Ship de­buts

Cruise Weekly - - News -

CRUISE sea­son has kicked off with some great news on home­port­ing and maiden calls com­ing from cruise lines.

Princess Cruises has an­nounced plans for its big­gest de­ploy­ment out of Syd­ney, with Re­gal Princess set to call the city home for four months from De­cem­ber 2020 dur­ing her Aus­tralian maiden sea­son, join­ing sis­ter ship Ma­jes­tic Princess - to­gether they will in­crease the cruise line’s ca­pac­ity by 40% in Syd­ney.

Rel­a­tive new­comer to our wa­ters, Cruise and Mar­itime Voy­ages (CMV), has an­nounced its new ship Vasco da Gama will make the world’s first cruise line visit to the SA port of Wal­la­roo in the 2019/20 sea­son. She will also make maiden calls to Kuri Bay (WA) and to Port­land and Philip Is­land (Vic). CMV’s pre­mium ship As­tor will cruise in Aus­tralia again this sea­son, mostly out of Fre­man­tle and Ade­laide, be­fore head­ing back to the UK in March 2019.

The new­est ship in the Dream Cruises fleet , Ex­plorer Dream, will of­fer seven-day cruises out of Syd­ney from Oct 2019 dur­ing the brand’s first sea­son in Aus­tralia. She will of­fer two itin­er­ar­ies stop­ping in nu­mer­ous sec­ondary ports such as New­cas­tle, Glad­stone and the Sun­shine Coast, Eden, Philip Is­land and Burnie.

This news con­firms that Aus­tralia con­tin­ues to be a highly at­trac­tive des­ti­na­tion for the cruise lines, with both ma­jor and re­gional ports ben­e­fit­ing from these vis­its. This of course brings valu­able in­come to these des­ti­na­tions, al­low­ing them to in­vest back into de­vel­op­ment for the fu­ture.

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