Since debuting Down Under in 2012, Carnival Cruise Line has welcomed huge numbers of cruisers departing Australian ports - be they Aussies, Kiwis or visitors. In fact, they have welcomed a very specific huge number - 500,000. The line is celebrating half a million passengers on their Australia-based itineraries, a milestone reached during an 11-night cruise to New Caledonia onboard the Carnival Spirit.
A Spirit of celebration
To mark such an auspicious occasion, Carnival took the opportunity to surprise a first-time cruising family: the Andersons, who tipped the numbers over the 500,000 mark when they boarded.
The line made a fuss of the family with a cake and balloons, which brightened up their first cruise experience, planned to mark mum Briohney's 40th birthday and their first family holiday in five years.
Aussie focus pays off
Carnival has truly committed to the Australian cruise market. They have kept their Australia-based fleet to just two ships, the Carnival Spirit and the Carnival Legend, but both have been equipped with features designed to appeal to their new passenger base.
Concessions to Australian tastes range from the small, like training their baristas in the art of the perfect flat white, to the large, such as the installation of the fastest waterslide at sea - the Green Thunder - for adrenaline-seeking Aussie and Kiwi cruisers. The Spirit's recent Fun Ship 2.0 makeover has upped the ante even more, with new casual dining options and laidback watering holes which fit perfectly with the South Pacific mentality.
This landmark number of passengers reached less than four years after the line's Aussie debut is a testament to this, said Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australasia Jennifer Vanderkreeke. "Carnival's free-spirited, family friendly fun is a fantastic match with Australians' outgoing and relaxed nature so our local ships consistently receive some of the top passenger ratings in the fleet. We're thrilled that thanks to the support of our repeat guests and new cruisers like the Andersons, we're now on our way to welcoming a million guests onboard."
It shouldn't take much longer for the line to make it to 1 million Aussie cruise passengers - and you could be one of them! Take a look at our Carnival cruise deals for an unforgettable holiday, or browse our other cheap cruises from a range of different cruise providers.