The fourth and final ship of Royal Caribbean’s international fleet in Australia is complete with the arrival of Legend of the Seas. It will be their first ever cruise ship based in Queensland, arriving in Darwin today on the way to Brisbane.
At 70,000 tones, Legend of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s largest ships to navigate the Brisbane River and dock at Portside Wharf, Hamilton. For five months, the ship will be on 15 itineraries in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, followed by return to Brisbane for the summer season in October 2016.
The six calls to Darwin this year for Royal Carribean’s ships including the Legend of the Seas is expected to bring more than $2.5 million into the local economy.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming Legend of the Seas to her new Australian home and welcoming her to our local fleet. We have increased our capacity this year by almost 50 per cent, with the addition of Legend of the Seas in Brisbane and our second Voyager class ship, Explorer of the Seas in Sydney,” said Adam Armstrong, Regional Commercial Director, Royal Caribbean International.
With a US$ 50 million refurbishment in 2013, Legend of the Seas boasts of many attractions, such as the Central Atrium where high flying acrobats put on an incredible aerial show, an outdoor rock climbing wall for active travellers to test their skill, a mini golf course, indoor adults-only swimming pool for more leisurely pursuits, as well as a babies nursery.
Queenslanders can look forward to a two-deck grand dining room, pool-side big screen, 800-seat broadway style theatre, vitality spa and fitness centre, shopping arcade and enviable dining options like three speciality restaurants featuring Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse Chops Grille, a Japanese restaurant Izumi and the 12-seat Chef’s Table private dining room.