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MEDIA RELEASE - Cruise ships and cinema to delight

14 February 2020

The summer cruise ship season is still going strong in the Glenelg Shire with another luxury vessel due to visit the region next week.

Regent Cruises’ Seven Seas Navigator will dock in to Portland on Friday 21 February at 10am, welcoming more than 500 international passengers to shore. The ship will bear similarities to previous cruise visitor Seven Seas Mariner, with both vessels a part of the high end Seven Seas Cruises’ fleet.

The Seven Seas Navigator’s visit to Portland will mark the final days of the cruise’s 36 day itinerary. The ship circumnavigates Australia visiting ports such as Airlie Beach, Darwin and Exmouth, with international stopovers in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, before docking into Portland for the final week of the cruise.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the visit would coincide with the Twilight Cinema event, offering locals and visitors the chance to farewell the cruise ship in style.

“We are delighted to see yet another Seven Seas Cruises’ vessel choose to stopover in Portland as part of their luxury worldwide cruising itineraries. This is a huge credit to Portland and our volunteer welcome ambassadors to see a return visitor from the same fleet - our region has become destination of choice thanks to our great on-shore ratings and significant efforts of our community who have got behind this important tourism opportunity,” she said.

“This visit will be slightly different from our previous cruise ship visits during the summer 2019/2020 period, with a free family friendly community event on offer to help wave off the ship.

“Council’s popular Twilight Cinema will be held on the new outdoor deck at the Portland Library, offer prime viewing of the Portland Harbour to farewell our cruise ship visitor. Families can enjoy food, drinks and live entertainment from 6:30pm before the free screening of the Beatles’ inspired movie Yesterday at 8:30pm.

“For further information on the Twilight Cinema event please visit council’s Facebook page.”

Throughout the day cruise ship passengers will enjoy a range of offerings as soon as they disembark in Portland such as community markets and live music.

Shuttle buses will transport passengers across the local area showcasing key tourist destinations and CBD sites to allow passengers to explore local retail stores and cafes.

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