Lonely Planet Writer

History made as two cruise ships berth in Sydney at same time

Sydney Harbour has been the centre of many famous moments but only now has it ever hosted  four of the world’s top ships including two modern cruise ships at the same time.

The Seabourn Odyssey which was one of two luxury vessels in Sydney Harbour over the weekend
The Seabourn Odyssey which was one of two luxury vessels in Sydney Harbour over the weekend Image by Prayitno / CC BY 2.0

Berthed along Circular Quay was the Azamara Quest replete with 686 guests, Ponant’s Le Soleal with 200 guests on board. But they were only the first act as following on came the berthing at White Bay Cruise Terminal in Rozelle of the ultra-luxury 458-guest and Silversea Cruises’ and the 382-guest Silver Whisper. in all there were six ships in the harbour at the weekend.

Sydney harbour hosted two of the world's luxury cruise vessels for the first time at the weekend
Sydney harbour hosted two of the world’s luxury cruise vessels for the first time at the weekend Image by George Grinsted / CC BY-SA 2.0

Brett Jardine, the Commericial Director of Cruise Lines International Association described the mooring of the four luxury ships on the one day as “a first for Sydney”.

He said it showed the importance and popularity of Australia as a growing cruise destination, according to a report on etbtravelnews.com.

As well as bringing thousands of high-end visitors to Sydney, it would boost the local economy as the passengers went into the city to shop and take in the sights.

The arrival of the luxury vessels comes at the city’s busiest ever cruise month, with 27 docking during February.  This is due to continue into next month when a further 17 ships will make calls to Sydney.

The historic dual berthing was possible because of the work done in installing of a new mooring dolphin in tandem with the refurbishment of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, added Mr Jardine.