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Big Ships, Little Ships, Which Do You Prefer?
Darwin cruise ship fans and those who just like seeing the big ships have a whole lot of fun to look forward to with cruise ship visits scheduled throughout the 2018 dry season and beyond.
With seven cruise ship visits scheduled in April, early risers can watch the ships cruising into port and will get the best view from Bicentennial Park on The Esplanade or the Darwin Waterfront Sky Bridge. Great viewing will be available from either location but remember to bring along your binoculars.
Parking is available along The Esplanade or at the Deck Chair Cinema when the cinema is closed. This activity is free and child-friendly, however this is a viewing activity only, and no access is available onboard or on the wharf during cruise ship visits.
The very beautiful megaship will berth at Fort Hill Wharf's West Berth at a very respectable 8 am and spend the day in Darwin before commencing her onward journey at 6pm.
A Quantum Class vessel, Ovation of the Seas is 348 metres in length, has 16 passenger decks and carries 4,180 passengers and 1,300 crew.
From your vantage point you might be able to see the Ovation's North Star; a jewel-shaped capsule which ascends over 90 metres above sea level and gives passengers 360o views of the sea and destinations.
Quite different from the megaships normally docking at Fort Hill Wharf, Coral Discoverer is a small ship which undertakes expedition and adventure cruises around Australia, Papua New Guinea and South East Asia.
Although capable of cruising open waters, Coral Discoverer is very much for those that don't like crowds, carrying just 72 passengers. From your vantage point, you may be able to see the sun deck which includes the round Explorer Bar.
Coral Discoverer will arrive at Darwin's Fort Hill Wharf East Berth at 7 am on Thursday 5 April and depart at 9 am on Friday 6 April 2018. If you miss this visit, she will return at 7 am on Thursday 26 April before once again departing at 9 am on Friday 27 April 2018. Coral Discoverer will make regular stops in Darwin throughout 2018.
Touted as a luxury cruise ship, Seabourn Sojourn will make her way into Darwin's Fort Hill Wharf West Berth at 8 am on Monday 9 April 2018. Cruise ship enthusiasts have two days to gaze upon her beauty with her departure scheduled for 6 pm on Tuesday 10 April 2018.
At 198 meters in length, Seabourn Sojourn has 11 passenger decks and carries 450 passengers. From your vantage point, you may be able to see the Sun Terrace and The Retreat which includes a 9 hole putting green.
A sun-class cruise ship, Sea Princess is 261 metres in length, has 14 decks and carries 2,000 passengers and 900 crew. You will be able to view Sea Princess cruising into Darwin's Fort Hill Wharf West Berth at 7 am on Wednesday 11 April 2018.
Sea Princess's Sun Deck includes the Sports Court, The Sanctuary and Topsails Bar, all of which you may be able to see as she cruises in or out. Sea Princess is due to depart Darwin at 4 pm. Sea Princess features two propeller shafts and two 6 bladed propellers but does not have a traditional funnel.
Cruise ship enthusiasts watching Voyager of the Seas cruise into Darwin's Fort Hill Wharf West Berth at 9.25 am on Wednesday 25 April 2018, may be able to see the Skylight Chapel at the highest point of the ship. As the perfect place to say 'I do', with any luck, you may witness a special event taking place.
A voyager class vessel, Voyager of the Seas is 311 metres long and 63 metres high making her taller than the Zen Quarter building. She has 15 passenger decks and carries 3,138 passengers and 1,181 crew. Voyager of the Seas will depart at 8 pm.
A Regatta class cruise ship, Insignia is smaller than many other passenger ships and fits very comfortably into the luxury class. At just 180 metres in length, she has 9 passenger decks and carries just 824 passengers and 400 crew.
Those watching Insignia cruise into Darwin's Fort Hill Wharf West Berth at 10.10 am on Monday 30 April 2018, may be able to see her putting green, shuffleboard court and sun deck.