Royal Caribbean is re-establishing a slightly more permanent presence in Queensland by home porting Radiance of the Seas in Brisbane during the 2020/21 wave season.

Although the cruise line sails regularly to the city on Australian itineraries, it will be the first time Royal Caribbean home ports a ship in Brisbane since Legend of the Seas departed the fleet in February 2017.

Utilising the currently under construction Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point, the 2,400-passenger Radiance of the Seas will be the largest ship to cruise from the sunshine state when she arrived in November 2020. She’ll also be the freshest, having just completed a multi-million dollar makeover.


During her five-month home port, Radiance of the Seas will give Queenslanders easier access to key Royal Caribbean cruising features such as the rock-climbing wall, mini golf course, self-levelling pool tables, indoor cinema, as well as 19 restaurants, cafes, lounges and bars.

If they’re lucky, the 90,090 GRT vessel’s itineraries may also feature Royal Caribbean’s first Australian ‘Perfect Day Island’, which is still in the ‘discussion and planning’ phase.


Susan Bonner, the cruise line’s Managing Director for Australia & New Zealand, said returning to Brisbane was a central component of the company’s growth plans, along with increasing calls to the state by 20 percent for the 2020/21 summer cruise season.

“Our company ethos has always been to bring Australians our world-class style of cruise holidays direct to their doorstep. So when we said we would return to the sunshine state, we meant it.”

Susan Bonner, Royal Caribbean Managing Director Australia & New Zealand

“We’re thrilled to be returning to Queensland with our newer and larger mega liner, with even more features for families and couples alike.”


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