Carnival Cruise Line officially restarts operations in Australia

Carnival Splendor sailed from Sydney, officially restarting the cruise line’s operations in Australia and bringing joy to eager travelers who have waited more than two years for a return to cruising.

This memorable reboot is just the start of Carnival cruises in Australia, with the new name Luminous Carnival Already beginning its journey to its new home port in Brisbane, where it will begin offering cruises in November.

Carnival cruises depart from Sydney

The Concordia class Carnival Splendor was welcomed to Sydney Harbor with with great fanfare on September 30, 2022ready to begin her first sailings Down Under since leaving the market during the pandemic lockdown.

The special occasion, which was the conclusion of the ship’s 23-night trans-Pacific repositioning cruise from Alaska, is the first time a cruise ship has arrived in Australia with international passengers since the start of 2020.

As she was ready to set sail on Saturday, October 1, the cruise line held a special ribbon cutting to welcome guests on board, and other festivities including live music, special desserts, and more. ., were part of the very happy boarding day.

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“Today’s festivities are just a taste of what awaits Australia,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We’ve been anticipating this return for some time, and are now delighted to have guests back on board, ready to have fun and enjoy the beauty that Australia has to offer.”

Two Sydneysiders and keen cruisers, Joe and Van Huddleston, also joined in the dedication ceremony. The Huddlestons were the first guests back on board and are celebrating a milestone: their 80th Carnival cruise.

The ship left Sydney that evening for a 4-night round trip, with two days at sea and a visit to Moreton Island in Queensland on the itinerary. Carnival Splendor will return to Sydney on Wednesday October 5th.

Carnival Splendor welcomes guests
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The 113,300 gross ton vessel will now offer several different itineraries to customers, ranging from 3 to 11 nights and visiting a variety of exciting ports of call in Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu and more, depending on sailing date and exact route.

Carnival Splendor, which entered the Fun Ship fleet in 2008, can accommodate up to 3,012 guests based on double occupancy and up to 3,948 passengers when fully booked. Sydney is the ship’s designated homeport year-round until at least mid-2024.

Luminous Carnival Arrive in November

The fun doesn’t stop at Carnival Splendorwith the newest ship to join the fleet – the renamed and reinvented Luminous Carnival – was due to sail from Brisbane on Sunday 6 November.

The Spirit-Vista hybrid class Luminous CarnivalPreviously Costa Luminosa, recently completed a major drydockwhich involved upgrading spaces to popular carnival favorites and adding the new fleet livery to the ship’s hull and funnel.

Luminous Carnival is now on its way to Dubai, where additional crew members will join the ship before it sets sail for Australia.

Carnival Luminosa cruise ship
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“As we welcome the arrival of our newest ship, Carnival Luminosa in Brisbane next month, we look forward to even more fun in Australia,” said Duffy.

Undoubtedly, the new ship will experience similar festivities when it arrives in Australia, as well as when the first guests embark. Luminous Carnival will offer similar 3-11 night itineraries in AustraliaNew Zealand and other South Pacific destinations.

Although the fact that the region is once again opening up to cruises is a welcome step forward, customers who have booked on board are Carnival Splendor Where Luminous Carnival should be prepared for possible itinerary changes as some destinations in the region may still remain closed to cruise ships.

As has happened around the world as different ports of call have cautiously begun to welcome cruise passengers back, changes may occur at the last minute and sailing protocols may change as different destinations adjust their requirements. .

Guests booked on upcoming cruises should stay in close contact with Carnival Cruise Line for updates on itinerary changes and updated requirements no matter where in the world they plan to set sail.

Carnival Splendor cruise ship