PORT of Brisbane has reported a record summer cruise season at the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal.

BICT clocked up 125 cruise visits between October 2023 and March 2024, and 650,000 passenger movements, making it the biggest summer season yet.

Port of Brisbane CEO Neil Stephens said there are about 130 staff on hand at BICT for every cruise ship call, including stevedores, Australian Border Force, Biosecurity Queensland, check-in staff, security staff, cleaners, cafe assistants and the port’s own team.

He thanked everyone for their efforts over the summer season.

“This has been our biggest ever cruise season in Brisbane and I would like to thank our cruise line customers – particularly our Foundation Partner, Carnival Australia – for their strong support in growing Brisbane’s cruise industry,” Mr Stephens said.

“Of course, like most things, the terminal’s success really comes down to the wonderful team of people on hand for every cruise ship visit who make the experience seamless for passengers.

“Cruising from Brisbane this summer has also been a big economic boost, with every cruise ship call contributing almost $1 million to the Queensland economy.”

While the summer season has concluded, there are almost 40 calls scheduled for Brisbane’s winter season, led by Pacific Encounter.

“We’re looking forward to seeing many passengers off on their winter cruise from the BICT,” Mr Stephens said.