Bass Coast Shire Council and the Phillip Island Visitor Services team in partnership with Destination Phillip Island continue to welcome cruise ships and their passengers to the small coastal township of Rhyll on Phillip Island during their world voyages.
Seabourn Cruise Line has led the way this season by offering their guests the opportunity to visit the region on two of their luxury ships, on four separate occasions. Passengers are greeted by friendly Visitor Information Services Officers from the moment they step off the tender boats and are directed down the jetty to awaiting shuttle buses, tour guides, local traders and bands creating an atmosphere of warm welcomes from the local community and excitement for their arrival.
Visitor Services staff and volunteers are also stationed at the Cowes shuttle stop to welcome and assist passengers as they arrive in Cowes. Passengers have the opportunity to connect with local tour guides to visit Phillip Island Nature Parks or experience sunset walks at Cleelend Bight to view the abundance of bird life that call Phillip Island home. As cruise lines continue to search for new ports to visit, our bookings have increased to 14 cruise ship calls next season (Oct 2019 – March 2020), during which we will welcome a variety of different cruise lines to the region.
This week, Jenni and the Phillip Island Visitor Services team mobilised to welcome passengers from Carnival Spirit who were diverted from Queensland to Phillip Island because of cyclone Oma.