A new cruise terminal will be built in Newcastle, NSW Government announced.
The US$12.7 million multi-purpose facility will be able to accommodate up to 3,000-meter long cruise ships. It is expected to be a similar size to White Bay Terminal in Sydney.
Carnival Australia first welcomed the move as an asset to encourage more cruise ship visits to the city, which is just 160 km north of Sydney.
Sture Myrmell, President of P&O Cruises, Carnival Australia’s cruise brand, said the announcement was good news for Newcastle locals, and added:
“It reinforces the great reputation the people of Newcastle have earned over the years for the warmth of their welcome for the thousands of cruise visitors to the region.
“This local investment in port infrastructure acknowledges the Hunter region’s attractiveness as a cruise destination, with its ease of access to the surrounding wine growing district and other quality attractions.”
According to Myrmell, Carnival Australia and home brand line P&O in particular were proud of the part they had played in pioneering cruising to/from Newcastle.
Each year P&O Cruises purchases almost 100,000 bottles of Hunter region wine to use on line’s 5-ship fleet.