Carnival thanks Australian guests with free cruise day

   August 15, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

CCL-Carnival Cruise Line passengers sailing the return voyage aboard Carnival Splendor in October are getting an extra day for free.

The sailing, which was originally scheduled to restart from Sydney (NSW Australia) on October 2, is now due to restart on October 1, 2022.

Kara Glamore (Carnival Australia's President) said in a press release that the extension of the voyage was a thank you to their most dedicated passengers - "those who jumped at the opportunity to welcome Carnival Splendor back with our first passenger cruise in over two years."

"We can’t wait to celebrate with them onboard and welcome the return of fun to Aussie waters.”

Passengers who are unable to take the voyage with the extra day are offered an FCC-future cruise credit / a refund back to the original form of payment.

Back in 2019, Carnival Splendor repositioned from Los Angeles (Long Beach-San Pedro, California) to sail year-round from down under, adding a 66% capacity increase for the line.

Carnival Splendor underwent a bow-to-stern upgrade in Singapore adding features catering to Australian passengers, such as new dining experiences tailored to locals and a new waterpark.

Both Carnival Splendor and Carnival Spirit are spending the summer operating from Seattle (Washington) to Southeast Alaska. The vessels were repositioned to the northwest after the country was dragging its feet on reopening the industry, and the cruise ships were laid up in Dubai (Port Rashid-Dubai Harbour, UAE).

Carnival Splendor cruise ship

Australia opened back up to international cruise liners on April 18.

Late last week, CCL eased both vaccination & testing mandates starting September 6, 2022, including Australia, though restrictions may apply depending on the cruise itinerary. CCL has details outlined on the Have Fun Be Safe page on its website.

Before the cruise industry shutdown, ~1 million guests sailed with Carnival in Australia.