Pacific Adventure to mark the start of 2023-24 Tasmanian cruise season

More than 150 cruise ships to visit Tasmania this season.


19 September 2023

Welcome back Pacific Adventure!

On Wednesday 20 September, the Pacific Adventure arrives at the Port of Hobart, marking the start of Tasmania's 20023-24 cruise season.

Over one hundred and fifty cruise ships are scheduled to call around Tasmania.

The vessels are expect to bring more than 270,000 passengers and nearly 117,000 crew to State, delivering a significant economic boost to the tourism sector and the broader Tasmanian economy.

The Pacific Adventure is P&O Cruises Australia's newest and largest ship, bringing thousands of visitors to the State each time it visits Tasmania between September 2023 and April 2024.

Pacific Adventure fast facts

Capacity2,636 guests
Decks12 guest decks
Length290 metres
Weight108,865 gross tonnes
BuiltLondon, UK registration
Rooms500+ balcony rooms

5 berth family rooms

TasPorts is pleased to welcome two new cruise lines to Tasmania this season, with Disney and Virgin Voyages making their first voyages to the State.

  • Disney-owned Disney Wonder has eight calls booked for the Port of Hobart and will commence in October 2023.
  • Virgin Voyages' Resilient Lady has 20 calls booked, with ten calls at both the Port of Hobart and the Port of Burnie between December 2023 and March 2024.

TasPorts' cruise ship schedule details the arrival information for all the cruise ship calls scheduled for Tasmanian ports.

Cruises Disney and Virgin

Safety on the waterfront

As part of TasPorts' ongoing commitment to safety, it will once again implement measures to reduce the movement of vehicles on days when cruise ships are visiting the Port of Hobart.

During the cruise season, TasPorts may close Franklin Wharf, between Victoria Dock Bridge and Constitution Dock Bridge, to through traffic on days when larger passenger capacity vessels are in port.

The pedestrian flow will be continuously monitored, and the area will be reopened to vehicle traffic.

Permit holders will continue to have access to their designated parking area.

Christmas and New Year closures

As per previous years, a full road closure will be implemented along Franklin Wharf, from Victoria Dock Bridge and the Elizabeth Street intersection, from 18 December 2023 to 3 January 2024 to accommodate the Yacht Race Villages.

The City of Hobart will manage additional road closures to accommodate New Year's Eve celebrations on 31 December.

More information around the 2023-2024 season including port operations, tour and transport parking information, contact details and general information is available on TasPorts’ website.