During this summer, a record 41 ships from member cruise lines of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) will be based in Australia or visiting local waters between Oct 1 this year and Apr 30, 2017.
The CLIA said this compared to 38 ships over the 2015-16 summer.
The CLIA said its members’ ships will make almost 900 calls to ports around Australia this summer, an increase of 10 per cent on last year’s port calls numbers.
Brett Jardine, CLIA Australasia commercial director, said the record season reflected the continuing surge in Australian cruise passenger numbers as well as the nation’s growing popularity as an international cruise destination.
Among the ships will be the largest cruise ship to visit Australia, the Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, 168,666gt, as well as the latest and most luxurious ship ever to cruise in the region, the Seabourn Encore, 40,350gt, of Seabourne Cruises, which will arrive in Australia two weeks after she is officially named in Singapore.
Six other cruise ships, the Azamara Journey, 30,277gt, of Azamara Cruises, Europa II, 42,830gt, of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Maasdam, 55,575gt, of the Holland America Line, Norwegian Star, 91,740gt, of the Norwegian Cruise Line, and the Sirena, 30,277gt, of Oceania Cruises, will be making their maiden visits to Australia.