Busy market as first cruise ship visits KI | PHOTOS

Penneshaw streets were filled with cruise ship passengers as the first cruise ship of season arrived on Thursday, November 29.

The Holland America Line ship Noordam anchored just off the Penneshaw wharf and a constant flow of tender craft delivered passengers for a day of sightseeing on Kangaroo Island.

The first passengers off the cruise ships boarded buses and rented cars to explore the Island, while other simply explored Penneshaw and the markets at their leisure.

Tourism KI chairman Pierre Gregor said the first visit of the season was a success.

“We had a good number of the passengers get off the Noordam to experience what the Island had to offer,” he said. “A great start to the season with approximately 1600 coming ashore of whom around 1000 when on tours.”

Cruise ship market coordinator Betty McAdam said she was pleased with the number of stalls set up on the Penneshaw oval and stallholders themselves were happy with the trade.

The Noordam was the first of a record 28 cruise ship visitations to Kangaroo Island this cruise ship season.

Meanwhile the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior that is in South Australia to campaign against oil exploration in the Great Australian Bight was also spotted cruising past Penneshaw. 

Next to visit will be the Pacific Jewel conducting its South Australian tour with visits on December 6, 13 and 17 and again on December 22.

The smaller 800-passenger-and-crew MV Seabourn Sojourn will visit on December 21, while the Azamara Quest will make its maiden KI visit on December 28.

All up there are seven cruise ship visits to KI in the month of December.