Devastating News If You're Planning A Cruise This Year
Sydney has seen a massive blow to tourism as our Nation's largest cruise companies have made the surprising decision to pull some of their biggest cruiseliners out of Sydney.
The cruise ships are reportedly opting to dock in places like Melbourne, Brisbane, New Zealand and Asia over our own city and are now planning to bypass Sydney altogether.
This decision could result in serious economic ramifications for the tourism sector of NSW.
And the reason why they are leaving Sydney is SERIOUSLY FRUSTRATING!
It has been reported that cruise companies are avoiding Sydney Harbour because our Overseas Passenger Terminal has reached capacity, resulting in an "extremely frustrating" lack of prime dock space.
Royal Caribbean Cruises, which is Australia's second largest cruise operator, is one of the companies that have revealed they will no longer be sending their Voyager Of the Sea's ship into Australia due to this issue.
The 15-deck cruiseliner, which includes numerous unique features, (a rock climbing wall, ice-skating rink, mini-golf course, 10 pools and 13 bars, just to name a few) is known as a small city more than a cruise ship.
But unfortunately for us Aussies, Voyager of the Seas will stay in Singapore and China for the year-round season and this is the first time in ten years that a major cruise company has stopped a service altogether.
However, the GOOD news is Royal Caribbean will still offer four megaliners sailing in Sydney this coming summer cruise season (2017/18).
Oh and just wait, there's more!
The Managing Director of Royal Caribbean, Adam Armstrong, has claimed that the Radiance of the Seas cruiseliner will also be skipping some Sydney stopd in favour for Melbourne and New Zealand.
"We've been talking about one day Sydney will be full. That day has come," he said.
While Radiance of the Seas will still offer some sailings from Sydney, they'll also offer three from Auckland and one from Melbourne because of lack of space at the OPT in Sydney.
Cruising has become a very popular holiday option for many families across Australia with it being our Nation's fastest growing tourism industry, providing $5 billion to the NSW economy.
Mr Armstrong also commented on the economic impacts for NSW saying, "Sydney will lose 65,000 guests a year from Voyager of the Seas and around $32 million in passenger spend."
And more cruise operators could soon follow suit if the space issues in Sydney are not fixed.
Mr Armstrong has said that Royal Caribbean would be willing to assist Sydney with funds to help build a new cruise terminal located in Botany Bay.
Fingers crossed this cruising crisis can be fixed before the situation gets any worse!!