Back to back cruise ship visits a busy start to March
Published: 6th March 2019
The Port of Cairns will be a lively hub for cruise ship visitors over the next four days as more than 4,300 passengers and crew arrive at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal.
Four cruise ships will dock one after the other starting tomorrow, in what is the busiest month of the year for cruise ship arrivals in Cairns - with eight vessels scheduled for March.
“We haven’t seen this number arriving back to back, and with two overlapping, for a while now, but we are prepared for the influx,” Ports North Operations Manager Richard Stevensen said.
“It’s always a great sight to see these beautiful vessels coming in to the port, and it will certainly add to the buzz around the water front over the next few days.”
First in to port tomorrow (Thursday March 7) will be Azamara Quest, at 0800hrs. She has travelled from Townsville and is carrying 1040 passengers and crew. The ship will stay overnight.
Mr Stevensen said staff will be busy processing passengers for Azamara Quest’s turnaround on Friday morning when 550 passengers leave the ship and another 550 passengers will embark, before the vessel leaves at 1800hrs bound for Thursday Island.
Pulling up alongside Azamara Quest on Friday will be Europa arriving at 1300hrs. She has travelled from Hamilton Island carrying approximately 600 passengers and crew. She will also stay overnight and depart on Saturday at 1600hrs bound for Bwagoia, PNG.
The third ship to cross paths will be Insignia, docking on Saturday morning at 0830hrs, arriving from Brisbane. Carrying 1040 passengers and crew, she will depart in the evening at 2000hrs headed for Cooktown.
And the final vessel in the weekend line-up is Amsterdam, arriving from Townsville at 0800hrs on Sunday, carrying 1767 passengers. She will leave the port heading for Darwin later in the day at 1800hrs.