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About Port Arthur

Port Arthur nestled on the southern tip of Tasmania's isolated Tasman peninsula around 60 kilometres from Hobart, is home to about 500. The allure for cruise ships is not to visit the tiny town but, instead, to see one of the world's largest and best preserved 19th-century penal colonies. As one of the Port Arthur Historic Sites, this impressive open-air museum comprises 30 buildings, ruins and restored period houses and is encircled by brooding hills on a cove that leads out to a large harbour and the chilly waters of the Southern Ocean beyond. The settlement has undergone a major restoration and facelift and has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site; it's also one of Australia's most significant places of heritage and one of Tasmania's top attractions.

Port Arthur is undoubtedly a spooky place with a long reputation for horror, not only as a penal colony, but also for an infamous modern-day massacre. On April 28, 1996, a single gunman arrived at the site and started shooting, killing 35 and injuring 23. Port Arthur was originally named for George Arthur, the lieutenant governor of Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), and the town dates to 1830 when it started as a small timber station. It quickly became important within the penal system of the colonies, a settlement hacked out of the bush and built on convicts' backs. Men, women and even children, many hailing from rural areas or the big city slums of Great Britain who had been convicted more than once for crimes including stealing were punished by being unceremoniously transported to the Australian colonies. Ironically, these unfortunates were probably better fed and clothed in Port Arthur than where they'd come from. But it was a hard, isolated life, and they were prisoners set to work as loggers or housemaids.

In the first decade of its existence, Port Arthur was a hive of industry, including ship building, shoe making, smithing, brick making and timber. Then, in the 1840s, when the convict population passed 1,100, there was a consolidation of these industries with the penal nature of the facility. In 1842, a huge flour mill and granary and a hospital were added to the lineup of buildings. In 1848, the first stone was laid for the "Separate Prison," where repeat offenders were housed. This marked a shift in punishment philosophy from the notoriously harsh corporal punishment to psychological and physical isolation. Over time, the settlement expanded geographically, too, as its boundaries and convicts pushed out into the encircling hills to extract more valuable timber.

Relocation of convicts ended in 1853, which eventually led to fewer transportees arriving at Port Arthur, but the settlement remained one of the few secondary punishment stations in Tasmania and continued to receive men sentenced to prison. In 1857, the old flour mill and granary was converted into a large penitentiary and 1864 saw the beginning of construction on the last great project at the site -- the Asylum. The settlement's turbulent and colourful life began to wind down in the 1870s as the number of convicts dwindled, and those left behind were too old, sick or insane to work; it finally closed in 1877. The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority has overseen the settlement since 1987, along with the Coal Mines Historic Site, near Saltwater River about a half hour's drive from Port Arthur, and the Cascades Female Factory Site in South Hobart. Today, the Port Arthur site has beautifully restored buildings, English trees and manicured gardens, giving it a picturesque quality.


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  • 43 Night
    Cruise to Port Arthur

    Leaving:
    Auckland
    Visiting:
    Tauranga, Napier ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    43 Night Cruise to Port Arthur Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Auckland
    • Day 2
      Tauranga
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      Napier
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      Wellington
    • Day 5
      Picton
    • Day 6
      Christchurch
    • Day 7
      Dunedin
    • Day 8
      Fiordland National Park (Cruising)
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Hobart
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      Hobart
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      Port Arthur
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      Cruising
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      Melbourne
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      Mare
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      Suva
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      Dravuni Island
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      Savusavu
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      Pago Pago
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      Equator (Cruising)
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      Victoria
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      Seattle
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    Oosterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    The addition of the line's signature Music Walk has reinvigorated nightlife onboard

    Cons

    Lacks attractions for active cruisers

    Bottom Line

    Good service and excellent evening entertainment combine to please

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    Oosterdam Reviews

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    4.0/5
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A few minuses, but overall lots and lots of pluses
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Not our cup of tea
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  • 6 Night
    Cruise to Port Arthur

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Port Arthur, Hobart ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    6 Night Cruise to Port Arthur Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Port Arthur
    • Day 3
      Hobart
    • Day 4
      Hobart
    • Day 5
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Sydney (Australia)
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    Majestic Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Wide range of venues, lots of entertainment and dining designed by Michelin-starred chefs

    Cons

    Might feel too big if you're used to smaller Australian ships

    Bottom Line

    A bigger offering of Princess Cruises' best, plus unique features not found on other ships

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    Majestic Princess Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Launched in 2017, Majestic Princess is the newest and largest Princess Cruises ship ever to sai...

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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    New Zealand
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Port Arthur

    Leaving:
    Auckland
    Visiting:
    Tauranga, Napier ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Port Arthur Route (Holland America Line)
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      Auckland
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      Tauranga
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      Napier
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      Wellington
    • Day 5
      Christchurch
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      Dunedin
    • Day 7
      Fiordland National Park (Cruising)
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Hobart
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      Hobart
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      Port Arthur
    • Day 12
      Cruising
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      Melbourne
    • Day 14
      Cruising
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      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Oosterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    The addition of the line's signature Music Walk has reinvigorated nightlife onboard

    Cons

    Lacks attractions for active cruisers

    Bottom Line

    Good service and excellent evening entertainment combine to please

    Reviews

    Oosterdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    First thing's first: Plenty of features onboard Holland America's Oosterdam might elicit an "oo...

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    patrout38
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Oosterdam in Alaska
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    New Years on the Classic Holland America Oosterdam
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    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 13 Night
    Cruise to Port Arthur

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Melbourne, Hobart ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    13 Night Cruise to Port Arthur Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Melbourne
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Hobart
    • Day 6
      Hobart
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Port Arthur
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      Cruising
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      Adelaide
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      Adelaide
    • Day 10
      Kangaroo Island
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      Cruising
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      Burnie
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      Cruising
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      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Maasdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Intimate atmosphere pairs well with unique itineraries

    Cons

    Shows signs of age in some areas

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value for those who prefer a mid-sized ship

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    With its mid-sized capacity and classic styling, Holland America's stately Maasdam is a managea...

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    lyndarra
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    A New Winner - HAL
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    Sail Date Jun 2019
    In-Depth EXC cruise is unique
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 25 Night
    Cruise to Port Arthur

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Fiorldand, Dunedin ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cunard Line
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    25 Night Cruise to Port Arthur Route (Cunard Line)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Fiorldand
    • Day 5
      Dunedin
    • Day 6
      Lyttleton
    • Day 7
      Wellington
    • Day 8
      Wellington
    • Day 8
      Marlborough Sounds
    • Day 8
      Picton
    • Day 9
      Picton
    • Day 10
      New Plymouth
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Auckland
    • Day 13
      Auckland
    • Day 14
      Tauranga
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Akaroa
    • Day 17
      Dunedin
    • Day 18
      Fiorldand
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Hobart
    • Day 22
      Port Arthur
    • Day 23
      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Melbourne
    • Day 25
      Cruising
    • Day 26
      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Queen Elizabeth - Cunard Line

    Pros

    Excellent dining and beautiful decor.

    Cons

    Service is under par, which doesn't match the rest of the atmosphere.

    Bottom Line

    Queen Elizabeth charms with traditional elegance, Old World-style and modern touches.

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    Queen Elizabeth Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Queen Elizabeth captures the glamour of yesteryear when steamer trunks, formal dining and ballroom...

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    Fascinating
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    An interesting Cruise
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    First time Queens grill great experience
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    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Port Arthur

    Leaving:
    Auckland
    Visiting:
    Tauranga, Napier ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Port Arthur Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Auckland
    • Day 2
      Tauranga
    • Day 3
      Napier
    • Day 4
      Wellington
    • Day 5
      Christchurch
    • Day 6
      Dunedin
    • Day 7
      Fiordland National Park (Cruising)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Hobart
    • Day 11
      Hobart
    • Day 11
      Port Arthur
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Melbourne
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Oosterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    The addition of the line's signature Music Walk has reinvigorated nightlife onboard

    Cons

    Lacks attractions for active cruisers

    Bottom Line

    Good service and excellent evening entertainment combine to please

    Reviews

    Oosterdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    First thing's first: Plenty of features onboard Holland America's Oosterdam might elicit an "oo...

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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    First Holland America Cruise
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Nice Ship Needing Some TLC Enhanced by Wonderful Service
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Port Arthur

    Leaving:
    Adelaide
    Visiting:
    Hobart, Port Arthur ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Port Arthur Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Adelaide
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Hobart
    • Day 5
      Port Arthur
    • Day 6
      Burnie
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Adelaide
    Ship Details

    Sea Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Classic decor and small size offers an intimate onboard vibe

    Cons

    One of the oldest ships based in Australia

    Bottom Line

    Good value for the high quality of food, service and itineraries

    Reviews

    Sea Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Sea Princess sails varied itineraries -- including Australia/New Zealand, Hawaii and a round-th...

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    TezzaPel
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Service was the highlight
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    Shaz1
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    A Fun Cruise
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks