As one of the fastest growing segments of Australian and New Zealand tourism, there’s always plenty of activity in the local cruise industry.
Latest cruise industry figures showed that the number of Australians who took a cruise in 2017 reached an unprecedented 1.34 million, an increase of 4.4 per cent. Across the Tasman, nearly 100,000 New Zealanders took a cruise holiday in 2017.
As demand for cruising continues to expand, every year brings more exciting moments for Carnival Australia brands. In 2017, we saw the debut of P&O Cruises’ Pacific Explorer and celebrated her first anniversary with the fleet last year. P&O Cruises also announced last year that Pacific Adventure would be joining the fleet in 2020 with another Grand Class ship coming in 2021.
This year, Cunard history is being made with the world famous line basing its youngest ship -- Queen Elizabeth -- in Australian waters for a record two months for a series of cruises from Sydney and Melbourne to be followed by a 101-day stay down under in 2019-20.
In September last year, Princess Cruises’ new flagship, the spectacular 147,000-tonne Majestic Princess, arrived in Sydney along a runway of lights to kick off the summer cruise season, claiming the mantle of the largest Princess ship ever to sail to Australia as she began a six-month season of local cruising.
Ultra-luxury cruise line, Seabourn, welcomed the elegant Seabourn Ovation -- the fifth addition to its fleet – which sailed the waters of Northern Europe in its maiden season. Holland America Line debuted the 99,500 tonne Nieuw Statendam -- the fleet’s second Pinnacle Class ship.
Nieuw Statendam features grand, light-filled spaces, visual drama and sumptuous interiors inspired by the fluid curves of musical instruments. Maasdam visited local waters on her inaugural ‘EXC In-Depth Voyages’ program that enables guests to tailor a variety of themes and choices for their exploration. These can involve photography, science and nature, arts and culture, food, wine and spirits, history and perspective and active exploration.
Carnival Cruise Line will increase its local operation in having two ships sailing full-time in Australia from 2019. Carnival Splendor will join the local fleet, becoming the newest and largest ship home ported year-round in Australia. Carnival Spirit will then reposition to Brisbane, its new home port, and sail year-round from October 2020.
Majestic Princess will be joined by the 3600-guest Ruby Princess. This year, Princess Cruises will welcome its fourth Royal Class ship to its fleet, to be followed by a fifth in 2020. All of these developments for Carnival Australia brands ensures an exciting period for local and international cruising in our region.
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