Carnival Cruise Line has revealed its 2020 program with a record number of sailings from Australia to the South Pacific, New Zealand and around Down Under.

On sale from July 2018, there are 77 sailings including the first full year of sailings for Carnival Australia, the largest ship in the fleet to be homeported year-round in Australia and sailing from Sydney.

Fares on the eight-night cruise to the South Pacific on Carnival Splendor, sailing from Sydney on March 11, 2020 start from $1,049 per person.

Following the news that Carnival Spirit will become the brand’s first-ever ship to home port in Brisbane, Queenslanders will get to experience some awesome itineraries including a seven-day cruise to the tropical Espiritu Santo, Mystery Island and Noumea.

The new program also has a record number of 28 short cruises, giving Aussies and Kiwis the chance to sample all of the fun that Carnival has to offer, in five days or less.

Fares on the three-night weekend sampler cruise on Carnival Splendor, sailing from Sydney on 28 August 2020 start from $499 per person, interior twin share.

Aussie holidaymakers also have the opportunity to sail on the popular repositioning cruise across the transpacific to Honolulu, with Carnival Spirit in 2020.

Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australia, Jennifer Vandekreeke, said the brand was excited to reveal so many new and fun cruising options for Aussies as part of the program launch.

“2020 marks a significant milestone as we offer Australians the first full year of sailings onboard Carnival Splendor. Joining us Down Under as our newest and largest ship in Australia, we can’t wait to give holidaymakers the chance to experience all the fun she has to offer.

“We’re equally thrilled to announce our very first sailings from Brisbane. We know Queenslanders will love the range of unique itineraries we’ve developed especially for them, including calls to tropical havens such as Santo, Vanuatu.”

Meanwhile, Cruise Passenger can reveal some of the changes being made as the Carnival Spirit is in dry dock in Singapore.

The two-week dry-dock will provide holidaymakers with a range of new family friendly entertainment features offering new spaces for kids activities onboard. This includes a new arts and crafts area named SoulPlay, and a brand-new entertainment area for teenagers, Warehouse Arcade.

Once she returns to her home port of Sydney on 25 June, 2018 she will resume year-round departures from Australia.