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In 2016-17 the cruise sector contributed $387.4 million to Western Australia’s economy and supported 1,448 jobs. Western Australia’s nine port destinations had 141 cruise ship visits, a 16.5 per cent increase from 121 calls the previous year. Fremantle Port alone welcomed more than 144,000 passengers from 61 cruise ship visits.

The 2017-18 season is shaping up to be another record one for cruise shipping in the State, with Fremantle set to welcome six superliners - Regatta, Ocean Dream, Azamara Journey, L’Austral, Seven Seas Navigator and Golden Princess. In a first for the State, an overland tour option is available for cruise passengers on Ponant’s luxury L’Austral, travelling between Albany and Margaret River before heading back to the ship in Fremantle.

With a Mediterranean climate in the south and tropical climate in the north, WA has the capacity to support cruise ship visits year-round.

ourism WA, in partnership with the Cruise WA Committee and industry, is working to implement the Cruise Shipping Strategic Plan 2012-2020 and promote WA’s nine cruise port destinations.​

For an easy-to-read insight in to the current status of WA's cruise industry, take a look at this snapshot.

Tourism WA has developed a Cruise Shipping Handy Reference Guide, as a resource for the tourism industry. The guide provides insights into successfully servicing the cruise market, covering a range of topics including meeting cruise line/passenger expectations, how cruise lines work in regard to shore excursions, and optimising business and community benefits.

WA Cruise Shipping Strategic Plan 

​The Western Australian Cruise Shipping Strategic Plan 2012-2020 aims to maximise the economic benefits of cruise shipping to Western Australia.

WA's 10 cruise port destinations 

​Western Australia has 10 key ports - Fremantle, Esperance, Albany, Bunbury, Geraldton, Exmouth, Broome, Port Hedland, Busselton and Augusta.

Cruise visitor experience research 

Research to better understand cruise travel in the State and passengers’ experiences at ports and destinations in WA.

Last Reviewed: 2018-09-19