Port Lincoln cruise ship season comes to close

TRIP: Allen and Margaret Hoppo of Salisbury were among the cruise visitors.
TRIP: Allen and Margaret Hoppo of Salisbury were among the cruise visitors.

Port Lincoln farewelled a busy 2018/19 cruise ship season with the Pacific Eden paying a visit on Wednesday.

The cruise ship, with a capacity of 1500 passengers and 580 crew, docked at the wharf on Wednesday morning, the 13th and final cruise ship to visit Port Lincoln this season.

In total more than 25,000 people, passengers and crew came through Port Lincoln in a season which saw some big firsts including the first visit from two ships on one day and the first overnight stay both of which involved the Astor.

Port Lincoln City Council community services manager Janet Grocke said it had been a busy season.

"There's always a tinge of sadness because our volunteers have been like a little family," she said.

Mrs Grocke said next season, in which 13 ships will visit, looked like starting on October 30 with the Golden Princess.

More than 33,000 people are expected to visit next season.