Carnival Cruise Lines will strip away the American essence of the Carnival Spirit and “Aussify” the vessel ahead of its Australian deployment next year. Recently appointed director of Carnival Cruise Lines, Jennifer Vandekreeke, who is overseeing the launch of the brand in Australia, revealed details of the ship’s new features at a media event in Sydney yesterday. The deployment of the Spirit in Australia will be the first time a Carnival ship has been based outside of the US year-round. Cruises went on sale on Monday 2 May 2011. Vandekreeke revealed that Australian dollars will be accepted on board while restaurants and bars will offer an Australian menu, as well as local beer and wine. Carnival also hopes to bring a cafe culture on board by working with well-known Sydney baristas to train staff. The design has also taken into account Australia’s penchant for “outdoor culture” with a giant water slide, the steepest to feature on a cruise liner, Vandekreeke said.
The Spirit’s first Australian season will start in October 2012,
with eight 12-day cruises to New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and New Zealand.
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