25/10/2018 10:28 AM
Cruise visits regional NSW
Passengers on the luxury cruise ship MS Caledonian Sky received a warm New South Wales welcome as they sailed into Trial Bay, South West Rocks on Wednesday 24 October.
Image: Not quite the Overseas Passenger Terminal — passenger being ferried to shore on small boats
Welcomed by Mayor Liz Campbell, over 90 passengers and 78 crew members spent the day in the area as part of a three-week voyage along the full length of Australia’s east coast.
Not a usual stop off on the cruise map, South West Rocks was chosen as one of 19 stops — including Newcastle, Batemans Bay and Eden in New South Wales — for the 90.6m-long Italian-built MS Caledonian Sky — one of the three flagships vessels of London-based cruise company Noble Caledonia.
Image: The MS Caledonian Sky anchoring in Trial Bay
The visit to Trial Bay comes at a time of an increasing number of cruise visits to regional New South Wales. Cruise continues to be the fastest growing tourism sector in Australia and brings in almost $5 billion to the Australian economy every year — with New South Wales being the biggest contributor.
Image: Mayor Liz Campbell and the team of local welcome ambassadors ready to greet passengers from the MS Caledonian Sky
The visit was a collaborative exercise by Port Authority, Kempsey Shire Council and Roads and Maritime Services to support regional development of the cruise industry.
Port Authority owns and manages Sydney's two cruise facilities — the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay and White Bay Cruise Terminal at Rozelle — and offered its expertise to Kempsey Shire Council to assist with a safe and smooth arrival and departure for the cruise ship and its passengers.
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