With such a diverse offering of activities, history, and culture, Darwin is an excellent starting point for your next cruise, or as a port included within an itinerary. It is within close proximity to some of Australia’s most highly-sought national parks (Kakadu and Litchfield), and is filled with unique local art, international cafes/restaurants, and plenty of opportunity to learn about the city’s ties to historic trade routes, the pearling industry, World War II bombings, and much more. You will discover a number of pristine beaches, interesting museums, parks, and many crocodile-themed attractions. Darwin is also famous for its incredible nightlife, fresh seafood, and local produce. Market visits are a great way to try some of their local cuisines. Plus, Darwin is a very walkable port city, so you will never have to worry about the hassle of arranging transportation (unless you plan on traveling a little further).
There are four cruise lines that currently feature cruises from Darwin. You can take a luxury cruise from this port with Silversea, an all-inclusive, all-suite cruise line. Their upscale ship, Silver Explorer will take you from Darwin to destinations in Australia/New Zealand and the South Pacific. The feature-filled cruise line Princess also offers Australia and Asia itineraries on their ships, Regal Princess, Sea Princess and Sun Princess. If you’re having trouble deciding between luxury and mainstream, you can opt for an experience in-between with Cunard Line. Their mid-sized vessels Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria sail from Darwin to destinations in Asia. For a more unique onboard experience, you might consider Ponant, whose intimate yachts Le Bellot and Le Laperouse will take you from Darwin to either Europe, Asia, Australia, or Oceania. Depending on which cruise line you choose, cruises range in length from 7- to 19-nights. A great time to visit Darwin is between April and October (the dry season).
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These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Darwin, along with a brief description:
♦ Mindil Beach
Mindil Beach is one of the most scenic and highly-rated beaches in Darwin. Located within close proximity to the city’s central business district, Mindil Beach is home to not only a beautiful beach but also the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (open from May to October), and the Mindil Beach Casino Resort. A walk along this beach can yield in delicious Asian cuisine, local artisan crafts, live music, and massages, not to mention spectacular sunsets. You will also discover plenty of kid-friendly activities and entertainment, making this a perfect stop for families.
If Darwin is famous for one kind of animal, it is definitely crocodiles. If you’re fascinated by these interesting reptiles, you’re in the right place! One of Darwin’s most popular attractions is Crocosaurus Cove, where you can check out some of Australia’s largest saltwater crocodiles. It also features the largest display of Australian reptiles in the world. This isn’t just any zoo – you can feed, hold and pet many of the animals, including the crocs. Another top-rated attraction is Crocodylus Park, an open-air zoo where you can also spot non-reptilian animals, such as water buffalo and monkeys. You can also feed and hold crocodiles at this park, as well as partake in guided boat trips.
Darwin is filled with many interesting museums, making it a great place to broaden your perspective on a number of subjects. One of the best museums you can visit is the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory (home to rock art, fossils, and maritime history). Other noteworthy museums include the Darwin Military Museum (featuring WWII exhibits), the Darwin Aviation Museum (featuring warplane models), the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels (an underground WWII museum), Aboriginal Fine Arts (an art museum), and the 1934 Qantas Hangar (a vintage vehicle museum).
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