The cruising industry is doing well as Cairns welcomes four different cruise ships at the beginning of the month of March. Tourists who are traveling by air need to hire shuttle transfer while those who arrive as part of a cruise will be able to stay the night onboard. March is considered to be the busiest month for the city because this is when majority of the cruise ships are arriving.
As the city welcomes four cruise ships, about 4,300 passengers are expected on shore. This number also includes the crew who will be stopping at the Cruise Liner Terminal. The very first cruise ship to arrive was the Azamara Quest. It made a stop on the port after its previous stop in Townsville. The ship has over a thousand passengers on board and they stayed on the city’s port for one night.
Richard Stevenson, the operations manager of Ports North, said that they have already confirmed eight cruise ships that will be landing in Cairns for the whole month of March. It is uncommon though for them to entertain a lot of them within a span of one week.
He added that the sight of the cruise ships along brings a lot of excitement to the port and the locals who are eager to watch what is happening near the waterfront. After the Azamara Quest, the next cruise ship expected to land is the Europa with only a day in between arrivals. Europa came from the Hamilton Island carrying around 600 passengers including its crew. They will stay for one night before heading to Papua New Guinea.
As Europa leaves, Insignia docks after its trip from Brisbane along with 1,040 people onboard – passengers and crew. The last one to arrive in the back-to-back arrivals of the four cruise ships is the Amsterdam. The ship came from Townsville with nearly 2,000 passengers on board for their day trip. Mr. Stevensen said that processing these passengers alone will take up most of the staff’s time.
Arriving on cruise ship is a different experience from flying and taking the shuttle transfer which is preferred by many travelers especially those who have limited time for their holidays.