Carnival Splendor Surpasses International Deadline

The Carnival Splendor recently crossed the International Date Line while sailing on a Transpacific Journeys cruise en route to restart Carnival Cruise Line operations in Australia.

By crossing this internationally recognized calendar boundary, the ship skipped an entire day of the week – turning Wednesday into Friday for everyone on board the ship.

“This is a special trip and crossing the International Date Line is a fun milestone to share along the way with our guests and crew as we make a truly memorable trip home to the beautiful city of Sydney,” captain Francesco La Fauci said. “Sydney is my favorite city and as I am soon entering my 40th year with Carnival Cruise Line, I am so happy to be sailing there with Carnival Splendor and its crew family so that we can continue to serve one of the most spectacular in the world.”

After Carnival Splendor sailed from Seattle on Sept. 6, following the ship’s successful deployment as part of Carnival’s largest season in Alaska, guests aboard enjoyed an unforgettable opportunity to explore the natural beauty of this cruise in the South Pacific. Carnival Splendor made several stops in Hawaii, visiting Honolulu, Kona, Hilo and Maui. Carnival Splendor will soon visit Fiji, with stops in Suva and Port Denarau.

Arriving in Sydney on September 30, the Carnival Splendor will be the first Carnival ship to resume operations in Australian waters in nearly 1,000 days. The ship will be homeported in Sydney year-round, with its first cruise departing October 1.

The return of Carnival Splendor also coincides with Carnival’s 10th year in business in Australia. In November, Carnival Luminosa will complete the cruise line’s two-ship deployment to Australia with departures from Brisbane.

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