The Queen Mary II with a capacity of 4,328 passengers and crew will visit Kangaroo Island on Tuesday February 20

Coming ashore: The Cruise Ship Market on February 20 promises to be particularly vibrant. Photo: Supplied.
Coming ashore: The Cruise Ship Market on February 20 promises to be particularly vibrant. Photo: Supplied.

The Queen Mary II with a capacity of 4,328 passengers and crew will visit Kangaroo Island on Tuesday February 20 and promises to provide quite a sight.

She will be an apt backdrop for the Queen’s Baton Relay which will be arriving at Penneshaw on the same day, as well as the launch of Fringe on KI.

KI is now half way through its 2017/18 Cruise Ship visits season but there are still some visit highlights to come.  

Despite several weather related cancellations the season has already seen over 12,000 passengers come ashore and experience a taste of what KI has to offer.  

The remaining nine cruise ships to visit the island have the capacity to expose a further 20,000 passengers and crew to the island.  

The Chairman of Tourism KI, Pierre Gregor said that based on historic trends at least 70 per cent of the passengers and 20 per cent of the crew are likely to come ashore. 

“There certainly are challenges associated with managing cruise ship arrivals and passenger expectations however the level of passenger satisfaction with their island experience is high. 

“One of the major challenges is the paucity of on-island transport but this also provides opportunity for operators to expand their resources,” he said.

The remaining season will see large vessels like the Norwegian Jewel with an all up capacity of 3,476, and the Pacific Eden with a capacity of approximately 2,000, will visit the island three times in March as part of its South Australian circuit.

Local stall holders continually set up for each of the cruise ship visits and additional Cruise Ship Market stall holders are always welcome.  

Betty McAdam and Robyn Field coordinate the Cruise Ship Markets on behalf of TKI and are supported by stall holders from all over the island including Vivonne Bay, American River and Kingscote. 

The Cruise Ship Market on February 20 promises to be particularly vibrant with approximately 40 stall holders already committed.  

Pierre Gregor said that some road closures will be applied and that the Kangaroo Island Council should be contacted for further details.