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ONE of the world’s biggest cruise companies will return to Brisbane next year with the largest ship to be based at the new Luggage Point cruise terminal.
Royal Caribbean International’s 293m-long Radiance of the Seas will be the largest ship by tonnage to call the $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal home when it opens in late 2020.
The ship is expected to create $20 million in economic activity in Brisbane from passenger spending alone.
Royal Caribbean International Australia and New Zealand managing director Susan Bonner said the company would also increase calls to Queensland by 20 per cent in the 2020/21 summer cruise season.
“There’s a reason why Brisbane is the fastest growing homeport for cruising in Australia,” she said.
“With unrivalled new infrastructure, we believe Queensland-based cruising has an enormous future for local, interstate and international guests.”
Port of Brisbane chief executive officer Roy Cummins said the opening of the new terminal next year would provide a boost for the city’s cruise ship industry.
“Providing capacity for mega cruise liners like Radiance of the Seas means more investment in the region and more tourism jobs,” Mr Cummins said.
“Royal Caribbean International’s decision to homeport Radiance in Brisbane is a wonderful vote of confidence in our brand new facility and we look forward to working with them further into the future.”
Source: Courier Mail