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Increasing demand has prompted Royal Caribbean to send a fourth ship to Australia during the 2015/16-season.

Legend of the Seas will join Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas in Australia from December next year.

The 2,000-passenger ship will be based in Brisbane for the five-month wave season, making Brisbane the line’s second Australian homeport.

At 70,000 tonnes she is one of the largest superliners able to navigate the Brisbane River and dock at its Cruise Terminal at Portside Wharf.

During the season she will sail 17 itineraries ranging from two- to- 14-night cruises to the South Pacific Islands, Queensland and New Zealand. She will also complete a repositioning cruise between Hong Kong and Brisbane.

Asia-Pacific regional vice-president Gavin Smith said the line is offering  a wider choice in Australian cruising and Brisbane is the logical next stage in the line’s growth in the region.

“This move comes off the back of strong demand from both the local and international guests and represents another major investment by Royal Caribbean in the Australian cruise market,” he said.

Her arrival will increase the line’s total capacity by 47 percent. Royal Caribbean expects she will inject an estimated $25-30 million to the local economy.

The ship’s Brisbane program will go on sale in mid-May.