- Azamara Journey's inaugural visit to Western Australia
- Visit expected to inject $250,000 into local economy and $740,000 into State economy
- The cruise sector is a key element of WA's tourism industry, supporting hundreds of local jobs
The Azamara Journey, a boutique 690-guest ship, has made its maiden call to Fremantle.
The luxury ship is also scheduled to call in to the regional ports of Geraldton, Bunbury, Albany and Esperance on its inaugural visit to Western Australia.
Azamara Journey's visit to Fremantle is expected to inject about $250,000 into the local economy and $740,000 into the WA economy throughout the season.
The cruise ship docked in the port city this morning, allowing guests the opportunity to explore Fremantle and Perth over two days, before departing at 10pm tomorrow.
Azamara Club Cruises will also hold its signature 'AzAmazing Evening' event in Fremantle tonight where guests will be treated to local fare and Margaret River Wines, while enjoying entertainment from Australian music icons including didgeridoo player Mark Atkins and Steve Pigram of celebrated indigenous band, the Pigram Brothers.
When the ship docks in Albany there will be a special gun salute at the Princess Royal Fortress, as is the case for every visiting cruise ship.
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"The McGowan Government is thrilled to welcome the Azamara Journey to WA on its maiden visit.
"Cruise shipping provides direct economic benefits to the State's 10 port destinations.
"Last year the cruise sector contributed $387.4 million to WA's economy and supported 1,448 jobs, with our port destinations receiving 141 cruise ship visits, a 16.5 per cent increase from the previous year, and Fremantle Port alone welcoming more than 144,000 passengers.
"WA's Mediterranean climate in the south and tropical climate in the north means we have the capacity to support cruise ship visits year-round, and many of our key ports are already established tourism destinations."
Minister's office - 6552 5600