Australia welcomes first international cruise guests since 2020

Australia welcomes first international cruise guests since 2020

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Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Splendor was escorted by P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Adventure before arriving at the Port of Sydney

Australia welcomed its first international cruise guests in nearly three years when Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Splendor arrived in Sydney Harbour on 30 September 2022.

Carnival Splendor was escorted into the harbour by sister brand P&O Cruises Australia’s ship Pacific Adventure before sailing past Sydney Opera House and arriving at the Port of Sydney.

“Escorted by Pacific Adventure, Carnival Splendor’s return to Sydney Harbour was a stunning moment to see, and one we’ve been waiting for,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, on the ship’s homecoming celebration. “The return of Carnival Splendor to Sydney is a milestone achievement, not just for us, but for the Australian cruising industry. Her arrival marks the first cruise ship to enter Australian waters with international passengers in nearly three years.

“Splendor’s return also kick-starts an exciting time for Carnival Cruise Line as it celebrates 10 years in Australia in October, and Brisbane being the first to experience our newest ship, Carnival Luminosa, in November.”

The ship completed its 23-day transpacific voyage to its Australian homeport, having begun its journey in Seattle, Washington, USA, on 6 September. It is now resuming year-round service from Sydney, having departed for its first cruise from the city on 1 October 2022.

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Alice Chambers
By Alice Chambers
03 October 2022

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