The Northern Territory is set to welcome ocean cruise liners to Territory waters with the arrival of the Coral Princess cruise ship tomorrow morning, a major boost for our tourism and hospitality industry.
With a capacity of 1,970 passengers, the cruise liner will receive a warm welcome to Darwin on her maiden visit, which will be celebrated with an official plate exchange between the ship and the Port of Darwin.
Coral Princess passengers will be greeted by Tourism Top End Tourist Information Ambassadors, a performance by artist didgeridoo eMDee at the port, live music in the mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Larrakia Nation performing ceremonies welcome home at 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. at Smith Street Mall and Darwin CBD retailers also offer late redemptions for passengers.
The arrival of the Coral Princess marks the restart of ocean-going cruise liners in the territory’s waters following the COVID-19 pandemic, with smaller expedition vessels allowed to return to the territory since April.
Visiting Darwin as part of a 28-day Australia voyage, Coral Princess passengers will have the opportunity to spend a day in our bustling capital, explore the region through organized tours, shop in outlets in Darwin or dine at our hospitality venues.
Large cruise liners provide a financial injection into the Territory’s economy during our low tourist season, with Darwin expected to welcome a total of 37 cruise ships with a combined capacity of 44,130 passengers this season.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, cruise ships generated approximately $60 million in annual spending in the NT.
The Northern Territory Government is committed to increasing the benefits Territorians see from both cruise liners and expedition ships over the next 3 years.
To see upcoming cruise ship arrivals at the Port of Darwin, go to darwinport.com.au or to find out more about the cruise market and view NT Cruise’s tourism strategy, go to tourismnt.com. to/strategies
Quotes from the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality, Nicole Manison:
“We are delighted to welcome cruise liners back to Territory waters and look forward to the arrival of passengers and crew aboard the Coral Princess for her maiden voyage to Territory waters.
Cruise ships provide fantastic opportunities for our local retailers, hospitality and tourism businesses, with thousands more visitors in town and ready to spend during the traditional low season.
The Territory was the first Australian jurisdiction to welcome international shipping vessels back in April 2022 and we are delighted to also welcome back these larger vessels which are boosting local businesses and providing permanent jobs for Territorians.
Thursday 20 October from 6.10am – Stokes Hill Wharf – view of the arrival of the Coral Princess/water cannon for the maiden voyage
Thursday 20 October from 8pm – Stokes Hill Wharf or Jervois Park (near Deckchair Cinema) – view of the Coral Princess with lights on/leaving NT waters
Northern Territory Government