Dream Cruises’ Explorer Dream will sail into Port of Newcastle on Monday morning for its maiden visit to the region.
Relaunched earlier in 2019 after an extensive refurbishment, the 268-metre Explorer Dream has the capacity for 2800 passengers. Its visit to Port of Newcastle on Monday will be the first of six to the region between Monday 28 October and Monday 2 December 2019.
Port of Newcastle will welcome 15 cruise ships over the 2019-20 cruise season, including three maiden voyages, suggesting a new record of more than 30,000 cruise passengers could be set.
Following maritime tradition Port of Newcastle and the Captain of Explorer Dream will exchange a commemorative plaque on the ship’s bridge to mark the maiden voyage. The Captain will then assist in a cannon fire at Fort Scratchley in the afternoon before departing.
Distinguishable by their new blue shirts and white hats, Newcastle Cruise Volunteers will be on hand to provide a friendly welcome for cruise passengers. The team of 38 dedicated volunteers share their love of Newcastle and provide expert local advice to ensure passengers get the most out of their time in the city.
The Port has this year invested a further $250,000 in upgrades to its Channel Berth infrastructure to enhance the experience for customers during their visit this season.
Explorer Dream is expected to berth at Channel Berth at approximately 8am and depart the port at approximately 5pm.