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Kristof on Apr 04, 2017

Planning a cruise from Sydney this year? Here’s where to go

It's that time of year again when long summer days and hot weather start to slip away. Cruise lovers are likely planning a winter escape or looking ahead to next year's summer getaway. We are here to oblige with some fabulous options for cruises from Sydney, guaranteed to get you through the colder months with plans for 2017.   

Spoiled for choice with Sydney cruises
While the number of cruise options in cities all around Australia is quickly growing, there is no denying that Sydney offers the most wide and varied choices for ocean holidays. Not only is Sydney Harbour one of the most stunning locations in which to sail, this world class city plays host to nearly year round operators like P&O Cruises, Carnival Cruises and Princess Cruises, as well as seasonal favourites like Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises and many more.

Where to cruise on your Sydney getaway
Whether you are a first time cruiser wanting to get in the game or a seasoned vet looking for luxury, Sydney will provide. Of course, too many options can be overwhelming so we have handpicked a few favourites to get your started.

Winter escape
If the thought of brisk temperatures and rainy days leaves you feeling blue, be sure to lock in a cruise getaway between June and September. A lot of ships follow the sun and head to the northern hemisphere at this time of year but don't worry, there are a few vessels that stick around ready to whisk you away to warmer climes.

  • Take me to the islands

The P&O Pacific Explorer (debuts in June 2017) and the Carnival Spirit will make regular trips to the South Pacific throughout winter. Choose your island bliss and plan that mid-season pick-me-up.

  • Close to home

Why not head north and explore your own backyard? P&O's Pacific Jewel and Pacific Explorer make a few trips from Sydney to Queensland's tropical shores, taking you either up to the Sunshine Coast or right to the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Late winter/early spring will see the Sea Princess go all the way around over to Northern Territory and Western Australia. Later in the spring, board the Golden Princess to explore the “Land Under Down Under” and make your mark on Tasmania.  

Looking ahead

  • Tried and true favourites

If you're fairly new to the ocean holiday and keen to experience a cruise that fellow Aussies rave about, you can't go wrong with a South Pacific getaway or a New Zealand escape. Any variation of these destinations offer sun, fun and exciting adventure. When deciding which ship to board, try our handy guide to help you find your cruising personality.  

  • Something new

Australia's growing market has attracted some incredible ships to its shores, keeping even the most seasoned cruisers on their toes. The Pacific Explorer, P&O's latest fleet addition, will debut in Sydney just in time for winter. And you would be remiss if you didn't try the stunning innovations of Royal Caribbean's Ovation or the Seas. With robotic arms that serve drinks, simulated skydiving and much more, you can't help but be impressed. This ocean giant will be back in December 2017, book ahead to secure your space.  

  • Family friendly

There's no better way to bond than sailing off into the sunset without a care. No cooking, dishes or chores of any kind. Browse our selection of school holiday cruises to plan a family adventure that will give you all something to look forward to in 2017.

Suddenly the shorter days don't seem so bad. Happy cruising everyone!

While I’m no cruise veteran, I do have a deep love for travel and fond memories of a certain Baltic cruise I went on many years ago… I think cruising is the ideal way to make sure there are no boring bits in your trip - why waste your holiday enduring arduous air journeys when you can cut through the waves in style and comfort?

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