With the opening of the new Cruise Terminal in 2020, Brisbane will be in the spotlight of this growing industry. More Cruise ships will be based in Brisbane and more cruise ships will be visiting. The Vice Chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Mr Adam Goldstein, who was recently in Brisbane stated, “All the characteristics we would look to have in a cruising region are here.” As just one example, his company’s 293m vessel, Radiance of the Seas, will home port in Brisbane when the new terminal opens late next year. The Courier Mail reported, this vessel alone is expected to generate $20 million in economic activity as it runs operations from November 2020 to April 2021. Mr Goldstein went on to say, “The big opportunity Brisbane has is that it’s the first of the three cities to engage in a significant infrastructure upgrade to handle larger ships.”. Brisbane and Queensland will benefit from the economic activity created, new jobs and new supplier opportunities.
Brisbane Marine Pilots look forward to welcoming and assisting more of these mega cruise ships to our beautiful region soon.