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Our cruise operations teams facilitate the arrival and departure of some of the biggest cruise ships and the 1.3 million passengers that travel through our two Sydney cruise terminals each year.

Sydney is one the world’s premium cruise destinations and our teams manage the city's two dedicated cruise terminals: the Overseas Passenger Terminal in world-famous Circular Quay and White Bay Cruise Terminal in beautiful Balmain. 

Our small group of industry professionals work with our cruise line customers, liaise with cruise ship crews and manage our external contractors who assist passengers as they take the trip of a lifetime.

Join the Port Authority cruise team and you’ll be part of the fastest growing tourism sector in Australia and get to work in prestigious waterside locations with some of the biggest passenger ships in the world.

“My role can encompass a wide range of activities relating to ship-day operations to cruise-related projects like cruise content on our website, signage and wayfinding. Never had the same day twice – it’s great! And I work with a fantastic bunch of people – all passionate, committed professionals."
Lal, Cruise Operations - Port Authority of NSW

Where could a cruise operations career at Port Authority take you?

Here are just some of the ways you could join our cruise operations team or assist with cruise ships and passengers at our terminals:

  • Duty manager, cruise operations
    Our duty managers, cruise operations are the front-line link between our terminals, the cruise lines and cruise terminal stakeholders. They work collaboratively with our cruise line customers, manage the relationships with our external contractors and oversee the systems that help us efficiently process thousands of passengers per ship. As well as, work to ensure the safety and security of the terminal and its precinct, along with the passengers and public who occupy them.

Please note the other cruise roles below are through external contractors:

  • Terminal security
    Our cruise terminals and passengers are kept safe and secure by our terminal security teams, who are contracted externally to TechGuard Security

  • Baggage handling
    The baggage handling teams help transfer passenger's luggage on ship days. They are contracted externally through the cruise lines.
  • Stevedoring 
    The stevedoring teams help load cruise ships with baggage and the supplies they need for their time out at sea and are contracted externally through the cruise lines.

  • Passenger processing
    Our passenger processing and terminal teams help passengers through the terminals and the check-in process and onto the cruise ships. They are contracted externally through the cruise lines.