World’s largest ocean liner returns to Adelaide

23 March 2013

The world’s largest ocean liner, The Queen Mary 2, arrives in Adelaide today on its fifth visit to the state.

The Queen Mary 2 will have more than 3,000 passengers and 1,200 staff aboard who will experience Adelaide and our regions.

Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said Adelaide is a regular fixture on the cruise liner’s itinerary.

“Adelaide has become a regular stop for the Queen Mary 2 which is particularly impressive considering she has only visited Melbourne twice,” Mr Bignell said.

“It’s the deep harbor and great docking facilities, along with appealing touring options that make us an attractive destination for cruise ships to visit.

“We are delighted to welcome the cruise liner back and encourage passengers to tour the regions or visit the city centre.”

The 345-metre long liner will arrive at Outer Harbor with passengers disembarking around 8am. The vessel will spend ten hours in port before departing at 6pm.

Stretching to almost four football fields in length, the Queen Mary 2 has a basketball court, five swimming pools, the first planetarium at sea and the largest library on a cruise liner.

The impressive 150,000 tonne liner is the fourteenth passenger ship to visit the state during this cruise season.

The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) continues to work with all domestic and international cruise lines to support South Australia’s four ports and service the industry.

The SATC’s Southern Ocean Cruising Strategy focuses on attracting more cruise liners to South Australia.

Next season will see 31 cruise ships visit, bringing more than 69,000 passengers and crew.

This season’s 17 cruise ship visits are expected to generate around $10 million to the local economy.

SATC’s cruise ship target is 43 ships to South Australia, to generate an estimated $17 million in direct passenger expenditure by 2020.

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