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Cruise capacity: Detailed Business Case

The NSW Government made a commitment in the NSW Cruise Development Plan released in July 2018, to assess different options for addressing cruise capacity constraints in Sydney. This is a long-term approach to support the NSW cruise industry and its many benefits to the NSW and Australian economies.

The long-term impacts of COVID-19 on the cruise industry are yet to be determined.


The Detailed Business Case includes estimates of forecast passenger growth. These estimates can only be updated once the impacts of COVID-19 on the  cruise industry, and the tourism industry more broadly, are determined.

The NSW Government’s focus is towards projects that provide economic stimulus to help NSW recover from one-in-one hundred-year droughts and bushfires, as well as from the impacts of COVID-19.

The NSW Government has therefore made the decision to place the Cruise Capacity DBC on hold for a period of up to 18 months.