Ships Diverted To New Terminal in Pinkenba As Portside Wharf Closed

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The closure of Brisbane’s Portside Wharf has prompted ships and cruise lines such as Regent Seven Sea Cruises, Silversea, and Viking to look for alternative arrangements, particularly now that the 2022/2023 cruise season has officially started.  The diversion to the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal in Pinkenba is part of preparations for a hefty makeover.

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Brisbane International Cruise Terminal was completed in 2020, but due to two years of uncertainty brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Pinkenba facility was only opened in June 2022.

Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas preparing to leave BICT (Photo credit: R V/Google Maps)

Brisbane’s new international terminal, following discussions with cruise lines, is reportedly looking forward to welcoming some additional cruise visits in their facility. 

Photo credit: Brisbane International Cruise Terminal/Google Maps

Since then, Queensland’s first dedicated cruise facility has welcomed a few high-end ships, including Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas and Holland America Line’s Noordam.

Meanwhile, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia worries that any last-minute changes to itineraries will cause disruption to thousands of guests and affect the cruise industry as it strives to restore the country’s cruise economy. 

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One of travellers’ concerns about BICT is that it’s not currently connected to public transport.

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In response to this concern, Port of Brisbane said that the issue about public transport is the responsibility of the state and local government.

“While the BICT itself doesn’t provide shuttles, we recommend passengers contact their cruise lines directly to see if they provide any services for their passengers,” Port of Brisbane stated on social media.

Portside Wharf Makeover

Artist’s impression of Portside Wharf’s makeover (Photo credit:

Portside Wharf has closed as part of its preparation for its $20 million extensive makeover, which is set to begin in late 2022 and finalised by December 2023.

Cavill Architects Practice Director Andrew D’Occhio and Urbis Senior Designer Lorena Garcia Martin said the investment would herald a new future for Portside Wharf by drawing on its rich legacy.

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New tenancies, such as dining, retail and entertainment sub-precincts and areas dedicated to lifestyle and wellness convenience and premium boutiques will be established as part of the Portside Wharf’s major redevelopment.