Carnival Australia was formed in July 2004 to meet the growing demand for cruising and the number of Carnival Corporation & plc cruise companies homeporting ships from Australia and New Zealand. Since then Carnival Australia has led the rapid expansion of the industry which has tripled in the past five years alone and now sees well over 600,000 Australians take a cruise holiday each year.
Today Carnival Australia represents three homeported brands in Australia - Carnival Cruise Lines, P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises - as well as another four international cruise brands that visit the region annually - Cunard Line, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises World Cruising and Seabourn.
P&O Cruises has been cruising from Australia for more than 80 years, starting with the mail ship, TSS Strathaird in 1932 when she took passengers on a cruise from Brisbane to Norfolk Island. P&O Cruises now has three ships based in Australia and with one ship regularly deployed to New Zealand for several months of the year.
Princess Cruises entered the market in 2002 with Pacific Princess' six-month deployment. Since then Princess Cruises has grown to three year-round home-ported ships and will soon be entering the Asian market with Sun Princess' part-time deployment to Japan in 2013.
Carnival Cruise Lines saw the great growth potential in the Australasian market and launched the region's largest and newest homeported ship from Sydney, Carnival Spirit, in October 2012.
Carnival Australia leads the way in infrastructure discussions at the local and federal government level, lobbies for better passenger services in ports where ships visit, discovers new destinations to visit in the South Pacific and drives the growing interest and passion in cruising.
Carnival Australia employs more than 300 staff in its North Sydney headquarters, including reservations, customer service, hotel operations, sales, marketing, legal, people & performance, market planning, shared services and corporate affairs.
As the leading voice of the cruise industry, Carnival Australia is focussed on seeing more than one million Australians take a cruise holiday by 2020.
Australians are cruising more than ever, with passenger numbers increasing a record 34 per cent in 2011. In the 2012-2013 cruise season, 19 Carnival Australia ships will make 310 calls to Australian ports and carry 325,000 passengers. The Australian cruise industry contributed $828.1 million to the national economy in 2010-2011, according Deloitte Access Economics.Find out more