History of Cruising in Australia and Western Australia


Assignment 2 is a 3000 word Research Report on the Growth of Cruising in
It comprises 30% of the course assessment and it comprises a study of a Cruise Line nominated
by you. The assignment is to be submitted in Blackboard through Turnitin which will generate
a similarity report, by 1.30pm on Friday 28 April (Week 8). You will also need to print out
the first page of this report and attach it to a HARD COPY of your assignment which is
due before the start of class in Week 8.
The objective of this assignment is to assess students’ knowledge of the growth of cruising in
Australia and Western Australia. Describe how cruising has grown over time, the number of
Australians going cruising each year, who cruises, why they cruise, and where they are cruising.
Finish by stating whether you think that this growth in numbers of passengers and ships in
Australia is sustainable and justify your position from the literature.
Please note that overall I am looking for your own thoughts, ideas and understanding of the
topic. Therefore, please demonstrate this in your answer rather than just copy out notes and/or
lots of quotes from the texts. Note also that the report should be analytical and not merely
Assignments will not be accepted after the due time under any circumstances. If you have not
completed your assignment by the scheduled time, then please hand in the draft of your work
as evidence of the contribution you have made on it throughout the semester. Its format is hard
copy, 3000 words, 12 point font, 11⁄2 line spacing. Figures, maps, tables and photographs are
encouraged for illustrative purposes and all pages should be numbered.


Cruise line is one of the recent industries to develop from the larger tourism and travel industry. It is a leisure segment that has evolved in the last few decades enabled by a number of factors like technology, growing economy, social and cultural aspects, and many other factors. Before the development of the cruise liners, boats and ships were entirely used for trade and military purposes. The basic idea that ships could be used for pleasurable and luxurious experiences was initiated by Arthur Anderson in 1835 when he founded Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company – P&O (Wilde, 2016).  Through the company, he carried passengers and mail across the Atlantic and with time, the conditions of the ships were improved to include comfort rooms, dining, entertainment and others(Dawson, 2000).  By the turn of the 20th century, cruising was refined and elegant method to travel, but the industry had not been fully developed due to a number of challenges. The economic and political events like the Great Depression (Chin, 2008), World War I and II, oil crisis, and others hampered the growth of the industry.