SA welcomes back Voyager of the Seas

05 March 2013

One of the world’s most impressive cruise liners, Voyager of the Seas, has returned to Outer Harbor for its second visit of the season.

Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said the cruise ship was the largest to visit South Australia in terms of passenger numbers, with about 5,000 people on board.

“Voyager of the Seas is the first of two cruise ships to make two visits to Adelaide this season, with Radiance of the Seas also returning later this month,” Mr Bignell said.

“It is fantastic to see ships of this calibre making return visits to Adelaide during the season, highlighting the success of the South Australian Government’s strategy to attract more mega liners and ships.

“We will also welcome the Queen Mary 2 later this month for the fifth season in a row–another example of the support cruise companies continue to show South Australia.”

Mr Bignell said passengers would spend the day touring the Barossa, Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills and Glenelg before setting off in the evening.

“This provides us with a fantastic opportunity to showcase our products and experiences to a large number of both international and national visitors,” he said.

“Rundle Mall management will be providing a shuttle bus to Rundle Mall for passengers not undertaking a tour, giving a boost to traders and allowing visitors to see Adelaide during this exciting and eventful time of year.”

Voyager of the Seas is considered one of the world’s largest floating hotels, featuring 15 decks, 10 pools and 14 bars, clubs and lounges.

It also has the world's first ice-skating rink at sea, as well as a rock climbing wall and wedding chapel.

The ship has been operating out of Sydney for the 2012/2013 season, offering Australian, New Zealand and South Pacific cruising itineraries.

The 2012-13 cruise season will see 18 cruise ships visit ports across the state, bringing in about 50,000 passengers and crew.

The South Australian Government’s cruise ship target is for 43 ships to visit South Australia each year – generating an estimated $17 million in direct passenger expenditure annually – by 2020.

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