Carnival Spirit To Call Australia Home

18-Jan-2011

The World's largest and most popular cruise line, America's Carnival Cruises has chosen Australia as its first non-American home, with a bold plan to base the 2667- passenger Carnival Spirit year-round in Sydney from 2012.



Carnival Spirit - Set To Call Australia HomeThis major boost for Australian cruising will give locals the choice of two “21st century” ships, following Royal Caribbean’s decision to also deploy Radiance of the Seas to Sydney from 2012


The 88,500-tonne Carnival Spirit will be the largest cruise ship to call Australia home. At 53 metres above the waterline, she will also be the first full-time Sydney- based ship that is too tall to fit under the Harbour Bridge, and will therefore dock only at Circular Quay’s Overseas Passenger Terminal.


Aimed at families, Carnival Spirit has four pools, four hot tubs, a 22-metre corkscrew waterslide, mini-golf, jogging track, sports court, a two-level dining room, poolside grill, steakhouse, 16 bars and lounges, a three-level theatre, two-level health spa, and an internet café.


Approximately two-thirds of cabins have private balconies – the most of any Australian-based ship.


Ann Sherry, ceo, Carnival Australia - which is part of the US-owned Carnival family - claimed Spirit would be the “youngest” ship based here. 
“Carnival Spirit is a very family-oriented, it’s a water park at sea,” Sherry said, "
The onboard program will also be “Australianised” with subtle changes to kids activities, nightly entertainment, food and drinks, including local brands of beer and wine, and 'prawns - not shrimp' on the menu."


Passengers are expected to be predominantly “Aussies and Kiwis”, she added.


The onboard currency will be Australian dollars and no tipping will be required.


Cruisese will be offered from 25 October 2012, with itineraries from eight to 12 nights to the Pacific Islands, and 13-day sailings to New Zealand.

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