Only two cruise ships stopping at Bunbury next summer

Nicolette BarbasBunbury Herald
Photographer: Daniel Mance
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Bunbury looks set to miss the boat on cruise ships this season, with the next ship not set to dock into the Outer Harbour until next summer.

It was around this time last year the first cruise ship of 2019 sailed into Bunbury, carrying more than 1200 people into the region and with them cash into the local economy.

Unfortunately, that will not be the case this summer with South West Development Commission chief executive officer Mellisa Teede revealing that while ships were headed for Bunbury, they were not scheduled for this season.

Holland America Line’s Maasdam is due to stop in December while the Seabourne Sojourn’s arrival date is set for 2021.

Cruise ship visits provide a chance for cruise ship passengers to sample what Bunbury and the wider region has to offer, spending at local shops and tourist attractions during their stay.

Mellisa Teede

“Passengers get a taste of what the area has to offer — and hopefully they will be enticed to return and explore in more depth in the near future.”

Last Monday, the City of Busselton played host to the 220-metre Vasco de Gama, the newest addition to the Cruise and Maritime Voyages fleet.

Its visit was part of the Federal Government’s push to increase cruise tourism in WA.

And little wonder there is governmental appetite to increase activity in the sector given in 2018-19 cruise shipping contributed a whopping $229 million to the WA economy and supported 848 jobs.

Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan spruiked the State Government’s efforts in marketing WA as a cruise destination.

Stopovers at WA ports have a strong impact on our local and regional economy supporting WA tourism businesses and jobs while giving visitors the opportunity to explore Perth and regional WA.

Alannah MacTiernan

City of Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said the city would continue to support the work carried out by the Cruise Bunbury Committee in trying to attract more ships to the region.

“The city always welcomes the arrival of cruise ships to Bunbury,” Mr Brennan said.

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