Sun Princess to home­port in WA

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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.

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