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Published October 13th 2018
Dream of Cruising
The Adelaide Cruise Ships Season is set to be a bumper season with no less than 43 visits scheduled; a significant increase from the 2017-18 season.
The season commenced as Princess Cruises MS Sea Princess cruised into the outer harbour earlier this week, however, there is no need to be disappointed in missing this first visit of the season as there is a massive season ahead and Sea Princess will return to Adelaide shores on 18 March 2019.
The season will bring big ships and little ships and everything in between to delight cruise ship fans of all types with visiting vessels ranging from the small and luxurious to the mega cruise ship for families and fun.
All ships will dock at the Outer Harbour Cruise Ship Terminal with best vantage points to watch them cruise in and out is anywhere along the foreshore at Semaphore or from Lady Ruthven Drive, North Haven.
The very beautiful megaship will berth at Adelaide's Outer Harbour at 5.30 am for the early risers and spend the day in Adelaide before commencing her onward journey at 4 pm. With just one visit to Adelaide this season, this must not be missed.
A Quantum Class vessel, Ovation of the Seas is 348 metres in length, has 16 passenger decks and carries 4,180 passengers and 1,500 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.
8 February 2019 – 6.30 am to 10 pm
11 February 2019 – 5.30 am to 8 pm
18 February 2019 – 6.30 am to 10 pm
21 February 2019 – 5.30 am to 8 pm
28 February 2019 – 6.30 am to 10 pm
4 March 2019 – 5.30 am to 5 pm
MS Astor, Photo: Cruise Ships in Adelaide
MS Astor is a premium style cruise liner who pays frequent visits to Adelaide, but is no less enticing for it. At 22.61 metres in length and carrying just 600 passengers, she is a member of the Cruise and Maritine Voyages Family, and you could be forgiven for gazing upon her beauty and dreaming of your own voyage.
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.
Friday 21 December 2018 – 6.30 am to 7 pm
Saturday 12 January 2019 – 8.30 am to 8 pm
Monday 28 January 2019 – 6.30 am to 7 pm
Thursday 21 February 2019 – 6.30 am to 9 pm FINAL VISIT
Not quite in the megaship category, Pacific Jewel is clearly an outstanding example of cruising royalty and with P&O Cruises recent announcement that they will be farewelling Pacific Jewel in February 2019, you have just four opportunities left to see this beauty in Adelaide.
An R class ship, Azamara Cruises Azamara Quest is just 181 metres in length, carries 686 passengers and 408 crew. In 2018, Adelaide paid host to sisterships Azamara Journey, MS Regatta and Pacific Princess.
While it would be easy to think that this beautiful lady is named after some very nice 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.
This lady is 780 feet long, 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.
Carrying 2,600 passengers and 1,100 crews, 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. Check out the top deck where you will see the Skywalkers Nightclub or slightly forward you will see the Crystal Dome.
At 216 metres in length and with 700 passengers and 445 crew, Seven Seas Mariner is not considered a megaship, however she is beautiful in nature and it is well worth rising early to see her glide into port with the early morning sun.
A popular favourite with Adelaide crowds, Pacific Eden is 219 metres in length, has nine guest decks and accommodates 1,260 guests and 557 crew. However, along with her sister Pacific Jewel, Pacific Eden with leave the P&O fleet at the end of this season, so come along and catch a glimpse while you can.
The epitome of luxury, Cunard's youngest Queen, Queen Elizabeth will grace Adelaide shores for just one day this cruise season. Evoking the heyday of Hollywood glamour and elegance, she 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.
Owned by Crystal Cruises, Crystal Serenity is a midsized ship carrying just 1,070 passengers and 655 crew. Crystal Serenity has a permanent resident that has lived onboard for the past 10 years. Come along and wave to 88 year old "Mama Lee" who is on her endless voyage.
Passengers on MS Amadea could get lonely with just 624 on board and 292 crew. On the smaller size, Amadea is quite different to the megaships and is well worth making a comparison. Can you spot the differences?
Celebrity Solstice's claim to fame is having the first Lawn Club at sea and the first Hot Glass Show, however she is also touted as being one of the more decorated ships at sea. She is pretty as a picture.
Owned by Silversea Cruises, Silver Muse is their newest flagship and although only carrying 596 passengers and 411 crew is imposing in port. Said to be an inspirational work of art. Gaze upon her from a height and see if you can spy the Observation Library and Jogging Track.