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Melbourne Welcomes Two International Ships in Massive March Call

March 13, 2014 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Melbourne has welcomed two of the biggest cruise liners to grace Australian waters in one massive March call, with Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Solstice both cruising into town today.

The largest ocean liner to cruise Australian waters with a gross registered tonnage of 151,400, the 345m long Queen Mary 2, is berthed at Webb Dock. The 317m long 122,000-tonne Celebrity Solstice – the third largest ship to visit local waters – is alongside at Station Pier.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia General Manager Brett Jardine said the double cruise call was worth an estimated $1 million to the local economy, with the two ships delivering more than 5000 cruise passengers to the city.

“This is the first time we’ve seen these two international liners meet in an Australian port so we think they’ll be sure to turn some heads,” Mr Jardine said.

“Melbourne is in the midst of a bumper cruise season which will see 24 ships make 70 calls between October 2013 and April 2014, including two visits from Queen Mary 2 and a total of six calls by Celebrity Solstice.”

The busy Melbourne cruise season has also seen two of the world’s most luxurious cruise liners, Seabourn Odyssey and Sojourn make a total of five visits while Royal Caribbean’s cruise ships Rhapsody, Radiance and Voyager of the Seas will make eight calls in total before the end of April.

P&O Cruises’ Pacific Pearl will officially tie up the international cruise season on April 29 before Dawn Princess sails into town for the next season on October 7.

Both Queen Mary 2 and Celebrity Solstice are scheduled to depart Melbourne at 6pm.

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Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise association and is dedicated to the promotion and growth of the cruise industry. CLIA is composed of more than 55 of the world’s major cruise lines and serves as a non-governmental consultative organisation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), an agency of the United Nations.

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