Carnival Cruise Line is shining the spotlight on home-grown wonders and launched its biggest ever range of Down Under cruises. From this summer onwards, the line has based Carnival Spirit in Australian waters year round, as well as confirmed that Carnival Legend will call Australia home throughout the 2015-16 and 2016-17 extended summer seasons. So what itineraries have caught our attention? Read on for our pick of the top local Carnival Cruise Line voyages scheduled to set sail this season.
4 Night Cruise to Queensland’s Moreton Island
Setting sail from Sydney, this four night voyage is the perfect way to experience the unsurpassed luxury of Carnival’s Spirit-class ships. After exploring iconic sights such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, passengers will embark Carnival Spirit and set their sights on Queensland’s idyllic Moreton Island. The sandy landmass is perched on the eastern side of Moreton Bay, and is famous for its untouched landscape, starry night skies and abundance of local wildlife. Known as “The Gem of South East Queensland,” the island is a mecca for Aussie holidaymakers in search of sun, sand, camping, whale watching, fishing, four wheel driving and more. Tangalooma is a not-to-be-missed spot for snorkelers and scuba divers, renowned for its shipwrecks, colourful coral and playful dolphins.
Melbourne Cup from Sydney
Catch all the action of the Melbourne Cup by heading off on this eight night voyage departing from Sydney. Ladies will love the chance to frock up from the comfort of their cruise cabin, then hit Flemington for a day of cocktails, champagne and fancy hats. Book in advance as cabins are sure to sell out fast for the one-off annual event!
New Zealand from Sydney
Discover the delights of beautiful New Zealand on this 11 night cruise offering passengers the perfect balance of relaxing at-sea days and action packed shore excursions. After three days of enjoying the luxuries of Carnival Spirit guests will cruise into Wellington where they can stroll along the waterfront promenade, hit the shops and enjoy a taste of urban New Zealand. A call to the seaport city of Napier is a great chance to marvel at the natural beauty of Hawke’s Bay, check out the meticulously preserved 1930s architecture and learn about traditional Maori motifs. A call at Tauranga gives passengers the chance to explore the jewel of the Bay of Plenty while Auckland offers another whirlwind slice of city excitement. The Bay of Islands is the last Kiwi call and is guaranteed to impress even the most well-travelled of scenery buffs. The subtropical micro-region is famous for its stunning natural beauty and sparkling waters which make it one of the world’s most coveted fishing, sailing, snorkelling and scuba diving spots.
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