NEW figures from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia show almost 600 cruise ships will visit Australian ports during the official summer season from next month to April next year.
Between them Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Fremantle (Perth) will offer 202 round-trip cruises so that more Australians can cruise from their home ports.
Sydney remains the signature destination, but australiancruisingnews.com notes that many new Australian ports will see an influx of floating hotels
Darwin (Northern Territory) will welcome ships heading Down Under from the northern hemisphere, as well as on circumnavigation cruises of Australia, www.darwinport.nt.gov.au
Queensland, gateway to the tropical north and the Great Barrier Reef, will have cruise ships sailing into Cairns or mooring further north off Yorkey’s Knob, Port Douglas, Cooktown, or off Thursday Island, www.portsnorth.com.au
Newcastle(New South Wales) is another port welcoming cruise ships including Radiance of the Seas four times and Rhapsody of the Seas three times, www.newportcorp.com.au
Eden (New South Wales) dips its toes into the cruise market for the first time with Astor and Seabourn Soujourn arriving this summer, www.edenport.com.au
Tasmania’s former convict settlement at the Port Arthur Historic Site has Sun Princess, Diamond Princess, Dawn Princess, Carnival Spirit, Pacific Pearl, Seabourn Soujourn, and Caledonia Sky cruising there, www.portarthur.org.au
Geelong, the gateway to Victoria’s Great Ocean Road and its iconic 12 Apostles rock formations, will welcome Seabourn Sojourn and APT’s Caledonia Sky, www.geelongport.com.au
South Australia has cruise ships sailing into Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln and Robe for food, wine and wildlife experiences, www.flindersports.com.au
Several Western Australian ports will be busy from Albany on the south coast to Broome, the gateway to the glorious Kimberley on the far north-west coast. www.albanyport.com.au; www.broomeport.wa.gov.au