Princess Cruises announced it will be deploying the Sun Princess to Fremantle in Western Australia for a record breaking 141 days over the 2019/20 summer season.
“I’m delighted to announce this significant investment to Western Australia, doubling our capacity in this great state by one hundred per cent over the 2019/2020 season.” said Senior Vice President Princess Cruises Asia Pacific, Stuart Allison.
“The economic impact of our investment will not only be felt in Fremantle and Perth, but regional areas like Albany, Busselton, Broome and Geraldton which are also set to greatly benefit financially from some of Princess’ 28 cruise ship visits.
We will make 17 visits to WA regional ports over the 2019/2020 season, with each ship visit estimated to inject up to $500,000 into the economy as our guests explore the local area.”
“Cruising is booming in Western Australia. Over 100,000 Western Australians took a cruise last year, representing 4 per cent of the state’s population – a higher penetration rate than the cruise markets in North America and Europe.” said Hon. Mark McGowan, Premier for Western Australia.
Sun Princess’ homeport in Western Australia also marks the return of beloved Australian Chef, Curtis Stone’s onboard restaurant, SHARE.
With two award-winning restaurants in Los Angeles (Maude and Gwen), SHARE is the only opportunity for locals to sample the chef’s exquisite cuisine locally.
“Western Australia is a beautiful produce-rich state that has a flavour as dynamic as its people; I’m so excited to create my signature dishes at SHARE using fresh local flavours of the region.” said Chef Curtis Stone.
As Perth’s ship for the summer season, Sun Princess will sail over 141 cruise days out of Fremantle on itineraries ranging 4-46 days to destinations across Australia, Asia and Africa.
By popular demand is the return of 46-day Indian Ocean and South Africa Odyssey cruise which will feature a maiden call to Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Other notable itineraries include a 15-day Indonesia roundtrip voyage from Perth (Fremantle) over the Christmas and New Year holidays and a 17-day Northern Explorer sailing between Perth (Fremantle) and Sydney on both Sun Princess and Golden Princess.