It’s 270 days until the brand-spanking new Carnival Splendor rolls into Sydney, and to tempt cruise enthusiasts aboard, the line has just announced an eclectic line up of new culinary options.

In addition to a number of all-inclusive family favourites, the newest and largest ship to be home ported year round in Australia will feature four restaurants designed specifically for Aussie taste buds.

At Masala Tiger, lovers of Indian fare – rarely catered for by cruise lines – can take their pick from a menu of delicious Tandoori-style dishes refreshed daily. Set in the tranquil adults-only Serenity™ Retreat, the restaurant is the perfect option for a romantic evening and, best of all, it’s included in your cruise fare.

Another all-inclusive addition pays homage to the Italian heritage of many Carnival Captains. Pizzeria del Capitano serves up hand-made pizzas made with imported Italian flour, fresh mozzarella and a choice of authentic toppings.

For an extra charge, passengers can treat themselves to the finest cuts of aged beef at Fahrenheit 555, which takes its name from the precise temperature required to sear steaks to perfection and lock in the flavour. Or, there’s Seafood Shack, a New England-Style seaside spot where you can enjoy decadent Lobster BLTs, fish and chips and succulent oysters while soaking up the fresh ocean air.

Demonstrating the cruise line’s knowledge of its Aussie clientele, Jennifer Vandekreeke, Vice President Carnival Cruise Line Australia said, “While planning for Carnival Splendor’s entry into the Australia market; fresh, delicious and varied dining options were top of our list.”

The length of three football fields, Splendor will offer plenty of ways for passengers to work up an appetite: two pools, including a 104-metre waterslide; a sports deck with mini golf, running track and sports court, as well as two spas where guests can de-stress and unwind.

All this can be enjoyed while taking in the South Pacific on seven to 10 day cruises, the highlights of Tasmania or Australian favourites from the Melbourne Cup to Moreton Bay.