Cruise in­dus­try booms

Cruise Weekly - - NEWS - with Jill Abel - CEO

AS AN­OTHER wave sea­son draws to a close, it is in­ter­est­ing to re­flect on the high­lights and look ahead. In the last few months we wel­comed Ova­tion of the Seas, the largest ship ever to visit Aus­tralia and Se­abourn En­core, that line’s new­est ul­tra-lux­ury ad­di­tion.

We have seen more vis­its to re­gional ports such as Eden and Mooloolaba and in­creas­ing south­ern Aus­tralian itin­er­ar­ies to ports such as Esper­ance, Kan­ga­roo Is­land, and Burnie balanc­ing the more tra­versed routes up the eastern se­aboard.

Ex­pe­di­tion cruis­ing has be­come in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar as pas­sen­gers show more in­ter­est in vis­it­ing des­ti­na­tions such as the Tiwi Is­lands or Thurs­day Is­land.

Recog­nis­ing the im­por­tance of the lux­ury mar­ket to Aus­tralia, Crys­tal Cruises opened an of­fice in Syd­ney and Aza­mara’s “aza­maz­ing” evenings con­tin­ued to de­light pas­sen­gers with cul­tural per­for­mances and be­spoke events.

Look­ing ahead we are ex­cited for the first ever P&O win­ter sail­ing to Tas­ma­nia vis­it­ing Dark MOFO.

De­but vis­its are also on the hori­zon - NCL’s Nor­we­gian Jewel will be based in the re­gion from Oc­to­ber 2017. Vik­ing Ocean Cruises will en­ter the Aus­tralian mar­ket in 2018 and Ma­jes­tic Princess will home­port in Aus­tralia from Septem­ber 2018.

Fur­ther into the fu­ture, MSC Cruises will re­turn to Aus­tralia with the Mag­nifica in early 2019.

Our re­gion con­tin­ues to de­liver as a cruise des­ti­na­tion and we are ex­cited about the op­por­tu­ni­ties to sup­port the cruise lines as they de­velop new itin­er­ar­ies and bring new ships to our shore.

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