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Newcastle welcomes Coral Princess to its harbour

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The arrival of the Coral Princess on its maiden voyage signalled the return of cruising to the Port of Newcastle on Wednesday morning.

And, the 294m vessel’s majestic entrance into the Hunter’s gateway also marked the start of the city’s 2022/23 season, which includes a total of 11 scheduled visits and an estimated 17,000 passengers.

Port of Newcastle executive manager marine and operations Glen Hayward said it was wonderful to welcome cruise ships back to Newcastle.

“After two long years, it’s great to be able to once again facilitate their visits given the important economic benefits they have for the region and the community,” he stated.

“Newcastle continues to be popular port of call for cruise passengers this season.

“And, who can blame them, with its close proximity to world-class beaches, the natural beauty of Port Stephens and vineyards of the Hunter Valley?”

The Coral Princess, which can carry up to 2,390 passengers, is one of four vessels making her maiden visit to Newcastle this season alongside Grand Princess, Viking Mars and Silver Muse.

It will stopover five times between 10 August and 25 September, too.

Mr Hayward added measures would be in place during visits to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and keep volunteers, passengers and the community safe.

“In line with state and federal government guidelines, all travellers will be required to undertake a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) prior to disembarking,” he said.

“They’re also encouraged to wear masks while transferring to and from Channel Berth.”

Throughout the season, Newcastle Cruise Volunteers will be on hand to provide a friendly welcome for passengers.

The team of 15 dedicated members will share their love of Newcastle and provide expert local advice to ensure visitors get the most out of their time in the city. 

Coral Princess is due to set sail from Newcastle at 5pm on Wednesday bound for Brisbane.

The 2022-23 cruise season runs until April 2023.

To view the full schedule, visit Port of Newcastle’s website www.portofnewcastle.com.au 

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