Queen Elizabeth cruises into South Australia

15 February 2016

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism

The Queen Elizabeth will make her first visit to Adelaide tomorrow – and will be the 20th cruise ship to visit South Australia so far this season.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the ship’s visit marked the halfway point of South Australia’s 2015/16 cruise ship season.

“The first Adelaide visit for Queen Elizabeth is fantastic for South Australia and further reinforces our growing reputation within the cruise industry,” Mr Bignell said.

“We are over half way through the 2015/16 cruise ship season, having already welcomed 19 cruise ship visits – 11 in Adelaide, two in Port Lincoln and six on Kangaroo Island.

“There are 17 more scheduled visits to go before the end of the season in May.

“Last season we had 32 cruise ship visits and this generated more than $16.1 million for our visitor economy.

“With the capacity of 89,468 passengers and crew on board the visiting ships, this season is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet.

“The State Government is committed to supporting continued growth of the cruise ship industry within South Australia.

“Our target is 43 cruise ship visits to South Australian ports by 2020, generating an estimated $17 million for our visitor economy.

“Queen Elizabeth has a capacity of carrying up to 2,092 passengers and 996 crew and is the second largest cruise ship operated by the Cunard Line”.

Passengers of Queen Elizabeth will participate in shore excursions throughout their time in Barossa, Cleland Wildlife Park, Adelaide, Hahndorf and the Adelaide Hills.

Queen Elizabeth will arrive at the Port Adelaide passenger terminal tomorrow at 8am and depart at 11.59pm. The ship is on her way from Perth to Melbourne.

The best vantage points are Lady Ruthven reserve (corner Lady Ruthven Drive and Oliver Rogers Road at Outer Harbor) or along the Largs Bay and Semaphore foreshore.

Out of the 17 scheduled visits left for the season, 11 will be in Adelaide, two in Port Lincoln and four on Kangaroo Island.

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