The Carnival Legend is returning for an extended (Down Under) summer deployment in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, including her first Melbourne deployment with six roundtrip cruises in February and March 2018.

The Carnival Spirit will continue to be deployed year-round in Australia through April 2018, when she will go to China for the Australian winter season, before returning in spring of 2018, according to Jennifer Vanderkreeke, vice president Australia for Carnival Cruise Line.

“We are very proud that we recently welcomed our 500,000th guest aboard our Australian-based ships in June,” Vanderkreeke said. “It underlines that Australians have embraced the Carnival cruise experience, which makes sense because we are fun-loving and easy going, just like Australians really.”

Carnival has also announced a New Zealand cruise aboard the Legend departing Sydney on Jan. 7, 2017. The 10-night cruise will make Carnival's maiden visit to Dunedin and also call at Wellington and Akaroa in the South Island. The Spirit will repeat the cruise in 2018 while the Legend will sail to two cruises to New Zealand from Melbourne.

Both ships will also offer four-, five- and seven-night cruises to Tasmania in addition to their seven-, eight- and nine-night sailings to Pacific Islands.