Cruise

Cairns welcomes Coral Princess’ maiden call

Local tourism operators welcomed the arrival of Coral Princess, which made her maiden call to Queensland’s tropical north, Cairns on Wednesday.

Cairns-based tour operator Nikki Giumelli from Bad Fishy Jet Boating said the return of cruise ships to the region was a positive step towards recovery.

“We’ve experienced many challenges due to ongoing border closures resulting in our business being forced to shut down for a period,” Giumelli said. 

“Cruise ship guests make up a large portion of our customer base, so the restart of cruise will allow us to build up our business once again.”

Bob Wood Cruise Group was excited to see the return of cruising in Queensland after two and half years.

“It’s great to be a part of an industry that has such a positive impact on the entire community, particularly the local suppliers that continue to showcase their region and provide our guests with unforgettable experiences,” said Carmen Stevenson, general manager of Bob Wood Cruise Group.

The visit is one of 10 calls the 2000-guest Coral Princess will make as part of her winter season from her new homeport of Brisbane and marks ten years of Princess ships sailing from Queensland.

It is also the first ship to bring the MedallionClass experience to Australia, making holidays with Princess more simple, effortless, personalised and connected.

The visits are expected to generate $6.6M for Cairns, a much-needed boost for local tourism operators, retail and hospitality sectors, which have struggled with reduced visitation numbers.



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