The first cruise ship has docked at Eden port since the region’s bushfires catastrophe – an encouraging early sign of tourism recovery.
The Norwegian Jewel brings 2000 passengers for on-shore tours and activities, which will help the local economy. Though the bushfire season is not yet over, the NSW south coast and Victoria’s north-east coast are desperate for tourists to return.
The Jewel’s operator, Norwegian Cruise Line, has donated $250,000 to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.
“It is important to convey the message to the world that Australia is ready to welcome visitors,” NCL Vice President Ben Angell said in a press release.
“NCL is dedicated to supporting the local tourism economy, not just on this first visit to Eden, but across our Australian itineraries throughout 2020 and beyond.”
On her third visit to Australia and New Zealand, Norwegian Jewel is expected to bring 20,000 visitors this season. Cruise itineraries include stops at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Eden and Burnie.
Pic: Norwegian Jewel docks in Eden. Credit: DoubleTake Photographics.