(8.30 a.m. AEST) – Cruise departures will soon be available from Wollongong with Norwegian Jewel sailing from Port Kembla on 13 January 2021.
The new departure port was announced by Cruise Critic in May in a story about finding the closest homeport for no-fly cruises. In a report in the Illawarra Mercury, Cruise Wollongong chair Cr Leigh Colacino confirmed that Norwegian Jewel will be the first ship to depart from Wollongong.
A new ‘Cruise Sydney & New South Wales – Along the Blue Highway’ brochure was recently released in response to the Government’s Cruise Development Plan. It identifies Wollongong as one of nine cruise-ready New South Wales’ ports. The others are Eden, Batemans Bay, Kiama, Newcastle, Trial Bay, Coffs Harbour, Yamba and Sydney.
Sydney is currently Australia’s most popular cruise departure port. Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said the brochure would be an important tool to attract new vessels and build on existing relationships with the global cruise industry.
“We are always looking for new opportunities to expand New South Wales’ relationships with the cruise industry. Latest industry data shows that New South Wales received 371 cruise ships of more than 100 passengers in the 2017-18 financial year,” Ms Chipchase said.
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“The brochure outlines New South Wales’ unique and standout offerings for passengers and cruise companies to consider when planning travel to our state.”
The 11-night Norwegian Jewel cruise from Port Kembla will travel to New Zealand and call at Dunedin, Lyttelton, Marlborough, Wellington, Napier, Gisborne, and the Bay of Islands, before guests disembark in Auckland. Bookings for the first cruise departure from Wollongong are available now.