Carnival Cruise Line 'kicks off' growth plan

Carnival Cruise Line ‘kicks off’ growth plan

Carnival Cruise Line has said it has officially started its growth project with the arrival of Carnival Luminosa in Queensland, Australia.

The ship, which docked at the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal. will set sail on its first cruise on 6 November and operate 28 sailings through to April 2023, visiting 60 ports of call across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Including Luminosa, Carnival will add five new ships to its fleet over the coming two years.

Next will be the two Excel-class ships – Carnival Celebration in late November and Carnival Jubilee next year.

A new concept for Carnival Cruise Line

As part of the growth plan, Carnival will also introduce a new concept, called Carnival Fun Italian Style, with two additional ships joining from sister brand Costa Cruises – starting with Carnival Venezia next spring, sailing from New York, and Carnival Firenze in 2024, sailing from Long Beach.

Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy said: “Carnival Luminosa is a testament to our ongoing commitment to Australia, and the start of a period of growth unlike any other in Carnival’s 50-year history.

“Having a Brisbane-based ship has been a goal of ours for quite some time, so we are so happy that they are the first market globally to experience the big, bright, fun that this ship has to offer and so excited to give our guests more Carnival ships and itinerary options to sail over the next two years.

Following an inaugural six-day Caribbean voyage, Carnival Celebration will operate seven-day cruises to the eastern and western Caribbean from PortMiami, beginning 21 November.

Carnival Jubilee will be powered by liquefied natural gas and will offer seven-day western Caribbean voyages with stops in Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico, as well as Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan), Honduras.

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