Hobart is an excellent place for cruise ship passengers to stop and take a break, according to a spokeswoman from Tasports.
Speaking to the ABC after it was announced that the Voyager of the Seas cruise ship is planning a Tasmanian stop next year, Karen Rees commented that Hobart is the perfect destination for a stop-over.
“Everything is nearby, so you have activities such as Port Arthur, the mountain [and] the new MONA museum all within a very close distance,” she said of the city’s many appealing attractions.
Tasports estimates that between October this year and April 2012, there will be a 20 per cent increase in cruise ship arrivals in Hobart.
The Voyager of the Seas carries an estimated 5,000 passengers and crew alone. Operated by Royal Caribbean International, the ship made its maiden voyage in 1999.
Passengers on the 311-metre, 138,000-tonne vessel can enjoy the use of a range of amenities during their voyage, including a rock climbing wall and an ice-skating rink, as well as in-line skating, a 24-hour promenade, a 1950s-style diner, miniature golf course, full-size basketball court and casino.
Other Australian ports of call for the Voyager of the Seas include Adelaide, Melbourne, Cairns, Perth, Port Douglas and Sydney.