Cruise comes to Trial Bay

Joint media release - 24 October 2018

Passengers on the luxury cruise ship MS Caledonian Sky received a warm New South Wales welcome as they sailed into Trial Bay today. Around 90 passengers spent the day in Trial Bay and South West Rocks as part of a three-week voyage along the full length of Australia’s east coast.

Mayor Liz Campbell and local ‘welcome ambassadors’ from Council were on hand to meet and greet the passengers as they were ferried from the ship to the beach at Trial Bay. A welcome to Country from local aboriginal elders and an exchange of memorabilia between the ship and Council, as is tradition for vessels making a maiden call to ports in New South Wales, marked the official part of the day.

With seven hours in town, passengers had the opportunity to participate in organised activities, taking in the area’s iconic heritage with guided tours to Trial Bay Gaol and Smoky Cape Lighthouse. There was time to explore the beaches, headland walkway and town centre.

The 90.6m-long Italian-built MS Caledonian Sky is one of the three flagships vessels of London-based cruise company Noble Caledonia. The ship will make 19 stops on this Australian voyage, including calls into Newcastle, Batemans Bay and Eden in New South Wales.

The visit to Trial Bay comes at a time of an increasing number of cruise visits to regional New South Wales. Cruise continues to be the fastest growing tourism sector in Australia and brings in almost $5 billion to the Australian economy every year - with New South Wales being the biggest contributor.

Kempsey Shire Council was pleased to work with Port Authority of New South Wales and Roads & Maritime Services preparing for the MS Caledonian Sky’s arrival.

Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator, Marilyn Breen met with South West Rocks businesses ahead of the voyage and was thrilled with the response.

“Local businesses have been excited to roll out the welcome mat and support this exciting initiative, including providing some great hospitality specials for the passengers and crew,” said Ms Breen.

Port Authority owns and manages Sydney’s two cruise facilities - the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay and White Bay Cruise Terminal at Rozelle - offered its expertise to assist with a safe and smooth arrival and departure for the cruise ship and its passengers.

Cruise passengers on beach at Trial BayStaff from Kempsey Shire Council were on hand to welcome the 90 passengers as they landed at Trial Bay ahead of their day exploring South West Rocks
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Issued by Kempsey Shire Council and the Port Authority of New South Wales