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Busselton Cruise Ship Arrivals

Busselton Cruise Welcome

About Cruise to Busselton

Busselton has a growing reputation as a destination port within the global cruise industry. Key factors attracting cruise lines to Busselton include a safe anchorage in the north facing Geographe Bay, the spectacular visual surroundings as passengers disembark onto the heritage-listed Busselton Jetty via cruise tender vessels and ease of access to a choice world-class nature, food and wine experiences nearby.

The tender port also stands out because of the high level of cooperation between the local tourism association (MRBTA), local government (City of Busselton), local tourism operators and the local community, who all work together to welcome cruise ships in a professional and seamless way.

During the 2023/24 season:

  • 8 cruise ships visited Busselton
  • Combined these ships carried over 7,400 passengers and 4,5o5 crew
  • A team of 30 local cruise volunteers completed 122 volunteer shifts to help meet and greet passengers as they arrive at the Busselton Foreshore

 

MRBTA Contribution

MRBTA manages the shoreside experience for cruise ship arrivals at Busselton. A tailored welcome is offered to passengers of every cruise ship arriving at Busselton. This includes a team of 29 volunteers greeting passengers and providing advice and information to help them explore Busselton and the surrounding region.

Passenger surveys carried out during each arrival produce overwhelmingly positive feedback. For the 2023/24 season the Net Promoter Score increased to 80 compared with 64 the previous season.

Previous surveys have found that:

  • 97% of passengers said that they would return to the destination as a result of their visit.
  • Busselton received a rating of 7/10 or more from every single passenger, with 66% of passengers giving the destination a rating of 9 or 10/10.
  • Ranked most highly by passengers was the tailored welcome; including friendly staff, volunteers and City Hopper Bus.

The contribution of MRBTA also includes holding regular ‘Cruise Ready’ workshops for local tourism operators in order to build capacity and ensure that current and future shore excursions meet the changing expectations of cruise passengers.

Retailer & Busselton business guide to welcoming cruise passengers

2024-2025 Busselton Cruise Ship Arrival Schedule

The below schedule is subject to change.

Sunday 13th October 2024 & Monday 14th October 2024 - Coral Adventurer (Expedition Ship)

  • Passengers: 120
  • Crew: TBA
  • Arrival Time: TBA
  • Departure Time: TBA
  • Cruise Duration: 12 days
  • Originating Port: Fremantle
  • Destination Port: Fremantle
  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions

As an expedition ship, this ship will be able to anchor and land passengers beachside towards Eagle Bay and/or Hamelin Bay/Flinders Bay with inclusive shore based itineraries included in fare.

Thursday 17th October 2024 & Friday 18th October 2024 - Coral Adventurer (Expedition Ship)

  • Passengers: 120
  • Crew: TBA
  • Arrival Time: TBA
  • Departure Time: TBA
  • Cruise Duration: 14 days
  • Originating Port: Fremantle
  • Destination Port: Adelaide
  • Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions

As an expedition ship, this ship will be able to anchor and land passengers beachside towards Eagle Bay and/or Hamelin Bay/Flinders Bay with inclusive shore based itineraries included in fare.

Thursday, 5th November 2024 - Crown Princess (Maiden Call)

  • Passengers: 3080
  • Crew: 1200
  • Arrival Time: 09:00
  • Departure Time: 18:00
  • Cruise Duration: 22 days
  • Originating Port: Adelaide
  • Destination Port: Sydney
  • Cruise Line: Princess

Wednesday, 4th December 2024 - Resilient Lady (Maiden call)

  • Passengers: TBA
  • Crew: TBA
  • Arrival Time: 09:00
  • Departure Time: 17:00
  • Cruise Duration: TBA
  • Originating Port: TBA
  • Destination Port: TBA
  • Cruise Line: TBA

Monday, 23rd December 2024 - Azamara Pursuit (Maiden Call)

  • Passengers: 702
  • Crew: 408
  • Arrival Time: 07:30
  • Departure Time: 17:30
  • Cruise Duration: 16 days
  • Originating Port: Fremantle
  • Destination Port: Melbourne
  • Cruise Line: Azamara

Sunday, 12th January 2025 - Regatta

  • Passengers: 656
  • Crew: 386
  • Arrival Time: 07:00
  • Departure Time: 16:00
  • Cruise Duration: 21 days
  • Originating Port: Sydney
  • Destination Port: Fremantle
  • Cruise Line: Oceania

Sunday, 2nd February 2025 - Pacific Explorer

  • Passengers: 1998
  • Crew: 924
  • Arrival Time: 09:00
  • Departure Time: 18:00
  • Cruise Duration: 8 days
  • Originating Port: Melbourne
  • Destination Port: Fremantle
  • Cruise Line: P&O

Sunday, 9th February 2025 - Viking Venus (Maiden Call)

  • Passengers: 930
  • Crew: 465
  • Arrival Time: 12:00
  • Departure Time: 22:00
  • Cruise Duration: 31 days
  • Originating Port: Sydney
  • Destination Port: Sydney
  • Cruise Line: Viking

Sunday, 2nd March 2025 - Azamara Onward (Maiden Call)

  • Passengers: 684
  • Crew: 408
  • Arrival Time: 08:00
  • Departure Time: 17:00
  • Cruise Duration: 23 days
  • Originating Port: Sydney
  • Destination Port: Singapore
  • Cruise Line: Azamara

Wednesday, 19th March 2025 - Pacific Explorer

  • Passengers: 1998
  • Crew: 924
  • Arrival Time: 08:00
  • Departure Time: 17:00
  • Cruise Duration: 5 days
  • Originating Port: Fremantle
  • Destination Port: Fremantle
  • Cruise Line: P&O

Tuesday, 25th March 2025 - Pacific Explorer

  • Passengers: 1998
  • Crew: 924
  • Arrival Time: 07:00
  • Departure Time: 16:00
  • Cruise Duration: 6 days
  • Originating Port: Fremantle
  • Destination Port: Adelaide
  • Cruise Line: P&O

Wednesday, 26th March 2025 - MSC Magnifica (Maiden Call)

  • Passengers: 3223
  • Crew: 987
  • Arrival Time: 08:00
  • Departure Time: 18:00
  • Cruise Duration: 116 days
  • Originating Port: Genoa (Portofino)
  • Destination Port: Genoa (Portofino)
  • Cruise Line: MSC

Saturday, 29th March 2025 - Crown Princess

  • Passengers: 3080
  • Crew: 1200
  • Arrival Time: 09:00
  • Departure Time: 18:00
  • Cruise Duration: 28 days
  • Originating Port: Sydney
  • Destination Port: Sydney
  • Cruise Line: Princess

Monday, 5th May 2025 - Insignia (Maiden Call)

  • Passengers: 656
  • Crew: 400
  • Arrival Time: 07:00
  • Departure Time: 18:00
  • Cruise Duration: 24 days
  • Originating Port: Fremantle
  • Destination Port: Auckland
  • Cruise Line: Oceania

Schedule last updated: 29th March 2024

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