Cruise from Adelaide

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What you need to know about cruising from Adelaide

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Frequently asked questions

Cruises from Adelaide sail to destinations in Australia and internationally. Popular itineraries sail to Kangaroo Island, Tasmania, Melbourne and Sydney. Some cruises sail from Adelaide to New Zealand, visiting Fiordland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. A few circumnavigation cruises also begin here, sailing in a loop around the Australian coast.


Absolutely! Large cruise ships have lots of fun things onboard to keep the whole family entertained. This can include swimming pools, waterslides, sports courts, video game arcades and special family-friendly entertainment. P&O’s Pacific Explorer regularly sails from Adelaide and has all this plus the P&O Edge Outdoor Adventure Park, with rock climbing, a flying fox and the thrilling Walk the Plank.


There are fewer luxury options from Adelaide, but you can still find s few high-end cruise ships departing from the city. Once onboard, expert spacious suites, fine dining, indulgent facilities and next-level service.


Check in times for your cruise will be staggered to cut down on wait times for passengers. The process varies across different cruise lines, but you will be allocated a check in time based on your cabin or given the option to choose a check in slot when you book or through the lines’ app. At a minimum you will need to be at the cruise terminal at least one hour before the ship is scheduled to depart – remember, they won’t wait for you!


Many of the cruises that depart from Adelaide will sail on round trip itineraries, returning back to the same port. These cruise can be short loops around the South Australian coast and Kangaroo Island or longer voyages that take in Tasmania, Victoria and even New Zealand.


No matter how long your holiday, there’s an Adelaide cruise for you. Short cruises lasting just two or three days will take you on a loop to one or two ports. Longer cruises can last from one week up to more than three weeks, taking you around the Australian coast or into New Zealand and the South Pacific.


You’ll never be bored on one of the large, modern cruise ships that depart regularly from Adelaide. Onboard you’ll find facilities like swimming pools, waterslides and waterparks, sports courts, fancy wellness facilities, gyms and more. There are also multiple restaurants, ranging from casual to fine dining, bars and cafes, as well as live entertainment every night.


Yes, many cruises departing from Adelaide are themed around the incredible food and wine you’ll find in surrounding ports like Kangaroo Island and Tasmania. You can also find themed cruises that focus on comedy, music or sporting events.


There is limited free parking available across from the cruise port, however don’t assume that you’ll be able to get a spot. A better option is Andrew’s Airport Parking, which has a secure car park about 25 minutes from the cruise terminal with regular shuttle buses between the two. Book ahead to secure your spot and get the best price.


The peak cruise period for ships sailing from Adelaide is between October and April. That includes the warmer months and the busy summer season.


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