Largest cruise ship in Australian waters sails into Adelaide

11 December 2016

Jay Weatherill

The world’s fourth biggest cruise ship, and the largest to ever sail into Australia – the Ovation of the Seas – has arrived in South Australia.

The new sea-giant, owned by Royal Caribbean, docked at the Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal today as the second port of call on her maiden voyage into Australia, carrying almost 5700 passengers and crew.

The 2016/17 cruise season, which will include 52 cruise ship visits to Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln, is expected to inject millions into the State’s visitor economy and will exceed State Government targets set for 2020.

Thirty-seven cruise ships with 80,241 crew and passengers onboard came to South Australia during the 2015/16 cruise ship season.

South Australia’s 2016/17 cruise season kicked off last month with the arrival of 2000 passengers onboard the Sun Princess.

An additional 49 cruise ship visits will dock in SA throughout the season – exceeding the State Government’s 2020 target of having 43 cruise ship visits during the one season.

Last year, cruise ship visits to South Australian ports injected $26.9 million into the State’s economy, from passengers and crew who visit the State’s shopping precincts, wine regions and wildlife attractions while here.

Quotes attributable to Premier Jay Weatherill
The arrival of large luxury class passenger ships, like Ovation of the Seas, highlights the importance and growth of South Australia as a popular cruise destination. Cruise lines are recognising the potential of our ports and sending record numbers of ships and passengers our way.

This visit by the Ovation of the Seas further contributes to what we think will be another record breaking season for our visitor economy. Our visitor economy is worth about $5.95 billion and is creating more jobs in Adelaide and our regions.

It’s also a great opportunity for South Australians to check out one of the world’s most impressive ships – which includes skydiving, luxury shopping, bumper cars and more rooms than any hotel in Australia.

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