Port of Brisbane hosts two mega cruise ships
On Wednesday 22 February, the Port of Brisbane welcomed two mega cruise ships – the Arcadia and Ovation of the Seas. The Ovation of the Seas is on its maiden voyage into Brisbane, the company said in its press release.
At 348 metres long, the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas, is the fourth largest cruise vessel in the world and the largest ever to call at the Port of Brisbane, and the P&O Cruises vessel, Arcadia, is 285 metres in length.
Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd CEO, Roy Cummins welcomed the vessels and said their arrival showed that Brisbane’s reputation as a world-class cruise destination is growing.
PBPL is currently progressing a Market-led Proposal with the Queensland Government to develop a $100 million cruise ship terminal at Luggage Point, at the mouth of the Brisbane River, to ensure Brisbane can continue to welcome mega cruise ships well into the future.
According to latest figures from the peak industry body, Cruise Lines International Association Australasia, the industry’s total national contribution grew by 27% or $1 billion in 2015/16 to reach $4.6 billion. Queensland’s share of the market grew 3% to 21% in the same period.