THE Port Authority of New South Wales confirmed the 2017-18 cruise season hit a record 352 cruise ship calls at Sydney’s cruise terminals alone.
These calls brought close to 1.6m passengers through the city’s terminals at Circular Quay and White Bay. This was an increase from 344 ships and 1.53 million passengers the previous year.
The record-breaking number of ships included seven maiden visits and comes as Sydney is named the top-rated port in Australia and New Zealand in the 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Destinations Awards.
The state’s other ports saw continued signs of growth, with Newcastle welcoming 11 cruise calls over the season, up from five the year before.
Down south, the Port of Eden handled 15 calls, one more than the previous season.
Port Kembla welcomed its first cruise ship in the 2016-17 season, with two cruise calls over the past year.
The New South Wales government recently released a Cruise Development Plan, which indicated the likely site for another cruise berth in Sydney would be in Botany Bay, and not Garden Island.