Cruises from Sydney | 2019/20 season

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

The 2019/20 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
Queensland cruise with Princess Cruises

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Highlights:

  • 7-night cruise on Sea Princess
  • Roundtrip cruise from Brisbane
  • Calls in at Airlie Beach, Cairns, Port Douglas and Willis Island
  • Departs on 16 February 2020

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Our top sampler 3-day cruises from Sydney

Food and wine cruise with P&O

Food and wine cruise with P&O from P&O Cruises

Highlights:

  • 3-night sampler cruise from Sydney on Pacific Explorer
  • Includes main meals and most onboard entertainment
  • Departs on 30 August 2019

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Weekend cruise with Carnival Cruises

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Highlights:

  • 3-night cruise on Carnival Spirit
  • Departs on 2 August 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 P&O Cruises

Highlights:

  • 4-night cruise on Pacific Explorer
  • Includes main meals and most entertainment
  • Various sailings from September - December 2019

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11-night South Pacific cruise with Royal Carribbean

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Highlights:

  • Roundtrip cruise from Sydney on Voyager of the Seas
  • Calls in at at Mare, Port Vila, Luganville, Mystery Island and Lifou
  • Departs on 19 January 2021

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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

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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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New Zealand cruise with Princess Cruises

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Highlights:

  • 12-night cruise on Majestic Princess
  • From Sydney to Auckland
  • Calls in at Melbourne, Hobart, Fiordland, Port Chalmers and Tauranga
  • Departs on 15 December 2019

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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

17-night Hawaii cruise

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Highlights:

  • Journey from Sydney to Honolulu one-way over 17 nights with Celebirty Cruises
  • Ports of call include Bay Of Islands, Auckland, Papeete, Bora Bora and Lahaina
  • Various sailings between March - April 2020

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South Pacific Crossing with Holland America Line

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Highlights:

  • 25-night cruise on Noordam
  • From Sydney to Vancouver
  • Calls in at Noumea, New Caledonia, Lautoka, Honolulu, Lahaina and more
  • Departs on 16 April 2020

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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

South Pacific cruise with Royal Caribbean

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Highlights:

  • 11-night cruise on Voyager of the Seas
  • Roundtrip cruise from Sydney
  • Calls in at Mare, Port Vila, Luganville, Mystery Island and Lifou
  • Departs on 19 January 2021

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Discover Vanuatu cruise with P&O

Discover Vanuatu cruise with P&O from P&O Cruises

Highlights:

  • 10-night cruise on Pacific Explorer
  • Roundtrip cruise from Sydney
  • Calls in at Port Vila, Mystery Island, Lifou and Isle of Pines
  • Departs on 20 August 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

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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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Southern Australia and Asia cruise with Princess Cruises

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Highlights:

  • 19-night cruise on Majestic Princess
  • From Sydney to Singapore
  • Calls in at Hobart, Melbourne, Busselton, Fremantle, Penang and Port Kelang
  • Departs on 12 February 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 2019 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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Up to 42% off P&O cruises + free premium beverage package

Valid for travel on select dates from September 2019 - October 2020. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Noumea, Port Vila and more. T&Cs apply.

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50% off deposit + Up to $500 OBC with Holland America cruises

Valid for travel on select dates in 2020-2021. Includes $25 beverage card for kids, complimentary pinnacle grill dinner and more. Destinations include Auckland, Sydney, Christchurch, Tasmania and more. T&Cs apply.

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Destination International Destination International

15-day Norway cruises + return flights from $4,299

Valid for travel on select dates in June 2020 with MSC Poesia. Sample fare is per person twin share. Includes flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth to Humburg or Germany. Destinations include Molde, Tromso, Longyearbyen, Honningsvag, Stavanger and more. T&Cs apply.

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P&O Cruises P&O Cruises

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

Valid for travel on select dates. 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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12-day New Zealand cruises + flights from $1,899

Valid for travel at 9 March 2020 with the 5-star Celebrity Solstice cruise. Destinations includes Auckland and more. Includes hotel accommodation, flights from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane, daily meals and more. T&Cs apply.

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3-day Sydney cruises from $343

Valid for travel on select dates between 5-8 June 2020 departing from Sydney. Includes entertainment, daily meals and more. T&Cs apply.

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Cudo Cudo

Sydney: Harbour cruise from $29

Valid for travel on select dates. Includes a three-course lunch. T&Cs apply.

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20-night USA cruises + flights from $3,799

Valid for travel on select dates in 2020. Destinations include Honolulu, Hawaii and more. Includes flights from Sydney, accommodation, daily meals and more. T&Cs apply.

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10-night P&O cruises from $1,329

Valid for travel on select dates in 2021 departing from Sydney. Destinations include Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Port Vila and more. Includes meals and more. T&Cs apply.

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Cudo Cudo

4-day Sydney cruises from $274

Valid for departure on 22 November 2019 with P&O cruises. Available on the Pacific Explorer departing from Sydney. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 40% off Australia and New Zealand Christmas cruises

Valid for travel until December 2020 across Australia and New Zealand. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.

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Popular Cruises coupon codes

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28 Aug 2019 Up to 42% off P&O cruises + free premium beverage package ********
21 Aug 2019 50% off deposit + Up to $500 OBC with Holland America cruises ********
17 Sep 2019 Perth: 3-day cruise from $355 ********
17 Sep 2019 Moreton Island: 4-night cruise on Pacific Explorer from $565 ********
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