In high season - November to April - cruise ships tender at Patong beach, and in the Monsoon season from May to October, they dock at Phuket Deep Sea Port located at Ao Makarm. The tender boat ride is around 1.5 kilometres. Cruise ships dock at the Port of Phuket, and from there it is a 20-minute drive into town. Bemos or taxis are generally available at the pier.
The top cruise companies, such as Princess Cruises, P&O, and Royal Caribbean, offer cruises that include a stop at Phuket. These may be short cruises which cover Malaysia and Thailand, and passengers will often need to fly to Singapore to embark. Longer cruises will include stops in Australia, where passengers typically join the cruise, and other destinations within Asia such as Bali. All the cruise companies offer excursions at the various ports, and if you only have a brief time available in Phuket, you may want to consider booking one. If you have more time available you may want to explore at your own pace.