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Sydney to welcome new cruise ship

The world’s largest cruise line is to base one of its ships in Australia full time, Breaking Travel News has reported.

Carnival Cruise Lines has announced that the 88,500 tonne Carnival Spirit is scheduled to arrive in Sydney in October 2012, and between operate 8-12 day voyages to the Pacific Islands.

At 53 metres above the waterline, the ship is three metres above the specified height for sailing under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and will be the first ship to be based in the city year-round that cannot sail under the bridge.

The ship will be able to carry 2,667 passengers, and around two-thirds of its cabins will feature private balconies – more than any other Australian ship.

Carnival Australia chief executive Ann Sherry commented, “Cruising is booming in this country because it offers passengers a great value holiday that includes accommodation, top quality food and loads of entertainment that appeal to all age groups.”

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