Another record breaking cruise ship season
11 November 2015
Minister Ian Hunter
Acting Minister for Tourism
The 2015/16 cruise ship season begins today with the arrival of the Diamond Princess into
38 scheduled cruise ship visits to South Australian ports are expected this season, six more
than last season.
The season will commence with five cruise ship visits to South Australian ports over five
consecutive days between 11-15 November, including three visits in Adelaide, one in
Kangaroo Island and one in Port Lincoln.
Acting Tourism Minister Ian Hunter said the cruise ship industry delivers significant benefits to
the South Australian tourism industry and visitor economy.
“The 2014/15 season generated an estimated $16.1 million in direct passenger expenditure to
the South Australian economy,” he said.
“The growth in the cruise ships visits to South Australia is fantastic news.
“It is great to see major cruise lines including South Australia in their itineraries.
“With six cruise itineraries from Adelaide on offer with P&O Cruises, South Australia’s
presence is firm in the cruise ship industry.”
Of the 38 scheduled visits, 23 will visit Adelaide, 10 will visit Kangaroo Island, four will visit Port Lincoln and one will visit Robe as the first cruise ship visit for the town.
Minister Hunter said this season, South Australia will see Explorer of the Seas, Pacific Eden
and the Queen Elizabeth all make their maiden voyages to the state as well as the return of a
number of major international cruise lines.
“South Australia is definitely on the map as a must see destination for both international and
domestic visitors,” he said.
The 38 cruise ship visits to South Australian ports for the 2015/16 season have a total capacity
of 88,693 passenger and crew days at port. Last season, South Australian ports welcomed
66,817 passengers and crew. The State Government’s cruise ship target is 43 cruise ship
visits to South Australian ports, generating an estimated $17 million in direct passenger
expenditure, by 2020.
Diamond Princess will be in Adelaide today before sailing to Melbourne.
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