Carnival Australia to bring a New Ship to Sydney?
Carnival Australia has booked out Sydney's main port for 5 years - but they have yet to announce the name of the mystery vessel (or vessels) to occupy it. Carnival Australia has made regular bookings to berth at Sydney Harbour's Overseas Passenger Terminal every 10-14 days from October 2013 and January 2018, with the ship's name listed as 'TBA'.
The bookings are not for any of its existing P&O, Princess or Holland America Line vessels, nor the new Carnival Spirit, which all have separate bookings already in place. The information has been published on Sydney Ports Corporation's website (www.sydenyports.com.au) for months, but the cruise company is yet to make any announcements.
According to the first TBA booking, on 30 October 2013, the ship would dock overnight and then return on 3 November, suggesting a 3 or 4 night sampler or preview cruise. Then the port is booked for every 10, 12 or 14 days until January 2018.
It is also possible that the 5 year booking would be used for several ships or to shuffle around its current fleet's itineraries.
Meanwhile, Carnival's various lines have etched their commitment to Sydney's cruise schedule over the next decade. Pacific Pearl and Jewel (but also Pacific Sun, which leaves the P&O fleet in July 2012) are listed through to 2020. Carnival Spirit, which arrives in 9 months, is locked in until January 2018. Princess bookings have been made up until May 2014, and Holland America until April 2015.
A Carnival Australia spokesperson has said "given the fast growing nature of the cruise industry in Australia, our planning team works many years ahead to pencil in dates so we have flexibility in itinerary planning. As always, details of final ship movements will be shared when itineraries are published."
A spokesperson for Sydney Ports, which manages the shipping schedules, said it "has a history of taking TBA bookings" from the cruise industry, often for several years in advance. "Sydney Ports has not received any information from Carnival Australia about what ship - current or new - they intend to berth at OPT for those advanced bookings," the spokesperson added.
Source: Cruise Weekly, Tuesday 31 January 2012