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Monday, December 26, 2005

Double docking a tourism bonanza

The Mercury: Double docking a tourism bonanza [27dec05]

ASMANIA'S cruise ship season was more obvious than usual yesterday with the rare arrival in Hobart of two ships on the same day.

Tied up at Princes Wharf was the luxurious Silver Shadow, while the Artemis docked across Sullivans Cove at Macquarie Wharf.

Together they brought about 1000 visitors to the city.

Among them were Sydneysiders Jane and Stuart Kennedy.

The retirees are cruise-ship veterans and were full of praise for their ship, the Silver Shadow.

"The staff are unbelieveable," Mrs Kennedy said.

She said the smaller ship, which carried about 350 passengers, had a more intimate feel than larger ships.

"That's why we chose it," she said.

Mrs Kennedy said Christmas Eve and Christmas Day brought rough sailing.

She said they were warned as they left Melbourne about the wild weather.

On the way down the coast on Christmas Day they hit big swells and gales.

But the captain did his best to give everyone as smooth a passage as possible.

The Kennedys had been in Hobart before and planned to spend their day looking at the city's historic buildings.

The Silver Shadow and the Artemis arrived in Hobart from Melbourne, with both sailing for New Zealand last night.

The Hobart Ports Corporation is expecting a bumper 2005-06 cruise ship season.

Passenger numbers are expected to swell to 33,500, up 10,000 on last season, with crew numbers set to top 13,000 from 9500.

They are expected to inject more than $4.5 million into the local economy.


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