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Diamond Princess in Darwin 2018

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Come See the Princess Sail Into Town
The arrival of Princess Cruises Diamond Princess will give Darwin cruise ship fans the only opportunity to see her for this season and next as she will is not scheduled to return to Darwin until 2020.

Due to dock at Darwin's Fort Hill Wharf West Berth at 5.15 am on Wednesday 28 March 2018, those early enough to catch her cruising into port 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.

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Photo: Princess Cruises

Parking is available along The Esplanade or at the Deck Chair Cinema when the cinema is closed. This activity is free and child-friendly.

Please Note: This is a viewing activity only, and no access is available onboard or on the wharf.

Those watching her sail in or out of port, may be able to see the adults only top decks which include the sports areas such as shuffle board, deck chess and hot tubs. This top deck also includes the Skywalker Club which you may be able to also see. This area is a great place for guests to view Darwin on Diamond Princess's way into and out of port and this will give those watching a great opportunity to wave and welcome those about to have a day in beautiful Darwin.

Photo: Princess Cruises

As a Grand (Gem) class cruise ship, Diamond Princess is the sister of Sapphire Princess and carries 2,670 passengers and 1,100 crew members. She is 290 metres in length and has a total of 13 decks.

Diamond Princess will arrive in Darwin on her Australia and Asia cruise having departed from Sydney and coming straight to Darwin. Departing Darwin at 6 pm she will cruise to Malaysia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Japan where she will say sayōnara to her current guests. Diamond Princess will operate out of Japan for the northern summer season.

For the northern summer, Diamond Princess will undertake cruises of between 7 and 23 nights predominantly around Japan before returning to south-east Asia for the 2018-19 cruise season.
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Why? See the beautiful Diamond Princess sail into Fort Hill Wharf
When: Wednesday 28 March 2018
Where: Fort Hill Wharf, Anchorage Court, Darwin
Cost: FREE
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