Major cruise brands that depart from Brisbane
P&O Cruises - P&O Cruises has a strong presence in Brisbane with two of its five ships, the Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria, homeporting in the Queensland capital. This fun-loving cruise line is catering to the next generation of cruisers with a strategy of modern dining experiences, exciting onboard activities and cheap fares.
Princess - Since its ‘love boat’ beginnings, Princess has delivered an elegant cruise experience with incredible dining options, beautiful staterooms and exciting shore excursions. ‘Come back new’ when you cruise with Princess out of Brisbane.
Cunard Cruises - Old world traditions meet modern cruising with Cunard. Enjoy fantastic service in a classy setting when you board the Queen Elizabeth or Queen Mary 2. This unique line brings back the romantic notion of cruising and its effortless grandeur will knock your socks off as you sail away from Brisbane.
P&O Cruises UK - As the oldest cruise line in the world, P&O Cruises UK know a thing or two about taking care of passengers. Based out of Southampton, England this British line covers a lot of ground with its fleet of modern ships and fantastic range of itineraries. Try them out on your next cruise out of Brisbane.
Destinations - Where can you sail to on a cruise from Brisbane?
Cruising from Brisbane gives Queenslanders plenty of options. Choose a quick domestic getaway or a lengthy international holiday when you cruise out of Brisbane to the varied destinations below:
Australia - Depart Brisbane toward the playground of the Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef and Moreton Island, or expand your horizons and circumnavigate the country visiting hot spots all along the way.
South Pacific - Get deeper into the tropics when you sail from Brisbane toward the Pacific Islands. Discover the wonders of fabulous islands like Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu. Keep your eye out for Pacific cruise deals and sail away from Brisbane to paradise.
New Zealand - Escape the muggy summer weather and cruise from Brisbane to New Zealand. The incredible landscapes of the North and South Islands will rejuvenate your soul and trigger your adventurous heart.
Asia - Depart Brisbane and head north towards the exotic region of Southeast Asia. Let the culture, cuisine and character of countries like Indonesia, Singapore and more take your breath away. A cruise to Asia from Brisbane is a cheap and fantastic way to see more of this beautiful world.
World - Many world cruises depart from Brisbane, giving Queenslanders the opportunity to tick off major items from their travel bucket lists. Sail towards tropical bliss in Tahiti, cultured fun in the Mediterranean, Latin discovery in South America and so much more.
Passenger Numbers - How many Australians cruise from Brisbane?
Brisbane’s cruise market matches the extraordinary passenger growth trend of the wider Australian industry, up 21% from 2015 to 2016. There are 180 cruise ship visits forecast for Brisbane in 2017.
Capacity of ports - Where are Brisbane’s cruise terminals located and what is their capacity?
There are two cruise ship ports servicing Brisbane, the main Portside Wharf Cruise Terminal located at Hamilton and the secondary Port of Brisbane located at the mouth of the Brisbane River. The Portside Wharf is centrally located but cannot accommodate for larger ships, while the Port of Brisbane can host larger ships but is far away from the city and lacks tourist-friendly facilities. Port of Brisbane has proposed a new dedicated cruise terminal to be built at the mouth of the Brisbane River. There are a few hurdles to get through but the ‘powers that be’ would like to see the new facility operational in 2019.
• Portside Wharf Cruise Terminal at Hamilton
The Portside Wharf Cruise Terminal is on the north side of the Brisbane River just off Kingsford Smith Drive, 7 kilometers from the airport and about 10 kilometers from the CBD. It is the main port servicing Brisbane.
Facilities and parking
The Portside Wharf Cruise Terminal at Hamilton with its well-equipped passenger amenities provides a pleasant departure experience when cruising out of Brisbane. In addition to basic facilities such as cafes, bars and ATMs, the Portside Wharf also features retail shops, a gym, a supermarket and even a 5-screen cinema complex.
Short-term parking is available at the Portside Wharf Cruise Terminal with stalls for 350 cars. Long term parking is only available off site, via private operators.
How to get to the Portside Wharf Cruise Terminal
Getting there from the airport
• It takes roughly 8 minutes via car, taxi, or shuttle depending on traffic (Taxi: $21-$26)
•It takes 40 minutes to Portside Wharf Cruise Terminal via bus/train combo ($17-$26)
Getting there from central Brisbane
•It takes roughly 20 minutes to Portside Wharf Cruise Terminal via car/taxi (Taxi: $30-$40)
•It takes roughly 27 minutes to Portside Wharf Cruise Terminal via bus. Get on the 302 at Adelaide Street.
•It takes roughly 33 minutes from Eagle Street Pier to Brett's Wharf via ferry, which is about 200m from Portside Wharf.
The Portside Wharf is located well over a kilometer away from nearest train stations (Ascot 1.7km and Doomben 1.3km).
• Port of Brisbane Multi-user Terminal
The Port of Brisbane is located at the mouth of the Brisbane River and host cruise ships only when the Portside Cruise Terminal at Hamilton is too busy or the ship visiting the city is too large for the main port to accommodate.
Facilities and Parking
The Multi-user Terminal at the Port of Brisbane has limited facilities compared to the main Portside Wharf Passenger Terminal. It has a small café which sells beverages and some light snacks. There are currently no EFTPOS facilities or ATMs (The closest ATM is at the Caltex Truck Stop, a 5-minute drive away). There are no public telephones or postal facilities available.
If you are dropping off or picking up passengers, security personnel will direct you through to the parking area where you will then be able to access the Multi?user Terminal building.
How to get to the Port of Brisbane Multi-user Terminal
The only way to get to the Port of Brisbane Multi-user Terminal is to drive. Hop in a taxi, organise a shuttle or get a ride with friends as public transportation is not an option.
Getting there from the airport
•It takes roughly 20 minutes via car, taxi, or shuttle depending on traffic (Taxi: $30-$40)
Getting there from central Brisbane
•It takes about 20 minutes to Portside Wharf Cruise Terminal via car/taxi (Taxi: Roughly $36)
Follow the signs toward the Port of Brisbane, and proceed along Port Drive. Look for the tall grain silos on your left, and turn left into Seafarers Street. Security will direct you around to the main entrance gate of the Multi-user Terminal at the Grain Wharf.
Brisbane weather - When is the best time to cruise out of Brisbane?
Brisbane is blessed with warm temperatures all year round, making it possible and enjoyable to cruise out of Brisbane 12 months a year. Remember to bring sunscreen and an umbrella when you visit this subtropical city.
• Autumn is perhaps the best time to visit Brisbane with its sunny days, comfortable temperatures and minimal rainfall.
• Summer months (December through February) bring hot, humid and wet conditions to Brisbane but makes it consequently less crowded.
• Cruise out of Brisbane in winter or spring to enjoy mild temperatures and dry days.