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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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