The world’s largest cruise line, Royal Caribbean International will base one of its superliners in Brisbane for the 2015/16 summer cruise season.

The 2000-guest superliner, Legend of the Seas, will reside in Brisbane and provide cruising experiences in Queensland and the South Pacific.

The global cruise brand will inject a much-needed boost into state tourism, with an estimated impact of $25-30 million.

The 70,000 tonne cruise-liner will arrive at the Brisbane Cruise Terminal in Portside Wharf in December 2015 for a five-month season.

Following an extensive $50 million refurbishment of the ship in 2013, it now boasts luxurious features across its 11 decks, including:

  • Central atrium with an acrobatic aerial show
  • Rock-climbing wall and jogging track
  • Mini golf course
  • Six pools and whirlpools, including indoor
  • Eight bars, clubs and lounges
  • Babies nursery
  • Multiple dining venues including a sushi restaurant
  • Two-deck grand dining room
  • 800-seat theatre
  • Vitality Spa & Fitness centre
  • Beauty salon
  • Shopping arcade
  • Outdoor movie screen

Regional Vice-President Asia Pacific Gavin Smith says Legend of the Seas is the next logical stage in Royal Caribbean’s growth in Australia.

“Our Sydney and now Brisbane vessels represent the largest investment made by a cruise line in Australia and demonstrate our absolute commitment to the local cruise market,” says Smith.

Legend of the Seas is currently sailing in Europe and the Caribbean.

Many Australians and New Zealanders will already be familiar with the ship from her Asia programs between 2008 to 2013.

The Brisbane program will go on sale in mid-May and guests will be able to choose from 17 attractive itineraries ranging from two to 14 nights to the South Pacific islands, Queensland and New Zealand – plus exotic repositioning cruises between Hong Kong and Brisbane.

For more information, visit Royal Caribbean or call 1800 754 500.