Royal Caribbean considering Botany Bay as new Australia homeport
Royal Caribbean is poised to move its home port in Australia from Sydney Harbor to Port Botany as a way to get around the cruise ship overcrowding issue in Sydney.
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Cruise Critic reports that Royal Caribbean regional vice president Asia Pacific, Gavin Smith, believes Port Botany was "more commercially confident" of a solution because of a drop in traffic at Port Botany.
Syndey Harbor has been the homeport for Royal Caribbean ships but the fact there is only one berth that can handle mega-sized cruise ships means Royal Caribbean needs more options.
If Port Botany was selected as homeport, Royal Caribbean ships would leave Port Botany at 4pm and then sail into Sydney Harbor at around 6pm to give a great view of the city before heading out to sea.
Earlier this month Royal Caribbean had expressed interest in having ships leave from Wollongong, but according to Smith it does not make sense to split the ships across multiple ports.