Carnival Cruise Line has released details of its 2018/19 season, in which the line will sail out of Sydney once again in November 2019, after being unable secure a berth in 2018 due to congestion at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. In November 2018, the cruise line will instead sail out of Melbourne.

Carnival will offer more than 70 sailings from Sydney and Melbourne in 2018/19, including a record 19 short cruises on its two Australian-based ships, Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend. Both Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend will also go into drydock next May, meaning there will be no Carnival ships sailing in or out of Australia for two weeks.

The cruise line promised both ships would “emerge with exciting new features in time for the bumper 2018-19 season”. During Spirit‘s repositioning cruise to Singapore, she will make maiden visits to Koh Samui and Phuket in Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Legend‘s refit will come as it makes its way to Alaska for the northern summer.

Carnival vice president Australia Jennifer Vandekreeke said the expanded program meant there was something for everyone.

“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.”

Carnival says it has scheduled as many sailings from Melbourne in February and March of 2019 as in 2018, noting “the response in the Victorian market for Carnival has been beyond our expectations”.

Carnival will also offer roundtrip sailings 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. The program is the line’s biggest Australian schedule to date and packs in 43 cruises to the South Pacific and New Zealand, representing a 13% increase in sailings over the 2018 season.

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