PROMINENT cruise company Carnival Australia has announced Fremantle still will be used as a home for Princess Cruises.
This is despite having talked of pulling out of the Indian Ocean port earlier in the year.
Premier Mark McGowan has claimed credit for the move while putting in the boot to the former Liberal government of Colin Barnett.
“They’d been making submissions to the former government for a considerable period and there’d been no action,” the Premier told the ABC.
“It turned out one of the major issues was the dredging of the channel into Broome Port.
“The other was pulling up in Geraldton, there was a problem with what’s called the shore tensioning units.”
The Premier was quoted as saying shore tension units had been installed and dredging would occur at Broome in 2018 to allow all-tide access.
Princess Cruises’ vice president for Australia and New Zealand, Stuart Allison, told the ABC the five cruises in October and November next year could be the start of “bigger things”.