Carnival Splendor arrived home to Australia today, marking the conclusion of a 23-day transpacific voyage as she sailed into Sydney Harbour.
Splendor was welcomed to the country with a special escort by sister-brand P&O Cruises Australia’s vessel Pacific Adventure before sailing past the Sydney Opera House before arriving at the port. Her arrival marks the first cruise ship to enter Australian waters with international passengers in nearly three years.
Carnival Cruise Line’s president Christine Duffy was in Sydney to take part in the vessel’s homecoming. “Escorted by Pacific Adventure, Carnival Splendor’s return to Sydney Harbour was a stunning moment to see, and one we’ve been waiting for,” she said.
“The return of Carnival Splendor to Sydney is a milestone achievement, not just for us, but for the Australian cruising industry. Her arrival marks the first cruise ship to enter Australian waters with international passengers in nearly three years. Splendor’s return also kick-starts an exciting time for Carnival Cruise Line as it celebrates 10 years in Australia in October, and Brisbane being the first to experience our newest ship, Carnival Luminosa, in November.”
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Carnival Splendor‘s transpacific journey to Sydney began in Seattle on September 6th. Guests on the special Carnival Journeys voyage got to “time travel” when they crossed the International Dateline, and also explore Hawaii and the Fiji Islands.
The ship’s first voyage from Sydney will be a four-day getaway to the pristine Moreton Island departing Saturday, October 1st. Splendor will continue to offer a variety of Australian sailings year round.
Watch Carnival Australia’s video on Splendor’s return:
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