Cruise ship season reaches peak – safety reminder for boaties

2 February 2015

South Australia’s cruise ship season is set to hit a peak, with 21 cruise ships visiting Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln during the next two months.

By the end of the 2014-15 cruise ship season in March, a total of 32 ships with a capacity of more than 87,000 passengers and crew would have visited South Australia.

Boaties are reminded of the dangers present when sailing in the vicinity of the big boats.

Large boats aren’t able to manoeuvre around smaller vessels and will lose sight of boats that come too close.

The best advice is to avoid the deep shipping channels entirely and if you must come in the vicinity of the cruise ships, not to venture into their path.

The state’s target is to attract 43 cruise ships to South Australia by 2020, which would generate an estimated $17 million a year.

Ships visiting Adelaide during February include the Astor, the Rhapsody of the Seas (February 12), Amsterdam (February 15-16), Celebrity Solstice (February 20), and the commencement of P&O Cruises dedicated South Australian ‘Southern Getaway’ itineraries, with the Pacific Jewel & Pacific Pearl (February 23).

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Watch a video of Port River pilots explaining the dangers.

More details about safe boating near commercial vessels is available on