Carnival Australia is celebrating its most successful Aussie summer season ever.
Australia’s largest cruise operator carried more than 530,000 cruisers between 22 cruise ships across 7 cruise lines since October 2015 – more than the entire population of Tasmania. The massive figure represents a record-breaking cruise season, says Carnival’s Executive Chairman Ann Sherry.
“Each year for the past decade we have announced that another record summer cruise season is imminent and, with more than one million Australians a year now cruising, this past summer was no exception. In 2005-2006, we heralded a bumper cruise season with 10 ships from across our fleets sailing locally and making 141 calls to Australian ports. A decade on the number of ships has more than doubled and the number of local calls has almost quadrupled.”
Ms Sherry says while cruising is firmly established as a year-round industry in Australia, highlights of the summer season could include the debut of P&O Cruises’ latest ships, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, expanding the cruise line’s fleet to a record five vessels, as well as the arrival of Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess for its maiden Australian deployment.
In addition to two Carnival Cruise Line ships, three Holland America Line ships sailed Australian waters over summer, including Noordam on its maiden visit. Australia also enjoyed world voyage visits by all three Cunard Queens, two ships from P&O Cruises World Cruising and one Seabourn vessel.
And the summer ahead looks set to be just as busy for the Carnival Australia fleet, as Aussies continue their love affair with cruising. Meanwhile, Sydney is preparing to be dazzled by the magnificent Emerald Princess in November, while in January the world’s newest and most luxurious ship, the tantalising Seabourn Encore, will arrive on Aussie shores just weeks after her official naming. Cunard will also make headlines as Queen Elizabeth and the newly remastered Queen Mary 2 meet for a royal rendezvous on 25 February.