Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises have concluded their Australian season, finishing with record-breaking results and carrying more Australian passengers than ever before.
During the season, a fleet of five RCL Cruises Limited ships were home ported in Australia and a total of 82 sailings were deployed.
RCL Cruises Ltd Australia and South East Asia commercial director Sean Treacy said the cruise line is thrilled to be a part of the current growth period for the Australian cruise industry.
“We carried more guests than ever before, and although it is bittersweet that we have farewelled Rhapsody of the Seas … we look forward to next season when we welcome two new Royal Caribbean International ships, Voyager Class Explorer of the Seas and Legend of the Seas, the first Royal Caribbean ship to be home ported in Brisbane,” Mr Treacy said.
“And we are also very excited to welcome Azamara Club Cruises to our shores for the first time.”
The five ships included Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Century from the Celebrity Cruises brand and together they offered Australian cruisers 27 voyages.
Royal Caribbean International provided the newly renovated Voyager of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas.
Across the three ships, over 130,000 passengers were carried on 55 sailings.
Between October 2014 and April 2015, the five ships called 51 ports in total around Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Looking ahead to the 2015/16 season, RCL Cruises Ltd will increase its local capacity by almost 50 percent, with Royal Caribbean International set to base its first ever ship in Brisbane, Legend of the Seas.
Australia will welcome boutique cruise line Azamara Club Cruises to its shores for the first time; Azamara Quest will arrive in Cairns in January next year for her first local cruise.
Royal Caribbean International will also introduce the first ever brand new cruise ship to Australia, Ovation of the Seas, which will arrive in Sydney in December next year.