Top End Dry Season Brings In Boutique Cruise Ships

Top End Dry Season Brings In Boutique Cruise Ships

Northern Territory Minister for Tourism & Culture Lauren Moss

Boutique Cruise Ships Arrive In The Top End

Victor P Taffa

Top End’s stunning Dry Season weather is set to provide a warm welcome to two expedition cruise ships this week, with the arrival of L’Austral and the Coral Discoverer.

Ships’ arrival is a win for local jobs and will bring hundreds of visitors to the top end over the coming days.

Uber-luxurious L’Austral will dock at Fort Hill Wharf at 9 pm tonight, Wednesday 18 July and will depart tomorrow, Thursday 19 July at 6.30 pm for a 10 day expedition cruise through the Kimberley before reaching its destination of Broome.

Boutique-style expedition ship, Coral Discoverer, will also dock at Fort Hill Wharf when it arrives at 7 am on Thursday morning, staying in Darwin overnight, before departing Friday morning at 9 am, with the expedition ship also bound for Broome.

L’Austral, a cruise ship operated by French cruise line company Compagnie du Ponant has capacity for 260 guests and 156 crew and the Coral Discoverer, part of the Coral Expeditions Fleet has capacity for 72 guests and 24 crew.

Minister for Tourism & Culture Lauren Moss welcomed the arrival of the two expedition cruise ships and encouraged everyone to get down to see the ships as they arrive and depart Darwin.

“It’s always exciting to see such stunning ships in Darwin Harbour. It’s a boost for the Tourism industry and for local jobs.” Minister Moss said.

“Expedition cruise ships are smaller in size and offer all-inclusive boutique-style cruises, providing an intimate frontier-style exploration of the dramatic coastlines of Northern Australia.”

“Expedition cruise ship arrivals are a symbol of the burgeoning expedition cruise industry growing out of Darwin, providing pre and post-cruise touring opportunities with both vessels undertaking 10 day Darwin to Broome and Broome to Darwin itineraries.”

Cruise ship guests will be embarking and disembarking in Darwin, doubling the number of cruise ship visitors in Darwin.

Darwin is a growing hub for the Expedition Cruise sector and will welcome a total of 17 expedition cruise ships from July to October 2018 with the vessels active on the Northern Australian and Kimberly coastline and passenger capacity varying from 50 to 260 guests per vessel.

“Darwin enjoys year-round cruise activity, with larger ships visiting in the main season from October-March and a number of small, luxury expedition cruise ships using Darwin as a home-base to explore the remote Northern Australian coastline from April-September.”

Darwin’s geographic location and close proximity to Asia make it a popular cruise ship port, with a total of 55 ships visiting the Top End throughout the season bringing with it 60,000 visitors.

Northern Territory Government is working to grow the number of cruise ships visiting the Territory, with a framework to achieve this outlined in the NT Cruise Sector Activation Plan 2015-2020.



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