We wondered what the current arrangements are? I have learnt that Public Transport Victoria has a ticket booth on Station Pier to sell Myki cards for passengers to catch the tram to the city. No doubt they push the Visitor Myki at $15 when the basic one is $6 non refundable and it has has no travel credit. With at least a day's public transport included with the Visitor Myki, and other discounts, it it not bad value at all, extra good if you are staying for more than one day and want to see museums, galleries etc. While a ship might unload a couple of thousand people, many book coach tours and are picked up at the pier. Even so, the impact on Route 109 tram by those who want to visit the city when a ship arrives must be huge.
Each morning when a cruise liner arrives, Yarra Trams tweets Cruise Ship arrivals in Port Melbourne today. Route 109 passengers may consider Transdev buses. Catching an ordinary bus from Station Pier would probably take double the time the tram takes. Is it a matter that the trams simply cannot cope with the numbers?
Then I noticed this on the PTV website, a 109 route bus? What? It seems a dedicated bus numbered 109 runs express from Station Pier to the Arts Centre, just on the southern edge of the city and this is the principal way PTV suggest cruise passengers get to the city. It has something like a 15 minutes service interval off peak, somewhat more than the 109 tram. Me? I would rather catch the tram and mix it with the locals. This is not run by Transdev, but by Sita.
This is my absolutely bestest photo of 'The Spirit', taken recently. I wish I had a dollar for every time I have seen her arrive and depart. You simply must click on it to embiggen The Spirit. She travels from Melbourne to Australia's island state of Tasmania across often stormy seas, yet from my observations, keeps very close to her timetable.
Of course I should visit Station Pier for the arrival of a cruise ship and see what actually happens......but that would mean being out and about earlish on a day off, and I don't do that. If R is not home, it is dressing gown until 11am.