Excitement mounts as new cruise liners visit Busselton

Busselton will welcome 264 passengers and 136 crew on February 7, as L’Austral makes its first visit to the shores of Busselton. L’Austral is a luxury cruise ship operated by the French cruise line company Compagnie du Ponant.

The Astor will kick off a three-day cruise, departing on February 9 in Fremantle. This ship used to berth off Busselton and this year will be the third time they have returned to our shores.

Queen Mary 2 will return for its second visit to Busselton on February 13, as part of a 27 day cruise from Fremantle to Brisbane. The luxurious Cunard experience on board the Queen Mary 2 is inclusive of all 2620 passengers, with spacious and elegantly designed suites as standard and room service running 24 hours a day.

The cruise liner offers plenty of onboard dining options, including the Queens Grill and Princess Grill which offer an intimate dining experience of the highest class. The Britannia, the main restaurant on the Queen Mary 2, is set in a magnificent hall and provides exquisite food nightly and the finest White Star Service. For lovers of the arts, there is one of the largest libraries at sea as well as the art gallery featuring works by Dali and Picasso.

The MV Europa will also make its maiden visit on February 24, as part of 43-day cruise from Tahiti to Bali. The MV Europa, carrying just 408 guests at a time, is considered as an intimate cruise ship offering an unrivalled passenger to crew ratio, which guarantees first class service.

The Europa is also one of the only cruise ships to have been given a rating of five stars plus by Berlitz for a number of consecutive years.