Carnival Australia Facts and Figures

The 2012-13 Summer Cruise Season

  • From October 2012 to April 2013, Carnival Australia will have 19 ships from across its fleets sailing in local waters.  This includes its seven full-time Australian ships, another seven ships based in Australia for part of the cruise season and five more visiting as part of bigger world voyages.
  • Between them, the 19 ships will make 310 calls to Australian ports and carry a record 325,000 passengers - a 5 per cent increase on passenger numbers during the previous summer cruise season.
  • Sydney will attract more than a third of Carnival Australia ship visits during the summer cruise season with 116 visits scheduled.  Queensland ports will attract 101 calls, including 53 to Brisbane, while 31 ship visits will be made to Melbourne. For more information see Carnival Australia's cruise season release.

The Growth of Cruising

  • The most recent Australian Cruise Industry Report prepared by the International Cruise Council Australasia shows annual Australian cruise passenger numbers grew a record 34 per cent to reach a new high of 623,294 in 2011. This was the highest growth rate recorded by any major cruise source market in the world in 2011.  For more information see ICCA Release.

Economic Value of Cruising

  • A Deloitte Access Economics analysis commissioned by Carnival Australia shows the Australian cruise industry contributed $828.1 million to the national economy in 2010-2011 – an increase of more than 44 per cent on its contribution of $576.6 million in 2007-2008.
  • According to the study, the total economic contribution of cruising is highest in NSW ($370.9 million in 2010-11, forecast to be $1.128 billion by 2019-20) and Queensland ($166.4 million in 2010-11, forecast to be $340.8 million in 2019-20).
  • The turnaround of a 2000-passenger ship in a port, as one cruise finishes and another begins, is estimated to generate $1 million for the local economy in provedoring, port charges and passenger and crew spending.  When a 2000-passenger ship visits a port, its contribution is estimated to be around $500,000, including passenger and crew spending and port charges.


  • New ports

As cruising grows in popularity, cruise ships are constantly adding new itineraries to their offerings.

In 2013, Carnival Australia cruise lines will be making a range of maiden visits in Australia and Pacific including P&O Cruises’ first visits to Queensland’s Moreton Island and its first dedicated Papua New Guinea itineraries; Queen Mary 2’s maiden visit to Akaroa in New Zealand; Seabourn’s maiden visit to Geelong and Princess Cruise’ first visit to Picton.

  • Favourite Ports

More than one-third of Australian cruise passengers choose a holiday to the pristine, remote islands of the Pacific.