Carnival Cruise Lines will deploy 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend in Australia next year for a seasonal program beginning Sept. 24, 2014, said Vance Gulliksen, a company spokesman.
Carnival Legend will be based in Sydney and offer eight- to 12-day cruises visiting Pacific destinations including New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. Carnival Legend will join 2,680-passenger Carnival Spirit, which is based in Australia year-round. Reservations are expected to open in June. A formal announcement, including specific information on Carnival Legend’s itineraries for 2014 and 2015, is scheduled for later this month. Industry observers have noted that Carnival will not deploy any ship in Europe in 2014.
“We anticipate airfares to Europe will remain high and believe our North American passengers will continue to prefer more affordable vacations options closer to home as we move into next year,” said Gulliksen. “Therefore we have decided to keep ships in North America during this period rather than place capacity in Europe in 2014,” he said. “This is consistent with the trend among other major cruise lines to reduce European capacity for 2014.”