Carnival Cruises to “Aussify” Carnival Spirit
Carnival Spirit ship has previously been based in the US, but switches onto the emerging Aussi market with a US$7 million upgrading to prepare it for the discerning Australian passengers.
Guests can enjoy extensive outdoor eating areas. Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ based on the upper deck and with seating overlooking the water has a fantastic menu including hand-pulled pork, Black Angus sausages, jacket potatoes, grilled vegetables and plenty of fresh tasty salads. Carnival Spirit’s fellow ship Carnival Breeze also has this barbeque facility and it is proving very popular with cruisers.
Following on the Aussi theme, the beer will include VB, Tooheys and XXXX on tap, with Crown Lager and Pure Blonde available in bottles. If wine is more your thing (if you are a Sheila) then some fantastic Australian and New Zealand bottles will be available to tickle your fancy. Marlborough, Hunter Valley and McLaren Vale, amongst other wineries will be featured.
Complimenting all this fabulous food and drink is the expansion of the famous theme nights. These commence in the restaurants during dinner and carry on out on the deck with all night parties. But Senior Vice President of Guest Relations, Mark Tamis assured us that the fancy dress, music and games would not be Australian themed – “We asked our Australian Fans on our facebook page for the two most popular themes and they picked Mexican fiesta and Caribbean beach parties” he said “the team have done a great job in Aussifying the ship”.
Carnival Spirit at the moment will be on her way from Seattle to Alaska and then undertaking a 16-night voyage to re-position herself in Sydney, leaving from Hawaii on 1st October. Many Australians are looking forward to bringing Carnival Spirit home with them, and have booked onto this repositioning voyage.
Carnival Cruise Lines specialise in shorter cruises and pride themselves on the quality of their style, décor and entertainment on board their fleet of 24 ships. The British-American cruise line is based in Miami and holds around 21% of the worlds’ cruise market share.
You can always recognise their ‘fun ships’ from their trademark red, white and blue funnel, shaped like a whale’s tail. Carnival Spirit is no different and the 88,500 GT ship will be easily identifiable when it cruises into Sydney Harbour! You can’t miss the Green Thunder waterslide swooping out over the edge of the ship and then returning onto the deck. As the first of the ‘Spirit’ class, this ship was a pioneer in the new ideas of 24 hour floating fun and each time their 2000+ passengers come back into dock, they confirm that is certainly still has it!