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Record numbers of cruises heading our way

AAP logoAAP 29/09/2016

Australia will welcome an unprecedented number of cruise ships this summer, with more than 40 vessels sailing in our waters - including eight ships making their maiden visits.

Among the flotilla will be the largest ship to visit Australia - Royal Caribbean's 167,000-tonne Ovation of the Seas - as well as the youngest and most luxurious ship ever to cruise here, the boutique Seabourn Encore, which will arrive in Australia just two weeks after it is officially named in Singapore.

Detailing the upcoming peak cruise season, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia Commercial Director Brett Jardine said a record 41 ships from CLIA member cruise lines would be based in Australia or visiting local waters between October 1 2016 and April 30 2017, compared to 38 ships over the same period last year.

Between them, the ships will make almost 900 calls to ports around Australia over that period - up 10 per cent on last year's port calls numbers.

With more than half the ships (23) offering return cruises from our shores, Australians will be able to take advantage of almost 400 round-trip itineraries from local ports, a 20 per cent rise on last summer's offerings.

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