Regional communities to welcome cruise passengers

19 April 2014

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 Bignell said.

“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.

There 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.

“We 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.

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