First cruise ship in two years to set sail in Queensland

Cruising is back!

The first cruise ship to visit Queensland in more than two years has docked in Brisbane this morning.

The voyage, which will set sail later today, will be the first passenger journey in Australian waters since a two-year ban on the cruise industry was lifted.


P&O Cruises Australia’s vessel Pacific Explorer arrived at Brisbane’s International Cruise Ship Terminal this morning, after leaving from Sydney on Tuesday.

Over 1000 lucky passengers are on-board for the journey, which is a four-day trip to Sydney.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says it’s a fantastic day for the tourism sector.

“It is absolutely sensational that cruising is back! This is a billion-dollar industry,” Premier Palaszczuk says.

“We’re going to see the growth and the expansion of this industry once more in Queensland and of course, it supports the hundreds, if not thousands of jobs.

It is the first cruise ship to dock at the swanky new Brisbane terminal after it was completed two years ago but was not able to be used with the pandemic triggering the cruise ban in March 2020.

Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner says there are already 150 ships in the next 12-months lined up to dock in Brisbane.

“Think about the thousands of people that will come off of those 150 ships,” Mr Stephens says.

“On average, each person spends about $387 average in Brisbane when they get off a ship. So that then flows right out into the local economy, creates jobs, and supports local business.”

The voyage will visit Brisbane for the day – welcoming a much-needed boost for the local economy.