The future of cruising in Brisbane

Work has begun on Brisbane’s new International Cruise Terminal.

The world’s largest cruise ships are charting a course for Brisbane with construction underway on a new cruise terminal.

Scheduled to open in October 2020, the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal is touted to put the River City on the map as a mega-cruise ship destination.

The $158 million project will be able to accommodate cruise ships more than 270m long that are unable to dock at the Hamilton port.

The mega-ships are scheduled to start docking at the new facility by the end of 2020 and are expected to boost the Queensland economy by $5 billion over 15 years.

Within the first five years the terminal is expected to handle more than 1100 vessel calls with 1.8 million passengers using the terminal.

Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk said the terminal was the start of a new era for the Queensland economy.

"Building this one piece of infrastructure flows through our entire economy," Ms Palaszczuk said.

The Premier’s sentiments were backed by Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones who said Queensland’s cruise industry was booming.

“Last financial year we saw 520 ships port in Queensland —an 11% growth year-on-year, making the Sunshine State Australia's undisputed cruise capital," Ms Jones said.

Port of Brisbane CEO Roy Cummins said the new International Cruise Terminal will be a world-class facility.

"With over 180 bookings confirmed for the 2020/21 cruising season, thousands of passengers across the globe are already gearing up to head to Queensland."

Check out a fly-through video of the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal below.

For information on the various cruises you will be able to experience from Brisbane’s new cruise terminal visit RACQ Travel or call 1300 188 713.