Carnival Spirit ready for Australia
The 'Aussification' of Carnival Spirit is complete, a month before she makes her move to her new home in Sydney, and everyone at Cruiseabout cannot wait to see what she has in store for all of us!
The barbeque has been installed, the parties are planned and the new food and drink choices are finalised! Carnival Spirit is officially ready for its new market of Australian cruisers.
Carnival Cruise Line's Senior Vice President of Guest Relations, Mark Tamis, said the team has "done a great job of Aussifying" the formerly US-based ship. "Fat Jimmy's C-Side BBQ, on the highest deck, one deck above the pool, has seating on both sides overlooking the water," Tamis said.
The complimentary menu includes chicken breast, hand-pulled pork sandwiches, Black Angus beef sausages, salads, jacket potatoes, grilled vegetables and onion rings.
Carnival Breeze, which launched in July this year, is the only other Carnival Cruise Line ship to have the outdoor barbque facility.
Carnival Spirit's beer selections will include VB, Tooheys New, Carlton Draught and XXXX on tap, as well as Pure Blonde and Crown Lager bottles. Wines will be sourced from Australian and New Zealand wineries, including Marlborough, Hunter Valley and McLaren Vale.
Another major change is the expansion of theme nights, which will now start in the main restaurant at dinner and continue with a deck party all night. But the themes, celebrated with fancy dress, music, games and speciality cocktails, will not be Australian.
"We asked our Australian fans on our Facebook page for the two most popular themes and they picked Mexican fiesta and Caribbean beach parties," Tamis said.
The 2,680-passenger ship is currently sailing from Seattle to Alaska, before embarking on a 16-night repositioning cruise from Hawaii, and arriving in Sydney on 17 October. "Almost half the passengers booked on that cruise are Australian," Tamis said."They're going to bring it in for us."
Source: Cruise Weekly, Tuesday 18 September 2012