The switcheroo of Golden Princess to P&O Cruises fleet in 2020 is just one of many ‘strategic realignments’ announced yesterday by Carnival Australia Executive Chairman Ann Sherry. P&O’s delivery of Golden Princess will mark the cruise line’s first Ocean Medallion-Enabled Grand Class Vessel.
Sherry said the Corporation was strategically realigning the Australian business to ensure it was at the cutting edge of guest expectations and had solid foundations.
“Carnival’s commitment to this market and the decision to put P&O Cruises’ guests at the heart of industry innovation through Ocean Medallion is a mark of respect for the Australian consumer.
“Seven of Carnival Corporation’s nine cruise brands sail in this market and we intend to further strengthen our leadership position.
“Our brands have pioneered the growth of the industry and set the industry up for success, and today’s announcement is about taking deliberate and strategic steps for the future of the business. We are making sure our locally-based fleet is fit-for-purpose and is at the cutting edge of revolutionising the cruise experience for Australian guests.”
The technology is a new enhanced cruise holiday experience that uses a wearable device – powered by a first-of-its-kind interactive technology platform – to enable a level of guest service and personalisation never before considered possible.
Ocean-Medallion will be launched first on Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess in the Caribbean later this year, followed by five additional ships in 2018 including the 2600-guest Golden Princess in Australia.
Additional Princess ships will be Ocean Medallion-enabled in 2019 and 2020 including the larger 3000+ guest Ruby Princess which will replace Golden Princess in serving Princess guests in Australia.
Carnival Cruise Line expands Australian operations in 2020
Carnival Cruise Line intends to increase its Australia operation to two ships sailing full-time in 2020. The detailed deployment will be announced in May 2018. As part of the strategic realignment, Carnival Splendor will remain within Carnival Cruise Line’s global fleet.