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ARTANIA CREW NOT FLYING HOME

 

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The latest from the Australian Border Force is that no plans are being made to fly the crew of the MS Artania, which is docked in Fremantle Port, back to their home countries.

Late last week we were told plans were being made for charter flights to the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, where the majority of crew members come from, but that has now changed. Why?

WA Premier Mark McGowan has been insisting for weeks that the cruise liner leaves Fremantle Port, and Australian waters, but the status quo remains.

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CRUISEHIP STAND OFF AT FREMANTLE PORT

 

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It appears there is a stand-off at Fremantle Port between the Federal Government and the captain of the MS Artania cruise ship. The ship has been ordered by Canberra to leave Fremantle and Australian waters but refuses to do so.

WA Premier Mark McGowan has rightly been very unhappy with what has been going on with the Artania, after it was allowed to berth in Fremantle when the captain said they only had seven Covid-19 cases on board. Once at berth at Victoria Quay it was suddenly revealed that 47 passengers had the coronavirus. They were transported to Joondalup Hospital, where two of them are in critical condition.

What if many more of the present people on board get the coronavirus? It would put strain on the WA health system, as they would occupy beds and care needed for Western Australians.

The coronavirus pandemic and it spreading a lot through cruise ships has shown that cruise operators no longer can go on with the modus operandi they have had for years. They need to change their ways, and maybe the type of aircon used on the ships, because gastro and other health scare outbreaks on cruise liners are not a rarity.

People pay big money for cruises and they need to be assured they are safe on board. The Covid-19 pandemic will no doubt make many people question if they should go on a cruise or not, and it is the kind of kick in the backside the industry needs to lift its game. They do have a duty of care for their passengers and crew and can’t just pass on that responsibility to the governments of the ports they happen to visit.

The ship was scheduled to leave at midday today, but has been taken off the list of today’s shipping movements by Fremantle Ports.

We don’t need your Thank you Fremantle signs, MS Artania, we want you to leave and go back home to Germany! Auf Wiedersehen!

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CRUISESHIP PASSENGERS QUARANTINED ON ROTTNEST ISLAND

 

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About 200 Western Australian passengers, who arrived in Fremantle Port on the Vasco da Gama cruise ship, were transferred to Rottnest Island ferries late on Monday morning from where they sailed to the WA holiday island, where they are put into 14 day quarantine in the cottages and the hotel

There was a very long wait for the media at B Shed with some of the TV crews and photographers arriving at 8am, but the first ferry left just after 1pm.

Overzealous police officers pushed the media back all the way to B Shed, although the boarding of the ferries was changed from the O’Connor Landing to D Shed, so the media should have been allowed to shoot footage through the C Shed gates where they would still have been well away from the action.

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MSC MAGNIFICA NO SICK PASSENGERS

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, cruises, fremantle ports, health, Uncategorized by freoview on March 23, 2020

 

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CRUISELINER NOT ALLOWED TO DOCK IN FREMANTLE

 

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WA Premier Mark McGown has just announced during a media conference that the state will NOT allow the MSC Magnifica cruise ship to dock in Fremantle Port, because of concerns about the coronavirus. The arrival of the ship in Fremantle was due today.

The cruiseliner with 1700 passengers on board has been in Australian waters for weeks, however 270 passengers have reported with upper respiratory issues, and the WA Premier considers that too much of a risk for the Fremantle and WA community.

The Premier said the State was in contact with Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to try to find a solution.

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STRICT CONDITIONS FOR CRUISE SHIPS ENTERING FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseship, fremantle ports, health, Uncategorized by freoview on March 21, 2020

 

 

Cruise ships are still arriving in Fremantle Port but under strict conditions. The Pacific Princess arrived early this morning and will depart at 8pm, but WA Police will patrol the port to stop foreign passengers from leaving the ship for a walk around town.

Foreign passengers will only be allowed this disembark to enter a vehicle that will take them straight to the airport to fly back home, while Australian passengers will be allowed to leave the ship but have to self-isolate at home for a fortnight.

The  Amsterdam is also at berth at Victoria Quay, and the Seabourn Sojourn will also be departing at 6pm this evening, while the Vasco da Gama is due to arrive in Freo on Friday.

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TWO CRUISELINERS IN FREO PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseship, cruising, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on March 10, 2020

 

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Two cruise ships are at berth in Fremantle Port today at Victoria Quay, so a good opportunity to shoot some photos for the PAINT THE PORT prize that will be held on Saturday March 14.

The ARCADIA will leave for Colombo tomorrow at 5.30pm, while the SUN PRINCESS is leaving today at 4pm.

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CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS DIVERTS QUEEN MARY II TO FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, cruises, fremantle ports, health, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on February 10, 2020

 

 

Fremantle will benefit from global coronavirus concerns when the Queen Mary II cruise ship makes an unscheduled visit to Fremantle Port next week.

The cruiseliner is in Phuket, Thailand at present where she was scheduled to do an Asian tour, but instead she will sail straight from the Thai port to Fremantle and arrive here mid next week.

Passengers who were going to board the ship in Singapore will now instead be flown to Perth at the expense of Cunard Lines, and board the ship in Fremantle.

The QM II is also scheduled to be in Fremantle Port on March 14 during the Paint the Port event.

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CRUISE SHUTTLE BUS TO FREO STATION

Posted in city of fremantle, cruises, cruiseship, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on October 30, 2019

 

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Many Fremantle people have made comments about the poor cruiseship passengers having to push and pull their luggage  rain or shine along either side of the railway line to the Fremantle train station, so it is good to receive this message from Fremantle Ports:

Fremantle Ports is now providing a free shuttle bus service between the Fremantle Passenger Terminal and the Fremantle Train Station for cruise passengers leaving or boarding turnaround cruise ships calls (where there is a complete passenger exchange and most passengers are locals).

The service will start this Friday when Sun Princess is visiting. The City of Fremantle already provides a shuttle bus service for passengers on transit cruises (passengers just here for the day). Find out more: https://www.fremantleports.com.au/news/free-shuttle-bus-for-turnaround-cruise-passengers

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WA CRUISE EXCHANGE GOOD FOR FREO TOURISM

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseship, cruising, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on July 24, 2019

 

I received this media statement from the State Government so will publish it in part here:

Representatives from Western Australia’s port destinations have a chance to pitch their business to major players from the cruise industry at an event to raise the profile of the State as a cruise shipping destination.

The WA Cruise Exchange (WACE), hosted by Tourism WA, has attracted representatives from eight global cruise lines to WA for workshops and networking opportunities.

A host of leading cruise lines including Carnival Australia, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Cruise and Maritime Voyages and Ponant are attending the 2019 exchange, along with first-time attendees, Silversea, Australian Pacific Touring, MSC Cruises and Crystal Cruises.

National travel group Journey Beyond has also joined the event for the first time. Their involvement confirms the growing popularity among interstate and overseas tourists for WA package holidays combining train and cruise ship travel.

The exchange gives cruise industry leaders a forum to meet with WA port destination representatives and learn about the exciting range of on-shore activities the State can offer their guests.

WA’s 11 port destinations of Fremantle; Esperance; Albany; Busselton; Bunbury; Geraldton; Exmouth; Dampier; Broome; Kuri Bay and Port Hedland are being represented at the event, as well as the peak body for Aboriginal tours and experiences in WA; WA Indigenous Tourism Operators Council.

Cruise representatives will also have an opportunity to visit some of the port destinations, including the Coral Coast and Burrup Peninsula, with the aim of including them in future itineraries.

They will also visit Albany, including a tour of the National Anzac Centre and Torndirrup National Park before watching an AFL game at Perth’s world-class Optus Stadium.

An inaugural WA itinerary has recently been confirmed by Crystal Cruises, with its newest cruise ship Crystal Endeavor scheduled to visit WA in April 2021, while Dampier is set to welcome two cruise ship visits from APT’s Caledonian Sky in 2020.

It is the fifth time WA has hosted the exchange, with the number of cruise lines taking part more than doubling since the inaugural event in 2013.

One would assume that the WA Cruise Exchange is held here in Fremantle but the media statement does not specify where it is held.

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