Magic of Disney Cruise Line arrives in Tasmania

The Disney Wonder has made her first visit to the Port of Hobart on 30 October 2023.


30 October 2023

It was the Disney Wonder’s first of eight visits scheduled for Hobart between October and February 2024 as Disney Cruise Line celebrates its inaugural season in Australia and New Zealand in 2023/24.

The Disney Wonder has 11 passenger decks and carries about 2400 passengers and up to 950 crew members.

With signature Disney Cruise Line offerings such as rotational dining, Broadway-style shows, themed dining, character encounters and imaginative spaces specially designed for families, kids and adults, guests will feel the wonder of a child, no matter their age while sailing aboard the Disney Wonder.

Nearly 160 cruise ships are booked to visit Tasmania this season bringing up to 287,000 passengers and 124,000 crew.

TasPorts CEO Anthony Donald said cruise tourism was a significant contributor to the Tasmanian economy.

“An economic impact assessment (The Value of Cruise Tourism) jointly commissioned by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the Australian Cruise Association (ACA) shows cruising has rebounded rapidly since local operations resumed in mid-2022,” he said.

“The assessment found that in 2022/23 Tasmania recorded a total economic impact of $144.1 million which supported 455 jobs.

“Importantly this flows to areas outside the State’s major cities and are welcomed and appreciated by tourism operators located regionally.”

Mr Donald said TasPorts continued to be a strong supporter of cruise ship visits to Tasmania.

“We are very happy to commit to facilitating these visits that benefit the State,” he said.

“TasPorts actively engages with cruise lines, the Tasmanian Government and local stakeholders to further develop cruise shipping in a sustainable way.”

The cruise season officially commenced in Tasmania in September with the call to Hobart by the Pacific Adventure.

The Port of Hobart will receive 85 visits while the Port of Burnie will welcome 41 cruise ships.

Twenty-five visits are booked for Port Arthur, four for the Port of Coles Bay and two each for Bell Bay and Grassy on King Island.