Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy announced on Tuesday that the Carnival Splendor will start sailing from Sydney, Australia, starting in December of 2019.
Splendor, built in 2008, and can carry up to 3,000 passengers and comes at 113,300 gross tons. She is currently sailing out of Los Angeles, but will soon become the newest and largest ship home ported in Australia. Splendor received an extensive dry dock about two years ago. However, Carnival has planned another refurb before her arrival in Sydney. This dry dock will add new dining experiences tailored to local tastes, and a new waterpark.
Duffy made a statement about the repositioning saying, “Today’s announcement reflects Carnival’s serious commitment to the Australian market. We’ve had over 800,000 Australians cruise with Carnival since we launched in Australia just five years ago — a number that would fill the Sydney Cricket Ground 17 times over.”
Carnival announced about a year ago that the Carnival Splendor would leave their fleet to join their subsidiary line, P&O. As speculated by many, the Splendor instead will become Carnival’s third shipped based in Australia. She will join Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend.
Duffy also announced that Splendor will have Carnival’s first ever god-daughter; six-year-old Matilda Jenkins, a patient at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.