New South Wales’ cruise industry is set to receive a major boost with the news that a huge multi-user cruise ship terminal is set to open in Newcastle in the coming years. As cruise tourism grows ever more popular in the region, Australia’s New South Wales government have greenlit proposals to increase the capacity for docking ships.
More locals will get the chance to hop on leading cruise ships, whilst more visitors will arrive in the region – providing a significant boost to the local economy. At a cost of A$12.7 million, the multi-purpose terminal will be built at the Channel Berth within the port’s Carrington Precinct.
With the capacity to welcome vessels up to 320 metres in length, the terminal could see some of the world’s largest cruise ships dock in Newcastle.
Planning Minister, Rob Stokes, enthused: “The new terminal will not only attract new cruise ships to the annual cruise season but could also be used as a home port for cruises, which means for the first time passengers could start and end their journeys in Newcastle.”
It is hoped that improved services will inspire more cruise lines to visit the beautiful port city. Some larger ships have notoriously struggled to berth at the existing terminal in the past, with Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth forced to complete a full turn so it could reverse into place earlier this year.
One of the Australia’s largest cruise lines, P&O Australia, already seem excited about the prospect. Sture Myrmell, the line’s president, is already looking forward to improved services in the Newcastle and the possibilities for P&O Australia’s passengers. He said:
“This local investment in port infrastructure acknowledges the Hunter region’s attractiveness as a cruise destination, with its ease of access to the surrounding wine growing district and other quality attractions.
“It also acknowledges cruise tourism’s local economic contribution as the industry continues to record double-digit growth in passenger numbers in Australia with domestic itineraries and short break cruises among the big growth areas in this market. The new multiple-use cruise terminal will be an excellent local asset to support and encourage cruise ship calls to Newcastle.”
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