15/12/2017 11:20 AM
Cruise season: biggest ship ever for Eden
The cruise ship Norwegian Jewel gets a warm welcome in Eden as cruise season gets off to a great start on the Sapphire Coast.
It wasn’t just the biggest cruise ship to visit Eden, it was the biggest ship ever. On 15 December, all 93,502 tonnes and 14 floors of the cruise ship Norwegian Jewel made its maiden call to the Port of Eden: the southernmost deep-water harbour in NSW.
As is customary for a ship’s maiden call to a port, a plaque presentation took place on the ship, this time exchanged between Bega Valley Shire Mayor Kristy McBain and ship captain Pelle Fredriksson.
Situated on the Sapphire Coast equidistant between Sydney and Melbourne, Eden is growing as a top cruise destination in the region. There are 15 cruise ships due to visit Eden during the 2017/18 cruise season, up from 14 last year and eight the year before.
In December 2017, the port welcomed in five cruise ships within seven days. Along with the Norwegian Jewel, Eden saw visits from Oceania Regatta, MS Noordam and two from the Pacific Jewel. Just these five ship visits alone brought 9000 domestic and international passengers to Eden, as well as over 3000 crew members.
Work is already underway to extend Eden’s multi-purpose wharf to accommodate the larger cruise ships which will make Eden an even more attractive cruise destination and will bring further economic benefit to the region.