After five years of planning, Wollongong welcomed our first mega liner, Radiance of the Seas, on October 30th, 2016, an event which evoked an amazing community response. Thousands of locals came out to welcome Radiance as she sailed past Flagstaff Hill, and over three hundred locals joined together to form a volunteer ambassador program providing mobile visitor information to our cruise visitors for each call. Wollongong has now emerged as one of the newest and friendliest cruise destinations within Australia after our first cruise season.
Whilst continuing to encourage shore excursion visits, Destination Wollongong has been working closely with NSW Ports and the cruise industry on developing a model to turn cruise ships around in Port Kembla.
Wollongong has now seen 2 cruise seasons with a total of 6 ship visits to the city.
During the 2017/18 Australian cruise season, Wollongong hosted ‘Radiance of the Seas’ and the ‘Explorer’ cruise ships, welcoming close to 6,000 passengers and seeing an economic benefit of 1.1 million dollars into the region.uise visit feedback from surveys included the facts that over 97% of the visitors enjoyed their visit and over 90% would return again for another stay.
Our local Ambassadors have done an amazing job welcoming and assisting the visitors into Wollongong each time we have had a cruise visit, and with this Wollongong has now developed a reputation with being known as the ‘Friendly’ Port.
All 6 visits (from Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines) were extremely successful and have motivated Destination Wollongong and NSW Ports to work hard at attracting other cruise lines to our city.
Destination Wollongong and NSW Ports are now collaborating on short and long-term options to provide the best of facilities for the ships and their crew and passengers – whilst working with the NSW Government on a strategy to continue to improve the port facilities at Port Kembla.
The Australian Cruise Association website has full details around the port terminal, services, requirements etc for Port Kembla.
If you are interested in bringing Cruise Ships to Wollongong please contact Mark Sleigh on email@example.com
If you would like to volunteer as a part of the Ambassador Program for cruise ship visits to Wollongong please contact Kate Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your details.
If your have any further enquiries about Cruise Wollongong or how to be involved on the cruise ship day visits email email@example.com.
On Sunday 30 October 2016 the Royal Caribbean - 'Radiance of the Seas' was the first mega liner which made her maiden visit to Wollongong, bringing with her 2,400 visitors.
This was a great opportunity to showcase Wollongong to the world and we certainly turned it on!
All of the pictures from the day can be seen here: