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.
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.
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.