Dar­win em­braces strong sea­son ahead

Cruise Weekly - - News -

DAR­WIN is gear­ing up to re­ceive a to­tal of 75 cruise ship vis­its this sum­mer sea­son, with the cruise sec­tor in­ject­ing ap­prox­i­mately $87.6 mil­lion an­nu­ally into the city’s econ­omy.

High­lights of the sea­son so far have in­cluded the ar­rival of Vik­ing Orion for the first time, dock­ing in Dar­win last Tue, and a visit from Se­abourn En­core on the week­end which un­loaded 630 pas­sen­gers.

Dar­win will also soon host one of the largest cruise ships to visit Aus­tralia when the 4,000-pas­sen­ger Ex­plorer of the Seas ar­rives in Apr.

Com­ment­ing on the strong sea­son ahead, the North­ern Ter­ri­tory Gov­ern­ment said it was work­ing to grow the num­ber of cruise ships vis­it­ing Dar­win in the fu­ture, with a frame­work to achieve this put for­ward in its NT Cruise Sec­tor Ac­ti­va­tion Plan 2015-2020.

“The Ter­ri­tory La­bor Gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to work with Dar­win City and Water­front Re­tail­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and Tourism Top End to pro­vide a Ter­ri­tory wel­come to vis­i­tors through­out the cruise ship sea­son,” said NT Min­is­ter for Tourism and Cul­ture Lau­ren Moss.

“It’s al­ways ex­cit­ing to see such stun­ning ships in Dar­win Har­bour. It’s a boost for the tourism in­dus­try,” she added.

The Gov­ern­ment said that Dar­win’s close prox­im­ity to Asia made it es­pe­cially ap­peal­ing for both larger cruise ships and small lux­ury ves­sels.

Pic­tured: The Dar­win-bound Ex­plorer of the Seas.

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