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Cruise Ship Spotting at Phillip Island 2022/23

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by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (subscribe)
Gayle Beveridge is a past winner of the Boroondara Literary Awards and her work has appeared in Award Winning Australian Writing. Gayle is passionate about family, writing, photography, and with Victoria’s beautiful Bass Coast which she now calls home.
Published November 1st 2022
Cruise Ship Spotting, Free Family Entertainment
Cruise ships are back after a two-year hiatus and cruise ship spotting has become an entertainment and one that is not only free but is far more accessible than you might think. This cruising season, from December 2022 to March 2023, seven cruise ships will make fourteen visits to Phillip Island. Forget the traffic hazards and congestion of the Melbourne ports area and take a pleasant day trip to Phillip Island, where there will be no shortage of great vantage points. The ships are at anchor all day and Phillip Island is an easy day trip from Melbourne.

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The Seven Seas Voyager at Phillip Island - December 2019 - Photo copyright Gayle Marien

All the ships anchor offshore from Rhyll. Passengers come ashore by tender and alight at the Rhyll jetty. You can view the tenders arriving and departing from the Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, on Phillip Island.

Suggested vantage points to view and photograph the ships, which cannot be seen from the jetty, are from the Rhyll Inlet carpark at the end of McIlwratih Road, where there is a walk along the shoreline from Rhyll Inlet to Conservation Hill. Alternatively, you could view the ships from the end of the residential streets of either Jansson Road or Walton Street, where there is some room to park.

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Collecting and delivering Cruise Ship passengers to the Rhyll Jetty - Photo copyright Gayle Marien

At around one- and three-quarter hours from the Melbourne CBD and around an hour from Cranbourne along the South Gippsland and Bass Coast Highways, this holiday paradise and tourist mecca is close enough for a day trip and tempting enough for a long stay. Often called Melbourne's playground, this area has something for everyone. With coastline on Westernport Bay and the Bass Strait, it is a beach lover's delight. Inland the landscape is one of beautiful rolling hills, farmland and bushland.

To help you plan your stay, check out the article 27 Things to do on a Bass Coast and Phillip Island Holiday. For accommodation options go to the Visit Bass Coast website where you can refine search results to suit your requirements.

December 2022
Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Ship Visit 1st December 2022. The MV Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Ship and her passengers are arriving at Rhyll on Thursday 1st, December 2022 to explore Phillip Island for the day. The stopover is from 8am to 11pm.

The MV Seabourn Odyssey operated by the Seabourn Cruise Line, went into service in 2009. She is 200 metres long and can carry up to 450 passengers. The MV Seabourn Odyssey has two swimming pools, six outdoor whirlpools, a spa, and a marina from which guests can spend the day kayaking, windsurfing, paddle boating or snorkelling. I wonder if we will see them doing all of this while they are anchored at Phillip Island. Click here to learn more about this majestic lady.

When: 8am to 11pm, Thursday 1st December 2022
View arrival and departure of tenders from Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, on Phillip Island.
View the ship from the Rhyll Inlet carpark at the end of McIlwratih Road, Rhyll or from the end of the residential streets of either Jansson Road or Walton Street, where there is some room to park.



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MS Westerdam heaving up its anchor- Image by Jean-Philippe Boulet, CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Ship Visit Wednesday 7th December 2022. The MV Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Ship and her passengers are arriving at Rhyll on Wednesday 7th December 2022 to explore Phillip Island for the day. The stopover, from 8am to 11pm, is part of a sixteen-day cruise from Sydney to Auckland.

The MV Seabourn Odyssey operated by the Seabourn Cruise Line, has eleven decks and travels at up to 21 knots (39kms per hour.) The MV Seabourn Odyssey has an observation lounge with 270-degree views and a nine-hole mini golf course, a giant chess board and shuffleboard. Click here to learn more about this majestic lady.

When: 8am to 11pm, Wednesday 7th December 2022
View arrival and departure of tenders from: Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, on Phillip Island.
View the ship from the Rhyll Inlet carpark at the end of McIlwratih Road, Rhyll or from the end of the residential streets of either Jansson Road or Walton Street, where there is some room to park.


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Grand Princess - Image by Ivan T., CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Grand Princess Cruise Ship Visit Thursday 15th December 2022. The Grand Princess Cruise Ship and her passengers are arriving at Rhyll on Thursday 15th, December 2022 to explore Phillip Island for the day. The stopover is from 7am to 11pm and is part of a five-day cruise from Melbourne to Adelaide.

The Grand Princess of the Carnival Line went into service in 1998 as was refurbished in 2019. She is 289 metres long, 36 metres wide and has seventeen decks. She can carry 2,600 passengers with a crew of 1,100. Click here for more details.

When: 7am to 11pm, Thursday 15th December 2022
View arrival and departure of tenders from: Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, on Phillip Island.
View the ship from the Rhyll Inlet carpark at the end of McIlwratih Road, Rhyll or from the end of the residential streets of either Jansson Road or Walton Street, where there is some room to park.


January 2023
Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Ship Visit Tuesday 3rd January 2023. The MV Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Ship and her passengers are arriving at Rhyll on Tuesday 3rd January 2023 to explore Phillip Island for the day. The stopover, from 8am to 11pm, is part of a seventeen-day cruise from Aukland to Sydney.

Phillip Island is only one of ten stops the passengers aboard this cruise on the MV Seabourn Odyssey can enjoy. This includes New Zealand's magnificent Milford Sound, Melbourne and Eden. Click here to learn more about this majestic lady.

When: 8am to 11pm, Tuesday 3rd January 2023
View arrival and departure of tenders from: Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, on Phillip Island.
View the ship from the Rhyll Inlet carpark at the end of McIlwratih Road, Rhyll or from the end of the residential streets of either Jansson Road or Walton Street, where there is some room to park.


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Seabourn Odyssey - Image by No Swan So Fine, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Ship Visit Sunday 8th January 2023. The MV Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Ship and her passengers are arriving at Rhyll on Sunday 8th January 2023 to explore Phillip Island for the day. The stopover is from 8am to 11pm.

The MV Seabourn Odyssey has 335 crew members for the 450 passengers. Click here to learn more about this majestic lady.

When: 8am to 11pm, Sunday 8th January 2023
View arrival and departure of tenders from: Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, on Phillip Island.
View the ship from the Rhyll Inlet carpark at the end of McIlwratih Road, Rhyll or from the end of the residential streets of either Jansson Road or Walton Street, where there is some room to park.


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The MS Regatta at Fremantle in 2018 - Photo by Bahnfrend CC BY-SA 4.0

Regatta Cruise Ship Visit Tuesday 10th January 2023. The Regatta Cruise Ship and her passengers are arriving at Rhyll on Tuesday 10th January 2023 to explore Phillip Island for the day. The stopover is from 9am to 23.59pm and is part of a five-day cruise from Melbourne to Adelaide.

The MS Regatta now owned by Oceania Cruises, was built in 1998 in France. She is 181 metres long and can carry up to 824 passengers and 386 crew. This high rise of the seas has nine passenger accessible decks. Click here for more details.

When: 9am to 23.59pm, Tuesday 10th January 2023
View arrival and departure of tenders from: Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, on Phillip Island.
View the ship from the Rhyll Inlet carpark at the end of McIlwratih Road, Rhyll or from the end of the residential streets of either Jansson Road or Walton Street, where there is some room to park.


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Star Breeze - Image by Windstar cruises, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Star Breeze Cruise Ship Visit Tuesday 24h January 2023. The Star Breeze Cruise Ship and her passengers are arriving at Rhyll on Tuesday 24th January 2023 to explore Phillip Island for the day. The stopover is from 9am to 11pm and is part of a five-day cruise from Melbourne to Adelaide.

The Star Breeze of the Windstar Line, went into service in 1989 and was refitted in 2007. She is 159 metres long, 19 metres wide and can carry up to 312 passengers. Smaller than most of the visiting cruise liners, she had four passenger decks. Click here for more details.

When: 9am to 11pm, Tuesday 24th January 2023
View arrival and departure of tenders from: Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, on Phillip Island.
View the ship from the Rhyll Inlet carpark at the end of McIlwratih Road, Rhyll or from the end of the residential streets of either Jansson Road or Walton Street, where there is some room to park.


February 2023
Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Ship Visit Saturday 4th February 2023. The MV Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Ship and her passengers are arriving at Rhyll on Saturday 4th February 2023 to explore Phillip Island for the day. The stopover is from 8am to 11pm and is part of a sixteen-day cruise from Aukland to Sydney.

For the more technical amongst you, The MV Seabourn Odyssey has a gross tonnage of 32,346, a beam of 26 metres and a draft of 6.4 metres. Click here to learn more about this majestic lady.

When: 8am to 11pm, Saturday 4th February 2023
View arrival and departure of tenders from: Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, on Phillip Island.
View the ship from the Rhyll Inlet carpark at the end of McIlwratih Road, Rhyll or from the end of the residential streets of either Jansson Road or Walton Street, where there is some room to park.


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The Seabourn Odyssey - Image by Anton Nosik, CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Ship Visit Thursday 9th February 2023. The MV Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Ship and her passengers are arriving at Rhyll on Thursday 9th February 2023 to explore Phillip Island for the day. The stopover is from 8am to 11pm.

The MV Seabourn Odyssey has 229 suites and was built in Genoa in Italy. She has a card room, a fitness centre, a salon, and a variety of restaurants and bars. Click here for more details.

When: 8am to 11pm, Thursday 9th February 2023
View arrival and departure of tenders from: Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, on Phillip Island.
View the ship from the Rhyll Inlet carpark at the end of McIlwratih Road, Rhyll or from the end of the residential streets of either Jansson Road or Walton Street, where there is some room to park.


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The Viking Saturn and the Viking Neptune during fit out in June of 2022 - Image by User Zenwort, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Viking Neptune Cruise Ship Visit Sunday 12th February 2023. The Viking Neptune Cruise Ship and her passengers are arriving at Rhyll on Sunday 12th February 2023 to explore Phillip Island for the day. The stopover is from 6pm to 11:59pm.

The Viking Neptune is the newest of the visiting ships, having entered service in 2022. She is 227 metres long and 28 metres wide and can carry up to 930 passengers.

When: 6pm to 11:59pm, Sunday 12th February 2023
View arrival and departure of tenders from: Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, on Phillip Island.
View the ship from the Rhyll Inlet carpark at the end of McIlwratih Road, Rhyll or from the end of the residential streets of either Jansson Road or Walton Street, where there is some room to park.


March 2023
Seabourn Sojourn Cruise Ship Visit Thursday 9th March 2023. The MV Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Ship and her passengers are arriving at Rhyll on Thursday 9th March 2023 to explore Phillip Island for the day. The stopover is from 12pm to 11pm and is part of a twenty-one day Australian Coral Coast cruise from Sydney to Bali.

The MV Seabourn Sojourn was put into service in 2010. She is 198 metres long and 28 metres wide and carries up to 450 passengers. Click here for more details.

When: 12pm to 11pm, Thursday 9th March 2023
View arrival and departure of tenders from: Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, on Phillip Island.
View the ship from the Rhyll Inlet carpark at the end of McIlwratih Road, Rhyll or from the end of the residential streets of either Jansson Road or Walton Street, where there is some room to park.


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Seabourn Sojourn, - Image by Bahnfrend, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Ship Visit Friday 17th March 2023. The MV Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Ship and her passengers are arriving at Rhyll on Friday 17th March 2023 to explore Phillip Island for the day. The stopover is from 10am to 11pm.

The MV Seabourn Odyssey has four types of suites, Ocean View, Verandah Suite, penthouse Suite and Owner's Suite, Signature Suite, Wintergarden Suite and Grand Wintergarden Suite. Click here for more details.

When: 10am to 11pm, Friday 17th March 2023
View arrival and departure of tenders from: Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, on Phillip Island.
View the ship from the Rhyll Inlet carpark at the end of McIlwratih Road, Rhyll or from the end of the residential streets of either Jansson Road or Walton Street, where there is some room to park.


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The Grand Princess - Image by The Grand Princess by Graham Horn, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Grand Princess Cruise Ship Visit Wednesday 22nd March 2023. The Grand Princess Cruise Ship and her passengers are arriving at Rhyll on Wednesday 22nd March 2023 to explore Phillip Island for the day. The stopover is from 7am to 11 pm.

At the time of building in 1998, the Grand Princess was the most expensive passenger ship ever built and was the flagship of Princess Cruises until 2013. The ship is now part of the Carnival Line. Click here for more details.

When: 7am to 11pm, Wednesday 22nd March 2023
View arrival and departure of tenders from: Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, on Phillip Island.
View the ship from the Rhyll Inlet carpark at the end of McIlwratih Road, Rhyll or from the end of the residential streets of either Jansson Road or Walton Street, where there is some room to park.

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Why? Get an uninterrupted view and some great photos of floating resorts at anchor just off shore.
When: December 2022 to March 2023 as detailed in the article
Where: Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, and Phillip Island and Rhyll Inlet carpark, McIllwraith Road, Rhyll.
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
They are an impressive sight Gayle. Even more impressive when on board one. Next month (December) we will be aboard one for a 14 day cruise around New Zealand. You don't realise how big they are until viewed from one of the tenders.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4476) 31 days ago
Are they still going to Phillip Island? I know the Westerdam is no longer going there. An extra day in Melbourne instead.
by pamfi (score: 0|6) 17 days ago
What a fun thing to do at Philip Island.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5789) 25 days ago
It's great to see these cruise ships bringing tourism and trade to the area.
by betty (score: 2|710) 31 days ago
It is amazing how these massive structures stay upright. They must be seen to believed.
by Roger (score: 2|829) 32 days ago
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