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Carnival Says New Australia Cruise Program for 2018-19 Is Its Biggest Ever

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Carnival Cruise Line has launched its 2018-19 program, offering Australian holiday makers a larger number of cruises than ever before, according to a Carnival news release. 

The cruise line's new program, open for bookings on June 15, includes more than 70 sailings from Sydney and Melbourne, including a record 19 short cruises with weekend samplers and short local itineraries proving to be a popular, easy getaway option.

Fares on the four-night cruise to Moreton Island in Queensland on Carnival Spiritsailing from Sydney on November 21, 2019, start from $699 per person twin share.


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With 43 longer cruises to the idyllic islands of the South Pacific and New Zealand included, the new program represents an increase of 13 percent on the 2018 sailings.

Carnival Legend sails from Sydney on an eight-day cruise to the South Pacific on November 24, 2019 with calls to Mare, Isle of Pines, Lifou and Noumea. Fares on the cruise start from $1,149 per person twin share.

Increased demand from the southern states has put Melbourne back on the map, with Carnival offering a series of roundtrip itineraries from the port city to New Zealand over 13 nights, the South Pacific over 10 and 11 nights as well as a popular four-night hop south to Tasmania.

Fares on the cruise to Tasmania sailing roundtrip from Melbourne on Carnival Legend on February 27, 2019 start at $699 per person twin share.

On the calendar for May of 2018 is Carnival Spirit's cruise from Sydney to Singapore over 19 nights, with calls to Darwin and Bali and maiden visits to Koh Samui and Phuket in Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. On the way to Singapore, Carnival Spirit will also stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City, giving Aussie guests the chance to explore the vibrant sights, sounds and flavors of South East Asia before cruising on to Singapore. Fares on the cruise start at $2,549 per person twin share.  

Both Carnival's Australia-based ships, Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend, will enter dry-dock in May 2018 and emerge with new features in time for the bumper 2018-19 season.


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