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MEDIA RELEASE - Countdown to cruise ship season

3 January 2019

The countdown has begun until cruise ship season hits Portland, with final preparations well underway to welcome two vessels to the city in the coming weeks.

The MS Regatta will dock into Portland on Thursday 10 January, carrying 650 international guests. The vessel is circumnavigating Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea from Sydney, with stopovers in Bali, Hamilton Island and Perth.

The MS Regatta is followed by the Seven Seas Mariner five days later on Tuesday 15 January, which will carry 750 guests made up of largely American passengers. The Mariner also departs from Sydney and will travel down the west coast of Australia before arriving in Portland.

Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the city was abuzz in anticipation.

“The excitement has been building after months of extensive planning and preparation for these visits which bring huge economic benefits to our community, supporting local business and local jobs,” she said.

“Previous cruise ship seasons have injected more than $1 million into the local economy, particularly into the hospitality and tourism sectors, and we predict these visits in January will once again provide a significant economic boost for local traders.

“Portland has become a destination of choice thanks to our great on-shore ratings, which has been largely achieved thanks to the significant efforts of our local community who have got behind this important tourism opportunity.”

Cruise ship passengers will enjoy a range of offerings as soon as they disembark in Portland such as community markets; live music and cultural performances by the Winda-Mara Dancers.

Passengers have also booked a range of local tours to local attractions such as Cape Bridgewater and Narrawong’s popular Timandra Gardens, a ride on the Cable Tram and Glenelg River cruising tours with a stopover at the Princess Margaret Rose Caves.

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.

CRUISE SHIP SCHEDULE

THURSDAY 10 JANUARY
10am MS Regatta arrives
7pm MS Regatta departs

TUESDAY 15 JANUARY
7am Seven Seas Mariner arrives
6pm Seven Seas Mariner departs

Note: These times are subject to change. Please check the Port of Portland Cruise Ship Schedule for updates.


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