Cruise ships in Geelong

Friday, 7 December 2018

Director Investment and Attraction Brett Luxford:

The names and arrival dates of every cruise ship that is due to dock in Geelong between now and the end of March?

Wednesday 12 December 2018
Seven Seas Mariner
Arrives at 8.00am and departs at 6.00pm
Crew 445
Passengers 700
Wednesday 27 February 2019
Ms Regatta
Arrives at 8.00am and departs at 6.00pm
Crew 386
Passengers 700
Thursday 21 March 2019
Viking Sun
Arrives at 7:00am and departs at 8.00pm
Crew 550
Passengers 930


Where and how passengers will be moved on and off the ships?

Cruise ships will moor in Corio Bay and the Royal Geelong Yacht Club will tender passengers to shore.
Generally about half of the passengers will take part in pre-organised excursions around Greater Geelong and the other half do their own thing while ashore.
Some of the activities they take part in while here include:
History and Heritage of Geelong (National Wool Museum including shearing demonstration, Geelong Gaol and sightseeing)
Villages of The Bellarine
Bellarine Winery Tours (Scotchmans Hill, Oakdene Vineyard)
Historical Houses Tour (The Heights and Geelong Botanic Gardens)
Indigenous Tour (Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre, including traditional ceremony)

What is the estimated economic benefits of the visiting ships?

Nearly $500,000 in direct economic benefit to the region per visit.
Last December, the council mentioned that it was preparing a business case promoting improvements to infrastructure around Cunningham Pier.

Has the business case been completed and if so, what are some of its recommendations?

The preliminary business case included a market assessment, economic impact projections and the presentation of mooring options for Cunningham Pier.
The business case was jointly funded by the City of Greater Geelong and the Costa Property Group. (The Costa Property Group has a long-term lease with the State Government on Cunningham Pier, and will be an integral partner in any future plans for the pier).
The findings of the report indicate that with the right mooring infrastructure, Geelong could attract up to 25 cruise ship visits per year by 2028, contributing an estimated $29.5 million over the next 10 years.
To achieve the growth projections, pier infrastructure will be required and the report listed three options to upgrade Cunningham pier.
Further work and detail is required around each of the proposed infrastructure options.
The opportunity for Geelong is to become a Port of Excellence for high-yield, mid-size cruise ships.



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