The arrival of Celebrity Century at the Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal today heralds the start of South Australia’s 2014-15 cruise ship season.
A record 34 cruise ship visits to South Australian ports are scheduled between now and May – eight more than last season.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the increasing number of cruise ships coming to South Australia is a major coup for the state, as they deliver significant economic benefits for the local tourism industry.
“More cruise ships means more money injected into the South Australian economy. The 2013-14 cruise ship season generated $11.4 million in direct expenditure, with much of that going to local tourism operators and retailers,” he said.
“While the number and size of cruise ships coming to South Australia continues to grow, so too does the number of passengers on board the ships.
“We’re also seeing more of the major cruise companies including South Australia on their itineraries, including P&O and Carnival which have some of the largest ships operating in Australian waters.”
Notable arrivals for the 2014-15 cruise ship season include the maiden visit of the MSC Orchestra to South Australia en route to Fremantle in April 2015, and the return next March of the Queen Mary 2 for the sixth consecutive year.
Minister Bignell said taking advantage of cruise tourism would deliver big benefits for the travel, retail and hospitality sectors.
“Cruise ships aren’t just restricted to international visitors. They’re also a great way for local and interstate travellers to visit destinations via a different means of travel to see more of their country in a stress-free and luxurious getaway,” he said.
Celebrity Century, a 2,150 passenger ship, will arrive at the Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal this morning as part of an eight-night round trip cruise from Sydney.
The ship will spend tomorrow in Port Lincoln before returning interstate. It will return to Adelaide and Port Lincoln on November 15 and 16.