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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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ARRIVAL AT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseship, fremantle ports, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 20, 2019

 

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Getting up at 4.30am for the arrival of the Sea Princess meant I had time on my hands, even after coffee and browsing through the Sunday Times at Chalkys cafe, so I went to the Passenger Terminal of Fremantle Port and took some snaps of the few passengers who were out and about early.

Roel Loopers

FIRST CRUISESHIP ARRIVES IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, cruises, fremantle ports, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 20, 2019

 

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The Sea Princess, the first cruiseliner of the summer season, arrived in Fremantle at 5.30am this morning on an overcast day, with 1,800 passengers on board. She will depart at 11pm this evening.

Princess Cruises announced earlier this year that it has 141-day deployment in Fremantle this season with a total of 29 cruise ships carrying 64,000 passengers.

The cruise industry contributes $ 276 million to the Western Australian economy.

Welcome to Freo Sea Princess passengers and crew!

Roel Loopers

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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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.

Roel Loopers

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.

Roel Loopers

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FREO WELCOMES MASSIVE MAGNIFICA

 

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I almost missed the maiden arrival to Fremantle Port of the huge MSC Magnifica cruiseliner because it was initially scheduled to arrive tomorrow. But I was lucky to walk at Bathers Beach when I noticed the massive vessel gliding into port, so I went on a long walk to take photos from all different angles.

The Musica-class MSC Magnifica is 294-metres long and normally carries up to 2,550 passengers, but can accommodate a maximum of 3,605 passengers. It cost $ 547 million to build.

It will depart Fremantle tomorrow evening at 10pm if all goes to plans.

Roel Loopers

 

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