PREMIER Mark McGowan has touted the economic benefits from the decision by Princess Cruises to base its Sun Princess superlinerliner at Fremantle for 141 days in 2019-20.
The move is predicted to inject $32 million into WA’s economy.
The Sun Princess, which carries 2000 guests, will also visit regional port destinations including Albany, Busselton, Geraldton and Broome.
The move represents the biggest investment any cruise brand has made in cruising in Western Australia and a significant boost for local jobs.
“The State Government is thrilled with Princess Cruises’ decision to homeport the Sun Princess in Fremantle next year and what it means for local jobs,” Mr McGowan said.
”When Carnival stopped homeporting in Western Australia because of some regional port issues, we acted swiftly to rectify the problems and committed to improvements at Geraldton, Broome and Fremantle ports.
“Princess Cruises has responded with the biggest investment a cruise brand has ever made in this State, which is a huge win for our State, will create a great boost for the WA economy and help create jobs.
“We all know that cruising is growing, many families have done it, I have done it.
“I’ve been on a Princess ship, they are marvelous ships and many thousands of West Australians enjoy it and the fact that they will be visiting far more regional ports across WA as well as Fremantle will mean there are more jobs for our citizens.”