Carnival million with P&O streamers

(2:59 p.m. AEST) -- Carnival Australia has ended 2017 with a bang, discovering that its ships welcomed an unprecedented one million Australians and New Zealanders in a 12-month period.

The milestone, which sets a new record for the local cruise industry, came as a pleasant surprise while “doing the maths” on passenger numbers from October 2016 to October 2017.

The million passengers travelled on Carnival Australia’s ships, both locally and overseas, across the company’s seven brands -- Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises and P&O Cruises World Cruising.

Carnival Australia’s new president Sture Myrmell revealed the statistic to Cruise Critic during an interview today discussing the phenomenal growth of cruising, with 1,281,159 Australians taking an ocean cruise last year (on all CLIA-member cruise lines).

“I think we can grow that demand to reach 2 million by 2020, as we’ve said before," Myrmell said. “It’s a big number but it’s very achievable.”

The full interview will be published in our first e-letter of 2018.

--By Louise Goldsbury, Australia Editor