Princess Cruises will deploy Sun Princess to spend a record 141 days homeported in
Fremantle during the 2019-20 Australian summer season. With this commitment, Princess will inject $32 million to WA’s economy. “I’m delighted to announce this significant investment to WA, doubling our capacity in this great state by 100 per cent over the 2019-20 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.’’
WA’s Premier Mark McGowan said that cruising is booming in WA. “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,’’ Mr McGowan said. Sun Princess’s homeport in Fremantle also marks the return of Australian chef, Curtis Stone’s onboard restaurant Share, giving locals the chance to sample his cuisine. Sun Princess will sail over 141 cruise days out of Fremantle on itineraries ranging 4- 46 days to destinations across Australia, Asia and Africa. Itineraries include the 46-day Indian Ocean and South Africa Odyssey cruise and a 15-day Indonesia roundtrip over the Christmas and New Year holidays.