Stately start to cruise season

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The Sea Princess docks in Albany this month.
Camera IconThe Sea Princess docks in Albany this month. Credit: Supplied

Cruise-ship season will officially kick off for Albany this month with the arrival of the Sea Princess.

The Sea Princess will dock at Albany Port on October 22 during a 29-night Round Australia Cruise, travelling around the country from Brisbane.

More than 2000 passengers will arrive on the luxurious vessel at 9am to spend the day enjoying the Great Southern city.

Guests have been advised they can explore a range of attractions including the Torndirrup National Park, the Tree Top Walk, Albany’s Historic Whaling Station, Albany Wind Farm, Mt Romance sandalwood factory and local wineries.

Eleven cruise ships are due to visit Albany this season, down on last season’s tally of 16 ships.

Those 11 scheduled visits could bring in a total of more than 15,000 holiday makers.

The city embraces the influx of tourists each season as York Street becomes packed with people.

The Atrium in the Sea Princess.
Camera IconThe Atrium in the Sea Princess. Credit: Supplied

Mayor Dennis Wellington said he believed Albany now had the second highest number of cruise visits of any port in Australia.

“So we’ve become a very popular cruise destination and that’s fantastic for local tourism,” Mr Wellington said.

“Last season, we had 16 cruise visits worth almost $6 million to the Albany economy, bringing more than 16,000 passengers and 3000 crew, so we’re keen to continue to work with industry to grow our cruise tourism and benefit from the positive economic impact it has for our city.”

Princess Cruises announced this year it would have a record-breaking 141-day deployment in Fremantle during the 2019-2020 Australian summer cruising season — the biggest financial commitment ever made to WA by a cruise brand.

The cruise line will make 17 visits to WA regional ports in the upcoming season.

Each ship visit is estimated to inject up to $500,000 into the local economy.

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