Cruises from Sydney: Explore the South Pacific with Sydney Cruise Deals
Sydney is the biggest and busiest city in Australia, and a centre for cruising in the South Pacific. During the peak season there can be several ships docked at the Overseas Passsenger Terminal and White Bay Cruise Terminal, as Sydney plays host to visiting passengers. With the Australasian cruising market booming, there is likely to be many cruises from Sydney in 2013 and beyond!
The Port: Cruise to Sydney's Terminals
There are two places where cruises departing and arriving in Sydney dock and discharge or take on their passengers. The first is the Overseas Passenger Terminal, where passengers can cruise directly from Circular Quay right in the thick of downtown Sydney. Trains and ferries are a short walk from this terminal, and the most iconic landmarks, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, are within easy reach. The terminal is fitted out to be accessible for those with disabilities, and has toilet facilities, an ATM and some eateries on-site. Foreign exchange facilities can be found not far from the terminal.
The White Bay Cruise Terminal is a new venue, for ships which can fit under the harbour bridge. It is located in White Bay, near the suburb of Balmain. This brand new terminal, recognisable by its wave-shaped roof, is 5 minutes by car to Sydney CBD. There are also taxis or public buses available. The terminal is wheelchair accessible and has toilets, an ATM, a food and beverage kiosk and payphones. Foreign Exchange outlets can be found in central Sydney.
The City: Sydney, Australia
A lot of cruisers who make their way to Australia book cruises departing Sydney and returning to Sydney, so there is the opportunity to explore the city for a few days before or after their voyage. It is a wonderful place to visit, with plenty of variety to keep tourists busy and entertained.
The central business district centres around George Street, between the Royal Botanic Gardens and Darling Harbour. This thoroughfare is a great place to shop, eat, wander and watch the world go by. Landmarks downtown include the Sydney Opera House, the bustling Circular Quay ferry hub, St Andrew's Cathedral which is Australia's oldest, and the Victorian-style Strand Arcade.
The beaches are a huge draw for Sydney's visitors! Bondi Beach is perhaps the most well-known, for its golden sand, surf and fun. However it is not the only beach in Sydney- there are a string of them down the coast below Bondi, and more to the north of the harbour entrance. Manly is a short trip on the ferry from the Sydney CBD and is a relaxed and surfing-focused beach and suburb removed from the bustle of the CBD.
Various suburbs of Sydney sprawl inland and up and down the coast from the harbour. One of these, Parramatta, is Sydney's 'second CBD' and is full of historical attractions. The Inner West suburbs bring a bit of Bohemian flair to the city, and the north shore is home to leafy residential areas, boutique shopping and Taronga Zoo.
Cruise Holidays: P&O and More
Whether you are planning your holiday for next year, or hoping to get a great deal on a last-minute P&O Cruise from Sydney, Cruise Sale Finder can help! From the laid-back P&O Australia ships to the stately Cunard vessels and many other options in between, Sydney plays host to many cruise lines. American lines Carnival, Princess and Royal Caribbean all have ships based in Sydney for the southern summers, Cunard and Holland America visit regularly, and the Celebrity Solstice is a common sight. Regent Seven Seas and Seabourn Cruises also occasionally use Sydney as an embarkation port, adding a touch of luxury to the usual lineup.
Cruises leaving Sydney generally head in one of three directions- across the Tasman to New Zealand, north towards Asia or out into the South Pacific and its beautiful tropical islands. New Zealand, best visited in January and February, offers some spectacular scenery, friendly port cities and wonderful beaches. Short cruises from Sydney to Auckland are great for tasters. Asia is full of exciting and vibrant cities, food and culture. Singapore, Bali, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Koh Samui are all common ports for Southeast Asia cruises from Sydney. Heading into the South Pacific out of Sydney offers a myriad of beautiful destinations, from the french-colonised New Caledonia and Vanuatu to the beaches of Fiji.
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