(4.30 p.m. AEST) – Royal Caribbean International has announced it will return to home porting in Queensland from November 2020. Radiance of the Seas will be based at the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point for the 2020/21 cruise season.

During her inaugural Queensland season from November 2020 to April 2021, Radiance of the Seas will offer more than 20 cruises and inject more than $20 million into the Queensland economy in passenger spend alone.

Susan Bonner, Managing Director of Royal Caribbean International in Australia and New Zealand, said that returning to Brisbane was a central component of the company’s Queensland growth plans, which include increasing calls to the state by 20% for the 2020/21 cruise season.

“There’s a reason why Brisbane is the fastest growing homeport for cruising in Australia. With unrivalled new infrastructure, we believe Queensland-based cruising has an enormous future for local, interstate and international guests,” Bonner said. “We’re thrilled to be returning to Queensland with our newer and larger megaliner, with even more features for families and couples alike.”

The development of the new International Cruise Terminal by the Port of Brisbane means all of Royal Caribbean’s fleet will be able to call at a dedicated cruise berth in the capital of the Sunshine State.

“The Brisbane International Cruise Terminal opens up a whole new world of opportunities for cruising in Queensland,” said Port of Brisbane Chief Executive Officer, Roy Cummins. “Providing capacity for mega cruise liners like Radiance of the Seas means more investment in the region and more tourism jobs.”

Radiance of the Seas will be the largest ship to be home ported in Queensland and will arrive fresh from a multi-million makeover following a drydock in 2020. The ship currently features nineteen restaurants, cafes, lounges and bars, and a rock-climbing wall, 9-hole mini golf course, self-levelling pool tables, indoor cinema and a sports court. Details of the refurbishment are yet to be announced.