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Cruises from Sydney

The majority of cruises from Australia begin in the iconic and picturesque city of Sydney, and it’s easy to see why. World class facilities, fantastic weather for most of the year and multiple cruise lines to choose from make cruising out of Sydney an absolute joy. Tourism statistics reflect this with record passenger numbers, more ship visits and unprecedented industry growth. ... Read more

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    Australia Circumnavigation Cruise

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    $5988

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    $4759

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    Australia Circumnavigation and Pacific Explorer Collector Cruise

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    $10017

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    $10165

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    Australia Circumnavigation and Tasman Sea Explorer Cruise

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    $7092

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    $13094

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    Main Cruise Ships Departing Sydney

    Pacific Explorer

    Pacific Jewel

    Explorer of the Seas

    Radiance of the Seas

    Voyager of the Seas

    Golden Princess

    Sea Princess

    Celebrity Solstice

    Carnival Legend

    Carnival Spirit

     

    Major cruise brands that depart from Sydney

    P&O Cruises from Sydney- P&O Cruises is a quintessentially Australian line which recently upgraded its 5-strong fleet to enter the next generation of cruising. Use Australian dollars onboard and get ready for cheap luxury and a whole lot of fun.

    Royal Caribbean - The most innovative of cruise lines, Royal Caribbean boasts the largest ships in the world and never ceases to amaze guests with its new technology. Enjoy robot bartenders, simulated skydiving, ice skating rinks and so much more when you cruise with Royal.

    Carnival - Known for its Vegas-meets-Disney decor and affordable prices, Carnival’s “fun ships” are sure to delight the whole family. Enjoy waterslides and a never ending list of exciting activities when you cruise out of Sydney with Carnival.

    Princess - Catering to a more traditional crowd of cruisers, Princess offers an elegant experience supported by incredible dining options, world class shore excursions and comfortable staterooms. Cruise from Sydney in style with Princess Cruises.  

    Celebrity - Celebrity ups the ante in terms of cruising luxury. With a flair for style, this cruise line delivers on adult-focused fun. Fantastic wine and dining options paired with sophisticated shore excursions make Celebrity a standout choice for Sydney cruisers.

    Norwegian - Norwegian departs from the average cruise line with its modern holiday concepts and casual atmosphere. The signature colour splashed on each of their ships says it all - they are light, fun and altogether different. Cruise out of Sydney with Norwegian for a unique holiday experience.

    Holland America Cruises

    From South Pacific islands to the exotic shores of Asia, cruises can take you almost anywhere.

     

    Destinations - Where can you sail to on a cruise from Sydney?

    Most cruises from Australia, cheap and luxurious alike, offer both domestic and international sailings as per below:

    Australia - Depart Sydney and head north to Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef, south to Tasmania and Melbourne or go all away around the country to visit the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Discover your own backyard when you cruise from Sydney.

    South Pacific - Many cruises from Sydney chase the sun and sail to the tropics visiting idyllic destinations like Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia. Select your paradise.  

    New Zealand - Cruise from Sydney across the Tasman Strait and circumnavigate the stunning North and South Islands of New Zealand.

    Asia - Cruises from Sydney give you the opportunity to discover the exotic countries of Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and so many more. Expand your horizons when you choose a cruise from Asia.

    World - World cruises from Australia mostly depart from Sydney, giving would-be explorers the chance to see Hawaii, the Caribbean, South America and so much more.

     

    Passenger numbers - How many Australians go cruising?

    Cruise passenger numbers saw record growth with a near 15 per cent bump in 2015 to reach 1,058,781 people. The domestic market accounted for a significant portion of those figures, reporting a 42 per cent increase in domestic cruise passengers. Sydney hosted 308 cruise ship visits during 2015/2016 which equates to 317 cruise ship days in port and is expected to report 336 visits and 355 cruise ship days in port for 2016-17, a 10 percent increase on an already record-breaking figure.

    Combined with the regional ports of Newcastle and Eden, New South Wales contributes significantly to the growing cruise industry in Australia, and there are no signs of slowing down. Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) predicts a volume of two million passengers on cruises from Australia by 2020.

     

    Sydney is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and memorable cruise ports in the world.

     

    Capacity of ports - Where are Sydney’s cruise terminals located and what is their capacity?

     

    Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay

    The Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay is among the most beautiful cruise departure ports in the world. It has the capacity to host the largest cruise ships in the world and passengers are able to board right in the thick of city action. Sailing out of Sydney Harbour provides a one-of-a-kind experience with an incredible view of the Opera House, Circular Quay and harbourfront Sydney.

     

    Facilities

    Its location on a main train line and in a thriving city location makes the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay a fantastic place to board a cruise. With incredible restaurants, the Rocks and the Opera House nearby, it’s easy to while away a morning waiting to embark on a cruise from Sydney. Enjoy easy access to ATMs and convenience stores for last minute items, and make use of the baggage drop service so you can freely walk around and take in the sites prior to boarding. There are numerous parking stations near the terminal for short-term parking and a designated pick up bay. You can catch a taxi at the on-site taxi rank, or buses, trains and ferries are just a short walk away.

     

    How to get to the Overseas Passenger Terminal

    The Overseas Passenger terminal is conveniently located roughly 150 meters from the Circular Quay and is easily accessible by all forms of transportation, with public transport offering a cheap and easy option.

    Getting there from the airport

    • It takes 18 minutes to Circular Quay Station via train ($18 one way)

    • It takes roughly 25 minutes via car or taxi, depending on traffic (Roughly $40)

    Getting there from Central Station

    • It takes 9 minutes to Circular Quay Station via train ($3.50 one way)

    • It takes roughly 20 minutes to Circular Quay via car/taxi (Roughly $26)

     

    White Bay Cruise Terminal

    The award winning White Bay Cruise Terminal is located in Rozelle, with access via James Craig Road. It offers two berths to visiting ships as well as all year round cruising. While the White Bay Cruise Terminal is not quite as centrally located as the Overseas Passenger Terminal, the views departing and arriving Sydney are just as spectacular.

    Facilities

    White Bay Cruise Terminal facilities include basic amenities such as toilets, a food and beverage kiosk, wheelchair access, on-site short-term parking, public payphones and an ATM. Please note there is no foreign exchange or post office on-site and passengers should also be aware that there is no duty free available for purchase. Baggage drop services are available from 9am on most cruise departures. Passenger drop off and pick up is available in the terminal precinct and short-term parking is available on-site for those passengers with a valid itinerary.

    How to get to the White Bay Cruise Terminal

    White Bay Cruise Terminal is located in Rozelle, with access via James Craig Road. Public transportation is quite limited. Train routes are indirect and require a lot of walking (particularly if you are carrying a lot of luggage); and the nearest public bus stop for passengers is located on Robert Street.

    Getting there from the airport

    • It takes roughly 30 minutes via car or taxi, depending on traffic (Roughly $44)

    Getting there from Central Station

    • It takes roughly 20 minutes to White Bay via car/taxi (Roughly $26) ** We’d recommend a shared shuttle to cut down on costs.

     

    Weather - What is the best time to cruise out of Sydney?

    Sydney has a moderate climate, allowing ships to sail out of Sydney year round. Its Southern Hemisphere location means its seasons are opposite to that of its Northern Hemisphere counterparts (America, Canada, Europe, etc.) Depart Sydney to escape the rainy, winter months of May through August. The shoulder seasons of September through November and March through April are delightfully warm without getting too hot. Peak season is November through February with hotter temperatures and more crowds.

     

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