Carnival Cruise Line will open a third cruise hub in Australia, moving the Carnival Spirit to Brisbane for year-round cruising starting in 2020.

The ship has been sailing from Australia since 2012 and is currently homeported in Sydney.

From Brisbane, Carnival plans to sail to the archipelagos of Vanuatu and New Caledonia, as well as offer shorter cruises to destinations in North Queensland.

Carnival and the port of Brisbane recently won approval from an Australian antitrust panel to proceed with a new $158 million terminal.

The approval was subject to the condition that Carnival cannot book more than two of the three 'weekend' days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) in any given week, unless no other cruise operator wants the third day.

In addition, if a second berth it built, Carnival cannot be given first right of refusal for an agreement which would give it first choice of days at that berth.

Brisbane is Australia's third-largest city and is the capital of Australia's populous Gold Coast area north of Sydney.

At one point, Carnival had planned to sail the Carnival Spirit seasonally from northern China, but it withdrew those plans in 2016, citing the strength of the Australian market.


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