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AL­MOST 2000 cruise pas­sen­gers are ex­pected to in­un­date the Top End today as the Sun

Princess docks in the har­bour. The 261m ship, which cost $300 mil­lion to build, is due to ar­rive about 12.15pm with pas­sen­gers dis­em­bark­ing at 1.30pm.

The 1937 pas­sen­gers on­board, along with 860 crew, will pro­vide a much-needed boost for busi­ness as they browse the Smith St Mall’s shops and en­joy tourist ac­tiv­i­ties and day trips.

The Sun Princess reg­u­larly stops in at Dar­win as it trav­els from Fre­man­tle to Syd­ney.

It is the last of three tourist­laden cruise ships to ar­rive in the Top End dur­ing the past fort­night which have brought more than 5500 pas­sen­gers to our shores.

Port Dar­win MLA Paul Kirby has said the cruise-ship in­dus­try was worth about $87.6 mil­lion each year to the NT econ­omy.

“Dar­win is a pop­u­lar cruise­ship port, with the cruise-ship sea­son cre­at­ing jobs and pro­vid­ing a boost to the lo­cal econ­omy in what is typ­i­cally the low tourism sea­son,” Mr Kirby said. “From Oc­to­ber last year through to July this year, Dar­win will wel­come 43 cruise ships and more than 47,700 pas­sen­gers.”

The La­bor Gun­ner Govern­ment has been plan­ning to grow the num­ber of cruise ships vis­it­ing the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, us­ing the newly de­vel­oped NT Cruise Sec­tor Ac­ti­va­tion Plan.

About 2000 pas­sen­gers from the Sun Princess will ar­rive in Dar­win today

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