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Cruises from Sydney | 2018/19 season

Everything you need to know to sail from Sydney this cruising season.

The 2018/19 cruising season in Australia runs from October to April and it’s bringing a slew of new itineraries.

Bookings are already well underway for the season but if you’re still considering a trip, we’ve got the intel on the cruises from Sydney – and the deals on offer.


Where can I travel to from Sydney?

Ships departing from Sydney travel around Australia as well as to New Zealand, Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, including New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji, and Singapore.

Certain larger lines, for example Princess Cruises, also offer sailings further into Asia and Europe. Itineraries range from 2-day sample cruises to longer 28-day world cruises.


Which cruise lines depart from Sydney?

The most popular cruise lines that depart from Sydney's Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay are:


Cruises from Sydney around Australia

Australian cruises are a popular option as they can be budget- and time-friendly.

Cruises can run for as little as 2 days, are either taster cruises that sail out of Sydney into open water and then return with no port of call, or travel to Brisbane one way.

Other short cruises offer one-way trips to Melbourne (3 days) and return trips to Fraser Island (4 nights). Longer cruises can take you to:

  • Tasmania (stopping in Hobart, Burnie, Wineglass Bay & Oyster Bay and Port Arthur)
  • Queensland/Great Barrier Reef (stopping at Moreton Island, Airlie Beach, Cairns, Port Douglas, Willis Island)
  • Northern and Western Australia (stopping at Brisbane, Alotau, Cairns, Darwin, Kimberley Coast, Broome, Port Hedland, Geraldton and Fremantle)

Prices start at $271 per person based on a twin-share, 2-night Sydney to Melbourne cruise on P&O.

Princess Cruises also offers round-trip Australia cruises which last 28 days and travel from Sydney to Hobart, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle, Broome, Darwin, Cairns, Brisbane and more.

Cruise lines that offer sailings around Australia from Sydney are:

  • Carnival Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • P&O Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Celebrity Cruises
North Australia cruise with Princess Cruises

North Australia cruise with Princess Cruises from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • 19-night cruise on Sun Princess
  • From Sydney to Perth
  • Calls in at Brisbane, Alotau, Cairns, Broome and Kimberley Coastal Camp
  • Departs on October 2019

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Our top sampler 3-day cruises from Sydney

Weekend cruise with Carnival Cruises

Weekend cruise with Carnival Cruises from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • 3-night cruise on Carnival Spirit
  • Departs from July 2018 - December 2019

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Out top picks for Australian cruises departing from Sydney

4-night Moreton Island cruise

4-night Moreton Island cruise from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • 4-night cruise on P&O's Pacific Explorer
  • Includes main meals and most entertainment
  • Various sailings from June 2018 - April 2020

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Cruises from Sydney to New Zealand

New Zealand cruises offer a relaxing way to hop across the ditch and visit our neighbours by water.

Itineraries can be one-way or return, and usually call in Bay of Islands, Auckland, Tauranga, Fiordland, Dunedin, Akaroa, Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound, Picton, Wellington and Napier.

Return itineraries can be as short as 9 days/10 nights with prices starting from $1,499 per person based on twin share on Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruises. P&O offers a one-way 4-night sailing from Sydney to Auckland from $309 per person based on a 4-person share.

Cruise lines that offer sailings to New Zealand from Sydney are:

  • Carnival Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • P&O Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Holland America Line

Our top New Zealand cruises picks

New Zealand cruise with Royal Caribbean

New Zealand cruise with Royal Caribbean from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • 12-night cruise on Ovation of the Seas
  • Roundtrip cruise from Sydney
  • Calls in at Milford, Doubtful Sound, Dunedin, Wellington, Tauranga, Auckland, Bay of Islands
  • Departs from November 2018 - March 2020

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Exploring New Zealand with Royal Carribean

Exploring New Zealand with Royal Carribean from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • 14-night cruise on Ovation of the Seas
  • Roundtrip cruise from Sydney
  • Calls in at Bay of Islands, Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and more
  • Departs on November 2018

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Cruises from Sydney to Hawaii

With its palm-fringed beaches and frangipanis, Hawaii makes for the ultimate island holiday. Cruises to Honolulu often stop by other Pacific Islands and tend to be one-way trips from Sydney.

This is because this sailing is often used to reposition the ship to allow it to follow a new itinerary instead of returning back to Australian waters. For this reason, Hawaiian cruises tend to sail at the end of the cruising season in April.

Cruises to or from Hawaii often call into Noumea, Port Denarau, Papeete, Moorea, Bora Bora and Honolulu. Sailing lengths start at 17 nights and prices start from $2,448 per person based on twin share (Carnival).

Cruise lines that offer sailings to Hawaii from Sydney are:

  • Carnival Cruises
  • Holland America Line

Our top Hawaii cruise picks

18-night Hawaii cruise

18-night Hawaii cruise from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Journey from Sydney to Honolulu one-way over 18 nights with Carnival Cruises
  • Ports of call include Bora Bora, Moorea, Noumea and Port Denarau
  • Various sailings between April 2018 and April 2019

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Grand Pacific Swirl cruise with Carnival Cruises Australia

Grand Pacific Swirl cruise with Carnival Cruises Australia from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • 18-night cruise on Carnival Legend
  • From Sydney to Honolulu
  • Calls in at Nouméa, Port Denarau, Papeete, Moorea and Bora Bora,
  • Departs on April 2019

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Cruises from Sydney to the Pacific Islands, including New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji

Transpacific cruises can offer an extensive escape from the ordinary. Itineraries can be one-way or return.

They can call into popular destinations including Noumea, Lifou, Port Denarau, Papeete, Moorea, Port Vila, Mare, Bora Bora, Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Dravuni Island, Lautoka, Suva, Savusavu, Nuku’alofa, Vava’u and Honolulu.

Prices start at $696 per person based on twin share for a 7-night South Pacific cruise on Royal Caribbean.

Cruise lines that offer sailings to the Pacific Islands from Sydney are:

  • Carnival Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • P&O Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Celebrity Cruises

Our top Pacific Island cruise picks

Australia cruise with Royal Caribbean

Australia cruise with Royal Caribbean from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • 12-night cruise on Voyager of the Seas
  • Roundtrip cruise from Sydney
  • Calls in at Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu
  • Departs on December 2019

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Cruises from Sydney to Singapore

Singapore is one of Australia’s nearest ports of call and can be used as a way to hop onto another cruise route further into Asia or beyond.

From Sydney, cruises to Singapore often stop by Airlie Beach, Darwin, Bali, Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City. Itineraries can be one way or return, though are frequently one way with sailing lengths starting at 14 nights.

Prices start at $1,398 per person based on twin share on Royal Caribbean.

Cruise lines that offer sailings to Singapore from Sydney are:

  • Carnival Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Cunard
  • Holland America Line

Top Singapore cruises

Sydney to Singapore cruise with Royal Carribean

Sydney to Singapore cruise with Royal Carribean from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • 14-night cruise on Voyager of the Seas
  • From Sydney to Singapore
  • Calls in at Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Yorkeys Knob, Darwin and Singapore
  • Departs on April 2020

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Sydney to Singapore cruise via the Great Barrier with Royal Caribbean

Sydney to Singapore cruise via the Great Barrier with Royal Caribbean from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • 18-night cruise on Explorer of the Seas
  • From Sydney to Singapore
  • Calls in at Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Yorkeys Knob, Darwin and Singapore
  • Departs on March 2019

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World cruises from Sydney

Of the cruise lines that sail from Sydney, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Cunard travel far and wide. During this cruising season, they offer itineraries to Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Japan and the UAE.

Outside of cruising season, Princess Cruises also offers world cruises and world segment cruises from Sydney.

These depart in June 2018 and range from 22 to106 days.


Where do cruises depart from Sydney?

Sydney’s main cruise port is the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay. From Sydney Airport, you can take taxis, shuttles and public transport to the port.

If you’re taking public transport, the easiest way is to connect with a train to Circular Quay station.

Trains from the airport to Circular Quay take approximately 18 minutes and from there the passenger terminal is about a 5-minute walk.

Taxis take around 25 minutes depending on traffic. White Bay Cruise Terminal is Sydney's other cruise port, though is used less frequently. It receives Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruises Line, Silver Seas Cruises and more.

From Sydney Airport taxis and shuttles are available to take you to the port. The drive is approximately 30 minutes.


Sydney airport-to-cruiseport transfers

Transfer from the airport to Sydney’s cruise terminal with ease by pre-booking your transport. Transfers are also available from your city-based hotel to the terminal.

Prices from the airport start from $15 for a shared shuttle or $20 for a private transfer. Click the links below to book your service.

Deals for cruises from Sydney

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15% off Sydney New Year's Eve cruise

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Up to 50% off second guest with Royal Caribbean

Valid from 1 November 2018 - 20 April 2020 with Royal Caribbean, plus up to 25% off third and fourth guests. Destinations are Sydney, Dunedin, Wellington, Bay of Islands and more. Includes a deluxe beverage package and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $100 OBC 8-night Caledonia cruise

Valid on 17-25 January 2019, departing from Sydney. Destinations include Noumea, Isle of Pines and Lifou. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $200 on board credit on last-minute cruises

Valid from October - December 2018. Destinations include Moreton Island, Noumea, Hamilton Island, Vanuatu, Brisbane, Sydney and more. Cruises start from $315 per person for 3-night comedy cruises. T&Cs apply.

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Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at finder.com.au and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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