20 Port Arthur Cruise Reviews

Another great port. Don't need to pay for a shore tour here. You can just walk around and see for yourself, read the plaques, learn. Take photos. Definitely don't need a full day here.
Another great port. Don't need to pay for a shore tour here. You can just walk around and see for yourself, read the plaques, learn. Take photos. Definitely don't need a full day here. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We were dissatisfied with the Behind the Scenes tour presented by the ship, @$160 each was very disappointing, we spent too much time in doors, talking about some history of past Prison Officials. The first part of the walk around was very ... Read More
We were dissatisfied with the Behind the Scenes tour presented by the ship, @$160 each was very disappointing, we spent too much time in doors, talking about some history of past Prison Officials. The first part of the walk around was very good, but the talk fest didn't allow time to explore, this Historic Site, time was limited as we got off the ship at 10 am, then had to be back at 2.30pm for tenders back to the ship. The site was very well presented, lots to see, this was to be a highlite of our Cruise. Those who just walked around with a guide, which cost a lot less money', did get to see a lot more. Yes well worth seeing this Historic Site, means a lot to many Australian and overseas visitors. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Visited only a year ago so didn’t disembark but it is a fascinating site for first time visitors. Mostly free if you don’t mind doing a self guided tour.
Visited only a year ago so didn’t disembark but it is a fascinating site for first time visitors. Mostly free if you don’t mind doing a self guided tour. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Did the walking tour that is included in all Princess Cruises, so you dont actually have to book or pay extra. Just a little hard to find where it is leaving from. Very informative. A little different from what we are led to believe in ... Read More
Did the walking tour that is included in all Princess Cruises, so you dont actually have to book or pay extra. Just a little hard to find where it is leaving from. Very informative. A little different from what we are led to believe in Charles Dickens style novels. Well worth doing, and its not often you get something off Princess for free! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Loved our stop here. We had beautiful weather. Short tender ride. Guides met the tender and gave us a free talk and mini tour before we explored the site on our own. Picturesque and interesting historic site with a sad history but well ... Read More
Loved our stop here. We had beautiful weather. Short tender ride. Guides met the tender and gave us a free talk and mini tour before we explored the site on our own. Picturesque and interesting historic site with a sad history but well worth a visit. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Tender port with tenders docking in Port Arthur itself. As a result no entry fee and you can wander at your leisure. Greeted by Port Arthur staff offering maps and information. Expect lots of walking.
Tender port with tenders docking in Port Arthur itself. As a result no entry fee and you can wander at your leisure. Greeted by Port Arthur staff offering maps and information. Expect lots of walking. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was our second time to PA, and a lot of changes had been made to visitor information, but overall it was pleasant, with good weather.
This was our second time to PA, and a lot of changes had been made to visitor information, but overall it was pleasant, with good weather. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This is a tender port and you take a 10-15 minute ride in from your cruise ship. This is the first prison that the British set up in Australia, and has a very interesting history. No pre-booked tour is needed, just go at your own pace. ... Read More
This is a tender port and you take a 10-15 minute ride in from your cruise ship. This is the first prison that the British set up in Australia, and has a very interesting history. No pre-booked tour is needed, just go at your own pace. When we arrived at the dock, one of the Port Arthur staff provided a free 30-minute intro tour that was very well done and interesting. During March 2017, the visitor center was still under re-construction. Free wi-fi is available in the coffee shop next to the "Separate Prison". Using the brochure and map that they handed out, we wandered around the prison, hospital, chapel, and gardens for about 2-1/2 hours before returning to the ship. The signage and information iin the buildings is very well done and makes for an interesting tour. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Port Arthur is a serene and beautiful stop. You can go and just walk around the historic site yourself or if you choose, select a number of tours that you will pay for.
Port Arthur is a serene and beautiful stop. You can go and just walk around the historic site yourself or if you choose, select a number of tours that you will pay for. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We took a tour to look at the geology of Tasmania - the coastline was impressive. I enjoyed the trip - not too far and it was impressive. No need to do a tour though, you can get the tender to shore and stroll around the old Port Arthur ... Read More
We took a tour to look at the geology of Tasmania - the coastline was impressive. I enjoyed the trip - not too far and it was impressive. No need to do a tour though, you can get the tender to shore and stroll around the old Port Arthur Prison site which is very impressive and is free to do. Port Arthur is someway away though from anything else. Worth going ashore to see the Prison site though. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Port Arthur was very poorly organised on behalf of both Princess and the excursions team, as well as the local guides and management. It was a shambles when we arrived dockside for our tour even before then when tendering... The tour ... Read More
Port Arthur was very poorly organised on behalf of both Princess and the excursions team, as well as the local guides and management. It was a shambles when we arrived dockside for our tour even before then when tendering... The tour itself was rated as the best tour to take in Port Arthur if you didn't want to see the convict/settlers quarters. Our guide was extremely unknowledgeable and lost, wondering around aimlessly and straying from our group; when asked questions she could not answer and jovially admitted to making up the answers. The driver was no better. This aspect of the tour was disappointing and I learnt absolutely nothing from them. The sites we saw though was amazing - the wine tasting, lavender farm and tessellating pavements was fantastic! Thoroughly enjoyed that. The dog line up was a waste of time and most of the sites were closed or unexplainable, and the tour guide preferred to walk us through some nearby flea market - kind of ridiculous! The lavender farm was a standout - the best part of the tour! New facilities, divine little morning tea put on with freshly made lavender infused treats like lavender scones, lavender jam, lavender relish, tea and coffee. The 5 minute explanation and video by the team there on lavender farming, milling and its purpose was fantastic. I really enjoyed it. The grounds are picturesque and pristine. I would definitely return to the grounds again if ever in Tasmania. Unfortunately the disorganisation of the port and the unprofessionalism of the guide let the tour down. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016

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