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Australia preparing for bumper cruise year

This cruise season is set to be one of the biggest in Australian history.

CRUISE Lines International Association (CLIA) Managing Director Joel Katz said this year is likely to be one of Australia’s busiest for cruise tourism.

Katz noted many cruise lines have boosted their Australian presence this year, making significant capacity increases in their deployment.

Lines are offering more local ships, more sailings, and more staterooms than ever before.

“The total cruise passenger capacity in Australia this year will be up by 42% over 2023, which reflects the huge passion Australians have for cruising and the strong overseas interest in sailing Down Under,” Katz said.

This year will see 81 cruise ships operating in Australian waters, which is 14% more than last year.

The result is a wealth of options for cruisers and enormous economic potential for communities around the coast.

“Many of these ships will be staying longer and offering more local sailings, which means Australia will welcome more than 3,700 port calls around the country – an 18% increase over last year,” he added.

“Cruising delivered a record economic impact worth $5.6 billion to the national economy last financial year, and all signs suggest cruise tourism will continue to be enormously valuable to Australia throughout 2024 and well beyond.”

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