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Cruises from Australia

Our 5 favorite routes — and the best cruise lines that sail from Aussie land.

From Australia, you can sail around the island to ports along the coast like Melbourne and Brisbane, or you can go further to Tasmania and New Zealand. You can also book amazing cruises from Australia to islands in the South Pacific, north to Asia and even all the way to Europe, if you’ve got the time.
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Our favorite cruises from Australia

Cruise lineCruiseItineraryPriceBook
Carnival10 Night Oceania Cruise
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Alotau, Papua New Guinea
  • Kitava, Papua New Guinea
  • Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
  • Kiriwina Island
  • Conflict Islands
  • Brisbane, Australia
From $653 per personBook now
Royal Caribbean8 Night South Pacific Holiday Cruise
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Vila, Vanuatu
  • Mystery Island, Vanuatu
  • Noumea, New Caledonia
  • Brisbane, Australia
From $660 per personBook now
Princess6 Night Australia Cruise
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Great Oyster Bay & Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania
  • Port Arthur, Tasmania
  • Hobart, Tasmania
  • Sydney, Australia
From $593 per personBook now
Celebrity Cruises5 Night Tasmania Cruise
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Port Arthur, Tasmania
  • Hobart, Tasmania
  • Sydney, Australia
From $800 per personBook now
Cunard23 Night Sydney to Hong Kong Cruise
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Airlie Beach, Australia
  • Darwin, Australia
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Singapore
  • Chan May, Vietnam
  • Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam
  • Hong Kong
From $3,740 per personBook now

Best cruise lines departing from Australia

Best for hopping the Pacific Islands: P&O Cruises

P&O explores the tropical islands of the Pacific Ocean, including those in Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. From short seven-day cruises focusing on one or two islands, to a cruise that visits six Pacific Islands, you'll find something to suit your wanderlust
  • No free room service
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express
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Best for families: Carnival

True to its name, a cruise with Carnival offers fun for the whole family. Most ships are decked out with waterslides, a dive-in movie theater and a candy shop to fuel your kids for days. And for adults, visit the fully-stocked casino, cocktail bar and comedy shows.
  • No free room service
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Paypal, Carnival EasyPay, Gift Card, Discover Card, Debit, Western Union, Cheque
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Best for trips to New Zealand: Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean ships set sail from Sydney and cruise through the country's spectacular landscapes from 10 to 14 days. Expect stops at the Majestic Milford Sounds, Windy City of Wellington and Scottish town of Dunedin.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • Price matches
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Discover Card
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Best for world cruises: Princess

Embark on a trip of a lifetime on one of Princess's world voyages that sets sail from Sydney or Brisbane. Cruise for 108 nights with stops at 44 destinations in six continents. This includes one of Sri Lanka's most vibrant cities, Colombo, and Iceland's capital city, Reykjavik.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Discover Card, JCB
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Best for treating yourself: Celebrity

Book one of Celebrity's luxury penthouse suites on a cruise to New Zealand or to the Pacific Islands. Enjoy friendly room service from your private butler, watch a movie on your very own 52-inch plasma screen TV and rest your head for the night on your cashmere mattress.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express
Price ($-$$$):
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Best for exploring Australia: Cunard

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  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover Card
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How we picked the best cruises

To choose our top cruises we consider well-rounded, varied itineraries, offshore excursions and onboard activities. Then we assess if these experiences are worth the price. Our team considers their own experiences, gathers information from global travel websites, unbiased online reviews and current blogs.

Where do cruises from Australia go?

You can literally sail from Australia around the world, as many cruise lines use it as a starting point for multi-week voyages that span the globe. But more commonly, cruises that begin in Australia sail around the continent to other Aussie cities — so if you start in Sydney, for example, you might cruise to Melbourne, Tasmania, Adelaide and Perth. International cruises from Australia often visit:

  • Indonesia
  • Hong Kong
  • Malaysia
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Tahiti
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Are there cruises from Australia to Hawaii?

Yep! These cruise lines sail from Australia to Hawaii:

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

Cruises from Australia to Hawaii usually start in Sydney and end in Honolulu. The itineraries are often called transpacific cruises, and the quickest route is from Royal Caribbean, at just 16 days — though you’ll need to buy a plane ticket to get back to Sydney since it’s a one-way cruise.

When is the best time to cruise from Australia?

With its year-round temperate climate, both Australia and the South Pacific are fantastic cruising destinations any time of year. October through to April, or as the Aussies call it, “wave season,” is the most popular time to cruise and can come with the highest prices.

Shoulder season falls between March and May where you can expect rain and storms. With fewer ships sailing, you can find better bargains.

Temperatures and weather conditions vary considerably in New Zealand so what you pack depends on when you visit. Pack lightweight clothing during the summer when temperatures can reach up to 90°F. For the winter months, layer up with warm hats and gloves with temperatures that hover around 45°F.

Getting to the port for your cruise from Australia

Australia boasts a selection of major ports to cruise from, many along its east coast. Here’s the low-down on how to access some of the major ports. And remember: US citizens need a passport to cruise the South Pacific. But depending on the length of your visit, you shouldn’t need a visa. You’re considered in transit when you cruise through the South Pacific ports.

Sydney. Sydney’s iconic Port Jackson harbor sits in the middle of the city, making it accessible no matter where you’re staying. Consider taking a taxi, train or ferry if you’re coming from Manly Beach or Watsons Bay.

Melbourne. Station Pier is just three miles south of Melbourne’s busy city center. The 109 City Express Bus and the 109 tram both stop near the port. A taxi ride from the city takes around 15 minutes.

Brisbane. Another central port, Brisbane Portside Wharf is just a 20-minute drive from downtown. If you’re using public transportation, bus line 300 or the City Cat ferry terminal is minutes away from the port.

Adelaide. The Port of Adelaide is about 10 miles northwest of the city center. A taxi takes about 15 minutes or take a 40-minute train ride, with a short walk to the port.

Perth. Cruises generally depart from Fremantle, 12 miles south of Perth and an easy train ride. Once you reach the center of Fremantle, take a 10-minute walk to the port or a quick taxi ride.

Current cruise deals

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Bottom line

While you’re visiting the Southern Hemisphere experience Australia’s vibrant cities and its neighboring islands on a cruise. Get the best price by comparing cruise deals and finding the best options for you.

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