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About Esperance

Esperance is a long way from anywhere. It's a dot on the far south-eastern coastline of Western Australia, a state that itself is remote enough. It also has one of Australia's most stunning landscapes.

Esperance Bay was named by Frenchman Antione Raymond Joseph de Bruni d'Entrecasteaux while sheltering from a storm in 1792. He named it after his ship, Esperance, meaning 'hope'.

The town was gazetted in 1893. In the early days, the bays of Esperance were thronged with whalers, sealers and pirates. Then came pastoralists with huge land leases, and miners seeking treasure from the goldfields around Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie to the north.

Today's town, with a population of about 10,000, welcomes visitors lured by the pristine salt-white beaches that lead into gemstone-blue waters. Whether you come with a swimsuit or an SLR camera, Esperance delivers jaw-dropping scenery and ultimate seclusion.

Other highlights include whale spotting and wildflowers in season, island tours, diving, fishing, and several national parks ideal for hiking. The local museum has pieces of the US space station, Skylab, which crashed nearby in 1979, making the small town world-famous for a short while. Plus, the town even has its very own Stonehenge.

The mild Mediterranean-style climate is another bonus for Esperance.


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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Esperance

    Leaving:
    Perth
    Visiting:
    Busselton, Albany ... see more
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    Azamara
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    14 Night Cruise to Esperance Route (Azamara)
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      Perth (Fremantle)
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      Busselton
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      Albany (Australia)
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      Esperance
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      Melbourne
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    Azamara Pursuit - Azamara

    Pros

    ** Comfortable home base for exploring unique itineraries, with warm and accommodating service

    Cons

    ** Most cabins, especially the bathrooms, are small and feel tight

    Bottom Line

    ** Pursuit is perfectly sized to sail into more remote ports; onboard atmosphere is quiet and congenial

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    Azamara Pursuit Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
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    In August 2018, Azamara Club Cruises expanded its two-ship fleet with the addition of Azamara Purs...

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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Fantastic Captain, Crew, and Ship
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  • 18 Night
    Cruise to Esperance

    Leaving:
    Perth
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    Esperance, Adelaide ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    18 Night Cruise to Esperance Route (Royal Caribbean International)
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      Perth (Fremantle)
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      Wellington
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      Sydney (Australia)
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    Serenade of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Has both an indoor and outdoor pool, as well as multiple dining venues

    Cons

    Lack of Royal Caribbean's signature outdoor attractions might disappoint some cruisers

    Bottom Line

    Good value-for-money choice for families and groups

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    Serenade of the Seas Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Esperance

    Leaving:
    Perth
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    Perth, Albany ... see more
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    Azamara
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    16 Night Cruise to Esperance Route (Azamara)
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      Perth (Fremantle)
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      Perth (Fremantle)
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      Albany (Australia)
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    Azamara Journey - Azamara

    Pros

    Unique programming, friendly service and impressive commitment to destination cruising

    Cons

    Limited entertainment options, including a too-small casino, and hit-or-miss theater offerings

    Bottom Line

    Great choice for a truly grown-up getaway with more time in port

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
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    For destination-intensive itineraries, excellent food, a comfortable onboard experience that le...

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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Mostly good, some sad, and some ugly
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • 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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  • 19 Night
    Cruise to Esperance

    Leaving:
    Bali
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    Broome, Exmouth ... see more
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    Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
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    19 Night Cruise to Esperance Route (Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)
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      Bali
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      Broome
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      Cruising
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      Exmouth
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      Geraldton
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      Perth (Fremantle)
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      Perth (Fremantle)
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      Busselton
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      Albany (Australia)
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      Esperance
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      Penneshaw
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      Portland (Australia)
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      Melbourne
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    Europa - Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

    Offers big-ship amenities, cosmopolitan ambience

    Comprehensive and exciting worldwide deployment

    Michelin chef Dieter Muller's outstanding restaurant

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    The 28,890-ton, 408-passenger Europa, Hapag-Lloyd's upmarket flagship, primarily serves Europe'...

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    Swaraelia
    Sail Date Sep 2018
    Beautiful Scenery, Luxurious Ship
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    Sail Date May 2018
    Fantastic NICE-BILBAO luxury classical music cruise, outstanding food, service!
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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Esperance

    Leaving:
    Perth
    Visiting:
    Esperance, Albany ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cruise & Maritime Voyages
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    5 Night Cruise to Esperance Route (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)
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      Perth (Fremantle)
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      Cruising
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      Esperance
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      Albany (Australia)
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      Cruising
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      Perth (Fremantle)
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    Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages) - Cruise & Maritime Voyages

    Pros

    ** Compact ship with convivial, relaxing onboard atmosphere

    Cons

    ** Some features may not meet expectations of modern cruisers

    Bottom Line

    ** A classic cruise experience that remains relevant despite the ship's age

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    Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages) Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
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    This well-travelled, compact ship has created many happy memories for thousands of past passengers...

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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Cruising before Coronavirus
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    A relaxed cruise meeting interesting people.
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More about Esperance

Why go to Esperance?

Pros: Stunningly beautiful, unspoiled beaches make for a peaceful day and excellent photo opportunities.

Cons: This is an outdoor port experience with little to do indoors.

Bottom Line: A large number of sights and activities, despite its off-the-beaten-path location.

Esperance Cruise Port Facilities

The Port of Esperance is a busy cargo port servicing the inland areas to the west and north. Iron ore, nickel, grain and other heavy materials are shipped from here, and there can be space issues, in which case your ship will anchor and tender ashore. Free shuttle buses take you to the town centre.

As this is a busy cargo port, there is a shuttle bus into the town where you'll find the tourist office, shops and cafes, ATMs and banks, car hire and other facilities. The Esperance Visitor Centre is located within the Museum Village.

Getting Around

On Foot: Most places in Esperance are within walking distance.

By Bus: There is a free shuttle bus into the town from the port or tender jetty.

By Car: Avis car hire (manual vehicles to 4WDs) is available on the Esplanade.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

ATMs and currency exchanges may be found throughout the town at banks and also in shopping centres as well as many hotels. For current currency conversion figures visit or www.xe.com. US dollars are not accepted, but credit cards are generally welcome.

Language

English is spoken in Esperance.


Esperance Cruise Reviews

lindyloo59
Sail Date: Dec 2018
Esperance Town was not that exciting but Esperance is famous for its amazing white sand beaches where the Kangaroos bathe in the sea at Lucky bay. we will return to explore this beautiful part of WA in...Read More
Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)
wasatreas
Sail Date: Jan 2020
Typical WA summer holiday town...Read More
Celebrity Solstice
Graham98
Sail Date: Feb 2019
Just walked around this little town...Read More
Azamara Journey
Bilgeboy30
Sail Date: Jan 2018
We saw dolphins playing in the bay from our stateroom balcony....Read More
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