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Carnival Cruise Line Celebrates 5 Years in Australia with Largest Conga Line At Sea

October 18, 2017 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Carnival Cruise Line celebrated its fifth anniversary in Australia today with the world’s longest conga line at sea, marking the first ever World Conga Day™. Over 60,000 guests took part in the Carnival Conga over the past week, which travelled across 25 Carnival ships, via 13 countries, 7 time zones, spanning over 16,000 kilometres.

Carnival has also commissioned ‘Carnival Conga’, a song released especially for the occasion with all proceeds from the sale of the catchy tune going to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.  The release of Carnival Conga is a first for any cruise line globally and can be downloaded from all leading platforms, including, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play.

Carnival Spirit sailed into the iconic Sydney Harbour this morning at 6.30am with over 1,500 guests and crew ‘conga-ing’ on the top deck at sunrise – five years to the day since she arrived through the heads for the first time in 2012. Captain Vittorio Marchi and on-board characters, Dr Seuss’ Cat In The Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, also joined in on the fun.

This global event started in Florida on October 10 and from here, the Carnival Conga island hopped through the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, before traveling over to the Pacific. From the Pacific, the Conga then passed from the Mexican Riviera to Carnival Legend in the Coral Sea, with the Conga craziness arriving onto Carnival Spirit this morning.

From this year forward, Carnival Cruise Line want World Conga Day™ to be enjoyed not just by everyone onboard their ships but in Australia and around the world, as an excuse for people to leave their troubles behind – a holiday from all the worries of the world.

Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australia and NZ, Jennifer Vandekreeke, said “We’re delighted that Carnival guests and crew from around the globe have joined together for a bit of fun to celebrate our five year anniversary in Australia.  Since the arrival of Carnival Spirit in 2012, more than 750,000 Australians and Kiwis have enjoyed the fun of a Carnival Cruise. We’re excited by what the next five years will bring, especially given by 2020, we will have two ships sailing year-round from Australia.”

Australia is Carnival Cruise Line’s first international home-port outside of the U.S, with Carnival Spirit sailing year-round and Carnival Legend sailing seasonally.  In 2020, the brand will have two ships sailing year-round from Australia.


·      10,272 Comedy Shows performed
·      37,101 guests saw a turtle at Amadee Island
·      138,133 rides down Green Thunder
·      11,511 Green Eggs and Ham Eaten
·      1,218,800 little umbrellas in poolside cocktails
·      719,368 kilos of Australian Watermelon served
·      209,483 kilos of Australian Pumpkin served
·      40,625 Olives served in Martinis
·      750,000 guests onboard

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