Charles Darwin

The Charles Darwin is an impressive steel-hulled tri-level catamaran that safely glides across Darwin Harbour’s waters. Originally named the Shangri-La Princess, the vessel has been operating for 30 years, with Darwin Harbour Cruises the most experienced cruise operator in the Top End.

Built in Adelaide in 1990 by the Stannard family, a well-known name in the boating industry, the Charles Darwin’s purpose has always been to create comfort for its guests. The vessel was initially built for use on the Gold Coast “Broadwater,” taking guests from Surfers Paradise to the Shangri-La resort on Stradbroke Island.

After many years’ service, two further owners and two name changes, she became part of the Darwin Harbour Cruises family in April 2010. After an extensive re-build and refurbishment in Brisbane, she sailed for Darwin as the Charles Darwin in August 2010. The Charles Darwin is also available for private events, catering for up to 270 guests across three levels, two of which are air-conditioned.

  • 25-metre tri-level catamaran
  • Up to 250 guests
  • 3 levels
  • Air-conditioned