The largest cruise ship operating in Australian waters will arrive in Adelaide tomorrow, bringing 5000 passengers and crew.
Known as a ‘floating hotel’, the Voyager of the Seas features the world’s first ice-skating rink at sea, a rock climbing wall, mini-golf course, basketball court, casino, day spa and wedding chapel.
Measuring 311m long and weighing 138,000 tonnes, the ship has 15 decks, 10 pools and 14 bars, pubs and lounges.
Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said the passengers would visit Adelaide, the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and Glenelg, bringing a significant economic boost to the State.
“Cruise ships are a rapidly growing industry for South Australia, with this summer being our biggest yet,” Mr Bignell said.
“Tomorrow’s visit is one of 29 cruise ship visits to South Australian ports over the 2013/14 season, bringing 67,000 passengers and crew and contributing an estimated $14.5 million to the State’s economy.”
The number of cruise ships visiting South Australia is expected to grow even further, with 36 visits already scheduled for the 2014/15 season, bringing more than 97,000 passengers and crew.
“This means our 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,” Mr Bignell said.
The Voyager of the Seas is the first of the three largest ships operating in Australian waters to visit Adelaide this summer, with Celebrity Solstice arriving on Sunday February 16 and the Queen Mary 2 on Monday March 10.
It is the third time the Voyager of the Seas has visited Adelaide, after two trips last season. The mega-liner will visit again this year, on Sunday March 23.
The Voyager of the Seas is expected to arrive at the Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal at 6.30am tomorrow, and will spend 11 hours in port, departing at 6.00pm.