The Cruises That Visit Niue
The Cruises That Visit Niue

The Cruises That Visit Niue


Which Cruises Go to Niue?

The South Pacific is one of the world’s most idyllic cruising grounds, with one place of intrigue for many travellers being the island of Niue. The world’s largest raised coral atoll provides an array of exciting experiences for cruise passengers, where even getting on the island is an experience in itself! An exclusive selection of cruise ships makes their way to this off-the-beaten-track destination, which we will go through in this guide to the cruises that visit Niue.

For more cruise talk, see The Guide to Taking a Cruise to Niue.

Tips for Cruises to Niue

  • Search for cruises departing Tahiti, Fiji and New Zealand for the widest range of cruises that include Niue on the itinerary
  • All cruises to Niue involve taking a Zodiac boat to the island’s rocky shore
  • Be aware that boats can’t land in Niue if the weather or swell is bad, so there’s sometimes a chance that Niue is missed off cruise ship itineraries
  • Bring snorkelling gear, reef shoes and swimwear for your Niue shore excursion
  • While most cruises just spend a day or half a day in Niue, note that Silversea spends two days in Niue’s waters.

For more advice, see our 10 Tips for Taking a Cruise to Niue & the South Pacific. Plus, for money-saving tips, see How to Get a Good Deal on a Cruise to Niue.

The Cruises That Visit Niue(c) Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises

Offering the widest range of cruises to Niue, Windstar Cruises will see you getting to “The Rock of the Pacific” via a number of exciting routes. Ranging from 15 days to 46 days, the cruise itineraries with Windstar give you ample time to truly island-hop in the South Pacific.

Cruises Including Niue

  • Pearls of Paradise (15 Nights)
  • Beyond Polynesia (23 Nights)
  • Aquamarine Dreams: A Month in the South Pacific (30 Nights)
  • Crossing Cultures: Polynesia, Australia & Indonesia (46 Nights)

Cruises Start and End

Cruises with Windstar Cruises including Niue in the itinerary typically begin or end at ports such as Papeete (Tahiti), Lautoka (Fiji), Noumea (New Caledonia), Cairns (Australia) and Benoa (Bali).

Ships with Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises uses its four-masted sailing ship, Wind Spirit, for its cruises to Niue. The small cruise ship fits up to 148 guests and features wide open teak decks, two dining venues, as well as a spa, watersports platform, lounge, library, pool and hot tub.

The Cruises That Visit Niue(c) Silversea


Offering a small-ship cruise visiting some of the South Pacific’s smallest nations, Silversea is a cruise well worth considering. Niue is on the itinerary of their Papetee – Lautoka cruises, which also include visiting destinations like French Polynesia, Tonga, the Cook Islands and Fiji. The itinerary includes visiting two parts of Niue, Beveridge Reef and Alofi.

Cruises Including Niue

  • South Pacific Islands Cruise (12/13 Nights)

Cruise Start and End

Silversea Cruises including Niue on the itinerary typically start or end in Papeete (Tahiti) and Lautoka (Fiji).

Ships with Silversea

The ship used for cruises to Niue is the Silver Explorer. With a guest capacity of only 144, the Silver Explorer provides a small ship experience. The ship includes a fitness centre, cigar bar, lounge, library, “Explorer Lounge” with nature documentaries, a boutique and a spa.

The Cruises That Visit Niue(c) Holland America Line

Holland America Line

One of the largest cruise ships visiting Niue, Holland America Line includes Alofi on the itinerary for their shorter South Pacific cruises, as well as their longer ocean-crossing voyages. Their voyages a little different from the rest, incorporating multiple days exploring Australia and New Zealand, as well as island-hopping in the South Pacific making for extremely varied cruises.

Cruises Including Niue

  • Australia, New Zealand and South Seas (29 Nights)
  • South Seas, South Pacific Crossing and Hawaii (34 Nights)
  • South Seas Sampler (15 Nights)

Cruises Start and End

The Holland America Line cruises that include Niue in the itinerary include starting and ending ports in Papeete (Tahiti), Sydney (Australia), Auckland (New Zealand) and San Diego (US).

Ships with Holland America Line

The ship used for Niue cruises with Holland American Line is Maasdam. It is the only ship of Holland America Line’s fleet which features inflatable Zodiacs allowing you to visit the harder-to-reach destinations like Niue. The passenger capacity of the ship is 1,258 guests. Cruises feature workshops, lectures, cultural performances and more.

The Cruises That Visit Niue(c) Noble Caledonia

Noble Caledonia

Featuring an exciting small-ship cruise across the South Pacific Islands, Noble Caledonia visits Niue on its 16-night cruise through various Polynesian islands, including the Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji and Tahiti. Sailings either go from Fiji to Tahiti or Vanuatu to Tahiti.

Cruises Including Niue

  • Passage Through Polynesia (16 Nights)

Cruises Start and End

Cruises embark and disembark in Port Vila (Vanuatu), Papeete (Tahiti) and sometimes Lautoka (Fiji) for cruises including Niue. As this cruise is directed at travellers from Europe, flights to Brisbane (Australia) are included in the itinerary.

Ships with Noble Caledonia

Cruises to Niue with Noble Caledonia are on the Island Sky. The small-ship vessel has just 59 suites fitting 118 passengers. The ship was built in Italy and features a restaurant, hair and beauty salon, lounge, library, bar, an observation deck and the promenade deck.

For more ways to get to Niue, see How to Get to Niue.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Niue Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Niue. She knows the island inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Niue’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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