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Norwegian Jewel Will Be First Ship To Return To Eden, Supporting Local Tourism Economy

January 28, 2020 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Norwegian Jewel, a part of the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) fleet, was celebrated today when she became the first ship to return to the port of Eden.

Norwegian Jewel was greeted by emergency services volunteers, the local community and members of the tourism industry.

The vessel is the first cruise ship to bring visitors to the community since the region’s devastating bushfires, underlining the message that the NSW South Coast is open for business, with the tourism industry taking its first steps on the road to recovery.

Some 2,000 guests will visit Eden and its surrounding areas on a series of tours and shore excursions, with Ben Angell, Norwegian Cruise Line Vice President and Managing Director, APAC, on-ground to meet and thank local emergency service volunteers for their efforts and welcome Norwegian Jewel’s guests keen to support the NSW South Coast tourism economy.

“It is important to convey the message to the world that Australia is ready to welcome visitors. The cruise industry has become a key contributor to this region’s tourism economy in recent years, and we’ve no doubt that locals are eager to welcome visitors to eat, drink, shop and explore Eden and its surrounds,” said Mr Angell.

“Norwegian Cruise Line is committed to supporting regional ports and local businesses, highlighted by our parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ recent $250,000 donation to support the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund,” added Mr Angell. “NCL is dedicated to supporting the local tourism economy, not just on this first visit to Eden, but across our Australian itineraries throughout 2020 and beyond.’”

Norwegian Jewel is currently undertaking her third sailing season in Australia and New Zealand visiting Australian ports of call including Eden, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Burnie, bringing around 20,000 tourists to local ports over eight itineraries.

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