Experience Australia in a whole new way when you book a cruise from Adelaide. No matter whether you’d simply like to see more of the country's coastline, or have grand plans for an international expedition, booking a cruise from Adelaide will give you the opportunity to expand your horizons. With a variety of popular cruise lines sailing from Port Adelaide, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to your dream holiday destination.
Cruise ships departing Adelaide
• Golden Princess- The Golden Princess really is in a class of her own. You’ll be one of 2,590 passengers aboard this Princess Cruises ship, but with its expansive rooms and dining facilities, you’ll never feel like you’re jostling for space. Enjoy live music, excellent shore excursions and fine dining when you depart Adelaide on this fantastic vessel.
• P&O Pacific Eden- A perfect sized ship for short to medium length excursions, this is one of the newer P&O vessels to join the fleet (christened in November of 2015). Enjoy delicious, modern-style meals, yoga classes at sunrise, and even cocktail lessons in the evening. Relax in style on your cruise from Adelaide.
• Queen Elizabeth - The latest addition to the Cunard Cruises fleet, the Queen Elizabeth was named by Her Majesty herself in 2010, and boasts stunning regal drapings and furnishings. With a passenger capacity of over 2,000, you’ll have more than your fair share of activities and superb facilities to keep you occupied on your Adelaide cruise.
Major cruise lines that depart Port Adelaide
There are a number of major cruise lines that make berth at Port Adelaide, often with cheap deals on offer.
• P&O Cruises - Feel at home on the ocean with one of Australia’s favourite cruise companies. Over 100,000 passengers each year sail the sea with P&O Cruises, so you can rest assured you’re in good hands. Enjoy the convenience of paying with Australian dollars onboard as you cruise from Adelaide on your next holiday.
• Princess Cruises - First making global headlines back in 1977 on the TV show ‘The Love Boat’, Princess Cruises has been sailing the seas for nearly 50 years. With a fantastic range of shore excursions and excellent passenger services, you’re sure to ‘come back new’ from your Princess cruise out of Adelaide.
• Cunard Cruises - Quality over quantity is Cunard Cruises aim, and they definitely deliver. Intimate ships with all the great facilities you want and all the elegance of royalty, the grandeur of seeing a Cunard ship is an experience in itself. Dine on high-class cuisine, dance in the ballrooms, or snuggle down in an arm chair with a book in the library. Enjoy your cruise from Adelaide with Cunard Cruises.
Destinations - Where can you cruise to from Adelaide?
Explore the world on one of many cruises from Adelaide. Depart for destinations around Australia’s coastline, or visit more spectacular countries in the Southern Hemisphere.
Australia- Cruise from Adelaide to various Australian ports, such as Melbourne and Sydney, to experience the unique culture of other Australian destinations.
New Zealand- Discover the shores of New Zealand with a spectacular cruise from Adelaide. Experience stunning landscapes, adventurous activities and friendly locals when you sail to Australia’s neighbouring country.
Southeast Asia- Cruise from Adelaide to Singapore via some of Southeast Asia’s most fascinating places. Dine on delicious Asian cuisine, sail by idyllic islands, and dock at beautiful Bali on your way up to Kuala Lumpur.
World- Cruises departing Adelaide may not be as numerous as some of the other major Australian cities but you can still hop on board a world cruise from the Port of Adelaide. Sail from sea to sea and visit incredible destinations like Hawaii, South America, the Caribbean, and so much more.
Passenger numbers - How many cruises visit Adelaide?
Between 2015 and 2016 alone, Adelaide saw over 35 cruise ships dock at Port Adelaide. As Australia’s cruising fascination continues to rise, the number of cruises in and out of Adelaide follow suit. Seasonal results have smashed records and forecasts predict much of the same for the next few years.
Where is the Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal located and what is its capacity?
The Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal is located at the Outer Harbour marine facility on Oliver Rogers Road. In terms of vessel capacity, the facility welcomed the fourth largest ship in the world to its berth when the Ovation of the Seas docked there last December, making it one of the few Australian ports able to comfortably do so. Passenger amenities catering to the port continue to be updated as demand increases.
Facilities and parking at Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal
The Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal is well equipped with a coffee shop, payphones, information desk, pick-up/drop-off facility and a range of shops for that last minute retail therapy. If you have a little time before you cruise ship departs Port Adelaide, visit the Central Market, the Art Gallery of South Australia or the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, all nearby.
There is a no-stop drop-off/pick-up zone on Oliver Rogers Rd, via Gate C, and while there is no designated cruise passenger parking lots, there is a 15-minute car park with limited spaces. For long-term parking, opt for one of Adelaide City’s parking facilities, then catch a train or taxi to the passenger terminal in Outer Harbour to board your cruise ship.
How to get to the Adelaide Port Passenger Terminal - How to I get to my Adelaide cruise?
Getting there from Adelaide Airport
• 30 minute drive from airport, via car or taxi (taxi: $50 - $70)
We recommend sharing the Airport Flyer shuttle to split the fare and keep costs down.
Getting there from the Adelaide CBD
• 40 minute drive from Adelaide city, via car or taxi (taxi: $50 - $70)
• Train from Adelaide Railway Station to Port Adelaide Railway Station. The train station is 200m from the port terminal. ($3 - $5)
Weather - When is the best time to book a cruise from Adelaide?
Positioned in the south of Australia, Adelaide is one of the cooler Australian locations during the winter months, making it a seasonal cruise destination. Adelaide weather from spring through autumn on the other hand is quite lovely with sunny skies and relatively dry conditions.
• If you love nothing more than lounging in the hot Australian sun on a deck chair, then booking a cruise for the summer months of December - February is your best bet. That is, if you don’t mind the tourists flooding the attractions on your shore excursions.
• If you’d like to score a cheap cruise deal, book during the shoulder months either side of the peak season to save yourself a few pennies.
• The colder months of April through November see cruising in Adelaide come to a halt. But don’t worry, you can head to Sydney or Brisbane to cruise year round.