Hobart cruises destination information
|Hobart itinerary and upcoming sailing dates|
|Feb 9, 2020||Tasmania Discovery, 7 Nights||from $760|
|Feb 23, 2020||Tasmania Discovery, 7 Nights||from $740|
|Feb 9, 2020||A Taste of Tasmania, 5 nights||from $6184|
|Feb 22, 2020||Tasmania, 5 nights||from $1626|
|Feb 16, 2020||Tasmania Discovery, 7 Nights||from $942|
|Feb 19, 2020||Tasmania and Melbourne, 6 nights||from $1819|
|Feb 18, 2020||Tasmania, 5 nights||from $1607|
|Feb 28, 2020||A Taste of Tasmania, 7 nights||from $3278|
|Jan 26, 2020||Tasmania and Southern Australia, 7 nights||from $2115|
|Dec 7, 2020||A Taste of Tasmania, 7 nights||from $1497|
|Feb 4, 2020||Tasmania, 8 nights||from $3000|
|Dec 21, 2019||Australia and New Zealand, 14 nights||from $2287|
|Dec 19, 2019||Fly Stay Australia and New Zealand, 2 Nights Hotel and 14 Nights Cruise||from $2160|
|Dec 2, 2019||New Zealand, 12 nights||from $4182|
|Jun 18, 2020||Dark Mofo, 6 nights||from $1336|
|Dec 27, 2020||New Year Eve, 11 nights||from $3490|
|Mar 11, 2020||A Taste of Tasmania, 8 nights||from $3000|
|Nov 9, 2020||A Taste of Tasmania, 7 nights||from $2268|
|Feb 25, 2021||Tasmania, 6 nights||from $1285|
|Dec 7, 2019||Australia and New Zealand, 14 nights||from $2598|
The Stunning Main Port of Hobart
Get onboard a cruise that visits Hobart and set sail for adventure. The attractive and interesting Tasmanian city at the mouth of the River Derwent sees passengers arriving and departing all throughout the cruise season and beyond. More than 300,000 passengers pass through Hobart’s cruise terminal each year, and the numbers are only growing. Cruise ships in Hobart are an increasingly common sight, bringing travellers from all over the world.
All the information you’ll need about cruising to and from Hobart is here - along with a range of cruise deals. Look no further to compare and choose great Hobart cruises including last minute deals, sales and discounted sailings.
Major Cruise Brands in Hobart Port
You’ll see a range of cruise lines offering cruises in and out of Hobart, and a variety of ships gracing Macquarie Wharf with their presence. Find a Hobart cruise deal with one of the following major brands:
P&O Australia - You’ll find cheap cruises and great family fun on a P&O cruise. As the only line solely dedicated to Australasia, their itineraries and ships are tailor-made for cruisers Down Under.
Royal Caribbean - This fun-loving, exuberant cruise line is a common sight when it comes to cruises to and from Hobart. Their North American style of cruising is quite extravagant, with opulent decor, plentiful food and an activity schedule to keep even the most active cruisers busy.
Princess - This refined line offers fantastic itineraries on their elegant ships, including many voyages around the green isles of New Zealand. You will see many Princess vessels cruising into and out of Hobart’s terminal.
Holland America Line - For a fantastic and traditional Hobart cruise experience, give HAL a go. This line has less on the way of splashy entertainment and more in the way of nautical decor, sophisticated spaces, educational opportunities and top-notch cuisine.
Celebrity Cruises - You’ll see a stunning Celebrity vessel departing Hobart occasionally. These beautiful ships offer a touch of luxury above and beyond the mainstream cruise experience, with fabulous restaurants and inclusive packages.
The above is far from an exhaustive list of the lines cruising to and from Hobart. There are smaller luxury lines and other boutique brands offering Hobart cruises - so take a look around, compare what’s available and find the cruise deal to suit you.
Key cruise ships in Hobart
Ship spotters, there’s plenty to keep you happy in Hobart, particularly during peak cruise season. Below are a few of the ships commonly spotted in the Tasmanian capital’s harbour.
Majestic Princess - This new, modern ship spends part of the year in Australian waters and is a frequent visitor to Hobart - you’ll know it by the big blue Princess logo painted on the bow.
Pacific Jewel - A beloved favourite of P&O, the mid-sized Jewel includes Hobart on her itineraries on a regular basis.
Noordam - The ms Noordam in her distinguished dark livery often calls in to Hobart. Onboard, passengers enjoy a refined and elegant sea voyage.
Celebrity Solstice - This beautiful, light and airy ship sails in and out of the harbour regularly, often departing Hobart to head across the Tasman to New Zealand.
- Ovation of the Seas - Big, bold and packed with a crazy number of things to do, see and eat, the Ovation of the Seas is an amazing ship. You’ll recognise it as it sails from Hobart due to its enormous, light blue hull.
Hobart cruise destinations
Popular destinations for cruises leaving from Hobart after a visit include a range of ports around Tasmania and Australia, as well as the many wonderful cities, towns and scenic waterways of New Zealand just across the Tasman.
Hobart Cruise Port facilities and activities
All passengers arriving in or leaving from Hobart will pass through the Macquarie Wharf Number 2 Terminal, located just a few kilometres from central Hobart. Ships dock at different spots along the wharf, but all passengers are processed in the recently renovated, modern terminal which offers all the amenities necessary for a comfortable transition from ship to shore.
There is a taxi rank and a meeting point for tour operators and shuttles outside the terminal, and it’s easy to get into city centre by foot should you desire a stroll. There, the delights of Hobart await:
- Salamanca Markets
- The Maritime Museum of Tasmania
- Parliament House
- The waterfront area
- Shopping and dining
If you have the time while your cruise ship is in Hobart, you could head farther afield to visit the city’s microbreweries, stroll the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens or even make your way to the top of Mount Wellington for amazing views.
Directions from Hobart to the Cruise Terminal
From central Hobart, head down Argyle Street (or Elizabeth Street if you are on foot) towards the A6 which runs along the waterfront. Follow it until you can turn right onto Evans Street, veer right following signs for the terminal and then turn onto Hunter Street to arrive at the facility. It is a drive of around 5-10 minutes depending on traffic or a 20-30 minute walk.
There are many taxis around Hobart which can take you to the cruise terminal; from central Hobart, this will cost less than AUD $10.
Best time of year for cruises from Hobart
Tasmania’s cool temperate climate means that the warmth of summer is the best time to visit - unless you are a lover of cold weather, of course! The island state has four very distinct seasons, with a lot of rain (and some snow) in the winter and warm sunshine for much of the summer months.
Cruise Port: What to do in Hobart
Historic Hobart sits right on the waterfront as the capital of Australia's wild southern island Tasmania. It's a city of art, culture, cuisine, adventure and discovery, and it's a place that will quickly charm you and find a way into your heart.
Whether you stay within the city limits or head out of town to explore more of this rugged island, this little southern capital will no doubt become a fast favourite during your cruise to Australia.
Getting around in Hobart
When you pull into dock in Hobart, you're just a short 5-minute taxi or shuttle ride from town.
The main public bus service is the Metro, which is a good way to get to where you're going on a budget. Otherwise, you can jump in a regular taxi or use the Uber app on your phone to reach your destination. Uber is often an affordable option, for example the short ride from the city centre to the Salamanca Market would cost roughly $6-7.
Should you arrive in town on a Saturday, you can take advantage of the free shuttle bus running to and from the central city to the Salamanca Markets (including several stops along the way).
Handling cash in Hobart
Tasmania may seem like a different country at times, but it still uses the Australian dollar like its northern neighbour states and territories. You'll have no problems using credit cards here, although you will likely need cash if you visit the markets.
Tipping is not customary here, and you can expect to pay similar prices for goods and services as you would in the rest of Australia.
Local culture in Hobart
Hobart was settled back in 1803, making it Australia's second-oldest capital city, and a place with fantastic historical sites at every turn. This history, coupled with its location on the wild island of Tasmania and its growth as a major city has given Hobart a unique local culture you won't find anywhere else.
You've got all the modern amenities you could ask for right next door to beautifully preserved historic architecture and attractions, as well as a natural playground right on the city's doorstep. Add a renowned love of great fresh food and a thriving arts scene, and you have Hobart in a nutshell.
Internet services in Hobart
There are a handful of useful free Wi-Fi spots around the central city that you can connect to and upload those fantastic travel shots.
The entire Elizabeth Street Mall area and the public library both offer connection, and if you stop next to an old-school pay phone on Elizabeth, Argyle or Collins Street you may find it is actually a Wi-Fi hotspot. Of course, many bars and cafes also offer service when you make a purchase, so you should be able to log on when you stop for a sit down.
Things to do in Hobart
Private tours or cruise line excursions
When you start to consider what to do in Hobart, you'll have two ways of getting out and enjoying the best of what this city has to offer.
You can opt to book your own adventures. This doesn't limit you to a range of options, and it often comes at a cheaper price than what you would pay through the cruise line. Plus, this option usually means you enjoy a tour with fewer people on it.
The other option is to book through your cruise line. This does keep things nice and easy, as charges go straight onto your room account, someone will be waiting for you at the dock to whisk you away on your trip, and you don't have to worry about getting back on time for the ship departure.
To help you make your decisions, here are some of the best things to do in Hobart!
MONA is the Museum of Old and New Art, and if there's a better introduction to Hobart you'd be hard pressed to find it. First, you'll take a 25-minute ferry ride to get there, which is a gorgeous trip up the River Derwent. Then, you'll discover its countless eccentric and interesting gems from back in the day - and today.
Port Arthur is one of the most important historic sites in all of Australia. This old convict settlement is a World Heritage listed site and is the top attraction in Hobart. Here, you'll discover more than 30 buildings - some in ruins and others still remarkably intact - that were once home to a huge colony of convicts. Tour the grounds and take a ferry out to the Isle of the Dead for a guided tour of the spooky cemetery there.
Salamanca Place is the heart of Hobart city. Stroll over the cobblestones and soak up the non-stop atmosphere as you shop, listen to music, pick up treats from the market stalls and inspect the art around the area. Be sure to also visit neighbouring Salamanca Square and wander around the wharf area to get a feel for this lively city.
Battery Point is the suburb just south of the downtown Hobart scene and is an attraction in itself. This area was once the maritime village, and still offers quaint rows of 19th century homes in beautifully restored condition. One of the best activities here is to take the 175-year-old Kelly's Steps up to the suburb and enjoy stunning river views from the top.
Being a port city, the ocean will always be calling to you for some fun out on the waves. A half- or full-day kayak tour will get you out there exploring some of Hobart's 300 off-shore islands. Or, try a boat tour to get a little further out and discover sea caves, awesome rock formations and perhaps even the odd dolphin!
If scenery is your thing, take a cab to the bottom of Mt Wellington and hike it to the top. There are a couple of walking tracks to choose from and you'll be rewarded with incomparable views of Hobart below you and the Derwent River beyond.
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