Cruising in Australia? You're likely to leave from, end up at or call in to the beautiful and bustling Sydney! This modern, world-class city is the hub of cruising in Australasia and the South Pacific, with ships from a variety of cruise lines based there and ships from many more calling in regularly. Sydney has two cruise terminals to accommodate the ever-increasing number of ships, both well-equipped to make cruising from Sydney a breeze.
Cruises departing Sydney head off in a myriad of destinations, offering everything from palm trees and peacefulness to bright lights and bustling cities. Domestic destinations are popular, with ships heading south to the wilderness of Tasmania or north to the tropics of Northern Queensland. The islands of the South Pacific are understandably popular as a cruise destination from Sydney, notably New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. Many ships leaving port head across to New Zealand, especially during the summer months. The more adventurous passengers might like to get onboard a cruise heading north into southeast Asia, another common destination.
The Overseas Passenger Terminal and White Bay Cruise Terminal are Sydney's two cruise departure points and they see vessels from a wide range of different lines. P&O Australia ships are a very common sight, with the Pacific Jewel based in the city year-round and the other two ships calling in frequently. Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Princess are the biggest lines to base ships in Sydney, and the city welcomes visits and stopovers from numerous others, be they boutique small vessels or mammoth floating cities.
Whether you are departing from Sydney, disembarking there or just passing through, it is a fascinating place to get off the ship and explore. The iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House make Sydney recognizable, and the great shopping, vibrant arts and music scenes, excellent eateries and picture-perfect urban beaches make it unforgettable.