Brisbane Homeport Cruise Ships

Friday, 23 Oct. 2020

Brisbane is to have four cruise ships homeport at the new International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point. The new $177 million cruise facility was to open on 03 October 2020 but has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some reports are not expecting the opening until at least March or April 2021.

Brisbane International Cruise Terminal

The four ships that are planned to homeport in Brisbane are:


Pacific Encounter (seen as Star Princess)  
Pacific Encounter

Coral Princess
Coral Princess


P&O Australia


Parent: Carnival Corpoation Carnival Corpoation
Previous known as: Star Princess N/A



Builder: Fincantieri Chantiers de l'Atlantique
Launched: 2001 2002
Maiden voyage:
(for current operator)
2021 (expected) 2003
Class: Grand-class Coral-class
Tonnage: 108,865 GT 91,627 GT
Length: 290m 294m
Beam (waterline): 36m 32m (Panamax)
Height: 61.3m 62m
Draft: 8.05m 8.2m
Decks: 17 16
Speed: 23 knots 22 knots
Passengers: 2,600 2,000 (1,000 cabins)
Crew: 1,100 895
Ratio: 2.4:1 2.2:1
IMO number: 9192363 (currently) 9229659
MMSI number: 310361000 (currently) 310376000
Planned homeport:
(as at 23 Oct 20)
Brisbane (May 2021) Brisbane (Nov 2021)
Web cam: Star Princess Coral Princess
Previous Brisbane
homeport ship:

Pacific Aria (sold);
Pacific Dawn (sold)

Sea Princess (sold)
Reference: Wikipedia; P&O Australia Wikipedia; Princess



Carnival Spirit
Carnival Spirit

Quantum of the Seas
Quantum of the Seas



Royal Caribbean

Parent: Carnival Corporation Royal Caribbean International
Previous known as: N/A N/A



Builder: Kværner Masa-Yards Meyer Werft
Launched: 2000 2014
Maiden voyage:
(for current operator)
2001 2014
Class: Spirit-class Quantum-class
Tonnage: 88,500 GT 168,666 GT
Length: 294m 348m
Beam (waterline): 32m (Panamax) 41m
Height: Not currently known Not currently known
Draft: 7.8m 8.8m
Decks: 12 18
Speed: 22 knots 22 knots
Passengers: 2,124 4,180
Crew: 930 1,500
Ratio: 2.3:1 2.8:1
IMO number: 9188647 9549463
MMSI number: 229136000 311000267
Planned homeport:
(as at 24 Oct 20)
Brisbane (Jun 2021) Brisbane (Oct 2021)
Web cam: Currently unavailable Currently unavailable
Previous Brisbane
homeport ship:
None None
Reference: Wikipedia; Carnival Wikipedia; Royal Caribbean

The Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point is at the mouth of the Brisbane river and 19 km by road from the Brisbane CBD. The facility is in addition to the original cruise terminal at Portside Wharf (used by smaller ships and located a short 7 km drive from Brisbane). With none of the four homeported ships able to fit under the Gateway Bridges and too long for Portside (must be less than 270m long), they can only use the new facility or the commercial grain wharf at Fisherman Island (opposite the new facility and 24 km from Brisbane).


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Amamoor photo shoot

23 - 26 August 2020

Christine and Malcolm (friends and owners of Amamoor Lodge B&B) invited us to stay for a few nights and to take part in a photo/video shoot to refresh Amamoor Lodge’s image. It’s been over 12 months since our last visit, so we were more than happy to oblige.

We arrived in Amamoor on Sunday afternoon and stopped at the General Store for the obligatory hamburger ... always very tasty and a must if you’re ever visiting the Mary Valley. Malcolm was kind enough to drive to Cooroy (about 25 mins from the Lodge) for dinner at the Copperhead Brewery. The venue was trendy, the food was delicious, and the company very enjoyable.


On Monday we drove to Gympie to pick up some groceries and had lunch at the Jockey Club. Our afternoon was very relaxing ... listening to the birds and enjoying the tranquility.


Tuesday ... photo/video shoot day ... started at 7am with breakfast on the verandah followed by photos and video in the Lodge, around the pool (dipped our ties in but weather and water way too cold for swimming) and in the rainforest. We were also asked if we would mind being interviewed, which took us by surprise.



Late afternoon we saw a beautiful sunset from the top of the hill, appreciated another of Malcolm’s delicious dinners in the Lodge, and enjoyed a couple of wines beside the fire and fire pits. Wow ... we didn’t realise how big a day it would be, but we certainly had a lot of fun and laughs.




Before heading back on Wednesday, we visited Amamoor Station to see the steam train arrive and turnaround for its trip back to Gympie. We drove home along the Tourist Route via Kenilworth.


Another very enjoyable few days at our favourite B&B. Thanks Christine and Malcolm for your friendship, hospitality and lots of laughs.

All photos

Other Amamoor blogs

Index of our major Blogs and Photos
Summary - 2009 onwards  

2020 – Indian Ocean & South Africa Odyssey + Southern Australia Explorer

Blog - Jan 2020 to Mar 2020


2019 - Hawaii, Tahiti and South Pacific cruise on the Sea Princess

Blog - Aug 2019 to Oct 2019


2018 - World Cruise on the Sea Princess
Blog - Jun 2018 to Sept 2018
  • Segment #1: Brisbane to Dubai - 19 Days
  • Segment #2: Dubai to London - 30 Days
  • Segment #3: London to New York - 20 Days
  • Segment #4: New York to Brisbane - 37 Days
2017 - Cherry Blossom cruise (a.k.a. China - Japan cruise)
Cherry Blossom cruise
Blog - March 2017 to April 2017
2016 - World Cruise on the Sea Princess   Sea Princess entering Sydney harbour - 28 Aug 2016
Blog - May 2016 to Aug 2016
  • Segment #1: Sydney to Dubai – 20 Days
  • Segment #2: Dubai to London – 35 Days
  • Segment #3: London to New York – 11 Days
  • Segment #4: New York to Sydney – 38 Days
  • Home Leg: Sydney to Brisbane – 2 Days
2015 - Hawaii, Tahiti and South Pacific cruise on the Sun Princess Samoa - 21 July 2015
Blog - Jul. 2015 to Aug. 2015
2014 - South East Asia on the MV Voyager  Sihanoukville - 01 March 2014
Blog - Feb. 2014 to Mar. 2014
  • Leg #1 Treasures of Asia
  • Leg #2 Colours of the Indian Ocean
2012 - Caribbean cruise on the MV Voyager Montego Bay - 04 Jan 2013
Blog (by Lyn) - Nov 2012 to Jan 2013
Photos (by David and Lyn)
  • Leg #1 Voyage to the Caribbean
  • Leg #2 Caribbean Gems
  • Leg #3 A Tapestry of Central America
2011 – Far East cruise on the MV Discovery Shanghai - 08 Jan 2012
Blog (by David) - Dec 2011 to Feb 2012
Photos (by David)
  • Leg #1 Treasures of the Orient and Vietnam
  • Leg #2 Empires of the Sun
  • Leg #3 South East Asia and Australia
2010 - Caribbean cruise on the MV Discovery Chichen Itza - 21 Dec. 2010
Blog (by David) - Nov 2010 to Jan 2011 
Photos (by David) 
  • Leg #1 Discovery of the New World
  • Leg #2 Colonial Trails of the Caribbean
  • Leg #3 Tales of the Old Spanish Main
2010 – Paris D'Orsay - 17 Jan. 2010
Blog (by David) - Jan 2010
Photos (by David)
2009 - Grand Voyage of Discovery from Mumbai (India) to London on the MV Discovery
Blog (by David) - Mar 2009 to May 2009 Baalbek, Lebanon - 17 April 2009
Photos (by David)
  • Leg #1 India and The Persian Gulf
  • Leg #2 Red Sea and Eastern Mediterranean
  • Leg #3 Black Sea, Turkey and Greek Isles
  • Leg #4 European - mainly the Mediterranean
Amamoor Lodge - various years 
(including photography weekends)
Amamoor - 28 Dec. 2013
Blogs: Various
Photos: Amamoor Lodge B&BAmamoor birds
Sydney, New South Wales

19 March 2020


We arrived at White Bay Cruise Terminal at one minute past midnight today, two days earlier than scheduled.


Disembarkation was easy and Princess provided free buses for us to the airport. Princess has been fabulous during these difficult times and we look forward to cruising with them again.


It was a short flight back home to Brisbane (and probably the most dangerous part of our whole trip thanks to COVID-19)...

Brisbane city from the air



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At Sea - last days

17 - 18 March 2020

The rest of the cruise has been cancelled and we are at sea travelling from Kangaroo Island, South Australia directly to Sydney (missing Burnie and Melbourne).

KI to Sydney

Tuesday, 17 March 2020 - St. Patrick's Day


Wednesday, 18 March 2020 - Ukulele concert (and last day at sea)

We weren’t planning on it, but we were asked if we’d perform another ukulele concert in the Atrium. Unlike our Indian Odyssey cruise, there were only 14 of us ... luckily most were not beginners. It turned out to be a lot of fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

Thank you again to Aslan (a wonderful guitarist and a member of the Sun Princess orchestra) for your instruction and dedication. Thanks also to Ewan for your assistance.


Saint Patrick's Day
A cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It also celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilís, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.
Source: Wikipedia

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