Esperance welcomes arrival of Queen Elizabeth cruise ship

The arrival of the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship was an exciting sight for locals. Photo: Sarah Makse.
The arrival of the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship was an exciting sight for locals. Photo: Sarah Makse.

A flurry of tourists flocked to Esperance on December 9 following the arrival of Curnard's Queen Elizabeth cruise ship.

Locals gathered at the Esperance Port to catch a glimpse of the first cruise ship of the season and welcome visitors.

The liner is twice the size of the Titanic and has brought more than 2,000 passengers and 1,000 crew to town.

Arriving from Albany on its maiden voyage, the ship will depart from Esperance setting sail for Adelaide and Melbourne.

The voyage marks the beginning of the Queen Elizabeth's extended summer season which will see the ship remain in Australian until March.

Australian maritime historian and author Chris Frame is sailing aboard the Queen Elizabeth as a guest speaker.

He said the ship is one of the most luxurious large ships in the world and her arrival in Esperance had been a much anticipated event.

"At twice the size of the Titanic, the Queen Elizabeth is a very big ship," he said.

"Her arrival brings thousands of passengers and crew into Esperance, each having an opportunity to head into the city to spend in the local shops and restaurants.

"It's a great boost for the economy."

Mr Frame said the ship was very popular in local ports, with previous Australian cruises selling out quickly.

"This popularity showcase the love that Australians have for luxury cruising," he said.

"She will take a series of cruises from Aussie ports ranging from two night getaways to longer international trips to New Zealand and back."