By Vesh Arumugam
A luxury cruise ship with eight restaurants, a white-gloved butler service and designer apartment-style cabins will stay overnight in Fremantle on its maiden voyage to Western Australia.
Silver Muse is the newest ship in Silversea’s fleet of boutique vessels, which are known for their smaller size and upmarket spaces.
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said that this is an initiative of the Government to expand the cruise industry in WA.
“The Western Australian Government is committed to growing the cruise industry. In 2017-18, cruise shipping generated $275 million for the WA economy,” he said.
The 596-berth ship made its first WA stop in Albany on March 1, where guests experienced some of the region’s natural attractions, history and cuisine, including the National Anzac Centre, historic whaling station, Torndirrup National Park and the Denmark food and wine region.
Silver Muse docked overnight in Fremantle with passengers embarking on a wildlife and Swan Valley wine experience, a tour of Fremantle’s prison tunnels as well as visits to Perth city, Kings Park and Cottesloe Beach while the guests will also receive a special commemorative medallion upon their departure from Fremantle, commissioned by Tourism Western Australia.
Geraldton will be the final WA stop on Monday March 4, where guests can experience attractions such as Kalbarri National Park, an Abrolhos Islands scenic flight, and a trip to the OakabellaHomestead and Chapman Valley Winery.
Silver Muse’s WA visit is the first of many significant maiden calls by cruise liners to WA in March.
The Superliner MSC Magnifica will visit on March 26 as part of a 119-day cruise, while the Viking Sun will stop overnight in Fremantle on March 27 and 28 en route to Durban, South Africa on a 29-day voyage.
“The inclusion of WA on these cruising itineraries is testament to the State’s reputation as a year-round cruise shipping tourism destination and will bring valuable tourism dollars to WA,” he said.
Research shows international cruising passengers spend approximately $382 per day and domestic passengers spend approximately $216 per day in places they visit.