Car­ni­val’s Aussie Spirit

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CAR­NI­VAL Cruise Line held an event in Sydney last night to cel­e­brate the launch of its largest ever Aus­tralian pro­gram in 2020.

The brand’s con­tin­ual growth in de­mand and ca­pac­ity in Aus­tralia has been at­trib­uted by Car­ni­val’s vice pres­i­dent Aus­tralia Jen­nifer Van­dekreeke to “hand­pick­ing the right ex­pe­ri­ences for our Aus­tralian guests”.

How­ever the jour­ney to un­der­stand what Aus­tralians de­sire in a cruise hasn’t al­ways been smooth sail­ing.

“One of the big­gest things we learned is that Aus­tralians won’t com­plain, they don’t want to be whingers and we re­spect that but our crew is used to New York­ers who give us an in­stant neg­a­tive feed­back loop,” Van­dekreeke ex­plained.

“You re­ally have to put it out there to find out what Aus­tralian cruise guests want changed.”

As a re­sult, Car­ni­val has cu­rated many ex­pe­ri­ences specif­i­cally for the Aus­tralian mar­ket.

“Aussies get stuck into ev­ery­thing from trivia, bingo and they are re­ally lov­ing our new crafts stu­dio on board,” Van­dekreeke said.

“Car­ni­val Spirit will be the first ship in the en­tire fleet to get Soulplay and it was de­signed for the Aus­tralian mar­ket be­cause get­ting ‘touchy feely’ with crafts and cre­ative stuff, par­tic­u­larly moth­ers and daugh­ters and cre­at­ing some­thing is a real trend in Aus­tralia,” she added.

Car­ni­val Cruise Line’s Jen­nifer Van­dekreeke ( pic­tured) hops aboard Lit­tle Car­ni­val at the 2019/2020 pro­gram launch party in Sydney last night.

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