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Opening of multimillion-dollar Brisbane International Cruise Terminal delayed

The newly completed Brisbane International Cruise Terminal
The planned opening of the A$177m Brisbane International Cruise Terminal on October 3 has been delayed by Australia's suspension of international cruise ships until December 17.

P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Dawn was to have been the first ship to sail from the new terminal, with 42 cancellations between October 3 and December 17.

Not a resumption date

A spokesperson for Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd noted that December 17 is not a resumption date and that, pre-COVID-19, there were more than 180 confirmed bookings for the first 2020/21 season.

‘The safe resumption of cruising in Queensland is a decision for the relevant authorities, in consultation with the cruise lines,’ the spokesperson said.

‘Until such time, we are unable to comment on a first vessel to the new terminal.

World-class facility

‘While a timeline for the resumption of cruising remains uncertain, PBPL took a long-term view and made a long-term commitment to Queensland when it invested A$177m, working with our stakeholders and government to deliver a world-class facility that will support the industry for decades to come.’

World’s biggest cruise ships

Brisbane’s existing Portside terminal in the Brisbane River can only accommodate smaller ships, whereas the new terminal at Luggage Point on the north side entrance to the river will handle the largest cruise ships in the world.