Sun Princess Launches Western Australia's Cruise Season With Visit Tomorrow

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November 1, 2009

Sun Princess Launches Western Australia’s

Cruise Season with Visit Tomorrow

Princess Cruises’ Australian-based superliner, Sun Princess, will visit Fremantle tomorrow (Nov 2) to

open the largest ever summer cruise season for Western Australia.

Sun Princess’ visit tomorrow marks the first of a record 47 calls to WA this season by Carnival

Australia cruise lines, almost double the size of the 2008-09 cruise season, which recorded 24 visits.

Seven ships from four cruise lines operated by Carnival Australia, including Princess Cruises, P&O

Cruises, P&O Cruises World Voyages and Cunard Line, will visit six WA ports between October 2009

and April 2010.

Between them, the ships are expected to inject $27 million into the Western Australian economy

through passenger and crew spending, port fees and ship stores.

Carrying 1950 passengers, Sun Princess will arrive in Fremantle Harbour and berth at Victoria Quay

at around 8am as part of her 28-night Australian circumnavigation voyage.  She will sail for Bunbury

at 11pm. 

One of the highlights of WA’s cruise season will be the arrival of the largest ship ever to visit the

state, Cunard Line’s 151,400-tonne Queen Mary 2, on March 14, 2010.

Her elegant little sister, the 90,000-tonne Queen Victoria, will also make a string of maiden visits to

WA ports this summer, including Albany on February 27, Fremantle on February 28 and Exmouth on

March 2, 2010.

Meanwhile, the arrival of Pacific Sun on December 16, 2009 will mark the official start of P&O

Cruises’ first ever season of cruising from Fremantle.

Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry said the massive cruise season revealed the increasing

popularity of Western Australia with cruise passengers.

“Passengers love WA’s laid-back lifestyle and spectacular scenery, which is best-seen by sea,” Ms

Sherry said.

“This record cruise season of seven visiting ships, including two Cunard ocean liners, underlines the

growing role the state is playing in the expansion of Australia’s cruise industry. 

“We’re also looking forward to a successful inaugural Western Australian cruise season for P&O

Cruises’ Pacific Sun this summer.” 

At 70,000 tonnes, Sun Princess features 975 cabins – including more than 400 with private balconies

as well as a grand four-storey atrium with a stained-glass dome and glass elevators, eight

restaurants and cafes, seven lounges, four pools and five whirlpool spas.

Media contact:

Anthony Fisk 

Carnival Australia 

0414 848 125

Libby Moffet/Larissa Kaye

MG Media Communications

+612 9904 0011

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