The Coral Princess arrived at Melbourne’s Station Pier Cruise Ship Terminal early Thursday morning (Sep 15) for her maiden go to, emblazoned with a “We Love Melbourne” banner proudly displayed throughout its bow. It is the primary cruise ship to go to Melbourne in additional than two years.
Stuart Allison, senior vp Asia Pacific for Princess Cruises mentioned it was thrilling for Coral Princess to be the primary ship to return to Melbourne following the cruise trade’s restart in addition to being the primary ‘smart ship’ MedallionClass vessel to go to the town.
“Princess Cruises is committed to the Australian cruise market for the long term and we value our loyal guests for whom cruising from Melbourne is their holiday choice and they will have opportunities for this during Grand Princess’s dedicated Melbourne cruise season,” Allison mentioned.
The ship was on a six-day sail from Sydney alongside the coast of southeastern Australia. After departing Melbourne, it sailed to Adelaide which may also be marking the return of cruising to South Australia.
Thirteen cruise ships will probably be visiting or residence porting in Melbourne in the course of the upcoming summer season cruise season. Between them, they are going to make 70 calls — together with 9 in a single day stays — and 11 calls to Phillip Island.
The Coral Princess is the vanguard for a number of Carnival Australia cruise strains basing ships in Melbourne or having ships name in the course of the the rest of this 12 months and in 2023. Beginning in November, three manufacturers — P&O Cruises Australia, Princess Cruises and Cunard — will homeport ships in Melbourne for cruise seasons.