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Cruise ship fun
As the dry season starts to bring cooler weather into Darwin and the great dry season events start to take hold, cruise ship fans have a few short visits to look forward to throughout May.
With just two large cruise ship visits scheduled in May, early risers will be able to focus their visits. The best view is available 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.
Sun Princess – Sunday 6 May 2018
Sun Princess, the sister ship of the Sea Princess which docked in April. A sun-class cruise ship, Sun Princess is 261 metres in length, has 10 passenger decks and carries 2,010 passengers and 924 crew. You will be able to view Sun Princess cruising into Darwin's Fort Hill Wharf East Berth at 12.30 pm on Sunday 6 May 2018.
Sun 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.
Sun Princess. Photo: Princess Cruises
Carnival Spirit – Thursday 10 May 2018
With a home port of Sydney, Carnival Spirit comes to Darwin as part of her Asia and Australia Cruise direct from Airlie Beach. A spirit-class cruise ship, Carnival Spirit is 293 metres in length and has 12 decks. With a top speed of 22 knots (41 km/h), she carries 2,124 passengers and 961 crew.
Carnival Spirit's top decks are the sports and sky decks containing jogging track, mini golf, restaurant and water play area. Viewers watching Carnival Spirit arrive at 10.47 am, may just see these areas being used.