Carnival Moves In Down Under

Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 |
Carnival Cruise Lines will for the first time be based in Sydney, with the ship 'Carnival Spirit' in dry dock undergoing a refit which will "aussify" it and make it ready for an australian market in 2012. Carnival has identified Australia as a market open to cruising, and will market the itineraries with video and online to cruise rookies. One new feature for the fun-loving aussies is to be the steepest waterslide on the seas, and a children's pool area with a giant water drop bucket, reports Cruise Weekly.

Photo by bdearth Flickr Creative Commons

What else makes a ship more Australia-appropriate? Gum trees? live rugby matches? Not quite- the menu will be inspired by the local cuisine, pricing will be in AUD and tipping will not be required, to fit with the Australian cultural norms. Power points will be local, and Carnival hopes to include some of Sydney's cafe culture into onboard life.

Cruises on the Sydney-based Carnival Spirit are available now! See here to book a cruise.

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