Carnival is continuing to shuffle its fleet around, as reported in its second quarter financial report, which see.
‘Costa Luminosa’ will join Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) in September and will be renamed ‘Carnival Luminosa’ in November this year in Brisbane.
This switch is a change to the previously announced plans for CCL to take ‘Costa Magica’, which will remain with Costa Cruises.
After her delivery, ‘Carnival Luminosa’ will operate seasonally from October through April from Brisbane, then reposition to Seattle, where it will sail Alaska itineraries from May through September, before returning to Brisbane.
She is one of four ‘Spirit’ class ships in the CCL fleet and entered into service in 2009. The ship accommodates up to 2,826 guests and 1,050 crew and is of 92,720 gt.
“With our full fleet back to guest operations and the pent-up demand for Carnival we are seeing every week aboard our ships, the chance to expand with ‘Luminosa’ and then the arrival of ‘Carnival Celebration’ in November provides our guests with more choices and new ways to enjoy a Carnival vacation,” said Christine Duffy, CCL’s President.
“Our ‘Spirit’ class ships are very popular with our guests and ‘Luminosa’ will be a great addition given the large number of balcony cabins, which make her an ideal ship for this deployment. And equally important, this will allow Carnival to finally start our highly anticipated itineraries from Brisbane, so we’ll have two ships operating in Australia for the high season Down Under.”
Given the short timeline to get ‘Carnival Luminosa’ ready for service, the ship will go through some small updates to change over from Costa to CCL over the next few months ahead of the November service start-up.
In addition, ’Carnival Splendor’ will arrive in Sydney to resume sailing year-round on 2nd October, 2022. With the arrival of ’Carnival Celebration’ this November, CCL’s fleet will number 24 ships, and its lower berth capacity will be 7% higher than at the end of November, 2019.
’Costa Magica’ will continue to be a part of the Costa fleet and her cruise programmes will be announced shortly.
AIDA Cruises has also announced that the 2002-built 1,270-pax ‘AIDAvita’ will not be returning to service.
She was due to cruise in the Baltic region this summer.
No further details were released but in a statement, AIDA said; “Guests who have already booked a voyage with ‘AIDAvita’ will be contacted and informed about their new travel choices or rebooking options.
For example, ‘AIDAbella’ will take over ‘AIDAvita’s’ Great Winter Break routes. The three – ‘Autumnal Northern Lights’ – cruises from/to Hamburg will also be taken over by ‘AIDAbella’.”