Discover the defining moments in Australia’s history…at sea!

Princess Cruises is bringing history to the open seas in a new initiative with the National Museum of Australia. The cruise line will feature a new exhibition about Australian history on each of the company’s five Australian-based ships, and interested tourists will be able to enjoy the attraction until 2021.


The exhibition, entitled Defining Moments in Australian History, was developed through public discussion, online resources and community events. One hundred events that have shaped Australian history were chosen, from evidence of Indigenous Australians over 50,000 years ago to the opening of the Sydney Opera House.


Twenty panels and artefacts were assembled for display on the cruise ships, including convicts’ iron legs, a Dead Man’s Penny and Aboriginal stone tools. They are exclusive to Princess Cruises and their guests.


The exhibition is being featured on Golden Princess, Emerald Princess, Diamond Princess, Sun Princess and Sea Princess. Princess Cruises has reported initial success in this foray into history, drawing large crowds to the exhibition.


The National Museum of Australia has also achieved its stated aim of upping visitor engagement thanks to educational events that are being held to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. Curators are onboard to introduce items, conduct talks and engage with guests in discussion.


Princess Cruises are offering the chance to help shape the exhibition in the future. Guests are invited to events onboard the cruise and to suggest their own defining moments in history, which will then undergo a review process. Passenger-suggested events may potentially be added to the exhibition in the future.


Princess Cruises offers cruises around Australia as well as getaways in one city. Cruises range from two days and no ports to 13 days and five ports, covering the major cities of Australia.