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FIRST CRUISESHIP ARRIVES IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, cruises, fremantle ports, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 20, 2019

 

Sea Princess

 

The Sea Princess, the first cruiseliner of the summer season, arrived in Fremantle at 5.30am this morning on an overcast day, with 1,800 passengers on board. She will depart at 11pm this evening.

Princess Cruises announced earlier this year that it has 141-day deployment in Fremantle this season with a total of 29 cruise ships carrying 64,000 passengers.

The cruise industry contributes $ 276 million to the Western Australian economy.

Welcome to Freo Sea Princess passengers and crew!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE PORTS WANT A SHED ACTIVATION

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, development, fremantle ports, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on October 9, 2019

 

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Fremantle Ports is looking for Expressions of Interest for the redevelopment of historic A Shed on Victoria Quay.

The 2,225 sqm building is the closest one to the very popular Maritime Museum and a short walk to the B Shed Rottnest Island ferry terminal, so perfect for tourist and leisure orientated development.

I am really happy that Fremantle Port finally wants to reactivate A Shed as it has been forlorn and neglected for far too long.

EOI close on November 29 so don’t miss out to make A Shed great again.

Roel Loopers

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UK PROMOTION FOR CRUISING WA

 

I reported a few weeks a go that the Vasco da Gama cruiseliner will call Fremantle Port home this coming summer season and now the WA State Government has announced that it is doing a co-operative marketing partnership with leading UK-based CMV Australia to boost WA cruise tourism.

The marketing campaign that will be promoted in the UK will offer a new range of WA-focused fly, cruise, rail and stay packages and feature a complete WA holiday experience.

Getting more people into Fremantle needs to remain a priority for our local council and state government.

Yesterday Fremantle was packed with people, especially the Fishing Boat Harbour, Winter World, Cappuccino Strip and Fremantle Markets, bu I noticed two High Street traders standing outside to look why there were so few people in that part of town. Somehow the West End needs to be activated to entice more people to wander down Freo’s most beautiful heritage street.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE HOME PORT FOR VASCO DA GAMA CRUISES

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on June 29, 2019

 

Fantastic to hear that Cruise&Maritime Voyages have announced that Fremantle will be the home port for the 1220 passengers Vasco da Gama cruise ship for their inaugural Australasian cruises 2019/20.

Princess Cruises already committed to Fremantle as their home port in Australia, so it looks like Freo will have a busy cruise season this coming summer.

Roel Loopers

FREO CRUISE SHIP SEASON ENDED THIS WEEK

 

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The Fremantle cruise ship season for this summer ended this week when the Viking left Fremantle Port on Thursday.

There were 35 cruise ship calls to Fremantle, which annually bring around 88,000 passengers to town with an estimated value to Fremantle of $ 235 million.

Shuttle buses from the Passenger Terminal on Victoria Quay to Kings Square were provided by the City of Fremantle, where they were greeted by tourist guides from the Visitor Centre, while roaming visitor guides walked around the inner city to give out information and street maps.

There were several ships who arrived on a maiden journey to Freo, including the huge MSC Magnifica pictured above.

The next cruise ship will arrive on October 20.

Roel Loopers

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FREO WELCOMES MASSIVE MAGNIFICA

 

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I almost missed the maiden arrival to Fremantle Port of the huge MSC Magnifica cruiseliner because it was initially scheduled to arrive tomorrow. But I was lucky to walk at Bathers Beach when I noticed the massive vessel gliding into port, so I went on a long walk to take photos from all different angles.

The Musica-class MSC Magnifica is 294-metres long and normally carries up to 2,550 passengers, but can accommodate a maximum of 3,605 passengers. It cost $ 547 million to build.

It will depart Fremantle tomorrow evening at 10pm if all goes to plans.

Roel Loopers

 

CRUISE SHIPS ON MAIDEN TRIPS TO FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle port, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on March 3, 2019

 

Silver Muse

 

The Silver Muse which arrived in Fremantle Port this morning is one of three cruise ships this month that will make a maiden call to our city. The ship is 213 metres long and carries 596 passengers.

Also sailing into Freo in March are the MSC Magnifica on the 26th and the Viking Sun on the 28th.

The Magnifica is 294 metres long and can comfortably accommodate 2,550 guests, but can take more if the bookings go crazy.

The Viking Sunset carries 930 passengers and is 743 feet long.

Keep an eye out for them!

Roel Loopers

 

 

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BACK TO BACK CRUISE SHIPS IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruise, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on March 1, 2019

 

Pacific jewel

 

Fremantle has been busy with cruise ship passengers the last two days. Yesterday the huge Celebrity Solstice arrived early in the morning and departed at 8pm. It has the capacity of carrying 2,852 passengers.

Today the Pacific Jewel arrived and is due to depart at 4 pm, which is good for Freo traders as there probably won’t be enough time for passengers to hop on a bus to the Pinnacles, so more of them will stay in town.

The impressive looking ship can carry 1,670 passengers and has eleven guest decks.

Welcome to Freo!

Roel Loopers

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IMPRESSIVE FREMANTLE SNAPSHOTS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, community, cruiseliners, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 26, 2019

 

While we often complain about our local government, well, all governments really, we also should acknowledge the huge and varied work they are doing and what a challenge this must be for the elected members and officers.

Here some snap shots provided by the City of Fremantle at the Annual General Electors Meeting last evening:

  • 200 applications for alfresco dining, food stalls, short stay accommodation and liquor licenses
  • 493 residential parking permits issued
  • 490,709 visitors to the Fremantle Leisure Centre
  • 301 entries to the Fremantle Arts Centre Print award
  • 18,015 cruise ship passengers visited
  • 9,682 children’s toys loaned through the Fremantle Toy Library
  • 59,647 phone calls received by customer service
  • 43,327 contributed to local groups through community development grants
  • 1.000+ new trees and shrubs planted in the suburbs
  • 70,744 visitors to Fremantle Arts Centre-a record!
  • 142.5 tones of material recycled at Fremantle Recycling Centre
  • 155 new parking bays at Cappuccino Strip carpark
  • 5,765 callouts for Community Safety Officers
  • 1276 people assisted at Fremantle Community Legal Centre
  • 4,597 parking bays in carparks managed by City of Fremantle
  • 30,000 people engaged with Kids’ Corner at FAC
  • $ 70,000 upgrade to changerooms at Gilert Fraser reserve, North Fremantle
  • 109 new Australian citizens at Fremantle citizenship ceremonies

 

I am out of breath just typing all this.

Roel Loopers

CRYSTAL SERENITY DEPARTS FREO PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle port, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on February 20, 2019

 

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The Crystal Serenity cruise liner departed Fremantle Port at 6pm on Wednesday so I headed out to get some shots of it.

The ship was in Fremantle for just a day, as most of them are.

Roel Loopers

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