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MEDIA RELEASE - Portland plans cruise itinerary

30 November 2018

Cruise ship passengers will enjoy playing on Cape Bridgewater Beach, exploring Narrawong’s Timandra Gardens and cruising along the Glenelg River in Nelson when the first ship of the season arrives in January.

Final itineraries are being planned for the MS Regatta which is due to dock on Thursday 10 January carrying 650 high end international guests. The vessel is circumnavigating Australia with further stopovers in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

The MS Regatta is followed five days later on Tuesday 15 January by the Seven Seas Mariner with 750 largely American passengers which is following a similar cruise path.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said council’s tourism team had been working closely with on-shore cruise coordinators Intercruises to cater for all tastes and abilities.

“These passengers will be experiencing the best our region has to offer with everything from relaxed beach excursions to Cape Bridgewater, Portland Cable Tram and bus tour excursion to local attractions, Glenelg River cruising with a stopover at the Princess Margaret Rose Caves and garden tours at Narrawong’s popular Timandra Gardens,” Cr Rank said.

“For those looking further afield there are also wine tasting excursions in Port Fairy and trips to the 12 Apostles, an experience which was a major factor in attracting the vessels.

“Together these world class tourism attractions will ensure there is plenty to keep our eager passengers entertained. There will also be plenty of time in the schedules to ensure further exploration of our local foreshore and CBD attractions and an opportunity to visit our popular foreshore markets.”

People can learn more about the pending cruise season at a community information session on Thursday December 13 2018.
Council’s tourism team will provide an overview on the on-shore tour excursions and requirements for the foreshore celebrations.

“The coordination of these cruise ship visits takes months of planning between council, the Port of Portland, the cruise company and the countless volunteers who put up their hands to assist,” Cr Rank said.

“There are still vacancies available for volunteers to assist. Help is still needed to drive shuttle buses, assist as tour guides and simply welcoming passengers ashore. I urge people who think they may have something to offer to attend our community session and put up their hand.”

The information session will be held at Glenelg Shire Council Reception Room on December 13 at 5.30pm. To learn more contact Tourism and Events manager Mick Cottee on 5522 2157 or email mcottee@glenelg,vic.gov.au.


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