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Carnival Spirit Moving to Australia 2012
In a major boost for the australian tourism industry, the world's largest cruise line - Carnival Cruise Lines - has announced that it will base one of its cruise ships fulltime in Australia. Unfirtunately, this will be a blow to the California cruise market. It will also mean one of the best persistent values every year in Alaska will no longer be available


The 88,500 tonne Carnival Spirit will be the largest cruise ship ever to sail year round from Australia when she arrives in Sydney in October 2012 to operate a schedule of 8-12 day voyages to the Pacific Islands.


The move - announced globally in Sydney today - represents the first time Carnival Cruise Lines has ever ventured into Australian waters and reflects growing confidence in cruising in the region.


Carrying 2,667 passengers, Carnival Spirit will be the first ship to be based in Sydney year round that is too tall to sail under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Rising nearly 53 metres above the waterline, Carnival Spirit is more than three metres taller than the specified clearance height for ships passing under the Bridge. Because of its height, Carnival Spirit will be based at the only cruise facility east of the Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay's Overseas Passenger Terminal.


Founded in 1972 and based in Miami, Carnival Cruise Lines is the best known cruise brand in North America and is expected to carry more than four million passengers this year - the most in the global cruise industry.
As the largest cruise ship sailing from Australia year round, Carnival Spirit offers a wide range of onboard facilities and features, with approximately two-thirds of its cabins featuring private balconies - the most of any Australian-based ship.


Aimed at fun-loving Australians seeking vibrant, active holidays with a broad diversity of on-board choices, Carnival Spirit offers a host of areas for outdoor fun, including a 22 metre corkscrew water slide, four swimming pools, a miniature golf course, jogging track and a sport court. Guests have their choice of 16 lounges and bars, including a 1,170-seat three-deck-high theatre. In addition to a two-level main dining room, Carnival Spirit features a reservations-only steakhouse and an expansive casual poolside restaurant. The ship also houses a two-level health spa with wrap-around ocean views and an Internet café.


Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia, which represents Carnival Cruise Lines' Australian deployment locally, said the cruise line's move into Australia was testament to both the recent growth and the ongoing potential of the local cruise industry.


"Cruising is booming in this country because it offers passengers a great value holiday that includes accommodation, top quality food and loads of entertainment that appeal to all age groups," Ms Sherry said.


Gerry Cahill, Carnival Cruise Lines' President and CEO, said the cruise line was looking forward to introducing its unique style of cruising to the Australian market.


"Carnival has become the most popular cruise choice among North Americans by offering an experience that is casual, friendly and fun with a wide variety of activities for guests of all ages, including a huge array of options on our expansive outdoor decks," Mr Cahill said.


Carnival Spirit will offer a year round schedule of 8 to 12-day cruises to the Pacific Islands and a selection of 13-day sailings to New Zealand beginning October 25, 2012, with the program expected to go on sale by the middle of this year. The shipboard experience will be tailored to the Australian market with onboard spending in Australian dollars and no tipping required.


Ms Sherry said while the primary market would be Australians and New Zealanders, Carnival's strong brand recognition in the United States would play a role in attracting more US tourists to Australia.


Carnival Spirit's deployment meant there would be seven Carnival Corporation & plc ships cruising fulltime from Australia by the end of 2012, ensuring the industry was well on its way to reaching its target of one million passengers by 2020, if not sooner, she said. Other Carnival Corporation & plc brands operating fulltime in Australia include P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises.


"It is amazing growth considering there were just two ships based in Australia year round in 2007," Ms Sherry said.


"This really underscores Sydney's position on the world cruise map and our resolve to keep growing the market with multiple brands that appeal to customers."
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I can't wait to see what the itineraries are going to be. I love the Spirit. Just got off of her again in Oct. This may have to be my next one.
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We would love to do the repo in October !

What this also means, tho, is that CCL has left California.
They intend to continue sailings to Alaska with another ship.
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Oh my! We have a Hawaii cruise booked in April 2012 on Spirit. I wonder what ship is replacing it if any?
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what ship will take the place of the Spirit? I'm kinda glad. I have been to Alaska a few times and want to do the Mexician trip - but wanted a different ship. Love the spirit - but like to try different ships. :-)
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Oh my! We have a Hawaii cruise booked in April 2012 on Spirit. I wonder what ship is replacing it if any?
Spirit doesn't leave until October 2012 so you should be ok.
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I can't wait to hear more about the reposition sailing and the others as well. I've always wanted to go to Australia and the South Pacific.

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Living in San Diego and have been on the spirit a few times and one coming up in about a month, will miss that ship. Are they replacing it or just taking Carnival out of San Diego? Will they still have ships sailing out of LA. We did the splendor out of there.
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BadKnees and I are very interested in Spirit's repositioning cruise. I tried going through the Carnival site to get details but their future cruise dates only go out to April 2012. They also do not currently list Australia as a destination.

As soon as anyone hears the details of the repositioning cruise, I would appreciate a heads up.

Thanks in advance...Gazelle2 and BadKnees.
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BadKnees and I are very interested in Spirit's repositioning cruise. I tried going through the Carnival site to get details but their future cruise dates only go out to April 2012. They also do not currently list Australia as a destination.

As soon as anyone hears the details of the repositioning cruise, I would appreciate a heads up.

Thanks in advance...Gazelle2 and BadKnees.
For several days in late February, Carnival opened bookings on what is commonly thought to be the first leg of the repositioning cruise to Sydney; then they stopped taking bookings. Last Friday they reopened bookings for the 12-night Vancouver to Honolulu Spirit cruise sailing from Sydney on September 18, 2012. We booked through our TA that day on an Early Saver fare that is quite reasonable, and we're waiting for the Honolulu to Sydney cruise to open for bookings, but that may not be until at least April 15. One of the district sales managers has told our TA today that the Honolulu-Sydney cruise will first be marketed to Australians. I also tried Carnival Australia's website, but the personalized reply I got was that if we want to book, we must do so through Carnival in the U.S. If you're on Facebook and want to check, there is a group of folks who have their own Facebook page: Van-Honolulu-Oz 2012
If I learn more, I'll post here again. GOOD LUCK!
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For several days in late February, Carnival opened bookings on what is commonly thought to be the first leg of the repositioning cruise to Sydney; then they stopped taking bookings. Last Friday they reopened bookings for the 12-night Vancouver to Honolulu Spirit cruise sailing from Sydney on September 18, 2012. We booked through our TA that day on an Early Saver fare that is quite reasonable, and we're waiting for the Honolulu to Sydney cruise to open for bookings, but that may not be until at least April 15. One of the district sales managers has told our TA today that the Honolulu-Sydney cruise will first be marketed to Australians. I also tried Carnival Australia's website, but the personalized reply I got was that if we want to book, we must do so through Carnival in the U.S. If you're on Facebook and want to check, there is a group of folks who have their own Facebook page: Van-Honolulu-Oz 2012
If I learn more, I'll post here again. GOOD LUCK!
P.S. The port of Sydney's website shows Spirit arriving for the first time on October 17, 2012.
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Many of you have been asking about 2012 schedules for the ships. The latest news is that we will be opening cruises through spring, 2013 on a rollout schedule that will have everything open for sale by April 15. Most of the fleet will be completed by March 31. Exciting times ahead.


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As the largest cruise ship sailing from Australia year round, Carnival Spirit offers a wide range of onboard facilities and features, with approximately two-thirds of its cabins featuring private balconies - the most of any Australian-based ship...

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I booked the first leg the day it became available. Unfortunately I could not afford the second leg to Sydney. I think I did good by booking when I did, the base price has gone up almost $600 pp since then.

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