Spirit committed to Oz
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.