Fresh on the heels of Princess Cruises’ April announcement that it would base of one its liners in the port city for the 2015-16 season, P&O Cruises last week announced the Pacific Eden would also call Fremantle home in 2016.
Pacific Eden will have 12 turn-around stops in Fremantle between April and July and according to P&O cruises, this could mean a $15 million boost to the local economy.
Itineraries from Fremantle include three 12-night round trips and one 18-night trip to Indonesia, a 12-night trip to Singapore and several trips to ports up and down the WA coast.
P&O Cruises spokeswoman Ainsley Pope said the company had spent six years building a relationship with Fremantle and deemed it to be the best location for Pacific Eden to call a home port. ‘Fremantle is a substantial port that can support the requirements of a home-ported ship with frequent turnarounds, involving around 4000 passengers disembarking or embarking on the same day,’ she said.
‘Each ship turnaround generates a long value chain, with a host of local businesses, including local retailers, hoteliers, local transport providers and food producers, all benefiting from the activity.
‘Fremantle’s proximity to Perth, with its large population and domestic airport, also makes it a great cruise port for both WA and interstate travellers.’
Fremantle Chamber of Commerce chief executive Tim Milsom said it was great news for Fremantle.
‘The City of Fremantle, chamber and Fremantle Ports, along with other stakeholders, have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure our port and city offer the very best destination welcome for the passengers and that they are encouraged to return to Fremantle for future visitation,’ he said.
‘The cruising industry is booming and we look forward to our retailers and entertainment outlets enjoying a massive boost in trade.’