South Australia set for record cruise ship season

By: Chris Smith

South Australia is set to host a record 18 cruise ship arrivals between November 2008 and March 2009, commencing last

South Australia is set to host a record 18 cruise ship arrivals between November 2008 and March 2009, commencing last week with the arrival of the Seven Seas Mariner at Outer Harbor.

Tourism Minister Dr Jane Lomax-Smith says cruise ships play an important role in contributing to South Australia’s tourism industry and in raising South Australia’s international profile.

"During the 2005-2006 season, South Australia hosted a record 14 cruise ship arrivals, and welcomed up to 13,347 passengers and 6619 crew from around the world," Lomax-Smith says.

"In that same period, the contribution of the cruise shipping industry was worth $2.53 million to the South Australian economy, as stated in a Flinders University report commissioned by the State Government.

"This year we are expecting to greet up to 22,368 passengers and 10,211 crew, which outstrips our previous record year.

"The benefits of hosting these cruise ships will also extend to regional areas of the State as passengers disembark and take part in touring programs.

"In more good news for regional areas, the Eyre Peninsula will welcome two arrivals by the Athena when it arrives in Port Lincoln on 5 and 9 February 2009.

"Our State’s excellent reputation as a safe and welcoming port for cruise liners has positioned us to further expand our share of the economic benefit that cruise shipping provides."

At 48 tons and 216 metres in length, the Seven Seas Mariner will carry up to 770 passengers and more than 440 crew from countries including the UK, Europe and America.

Upon arrival, passengers will disembark and spend the day touring Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills or Barossa, before departing that evening.

On Sunday November 16, Adelaide will also welcome the Dawn Princess, with up to 2,200 passengers.

Then on Saturday November 22, the Sun Princess – the largest superliner based year-round in Australian waters – will berth at Outer Harbor, with up to 2,200 passengers on board.

All three cruise ships arriving in Adelaide in November will be welcomed by a live band, a retail trading village and a group of friendly volunteers to greet them and inform them about the State’s attractions.

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