Over this Australian cruise season from October 2019 to April 2020, more than 150 cruise ships will call at the Port of Melbourne. Most of these ships will make several visits on their cruises around the coast or as part of a longer cruise from far away. This month there will be 29 ship visits, including calls by the Ruby Princess and the Silver Muse. Ruby Princess has accommodation for the most passengers — 3080 — while Silver Muse carries the fewest — 596. There is also a wide variation in the age of this month’s visiting ships. Viking Orion, due on January 27, was launched in 2018 but Ocean Dream, due on January 15, dates back to 1981.
Ruby Princess, due on January 11, offers a wide range of activities and facilities for her passengers. Accommodation is available in luxury suites, balcony cabins or inside cabins, which are the cheapest. There are three main dining rooms plus eight other dining options, seven bars and lounges and a large theatre where entertainment is provided every evening. For those looking for exercise there is a spa and fitness centre, and a library for those who are not. There are duty-free shops, kids’ and teens’ centres and a well-staffed medical centre. Information and bookings for a wide range of excursions at ports of call may be made at the shore excursions desk.
BY MAURIE HUTCHINSON
President, Peninsula Ship Society
T: Maurie Hutchinson 9787 5780
The Peninsula Ship Society meets at Hastings Yacht Club on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 10am. Visitors always welcome.