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Mega ships, maiden voyages and more international passengers to visit Sydney and our regional ports, just a snapshot of the 2018/19 cruise season.

Day one of the season will welcome the first international cruise ship Radiance of the Seas at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said along with the mega ships NSW will welcome more luxury boutique cruise ships.

“This season we’ll see a 52% increase in luxury boutique cruise ships visits. Good for local businesses, great for the NSW economy, whether it’s Sydney, Port Kembla, Eden or Newcastle, Mrs Pavey said.”


  • 6 maiden voyages are also expected in 2018/19
  • 344 cruise ships/ 1.5 million passengers to arrive 
  • Sydney named best cruise destination in Australia and New Zealand by the 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards
  • Regional ports will see an increase in visits. Eden, remains strong with 16 cruise ships arrivals

“Cruise ship arrivals to Eden is expected to grow in future years with the completion of the Eden breakwater wharf extension anticipated for February 2019, Mrs Pavey said.” 

Newcastle cruise arrivals will climb from 11 to 15, while two ships are ear marked for Port Kembla.

The peak cruise season runs from October 2018 until the end of April 2019.