Brisbane Cruise Terminal (Queensland Australia) at Portside Wharf officially closed ahead of a USD 20 million revamp of the riverside precinct.
According to CLIA Australasia, the Terminal's closure was "unexpected, particularly at a time when the Queensland tourism industry is working hard to rebuild the state's visitor economy."
A statement read they understood affected cruise lines had looked at "alternative arrangements, including discussions with the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal on any remaining berth capacity."
"Cruise operations are generally scheduled many months or years ahead, and certainty around port access is essential for successful cruise visitation.
"Any last-minute changes to itineraries will cause disruption to thousands of guests and adversely affect the cruise industry as it strives to restore Australia's cruise economy."
Port Brisbane will be able to accommodate additional cruise calls at Pinkenba's new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal.
Created in partnership with the Queensland Government, the Brisbane Cruise Terminal at Portside Wharf has welcomed 1250+ vessels (passenger, military, and other) since its inauguration in August 2006.
~3.3 million cruise tourists transited through the facility over the past 15 years.
The news comes after the opening of the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal earlier in 2022.
The new international cruise ship terminal is expected to handle 80+ calls in 2023.