Cruise ship season kicks off

The 2016/17 cruise ship season kicks off on Saturday with the arrival of the Sun Princess into the Port of Burnie.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “The 2016/17 cruise ship season promises to be a bumper season with 19 ships scheduled to visit Burnie from now until April next year.”

“During 2015/16, over 24,000 passengers and crew arrived in Burnie on cruise ships, so with an additional eight ships visiting this year we are expecting numbers to be well in excess of that for this season.”

“The arrival of Sun Princess on Saturday marks the start of the season, bringing up to 2900 passengers and crew.”

“Burnie’s popularity as a cruise ship destination continues to grow, which is fantastic news for our tourism industry and local economy. The addition of a new mooring dolphin at the Port, due for completion later this month, will also provide the opportunity to grow our presence in the cruise ship market as the Port will have the capacity of berth larger vessels.”

“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.”

Relatives and friends picking up passengers are reminded that they need to be collected from the Makers’ Workshop as access to the wharf is restricted.

The next cruise ship, the Maasdam, will make her maiden voyage to Burnie on Tuesday 15 November, bringing up to 1800 passengers and crew.

For further information please contact

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