Carnival Splendor Sets Sail on First Australia Cruise in Three Years

Carnival Cruise Line is back to fun in Australia, with Carnival Splendor’s recent departure from Sydney officially restarting the cruise line’s guest operations in Australia.

A ceremonial ribbon-cutting led by Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy welcomed guests aboard Carnival Splendor, kicking off a Carnival cruise vacation for the first time in nearly three years.

“Today’s festivities are just a taste of what’s to come for Australia. We have been planning this return for some time, and we are elated now to see guests back on board, ready to have fun and take in the beauty that Australia has to offer,” said Duffy. “And as we welcome the arrival of our newest ship, Carnival Luminosa to Brisbane next month, we’re looking forward to even more fun in Australia.”

Carnival President Christine Duffy kicks off Back to Fun event in Sydney
Carnival President Christine Duffy kicks off Back to Fun event in Sydney (Carnival Cruise Line)

Also taking part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony were two Sydney locals and avid cruisers, Joe and Van Huddleston. The Huddlestons were the first guests back on board and are celebrating a milestone of their own: their 80th cruise on a Carnival ship.

Carnival Splendor is now sailing on a four-day cruise and is set to visit Australia’s Moreton Island. The ship will operate a range of Australian itineraries year-round.

Carnival Cruise Line, part of Carnival Corporation, operates from 14 U.S. and two Australian homeports and employs more than 40,000 team members representing 120 nationalities. The line is witnessing an exciting period of growth as it welcomes five new ships to its fleet from 2022 to 2024, including Carnival Celebration, which arrives in Miami in November 2022, marking the culmination of Carnival’s 50th birthday festivities.

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