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Carnival Spirit - Carnival Cruises

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Carnival Spirit itinerary and upcoming sailing dates
Feb 10, 2020 Pacific Islands, 12 nights from $2909
Feb 22, 2020 Tasmania, 5 nights from $1765
Feb 27, 2020 Australia, 4 nights from $1525
Mar 2, 2020 New Zealand, 12 nights from $3220
Mar 14, 2020 Weekend Sampler, 2 nights from $652
Mar 16, 2020 Pacific Islands, 8 nights from $1806
Oct 6, 2020 Transpacific, 18 nights from $6958
Oct 25, 2020 Pacific Islands, 7 nights from $2284
Nov 1, 2020 Pacific Islands, 11 nights from $3687
Nov 12, 2020 Weekend Sampler, 3 nights from $1191
Nov 15, 2020 Pacific Islands, 7 nights from $1910
Nov 22, 2020 Pacific Islands, 7 nights from $2076
Nov 29, 2020 Pacific Islands, 7 nights from $2388
Dec 6, 2020 Queensland, 4 nights from $1338
Dec 10, 2020 Weekend Sampler, 3 nights from $1140
Dec 13, 2020 Pacific Islands, 7 nights from $2491
Dec 20, 2020 Christmas, 7 nights from $2845
Dec 27, 2020 New Year, 7 nights from $3531
Jan 3, 2021 South Pacific, 11 nights from $3376
Jan 14, 2021 Short Break, 3 nights from $1400
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Carnival Spirit Overview

Launched in 2001, the Carnival Spirit cruise ship spent her early years sailing to ports in the United States and South America, before relocating to Australia in 2012. Now this Sydney-based vessel has become a firm Aussie favourite, offering fun holidays at sea to destinations around Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Specs: Carnival Spirit at a glance
The Carnival Spirit measures the length of three footy fields, spans 12 decks and weighs 85,900 tonnes. She can accommodate 2,124 passengers and 930 crew members. Her cruise speed is 22 knots.

Inside Carnival Spirit
The Carnival Spirit interiors take you on a journey around the world. Many of the public spaces draw inspiration from a particular country or time period. For example, the spa is decorated with Grecian murals and columns, while the Chippendale Library is the spitting image of an English country manor.

An extensive $7 million refurbishment in 2012 and a $44 million Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade in 2015 have kept the ship fresh, adding new bars and restaurants. The first refurbishment also saw cabins and public rooms given a facelift, ensuring comfort and contemporary style.

Entertainment: things to do on board Carnival Spirit
Whether your ideal holiday involves quiet relaxation or fast-paced fun, you'll be well-entertained on the Carnival Spirit. From indoor activities such as trivia contests, arts and crafts and card games, to outdoor fun at the basketball court or pools, there's something for everyone.

Whatever you do, make sure you pay a visit to the Aqua Park - Australia's largest at sea! This park is a hit with families and adrenalin-seekers, featuring a super-speedy water slide called Green Thunder.

As night falls, there's plenty of organised activities to keep you busy. Take your pick from 6 comfortable bars, all of which provide an array of social opportunities. There is also at least one formal night per cruise, so be sure to pack some of your best gears.

Food: Carnival Spirit restaurants
The food on board the Carnival Spirit is fresh, fun and delicious. From international delights at the La Playa Grille Lido Restaurant to fine dining at the Nouveau Steakhouse, you'll never go hungry.

At the centre of the Carnival Spirit's dining experience is the Empire Restaurant, the ship's 1300-seat formal dining area. Here you'll find excellent choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including vegetarian and family-friendly options.

If you're in the mood for a casual bite by the pool, give Guy Fieri's Burger joint or the BlueIguana Cantina a go - fresh, fun and delicious meals which the whole family will love.

Destinations: Carnival Spirit itineraries
The Carnival Spirit spends most of her time sailing around Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands from her home port of Sydney. She also offers a themed sailing for the Melbourne Cup, as well as several short 3-day sampler cruises - the perfect opportunity to get a taste for life at sea without committing to a long journey.

The shore excursions available will of course depend on your chosen destination, but you can expect a wide variety of tours to suit all interests and activity levels. Excursions in the Pacific Islands tend to revolve around snorkelling, swimming and making the most of the sunny weather, while excursions in big cities such as Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland can include anything from visits to local zoos and museums to jet boating and swimming with dolphins.

Cabins on board the Carnival Spirit cruise ship

A vast majority of the Carnival Spirit cabins are located on the outside of the ship, so your chances of securing a sea view are pretty high. Of the exterior rooms, a further 80 per cent come with a balcony or outdoor seating space. These rooms range in size from 172 to 204 square feet. All cabins come with a flatscreen television, minibar, telephone, safe, hairdryer and ample storage space.

If you're after more spacious accommodation, why not book a suite? Starting at 300.5 square feet and going up to 430 square feet (balcony space included), suites come with separate living areas, a generous bathtub and tend to be located in more desirable positions on the ship.

A total of 42 interconnecting rooms are also available, ideal for families or large groups.

Carnival Spirit Food and Dining

Dining included in your Carnival Spirit fare:

  • Empire Restaurant
  • La Playa Grille Lido Restaurant
  • 24-hour pizzeria
  • Fountains Café (specialty coffees available for a small cost)
  • Fat Jimmy's C-Side BBQ
  • Seaview Bistro
  • The Carnival Deli
  • Swirls ice cream bar
  • Guy's Burger Joint
  • Bluelguana Cantina
Specialty dining (not included in your Carnival Spirit ticket price):

  • Nouveau Steakhouse
  • 24 hour room service
  • Chef's Table Experience


Fun at sea: Carnival Spirit daytime activities
Daytime fun tends to centre around organised activities such as card games, mini golf, trivia, bingo and arts & crafts. The entertainment crew do a wonderful job of ensuring everyone is having a good time - they even go the extra mile and organise light-hearted competitions to keep the mood jovial, such the 'Men's Hairy Chest Contest' and the 'Rubber Chicken Olympics'.

Other popular daytime activities include relaxing by the pool, browsing the excellent book collection at the Chippendale Library or strolling through the boutique, duty-free shops.

Carnival Spirit pools, spas and fitness facilities
There are three pools on board the Carnival Spirit, as well as several whirlpools and the Carnival WaterWorks Aqua Park. If you love swimming, you've come to the right place! Most of the pools are family friendly, however if you'd prefer to take a dip sans children there is a pool located in the Serenity retreat, an adults-only area.

Speaking of serenity, what better way to relax and unwind than with a treatment at the Steiner Spa? Home to several treatment rooms, steam rooms and a sauna, this luxurious facility promises to leave you feeling pampered and at peace.

Also located in the Spa is the fitness centre, which is fully-equipped with cardio machines and free weights. If you lack motivation to exercise, perhaps the sea views will change your mind - breathtaking ocean outlooks are available from nearly every piece of equipment. Here you can also sign up for group fitness classes.

Carnival Spirit by night
With 12 bars and lounges, a theatre and a casino to choose from, there's almost no excuse for heading straight back to your stateroom after dinner. Make the most of the live music on offer throughout the many evening entertainment venues, from jazz bands to piano singalongs.

The Pharaoh's Palace is the ship's theatre and home to a range of spectacular shows and live performances. For live entertainment of a different kind, make your way to the Red Frog Pub to watch some Karaoke sessions, or catch the latest sports match at the Sky Box.

If you're feeling lucky, you can't go past a night out at the Casino. Featuring facilities for poker, roulette and blackjack, as well as 200 slot machines, this is a great place to enjoy a fun game of chance with newfound friends.

Family fun on board the Carnival Spirit
The Carnival Spirit is a family friendly cruise ship, with a fantastic youth programme to cater for children of all ages. Experienced youth staff organise activities for each age group, with things like face-painting and magic shows for the little ones and movie trivia and disco nights for tweens and teens.

Outside of the youth areas there are also plenty of activities that are fun for the whole family, such as the waterslides at the Aqua Park and the 'Jungle Walkway', a boardwalk that is decorated with giraffes, orangutans and other jungle animals.

During the evening group babysitting services are available for a small fee, but please note there is no private in-cabin babysitting option. 

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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Aft-View Extended Balcony

Relax and admire the passing scenery from your stateroom’s private extended balcony. 

Stateroom dimensions:

  • Stateroom - 17.19 sq meters
  • Balcony - 5.57 sq meters
  • Window - 1.22m W x 0.91m H
  • Floor to ceiling height - 2.13m H
  • Standard bathroom - 1.22m W x 2.13m L (including shower)
  • Doorway dimension - 0.56m W x 1.83m and 0.20m H
  • Bed frame sizes (including ADA staterooms) - 38cm H x 1.98m L
  • Lower bed mattress size - 198 x 84 x 21
  • Balcony rail height - 1.14m

Stateroom amenities:

  • Television
  • Soft, comfortable, and cozy linens
  • Hairdryer/Bathrobes
  • 24-hour stateroom service
  • Ample closet and drawer space
  • Separate seating area with sofa and coffee table


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Art Gallery

Artists Lobby On Carnival Spirit

Art Auctions

If a room full of overly serious old men paying top-dollar for priceless antique works of art is your imagination of an “art auction”, then think again! Unlike a stodgy auction house, your Carnival cruise features a series of auction events designed to turn fine art into fine fun. From the rapid-fire ‘Lightning’ action to the cheap thrills of the ‘under $500’ event, there are plenty of chances to try your hand at bringing home something great and have a blast doing it. Unlike land auctions, Carnival Cruises even hold fun interactive events like the “Guess the Price” competition. That said, the onboard auctions aren’t completely without fancy trimmings — after all, what’s an auction without free-flowing champagne?

Art Exhibitions

If you are interested in art and would like to add cultrual component to your cruise, you will always be satisfied on Carnival Spirit with a series of events celebrating some exceptional works. Take part in the art-themed activities onboard or check out showcases from different artists. You can't get any closer to art like this.

Art Seminars

There are various of educational and enlightening seminars with lecture series on Carnival Spirit designed for you to enter this vibrant world. The lecture will cover both thery and technique.