(9.30 a.m. AEST) – Wollongong has been announced as a turnaround port for the 2020 MSC Magnifica world cruise. The announcement was made by Cruise Wollongong chair Councillor Leigh Colacino and Destination Wollongong chair Colin Bloomfield at a function at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach on Thursday night.
MSC Cruises is the world's largest privately owned cruise line. MSC Magnifica was launched in 2009 and can carry up to 3,605 passengers at full capacity, along with 1027 crew. MSC Magnifica will be the largest ever cruise ship to call at Port Kembla at Wollongong on 17 March 2020. Turnaround ports are used to embark and disembark passengers, refuel the ship and take on additional supplies such as food and beverages.
Port Kembla is a working port located 81 kilometres from Sydney, and 8 kilometres south of the Wollongong CBD. Wollongong will join cities such as Rio, Barcelona, Sydney, Mumbai, Papeete, and Buenos Aires on the MSC Magnifica world cruise itinerary.
--By Tiana Templeman, Cruise Critic contributor