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Cruises from Sydney

Explore the coast of Australia or the Pacific Islands by ship.

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Sydney sea

Sydney is home to one of the most iconic harbors in the world. Sailing away against a backdrop of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge is an unforgettable way to begin your cruising adventures.

Best cruises from Sydney

Best for sustainable cruising: P&O Cruises

Since it began sailing to the South Pacific over eighty years ago, P&O has always strived to reduce its environmental footprints. Building strong relationships with local partners, supporting island clean-up projects and implementing eco-friendly practices on board like reducing single-use plastics is integral to P&O's strategy.
  • No free room service
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
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Best for impromptu travelers: Carnival

Perfect for the last-minute vacationers, Carnival Cruises offers a number of deals you can book just two weeks before you set sail. From a quick five-night escape to the rugged island of Tasmania to a three-week island adventure around the Pacific, you can find a deal that excites you.
  • No free room service
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
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Best for novice cruisers: Princess

Princess caters to travelers old, young, new and experienced. Well-curated itineraries with a range of onboard and onshore activities provides entertainment for everyone. From cooking classes to comedy shows, bingo nights to nightclubs, it won't take long for you to feel right at home.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
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Best for Australian cruises: Celebrity

Explore the wonders of the Land Down Under on a Celebrity Cruises leaving from Sydney. Spend two weeks aboard a luxurious cruise ships, exploring Australia's diverse east coast and the spectacular island of Tasmania.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
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Best for small ships: Silversea

Accommodating no more than 300 passengers, the Silversea fleet can reach hidden gems that the bigger cruises can't. Explore the canyons of the Kimberley or the cliffs of Ayer's Rock — without the crowd with a 1-to-1 crew-to-passenger ratio. Enjoy some of the best five-star service on the water — starting with a glass of bubbly when you arrive.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express
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Best for long-distance adventures: Cruise & Maritime

The shortest sailing available from Sydney takes cruisers to Singapore in 15 days — the beginning of the extended cruise holidays on offer. Travel from Australia to London, Amsterdam, Cape Town and Mombasa takes between 40 and 70 days with this adventurous cruise line.
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  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express
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How we picked the best cruises

We know that one cruise doesn’t fit all. That’s why we’ve taken the time to give you an honest review of some of the best cruise liners in the business according to reputable online publications, unbiased online reviews and our own experiences.

We prioritize well-paced and designed itineraries that focus on key destinations and offer a variety of shore excursions. We also consider the quality of onboard dining options, range of cabin amenities on offer and daily entertainment. Finally we weigh the price point to determine if the cruise is delivering value for money.

Where do cruises from Sydney go?

From circumnavigating Australia to world voyages or expedition to French Polynesia, you have so many choices when you cruise from Sydney, including:

  • Australia’s coast,
    including Queensland and Tasmania
  • New Zealand
  • Fiji
  • New Caledonia
  • Vanuatu
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Indonesia
  • Norfolk Island
  • Tonga

When is the best time to cruise from Sydney?

With temperatures rarely falling below 60°F in the winter months, cruising from Sydney is comfortable at any time of the year.

Travel to the remote Pacific Islands is best between August and October. It’s not only the driest time of year, it’s right before cyclone season from mid-November to around April. You could find some bargain cruise deals from Sydney to the Pacific Islands from January to March. However, expect stormy weather during these months.

A cruise to New Zealand is at its peak cruising season from October to March. Although the country is prone to a shower or two, temperatures are warm and hosts plenty of cruise lines.

Getting to the port for your cruise from Sydney

Cruises from Sydney almost always depart from the iconic Sydney Harbour, otherwise known as Port Jackson. At the heart of Sydney, you can easily get there by taxi, walking or local ferry if you’re staying in Vaucluse or Manly Beach.

If you’re flying into Sydney Airport, a taxi is the easiest way, taking about 30 minutes to reach the harbor. Save money by taking the Sydney Airport T8 train for a 30-minute ride to the Town Hall stop and walk a short distance to the port.

Bottom line

Whether you’re a seasoned cruiser or adventurous traveler looking to experience something new, a cruise from Sydney Harbour is sure to delight. Compare available discounts and deals here before locking in that cruise.

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