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Azamara Journey and Volendam kick cruise ship season up a gear as Albany sets itself for three-visit week

Stuart McGuckinAlbany Advertiser
Holland America Line's Volendam at the land-backed wharf in Albany.
Camera IconHolland America Line's Volendam at the land-backed wharf in Albany. Credit: Laurie Benson

Albany’s cruise ship season has picked up pace this week with two ships docking in the port in the last four days and another one set to arrive at the end of the week.

Azamara Journey carried passengers to Albany for the second time this summer when it arrived on Saturday before passengers from Volendam enjoyed the city’s sites and shops on Monday.

The Holland America Line ship was the first carrying more than 1000 passengers into Albany this season after Coral Princess was unable to make its way into port in November.

The much smaller Coral Geographer is due to visit again on Saturday.

The largest ship of the season, Brilliance of the Seas, with a capacity of more than 2500 passengers plus crew, is then scheduled to arrive on Sunday, March 3 during the Labour Day long weekend.

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It will then be another fortnight before the Coral Princess docks on March 17.

Visits by the Pacific Explorer on April 1 and at the unusually late timing of June 13 will bring the season to a close.

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