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IT WILL be a great day at Rhyll
next Tuesday, January 17, as
passengers from the cruise liner
the Golden Princess disembark
at the Rhyll pier, for a day of ex-
ploring and visiting attractions
on Phillip Island.
If the cruise liner’s December
visit to Cowes is anything to go by,
about 2,500 people are expected
to disembark at the pier, where a
warm welcome for them is being
organised for them by the Rhyll
The Golden Princess will an-
chor just off Observation Point, at
the south east corner of the Port’s
anchorage (a position last occu-
pied by the semi-submersible
West Telesto rig two years ago),
and passengers will be brought
around to the pier by tenders and
the Kasey Lee ferry, where they
will be able to board buses and
taxis to explore the island.
The last time the Golden Prin-
cess sailed into Westernport was
about six weeks ago, in early De-
Passengers were brought into
the Cowes pier by tender, and at-
tractions and business operators
report brisk trade.
Based on feedback from that
visit, however, it is felt that the
Rhyll pier will improve accessi-
bility for passengers, both to and
from the tenders and for coach
The Rhyll facility is more pro -
tected and can be safely used in
Cowes can be difficult for pas-
senger transfer if a northerly/
north westerly is blowing, and at
low tide in particular.
Phillip Island’s maritime histo -
rian John Jansson tells us that
The Golden Princess is the larg-
est vessel in almost 100 years to
use the Rhyll pier.
The coastal steamer the SS Wy-
rallah was the last large vessel to
visit, and that was back in 1920.
It was picking up a load of pine
logs from Churchill Island at the
The cruise line will enter West-
ernport at about 10am and is
expected to arrive off Observa-
tion Point between 11am and
It will depart at 11.30pm that
Coaches will run regular trans-
fers to Cowes from Rhyll during
the day, and passengers will be
able to join a range of pre-booked
tours to local attractions, includ-
ing the Penguin Parade.
The Phillip Island Historical
Society Museum is a very popu-
lar port of call for cruise ship
So too the local art galleries,
coffee shops and our beautiful
President of the Rhyll Commu-
nity Association, Judy Lawrence,
is thrilled at the opportunity to
welcome visitors to Bass Coast.
“ We’ll pull out all the stops;
one thing the Rhyll community is
known for is its hospitality,” Ms
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela
Rothfield, who happens to be a
Rhyll resident, is also delighted.
“It is an exciting time for Bass
Coast to have cruise ships visit.
“There are so many amazing at-
tractions on the Island and main-
land, ” Cr Rothfield said.
“One day spent in the region
will be a tantalizing taste of what
we have to offer and will leave our
visitors wanting to come back to
experience more. ”
The Golden Princess boasts
1,318 passenger staterooms and
can host up to 2,600 guests at
any one time.
That’s double the size of Mel-
bourne’s largest hotel, the Crown
Metropol. Stretching 290 metres,
it is one and a half times as long
as the MCG, or more than eight
Melbourne trams in length.
It carries 1,100 crew members.
Local tourism groups are very
keen for the visit to be a great
success, both for passengers on
the liner as well as businesses in
Kim Storey General Manager
of Destination Phillip Island
Regional Tourism said it was
important that the community
works together to make sure the
visit is a great success.
“To support the cruise ship on-
shore experience, a welcoming
vibe from locals, traders, restau-
rants and cafes is essential.
“I t is important that passengers
feel welcome here.
“Research reveals those having
a positive experience are most
likely to return to the destination
in the future, ” Kim said.
Kim said that the cruise line
surveys its passengers on their
port experiences, and that if we
want Phillip Island to continue as
a stopover destination, we need
to roll out a red carpet welcome.
“These visits provide a sig-
nificant injection of cash into
the local economy, and we want
to ensure Phillip Island is able
to secure more visits from this
growing market” said Kim.
Partial jetty closure
Parks Victoria have advised
they will be closing part of the
jetty for the day to enable access
for the tenders to the pier.
Car parking at the jetty will
also be restricted to accommo -
date coach transfers and infor-
The Bass Coast Shire advises
that there are opportunities for
businesses to provide services to
passengers from the Rhyll site.
Contact Frank Angarane on
5671 2439 if interested.
Council’s Co- ordinator, Visitor
Services, Jenni McMillan, along
with volunteers from the Phillip
Island Visitor Information Cen-
tre, will be putting together a dis-
play of local information and is
happy to distribute special offers
from local traders to entice pas-
sengers to explore the region.
Jenni can be contacted on 59
According to statistics present-
ed in the Phillip Island and San
Remo Visitor Economy Strategy
2035, undertaken earlier this
year by the Bass Coast Shire
Council, the equivalent of five
cruise ship visits a year have the
potential to deliver an additional
spend of $2 million into the area.
Cruise ships have been identi-
fied as presenting a market de-
velopment opportunity for the
The visit by the Golden Prin-
cess is the second by a cruise
ship over the 2016/17 summer
The Seabourne Encore is due
to anchor off Phillip Island on
Saturday February 4; and the
Golden Princess will return on
Saturday Febraury 18 for anoth-
only 800 metres from the main
street of Cowes and even
closer to the beach
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Friday, January 13
1.5 hour cruise
Adults $48, Child $36
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Phone 5952 1443 for an appointment.
Cruise ships to visit
A red letter day for Rhyll
Pictured is the Golden Princess Cruise Ship on its visit to Cowes two months ago.
The cruise ship returns next Tuesday, and will moor off Rhyll, with passengers alighting from tender
vessels from the Rhyll pier.
The Seabourn Encore, a brand new cruise ship that was launched
earlier this year, will visit Phillip Island on February 4.
The Seabourn Encore will visit Phillip Island as part of a 40 day
cruise that begins in Singapore and finishes in Auckland.
The last large vessel to use the Rhyll pier was the SS Wyrallah,
almost 100 years ago in 1920.
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