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Carnival Australia operates as a 'House of Brands' comprising the world's leading cruise lines: Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises Australia, P&O Cruises World Cruising, Princess Cruises and Seabourn.

Part of Carnival Corporation & plc, Carnival Australia is the leading cruise operator in Australasia and the South Pacific. Carnival Australia is overseen by the Carnival plc UK Management Committee.

Three of our cruise lines – P&O Cruises Australia, Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line – are the only companies to base ships from Australia for an entire year, rather than during the summer months.

Carnival Australia operates eight ships based full-time in Australian waters, while a further dozen or so ships from across our cruise lines’ fleets are deployed Down Under seasonally or visit local ports during the summer months.

Through our local fleets, we have played a key role in driving the growth of the Australian cruise industry to record highs. Over the past decade, Australian cruise passenger numbers have surged by almost 20 per cent each year, reaching an unprecedented 1,281,159 passengers in 2016. With the equivalent of 5.3 per cent of the Australian population taking a cruise in 2016, the Australian cruise industry now has the highest market penetration rate in the world.

Seven out of ten of Australians who took a cruise holiday in 2016 sailed on ships operated by Carnival Australia brands. Across the Tasman, Carnival Australia accounted for more than 75 per cent of New Zealand’s 90,184 cruise passengers in 2016.

But our industry leadership extends far beyond passenger numbers.  Carnival Australia continually engages in discussions at the local and federal government level on issues that matter for our guests.  We also advocate for improved infrastructure and better passenger services in ports where cruise ships visit.

Our team is actively investigating and developing new cruise destinations across the South Pacific and in Australia and New Zealand, and together we strive to build the local interest and passion in cruising.  We also work hard to partner with the communities which we visit to ensure the benefits of a successful cruise industry are felt right across the Pacific.

Carnival Australia employs more than 300 staff in its Sydney headquarters in areas including reservations, customer service, hotel operations, marine and technical operations, port operations, sales, marketing and public relations, legal, people and performance, planning and revenue management, finance and corporate affairs.