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Hottest Cruise Season for 15 Years
Thursday, 13 April 2006 - Sydney Ports Corporation

Sydney’s strongest international cruise season for 15 years ends on Friday with the departure of the largest cruise vessel ever seen in Sydney - the 290 meter long, 18 deck, 2,700 passenger Diamond Princess.

The international cruise season - the fastest growing segment of the tourism market – began on 7 November 2005, with the arrival of the Seven Seas Mariner. 90 cruise vessels visits - 60 domestic and 30 international – called at Sydney’s two dedicated passenger terminals at Circular Quay and Darling Harbour, an increase of 28 vessel visits on the previous season.

Fifty-five of the domestic visits were made by P&O Cruises’ Pacific Princess and the larger 1,500 passenger, Pacific Sun. From the emerging adventure and expedition cruise category the Orion and Oceanic Princess made five visits between them.

In keeping with tradition six maiden vessels were welcomed with a water display from Sydney Ports’ distinctive yellow and orange fire-tug, the Shirley Smith, and a traditional plaque presentation to the vessel’s master.

Greg Martin, Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Ports Corporation, commented, “In addition to the maiden visits this season we were of course delighted to welcome back our regular visitors, including the world famous Queen Elizabeth 2, or QE2 as she’s more commonly known. We’re already looking forward to the next season and the arrival of the largest cruise liner in the world - the 345 meter long, 72 meter wide and 151,400 tonne Queen Mary 2.”

Mr Martin went on to comment on how pleased he was at the success of the cruise season. “The cruise vessels are a distinctive feature of the working harbour. It was fantastic to see some of the worlds most prominent cruise liners contributing to the state’s economy”, he concluded.

Sydney remains the premier cruise destination in Australia and the only Australian Port which has two international standard cruise terminals.

Photo Opportunity

Friday 14 April 2006: the Diamond Princess is expected pass the heads at 04:30 hours and arrive alongside the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay, at approximately 05:30 hours. She will then depart at 20:00 hours marking the end of the international cruise season.

Possible viewing opportunities include, in front of the Opera House, Kirribilli Point and from the Harbour Bridge.

Cruise season facts

The 2005/2006 season hosted thousands of international tourists through Sydney Ports Corporation’s terminals, with 90 cruise vessel calls into Sydney.
In 2004/2005 an estimated 156,000 cruise passengers visited Sydney
The Australian cruise market has grown by 35 per cent over the past two years
The global cruise market is forecast over the next decade to grow by 6.2 per cent
68 new cruise ships have debuted globally between 2000 and the end of 2005
The cruise industry is valued globally at over US$15.0 billion (2002)
An estimated 11 million people globally took a cruise in 2005
** Information supplied by the International Council of Cruise Lines, (ICCL)**

Details of the cruise vessels which visited Sydney 7 November 2005 – 14 April 2006

Vessel
Owner
Weight (tonnes)
Passenger capacity

Diamond Princess
Princess Cruises
116,000
2,700

Aurora
P&O Cruises
76,150
1,875

Queen Elizabeth 2
Cunard Line
70,300
1,778

Oriana
P&O Cruises
69,150
1,965

Statendam
Holland America Line
55,500
1,260

Seven Seas Mariner
Radison Seven Seas Cruises
48,000
754

Pacific Sun
P&O Cruises
47,262
1,500

Artemis
P&O Cruises
45,000
1,200

Pacific Princess
P&O Cruises
30,300
683

Silver Shadow
Silverseas Cruises
28,250
382

Saga Rose
Saga Holidays
25,150
618

Maxim Gorkiy
Pheonix Reisen
24,200
788

Astor
Transocean
20,150
590

Athena
Classic International Cruises
16,144
640

Seabourn Spirit
Seabourn Cruise Line
9,975
208

Funchal
Classic International Cruises
9,740
580

Orion
Orion Expedition Cruises
3,983
106

Oceanic Princess
Coral Princess Cruises
1,800
76
 
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