Over 3,000 cruise passengers converged on Darwin as the Carnival Splendor made its inaugural visit to the Top End.
The newest and largest cruise ship to be home ported year-round in Australia, The Carnival Splendor boasts the length of three football fields and is 14 decks high.
The vessel is on its voyage from Singapore to Sydney and also features a water park, two spas and a sports deck with mini golf, running track and sports courts.
The maiden voyage of the ship to Darwin will provide a boost to the economy and an opportunity to showcase the Territory to international visitors while supporting local businesses with passengers and crew undertaking tours, visiting local attractions and shopping at local retail outlets, cafes and restaurants while in town.
This season the Top End will welcome 76 cruise and expeditionary ships, carrying over 64,000 passengers to Darwin, providing a huge tourism and economic boost.
Darwin enjoys year-round cruise activity, with larger ships visiting from October-March and a number of small, luxury expedition cruise ships using Darwin as a home-base to explore the remote Northern Australian coastline from April-September.
Find out more about the cruise industry here.