Ovation of the Seas to Return to Tasmania

By ,   January 30, 2018 ,   Cruise Industry

Ovation of the Seas will probably return to Tasmania for a 4th cruise ship season in 2019.

The liner, which left Hobart on Sunday after its 2nd visit for 2017-2018, is the largest cruise ship to call in Tasmania.

Ovation first arrived in 2015-2016 cruise season and, following one more visit in 2018, Mel Anderson, Destination Southern Tasmania chief, was confident the ship would return again in 2018-2019.

She added that long term visits for Ovation in Tasmania were certainly an option and such ships were interested in the diversity of Hobart.

Ovation of the Seas cruise shipAccording to Luke Martin, Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania boss, each cruise passenger would spend around US$150 during their stay, which meant the visit could reap port of Hobart close to US$1 million.

2018 is the biggest cruise season in Tasmanian history, featuring up to 130 vessels bringing over 350,000 passengers and crew to the state.

It could total about US$52.5 million in spending. There will be 50,000 crew and 125,000 passengers in Hobart arriving on 59 cruise ships. 2016-2017 cruise season had 236,000 visitors.