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Big Ships, Little Ships, What is Your Type of Ship?
The Adelaide Cruise Ship Season continues to grow in 2019-20. Commencing in October 2019 and running through to April 2020, this season will see 79 cruise ships visit South Australia with 182,052 passengers and crew.
Adelaide's Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal at Outer Harbour will welcome 38 visits this year from 17 different vessels including two overnight stays. In 2019-20 Adelaide will welcome the return of the Queen Elizabeth, Golden Princess, Sun Princess and Radiance of the Seas as well as the return of the Queen Mary 2.
This season will once again bring big ships and little ships and everything in between to delight cruise ship fans with visiting vessels ranging from the small and luxurious to the mega cruise ship for families and fun.
The best vantage points for those wanting to welcome back an old friend, cast a dream like gaze upon these megaliths of the sea or simply watch ships cruise in and out is anywhere along the foreshore at Semaphore or from Lady Ruthven Drive, North Haven.
25 October 2019 – 5.30 am to 4 pm 16 March 2020 – 10.30 am to 9 pm
A sun-class cruise ship, Sea Princess is 261 metres in length, has 14 decks and carries 2,000 passengers and 900 crew. Get up high to see the Sports Court and The Sanctuary and Topsails Bar. Sea Princess has three sister ships; the Sun Princess which will visit Adelaide January and March 2020 and the Oceana (formerly Ocean Princess) and Pacific Explorer (formerly Dawn Princess) both of which are now part of the P&O Cruises fleet. Gaze and dream of being one of the lucky few with a very long, luxurious balcony at the stern.
1 November 2019 – 5.30 am to 9 pm 19 November 2019 – 5.30 am to 9 pm
8 January 2020 – 5.30 am to 9 pm
25 January 2020 – 5.30 am to 9 pm
Carrying 2,600 passengers and 1,100 crew, Golden Princess is 950 feet long and 177 feet high and with 17 decks there is no doubt you will find something interesting from your vantage point. If you came out to see Sea Princess, see if you can find the differences in these two very similar vessels.
Take the opportunity though to see her now, before she is transferred to P&O Cruises in 2020 and renamed as the Pacific Adventure.
10 November 2019 – 6.30 am to 11 pm
30 December 2019 – 9.30 am to 11 pm
While it would be easy to think that this beautiful lady is named after some quite spectacular Dutch cheese, she is actually named for the Maas River which rises in France and flows through Belgium and the Netherlands before draining out into the North Sea.
Maasdam is 780 feet long and carries 1,258 passengers and 580 crew. With 9 decks you will have no trouble finding someone to wave to as she cruises in or out of the harbour. Try for a high vantage point and see if you can spot the original teak promenade deck.
6 December 2019 – 6.30 am to 5 pm
9 December 2019 – 5.30 am to 5 pm
17 December 2019 – 6.30 am to 5 pm
21 December 2019 – 5.30 am to 4 pm
31 December 2019 - 5.30 am to 5 pm
2 January 2020 – 5.30 am to 5 pm
6 January 2020 – 5.30 am to 5 pm
Recently joining the Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) fleet, Vasco Da Gama is 219.4 metres in length, has 630 cabins and carries 1220 passengers. Vasco Da Gama comes to Adelaide for the 2019-20 cruising season from London Tilbury on a 53 night voyage. Her repositioning for the Australian 2019-20 season will facilitate local cruises from Adelaide and Fremantle enabling many opportunities to see her in port. The top deck includes the sports courts and a retractable roof.
12 December 2019 – 5.30 am to 6 pm
20 December 2019 – 4.30 am to 6 pm
7 January 2020 – 5.30 am to 10 pm
28 January 2020 – 5.30 am to 5 pm
After just a single day's opportunity to gaze upon the majestic beauty of Cunard's youngest Queen, Queen Elizabeth in the 2018-19 season, this upcoming season will give four opportunities. Evoking the heyday of Hollywood glamour and elegance, Queen Elizabeth will gracefully glide into the outer harbour with a crown upon her head just as a true Queen should.
Come along, wave the flag and be in the company of royalty, but be on the lookout later in the season for Queen Mary 2.
31 December 2019 – 1 January 2020 – 8.30 am to 2 am (next day)
MS Regatta is 593.7 feet in length and with 9 guest decks accommodates 684 passengers with 400 staff. The flagship of the Oceania Cruises fleet is currently undertaking a significant re-inspiration in preparation for her relaunch for the upcoming season.
Regatta. Photo: Oceania Cruises
13 January 2020 – 10.30 am to 9 pm
Following on from Ocean Dream's first visit to Adelaide in January 2018, now returns for a visit. Primarily undertaking around the world cruises with round trip departures from Yokohama in Japan, Ocean Dream features 10 passenger decks. Ocean Dream can be identified by its distinctive red funnel.
20 January 2020 – 5.30 am to 4 pm
15 March 2020 – 5.30 am to 10 pm
Another from the Princess Cruises fleet, Sun Princess was one of the largest cruise ships built world wide at the time of her construction. A sister ship to Sea Princess seen earlier in the season, Sun Princess was the ship on which the television show Love Boat: The Next Wave was filled and was reported to be the largest ships to ever cross beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2007. Sun Princess is also scheduled to be used as a floating hotel for the Tokyo Olympics from July to August 2020.
With a similar profile to her sisters ships, come down and see if you can spot any differences.
The newest member of the Princess Cruises fleet, Majestic Princess is a royal-class cruise ship carrying 3,560 passengers and 1,346 crew. Majestic Princess will come to Sydney for the 2019-20 season from her home port of Shanghai and will visit much of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Famous for being a focal point in the movie After the Sunset starring Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek, Seven Seas Navigator is 171 metres in length, has 13 passenger decks and carriers just 490 passengers and 340 crew.
Smaller and just a bit classier, Seven Seas Navigator provides a different profile to the larger, mega cruise ships.
Seven Seas Navigator. Photo: Cruise Ships in Adelaide
Another graceful lady from the Princess Cruises fleet, Pacific Princess carries a maximum of just 826 passengers and 373 crew. Pacific Princess comes to Adelaide as part of the 45 day World Cruise Segment Indian Ocean and Africa on her 111 day World Cruise Roundtrip from Los Angeles.
With a home port of Sydney, Carnival Spirit carries 2,124 passengers and 961 crew and has 12 decks and sails to New Caledonia, Fiji, Vanuata and New Zealand. Carnival Spirit is the largest and newest ships to be based in Australia year round. Find a high vantage spot and see if you can spot the only waterpark at sea including the steepest at sea waterslide, the Green Thunder.
A Radiance Class vessel, Radiance of the Seas is the flagship of her class which includes MS Jewel of the Seas, MS Brilliance of the Seas and MS Serenade of the Seas. Being the first cruise ship to feature pool tables stabilised by a computer-controlled gyroscope, she is truly spectacular with glass enclosing her nine-story atrium, lifts facing the sea and floor-to-ceiling windows.
A high vantage point will enable you to spot the kids adventure beach and mini golf course.
Radiance of the Seas. Photo: Cruise Ships in Adelaide
The epitome of luxury, The World is the largest private residential ship on the planet, continuously circumnavigating the globe. Containing 165 individual homes, The World is 196 metres in length, has 12 decks and carries between 150 and 200 residents and their guests and 280 crew.
It is reported that the residences are owned by celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Madonna for example and other who, well, can simply afford it!
This one time only visit to Adelaide is part of her 2020 itinerary, head on down to The Port and see what celebrities you can spot.
The World. Photo: Jim Henderson, Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.
There is something about Cunard ships that spell out sheer style and elegance and if you came out to see Queen Elizabeth in December and January then take the opportunity to see this second of the three Queens and the flagship of the Cunard line, Queen Mary 2.
At 343 metres long Queen Mary 2 was, at the time of her construction, the longest and largest passenger ship every built. Today this honour is held by Symphony of the Seas. However, Queen Mary 2's ability to carry 2,695 guests over 14 passenger decks and 1,253 crew certainly means she is among very big company.
A look from above will see the sun deck and sports centre.
11 March 2020 - 5.30 am to 4 pm
19 March 2020 – 5.30 am to 4 pm
23 March 2020 – 5.30 am to 4 pm
27 March 2020 – 5.30 am to 4 pm
30 March 2020 – 5.30 am to 4 pm
3 April 2020 – 5.30 am to 4 pm
6 April 2020 – 5.30 am to 4 pm
P&O's Pacific Aria is a Statendam-class vessel which shares the class with Vasco da Gama, Maasdam and Veendam. At 219 metres long, Pacific Aria carry 1,260 guests over 9 decks.
Come along and see if you can spot any differences between Pacific Aria and her sister ships.
One of the newer ships floating the high seas, Seabourn Encore was built in 2015-16. Although 26% larger than Seabourn's three Odyssey-class vessels, Seabourn Encore is in the smaller cruise ship category, and carrying just 600 passengers she is regarded as the next evolution in small ship cruising, resting firmly in the ultra-luxury category.
Seabourn Encore has a slightly different shape to most other vessels and is well worth a look. See if you can spy the Sun Terrace and The Retreat on the top deck.
Enjoyed your well researched article Annette. It was of special interest as we visited Adelaide on the Golden Princess last January and will be repeating that cruise next January. Lovely city, Adelaide. Neil.