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Cruises from Hawaii to Sydney, Australia

Sail to remote beaches, jungle wilderness and spectacular volcanic landscapes along your journey.

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Sun seekers, adrenaline junkies, water lovers — the South Pacific panders to them all. From the Hawaiian islands to far-flung destinations like Fiji and Bora Bora, each island offers something unique. And a cruise through idyllic archipelagos is the perfect way to discover the region.

Best cruises from Hawaii to Sydney, Australia

The Hawaiian culture beckons all types of travelers, with lines catering to adventurous families, shoestring explorers and those looking to extend the spirit of aloha.

Best for families: Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean's spacious family cabins, generous family discounts and multigenerational activities made it a readers' favorite in Travel + Leisure's Travel Top Cruise Lines for Families. What's more, at just two weeks to reach Hawaii, you can squeeze this cruise into the kid's school breaks.
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Best for budget travelers: Carnival

No cruise from Sydney to Hawaii is going to be dirt cheap. But Carnival offers up some of the most affordable prices in the game. Fares start at $180 per person, per night for an inside cabin on an 18-day sail to Hawaii and includes basic dining options and nightly entertainment. After factoring in transportation to Hawaii, meals and accommodation during the journey, it can be a wallet-friendly way to visit this state.
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Best for round-trips: Princess

At 35 days, Princess offers a slightly longer cruise to Hawaii than the average line. But its round-trip ends in Sydney, so you don't have to fork out extra airfare to also see Down Under. Expect to take in favorite Hawaiian islands like Honolulu, Kona, Kauai, Maui, and Hilo along with a selection of islands in Fiji and French Polynesia.

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Best for transpacific cruises: Holland America

Block off at least three weeks to cruise from Hawaii to Sydney and beyond with Holland America. Cruisers are taken on an idyllic journey through South Pacific islands and North America, but not before spending four days on Honolulu, Nawiliwili and Lahaina. To cruise even longer, add a circumnavigation cruise around Australia or New Zealand.
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How we picked the best cruises

The islands of Hawaii are some of the most remote in the world, with cruises from Sydney at sea from 15 to 115 days.

To narrow down our list of the best cruises, we singled out routes with well-paced itineraries that stop off at key ports and allow cruisers enough time to relax and explore. We then assessed the overall quality of restaurants onboard along with the variety of food on offer. Finally, we made sure there was enough quality entertainment onboard to keep everybody occupied, especially during the three days at sea between the South Pacific Islands and Hawaii.

Where do cruises from Hawaii to Sydney go?

Cruises to Sydney also often stop off at key ports in destinations like New Zealand, French Polynesia and Fiji. If you’re cruising from Australia, some cruise lines continue from Hawaii to a final port along North America’s West Coast.

When is the best time to cruise from Hawaii to Sydney?

Hawaii experiences only two seasons: summer and winter. Even in winter, temperatures rarely drop below 75°F, making it a year-round cruising destination. Sydney experiences cooler temperatures during the winter months — from June to September — but the weather is mild.

  • High season. Hawaii sees the largest number of visitors from December through to April. You’ll have many ships and itineraries to choose from, though prices are likely to be high. This season is also the best for spotting humpback whales on their yearly migration. June through to August sees a surge in visitors and cruise fares, due to school holidays.
  • Low season. May to June and September to November are by far the best times to cruise. The number of visitors are at their lowest — as are prices — and daily sunshine is nearly guaranteed. August to September is considered hurricane season, though these storms rarely affect Hawaii.

Getting to and from the port for your Hawaiian cruise

Most Hawaii cruises depart from the Honolulu Cruise Port, which is less than a mile from Honolulu’s town center. The easiest way to reach the port is by taxi, private car or rideshare companies, like Uber or Lyft.

If you’re arriving by air, the Honolulu International Airport is about a 20-minute drive from the cruise terminal. A private car or taxi is the easiest option but can set you back around $50. Consider taking TheBus, public transit that takes 40 minutes to reach the terminal at about $2.50 for an adult.

Getting to and from the port for your cruise from Sydney

Your cruise to Hawaii departs from Circular Quay in Sydney’s world-renowned harbor. A stone’s throw from downtown, the port is easily reached on foot within the city center or via a short taxi ride.

Those flying into Sydney Airport can either grab a taxi from the arrival hall, which takes about 30 minutes to reach the harbor, or opt for public transit. The T8 train departs from the airport every 10 minutes and takes about 15 minutes to reach the Circular Quay station. From there, it’s a short 5-minute walk to the port.

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Bottom line

Exploring the South Pacific from the comfort of a cruise ship can help you squeeze the most out of this enchanting chain of islands. See the best deals for cruising between Hawaii and Australia.

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