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PBPL hosts two mega cruise ships – Arcadia and Ovation of the Seas
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.
Posted on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 (Archive on Tuesday, 22 August 2017)
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.
“We’re delighted to welcome these mega cruise ships – they are the future of cruising and we will welcome more of them in the years ahead,” Mr Cummins said.
“The Port of Brisbane typically welcomes mega cruise ships longer than 270m – those unable to travel further upstream because they are too high, too deep or too long to swing safely.
“We’re in the middle of the cruising season and the demand for the use of the Port of Brisbane by mega cruise ships continues to increase every year as the ships get bigger.
“As a trading port, Port of Brisbane is a cornerstone of the Queensland economy. By supporting trade growth – including cruise tourism – we continue to help stimulate economic activity for the State.”
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.