Sydney’s Lack of Berths Plagues Cruise Lines

By ,   September 19, 2017 ,   Cruise Industry

Viking Cruises will sail to Australia in 2018, and just like its competitors struggle to find a berth at Circular Quay in Sydney.

The NSW government had assured a cruise plan would be readied earlier in 2017 but have instead installed Peter Collins, former NSW opposition leader, to devise a plan for the industry by the end of the year.

Port of Sydney

According to Viking Cruises executive director of itinerary development, nautical and technical operations, Matt Grimes, finding a berth in the port was “10 times worse than he expected”.

He added that the Garden Island option was good as it kept the cruise liners in the city centre, and berthing at Athol Buoy off Taronga Zoo was "not a great option".

Matt Grimes also said he had a strong desire to bring the 930-passenger Viking Sun to Sydney in February 2018 that he would "have to overcome just about every obstacle".