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Carnival Cruise Line has come to the aid of a group left stranded in Vanuatu, following the collapse of Air Vanuatu. The group, consisting of eight Australians and one New Zealander, were visiting the island of Santo when Air Vanuatu cancelled all flights, leaving them without a way home.

Carnival Cruise Line responded to the situation by offering to bring the group home on board Carnival Splendor, allowing them to return safely to Sydney. The group boarded Carnival Splendor this morning and will enjoy a day in Vila before a relaxing four-night sail on the way back.

Kara Glamore, Vice President of Carnival Cruise Line Australia said “Helping these people get home safely reflects our commitment to community support and humanitarian aid. We are so pleased to provide this group a safe and enjoyable return home”.

Carnival Splendor will return to its home port in Sydney on May 28, completing what has turned out to be a serendipitous journey for the group. This rescue brings the total number Australian and New Zealand citizens who have been stranded due to the airline’s collapse and safely returned home on Carnival Australia ships to 29.

Carnival Cruise Line thanks the Vanuatu Tourism Board and the people of Santo for their assistance.

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