Carnival Australia has welcomed Waterfront Auckland’s release of designs for the transformation of Queens Wharf into a world class multi-use cruise terminal and events facility.
The new facility will confirm Auckland’s position as a vital cruise hub and a key part of the world’s fastest growing cruise market.
“Auckland has one of the world’s finest harbours and Queens Wharf provides one of the most spectacular backdrops of any harbour city,” said Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia.
“As we saw during the Rugby World Cup celebrations, the dramatic spectacle of cruise ships coming alongside in the heart of Auckland contributes to New Zealand’s popularity as a cruise destination.
“By showing such strong leadership in upgrading port facilities, Auckland Council and the New Zealand Government have recognised that cruising is an ever increasing economic opportunity.”
Ms Sherry said the proposed design for Queens Wharf also allowed for growth in the number of cruise passengers and the increasing size of cruise ships.
Being able to cater for ships carrying up to 3,000 passengers was a forward looking decision that would ensure Auckland continued to grow as a cruise hub in the South Pacific.