Cruise Express - History

Cruise Express International is a multi-award-winning travel agency and over many years has established an enviable reputation for organising specialised cruise travel and hosting Escorted Voyages for Australians.

Cruise Express International was launched in 1996 by Hardy Schneider, following his first voyage aboard the luxurious Crystal Symphony. Having developed a passion for cruising, in 2001 Hardy joined forces with fellow cruising buffs, Megan Hill and 
Lance Mumby to establish Cruise Express in Balmain, Sydney. 


Today, Cruise Express is recognised as one of Australia's leading specialist cruise agencies. We offer a ‘world of cruising’ through Escorted Voyages - our range of exclusive group tours, our Unique Journeys - cruise tours created specifically for the independent traveller, as well as creating the personalised cruising holiday you have always dreamt of. Our cruise programme offers a broad range of cruising, from 'Close to Home' cruises with live availability online, a selection of international and world cruises, river and expedition cruises, as well as our exclusive Escorted Voyages and Unique Journeys. 


Our friendly, expert team has sailed the seven seas so we know which ship and which destination will bring the most enjoyment to our clients. Our mission is to deliver to every client the dream holiday they deserve with professional, speedy and reliable service. We strive to exceed your expectations wherever you choose to cruise! Our growing number of clients herald from all over Australia and many have formed enduring friendships with fellow passengers they have met whilst exploring the world on our tours. 

We have received numerous awards of distinction from Cunard Line, Seabourn, Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and others, and, in 2004, Cruise Express was named the best cruise agency in Australia by the International Cruise Council of Australasia (ICCA). We were also voted by ICCA as having the best cruise consultant in Australia in 2008 and with the best consumer promotion the same year. In 2013 we received Bronze Cruise Agency of the Year from CLIA (formerly the ICCA) and in 2014 we were awarded the Silver Cruise Agency of the Year.  

Clive Heath joined Cruise Express in 2008 after a long corporate career which included time with British Airways, Seagram Asia Pacific as head of their Duty Free business and lastly as a Director of Pernod Ricard - the owner of Jacobs Creek. Clive joined Meg and Hardy as the Directors/Owners of Cruise Express in February 2014.

The Cruise Express Directors and the team are committed to the continuation of excellent service, and we look forward to serving you. 


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