The news of Carnival Legend’s deployment Down Under has created a buzz within the Aussie cruise industry with the line’s local office announcing the itineraries that will be on offer in 2014 and 2015 last week.
Shorter cruises seem to be the way of the future for the local market with Carnival doubling the number they will offer once Carnival Legend joins sister ship Carnival Spirit in Sydney from September 2014.
“With two ships sailing from Sydney, we’ve taken the opportunity to add some extra spice to the program – we’ve doubled the number of weekend sampler cruises on offer and we’re taking Carnival Spirit down to Melbourne in 2014 and 2015 for guests to experience the race that stops the nation, the Melbourne Cup,” Carnival Cruise Lines director for Australia and New Zealand Jennifer Vandekreeke said.
The ‘Weekend Sampler’ cruises start from just over $500 quad share and are designed for those unable to get time off work with all but one voyage leaving on a Friday.
Whilst the move reaffirms Carnival’s commitment to to the Aussie market, Carnival Legend will only be in town for the summer season rather than year-round like her sister, but will leave with a promise to return in 2015.
The cruise line will utilise the lessons learnt in the Aussification of Carnival Spirit last year when they refurbish her 2,124-passenger sister ship in preparation for the Australian cruise market.
This does beg the question, are Aussies that difficult to please when it comes to cruising? Or, are we just very different to the other markets worldwide?