Sun Princess to homeport in WA
PRINCESS Cruises has revealed it will redeploy Sun Princess to homeport in Fremantle in Oct and early Nov next year.
Sun Princess will operate five departures including a mix of short breaks and longer cruises, with program details and itineraries to be released and go on sale on Thu.
The announcement follows the West Australian Government’s commitment to carry out dredging at Broome Port next year, which will enable cruise ships all-tide access.
Princess Cruises vp for Australia and New Zealand, Stuart Allison, said the works were expected to allow the safe berthing of the line’s larger Australian-based ships in Broome in the future.
“Having recently announced that two of our largest ships - the 3,000-guest Ruby Princess and the 3,600-guest Majestic Princess – will be based in Australia, our ambition is to make Broome a marquee port on their itineraries from 2019,” he said.
Last year Princess’ parent company, Carnival Australia, warned it would no longer home berth its P&O Cruises or Princess ships in WA if problems at regional ports weren’t fixed, and in Apr, P&O pulled its ships from WA for upcoming seasons.
The WA govt said in a statement “it is understood Carnival Australia is considering further commitments to WA for 2019-20”.
A spokesperson for Princess Cruises told CW “there are no further commitments for WA at this stage” and P&O Cruises confirmed it had no plans to homeport from WA.
Sun Princess’ redeployment next year means there will be 31 calls to WA ports in 2018 across Princess Cruises and Cunard.