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Airlie Beach Cruise Ship Schedule 2023

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Talia Jones
Updated Mon 15 Jan 2024

The front of a blue and white cruise ship in the ocean

For 2024 dates, please see our 2024 Airlie Beach Cruise Ship Schedule.

With different cruise ships arriving weekly, Airlie Beach is alive and thriving, with travellers from all over the world flooding the streets. Scroll down below to check out the Airlie Beach cruise ship schedule for 2023. It will tell you what dates the cruise ships are arriving, where they've come from, how many guests they are carrying and how long they are staying in town for.


Airlie Beach Cruise Ship Schedule 2023

DATE

SHIP NAME

DESTINATION

NUMBER OF NIGHTS

GUESTS

ARRIVAL

DEPARTURE

Wednesday 11th October Carnival Splendor Sydney - Airlie Beach - Cairns - Port Douglas - Willis Island - Sydney 10 3619 7am 4pm
Tuesday 17th October Carnival Luminosa Brisbane - Airlie Beach - Cairns - Willis Island - Brisbane 7 2260 7am 4pm
Wednesday 18th October Pacific Encounter Brisbane - Airlie Beach - Cairns - Willis Island - Brisbane 7 3115 7am 4pm
Monday 23rd October Celebrity Solstice Sydney - Brisbane - Airlie Beach - Yorkeys Knob - Darwin - Bali - Singapore 15 3420 7am 4pm
Friday 27th October Royal Princess Sydney - Brisbane - Airlie Beach - Yorkeys Knob - Port Douglas - Willis Island - Sydney 10 4272 7am 4pm
Tuesday 31st October
Carnival Luminosa Brisbane - Airlie Beach - Brisbane 4 2260 7am 5pm
Wednesday 1st November Pacific Encounter Brisbane - Airlie Beach - Brisbane 4 3115 7am 5:30pm
Friday 3rd November Grand Princess Melbourne - Sydney - Brisbane - Willis Island - Cairns - Port Douglas - Airlie Beach - Newcastle - Sydney 14 3122 8am 6pm
Monday 6th November Quantum of the Seas Brisbane - Airlie Beach - Yorkeys Knob - Willis Island - Brisbane 6 4819 7am 5pm
Tuesday 14th November Carnival Luminosa Brisbane - Airlie Beach - Cairns - Port Douglas - Willis Island - Brisbane 7 2260 7am 4pm
Thursday 16th November Pacific Encounter Brisbane - Airlie Beach - Brisbane 4 3115 7am 5:30pm
Sunday 26th November Coral Princess Brisbane - Airlie Beach - Cairns - Port Douglas - Willis Island - Brisbane 7 2400 7am 4pm
Monday 27th November Pacific Encounter Brisbane - Airlie Beach - Cairns - Willis Island - Brisbane 7 3115 7am 4pm
Thursday 30th November Viking Orion Cairns - Townsville - Airlie Beach - Brisbane - Sydney 15 930 8am 6pm
Friday 1st December Resilient Lady Singapore - Bali - Darwin - Yorkeys Knob - Airlie Beach - Sydney 15 2860 10am 10pm
Wednesday 6th December Celebrity Edge Singapore - Bali - Darwin - Yorkeys Knob - Airlie Beach - Sydney 14 3373 9am 6pm
Thursday 7th December Pacific Encounter Brisbane - Airlie Beach - Brisbane 4 3115 7am 5:30pm
Friday 8th December Quantum of the Seas Brisbane - Airlie Beach - Yorkeys Knob - Willis Island - Brisbane 6 4819 7am 5pm
Monday 11th December Brilliance of the Seas Sydney - Airlie Beach - Yorkeys Knob - Port Douglas - Willis Island - Eden - Sydney 11 2580 7am 4pm
Tuesday 12th December Star Breeze Cairns - Port Douglas - Airlie Beach - Fraser Island - Mooloolaba - Sydney - Eden - Melbourne 12 312 12pm 7:30pm
Tuesday 12th December
Carnival Luminosa Brisbane - Airlie Beach - Brisbane 4 2260 7am 5pm
Sunday 17th December Seven Seas Explorer Bali - Darwin - Thursday Island - Cairns - Townsville - Airlie Beach - Brisbane - Sydney 27 829 7am 5pm

For 2024 dates, please see our 2024 Airlie Beach Cruise Ship Schedule.


Why do cruise ships stop in Airlie Beach?

The side of a cruise ship anchored in the ocean

Airlie Beach is essentially the capital of the Whitsundays, being the doorstep to the Great Barrier Reef and 74 Whitsunday Islands. With endless activities to do and stunning scenery to admire, it's no wonder why the region is a favourite amongst cruise ship companies! The town is teeming with world-class restaurants, charming cafes and groovy bars to check out. Live entertainment is also never far, simply wander Airlie's main boulevard and you'll easily be able to hear live music, no matter the day of the week. 

A perk about visiting Airlie Beach via cruise ship is that guests receive 'VIP' treatment upon arrival at the port. There are Volunteer Cruise Ship Ambassadors who welcome and farewell passengers. They volunteer to ensure guests make the most of their limited time in Airlie Beach. Not only are they friendly and fun, they are also full of local knowledge and offer great recommendations, so be sure to have a chat to them!


Things to do on shore in Airlie Beach

A boardwalk and the ocean with yachts in the background

While cruise ship guests don't have hours and hours to spare, there are ways to make the best out of the short time on land in Airlie Beach. From scenic flights over the Great Barrier Reef to shopping at the local markets, Airlie Beach is a place everyone will be itching to revisit! If you are on one of the many cruise ships that stop by, read through our 'Things to do for cruise ship guests in Airlie Beach' article which will give you deeper insight into the activities you and your fellow cruise ship companions can get up to!

Check out what you can do in Airlie Beach for the day...

For next year's timetable please see our Airlie Beach Cruise Ship Schedule 2024 article.  

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