Economy to be cruising

Albany Advertiser
The cruise ship Maasdam docking in Albany last year.
Camera IconThe cruise ship Maasdam docking in Albany last year. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Albany is in line for a cash injection of more than $1 million from an unexpected influx of cruise ships.

Three ships, including Arcadia, Costa Deliziosa and Explorer Dream will dock in Albany next month, bringing more than 9000 extra passengers.

According to the Australian Cruise Association, each passenger that disembarks spends $387 on average, giving Albany a possible injection of more than $1.3 million if half the passengers come ashore.

With the Arcadia scheduled to arrive on a Sunday, City of Albany mayor Dennis Wellington encouraged small retailers to take advantage of the extra trade. Mr Wellington said cruise visits brought about $6 million into the local economy last season.

“We appreciate it’s a personal choice that many shops choose to close on a Sunday even though they’re allowed to open, but if it’s viable for them, we would certainly encourage them to reconsider on this occasion,” he said.

“Volunteers will be there to welcome the passengers as usual and all the tours and other services our community usually extends on cruise ship visits will be activated.”

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