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About Willis Island

Willis Island lies beyond the Great Barrier Reef and is one of Australia's three southernmost islands -- the only one of which that is actually inhabited. However, it is not a residential island. It is inhabited by a weather station. Cruise ships sail by the island while an onboard guide points out notable sights, which may include the island's flora and fauna.

--By Shayne Thompson, Cruise Critic contributor


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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Willis Island

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Airlie Beach, Cairns ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Willis Island Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Airlie Beach
    • Day 5
      Cairns
    • Day 6
      Port Douglas, Australia
    • Day 7
      Willis Island
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Brisbane
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Sydney (Australia)
    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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    PBMCM
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Sea Princess Cruise NZ in February
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    Midolo60
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    We loved the ship
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Willis Island

    Leaving:
    Brisbane
    Visiting:
    Airlie Beach, Cairns ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Willis Island Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Brisbane
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Airlie Beach
    • Day 4
      Cairns
    • Day 5
      Port Douglas, Australia
    • Day 6
      Willis Island
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Brisbane
    Ship Details

    Sun Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Interesting itineraries, good food and welcoming crew

    Cons

    One of Australia's oldest ships, and young couples may find it a bit quiet

    Bottom Line

    The elegant midsize ship offers varied cruise options and outstanding service

    Reviews

    Sun Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 1995 as the world's biggest-ever cruise ship weighing in at about 77,000 tons, Sun ...

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    grangie
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Disappointed
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    manebrandt
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Amazing experience
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    • 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
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Willis Island

    Leaving:
    Brisbane
    Visiting:
    Sydney, Airlie Beach ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Willis Island Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Brisbane
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Airlie Beach
    • Day 7
      Cairns
    • Day 8
      Port Douglas, Australia
    • Day 9
      Willis Island
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Brisbane
    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...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Wally cowin
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Train trip to Arthurs Pass a highlight of the Cruise
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    TezzaPel
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Service was the highlight
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    • 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
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Willis Island

    Leaving:
    Melbourne
    Visiting:
    Sydney, Airlie Beach ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Willis Island Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Melbourne
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Airlie Beach
    • Day 7
      Cairns
    • Day 8
      Port Douglas, Australia
    • Day 9
      Willis Island
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Brisbane
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Newcastle (Australia)
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Melbourne
    Ship Details

    Sapphire Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    After 2018 refurb, ship sports a new kids' club, refreshed spa and top-notch entertainment

    Cons

    Bathrooms still in need of a refurbishment

    Bottom Line

    A good-value ship packed full of entertainment and activities

    Reviews

    Sapphire Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    The 116,000-ton, 2,670-passenger Sapphire Princess debuted in 2004 as the fifth of nine ships i...

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    Bob g J
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A very dull Sapphire
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    Grandex
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Great Itinerary!
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    • 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
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Willis Island

    Leaving:
    Sydney
    Visiting:
    Brisbane, Airlie Beach ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Willis Island Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Brisbane
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Airlie Beach
    • Day 6
      Cairns
    • Day 7
      Port Douglas, Australia
    • Day 8
      Willis Island
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Sapphire Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    After 2018 refurb, ship sports a new kids' club, refreshed spa and top-notch entertainment

    Cons

    Bathrooms still in need of a refurbishment

    Bottom Line

    A good-value ship packed full of entertainment and activities

    Reviews

    Sapphire Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    The 116,000-ton, 2,670-passenger Sapphire Princess debuted in 2004 as the fifth of nine ships i...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    annalouise
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Spend, spend, spend onboard Sapphire Princess
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    Newwestguy
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great Cruise But Cut Short
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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
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Willis Island

    Leaving:
    Brisbane
    Visiting:
    Airlie Beach, Cairns ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Willis Island Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Brisbane
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Airlie Beach
    • Day 4
      Cairns
    • Day 5
      Port Douglas, Australia
    • Day 6
      Willis Island
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Brisbane
    Ship Details

    Sapphire Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    After 2018 refurb, ship sports a new kids' club, refreshed spa and top-notch entertainment

    Cons

    Bathrooms still in need of a refurbishment

    Bottom Line

    A good-value ship packed full of entertainment and activities

    Reviews

    Sapphire Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    The 116,000-ton, 2,670-passenger Sapphire Princess debuted in 2004 as the fifth of nine ships i...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Hififile
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Princess, a big let down! Very disappointing cruise!
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    sailorgal12345
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Not the best Princess ship
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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
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

More about Willis Island

Why go to Willis Island?

Pros: Willis Island is home to a great number and variety of sea creatures, wildlife and interesting plants.

Cons: The island is a scenic cruising port, so you won't actually be able to disembark your cruise ship here.

Bottom Line: Willis Island is an off-the-beaten path locale, with a gorgeous landscape excellent for photo ops.


Willis Island Cruise Reviews

Sea Princess
Hamish51
Sail Date: Apr 2018
We have been on several cruises that view Willis Island. It may break the monotony for the residents there, but I see no other reason. Maybe someone can explain why the ships go there....Read More
Sea Princess
Midolo60
Sail Date: Feb 2020
Nice cruising out there and watching balloon take off....Read More
Ruby Princess
Catsmother01
Sail Date: Oct 2019
Wife took some great GoPro Vids...Read More
Majestic Princess
ahsad
Sail Date: Sep 2019
Only a small Atoll, nothing to see other than small Weather Station releasing a ballon. Ship only slowly cruised pass, stopping momentarily for both sides to see....Read More
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