Good news for Australian cruise fans, Carnival’s huge, 3,000-passenger megaship Splendor, one of the most extravagant ships in its fleet, is set to call Sydney its home in December 2019.
The third Carnival ship to be based in Australia, and by far the largest, Splendor will join Carnival Spirit (the current largest) and Carnival Legend, itself newly repositioned to Melbourne earlier in the month. With this third addition, Splendor now boosts Carnival’s capacity in Australia by 66%.
Originally christened in 2008 and currently based in Miami, Splendor has always been one of the line’s most unique ships, with over-the-top interiors that including pink polka dots, black tiles and lime green highlights. Designed by legendary cruise ship designer Joe Farcus, Splendor carries on the tradition of world-famous Farcus’ bold, extravagant style.
Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy says the addition of the new ship reflects the company’s “serious commitment to the Australian market.”
She continues: “The arrival of Carnival Splendor to Sydney represents a 66% capacity increase for Carnival Cruise Line in Australia, meaning we will be in the best position to give even more Australians the opportunity to enjoy the fun of a Carnival cruise.@
Duffy believes the new ship will bring millions in tourist dollars to Australia.
“We estimate up to $1 million is contributed to the Australian market each time a ship of this size turns around in Sydney,” she says.
“This includes items like the fresh produce we source from local growers and farmers. For example, for a 10-day cruise, we’ll purchase almost 20,000 locally grown tomatoes and over 3,000 melons — just two of the many [types of]produce we source from across the country.”
Before arriving in Sydney, the 10-year-old ship will be refurbished and revamped with new features, including a waterpark and restaurants tailored to the tastes of its newly-native home.
The ship’s maiden voyage from Sydney will be in December 2019, with bookings for the first sailings set to open next month. Before then however, Carnival will take a different approach to its christening. Although a ship’s godmother duties are usually reserved for a celebrity, this time the line has named six-year-old Sydneysider Matilda Jenkins as the ship’s ‘goddaughter’.
Matilda is a patient of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and her appointment to the role is a continuation of the company’s fundraising support for the hospital.
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