Tuesday 22nd February 2011 – Sydney Harbour, Australia - Sydney Welcomes Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 on Royal Rendezvous on Maiden World Voyage; Cunard’s newest ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth, arrived in Sydney for the first time this morning, following her larger sister, Queen Mary 2, into Sydney Harbour in another historic Royal Rendezvous.
This morning’s visit marks the first time two Cunard liners had ever arrived together in Sydney Harbour. It also recalls an earlier Royal Rendezvous when the original Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth – both then World War II troop ships – passed each other at Sydney Heads on April 9, 1941.
Stretching 294 metres in length and wearing Cunard’s classic red and black livery, the 90,900-tonne Queen Elizabeth met Queen Mary 2 outside Sydney Heads before 5.30am before following her sister into the Harbour and berthing at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at around 7am.
Both midway through their world voyages, the spectacular Queen Elizabeth sailed in from New Zealand while the majestic Queen Mary 2 arrived from Adelaide.
Launched by Her Majesty The Queen in October last year, the elegant Queen Elizabeth is carrying around 2000 guests and almost 1000 crew on her 103-night world voyage. The joint visit of Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 is expected to generate close to $3 million for the Sydney economy.
The cruise industry flourishes with double-digit growth
Australia’s cruising industry continues to grow by double digits, contributing $5.2 billion to the national economy in 2018-19 – an increase of 11.2 per cent.
The latest annual Economic Impact Assessment commissioned by Cruise Lines International Association and the Australian Cruise Association showed that 18,135 full time jobs were supported by the cruise sector in 2018-19 – an increase of 6.6 per cent.
Despite berthing constraints in Sydney, a total of 1240 cruise ships carrying 3.8million passengers and crew visited Australia during the year with passengers, cruise lines and crew spending a total of $2.5 billion.
“Total cruise passengers spending in 2018-19 increased 17.4 per cent on the previous year to reach almost $1.4 billion,” said CLIA Australasia managing director Joel Katz.
“Cruise passengers now spend an average of $387 each for e very day they’re on shore in Australia which provides enormous benefits to businesses like hotels, restaurants, tour operators and retailers.”
International visitors spend the most per day on shore averaging $569 each while domestic travellers spend an average of $436 per day, usually at the start and end of the cruise.
“A lack of available berthing space in Sydney has made it difficult for the cruise industry to increase its capacity in Australia, but this has been countered by significant increases in the amount of spending by cruise passengers,” Mr Katz said.
ACA CEO, Jill Abel said that cruise ships visited 47 different ports around Australia.
“The economic impact of cruising is not only enormous and growing, it’s also reaching locations that might otherwise be difficult for visitors to access,” she said.
Sydney got the lion’s share of the cruise expenditure receiving a total of $1.54 billion, followed by Queensland $490 million, Victoria $168 million, WA $109 million, SA $67 million, Tasmania $49 million and NT $31 million.
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