Carnival Cruise Line is back to fun in Australia, with Carnival Splendor’s departure this weekend from Sydney officially restarting the cruise line’s guest operations in Australia.

A ceremonial ribbon-cutting led by Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy welcomed guests aboard Carnival Splendor, kicking off a Carnival cruise vacation for the first time in nearly three years.

“Today’s festivities are just a taste of what’s to come for Australia. We have been planning this return for some time, and we are elated now to see guests back on board, ready to have fun and take in the beauty that Australia has to offer,” said Christine Duffy. “And as we welcome the arrival of our newest ship, Carnival Luminosa to Brisbane next month, we’re looking forward to even more fun in Australia.”

Also taking part in the ribbon-cutting were two Sydney locals and avid cruisers, Joe and Van Huddleston. The Huddleston’s were the first guests back on board and are celebrating a milestone of their own: their 80th cruise on a Carnival ship.

Carnival Splendor is now sailing on a four-day cruise and is set to visit Australia’s pristine Moreton Island. The ship will operate a variety of Australian sailings year-round. To see current itineraries, click here.

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