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Cruises from Sydney | 2020/21 season

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

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The 2020/21 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

Our top sampler 3-day cruises from Sydney


Out top picks for Australian cruises departing from Sydney


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


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


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


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


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 2020 and range from 22 to 106 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.

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