The summer cruise season has started well at Port Arthur, with two visits already completed.
The Sun Princess visited the Historic Site on 14 December, and 1662 of its passengers came ashore, to both visit the Site and to enjoy tours of the Tasman Peninsula region. A week earlier, the expedition vessel Orion called at the site, with around 100 passengers on board, who came ashore for both day tours and the Historic Ghost Tour.
Staff at Port Arthur and the crew of the MV Marana, which provides the harbour cruise component of the Port Arthur experience, were kept busy coordinating the use of the jetty and responding to last-minute schedule changes and requests from passengers.
Each visit by a cruise ship to Port Arthur brings upward of 1500 additional visitors at an already busy time of year for the Historic Site. Staff in all operational areas are required to coordinate their activities and ‘go that extra mile’ to ensure that the visits run smoothly and that all the passengers are able to be transferred to and from their vessel in a safe and timely manner, while delivering a memorable experience to them and all the other visitors here on the day.
It’s a task that the Port Arthur team is well up to, with consistently positive feedback from both passengers and crews.
The number of vessels visiting Port Arthur is also growing, with a further three visits scheduled early in the New Year.