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Carnival Gets Ready to Discover the Australian Backyard

Our breathtaking backyard is consistently voted as one of the world's top cruise destinations – and with such a diverse range of natural and cultural experiences on offer, it’s easy to see why. Now, Carnival is giving holidaymakers the chance to explore even more world-famous wonders and once-in-a-lifetime experiences right on their doorstep with its latest 2016-17 program.


Families will love exploring Queensland’s Moreton Island and Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast with seven new four-night cruises. Soar with the wind paragliding on Moreton Island and see for yourself why it’s known as the “Gem of South East Queensland”. The third largest sand island on Earth, Moreton is an unspoilt paradise where people can truly relax and revive.

Just up the coast, Mooloolaba is the perfect family holiday destination. Snorkel, jet ski and chill out in the crystal clear waters. Dive with sharks at Underwater World and take the kids on the ultimate wildlife adventure at the world-famous Australia Zoo. Over one thousand animals are waiting to meet you…

Dive into the cultural adventures and gourmet experiences of Tasmania with Carnival’s new five-night escapes. Steering in from the Tasman Sea, the ship will drop anchor in Masons Cove where passengers can immerse themselves in the fascinating history of Port Arthur, one of the world’s biggest and best-preserved 19th century penal colonies.

You won’t leave without exploring the Tasmanian capital of Hobart. Set in a glorious harbour with Mount Wellington as a dramatic backdrop, Hobart is a truly unique cruise destination. Here, you can spy endangered Tasmanian Devils in Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and hop on a boat or bike to the astounding Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). With so much on offer, it’s no wonder Tasmania has become the hottest new cruise destination!

With a whopping 133 cruises to choose from, Carnival offers something for everyone – from the budget savvy to the luxury lover, and families, couples and solo travellers of all ages.

What better way to explore Australian gems than on a ship designed for Australians? The cruises sail from Sydney year-round on Carnival Spirit, the first ship to be based outside the United States. And she is joined by her sister ship, Carnival Legend, sailing from Sydney over the extended summer season. Both ships boast the fun, entertainment and dining that Aussies love – not to mention great coffee made by trained baristas. While sailing to and from Down Under destinations, passengers can enjoy exciting live performances with special effects, relax in the luxurious spa, spend hours in the top-deck splash park, and play life-size versions of childhood games, like Connect4 and Operation. And because delicious eating destinations are a must for Australian holidaymakers, both ships offer endless dining options to tempt every foodie, including the famous five-star restaurant, Nouveau.

With Carnival’s new Down Under cruises, there’s never been a better time to explore your backyard. Check out the cruise itineraries and book you next Aussie adventure!

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