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Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, sailing, Uncategorized by freoview on February 24, 2018




It was busy in Fremantle Port late Friday afternoon when the cruiseliner Pacific Princess departed surrounded by sailing vessels which were in the harbour for the start of a regatta.

Among the spectators was Jon Sanders, who last week returned from his 10th solo sailing trip around the world.

And there was also a formation flight in the sky in preparation for today’s Queens Baton Relay.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on February 12, 2018

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According to the Fremantle Ports ‘shipping movement’ this morning the Queen Mary II was scheduled to departure at 5.30pm, but after an hour and a half of waiting the cruise liner had not moved from berth. It turned out when I got home that the new departure time is 10.30pm instead.

But my waiting on the South Mole was not in vain as I got a nice shot of the Astor and QM II together and Astor leaving port just before sunset.

Roel Loopers




Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2017


The cruise ship season has started in Fremantle again and tomorrow morning at approximately 8 am the Ovation of the Seas will visit our city with 4,000 passengers on board.

The vessel is one of the largest in the world and has features like a skating rink, bumper cars, a flight simulator, a wave park and robot bartenders.

The Royal Caribbean liner is the fifth largest in the world and the largest cruise ship ever to visit Australia, so it will be an impressive sight to see her entering and leaving port. Departure is at 5 pm.

Last year 160,000 people arrived on 60 cruise ships in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 8, 2017


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WA Premier Mark McGowan announced on board the Sea Princess cruise liner in Fremantle port today the state government’s $ 7 million commitment to upgrade WA ports so they can better accommodate cruise ships.

This will allow Carnival Australia’s Sun Princess cruise ship to have her home port in Fremantle from next year.

According to the Premier that’s 400 jobs for Western Australians, and around $135 million for the WA economy.

Mc Gowan said that we want people from all over the world to visit WA and cruise ships are an important component of our plans to boost tourism and create WA jobs.


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Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle port, Uncategorized by freoview on May 12, 2017

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The Pacific Eden cruiseliner floated into Fremantle Port this morning and since the P&O Line has announced they will no longer call Freo home, I thought to capture this historic moment of one of the last P&O cruiseships in Fremantle.

The railway lines symbolise the end of the line.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, tourism by freoview on May 8, 2017

The announcement by Australia’s largest cruiseship company Carnival Cruises that it no longer will use Fremantle Port as a home port for their cruises is a disaster for Fremantle and will come at a high cost to the local economy.

No P&O superliners will be based in Fremantle any more and that means that the number of cruises out of Fremantle will go down from 60 cruises during the 2016/17 season to only 17 during the 2018/19 season.

This will no doubt have a negative impact on retailers and the hospitality industry in Fremantle and that is hugely disappointing.

Carnival Cruises say that issues with WA Ports such as Geraldton, Broome and Exmouth are to blame and new WA Tourism Minister Paula Papalia says that outdated facilities at the Fremantle Passenger Terminal are also responsible for the pull out.

Passengers arriving or boarding in Fremantle have to pull their luggage for miles on either side of the railway line, rain or shine, to and from the railway station or inner city accommodation.

Now before anyone starts bleating and blame Fremantle Council for this, it has nothing to do with them but with State Governments of the past not being pro-active enough to relocate the passenger terminal closer to B Shed and the railway station.

Fremantle Council has suggested improvements for many years and does have significant plans for development of Victoria Quay with their South Quay Project, but it needs to be supported by the WA government and Fremantle Port, and that has not been forthcoming.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said: “It would be a serious blow to Fremantle retailers if we were to see a decline in the number of cruise ships coming to Fremantle. They play an important role in bringing more tourists not only to Fremantle but the whole of Perth.

While I understand a lot of the concerns are facilities in Broome, Geraldton and Exmouth, there is also a legitimate concern as to the experience passengers have when they arrive in Fremantle. Arriving in the middle of giant car park and a sea of cars is hardly inviting and I know many of us cringe when we see often elderly people pulling suitcases in the hot sun towards the Fremantle CBD.

But as they say where there is a crisis there is an opportunity. This will hopefully see a stronger focus on improvements to South Quay. The new ALP State Government have pleasingly made this one of their election commitments and I am looking forward to bring this to reality as soon as possible.”

Roel Loopers


Posted in cruiseliners, cruises, cruiseship, fremantle, fremantle ports, holiday, tourism by freoview on December 6, 2016


The Ovation of the Seas, the largest cruise liner to sail into Australia arrived in Fremantle around 6.30 am this morning to the delight of the many onlookers on the North and South moles and Victoria Quay.

The brand-new ship is the fourth-biggest cruise ship in the world and is worth around $ 1 billion. It was launched in April this year.

It has 2090 rooms for 4900 passengers and is 348 metres long.

This season around 60 cruise ships will arrive in Fremantle Port and boosting the WA economy.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cruiseliners, fremantle, fremantle ports, holidays, tourism by freoview on November 8, 2016



The 1134,000-tonne superliner Emerald Princess arrived in Fremantle this morning on her first visit to Australia.

The very impressive huge ship is one of the largest cruise ships in the Princess fleet and has nearly 900 balcony staterooms and can accommodate 3082 passengers.

I was invited to visit the ship today and have lunch at the Curtis Stone restaurant but unfortunately was booked in for a First Aid training course, so I missed out on a nice lunch.

Roel Loopers


Posted in cruiseliners, fremantle by freoview on December 23, 2014

The Fremantle Tourist Association will be initiating a Harbour Host scheme where volunteers will welcome cruise liner passengers who arrive at the port. Many of the guides in uniform will be hospitality and tourism students and will provide visitors with information about Fremantle and give directions.

44 cruise ships will arrive in Fremantle port this season. Last year nearly 61,000 cruise ship passengers arrived in Freo together with over 19,000 crew members.

The cruise industry injects some $ 116 million in the Western Australian economy, with about one-third of the passengers going on pre-booked tours when arriving in Fremantle, while the majority explores our city during the day the ship is at berth in port.

Roel Loopers

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