- New luxury cruise liner overnights at Fremantle on maiden voyage to the region
- Cruise shipping generated $275 million for the WA economy
- WA welcomes 112,000 cruise passengers in 2018-19 season
A luxury cruise ship boasting eight restaurants, a white-gloved butler service and designer apartment-style cabins will stay overnight in Fremantle on its maiden voyage to Western Australia.
Silver Muse is the newest ship in Silversea's fleet of boutique vessels, which are known for their smaller size and upmarket spaces.
The 596-berth ship made its first WA stop in Albany on March 1, where guests experienced some of the region's natural attractions, history and cuisine, including the National Anzac Centre, historic whaling station, Torndirrup National Park and the Denmark food and wine region.
Silver Muse docked overnight in Fremantle with passengers embarking on a wildlife and Swan Valley wine experience, a tour of Fremantle's prison tunnels as well as visits to Perth city, Kings Park and Cottesloe Beach.
Guests will also receive a special commemorative medallion upon their departure from Fremantle, commissioned by Tourism Western Australia and produced by the Perth Mint, to mark the ship's maiden visit to WA.
Geraldton will be the final WA stop on Monday March 4, where guests can experience attractions such as Kalbarri National Park, an Abrolhos Islands scenic flight, and a trip to the Oakabella Homestead and Chapman Valley Winery.
Silver Muse's WA visit is the first of many significant maiden calls by cruise liners to WA in March. The Superliner MSC Magnifica will visit on March 26 as part of a 119-day cruise, while the Viking Sun will stop overnight in Fremantle on March 27 and 28 en route to Durban, South Africa on a 29-day voyage.
Securing three maiden calls in one month is a significant coup for Fremantle Port, and supports the growing popularity of Western Australia as a cruise destination.
In another major boost for WA cruising, Princess Cruises has announced that it will homeport the Sun Princess superliner in Fremantle for a record 141 days in 2019-20.
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"On behalf of the State Government, I'm delighted to welcome the Silver Muse, MSC Magnifica and Viking Sun to WA for the first time.
"The Western Australian Government is committed to growing the cruise industry. In 2017-18, cruise shipping generated $275 million for the WA economy.
"The inclusion of WA on these cruising itineraries is testament to the State's reputation as a year-round cruise shipping tourism destination and will bring valuable tourism dollars to WA.
"Research shows international cruising passengers spend approximately $382 per day and domestic passengers spend approximately $216 per day in places they visit.
"I wish all guests an enjoyable stay in our wonderful State as they discover the vibrant cultural and natural attractions of Fremantle and Perth city, as well as the spectacular landscapes and fresh produce of our regions."
Minister's office - 6552 5600