25 Jul 2013
More tourists can start and finish their cruises in Adelaide and spend more time in the state thanks to a second gangway project at Pt Adelaide.
The State Government has provided $170,000 for the construction of the new gangway at the Port Adelaide passenger terminal to cater for South Australia’s booming cruise ship industry from 2014.
The new intrastructure will give large ships more capacity to use Port Adelaide as their ‘home port’, allowing them to run cruises to and from Adelaide, and disembark more passengers more quickly.
It will be the first time large cruise ships – with capacity to carry more than 1000 passengers – will use Adelaide to home port. This means that more tourists will start and finish their cruises in Adelaide, giving them more time to explore the state and contribute to the local economy.
P&O Pacific Pearl and Pacific Jewel will be able to offer visits to the regional ports of Robe, Port Lincoln and Kangaroo Island.
The new gangway is expected to be finished by November, in time for the start of the 2013/14 cruise ship season.
There will be 31 visits from 14 cruise ships this season, bringing an estimated 69,000 passengers and crew. This more than triples the 2007/08 cruise ship season, when South Australia received eight visits.
For the 2014/15 season (September 2014 – May 2015), 37 visits from 15 cruise ships have already been scheduled, bringing an estimated 100,000 passengers and crew.
This means the Government’s goal to attract 30 ships and $11 million in passenger expenditure by 2014 has already been exceeded and we are well on our way to our 2020 goal of attracting 43 ships and $17 million of passenger spending.