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Busselton Cruise Ship Arrivals

Busselton has a growing reputation as a destination port within the global cruise industry. Pre-Covid 19, the 2018/19 season welcomed 9,850 passengers and crew via 12 cruise ships. This grew to 17 arrivals being confirmed for the 2020/21 season prior to the onset of the pandemic. 

Key factors attracting cruise lines to Busselton include the spectacular visual surroundings at the port. Busselton is not a working port, but a bustling tourist hub, and passengers are welcomed at the pristine Busselton Foreshore. Cruise ship tenders disembark onto the heritage-listed Busselton Jetty complete with its Underwater Observatory – a major tourist attraction in its own right. 

The 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.


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. During 2018/19, this included a team of over 70 volunteers greeting passengers; live entertainment; ‘Cruise-In’ markets offering locally produced goods and a free-of-charge City Hopper Bus.  

Passenger surveys carried out during each arrival produce overwhelmingly positive feedback. During the 2018/19 season:  

  • 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 shore excursions meet the changing expectations of cruise passengers. 


Busselton Cruise Ship Arrival Schedule

Below is the scheduled arrival of cruise ship visits to the anchorage of Busselton. This will be updated as information becomes available.


Sun 30/10/2022
Sun 13/11/2022 Sat 03/12/2022 Sun 11/12/2022 Thurs 22/12/2022 Tues 03/01/2023 Fri 17/02/2023 Mon 06/03/2023 Mon 20/03/2023 Fri
VESSEL NAME Coral Princess Coral Adventurer Regatta Silver Muse Azamara Quest Regatta Azamara Quest Queen Elizabeth Queen Mary 2 Pacific Explorer Coral Princess
PASSENGER # 1970 120 824 596 686 824 686 2081 2691 1998 1970
CREW # 900 48 386 411 408 386 408 1005 1292 924 900
ARRIVAL TIME 7:00 11:30 7:00 8:00 7:30 7:00 8:30 7:00 7:00 9:00 9:00
DEPARTURE TIME 16:00 23:30 15:00 15:00 17:00 16:00 21:00 18:00 18:00 18:00 18:00
CRUISE DURATION 28 59 21 16 14 35 13 8 9 6 28
ORIGINATING PORT Sydney Cairns Singapore Singapore Fremantle Sydney Sydney Melbourne Sydney Adelaide Sydney
DESTINATION PORT Sydney Cairns Sydney Melbourne Melbourne Sydney Fremantle Fremantle Fremantle Fremantle Sydney
CRUISE LINE Princess Coral Expeditions Oceania Silversea Azamara Oceania Azamara Cunard Cunard P&O Cruises Princess
SHIPPING AGENT Inchcape Inchcape Wilhelmsen Wilhelmsen Wilhelmsen Wilhelmsen Wilhelmsen Inchcape Inchcape Inchcape


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