Carnival Cruise Line have confirmed that Carnival Spirit will continue to operate in Australia in 2018 instead of sailing out of Northern China.
The change of plan will see Carnival Spirit continue her duties in Australia, sailing from Sydney and this will continue after her dry docking which is scheduled for May 2018.
The move is viewed as a result of the ‘popularity of the cruise line’s operations in Australia and associated capacity needs’ that the ship will be staying in Australian waters, according to Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australia, Jennifer Vandekreeke.
“Australian guests and travel agents have truly embraced the fun of a Carnival cruise. We recently welcomed our 500,000th guest onboard our local ships and our forward bookings are strong for next winter, so a decision has been made to keep Carnival Spirit in Australia throughout 2018.
“It’s a sensible business move and we think it’s one that will be very popular with loyal Australian customers.” Vandekreeke said.
2018 will see a busy year for Carnival in Australia with 35 new cruises planned, of which these will be going on sale on 4th November. Carnival Spirit will also offer two new 19 night cruises between Sydney and Singapore, where she will be going for her refurbishment in May 2018.
Carnival Spirit will undertake a variety of winter cruises including seven and 12 night cruise to Vanuatu, Fifi and New Caledonia. A selection of three and four nights sailings will also take place to Queensland’s Moreton Island.
In addition of Carnival Spirit staying in Australia, her sister ship, Carnival Legend will be returning to Australian waters in October 2018, in what will be her fifth summer season ‘Down Under’. She will be scheduled to sail from Melbourne in what will be an inaugural series of seven cruises in the early part of 2018, with a further three sailings in November 2018 from Melbourne. A highlight being the 10 night itinerary to New Zealand and two short three and four night cruises to Hobart and Sydney.