Australia’s summer cruise season has officially begun following the return of international megaliner Majestic Princess to Sydney this morning. The largest and newest ship in the Princess Cruises fleet, Majestic Princess’ return to Sydney also marks the beginning of Princess’ biggest ever Australian season which is set to inject upwards of $70 million into the New South Wales economy.
Television and radio presenter James O’Loghlin has been named as the host of this year’s Cruise360 Australasia conference, heading a packed program of international speakers and panellists who will gather to address the future of the global cruise industry.
The cruise industry’s key annual forum Cruise360 Australasia will embrace the worldwide revolution underway in shore excursions, with Holland America Group operations chief Robert Morgenstern confirmed to join international speakers at the August event.
There is something paradoxical about the fact that the cruise industry continues to experience problems with land based infrastructure in Sydney, Australia. Sydney is one of the greatest natural harbours in the world: a huge and sheltered bay that has several miles of shoreline and it has deep water too. (cruisebusiness.com)
Problems with land based infrastructure particularly in Sydney contributed to a sharp slowdown in the growth of the Australian cruise market last year, CLIA Australasia figures show.In 2018, a total of 1.35 million Australians took a cruise, which was just 0.9% more than in the previous year. In 2017, the year on growth had been robust 4.4%. (cruisebusiness.com)
MSC Cruises announced that Alessandro Guerreri has been appointed Managing Director of its Australasia business, overseeing both local operations as well as commercial activities across this high-potential market for the business.
Respected travel industry veteran, Karen Christensen, was bestowed top honours at the Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) annual Australasian Awards last Saturday evening where she was announced as the winner of CLIA’s 2019 Hall of Fame Award. (etbtravelnews.global)
On Saturday Indigenous leaders Tim Ella and Trevor Walker will hold a fishing day at Yarra Bay, a cove on the north-eastern side of Botany Bay. Mr Ella and Mr Walker expect more than 100 people to turn up, mostly schoolchildren, and the two elders will spend much of the day passing on the traditional net-fishing skills they learned as children in southern Sydney. (smh.com.au)
“A new Cruise Development Plan released by the New South Wales government earlier this year promises to look into the viability of more cruise berths in Sydney, either at Molineaux Point or Yarra Bay”, said Sandra Chipchase, CEO, Destination NSW. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in cruising, today announced the completion of the refurbishment of Norwegian Jewel as part of The Norwegian Edge® program, reaffirming the company’s commitment to elevating the standard of excellence across the fleet.
Cruise360 Australasia is taking on the world this year with a bonus Cruise Destination Showcase offered for the first time. The inaugural Cruise360 Cruise Destination Showcase will be held on Thursday August 30, 2018, and will see 10 cruise destinations present their destination highlights for cruise passengers and itinerary suggestions for pre-or post-cruise stays.