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4 Cruise Ships to See Off Phillip Island January 2020

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by Gayle Beveridge (subscribe)
Gayle is a retired accountant and a photography enthusiast living on Victoria's beautiful Bass Coast. Gayle is passionate about writing and keen to showcase Aussie culture to a global audience. Gayle loves her family, dogs, sunsets, and chocolate.
Published December 26th 2019
Get uninterrupted views of these giants of the sea
Ever wanted to see one of those huge and majestic cruise ships up close but the prospect of navigating your way to the Melbourne ports is daunting. Take heart, there is an easier way. Around 40 cruise ships anchor off Phillip Island each year and four of them will be arriving this January. This is a great opportunity to get an uninterrupted view of these giants of the sea. For those of you who like to do a bit of photography, these beauties make marvellous subjects. So come down and have a look. The ships are at anchor all day and Phillip Island is an easy day trip from Melbourne.

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

Regatta Cruise Ship Visit 2nd January 2020. The MS Regatta Cruise Ship and her passengers are arriving at Rhyll on Thursday 2nd January to explore Phillip Island for the day. The stopover, from 8am to 11pm is part of a 35 day Sydney to Sydney cruise.

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.

When: Thursday 2nd January 2020, 8am to 11pm
View from: Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, on Phillip Island.
Contact Details: For more details, contact Oceania Cruises on 1300 355 200 or click here to visit their website.

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The MS Maasdam in the Netherlands - Photo by Andrew J Bryson CC BY 3.0

Maasdam Crusie Ship Visit 3rd January 2020. The MS Maasdam Cruise Ship and her passengers are arriving at Rhyll on Friday 3rd January to explore Phillip Island for the day.

The MS Maasdam, owned by the Carnival Corporation and operated by Holland America Line, took her maiden voyage in 1993. She is 220 metres long and can carry up to 1,528 passengers and 580 crew.

When: Friday 3rd January, 8:00am - 10:00pm
View from: Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, on Phillip Island.
Contact Details: For more details, contact Holland America Line on 1300 987 322 or click here visit their website.

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The MS Seven Seas Voyager in France in 2003 -Photo by Christian Ferrer Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0

Seven Seas Voyager Cruise Ship Visit 10th January 2020. The Seven Seas Voyager Cruise Ship and her passengers are arriving at Rhyll on Friday 10th January to explore Phillip Island for the day.

The Seven Seas Voyager , owned by Regent Seven Seas Cruises, was launched in September of 2001. She is 206 metres long and can carry up to 706 passengers and 447 crew.

When: Friday 10 January (all day)
View from: Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, on Phillip Island.
Contact Details: For more details, contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises on 1300 455 200 or click here to visit their website.

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The Golden Princess in San Lucas - photo by Jean-Philippe Boulet C BY 3.0
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Golden Princess Cruise Ship Visit 29th January 2020. The Golden Princess Cruise Ship and her passengers are arriving at Rhyll on Wednesday 29th January to explore Phillip Island for the day.

The Golden Princess owned by Carnival and operated by Princess Cruises had her maiden voyage in 2001. At 290 metres long, she is the largest of the ships to visit Phillip Island in January. She can carry up to 2,600 passengers and 1,100 crew. Her sleek lines and stature on the seas will be quite a spectacle in Westernport Bay.

When: Wednesday 29th January (all day)
View from: Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, on Phillip Island.
Contact Details: For more details, ring 132 488 or click here to visit their website.

All the ships anchor offshore from Rhyll and can be viewed from the Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, on Phillip Island. Passengers come ashore by tender and alight at the Rhyll jetty.

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. It is ageless with something for everyone from toddlers to seniors. With a 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.
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Why? Get an uninterrupted view of these giants of the sea at anchor just off shore.
When: January 2nd, 3rd, 10th and 29th, 2020.
Phone: Contact numbers for each ship are included in the article.
Where: Rhyll Jetty Precinct, Beach Road, Rhyll, on Phillip Island
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
These are mighty ships bringing in many tourists to the island,
by Roger (score: 2|677) 271 days ago
I believe cruise ship spotting has become an activity in its own right.
by betty (score: 2|556) 269 days ago
Great article and photos Gayle. Only one thing better than seeing these magnificent ships close up, is being on board. About to undertake our fifth cruise. Can thoroughly recommend cruising. Neil.
by Neil Follett (score: 2|763) 267 days ago
The Queen Elizabeth also docks in Melbourne on Australia Day FOR AN 8 DAY CRUISE
by Peter Redmond (score: 1|10) 270 days ago
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