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Australia’s biggest cruise operator, Carnival Australia, has announced that it is boosting its cruise lines’ presence in Melbourne over the next two years, in a move which will inject more cruise tourism dollars into the local economy.
Earlier this month Newscorp reported that Carnival Australia, is struggling to berth in Sydney, with new business plans to include Melbourne.
Carnival told Destination Melbourne that it will base its 2680-guest Carnival Legend in Melbourne for the first time in early 2018, with the ship offering seven cruises from the city early in the year, followed by a further three cruises in November 2018.
Carnival Australia represents seven iconic cruise brands; P&O Cruises Australia, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard, Seabourn, Holland America Line and P&O Cruises World Cruising.
In addition to Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises, which both already offer an annual summer season of cruising from Melbourne’s port, two other Carnival Australia cruise brands, Carnival Cruise Line and Cunard, have recently announced plans to cruise from Melbourne.
Meanwhile Cunard has announced that it will base its youngest ship, the graceful Queen Elizabeth, in Melbourne in early 2019 with the ship offering three round-trip cruises from the city during a record season Down Under.
The new deployments will bring thousands more holidaymakers to Melbourne pre and post-cruise, with Carnival Cruise Line expected to carry more than 25,000 guests from the port during its 2018 seasons and Cunard attracting around 6000 passengers on its round-trip cruises from the city.
In addition P&O will be sending another three ships to Melbourne for this year’s Melbourne Cup event, while in January 2018, for the first time, two P&O ships will sail to the city for the Australian Open.
The cruise lines’ presence will build on the economic contribution already being made by Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises.
Between November 2016 and May 2017, Princess’ ships will have carried more than 50,000 holidaymakers on 23 home port and transit visits to Melbourne. Carnival Australia say that this has injected close to $20 million into the Victorian state economy in passenger and crew spending, provedoring and port charges.
Meanwhile, P&O, which has offered a summer season of cruising from Melbourne over the past two years, will have carried more than 30,000 holidaymakers on cruises from Melbourne between November 2016 and March 2017, an injection of around $15 million into the local economy, says Carnival.