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:
The Maritime Museum of Tasmania
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.