May 20, 2014

Carnival Corp. adding to Australia fleet

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

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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