The first of a seven-strong fleet of double-decker CityCats will ply the Brisbane River before Christmas.

Lord mayor Adrian Schrinner allocated $30 million over the next four years to begin the construction of Brisbane’s next generation of CityCats.

The first, now being built at Murarrie by Brisbane shipbuilder¬†Aus Ships for a cool $3.7 million, will include “almost ceiling-to-floor” glass windows on the ground floor, a viewing area at the front for inside passengers and an open-air upper deck.

Brisbane councillors were told on Tuesday the CityCat would be in service before Christmas.

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