28/10/2023 10:41 AM
Port Authority of NSW will welcome Newcastle’s first cruise ship for summer cruise season today (Saturday 28 October), with the maiden arrival of Brillance of the Seas glistening into Newcastle Harbour with over 2500 passengers onboard.
Port Authority Chief Customer and Commercial Officer, John McKenna said the
Summer Cruise Season for Newcastle 2023/24 will be steady with 16 cruise calls which is
up slightly from 14 cruise calls from the previous year.
“Today also marks the commencement of Port Authority’s new 10-year licence agreement
with Port of Newcastle that will see more transit cruise ship visits into the Hunter and
Central Coast region in the years to come,” Mr McKenna said.
“Newcastle has a long and proud history of welcoming cruise passengers for almost two
decades of cruise seasons.
“This new licence agreement is great news for Newcastle and surrounding regions as
more transit cruise visits will provide opportunities for local tourism and hospitality
operators, boosting the local economy.”
“Under the new licence agreement Port Authority will facilitate cruise operations at a Port
of Newcastle owned berth.”
Mr McKenna added Newcastle has great potential to further build its transit cruise
visitation and is well equipped with appropriate infrastructure in place and ready to meet
the local growing demand of the cruise industry.
“This new licence agreement builds on the success already achieved in Newcastle and will
complement the Sydney and Eden cruise markets by offering cruise lines more opportunities
to add Newcastle as a destination on their cruise itineraries.”
Port Authority will work closely with Port of Newcastle to facilitate growth of the cruise
market in Newcastle, that will bring more cruise passengers to Newcastle, the Hunter and
Central Coast Regions in the next decade and beyond.
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