Explorer makes history

P&O Cruises Australia’s flagship Pacific Explorer (pictured) made history this morning when she became the first vessel to dock at the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal (BICT).

Explorer’s arrival at the facility, which was underwritten by P&O parent company Carnival Corporation, marked the halfway point in the cruise line’s first guest sailing since the pandemic.

The ship passed down the Brisbane River toward BICT at 7am, where she was greeted by Carnival President Australia Marguerite Fitzgerald, who will board Explorer for her trip back to Sydney.

Fitzgerald said Queensland is once again set to be a key market for cruising in Australia after a two-year pause in operations.

“Today’s arrival in Brisbane heralds the resurgence of the cruise industry in Queensland with its multitude of cruise destinations now set to benefit from the revitalisation of cruise tourism” she said.

“Prior to the pandemic, cruising accounted for more than $1 billion annually in economic activity in Queensland with regional destinations from Moreton Island to Cairns benefiting.”

Also at BICT to welcome guests as they arrived was singer-songwriter and proud Queenslander Ricki-Lee Coulter, who roused passengers with a rendition of the Love You Queensland jingle made famous in the 1990s by the state’s rural television station STQ.

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