Australia is about to experience the ultimate in Carnival-style splendor.
The Miami-based cruise giant this week revealed it would move one of its glitziest ships, the 113,300-ton Carnival Splendor, to Sydney in 2019. The 3,012-passenger vessel will be the newest and largest cruise ship ever based year-round in Australia.
Christened in 2008, Splendor features one of the most over-the-top interior designs of any Carnival ship, including walls with pink polka dots and black tile with lime green grout. It was one of the last Carnival vessels to debut with an interior designed by Joe Farcus, a legendary cruise ship designer known for wild and extravagant creations. Splendor will begin sailing out of Sydney in December 2019, Carnival said.
Carnival has been offering year-round cruises in Australia since 2012 on its smaller, 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit. A second Carnival ship, the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend, also operates in Australian waters for part of the year.
The arrival of Splendor will boost Carnival's capacity in Australia by 66%, the line said. In advance of its move to Sydney, Splendor will undergo a major makeover that will include the addition of new eateries and a water park.
Splendor currently operates cruises to Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii from the Los Angeles area.
By Gene Sloan, USA TODAY
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