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​Cruise passengers to Western Australia can now enjoy a truly unique and moving experience, with the opening of the National Anzac Centre in Albany.

​Albany is a place of historic military significance. In late 1914, more than 41,000 Australians and New Zealanders left the city, bound for the First World War. The state-of-the-art National Anzac Centre honours the Anzacs of the First World War, and provides an interactive, engaging and moving reflection of the Anzac story.

Tourism Western Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Stephanie Buckland, said the centre was already gaining worldwide attention, and had been included in Lonely Planet’s top 26 new travel experiences for 2015.

“It is a truly fantastic addition to Albany and will become a place of significant pilgrimage for visitors, including cruise passengers,” Ms Buckland said.

“In fact passengers on board the Crystal Serenity, which is visiting Albany in March and celebrating its 25th anniversary world cruise, will have an opportunity to visit the National Anzac Centre.

“Western Australia is a fantastic cruise destination, with each of our 10 ports offering unique and diverse tourism experiences for passengers.”

Cruise shipping to Western Australia continues to grow. In 2013-14, the State’s cruise industry generated $116.5 million towards the economy, and recorded a total of 68 cruise ship visit days, a 20 per cent increase from the previous year.

In addition, Fremantle experienced its biggest cruise ship season in 40 years, attracting more than 30 ships and over 60,000 tourists in 2013-14. Notable forthcoming cruise visits to Fremantle include the Pacific Jewel, which is making its maiden visit to the city to start its first home ported season, as well as the MSC Orchestra, which is expected to bring around 2,200 passengers.

Ms Buckland said growing the cruise sector directly supports the Western Australian Government’s objective of increasing the value of tourism to $12 billion by 2020.

“To ensure Western Australia capitalises on the growth of the sector, the State Government, together with the Cruise Western Australia Committee, is implementing a cruise shipping strategy,” she said.

“The strategy aims to bring together WA’s cruise shipping industry, establish a common understanding and set the direction for the development of a sustainable, coordinated and achievable future for the sector.”

Last Reviewed: 2016-11-07