The 1,950-passenger Sea Princess in BrisbaneBrisbane’s cruise operation was being buoyed by two significant deployments. First, Royal Caribbean International will base its Legend of the Seas out of the port in 2015/2016, and she will join P&O Australia’s new-to-them Pacific Aria.

“We are strategically located … just one sea-day away from Sydney or the Whitsunday Islands, and two sea-days from tropical Cairns or the Pacific Island of New Caledonia,” said Lee Butterworth, regional director of Brookfield Residential Properties, which oversees the cruise operation. “The Brisbane Airport is only a 15-minute drive away.”

This coming season, Brisbane will welcome its 1 millionth passenger through its Brisbane Cruise Terminal.

As ships get bigger, Butterworth said he can still perform a turn-around in 7.5 hours.

“One of the best examples of working with the lines was introducing staggered check-in times,” he said. “This has been highly successful to ensure a smooth process not only for us but for passengers as well.”