“Two of the world’s largest ships in the southern hemisphere will be on the world’s most beautiful harbor on the same day,” Mr Gavin said at a media event in Sydney.
During her time in Australia, Explorer will undertake 18 cruises in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Replacing Rhapsody of the Seas with Explorer will increase the line’s capacity in Australia by 1,800 passengers per sailing.
Although Mr Smith says Rhapsody is popular in Australia, replacing her with a bigger ship was more practical than sending a fourth ship to the region.
“Circular Quay is a congested facility and while it’s world class and meets our needs, the most appropriate method to expand the brand is to exchange a 2,000 passenger ship with a 3,800 passenger ship,” he explained.
“This gives us an opportunity to carry more Australians and New Zealander on cruise holidays without occupying more slots at Circular Quay.”
With the changeover, Rhapsody of the Seas will then head to the Mediterranean for a season in Europe.