Carnival Corp. adding to Australia fleet

Carnival Corp. is shifting ships around to grow its presence in Australia.

Late Monday, the Doral-based cruise giant announced that two ships currently sailing with Holland America Line will join P&O Cruises (Australia) late next year. That will increase the parent company’s presence in Australia to nine full-time ships.

In a press release, Carnival Corp. said the number of cruise passengers in Australia has grown 130 percent in the past five years; projections call for a million people to take a cruise in 2016.

“We are already firmly entrenched as the market leader, and with today’s move we are poised to continue our leadership,” Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald said in a statement. “At the same time, our ability to work among our brands to make strategic deployment decisions is a great example of our focus on leveraging our scale and increased collaboration.”

Holland America’s ms Ryndam and ms Statendam will be refurbished before joining the P&O fleet in November of 2015. A new 2,660-passenger ship is scheduled to be delivered to Holland America in February of 2016; the company said that larger ship will replace the capacity of the vessels moving to Australia.

By late 2015, P&O Cruises will have five ships in Australia year-round, while Princess Cruises will base three ships there and Carnival Cruise Lines will have one.

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