Volendam cruise ship visits Burnie

The Volendam cruise ship will sail into Burnie on Tuesday, 18 November 2014.

The Volendam is the second cruise ship for the season to visit.

Mayor Anita Dow said, “I am incredibly excited for the arrival of the Volendam cruise ship. It is now a tradition for the Mayor of the city to greet the passengers as they arrive in the Mayoral robe. I had the opportunity to do this as Deputy Mayor and I cannot wait to welcome the passengers as Mayor.”

The Volendam will arrive at 8am, allowing the 2097 passengers and crew (if at full capacity) to explore the North-West Coast for the day. The Volendam is expected to leave Burnie for Hobart via the West Coast at 4pm.

13 cruise ships are scheduled to visit Burnie for the 2014/15 season (12 remaining), which is expected to bring an approximate economic boost of over $3 million to the region.

“Due to the works at West Park, cruise ship shuttle buses and other cruise ship vehicles will be utilising the free two hour car park to the east of the Makers’ Workshop to turn and drop off visitors. This car park will be closed for usual parking for the day. Parking is available to the north of this site behind West Park Oval for the community. Please take care in this area today, as it will be busy spot.

“The CBD will hopefully also be bustling. In celebration of all the extra people in our city, a market will be held in the Marine Terrace Plaza, near the multi storey car park, from 10am to 3pm on the same day,” she said.

Marine Plaza Market is a Council initiative, hoping to attract not only the passengers but the local community to enjoy a break in the city.

“There will be food and drinks perfect for an outdoor lunch, market stalls including clothing, souvenirs and gifts, free Wi-Fi and entertainment,” Mayor Dow said.

There will be two bands playing. The first band, Blue Tango, will be playing old time music and the second band, Emu Jelly Jazz, will be playing jazz. Entry is free.

“It would be great to see this initiative supported by both the community and our visitors.

“A special thank you to the volunteers who provide a friendly and pivotal welcome to the passengers. Without fail they all put in a long day to provide an unforgettable day for our visitors,” Mayor Dow said.

The Dawn Princess is the next cruise ship scheduled to visit Burnie on Friday 12 December 2014, followed by the Sun Princess the very next day.

For further information please contact

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

Email: ldobson@burnie.net