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MEDIA RELEASE - Norwegian cruise ship to arrive summer 2020

1 April 2019

Norwegian cruise liner Star Breeze has booked its place in the 2020 Portland cruise schedule, taking the city’s visiting vessels to six over the next two seasons.

The Windstar fleet cruise ship will dock on 14 December 2020, a fifth for that calendar year.

The luxury ship carry’s more than 200 passengers and was rated in 2005 the best small cruise ship by Conde Nast, a US luxury travel magazine.

The five star liner, which includes six decks, usually travels between Europe and African markets, however has scheduled a ‘down under’ tour for the summer season.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said Portland’s profile as a premier cruise destination was gaining the attention of the world’s top operators.

She said this season two vessels had already docked, with a third due in December, and enquiries growing each month.
“We are extremely excited to see another five star vessel choose to stopover in Portland as part of its summer travels,” Cr Rank said.

“Council has been working tirelessly with the Port of Portland negotiating to get more bookings and the dividends are showing. We are extremely grateful to port chief executive Greg Tremewen and his team for their continued support, making cruise ships a priority in their work plan.”

Cr Rank said council’s tourism unit is working with local operators to ensure they would benefit from the stopover.
“The hard work has been done to get the cruise ship to dock, now we must build an on-shore itinerary which shows off our best attractions,” she said.

“Our tourism staff, in conjunction with local tourist associations, will be looking to add new attractions and tours to showcase to these travellers, which are expected to be from the European and American markets.

“We know from past experience they expect a five star experience and we look forward to meeting these expectations, showcasing our great nature-based destinations, cultural experiences and food and wine adventures with the support of their on-shore excursion team.”

To see the full cruise schedule visit the Port of Portland website.

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