Four cruise ships in five days

Burnie is expecting four cruise ships to visit in five days.

Mayor Steve Kons said, “The Volendam will sail in this Friday morning as the first cruise ship to visit Burnie for 2012.

The Volendam if at full capacity will have around 2400 passengers and crew.

“This is the biggest ship out of the four to arrive in the five days. I hope the good weather holds out for their visit and in fact for all the ships sailing into Burnie.”

The second ship to arrive the following day is called the Pacific Pearl and is also a large ship with the capacity to carry over 2100 passengers and crew.

“With the exciting McDonald’s Burnie International Tournament on at the moment and the cruise ships visiting those same days, there really should be a lot of extra foot traffic in the region,” Mayor Kons said.

The third cruise ship will arrive the very next day on Sunday 5 February and is named the Seabourn Odyssey.
Mayor Kons said, “This is this ship’s maiden visit to Burnie. Although a little smaller there is potential for an extra 790 people exploring Burnie.

“Our very busy volunteers get one day of rest on the Monday before the Athena cruise ship arrives on Tuesday 7 February.”

The Athena can hold up to 920 passengers and crew.

“There is a lot of preparation done by Council staff, Burnie Sports & Events and our amazing volunteers before the arrival of a cruise ship. Four ships in five days visiting is great for our city, but I know that this will be a particularly busy and tiring time for those heavily involved. I thank them in advance, especially the volunteers who really are giving up so much of their time to promote Burnie to the rest of the world.

“I look forward to greeting all of the ships in the next week,” he said.

For further information please contact

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