Port Lincoln, Adelaide,
Penneshaw and Robe are preparing for an influx of visitors over the coming
week, with P&O’s Pacific Pearl set to become the first large cruise
ship to visit all four South Australian ports in one trip.
The Pacific Pearl, which
carries 1800 passengers, is on her first South Australian dedicated itinerary.
The ‘Southern Getaway Cruise’ is a seven-night, return journey from Melbourne.
The ship will dock in Port
Lincoln on Easter Sunday, Adelaide on Monday, Kangaroo Island on Tuesday and
Robe on Wednesday – injecting an estimated $1 million into South Australia.
Minister for Tourism Leon
Bignell said the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) had worked closely
with local communities to ensure passengers receive a warm welcome.
“There will be a festive
atmosphere at every port, with local bands, markets, town shuttles,
professionally trained volunteers and local retailers open for business,” Mr
“There will also be shore
excursions offered in each port, and passengers will have the opportunity to
experience Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Barossa, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo
Island and the Limestone Coast.
“This will be the first time
passengers on a large ship visit Robe and they will not only see the town, but
will also travel to Penola, the Coonawarra and Naracoorte.”
The 63,500-tonne Pacific
Pearl is 247 metres long with 11 passenger decks. The superliner features
seven dining options, including Salt Grill by Luke Mangan, eight bars and
lounges, two swimming pools, a swim-up bar, multi-level show lounge, four kids
centres, boutiques and a child-free Oasis retreat area.
In addition to this weekend’s
visit from the Pacific Pearl, P&O will increase its presence in
South Australia in 2015 when sister ship Pacific Jewel offers two round
trip cruises from Adelaide.
will be 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.
have worked closely with P&O Cruises over the past few years, as we do with
all cruise lines, and the development of the Southern Getaway itinerary is a
result of this work,” Mr Bignell said.