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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.

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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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

 

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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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FREMANTLE PORT PASSENGER TERMINAL UPGRADE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on December 4, 2018

 

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The new shade structure in front of the Fremantle Port Passenger Terminal is nearing completion with workers putting the glass panels on top of the steel frame this morning.

The upgrade of the terminal was an important factor in Princess Cruises’ decision in making our port their home port this season.

Roel Loopers

CRUISELINERS IN FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on February 25, 2018

 

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I took this photo of Fremantle Port from Cantonment Hill this morning, just from below the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue signal station.

In port are the cruiseliners Europa and Seven Seas Navigator. The $ 100 million private yacht EOS is also still at berth at Victoria Quay.

Roel Loopers

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NEW SPANISH PORT FACILITIES GOOD FOR FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on February 25, 2018

 

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia is considering spending millions of dollars on building new port facilities south of Fremantle at Henderson.

The new port would service big LNG tankers and navy vessels, but it would need to make substantial expansion to the dry dock facilities.

At present the multinational oil and gas  giants mostly send their LNG tankers to Singapore for maintenance, but Navantia believes they could do that closer to the oil and gas fields on the WA west coast.

It would be nice to create more employment close to Fremantle as that might trigger residential relocation of workers to our port city.

Interesting to note a protest leaflet by the Maritime Union of Australia against the push for a new outer harbour at Kwinana by Kwinana Mayor Carol Adam. The MUA claims it would cost 6,000 jobs and that Fremantle Port believes a new port is not needed until 2035-2040.

It is very busy in Freo Port today with two cruiseliners I had not seen before; the Europa and the Seven Seas Navigator are at berth at Victoria Quay and three container ships and one RoRo vessel at North Quay.

Roel Loopers

FREO POPULAR CRUISESHIP PORT

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

 

 

QUEEN MARY II VISITS FREMANTLE

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

 

 

The majestic Queen Mary II cruiseliner arrived in Fremantle Port early this morning for a day visit to our historic city.

Thousands of passengers are roaming the streets of Freo so say hello and give them some directions if they appear lost.

The ship will be leaving at 5.30 pm this afternoon.

Roel Loopers

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VERY BUSY FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on January 12, 2018

 

 

It is a very busy day at Fremantle Port this Friday with ten vessels at berth.

At Victoria Quay there are three cruise liners, the delayed Regatta that was supposed to sail out last evening, the Astor, and the Silver Shadow, which arrived just after 1 pm.

There is also a RoRo vessel and two supply ships at Victoria Quay.

At North Quay there are three container ships and one scrap metal vessel.

Lots of pleasure boats also passing through the port plus the Rottnest Island ferries.

Roel Loopers

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