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CRUISE SHIP CRISIS OFF FREMANTLE

 

Western Australia is going to have to deal with a big cruise ship crisis with the MSC Magnifica, which left Fremantle Port late yesterday, being denied to sail to Dubai, and is now off the Fremantle coast in Gage Roads.

Another cruise liner, the Artania, which was due to only refuel in Fremantle Port has reported 25 of her 800 passengers on board have respiratory illness and have requested medical help from the WA government. This ship will also not be allowed to berth in Fremantle.

The Vasco da Gama, which is due in Fremantle on Friday and end her journey here, has 798 Australian passengers on board, and they will be transported to Rottnest Island for a 14 day quarantine period, before being allowed to travel on home.

The State Government has requested help from the Federal Government in Canberra, as the issues are too big for the state to handle.

Premier Mark McGowan has made it absolutely clear though that the MSC Magnifica will not be allowed to return to Fremantle. She is fully stocked and fueled with no ill passengers, so there are other ports the ship can sail to, the Premier said.

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CRUISE SHIP LIMBO AT FREMANTL PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, cruises, cruiseship, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on March 16, 2020

 

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There are three cruise liners an berth at Victoria Quay  with the Costa Deliziosa arriving early this morning, when presumably the Federal Government ban on cruise ships was already in place.

The Queen Mary II was scheduled to depart at 6pm on Saturday, then at 6pm yesterday and is now due to leave at 7pm tonight, after the Cunard Line cancelled the cruise to South Africa.

The World is also still in Freo, and the Seven Seas Mariner is due to arrive later today, but it looks like she’ll have to stay in Gage Roads and can’t enter the port.

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ANOTHER CRUISE SHIP TO CALL FREMANTLE HOME

Posted in city of fremantle, cruises, cruiseship, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on February 19, 2020

 

Sapphire-Princess

 

Another cruiseliner will call Fremantle Port home for five months this year. Princess Cruises has decided to change the Sapphire Princess tours away from Shanghai and Singapore because of the coronavirus, and will instead call Fremantle home between May and October, which will be a great boost to the Freo and WA economy.

The ship can accommodate 2670 passengers, so it will be fantastic to welcome her in Freo soon.

The Queen Mary II is departing Fremantle at 7pm this evening after two days in Freo, so go and wave goodbye, or take photos for the Pain the Port competition!

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NO TOURIST VISITOR CENTRE AT KINGS SQUARE?

 

 

When Fremantle Council’s FPOL Committee last Wednesday signed off on an Expression of Interest(EOI) period for new ideas and location for a Visitor Centre in Fremantle I wondered if there actually has been a specific location allocated in the new under construction $ 40+ million administration Civic Centre building at Kings Square for tourist information.

Mayor Brad Pettitt replied to my question “There is an option to put the Fremantle Visitor Centre as part of the drum on the ground floor. It is not a bad option but there is a sense there may be better ones out there hence the EOI”

I find it quite remarkable that a non streetfront location in the basement of the new building would even be considered by Council, because I believe it is essential for a Visitor Centre to be in a prominent position, and what better location than in the city square that is being redeveloped to create more activation in town.

The EOI states that the City does not have additional funding above the present budget for a new world class visitor centre, so new locations that could be considered could only be in City owned buildings, as there is no money to pay commercial rent to private property owners.

Thousands of cruiseship tourists are driven to Kings Square from the Passenger Terminal, so the most logical location for a new Fremantle tourist information centre surely must be Kings Square, and not somewhere in the West End or the Cappuccino Strip.

I am stunned and flabbergasted that the design of the new Civic Centre does not incorporate a prominent street-level Visitor Centre, when tourism is such a significant part of Fremantle’s economy.

The EOI makes me wonder if Fremantle Council wants to outsource the very important tourist information service to a private operator, and what that would look like, because there would have to be a commercial financial return for the operators, and presumably free tourist information would not be a priority.

I also hear, but have not been able to confirm that during the long weekend, that the Visitor Centre has been moved from the economic and marketing department to the library services department, and that alone makes me wonder if the City of Fremantle takes tourism serious.

What is going on? Fremantle is spending big on a new destination marketing campaign, but move the important and essential tourist information out of the marketing department?

Above a few examples of Visitor Centres around the world.

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VERY BUSY FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, cruises, cruiseship, fremantle ports, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 10, 2020

 

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It is very busy in Fremantle Port today with the cruiseliner AIDA aura joining the Ocean Dream Peace Boat at Victoria Quay, and they are bookended by two huge autoliners RoRo(Roll on-Roll off).

In addition to those four giants there is a third RoRo ship plus three container ships in port, so nice to see the working port in action.

The AIDA has brought a lot of German and French visitors, so Willkommen and Bonjour!

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FREMANTLE WELCOMES VISITORS

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2019

 

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Good to see the City of Fremantle putting a few more signs up to make tourists aware of the Visitor Centre at Kings Square.

The first cruiseship of the season will be arriving tomorrow morning at 6.30am.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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CRUISE SHIPS IN FREMANTLE PORT

 

 

There is still very little news to report in good old meditating Freo, so a few photos of some of the cruise ships that visit Fremantle Port.

Yesterday at 5pm the relatively small Astor departed, and an hour after her the Maasdam, which carries 1,258 passengers and is 220-metres long.

This morning at 9am the 216-metre long Seven Seas Mariner arrived with 700 passengers and 445 crew. It will depart Fremantle again early this evening.

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