Carnival plans record Aussie sea­son

Cruise Weekly - - News -

CARNIVAL Aus­tralia is gear­ing up for a record sea­son, re­veal­ing it will gen­er­ate an es­ti­mated $500 mil­lion in eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity and make 696 calls across 38 Aus­tralian ports.

Carnival’s peak cruise sea­son of­fi­cially kicks off 15 Sep when Princess Cruises’ flag­ship Ma­jes­tic Princess ar­rives in Syd­ney for her maiden Aus­tralian sea­son.

“In 2008-09, our ships made fewer than 200 calls to lo­cal ports over the cruise sea­son... that num­ber has more than tripled over the past decade,” said Carnival Aus­tralia pres­i­dent Sture Myrmell.

“We’re very ex­cited to be adding even more Aus­tralian des­ti­na­tions to the cruise map this sum­mer,” he added.

The Queens­land mar­ket will see the big­gest up­swing, at­tract­ing 247 calls to 11 dif­fer­ent state ports – a 30% bump on last year.

Other no­table mile­stones for Carnival this sea­son in­clude P&O Cruises’ first three-ship de­ploy­ment in Bris­bane, Cu­nard’s maiden call to Burnie, Tas­ma­nia, in Feb, P&O’s big­gest ever Ade­laide pro­gram, and a record nine cruises from Mel­bourne.

MEAN­WHILE travel agents from all over Aus­tralia re­cently took part in a three-day roundtrip cruise from Syd­ney to ex­pe­ri­ence what life was like on board Carnival Spirit.

The group of agents, nick­named the “Fun Squad” ( pic­tured), took to the sea last week­end for the fun-filled ad­ven­ture.

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