Want to Know about Cruise Lines and the Ships that Visit Australia?
Cruising in Australia is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to holiday.
Almost 1.3 Million Australians took a cruise in 2016! Were you one of them? If not, you probably know someone who did!
Australians spent 12 million days at sea in 2016 (2016 Australian Cruise Industry Source Market Report). That’s a lot of beds and a lot of cocktails!
So what ships are taking all these lucky Passengers to exciting & exotic destinations within Australia and the surrounding Pacific Ocean?
Here is a list I have put together of the Cruise Lines and their Ships that you can jump onboard from Australia for your next holiday.
Most of the Ships below visit Australia during the “Cruising Season” between October & April.
But you will find some Companies (namely P&O and Princess) have Ships that cruise from Australian Ports all year round.
Pacific Dawn 1546 Passengers
Pacific Jewel 1670 Passengers
Pacific Explorer 1998 Passengers
Pacific Eden 1260 Passengers
Pacific Aria 1260 Passengers
Sea Princess 2000 Passengers
Sun Princess 2000 Passengers
Diamond Princess 2702 Passengers
Golden Princess 2600 Passengers
Majestic Princess 3560 Passengers
Ovation of the Seas 4180 Passengers
Explorer of the Seas 3114 Passengers
Radiance of the Seas 2146 Passengers
Voyager of the Seas 3114 Passengers
Carnival Spirit 2124 Passengers
Carnival Legend 2124 Passengers
Norwegian Jewel 2376 Passengers
Celebrity Solstice 2850 Passengers
Ms Maasdam 1258 Passengers
Ms Noordam 1924 Passengers
Queen Mary 2 2705 Passengers
Queen Elizabeth 2101 Passengers
Queen Victoria 2083 Passengers
Azamara Journey 686 Passengers
Azamara Quest 686 Passengers
THE CRUISE-LINE LOTTERY:
As well as the Ships listed above there may be other Cruise Lines that visit Australia and take on passengers as they pass through. For example P&O UK has an Adults-only vessel that sometimes calls into Australian Ports during its Round-the-World tour.
Also bear in mind that year to year Cruise Lines will alter their arrangements, with ships re-deployed to different cruising ‘hot-spots’ around the world. So a Ship that calls Australia home one season may not be here the next.
For example, our largest Cruise-ship, RCI Ovation of the Seas will be saying goodbye to Australian Waters after next season.
Then there is the changing of the colours that goes on between Cruise Lines: buying and selling and swapping of Ships between Companies.
For example Princess' Dawn Princess was re-furbished this year and is now P&O’s newest member Pacific Explorer!
Each year Cruise-Lines publish their Cruising Schedules for the following season, so keep an eye out for these if you are interested in staying up to date with the ships that will serve the Australian Ports each season.
One thing is for certain: If Aussies continue to embrace Cruising Culture as they have over the past few years our options of Cruise-Lines and Ships will only grow!
Happy Cruising Everyone!
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