Cruise Ship Season Kicks Off and Cruise Ship Volunteer Information Session

The 2017-18 cruise ship season kicks off on Wednesday 11 October with the arrival of the Sun Princess into the Port of Burnie. The Sun Princess marks the start of the season, bringing approximately 3000 passengers and crew.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “There are a record 32 cruise ships scheduled to visit Burnie and North West Tasmania. This is nearly double the ship visitation from the 2016-17 season. For 15 of these cruise ships, Burnie will be its only port of call in Tasmania.”

“Burnie’s popularity as a cruise ship destination continues to grow, which is fantastic news for our tourism industry and local economy. Burnie will see one third of its planned visits in February 2018 with the region welcoming 5 ships over a 3 day period. For the first time, the Burnie Port will see two cruise ships in dock for the day.”

“I really enjoy this time of year and always look forward to the opportunity to greet all the passengers as they disembark. It is a simple gesture but always well received by the passengers. We also have a wonderful team of volunteers who provide a wide range of information and advice to our visitors.”

With the increase in cruise ship visitation, the search is on for volunteers in the community who are interested in assisting the welcoming team at various locations around Burnie. Burnie City Council will be hosting a Cruise Ship Volunteer Information Session at The Point, West Park, on Thursday 5 October 2017 commencing at 2.00pm. All interested members of the community are invited to attend. Register your interest in attending the information session with the Burnie Visitor Information Centre, Makers’ Workshop, on 64305831 or email

For further information please contact

Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728