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Cruises from Sydney | 2017/18 season

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

The 2017/18 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.

Sydney cruise ship deals

47% off Sydney Harbour Yacht stay

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Valid for travel on select dates until 30 April 2018. Includes pick-up and drop-off at Lavender Bay. T&C's apply.

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Up to 45% off with Royal Caribbean

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Valid for sailings on select dates. Destinations include Sydney, Perth, Hobart, Singapore, Venice, Tahiti and more. T&C's apply.

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Up to 38% off Sydney tall ship cruise

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Valid for cruise every Friday until 31 March 2018. Also valid on Australia Day, subject to availability. Includes overnight cruise, breakfast and dinner. T&C's apply.

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Up to 50% off third and fourth guests with Celebrity

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Get up to 50% off on your third and fourth guests with Celebrity and enjoy four free perks onboard. Valid on select dates and sailings. Destinations include Sydney, Noumea, Auckland and more. T&C's apply.

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Free upgrade + $200 OBC with Princess Cruises

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Valid on 7 nights or more on select 2018 and 2019 Princess cruises. Includes free wine and dine package. Sample destinations are New Zealand, Sydney, Tasmania and more. T&C's apply.

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Up to $200 off Celebrity cruises + 50% off third guest

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Valid for cruise on select dates from March 2018 - December 2019. Destinations include Melbourne, Noumea, Hobart, Tasmania, Sydney, Singapore, Phuket, Canada and more. T&C's apply.

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Up to 45% off Royal Caribbean cruises

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Valid for cruise on select dates from January - December 2018. Destinations include Melbourne, Noumea, Hobart, Tasmania, Sydney, New Zealand and more. T&C's apply.

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Up to 72% off P&O Cruises Valid on select cruises in Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific Islands including Fiji, New Caledonia. Sample discounts include 72% off a 3-night cruise from Brisbane, 85% off a 2-night cruise from Sydney to Melbourne and 56% off a 10-night South Pacific cruise from Sydney.

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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

Our top sampler 3-day cruises from Sydney

3-day Australia getaway from Princess Cruise Lines

Highlights:

  • 3-day cruise from Sydney to Melbourne on Princess Cruises
  • Departs 28 November 2017
  • Rooms available for up to 4 people

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3-day cruise with Royal Caribbean from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • 3-night sampler cruise from Sydney to Sydney on Royal Caribbean
  • Includes main meals and most onboard entertainment
  • Departs 1 December 2017

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3-day Sydney to Brisbane Short Tour on Cunard from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • 3 day cruise with Cunard Cruise Line
  • Travel from Sydney to Brisbane
  • Departs 9 March 2018.

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Out top picks for Australian cruises departing from Sydney

4-night Moreton Island cruise from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Spend 4-nights and 5-days at sea on P&O's Pacific Explorer
  • Includes main meals and most entertainment
  • Various sailings from October 2017 to April 2019

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9-night Tasmania and Australia cruise from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • 9-night cruise from Sydney return on Royal Caribbean
  • Stops by Adelaide, Melbourne Hobart and more
  • Brazilian and Mexican cuisines available

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6-day Tasmania cruise with Princess Cruises from Princess Cruise Lines

Highlights:

  • 6-day roundtrip Sydney cruise on Princess Cruises
  • Sail the Sun Princess calling at Burnie, Port Arthur and Hobart
  • Departs 13 February and 18 November 2018

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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

16-night Australia and New Zealand cruise from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Two-week cruise across the Tasman Sea on Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • Calling in at Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Picton, Wellington, Auckland and more.
  • Various sailing dates from November 2017 to January 2018

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8-day cruise with Princess Cruises from Princess Cruise Lines

Highlights:

  • Sail for 8-days on the Golden Princess
  • One-way trip from Sydney to Auckland
  • Calls into four ports: Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Akaroa and Tauranga

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14-night New Zealand cruise from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Sail Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas from Sydney return
  • Calls in at Bay of Islands, Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Picton, Dunedin, Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound
  • Departs 4 February 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 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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23-night Sydney to Vancouver via Hawaii cruise with Holland America Line from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Cruise from Sydney to Vancouver via Honolulu in this epic 23-night cruise
  • Sail the ms Noordam calling in at New Caledonia, Fiji, Samoa, Hawaii and Vancouver
  • Departs 14 April 2018
  • This is a one-way cruise only

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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.

Most cruises that travel

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

14-day Fiji cruise on the Sun Princess from Princess Cruise Lines

Highlights:

  • Roundtrip sailing from Sydney to Fiji on Princess Cruises' Sun Princess
  • Calls in at Lifou, Dravuni Island, Port Vila, Suva, Mare and more
  • Departs in January and March 2019

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12-night Vanuatu and New Caledonia cruise from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Roundtrip cruise on P&O's Pacific Eden
  • Calls into Espiritu Santo, Champagne Bay, Port Vila, Mystery Island, Lifou and Noumea
  • Sailing departs 28 December 2017

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12-day New Caledonia and Vanuatu cruise from Princess Cruise Lines

Highlights:

  • Sail on Princess Cruises' Sea Princess from Sydney to New Caledonia and back
  • Ports of call include Champagne Bay, Port Vila, Mare and Mystery Island
  • Sailing departs 10 November 2018

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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.

Many cruises sail throughout the 2018 and 2019 season.

Cruise lines that offer sailings to Singapore from Sydney are:

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

Top Singapore cruises

32-night South-East Asia cruise on Holland America Line from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Travel from Sydney to Singapore, one-way, on Holland America Line's ms Amsterdam
  • Calls in at Hobart, Perth, Bali, Manila, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City and more
  • Departs 11 February 2018

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27-night Sydney to Singapore cruise from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • One-way Sydney to Singapore cruise on Cunard's Queen Mary 2
  • Calls in at Whitsundays, Brisbane, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong and more
  • Departs 9 March 2018

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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 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.

Sydney Port departure transfer
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Private arrival transfer
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Sydney arrival transfer
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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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