The largest cruise liner ever to be based in Victoria has been welcomed into Melbourne in theatrical style. As it sailed into its new homeport in Port Philip Bay, the 2,600-guest Golden Princess was greeted by two 20,000 square foot golden curtains bearing the words ‘Melbourne Welcomes Golden Princess’, which were drawn apart by two helicopters.
A whopping 40 percent larger than Melbourne’s previous biggest ship, the Dawn Princess, the 108,000-tonne Golden Princess will carry 23 percent more guests than its predecessor, with 40,000 passengers set to embark on the ship over the next five months.
Reflecting the ever-growing demand for cruise holidays by Victorians, Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said the cruise line had sailed from Melbourne every summer since 2008-09.
“Over that time a growing number of Victorians have come to appreciate the ease of cruising from their doorstep, and recognise the great value that a cruise holiday offers,” he said.
“There’s no question that a grand-class Princess ship like Golden Princess, with all its beautiful features, will entice even more Victorians to holiday at sea.”
Of the more than one million Australians to take a cruise holiday last year, more than 175,000 were from Victoria.
Golden Princess’ Melbourne season will feature 15 round-trip cruises to New Zealand, the South Pacific and Tasmania, and will be the first vessel in Princess Cruises’ 18-ship fleet to offer a selection of Curtis Stone menu items in its main dining room, one of over a dozen different dining options.
The ocean liner also features four swimming pools, a large spa, a child-free Sanctuary retreat, the floating Skywalkers Nightclub, and more than 1300 staterooms, with 55 percent offering private balconies.
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