Giant Carnival Spirit Spider Creeps Into Sydney Harbour

Posted October 30th, 2015

Carnival Spirit had an extra passenger when she arrived into Sydney Harbour this morning (Fri 30 Oct). The Australian-based cruise ship sailed through the heads with a two-metre high, ten-metre wide Australian Redback Spider sitting proud on the bow.

Sydney-siders and tourists alike have been drawn to Circular Quay to check out the curious extra arrival which will be on display until 3pm this afternoon.

Carnival Spirit

A recent Halloween survey by Carnival Cruise Line found that half the nation is afraid of spiders, with creepy crawlies topping the list of things that most scare them – well ahead of public speaking, heights and the dark.

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Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australia Jennifer Vandekreeke said when they realised Australian-based Carnival Spirit would be in Sydney on the eve of Halloween, they couldn’t resist getting in on the act.

“As an American cruise line, we could be accused of going a bit OTT with Halloween. It’s a big event across our 24-ship fleet - including our Australian-based superliners Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend - and we wanted to share some of that frightful fun with Sydneysiders by doing something big that screamed Aussie Halloween,” Ms Vandekreeke said.

Carnival Spirit

Carnival’s Halloween survey found that 71 per cent of Aussies feel Halloween has become more popular in recent years, while a fifth would like to see October 31 become a public holiday.

Other key findings include:

  • About a third (31 per cent) of respondents get dressed up and go trick or treating on Halloween
  • 42 per cent of respondents believe Halloween is a chance for kids and adults to have fun together
  • Almost 40 per cent of respondents celebrate on October 31 by throwing or attending a themed party
  • 61 per cent of Aussies have lollies at the ready for trick-or-treaters
  • Almost 60 per cent feel trick or treating is best left to kids aged 13 or younger, although 28 per cent say you’re never too old to get involved

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Jason Dutton-Smith

I’m a passionate traveller and a first class nomad wannabe. I have a love for the written word and enjoy sharing stories that inspire travel. I like ordinary but love extraordinary. I’ll dance and sing karaoke to anything 80’s, will drink hot tea even if 40 degrees, love food and have a wicked sweet tooth. Architecture excites me, the window seat thrills me and anything aviation enamours me. I’m a perpetual dreamer who lives by Saint Augustine’s wise words – “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”. My intention is to read War and Peace!

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