I don’t know a lot about cruising and to be completely honest I’ve always been a little skeptical, I had a preconceived idea of a ship congested with people with not a lot on offer but after my visit aboard the Carnival Spirit last week I was I was blown away.
Boarding the ship was a lot more pleasant then boarding an aeroplane, and as soon as we boarded it felt like our Holiday had started. I digress there was no holiday for me haha but I understood why people loved cruising, it’s a hassle free was to make the most our of your holiday time on board 44 Million dollar newly renovated Carnival Spirit.
With a Mexican cantina and Caribbean rum bar among the exciting new additions to the Australian ship during its massive $44 million dollar makeover. Other cool additions like the Carnival favourite around the world, the BlueIguana Cantina will spice up Carnival Spirit’s mid-ship pool area with a range of tacos and burritos served with traditional toppings in a Mexican-style beach cantina.
There will also be a distinct “south of the border” feel at the neighbouring BlueIguana Tequila Bar, offering different varieties of tequila plus margaritas and Mexican beers.
The refit also showcased Carnival Spirit’s first celebrity chef partnership, with Guy’s Burger Joint flipping out burgers hand-crafted for Carnival Cruise Lines by Californian chef Guy Fieri in an area featuring surfboards and car paraphernalia to bring the essence of a classic American burger joint to sea. Guests will be able to customise their burger with a range of tasty extras and signature sauces at the condiment bar.
Food from the cantina and burger joint are included in the cruise fare. Other exciting changes to Carnival Spirit include a Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Rum Bar bringing the tastes of the tropics onboard with exotic brands of rum infusing daiquiris, mojitos and coladas, and a vintage cocktail “pharmacy” called Alchemy Bar, which will mix up a heady range of new onboard elixirs.
The ship also scored a unique interactive EA Sports Bar featuring EA Sports video games, daily tournaments, 16 flat screen televisions showing sport from all over the world and two dozen local and imported beers, including the cruise line’s bespoke Australian-brewed Thirsty Frog summer ale.
The overhaul included some fun additions that Australians will soon get a taste for on sister ship Carnival Legend, including Bonsai Sushi, RedFrog Pub and the Cherry on Top lolly shop, along with some new Playlist Productions that will liven up evening entertainment with high-tech, high-energy performances encompassing pop, soul and rock’n’roll.
With more than 45 activities over 12 decks of fun, Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend provide the ultimate fun at sea. Both ships offer Green Thunder, the fastest and steepest waterslide at sea, as well as three swimming pools, the childfree Serenity Retreat and more than 20 bars, lounges and dining options.
The Food offering on board the Carnival Spirit will ensure any Foodie stays satisfied the length of the cruise, from Sushi & Burgers to Fine Dining the choice is yours.
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by Arrnott Olssen
Editor Rogue Homme