24 April 2012
Kangaroo Island is set to grow as a major cruise ship destination following the announcement that nine international ships will anchor in Penneshaw during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 cruising seasons.
The ships will bring more than 12,500 passengers and crew to the island.
Vessels on their first voyages to Kangaroo Island include the MS Europa, MS Volendam, MS Amsterdam, the Pacific Princess and the Seabourn Sojourn.
The construction of a $300,000 landing pontoon, following State Government funding, is set to improve cruise ship infrastructure on the island.
The fixed pontoon should be complete by mid-May and features a series of levels for use in different tides.
The increase in bookings will lead to a tangible economic benefit for the island. A 2011 Access Economics report found that every one-day cruise ship visit delivered $100,000 in passenger expenditure to the local economy.
The cruising season runs between September and May each year, and the South Australian Tourism Commission is confident an extra two bookings will be made for the 2013-14 season.
During the 2011-12 season, one cruise ship anchored in Penneshaw, while in 2010-11 two vessels were welcomed.
South Australian ports – including Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln and Robe – will receive 27 ship calls in the 2012-13 season.
These visits are expected to add between $8 and $9 million to the state’s economy.