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Sarah on Sep 07, 2017

The Fun Ships are locked in for another Aussie summer

Carnival cruises are continuing to make waves on the Aussie cruise scene. The line recently released its new program for 2018-2019, and there is plenty in it to excite and entice our community of voyagers. We were happy to learn last year that the Carnival Spirit was staying Down Under for 2018, and now we have the full details of what she and her sister ship will be up to during that time.

Australia’s ports will be busy in the upcoming years thanks to more cruises than ever before from Carnival’s dedicated Aussie-based “Fun Ships.” Cruisers will have a huge range of options for their unforgettable holidays on the big blue with more than 70 itineraries all up - this latest release is great news for those holidaymakers who prefer the action-packed and jovial Carnival Australia vessels. Exuberant entertainment, varied food options, cheerful staff and fun facilities - what else could one want from a getaway?

Sail away from Sydney and Melbourne
The program features not only myriad cruises departing Sydney, the spectacular harbour city that is Australasia’s undisputed cruise hub, but a range of departures from the trendy, sports-mad, engaging Victorian city of Melbourne, where cruise departures are slowly becoming more commonplace.

Increased demand from the country’s southern inhabitants for Carnival Australia’s distinctive cruising style has seen Melbourne make a strong return to the roster, and this opens up the possibility for new passengers to get onboard, along with new itineraries and adventures on the Fun Ships for those who are already Carnival fans.

“Hobart to Ho Chi Minh”
The 2018-2019 program promises some exciting sights. New Zealand is a popular destination, offering unforgettable scenery, outdoor adventures, wine regions accessible from many ports and vibrant city life. Tasmania boasts many of the same things on a smaller scale and at a shorter distance, and there are 4-night short escapes from Melbourne to the island state in the program which are expected to be in high demand.

The idyllic isles of the South Pacific remain staples, with various voyages to balmy New Caledonia and beyond. Short break cruises to domestic destinations like Moreton Island provide cruise holidays for those with packed schedules, and on the other end of the spectrum, the Carnival Spirit’s trip to Singapore in May 2018 is a highlight, with stops in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

A beachside temple in Indonesia

Jennifer Vandekreeke, Carnival Vice President Australia, says of the release: "From Hobart to Ho Chi Minh City, Carnival will be dialing up the fun in 2018-19. We've got a record number of options on offer and with cruises from Asia to New Zealand, the Pacific and more short breaks than ever before - there will be something for every fun seeker in this program."

Onboard antics
The Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend, Australia’s own pair of Carnival ships, are both scheduled to enter a dry dock in May of 2018 and will come out refreshed, updated and with some new features to keep Aussie cruisers happy. The details are yet to be confirmed, but we look forward to finding out what’s in store for these well-loved local vessels.

Already the Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend are well equipped to entertain, feed and water their passengers! Crowd favourites include the WaterWorks water parks and Seuss at Sea activities for the little ones, the Green Thunder steepest waterslides at sea for the slightly bigger ones, the Serenity Adults Only retreats and the Redfrog Pubs and other fun venues for mixing, mingling and enjoying a drink or two. Dining options range from the incredible and gourmet Chef’s Table experience to tacos and burgers poolside, with a whole range of fun eateries in between.

If you’d like to get onboard and try a Carnival cruise for the first, second, third or tenth time next season, head to our page of Carnival Cruise deals and see the full range of what’s available. There are so many options to suit any schedule or preference - so don’t delay, find one that floats your boat!

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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