Sun Princess cruised down the Brisbane River this morning to become the largest ship ever to be based in the sunshine state.
She is also the first international ship to be home-ported in Brisbane and, with a capacity for 1990 passengers and 900 crew, is expected to generate an estimated AUD$10 million for the local economy during her inaugural season.
Sailing from Brisbane until March, Sun Princess will offer ten roundtrip cruises to New Zealand, Asia and the South Pacific and is slated to return to Brisbane in October 2012 for another six-month season.
“Brisbane is a fantastic northern base for one of our cruise ships and we think Sun P
rincess will be a great addition to the State’s expanding cruise industry,” said Stan Birge, commercial director for Princess Cruises.
Mr Birge went on to express the popularity of the New Zealand itineraries with the 14-day cruises visiting seven different ports and featuring New Zealand cuisine, cultural talks and local movies shown on the ‘Movies Under the Stars’ screen on the pool deck.
Based in Australia full time since 2007, Sun Princesshas been sailing from Sydney to Fremantle and includes 975 staterooms with more than 400 offering their own private balcony.