Located at the northern tip of Australia’s Top End, Darwin is a cosmopolitan city famous for its lazy beaches, aboriginal culture and exotic flavours. The surrounding natural attractions and friendly inhabitants will get any cruise off to a great start. Get the cheapest packages and specials for your Darwin cruise here on Cruise Sale Finder. Search and compare cruises departing or going to Darwin and pick out the perfect itinerary for your holiday in Australia's far north!
The City of Darwin
Darwin is unique amongst the other major Australian urban centres. State capital of the remote Northern Territory, it is closer to the national capitals of Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Brunei and Palau than it is to Canberra.
Darwin overlooks the Beagle Gulf and Timor Sea, with its most popular beaches facing the northwest for spectacular sunsets. Highlights of a visit in Darwin Australia can include trips to vast and beautiful Kakadu National Park, wildlife encounters, learning about the city's wartime history, wandering the esplanade and perusing the Mindil Beach sunset markets. Darwin’s tropical climate and incredible multiculturalism set it apart from any other place in the country - in fact, you won't find anywhere quite like Darwin.
Cruise Ships in Darwin
Unfortunately, there are currently not many cruises offered out of Darwin - the selection is limited to some itineraries by the amazing and all-inclusive luxury line Silversea. Their cruises from Darwin take place on an expedition ship called the Silver Discovery, and include exciting destinations where bigger cruise ships can't go.
Cruises from Darwin 2019 - 2020 Destinations
A cruise from Darwin with Silversea might take you to other ports in Australia. Short cruises from Darwin visit nearby destinations in the Northern Territory or Western Australia. Explore Australia’s northern coastline on cruises from Darwin to Broome or hop aboard a Darwin ship and cruise to Whitsunday or Brisbane.
Get a dose of tropical adventure as you visit Indonesia, Palau and various islands in Southeast Asia on a Darwin cruise with Silversea.
Eschewing the usual cruise itineraries which stop in at Bali, Lombok and maybe, Komodo Island, the Silver Discoverer visits a range of smaller and less commercial locales for a range of days and nights to suit your needs.
Although there aren't many cruises departing from Darwin, there are plenty calling in there on their journeys from Perth, Sydney, Brisbane or Singapore, on a variety of big cruise lines like Celebrity cruises, Cunard, Princess, Cruises with P&O, Carnival and Royal Caribbean. A number of world cruises include Darwin in their itineraries, often stopping at Darwin’s cruise terminal on their way up towards Asia, so it is a busy cruise port. If you are interested in venturing up toward Asia, Mystery River Cruises offer fresh water cruising on the beautiful Mekong and its subsidiaries.
Darwin Cruise Port
Darwin cruises dock at the terminal located in the Wharf Precinct area of downtown Darwin, a place with plenty of options for dining, shopping and entertainment. It's simple to get to, just 10 minutes walk from the CBD or a very short taxi ride.
The purpose-built terminal was built recently to accommodate Darwin's cruise visitors. It is modern and air-conditioned against the Northern Territory heat - a very pleasant way to start your cruise from Darwin! The terminal facility also has a market of Darwin products and souvenirs for some great browsing while you wait - aboriginal art, clothing, woodcrafts and opals.
Darwin’s Weather: Best time to visit Darwin Australia
Darwin is known for its year-round tropical climate. As with other tropical regions, the dry season brings clear skies and warm days, while the wet season is characterised by occasional storms and rainy days. Take a tour of the city before or after embarking a Darwin ship and get a glimpse of Darwin’s rich history and culture.
Mid-June to mid-September is the most pleasant time to cruise to Darwin when the weather is dry and cool.
The wet season between November to April brings humid days and monsoonal rains. With fewer tourists, this is the best time to grab cheap deals on cruises to Darwin