A Southern Ocean cruise offers close encounters with pristine wilderness, wildlife and wine.
Adelaide is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city known for its arts and café culture, the iconic Rundle Mall, Adelaide Oval cricket ground and bustling Adelaide Central Market. South Australia’s award winning wine regions include the famous Barossa Valley with over 80 cellar doors and some of the state’s finest restaurants, as well as the McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and Coonawarra.
Stunning Kangaroo Island is regarded as the best place to see Australian wildlife. The Eyre Peninsula is known for amazing seafood and adventures like shark cage diving or swimming with sea lions. Inland, for pre and post cruise visitors, a true Outback experience is on the doorstep among the dramatic landscapes of the Flinders Ranges, the huge natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound, and the fascinating underground opal mines of Coober Pedy. River cruise fans can explore South Australia’s countryside on a Murray River cruise along Australia’s greatest waterway.
'Adelaide is a fabulous cruise port and destination. It is a very easy city to visit, ultra-friendly with great restaurants, very affordable, excellent wine districts and all within an hour’s drive from the terminal. The scenery is also stunning as you sail into Outer Harbour. Overseas visitors love the warm and friendly welcomes they get when they arrive in Adelaide.' Phil Hoffmann, CEO - Phil Hoffmann Travel
Adelaide – Port
In picturesque Adelaide, vibrant meets laid back. Passengers can explore beautiful botanic gardens, meet the locals and try fresh produce and local cuisine at the Central Market. Excursions visit the Aboriginal Cultures Gallery and the famous Don Bradman Collection at Adelaide Oval. Overnighters can explore the boutiques and arcades of Rundle Mall, followed by a coffee or gelato on Rundle Street and a tram ride to Glenelg.
Barossa – Shore Excursion
An hour from Adelaide, the Barossa is the wine capital of Australia, and one of the world’s greatest wine regions. Home of more than 80 cellar doors and labels large and small (including Penfolds, Jacob’s Creek, Henschke and Wolf Blass), the region offers galleries, local produce, historical Germanic villages and markets to explore on tailored excursions.
Kangaroo Island – Port
On Kangaroo Island, guests may spot native wildlife including sea lions, dolphins and seals. The island offers unique cheeses, honeys and wines plus geological attractions like Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Adventurers can try quad biking or sand board the dunes of Little Sahara.
Fleurieu Peninsula – Shore Excursion
Only a 45-minute drive from Adelaide is the Fleurieu Peninsula and its rolling hills and vineyards, bounded by picturesque beaches and rugged coastlines. Visitors can taste fine wines in McLaren Vale and practise varietal blending in the Stables Wine Immersion Centre at d’Arenberg Winery.
Port Lincoln & Eyre Peninsula
Australia’s seafood capital and home to the best tuna, kingfish, abalone and oysters, Port Lincoln is a haven for adventure-seekers with excursions like shark cage diving and swimming with friendly sea lions. Cruise guests can also enjoy stunning coastal panoramas on a stroll of Coffin Bay.
For those who decide to stay awhile, a great way to discover South Australia is to cruise Australia’s greatest waterway aboard a paddlewheeler like the PS Murray Princess, on a cruise of up to seven nights; or aboard the ‘Proud Mary’ on a five day Wildlife Expedition exploring the river’s secluded lagoons and inlets. Both cruises depart a 1.5 hour drive from Adelaide.
Most international cruise ships and expedition vessels that visit Australian waters come to the South Australian ports; Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln and Robe. Expedition vessels may also visit smaller regional destinations.
Celebrity: Celebrity Solstice
Crystal: Crystal Serenity
Cunard: Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria
Hapag Lloyd: Europa, Europa 2
Holland America: Volendam, Maasdam, Noordam
P&O: Pacific Jewel, Pacific Eden, Pacific Aria, Aurora
Phoenix Reisen: Albatros, Artania
Regent: Seven Seas Navigator
Princess Cruises: Diamond Princess, Dawn Princess, Sea Princess, Golden Princess
Royal Caribbean: Radiance of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas (Dec 2016)
Silversea: Silver Whisper
Star Cruises: SuperStar, Virgo
Venus: Pacific Venus
Murray River Cruises