Upgraded Cruise Ship Terminal Draws Passengers Back to Perth

By ,   January 7, 2019 ,   Cruise Industry

The upgrade of the largest cruise ship terminal in Australia has been completed.

The US$3.25 million refurbishments of the Fremantle Passenger Terminal were completed in an effort to draw more passengers and ships to Perth.

The cruise terminal which opened in 1960, was in such a bad state that in the spring of 2017 Australia's largest cruise ship operator Carnival said it would no longer call at the port.

The decision of Carnival Australia meant that cruise ship visits to the port of Fremantle dropped from sixty in 2016-2017 to 43 in 2017-2018.

Port of Fremantle (Perth, Western Australia)

The renovated facility features a ground floor foyer, steel, and glass central canopy, decorative glass paneling dividing the escalators and within Customs Hall, as well as modern furniture for the transit area. It was designed by Optus Stadium architects Cox Architecture. The repainted facade, new signage, and banners welcome passengers entering the building.

The upgrade follows safety and access upgrades at Geraldton and Broome Ports.

Combined, the upgrades have seen the Sun Princess ship homeport in Perth for 2019-2020 season, injecting US$32 million into the economy of the state.