about other heads of state."

The Kremlin says Western countries carried out a "very dangerous escalation" by permitting Ukraine to use arms to strike Russian territory at the NATO summit.

"We see statements by representatives of some capitals, London and so on, who do not see any restrictions in this regard, and we see countries that are trying to keep the balance and say that they are against such easing of the terms for the use of long-range missiles," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"But in the end, the main thing is that these missiles are already hitting our territory.

"As for increasing this distance, this is pure provocation, a new, very dangerous escalation of tension."

Sir Keir Starmer told Volodymyr Zelenskyy that British missiles can be used for defensive strikes against targets inside Russia.

But Downing Street followed the comments by saying government policy "had not changed" regarding the deployment of the long-range missiles.

Ukraine's top presidential aide Andriy Yermak has called for an end to restrictions imposed on the use of ally-supplied weapons, saying it would be a "game-changer" in fighting Moscow. 

Russian authorities have begun throttling YouTube, degrading its usability in a pattern similar to its censorship of Twitter, according to independent Russian media.

State-owned telecoms operator Rostelecom issued a statement this morning saying equipment used for caching and loading videos were being overloaded, affecting YouTube download speeds across Russia.

But a source from the telecommunications industry told Meduza this is an excuse while the government's censorship agency acts to deliberately slow down the site.

Separately, Stanislav Shakirov, the technical director of an digital anti-censorship organisation Roskomsvoboda, told the BBC's Russia service the government was forcing users to leave the platform by making it impossible to use.

"The Russian authorities definitely have enough technical means," said Mr Shakirov.

"Why can't YouTube be blocked right away? Because in this case, some other infrastructure may fail and, for example, all Android smartphones in Russia will stop working."

He said authorities stopped pictures from loading on social media site X in February 2021 using the same methods.

The Kremlin has denied reports Russia planned to assassinate the chief executive of German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall, which has been producing artillery shells and military vehicles for Ukraine.

CNN and the New York Times reported yesterday that US intelligence had discovered the plot.

But Moscow says the articles were based on "fake" information from anonymous sources and could not be taken seriously. 

This hasn't stopped one of Rheinmetall's competitors, German defence group Hensoldt, from reassessing its safety measures. 

"For us, this is an opportunity to review our already high safety standards once again," said a spokesperson for Hensoldt, which produces radar technology for the IRIS-T air defense system used in Ukraine. 

The German interior ministry said it cannot comment on details of individual threats coming from Russia.

"We take the significantly increased threat of Russian aggression very seriously," a spokesperson said.

To Australia now, where the government has announced its largest single military assistance package to Ukraine, worth nearly $250m, Kyiv says.

It includes air defence missiles, air-to-ground and anti-tank weapons and ammunition for artillery, mortars, cannons, and small arms.

Meanwhile, an Australian army private and her husband accused of spying for Russia have been denied bail.

Kira Korolev, 40, and Igor Korolev, 62, are the first suspected operatives to be charged under modernised espionage laws passed in 2018.

Australian federal police commissioner Reece Kershaw said the couple allegedly "worked together to access Australian Defence Force material that related to Australia's national security interests".

"We allege they sought that information with the intention of providing it to Russian authorities. Whether that information was handed over remains a key focus of our investigation."

The couple did not appear in person and were represented by lawyers at Brisbane Magistrates Court on a charge each of preparing for an espionage offence.

The charge carries a potential maximum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted. 

They did not enter pleas and will appear next in a federal court on 20 September.

Australia quietly expelled a large Russian spy ring comprising embassy and consular staff as well as other operatives using deep-cover identities, a spy agency official and media reported last year.

Ukraine's top prosecutor has called for the International Criminal Court to prosecute Russia over a missile strike on a children's hospital in Kyiv.

In one of the worst wave of Russian strikes across the country, 44 people were killed, including two doctors at Okhmatdyt  hospital.

The ICC's office of the prosecutor said one of its teams had visited the hospital, but does not publicly comment on which indictments it is investigating.

"It's important to show that Russia itself, at the moment, is a criminal state," said Ukrainian prosecutor general Andriy Kostin.

Moscow denies attacking the hospital despite all available evidence indicating they did, according to the Institute for the Study of War.

A UN rights mission has said there was a "high likelihood" the hospital took a direct hit from a Russian missile, and Ukraine's security service said it had unequivocal evidence the medical facility was hit by a Russian Kh-101 cruise missile. 

The ICC has issued six arrest warrants for alleged Russian crimes in Ukraine, including one against Vladimir Putin. 

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    P&O Cruises is the top choice amongst local Aussies. Many of the same lines stop in New Zealand, but only during the summer months --New Zealand tends to be much colder the rest of the year. There are also expedition lines like Lindblad and Coral Expeditions that make port stops in some of the smaller ports throughout New Zealand.

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    Epic landscapes, ancient cultures and laid-back charm - experience it all on board an Australia & New Zealand / Aotearoa cruise with Princess the #1 cruise line in Australia. We'll take you to golden beaches, rugged outback, world-class cities and beyond. And on board, delight in local food and entertainment as our Across the Ditch ...

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    As an island nation, Australia is tailor-made for cruising. There's more than 34,000km of coastline and over 8,000 islands to explore, with cruise ports ranging from bustling capital cities to breezy coastal villages and spectacular natural environments. The cruises on offer in Australia are as diverse as the country itself. Beach hop along the glorious east coast, go on a gourmet safari in ...

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    Sydney hosts several architectural delights, including the iconic Sydney Opera House and the 320-meter-tall Sydney Tower and Government House, one of Australia's finest examples of colonial-style architecture.In the heart of Melbourne sits Federation Square, and rising 230 meters into Brisbane skyline, the SkyPoint viewing deck boasts 360-degree views of the Gold Coast.

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    AUSTRALIA. Expect over-the-top adventure when you travel down under on a Holland America Line cruise to Australia. You can scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge, meet Tasmanian devils in Port Arthur (or ghosts in Hobart!), ride camels on Cable Beach in Broome, and hop a helicopter in Melbourne for a flight down the Yarra River Valley.

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    Most Australia cruises depart from Sydney, but there are many from Brisbane, Melbourne and Fremantle too. The full experience is available on a cruise around Australia. They are about 30 days long and visit a dozen or more ports. The vast majority of Australia cruises are shorter. A popular option is a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef.

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    Moscow:. Day 1: You will be met at the airport or train station by one of our drivers and taken by a comfortable car to the river port where you will board your cruise ship (transfer is optional). After a brief check-in, you'll meet the ship's crew at a delightful cocktail and caviar reception - a relaxing way to begin your adventure after a day's travel.

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  24. St. Petersburg

    Valaam: Today, we will head to the main island of a unique archipelago in the northern part of Lake Ladoga, where ships with foreign guests rarely visit.Your time on Valaam will be a truly unforgettable experience. You will make the trip on a small boat that heads along the coast of the island and visit the impressive island monastery, which is a most important center of Russian Orthodoxy.

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