CCL dou­ble dry­dock

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CAR­NI­VAL Cruise Line’s Aus­tralian-based ships, Car­ni­val Spirit and Car­ni­val Le­gend will both go into dry­dock next May.

Car­ni­val Spirit’s dry­dock will be in early May and Le­gend will be later in the month, mean­ing there will be no CCL ships sail­ing in or out of Aus­tralia for two weeks, CCL has con­firmed in the re­lease of its 2018/19 pro­gram.

The cruise line promised both ships would “emerge with ex­cit­ing new fea­tures in time for the bumper 2018-19 sea­son”.

Dur­ing Spirit’s repo­si­tion­ing cruise to Sin­ga­pore, she will make maiden vis­its to Koh Sa­mui and Phuket in Thai­land and Ho Chi Minh City in Viet­nam.

CAR­NI­VAL Cruise Line will once again sail out of Syd­ney in Nov 2019, af­ter swap­ping out the des­ti­na­tion for Mel­bourne in the same pe­riod in 2018 due to con­ges­tion at the OPT.

Con­firm­ing the re­turn in the re­lease of it 2018/19 sea­son, the line un­veiled more than 70 sail­ings from Syd­ney & Mel­bourne, incl a record 19 short cruises.

A spokesper­son for the line said Car­ni­val had sched­uled as many sail­ings from Mel­bourne in Feb/ Mar of 2019 as in 2018, not­ing “the re­sponse in the Vic­to­rian mar­ket for Car­ni­val has been be­yond our ex­pec­ta­tions”.

CCL is of­fer­ing roundtrip sail­ings from Mel­bourne to New Zealand over 13 nights, the South Pa­cific over 10 and 11 nights as well as a four-night hop south to Tas­ma­nia.

The pro­gram is the line’s big­gest Aus­tralian pro­gram to date and packs in 43 cruises to the South Pa­cific and New Zealand, rep­re­sent­ing a 13% in­crease in sail­ings to the des­ti­na­tions on the 2018 sea­son.

Car­ni­val vice pres­i­dent Aus­tralia Jen­nifer Van­dekreeke said of the record num­ber of op­tions, “there will be some­thing for ev­ery fun seeker in this pro­gram”.

Prices for a four-night Syd­ney to More­ton Is­land cruise sail­ing on 21 Nov leads in at $699ppts.

The pro­gram will go on sale on 15 Jun.

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