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Coral Princess celebrates maiden call to Port Douglas

Port Douglas welcomed back the first cruise ship and its passengers in more than two years. 


Princess Cruises is the first cruise liner to visit the coastal town following the cruise industry’s restart, much to the relief of local tourism operators and the hospitality sector. 


The Coral Princess in Cairns


Port Douglas-based tour operator Jason Heffernan from Back Country Bliss said he is thrilled to welcome back cruise visitors once again.  


“It’s been great to finally see consistent business returning to the tourism operators of Port Douglas. In town, there is a real sense of energy and buzz that we have not felt in a very long time. It’s a hopeful feeling to see how many people are returning once again,” said Heffernan. 


Bob Wood Cruise Group is excited to see the return of cruising in Queensland after two and half years. 


“It’s great to be a part of an industry that has such a positive impact on the entire community, particularly the local suppliers that continue to showcase their region and provide our guests with unforgettable experiences,” said Carmen Stevenson, General Manager of Bob Wood Cruise Group.


The visit is one of nine calls the 2000-guest Coral Princess will make as part of her winter season from her new homeport of Brisbane and marks ten years of Princess ships sailing from Queensland. It is also the first ship to bring the MedallionClass experience to Australia, making holidays with Princess more simple, effortless, personalised and connected. 


In yet another positive step for the tourism industry, the visits are expected to generate $4.9M for Port Douglas, a much-needed boost for local tourism operators and the hospitality sector, which have struggled with reduced visitation numbers. 


For more information about Coral Princess and her upcoming calls to Port Douglas visit


For more details on Princess cruises, visit the company’s website at, call 13 24 88 or connect with a professional travel advisor. Travel agents are encouraged to call 1300 587 473 or visit


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Published: 8 July 2022

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