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Airlie Beach Cruise Ship Schedule 2024

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Talia Jones
Updated Mon 22 Apr 2024

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Airlie Beach in Queensland's Whitsundays is a popular destination for holiday-makers across the globe, particularly cruise ship enthusiasts. Airlie's superb climate and year-round sunshine is what makes the town so inviting to travellers. Not to mention its close proximity to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and 74 Whitsunday Islands. With so many contributing factors to why the Whitsundays is the ultimate holiday destination it's no wonder cruise ships dock in Airlie Beach.

The cruise ships that visit the Whitsundays dock in Pioneer Bay, just out the front of the charming town of Airlie Beach. From there, cruise ship guests travel via ferry to the Port of Airlie where they are then free to roam the town and explore. There are plenty of day tours and activities available for passengers wanting to see more of what Airlie Beach has to offer. 

Below you can find the Airlie Beach cruise ship schedule for 2024.


Airlie Beach Cruise Ship Schedule 2024

DATE

SHIP NAME

PORT OF ARRIVAL

PASSENGER CAPACITY

ARRIVAL TIME

DEPARTURE TIME

ITINERARY

Thursday 4th April Majestic Princess Port of Airlie 3560 7am 4pm S/B/AB/PD/C/WI/S 
Saturday 6th April Celebrity Solstice Shute Harbour 2852 8am 5pm SEA/D/C/AB/S 
Sunday 14th April Carnival Splendor Port of Airlie 3012 7am 4pm S/AB/C/PD/WI/MI/S 
Thursday 18th April Pacific Encounter Port of Airlie 2600 8am 6:30pm  B/AB/B
Saturday 27th April Scenic Eclipse 2 Port of Airlie 228 8am 7pm  N/FI/G/ PI/AB/T/WI/C 
Thursday 9th May Carnival Splendor Port of Airlie 3012 7am 4pm S/AB/C/PD/WI/MI/S
Thursday 30th May Pacific Encounter Port of Airlie 2600 8am 6:30pm B/WI/C/AB/B
Sunday 2nd June Pacific Explorer Port of Airlie 1998 9am 6pm C/AB/B 
Monday 3rd June Pacific Encounter Port of Airlie 2600 7am 5:30pm  B/AB/B
Tuesday 4th June Carnival Splendor Port of Airlie 3012 8:30am 5:30pm S/AB/C/PD/WI/MI/S
Thursday 20th June Pacific Encounter Port of Airlie 2600 7am 5:30pm  B/AB/B
Friday 21st June Pacific Adventure Port of Airlie 2636 7am 4pm  S/MI/AB/C/WI/S
Sunday 30th June Pacific Explorer Port of Airlie 1998 9am 6pm  B/S/M/SA/WA/C/AB/B
Monday 1st July Pacific Encounter Port of Airlie 2600 7am 4pm B/AB/C/WI/B
Thursday 11th July Pacific Encounter Port of Airlie 2600 7am 5:30pm B/AB/B 
Wednesday 17th July Pacific Adventure Port of Airlie 2636 7am 4pm S/AB/C/PD/WI/MI/S
Thursday 25th July Carnival Splendor Port of Airlie 3012 7am 4pm S/AB/C/PD/WI/MI/S
Monday 29th July Pacific Encounter Port of Airlie 2600 7am 4pm S/B/AB/C/SEA 
Monday 12th August Pacific Encounter Port of Airlie 2600 7am 5:30pm B/AB/B 
Wednesday 28th August Pacific Adventure Port of Airlie 2636 7am 4pm S/AB/C/PD/WI/MI/S
Thursday 29th August Pacific Encounter Port of Airlie 2600 7am 5:30pm B/AB/B 
Monday 2nd September Pacific Encounter Port of Airlie 2600 7am 4pm B/AB/C/WI/B
Thursday 5th September Carnival Splendor Port of Airlie 3012 8am 6pm S/AB/C/PD/WI/MI/S
Thursday 12th September
Carnival Splendor Port of Airlie 3012 7am 3pm S/AB/C/PD/WI/MI/S
Thursday 12th September Pacific Encounter Port of Airlie 2600 7am 5:30pm B/AB/B 
Monday 30th September Carnival Splendor Port of Airlie 3012 7am 4pm S/AB/C/PD/WI/MI/S
Thursday 3rd October Pacific Encounter Port of Airlie 2600 7am 5:30pm B/AB/B 
Monday 7th October Pacific Encounter Port of Airlie 2600 7am 4pm B/AB/C/WI/B
Monday 14th October Pacific Encounter Port of Airlie 2600 7am 5:30pm B/AB/B 
Monday 21st October Queen Elizabeth Port of Airlie 2080 TBA TBA M/S/AB/C/D/Ba/Br/P/Al/A/M
Wednesday 23rd October Celebrity Solstice Shute Harbour 2852 7am 4pm S/B/AB/C/D/Ba/Si
Saturday 26th October Celebrity Edge Shute Harbour 2908 8am 4pm S/B/AB/C/PD/WI/S
Thursday 31st October Pacific Encounter Port of Airlie 2600 7am 5:30pm B/AB/B 
Tuesday 12th November Carnival Luminosa Port of Airlie 2260 7am 4pm B/AB/C/PD/WI/B
Thursday 14th November Pacific Encounter Port of Airlie 2600 7am 5:30pm B/AB/B 
Saturday 16th November Ovation Of The Seas Shute Harbour 4180 7am 5pm S/AB/C/WI/S
Monday 18th November Pacific Encounter Port of Airlie 2600 7am 4pm B/AB/C/WI/B
Tuesday 19th November Carnival Luminosa Port of Airlie 2260 7am 4pm B/AB/C/PD/WI/B
Thursday 21st November Queen Elizabeth Port of Airlie 2080 TBA TBA M/S/AB/C/D/Ba/Br/P/Al/A/M
Friday 22nd November ms Europa 2 Port of Airlie 516 1pm 8pm Ba/D/LI/C/AB/PI/B/S/A/KI/M
Friday 22nd November
ms Westerdam Port of Airlie 1964 8am 5pm
Saturday 23rd November Viking Orion Port of Airlie 930 TBA TBA D/TI/C/T/AB/B/N/S
Sunday 24th November Viking Orion Port of Airlie 930 TBA TBA D/TI/C/T/AB/B/N/S
Wednesday 27th November Crown Princess Port of Airlie 3080 7am 4pm

B/AB/C/PD/D/K/Br/E/

P/MR/Al/Ad/M/H/S

Friday 29th November Quantum Of The Seas Shute Harbour 4180 9am 7pm Si/Lo/D/C/AB/B
Tuesday 3rd December Quantum Of The Seas Shute Harbour 4180 TBA TBA B/AB/B
Wednesday 4th December Quantum Of The Seas Shute Harbour 4180 7am TBA B/AB/B
Thursday 5th December Pacific Encounter Port of Airlie 2600 7am 5:30pm B/AB/B 
Tuesday 10th December Carnival Luminosa Port of Airlie 2260 7am 4pm B/AB/C/PD/WI/B
Saturday 14th December Celebrity Edge Shute Harbour 2908 8am 4pm S/B/AB/C/PD/WI/S
Sunday 15th December Seven Seas Explorer Port of Airlie 750 7am 5pm Ba/L/Ko/D/C/T/AB/N/S
Tuesday 17th December Carnival Luminosa Port of Airlie 2260 7am 5pm B/A/B
Wednesday 18th December Viking Venus Port of Airlie 930 TBA TBA D/TI/C/T/AB/N/S
Thursday 26th December Regatta Port of Airlie 684 7am 3pm S/B/AB/C/DBa/Ko
Sunday 29th December ms Europa Port of Airlie 408 7am 5pm Ba/D/LI/C/AB/PI/B/S/A/KI/M

*TBA - To Be Advised

Please note that the cruise ship schedule can change at short notice. 

Day trips in Airlie Beach


Things To Do For Cruise Ship Passengers In Airlie Beach

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If you're a passenger on a cruise ship docking in Airlie Beach in 2024 then you'll only have a few hours to spare. Luckily we have plenty of activities on offer to make the most out of your time in the Whitsundays, all easily accessible from the Port of Airlie! You could charter your own boat and explore the islands, jump on a jetski tour, experience the reef from above on a glass bottom boat tour, take a wild ride on a jet boat, board an hour-long scenic flight, or simply explore Airlie Beach by foot. There are plenty of market stalls, boutiques, cafes, bars, restaurants and more to check out! For further tips and ideas on what to do in Airlie for a day check out our detailed article!

*Please confirm arrival and departure times with your cruise ship's schedule prior to making any bookings.


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