Sydney Harbour has welcomed the Carnival Spirit to its waters, the biggest and newest ship ever to be homeported in Australia.
The decision to bring the 2,680-passenger vessel to the country has involved a huge level of investment on the part of Carnival and represents an industry-wide rise in interest which has centred on Australia as an emerging market.
The ship has undergone changes which are specifically tailored to the Aussie market, including the construction of ‘Green Thunder’ the steepest and fastest wasterslide at sea; and Serenity a child-free retreat with sea views.
“We originally came to Australia because we felt Carnival Cruise Lines would be a great fit with the Aussie personality – both being playful, outgoing and fun-loving,” said Jennifer Vandekreeke, director Carnival Cruise Lines Australia & New Zealand, who has been instrumental in developing the brand within the region. “We also knew we’d need to make some changes to ensure our first ship, Carnival Spirit, was equipped to give the discerning Aussie audience an amazing holiday experience.”
“We’ve demonstrated our commitment by spending more than $AUD7 million in upgrades which capture the perfect mix of Aussie personality and American style and service which is evident from Green Thunder to the Aussie coffee and even the Aussie backyard BBQ now installed onboard. We’re convinced Australians will love the collaboration as much as we’ll enjoy having them aboard. ”
The ship will be docked in the city’s Overseas Passenger Terminal from 17 October. It will take its first cruise, an eight night voyage to New Caledonia, on 20 October.