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December 9, 2019 Cruise News No Comments Email Email

The first cruise ship to visit Yorke Peninsula arrives in Wallaroo on Saturday 7th December. It will be an historic day for the region and 10 years in the making through partnerships between Yorke Peninsula Tourism, Copper Coast Council, the South Australian Tourism Commission and the cruise industry.

Passengers are being offered tours around Wallaroo, Kadina, Moonta, Ardrossan, Minlaton, Arthurton and South Kilkerran, as well as two tours being to the Clare Valley.

Cruise and Maritime Voyages ship Vasco da Gama has a capacity of 1200 passengers and 500 crew. A fantastic welcome for the inaugural berthing is being coordinated by the Copper Coast Council. There will be a huge cruise ship market on Wallaroo’s John St lawns with entertainment, a pop up Visitor Centre in the old Train Station, local tours and shuttle buses offering a hop on/hop off service.

The region will be buzzing as both cruise visitors and locals enjoy the carnival atmosphere.  Spectators will have the best viewing position from the Office Beach car park, offering the best views of the ship as it arrives and at dock.

Craig Costello, Chair of Yorke Peninsula Tourism said “We’re delighted to see our first cruise ship arrive, after many years of hard work to develop a great tour offering and now being included on Vasco da Gama itineraries. We look forward to many other cruise lines recognising the attractions of docking in Wallaroo and exploring far and wide in our beautiful region.”

Following recent fires in southern Yorke Peninsula, tourism operators across the region are keen for visitors to understand that they are all open for business.  Only one bush camping site at Goldsmiths Beach has been affected and no caravan parks, tourism attractions or businesses were impacted.

Manager of Yorke Peninsula Tourism, Deb Clarke said “This day has been a long time coming and we look forward to showing guests and crew of Vasco da Gama some great Yorke Peninsula hospitality.  Once people have experienced a taste of our region, we hope to see them back on longer holidays in the future.

“We hope that following this first arrival, other cruise lines will consider Yorke Peninsula for their future itineraries, and CMV Australia have already confirmed an arrival for December 2020.   There is potential for more packaging between operators & businesses on Yorke Peninsula, and we anticipate that opportunities like this encourage businesses to cooperatively package saleable product not only for cruise season but throughout the year”, Ms Clarke adds.

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