Record 329 Cruise Ships Visit Queensland In 2015-16

Record 329 Cruise Ships Visit Queensland In 2015-16

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

Queensland Minister for Tourism Kate Jones

Queensland Ports Set For Another Record Cruise Ship Boom

Victor P Taffa

For the first time more cruise ships sailed into Queensland in the last year than any other Australian state.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said a record 329 cruise ships visited Queensland in 2015-16 according to the Australian Cruise Association’s Economic Impact Assessment of the Cruise Industry in Australia report.


“We attracted the most ships of any Australian state, proving once again, Queensland is a favoured location for these vessels to visit and build on our already record number of inbound travellers.” Premier Palaszczuk said.

“The 20 % increase shows we are already leading the nation in attracting these cruising holiday makers.”

“Passenger numbers have already increased by more than a 100,000 on the previous year to 776,000, contributing $265 Million to the Queensland economy.”

“Many of our ports will double the number of cruise ship arrivals over the next 12 months.” Premier Palaszczuk said.

Brisbane will host Royal Caribbean’s $A1.3 Billion mega-liner, Ovation of the Seas, the largest cruise ship ever to be based in Australia on a scheduled visit in February. Ovation of the Seas spans the length of 3 football fields. It features over 18 decks and can accommodate 5,000 guests plus 1,500 crew.

Tourism Minister Kate Jones said 22 February will be a mega-ship day for the Port of Brisbane.

“Both the Ovation of the Seas and P & O’s Arcadia will berth here then, bringing 7,300 passengers to our city.”

“In fact 5 cruise ships will visit Brisbane over that bumper week, bringing with them 12,600 passengers.” Ms Jones said.

“The cruise boom has already boosted a record year for Queensland tourism. Ports right along our coastline are benefitting too.”

“I was privileged to welcome the Pacific Jewel to Gladstone in March this year, the first cruise ship for the region.”

“Since that time Gladstone has welcomed a further 5 ships while other new ports such as Fraser Island and Mooloolaba are proving enormously popular with cruise operators.” Ms Jones said.

  • Port of Brisbane had a 22 % increase with 148 calls,
  • Cairns received 50 cruise ship visits,
  • Whitsundays had 43 cruise ship visits,
  • Moreton Island 33 cruise ship visits,
  • Port Douglas 29 cruise ship visits,
  • Mooloolaba 7 cruise ship visits,
  • Thursday Island 7 cruise ship visits,
  • Gladstone 4 cruise ship visits,
  • Cooktown 3 cruise ship visits,
  • Townsville 3 cruise ship visits,
  • Fraser Coast 2 cruise ship visits.
QLD Minister for Tourism Kate Jones

QLD Minister for Tourism Kate Jones









Ms. Jones said Thursday Island also continued to grow in popularity, having had 7 ship calls with 9 ships booked for the coming year.

“Queensland offers cruise ships a wide variety of destinations to visit including Brisbane, our tropical islands and golden beaches and the Great Barrier Reef.”

“We know how vitally important it is to grow our tourism economy and create more jobs for Queenslanders.” Ms. Jones said.