Travel Bulletin - - CRUISE REPORT -

CAR­NI­VAL Cruise Line shocked the in­dus­try last month when it an­nounced the with­drawal of its Car­ni­val Spirit from Aus­tralasian wa­ters dur­ing win­ter of 2018. The move is a rare hic­cup in Aus­tralia’s ever-in­creas­ing cruise ca­pac­ity, and means the op­er­a­tor will no longer have a year­round de­ploy­ment here. In­stead Spirit is be­ing sent to China, with the com­pany say­ing it was the log­i­cal op­tion based on “avail­abil­ity and prox­im­ity” af­ter a planned dry dock in Sin­ga­pore in au­tumn 2018. Car­ni­val Cruise Line pres­i­dent Chris­tine Duffy said it was im­por­tant for the Car­ni­val brand to es­tab­lish a pres­ence in the Asia cruise mar­ket. She said the de­ci­sion was taken af­ter eval­u­at­ing many dif­fer­ent op­tions, with Car­ni­val Spirit re­plac­ing the pre­vi­ously planned 2018 China de­ploy­ment of Car­ni­val Mir­a­cle which will re­main cruis­ing in North Amer­ica. De­spite the win­ter pull­out she in­sisted that Car­ni­val Spirit had per­formed strongly in the Aus­tralian mar­ket since de­but­ing here in 2012, with the ship re­turn­ing along with Car­ni­val Legend for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 Aus­tralian sum­mers. “The two ships have proven ex­tremely pop­u­lar and we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to de­liver Car­ni­val’s fun hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence to ex­ist­ing and new Aus­tralasian guests over the com­ing years,” she said.

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