It remains to be seen if cruising will still be enjoying its recent popularity surge, post COVID-19. Nevertheless, the $177 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal is due for completion mid-year.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk visited the site at the outset of the crisis, hailing the project for delivering jobs and a new economic stream that within 20 years, could deliver 760,000 visitors annually, who would contribute $1.3 billion in net expenditure into the Brisbane economy.
“The financial benefits will be felt up and down the state’s coast, particularly as Queensland Government aims to increase total passenger numbers throughout the state to more than a million a year,” the Premier said.
The new cruise terminal at Luggage Point is purpose-built to accommodate some of the world’s largest cruise ships. The current terminal at Portside cannot facilitate some of the more modern ships due to height restrictions of the Gateway Bridge.
“This is a purpose-built facility to suit the cruise industry. We’ve worked very closely with the cruise lines and other stakeholders from the start of the process to ensure it delivers a seamless experience for travellers starting or finishing their journeys,” Port of Brisbane CEO, Roy Cummins said.
“The terminal’s location – at the mouth of the Brisbane River with access to deep water – means it will be able to handle all visiting cruise ships, including the largest cruise ships in the world,” Port of Brisbane CEO, Roy Cummins said.
Estimated Completion: Although cruise ships were officially banned from entering Queensland waters on Tuesday April 17, the first ship set to berth at the new terminal will be P&O’s Pacific Dawn, on Saturday, October 3rd.