First cruise ship for 2012/13 season

The MS Volendam will kick off Burnie’s 2012/13 cruise ship season tomorrow morning (20 November 2012).

Mayor Steve Kons said, “I am looking forward to another successful cruise ship season in Burnie. Not only is it great for the region’s economy, it also creates a great buzz around the city. The visitors love coming here and I find having many people visit and rave about our region, adds pride to our city and it often takes a reminder like that for us to realise how lucky we are to live here.”

If at full capacity, the MS Volendam could see just over 2,400 passengers and crew visiting the region.

“I am looking forward to meeting and greeting the passengers at the port in the formal Mayoral gown. I really do enjoy meeting and hearing what the passengers say about Burnie,” Mayor Kons said.

A shuttle bus service will operate for the passengers. Due to Burnie Port being a working seaport, the shuttle buses are the only means of exiting and entering dockside. Family and friends who wish to meet passengers can meet them in the CBD or at the Makers' Workshop, which is the first bus stop. In addition, passengers must be returned to the Makers' Workshop to use the shuttle bus to return to the port.

11 cruise ships are scheduled to visit Burnie between November and the end of April 2013. The cruise ship visits give Burnie a great economic boost with an estimated $3.7 million expected to be spent in the region this season.

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728