NO ROOM AT THE PORT Sydney will lose millions as cruise lines bypass Australian city

Posted on 05/02/2017 | About Sydney, Australia

Sydney is set to lose out on thousands of cruise arrivals and millions of dollars in revenue due to a 'frustrating' lack of dock capacity. Cruise companies are skipping the Australian port preferring Melbourne and Brisbane or Asia Pacific destinations instead.

Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Voyager of the Seas will now stay in Singapore and China for a year-round season.

"We've been talking about one day Sydney will be full. That day has come," the line's MD Adam Armstrong told the Daily Telegraph.

"Sydney will lose 65,000 guests a year from Voyager of the Seas and around $32 million in passenger spend."

"Brisbane will have a solution ­before Sydney does."

Carnival Australia is also picking Melbourne over Sydney due to inadequate port space.

"We are finding ourselves ­increasingly basing ships in other cities. I will keep encouraging discussion at both a state and federal level. This is the last big piece of the tourism puzzle now we have agreement on the second airport and have rebuilt the convention and exhibition centre in Sydney," said Carnival Australia executive chairman Ann Sherry.