Sun Princess, ahoy! South Australia’s cruise season kicks off

09 November 2016

The Sun Princess has sailed into Adelaide, flagging the beginning of what is expected to be another record-breaking cruise season.

The 2016/17 season will welcome a record 52 cruise ships to South Australian ports, hosting an all-time-high capacity of 112,192 passengers and crew.

The remainder of 2016 will see 14 cruise ships visiting ports across the state, including residential ship, The World staying in Adelaide for three days.

Royal Caribbean's highly anticipated Ovation of the Seas will be the largest ship to ever visit South Australia, arriving at the Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal on Sunday 11 December 2016.


The 2015/16 cruise ship season welcomed 37 cruise ship visits to South Australia with 80,241 passengers and crew, generating a record $26.9 million in direct expenditure to the South Australian economy.

Ovation of the Seas, Europa 2, Artania and Maasdam, are just some of the twelve ships making maiden visits to Adelaide in 2016/17.

Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Tourism Ian Hunter

The arrival of the Sun Princess and its 2000 passengers, marks the beginning of what we anticipate to be another record breaking cruise season.

South Australia is celebrating a surge in cruise ship demand, exceeding the State Government’s 2020 target three years early - with no signs of slowing down.

This season there are 52 cruise ship visits scheduled to South Australian ports this season, 15 ships more than last season – arriving in Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln

The strong traffic figures will continue to boost our state’s economy, with last year’s cruise ship visits to South Australian ports injecting a record $26.9 million.

The Sun Princess is expected to draw huge crowds when the she sails into Adelaide. Passengers disembarking can expect no shortage of things to see and do - with countless award-winning wineries, art galleries and other main attractions, which have seen South Australia named in Lonely Planet’s top five must-see regions for 2017.

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