Cruise ship vis­i­tor bo­nanza

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Saskia Adysti

The south coast re­gion will wel­come thou­sands of vis­i­tors this com­ing sea­son with 15 cruise ships sched­uled to stop at Al­bany port from this month to April.

An es­ti­mated 16,000 vis­i­tors are com­ing to visit the re­gion this sea­son to boost tourism ex­pen­di­ture around the south coast.

The first ship to ar­rive is the mag­nif­i­cent Sea Princess, which is sched­uled to stop at Al­bany port on Tues­day and will bring about 2000 pas­sen­gers.

Al­bany Cham­ber of Com­merce chief ex­ec­u­tive, Gra­ham Foster said lo­cal busi­ness around the re­gion should take hold of this op­por­tu­nity to show­case Al­bany.

“We need to of­fer these vis­i­tors some­thing dif­fer­ent, some­thing that says Al­bany that you can’t get else­where,” he said.

“We have won­der­ful wild flow­ers here, ex­cel­lent food and wine,” he said.

“We also have the Whal­ing Cen­tre and the An­zac cen­tre — all of these you re­ally can’t get else­where than Al­bany.

“We need to give these vis­i­tors an ex­pe­ri­ence that says Al­bany — and make it as mem­o­rable as we can.”

One of the big­gest cruise ships in the world, the Emer­ald Princess, is sched­uled to ar­rive in Al­bany in 2020.

The fleet will carry more than 3000 vis­i­tors and will be the largest cruise ship ever to dock in Al­bany.

The Sea Princess will berth at Al­bany port on Tues­day.

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