Carnival Cruises have announced Carnival Spirit will be based in Brisbane for the first time starting in 2020. This is a first for Carnival having never had a ship homeporting in the Sunshine State capital.

The exciting announcement was made following the approval of Brisbane's new International Cruise Ship Terminal.

Carnival Spirit will be based all year round at the Brisbane port and travel to such destinations as North Queensland, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Itineraries are set to be announced in late June and be open to bookings from July 2018.

Port of Brisbane CEO Roy Cummins said “This project creates the opportunity for Queensland and its many regional ports to become the nation’s powerhouse for the cruise industry’s continued growth at a time when industry figures show infrastructure constraints around Australia are slowing momentum. This decision means Port of Brisbane will now get on with the job of building the terminal, which is a key plank of Queensland’s tourism growth story.”

Currently based out of Sydney, Carnival Spirit operates on a variety of cruises throughout Australia and the Pacific Islands. A favourite of many, the 2,100 passenger cruise ship went into service in 2001 and is 88,500 gross tons in size.