(3:03 p.m. AEST) -- Carnival Cruise Line has launched its 2018-19 program which features more than 70 sailings from Sydney and Melbourne, 19 short cruises and 43 longer cruises to the South Pacific and New Zealand.
Increased demand from the southern states has also resulted in Carnival offering a series of roundtrip itineraries from Melbourne to New Zealand over 13 nights, the South Pacific over 10 and 11 nights as well as a four-night hop south to Tasmania.
In May 2018 Carnival Spirit’s 19-night cruise from Sydney to Singapore includes 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, before cruising on to Singapore.
Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australia Jennifer Vandekreeke said she was excited to deliver so many fun holiday options for Australians in the 2018-19 season “From Hobart to Ho Chi Minh City, Carnival will be dialling up the fun in 2018-19. We’ve got a record number of options on offer and with cruises from Asia to New Zealand, the Pacific and more short breaks than ever before – there will be something for every fun seeker in this program,” Vandereeke said.
“We’re thrilled that so many Australians are choosing to holiday with Carnival and that we can offer enticing new destinations to our new and repeat guests.”
Both of Carnival’s Australia-based ships, Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend, will enter dry-dock in May 2018 and will emerge with new features in time for the 2018-19 season. The new program opens for sale on June 15, 2017.
--By Rebecca Stackpool, Cruise Critic contributor