Carnival Cruise Line is sending its largest cruise ship ever to Australia. In 2019, the cruise line said it will reposition the 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor to Sydney, making it the newest and largest ship based year-round in Australia.
Carnival Splendor offers a number of signature Carnival brand amenities, including the El Morocco Lounge, which hosts comedy shows, musical performances and karaoke, as well as an onboard jazz club called The Cool. Carnival said that the ship will undergo a significant bow-to-stern upgrade prior to sailing from Sydney that will add features catering to Australian guests, including a variety of new dining experiences tailored to local tastes and a new waterpark.
The 113,300-ton vessel will make its inaugural voyage from Sydney in December 2019 following a repositioning cruise from Singapore.
Carnival Splendor currently operates seven-day Mexican Riviera and longer length voyages to Alaska and Hawaii from Long Beach, CA. Carnival said that another one of its ships will be replacing Carnival Splendor on its Long Beach cruise program, which will be announced in the near future.
More than 800,000 Australians have cruised with Carnival since the company launched its Australia program five years ago with year-round sailings of Carnival Spirit. Carnival Legend also operates seasonal departures from Sydney. The arrival of Carnival Splendor to Sydney represents a 66 percent capacity increase for Carnival Cruise Line in Australia, the cruise line said.