Cruise ship season set to begin on Kangaroo Island for 2019/20

FIRST SHIP: The cruise ship Golden Princess arrives at Penneshaw on Australia Day 2019. Photo: KI Ocean Safari
FIRST SHIP: The cruise ship Golden Princess arrives at Penneshaw on Australia Day 2019. Photo: KI Ocean Safari

The busy cruise ship season is set to begin with the first ship Golden Princess set to arrive at Penneshaw on Thursday, October 31.

There are 26 cruise ships with a capacity of over 54,000 passengers and crew on-board scheduled to visit in Kangaroo Island from the end of this month until early April 2020.

Events Management Australia was awarded the contract from the SA Tourism Commission to greet passengers as they arrive.

The company had put out a call for KI volunteers to help and so far has received four local applications but is still looking for more help.

Click here to sign up to be a cruise ship greeter with EMA.

EMA representatives this week were set to meet with Island authorities, including the council, emergency services and the health service, to discuss contingencies for the cruise season.

A welcome market is also held by Penneshaw Progress Association for every cruise ship arrival, weather permitting. Stallholder enquiries are welcome. Contact the association on 0488 506 279.

The 2019/20 cruise ship schedule for Kangaroo Island.

The 2019/20 cruise ship schedule for Kangaroo Island.

Meanwhile, the KI Cruise Ship Impact Study report is ready and details will be presented at a public forum on Monday night.

KI Tourism Food Wine and Beverage Association (KITFWBA) chairman Pierre Gregor said there had been considerable community and industry commentary and in some circumstance, concern, about the impacts of cruise ship visitation on KI.

"Noting that the number of cruise ships visiting KI was very likely to continue to grow, Tourism Kangaroo Island initiated a project to collect local community, industry and key stakeholder feedback on their cruise season experiences and lessons learnt," Mr Gregor said.

The project aimed to develop a comprehensive report to be used as a basis for informed decision making impacting on the future management of cruise ship visitation and sustainable cruise ship visitation growth, he said.

Jeanette Gellard of Innovative Influences was engaged to conduct the study and provide a report based on the collection of data via online survey, community forums and engagement with agencies such as the council, Department for Environment and Water and the SA Tourism Commission.

Results will be presented at a community and industry forum at the council chambers between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Monday, October 14. Interested community members are encouraged to attend. Please register with Megan Harvey via megan@tourkangarooisland.com.au

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