New international cruise terminal to open in Brisbane

Posted: 13 June 2018 3:40 pm

Carnival Spirit to become first ever ship to homeport in Brisbane with year-round sailings.

A brand new international cruise terminal should be up and running in the next two years thanks to a recent agreement between Port of Brisbane and Carnival Australia.

Located at Luggage Point, the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal (BICT) will be operating by mid-2020 and will be the home port to Carnival Spirit.

Carnival Australia, who runs Carnival Cruises, P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises, is the only cruise operator to base ships in Australia full-time.

The agreement with Carnival Australia means Brisbane can take its place on the world cruising map and can start accepting ships that have been too large for the cruise facilities at Portside.

President of Carnival Australia, Sture Myrmell, said the terminal was a ‘win-win’ for cruising as well as the Queensland economy and will be the single most important investment in cruise tourism in Queensland in 12 years.BICT is expected to generate almost $5 billion in economic value for the Queensland economy within 15 years and will support an average of 245 jobs a year over its two-year construction period.

Since Carnival Cruises arrival to Australia in 2012, it has welcomed nearly 75,000 Queenslanders onboard from Sydney and Melbourne.

Carnival Spirit will become the brand's first ever ship to homeport in Brisbane. It will sail year-round from Brisbane to Vanuatu and New Caledonia, as well as offer shorter cruises to popular destinations in North Queensland.

Cruisers new to the ship can expect more than 45 activities over 12 decks including the Green Thunder, the sea’s fastest and steepest waterslide, as well as three swimming pools, more than 20 bars, lounges and dining options and the childfree Serenity Retreat.

Itineraries for Carnival Spirit's 2020 sailings will be announced mid-June this year with bookings opening in early July.

You can keep on-top of deals on these Carnival sailings as well as others with the liner on our Carnival Cruises sales page.

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