‘Together these ships will spend a total of 1,848 port days in Australia — 18% more than in 2019-20 — resulting in billions of dollars in passenger spending in communities around the Australian coast,’ Katz said.
He said newcomers to the Australian cruise scene will be Virgin Voyages, Disney Cruise Line and Scenic.
‘This year will offer more variety and choice than ever before, making 2023-24 one of the most exciting cruise seasons in recent memory,’ Katz said.
Bigger and better
CLIA Australasia chair, Norwegian Cruise Lines APAC chief Ben Angell, said ‘cruising is back and back bigger and better than ever.’
Angell told delegates the following CLIA lines will operate in Australian waters over the coming (southern) summer season: Azamara, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Coral Expeditions, Crystal, Cunard, Disney, Heritage Expeditions, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, P&O Cruises Australia, Ponant, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Scenic Luxury Cruises, Seabourn, Silversea, Virgin, Windstar Cruises, APT Travel Group, as well as AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Hapag-Lloyd, nicko cruises and P&O UK.