The Jewel of Eden
NORWEGIAN Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jewel has sailed into the NSW port of Eden, making it the first cruise ship to return to the fire-ravaged south coast town.
The vessel made its triumphant return on 24 Jan, bringing a group of tourists and underlining the message that the region is “open for business” and on the road to recovery.
“It is important to convey the message to the world that Australia is ready to welcome visitors,” said Norwegian Cruise Line Vice President and Managing Director, APAC Ben Angell.
“The cruise industry has become a key contributor to this region’s tourism economy in recent years, and we’ve no doubt that locals are eager to welcome visitors to eat, drink, shop and explore Eden and its surrounds.”
Pictured: Stuart Ayres, NSW Minister for Tourism; Giorgio Voussolinos, Norwegian Jewel Captain; Kristy McBain, Bega Valley Shire Council Mayor; Local wildlife mascot; Philip Holliday, CEO and Director, Port Authority of NSW; Natalie Godward, Port Authority of NSW Cruise Development Manager; Jon Murrie, Communications Director CLIA Australasia; Ben Angell, Vice President & Managing Director,
APAC, Norwegian Cruise Line; and Margy Osmond, CEO, Tourism Transport Forum.