Sydney is one of the most top-rated destinations in Australia, and a stop on just about every Australia cruise itinerary. As the largest city in the country, Sydney offers travelers the perfect balance of breathtaking nature and upscale modern city life. If you are looking to experience “big-city” life without a fast-paced hustle, then Sydney is the perfect place to visit while on a cruise vacation.
Currently, there is a fabulous variety of cruise lines that feature cruises from Sydney. If you’re looking for a mainstream cruise line, Royal Caribbean offers over 100 cruises the depart from Sydney onboard Ovation of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, and Voyager of the Seas. These ships are filled with specialty restaurants, pools, Jacuzzis, rock walls, arcades, and other thrilling onboard activities. Royal Caribbean offers cruises from Sydney that are as short as 2- or 3-nights and as long as 16-nights, with a few 9-night itineraries to South Pacific or Australia New Zealand. There are also a few transpacific cruises that will take you from Sydney to Oahu.
Discerning travelers who are looking for a mainstream cruise that is enhanced with higher quality service and cuisine can choose to take a cruise from Sydney with Celebrity Cruises, Cunard Line, or Holland America. Celebrity features a few 10+ night cruises aboard Celebrity Eclipse and Celebrity Solstice that go to Australia New Zealand and South Pacific, as well as do a couple of transpacific voyages from Sydney to Oahu. Cunard Line offers a wide range of cruises aboard all 3 of its glorious ocean liners, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2, and Queen Victoria. For a quick getaway, there are a handful of short 2- to 3-night Australia/New Zealand itineraries. There are also longer (16- to 21-night) cruises to Asia and Australia, and a few 26+ night world cruises to Cape Town, Southampton, Dubai, and New York. Holland America features a bunch of South Pacific voyages, ranging from 11- to 51-nights, plus a few longer (20- to 33-night) Australia cruises that leave from Sydney.
Those who want an upscale, yet laid-back vacation with a country club casual atmosphere might consider booking a cruise from Sydney with Azamara, Oceania, and Viking Ocean. Azamara features 15- to 18-night cruises from Sydney to Asia or Australia New Zealand aboard Azamara Journey and Azamara Pursuit. Oceania offers 14- to 35-night cruises from Sydney to Australia New Zealand aboard Insignia and Regatta. Viking Ocean does a bunch of 14- to 16-night Australia New Zealand voyages aboard Viking Orion and a few longer (26- to 28-night) Australia New Zealand cruises on top of a few 40+ night Asia, Australia, and South Pacific itineraries.
Luxury cruise lines Crystal, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn and Silversea all do cruises from Sydney, as well. Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity feature a few 13- to 27-night cruises to Australia New Zealand while their brand-new expedition vessel, Crystal Endeavor will be offering a 14-night New Zealand cruise from Sydney. Regent features 14- to 18-night Australia New Zealand cruises, while Seabourn does a few longer Pacific and world cruises from Sydney aboard the all-suite ships Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Sojurn. Silversea also features a selection of 13- to 21-night Australia cruises, plus a 31-night Asia cruise that departs from Sydney.
Finally, if you are looking for a truly unique vacation experience, you might consider taking a cruise from Sydney with Ponant or Windstar Cruises, two specialty cruise lines that are certain to exceed your expectations. Ponant’s Le Laperouse does a 7-night Australasia cruise, while Windstar features a 15-night cruise from Sydney to Auckland aboard it’s mega-yacht, Star Breeze.
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These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Sydney, along with a brief description:
♦ Sydney Harbour
Sydney Harbour is one of the most acclaimed harbors in the world! With over 150 miles of beaches, greenery, and world-famous attractions, it’s easy to see why! Popular points of interest within the harbor include Circular Quay, the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. At the beaches, there is plenty of opportunity for swimming, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. You could even explore the Sydney Harbour islands by a short ferry ride!
♦ Central Business District
Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD) is a thriving city center with many modern skyscrapers, historical buildings, and cultural attractions. This is where you can find the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Sydney Tower (with an observation deck and restaurant), and the Queen Victoria shopping center. It also provides a great vantage point for the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge!
♦ Art Museums
Sydney has an incredible art scene that you can admire before or after your cruise! Your cruise ship will likely dock right nearby the Museum of Contemporary art, but that’s only the tip of the art scene’s iceberg. There is also the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Paddington galleries. Stop by the Paddington Bazaar and Centennial Park to check out handicrafts and fashion created by local artisans.
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