Cruise returns to South Australia in 2022-23

Cruising will make a buoyant return to South Australia, with more ships set for the state’s shores in 2022-23 than prior to the pandemic.

The 2022-23 cruise ship season has more than 100 scheduled cruise visits to South Australian ports and anchorages. It is on track to top the 82 visits made in what was a bumper season in 2018-19 – when the sector contributed $145 million to the state’s visitor economy.

The first cruise ship scheduled for South Australia will arrive at Outer Harbor in Adelaide on 17 September. With up to 2,000 passengers and 895 crew, the Princess Cruises' Coral Princess will visit Adelaide, Port Lincoln and Penneshaw on multiple itineraries through to mid-April 2023. 

Of the cruise visits scheduled for the state in 2022-23, there are several expedition vessels – a sector of cruise built up in SA in 2021 and one that has flourished during the pandemic. Expedition vessels are able to visit more remote destinations around the state, such as Flinders Island and Troubridge Island. 

Over the past decade, the cruise industry has been the fastest-growing visitor economy sector in South Australia, contributing significantly to the state’s economy.

The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) is the lead State Government body for the cruise industry in South Australia and welcoming cruise ship visits to our state, and we work closely with regional tourism organisations and other industry stakeholders to bring the maximum benefit to SA. 

South Australian ports and anchorages



Cruise South Australia

Information for cruise lines and inbound tour operators to learn more about cruising in South Australia, our state's ports and anchorages, port facilities and specifications, destinations for sensational on-shore tours, accommodation, events, and more – helping them plan the perfect itinerary for cruise passengers.

Download the PDF brochure for more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

As part of a nationally consistent approach, SA Health has confirmed South Australia is aligned with the Eastern Seaboard Cruise Protocols which have been developed in conjunction with industry.

View the Eastern Seaboard Cruise Protocols

More information

If you are a tourism operator or an industry representative seeking more information about South Australia's cruise industry, get in touch with us at:

For the most up-to-date cruise ship schedule, visit the Flinders Ports website.