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Carnival Australia Expansion Plans                                        Lisa Lutoff-Perlo with Gavin Smith
       Carnival Australia has announced    its Australia operation to two ships   & Adam Armstrong
       expansion plans for P&O Cruises,    sailing full-time in 2020.
       Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruise   Ms Sherry said the Corporation was
       Lines.                              strategically realigning the Australian
   MEKONG  P&O Cruises’ guests will be at the   business to ensure it was at the cutting   Celebrity Revolution
       leading edge of a global revolution in
                                           edge of guest expectations and had
                                           solid foundations.
       the cruise experience when the line
 RIVER CRUISING  welcomes its first Ocean Medallion-  “Carnival’s commitment to this   Celebrity Cruises will invest $400 million
       enabled ship, Golden Princess, to
                                           market and the decision to put P&O
                                                                                in a complete modernisation of the
       the brand in 2020. Ocean Medallion
       is a new enhanced cruise holiday    Cruises’ guests at the heart of industry   entire Celebrity Cruises fleet. The
                                           innovation through Ocean Medallion
                                                                                Celebrity Revolution began with the
       experience that uses a wearable     is a mark of respect for the Australian   introduction of the industry-transforming
       device – powered by a first-of-its-  consumer,” Ms Sherry said.          Celebrity Edge and now continues
       kind interactive technology platform   Key decisions are: Ocean Medallion-  with a complete refurbishment of its
       – to enable a level of service      enabled Golden Princess will sail under   Millennium and Solstice Class ships.
       and personalisation never before    the P&O Cruises brand from 2020;     “Celebrity Cruises has always been
       considered possible.                P&O Cruises’ fleet will be refreshed   recognized as an innovative, trend-
       P&O Cruises will offer its own unique   over time; Princess Cruises will replace   setting brand, and the Celebrity
       Ocean Medallion enabled guest       Golden Princess with the larger 3000+   Revolution is just another instance
       experiences in a way that makes     guest Ruby Princess which will be    in which we keep raising the bar in
       it even easier to offer great value   Ocean Medallion-enabled before     modern luxury travel,” said Celebrity
       holidays to like-minded Aussies who   her arrival, sailing alongside flagship   Cruises President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-
       want to celebrate good times with the   Majestic Princess and Carnival Cruise   Perlo, a recent first-time visitor to
       home-grown brand.                   Line intends to increase its Australia   Sydney. “This is the largest investment
                                                                                the brand has ever made to modernise
       The technology, which is expected   operation to two ships sailing full-time   our fleet, and it’s all for our guests,”
       to be a game-changer for the guest   in 2020. The detailed deployment will   continued Lisa.
       experience, will be launched first on   be announced in May 2018. As part   Lisa Lutoff-Perlo also announced that
       Princess Cruises later this year on Regal   of the strategic realignment, Carnival   legalised same sex marriages will be
       Princess in the Caribbean, followed by   Splendor will remain within Carnival   offered on all of its ships, effective
       five additional ships in 2018 including   Cruise Line’s global fleet.    immediately, making it the world's
       the 2600-guest Golden Princess in   “Seven of Carnival Corporation’s nine   first cruise line to legally conduct gay
       Australia. Additional Princess ships will   cruise brands sail in this market and   weddings at sea. Celebrity Cruises
 Luxuriously appointed and o ering the most spacious   be Ocean Medallion enabled in 2019   we intend to further strengthen our   captains will conduct the ceremonies.
       and 2020 including the larger 3000+
 suites on the Mekong, the 5-star Scenic Spirit will surpass   guest Ruby Princess which will replace   leadership position,” Ms Sherry said. “In   The cruise line will also be a major
                                                                                sponsor of the Australian LGBTI Awards
                                           fact, this is a year of milestones for our
 your expectations. With an almost 1:1 sta -to-guest ratio,   Golden Princess in serving Princess   Australian business: P&O Cruises marks   in 2018.
 your time on board will be one of world-class indulgence.  guests in Australia.  a staggering 85 years as the home-  Australia is a significant market for
       Carnival Australia Executive Chairman   grown cruise line, Princess Cruises   Celebrity Cruises, ranking as the third
       Ann Sherry also announced that      celebrates more than 40 years sailing   largest source market worldwide. More
       Carnival Cruise Line intends to increase   in Australia while Carnival Cruise Line   than 50,000 Australians cruise each year
                                           notches up its five year anniversary.   – both in Australia and overseas with
                            Photo Tim Noble  Our brands have pioneered the growth
 Take to the dynamic waterways of South East Asia in style on board Scenic Spirit and navigate your way through a tapestry of   Celebrity Cruises.
 colour and culture on a Mekong River Cruise. From Vietnam to Cambodia and beyond, this is your opportunity to experience   of the industry and set the industry up   Caption Celebrity Solstice returns
 South East Asia’s rich kaleidoscope of customs and cultures in style.  for success, and this announcement is   for new season Down Under
                                           about taking deliberate and strategic
 You’ll sail past charming French-infl uenced provincial Vietnamese towns, immerse yourself in the stories of Phnom Penh,   steps for the future of the business. We
 Cambodia’s captivating capital, and discover unique fl oating communities that call this fascinating river home.  are making sure our locally-based fleet
                                           is fit-for-purpose and is at the cutting
 Enjoy exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences including a gala dinner featuring Apsara dancers amongst the candlelit ruins of an   edge of revolutionising the cruise
 Angkor temple in Cambodia and a guided history tour followed by a high tea at Raffl es Hotel Le Royal.  experience for Australian guests.”
       October Cruise Month Sets Sail with Deals Galore

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