Four cruise ships welcomed in Wollongong's summer of cruising.
Wollongong’s summer of cruising was a big success, welcoming four cruise ships over the summer months. Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Star all berthed in Port Kembla Harbour with thousands of passengers visiting Wollongong and all the attractions it has to offer.
The latest visit by Norwegian Star on 23 February brought over 3,000 passengers and crew to Wollongong. Destination Wollongong General Manager, Mark Sleigh said ‘the decision by Norwegian Cruise Line to berth at Port Kembla Harbour at short notice shows we have demonstrated our capacity to not only provide a fantastic visitor experience but are also able to engage with cruise operators at every level of the business. We have proven we are cruise ready and can turn around these opportunities as needed as well as having the capacity and infrastructure to meet all of their needs’.
Wollongong City Councillor Leigh Colacino said the arrival of Norwegian Star was an indication of a bright future for cruise ship tourism in the region. ‘It is very exciting to see another cruise line has recognised what Wollongong offers. We knew that once we showed companies what Wollongong was all about they would come’ he said. 'Norwegian Cruise Line has discovered what Royal Caribbean was the first to understand – that Wollongong is a premier destination on every level’.
Overall, Wollongong’s summer of cruising has been hailed as a success and feedback from organisers and visitors was overwhelmingly positive. One of the real success stories of this cruise season was the Destination Wollongong Ambassador Program and the warm welcome visitors were greeted with.