Spirit com­mit­ted to Oz

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CAR­NI­VAL Cruise Line’s de­ci­sion to in­crease its Aus­tralian op­er­a­tion to two ships sail­ing full time from 2020 ( TD 27 Sep) was mo­ti­vated by strong de­mand in the mar­ket, Jen­nifer Van­dekreeke, vp & gm Aus­tralia, CCL told Travel Daily.

“There’s just a lot of strong de­mand in the mar­ket thanks to a great re­sponse by our past guests and re­ally by travel agents who un­der­stand who we are and what we’re about and who are do­ing an amaz­ing job sup­port­ing us,” she said.

Van­dekreeke re­in­forced the line’s com­mit­ment to con­tinue de­ploy­ing Car­ni­val Spirit down un­der and said it was “look­ing at all kinds of dif­fer­ent fac­tors” to guide its de­ci­sion on which ves­sel would be its sec­ond full-time ship in Aus­tralia from 2020.

“I don’t think any­body would al­low me to live if we thought about tak­ing Spirit from this mar­ket,” she said.

Fur­ther de­tails are yet to be fi­nalised, but Van­dekreeke high­lighted Leg­end’s dry­dock in May, af­ter which “there won’t be as much of a dif­fer­ence be­tween Car­ni­val Leg­end & Car­ni­val Spirit”.

De­ploy­ment for the two full time ships will be re­vealed in May, but Van­dekreeke said she didn’t see the line mak­ing “any mas­sive changes” in terms of the des­ti­na­tions it vis­its.

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