When Holland America Line’s Noordam sailed from Sydney on 21 April, 2019, it marked the end of a big cruise season for Carnival Australia.
Season highlights included a record 696 port calls in Australia and economic activity estimated at around half a billion dollars.
The spectacular arrival of Majestic Princess on 15 September, 2018 – the largest Princess ship ever to sail in Australia – kicked off the season.
Cunard based its magnificent Queen Elizabeth in Australia for 54 days, the prelude to 101 days in 2019-20 and 118 days in 2020-21.
Australia’s homegrown P&O Cruises made a record 334 calls to Australian ports during the season – 17% more than the previous summer – nearly half of Carnival Australia’s total port calls.
Carnival Australia president Sture Myrmell said the record number of port calls by Carnival Australia-brand ships reflected Australia’s love affair with cruising and domestic cruise itineraries in particular.
“We’re delighted to celebrate another exciting summer cruise season with the increase in local cruise itineraries spreading the economic benefit of the cruise season even further,” Mr Myrmell said.
“The 2018-19 summer season was another high point for Carnival Australia with the promise of more to come as our ships based year round in Australia keep the magic going.”