Royal Caribbean International’s first ever cruise ship based in Queensland, Legend of the Seas, has arrived to her new home of Brisbane this morning. The new local legend will sail from the sunny state until April 2016 and is expected to inject more than $24 million into the Queensland economy in passenger spending alone.
“We are thrilled to welcome Legend of the Seas to her brand new home. We have been working towards basing a ship in Brisbane since opening our Australia office in 2009 – so it’s a great pleasure to finally deliver Queenslanders with an international style of cruising, right on their doorstep,” said Adam Armstrong, Regional Commercial Director, Royal Caribbean International.
“Queensland is one of the fastest growing markets in the country and has been a major source market for our Sydney-based ships over the last decade. Positioning Legend of the Seas to Brisbane offers greater convenience for Queenslanders, who now have an exciting new choice in cruise lines.”
At 70,000 tonnes, Legend of the Seas is one of the largest ships in Royal Caribbean’s fleet that is able to navigate the Brisbane River and dock at Portside Wharf, Hamilton. Following an extensive US$50 million revitalisation in 2013, the ship boasts extraordinary facilities that guests will not find onboard any other cruise ship sailing from Brisbane, such as the Central Atrium where high flying acrobats put on an incredible aerial show, an outdoor rock climbing wall for active travellers to test their skill, a mini golf course, indoor adults-only swimming pool for more leisurely pursuits, as well as a babies nursery.
Legend of the Seas’ onboard dining offering will excite Queenslanders with six options including three speciality restaurants – a Japanese restaurant called Izumi, Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse Chops Grille and the 12-seat Chef’s Table private dining room. She also features a stunning two-deck grand dining room, a pool-side big screen showing movies and sports games, an 800-seat theatre with Broadway style productions, the Vitality Spa & Fitness centre, a beauty salon and a shopping arcade.
Legend of the Seas arrived this morning at around 6am, concluding an 18-night repositioning sailing from Hong Kong. The ship departs this evening at 6pm on a two-night Sampler sailing – the first local cruise of her maiden season.
During her five month season, Legend of the Seas will embark on 15 itineraries in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific ranging from two to 18 nights. The ship will return to Brisbane for an extended summer season October 2016.
Legend of the Seas is Royal Caribbean International’s unprecedented fourth ship sailing in Australia for the 2015/16 summer season; joiningExplorer of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas sailing out of Sydney; contributing to capacity growth of almost 50% this summer.