Brisbane International Cruise Terminal Welcomes Its 100th Cruise Ship

THE BRISBANE International Cruise Terminal reportedly welcomed the 100th cruise vessel on 26 February, approximately nine months after eventually opening up for business.

Since the terminal’s official opening on 2 June 2022, over 430,000 passengers have reportedly travelled via the new cruise terminal.

The arrival of Quantum of the Seas yesterday was earmarked by the Port of Brisbane’s CEO Neil Stephens and captain Arild Hansen.

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Stephens mentioned that Queensland and Brisbane cruise tourism industry had reportedly experienced a unique restart.

Stephens said that reaching about 100 cruise calls quickly is a major milestone and that he desires to congratulate the team and workers at this facility.

The Brisbane International Cruise Terminal reportedly has 139 bookings for the 2022–23 cruise season, with a current forecast of 199 in 2023–24 — a whopping 43% increase anticipated in this first year.

Stephens explained that each cruise vessel call contributes about $1 million to the Queensland economy. Over the next decade, cruising from Brisbane is estimated to contribute about $1.15 billion to the state’s economy.

He added that the success is a testament to the support of the cruise lines and cruising public, especially Foundation Partner Carnival Australia, and both the local and state governments.

BICT was completed in mid-2020 following an investment of $177 million from the PBPL. The facility was able to open for its intended purpose two years later owing to a ban on international cruise ship calls due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

References; Cruise Industry News, DCN

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