Top 5 Reasons to Cruise on Carnival Spirit!
Recently, I was given the opportunity to cruise on the newest ship soon to call Australia home, Carnival Spirit. Jumping onboard in San Diego, California for a 5-day Mexico cruise, I was excited to see how she was looking following time in dry dock to make her more Aussie-friendly. I was not disappointed!
Here are my 5 top reasons why you too should experience Carnival Spirit when she arrives in Australia later this year!
1. Carnival Waterworks & Green Thunder!
With the largest water park at sea, children young & old will love the exhilarating Green Thunder corkscrew waterslide. It kicks off with a plunging freefall and you will spend hours, like we did, trying to see who can get down it in the fastest time! The water park also features a Splash Zone play area with a PowerDrencher tipping bucket, which periodically tips water over the entire water park.
For those looking for something a little quieter or more of a gentler ride, there is also the Twister waterslide, 4 spas & the adults only Serenity Retreat to enjoy.
2. Health, Beauty & Fitness
With a 2-level gym boasting state-of-the-art exercise equipment including hydraulic weight machines and elliptical walkers with panoramic views of the ocean, there really is no reason to neglect your exercise regime on board Carnival Spirit.
If outdoor sports is more your style then why not take part in a game of miniature golf or take advantage of the jogging track and sports court facilities.
For those just wanting some pampering at sea (like myself), the health spa is right next door offering hairdressing facilities, a range of massage and beauty services and even acupuncture!
However, I would recommend booking in your hair and beauty appointments on the first day especially for those formal nights as this part of the ship was very popular on those nights.
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3. Bars & Entertainment
Bingo, band karaoke, piano sing-a-longs, martini sampling and cocktails served through an ice sculpture are just some of the many things you can see and try in one of the 16 lounges and bars on board Carnival Spirit.
You could also try your luck in the casino one night, dance up a storm in the night club or check out one of the late night comedy acts and theatre shows at the 1170 seat, three-deck high theatre. All this and more is at your finger tips to enjoy every day!
4. Children’s Facilities
With so many activities for the adults you are probably wondering, like I was, what the kids would get up to.
Upon investigation I found the ‘Fun House’ an enclosed play area at the front of the ship, stocked with big-screen TVs for movies or Nintendo WII play, video game stations, toys and games, and materials for arts and crafts projects. This is where the cruise line's complimentary Camp Carnival program offers suitable activities for children ages 2 to 5, 6 to 8, 9 to 11, 12 to 14, and 15 to 17.
Late-night babysitting is also available from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. for a fee.
5. The Food
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the dining options on board Carnival Spirit.
There is the two-deck, Empire Dining Room, with 1,300-seats and Napoleonic inspired décor. Menus consist of entrees (appetizers, soups and salads) mains and desserts. You can opt for assigned tables at one of two dinner seating times; or choose Your Time Dining, with open seating on the upper level. The waiters are extremely friendly and perform song-and dance numbers on select evenings for your added entertainment. Breakfast and lunch are also served in the dining room for those who want waiter service (though lunch service may not be available on all port days). If you are someone who struggles with food allergies whilst travelling this is the place to have your meals, all can be prepared according to your needs.
The reservations only Nourveau Restaurant, with 156-seats and found at the top of the ship, features aged USDA prime beef including a 14-ounce New York strip, a 24-ounce classic porterhouse, an 18-ounce prime rib and a 9-ounce filet mignon, plus other dishes, for a service fee of $30 per person. If you appreciate great food and service, the experience is a must and definitely worth the price.
La Playa Grill is the casual alternative for buffet-style breakfasts and lunches. The buffet is arranged in stations, to create better passenger flow and reduce long queues. At lunch, you'll find an international "Taste of the Nations" food station featuring a different cuisine each day like Japanese or Indian.
Other smaller food outlets onboard include The Fountain Café coffee shop and the complimentary sushi bar.
It is clear that come October 17, Aussie travelers will have a fantastic new cruising experience at their finger tips.
Words by Stacey Crawford
Stacey is the National Advertising & Direct Mail Marketing Executive for Cruiseabout Australia, and uses experiences like the one on Carnival Spirit, to add to her cruise knowledge so that she can find the best cruise deals for the Australian cruise market.
For information on Carnival Spirit when she cruises in Australia, call your closest Cruiseabout consultant on 1300 769 228.