Explorer of the Seas’ the largest cruise ship to visit Port of Newcastle
At 310 metres long and accommodating up to 4000 guests and 1200 crew, Explorer of the Seas is the third largest cruise ship based in Australia. It’s estimated the megaliner’s visit injected more than $600,000 in a single day into the Newcastle, Hunter and Port Stephens regional economies in passenger spend alone.
Spanning 15 passenger decks and after a multimillion dollar revitalisation in 2015, Explorer of the Seas boasts incredible features like the FlowRider surf simulator, ice skating rink, rock-climbing wall, mini golf course and basketball court as well as 10 restaurants and 9 bars/lounges.
Royal Caribbean’s managing director Susan Bonner said that Explorer of the Seas’ call is one of four to the Port of Newcastle for the 2018/19 cruise season by RCL Cruises, incorporating Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises, bringing more than 12,000 tourists to NSW’s second largest city this summer.
“Newcastle’s vibrant city centre coupled with easy access to world class beaches, coastal countryside and rolling vineyards makes it an incredibly popular port of call amongst both our Australian and international guests. We receive consistently positive feedback from our guests about their time in Newcastle, particularly for friendliness of locals,” said Ms Bonner.
“We’re delighted to be bringing Explorer of the Seas to Newcastle twice this season, returning on Saturday 16 February. Our sister company Celebrity Cruises has called at Newcastle twice already this summer, and looking ahead to next season, we can’t wait to bring our guests here on four occasions”.
Port of Newcastle CEO Craig Carmody said Explorer of the Seas’ visit is an important milestone for the port in its biggest cruise season to date: “Explorer of the Seas’ maiden visit to Newcastle signifies the attraction of Newcastle as a destination port with its proximity to the Newcastle coastline, Hunter Valley wine region and Port Stephens. We are proud to facilitate the cruise tourism economy and the important economic benefits it has for the region and the community.”