Cruises from Brisbane: Queensland's cruise hub
Brisbane is a modern, bold and growing city in Australia's sunny Queensland state. Its semitropical climate and proximity to the Gold Coast brings visitors in droves, and it is fast becoming a major cruise port as Queenslanders take to the big-ship holidays. Ships departing Brisbane, or arriving, dock at the Portside Wharf or at the Multi-User Terminal, both on the Brisbane River.
The Port: Cruise from Brisbane
Most cruise holidays out of Brisbane depart from and return to the Cruise Terminal at Portside Wharf, a world-class terminal and retail development on the north side of the river. It can take ships up to 270 metres in length, provided they fit under the Gateway Motorway Bridge. As well as all the necessary infrastructure for boarding and disembarking cruise ships, the Portside precinct is home to restaurants, markets, shopping and cinemas. It is a ten minute drive from the Brisbane CBD.
If there is more than one cruise ship in Brisbane on a given day, or a ship is too big for the upriver terminal, the alternative terminal is the Multi-User Terminal near the mouth of the river. The facilities here are more limited, with just a small cafe which accepts cash only. There is no ATM at the terminal, and no public transport to and from it, but there is a taxi rank, and parking available for friends and families of departing cruisers. The drive into Brisbane central takes around 20 minutes.
The City: Sunny Queensland Meets the World
The state capital of Queensland, Brisbane offers a great place to explore for cruise passengers who have a day or two to spare before or after their cruise from Brisbane. It is a forward-thinking, diverse and creative city, and is also laid-back and friendly in keeping with the warm Queensland climate.
Cruises Departing Brisbane: P&O and Beyond
Cruise out of Brisbane are on the rise. P&O's Pacific Dawn cruises from Brisbane exclusively, and the Sea Princess currently is operating a series of cruises from Brisbane. Other ships seen using Brisbane for embarkation include Holland America's Volendam and all 3 of Cunard's Queens. Many of these ships take on passengers in the city for a leg of a greater World Cruise. The small luxury ship MV Orion also cruises from Brisbane to New Zealand.
Pacific Cruises are popular from the city. Brisbane is in close proximity to New Caledonia and Vanuatu, two very popular cruising destinations. These French Melanesian islands offer both deserted white-sand beaches and friendly, tropical towns where you can experience the unique blend of native and european cultures. Slightly further into the Big Blue from Brisbane is Fiji, another great nation with plenty of idyllic ports of call. New Zealand lies just across the Tasman Sea, and it is a wonderful and scenic cruising playground in the southern summer months. To the north, within easy reach of cruises out of Brisbane, are tropical northern Queensland and Papua New Guinea, a stunning country which has just recently been opened up to visits from cruise ships.
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