South Australia’s cruise ship season is set to hit a peak, with 21 cruise ships visiting Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln during the next two months.
By the end of the 2014-15 cruise ship season in March, a total of 32 ships with a capacity of more than 87,000 passengers and crew would have visited South Australia.
The Fremantle-based cruise liner Astor is scheduled to visit Penneshaw tomorrow (Sunday February 1) and will arrive at Port Adelaide on Monday.
Acting Tourism Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the State Government’s strategy of attracting more cruise ships and passengers to South Australia was paying off.
“The October to March cruise ship season is crucial to our tourism industry, generating more than $11.3 million for the state’s economy in 2013-14,” he said.
“Our target is to attract 43 cruise ships to South Australia by 2020, which would generate an estimated $17 million a year.
“The State Government has been working closely with domestic and international cruise lines for several years to ensure we offer and deliver the best of South Australia to all cruise passengers.
“Successfully attracting more cruise ships to South Australia will help us achieve our goal of lifting the value of our tourism industry from the current level of $5.2 billion a year to $8 billion by 2020,” he said.
The Southern Ocean Cruising Strategy aims to attract more cruise ships to South Australian ports,
ensuring quality service and support is provided to cruise lines and passengers and increasing the expenditure they bring to South Australia.
Other ships visiting Adelaide during February include the Rhapsody of the Seas (February 12), Amsterdam (February 15-16), Celebrity Solstice (February 20), and the commencement of P&O Cruises dedicated South Australian ‘Southern Getaway’ itineraries, with the Pacific Jewel & Pacific Pearl (February 23).
For the latest information about cruise ship visits: go to www.flindersports.com.au