CARNIVAL SPIRIT A SURE FAVOURITE FOR THE 2014 MELBOURNE CUP
Frocks, fillies, Flemington….and FUN! Carnival Cruise Lines has cruise fanciers in a flutter following today’s announcement of a brand new itinerary for Carnival Spirit in 2014.
The race that stops the nation will soon stop the newest and largest ship to call Australia home, when Carnival Spirit sails to Melbourne for the Melbourne Cup.
The round-trip itinerary will depart Sydney on Sunday November 2, 2014, arriving into Melbourne on Tuesday November 4 to give guests plenty of time for their pre-race preparation (aromatherapy massage in Carnival Spirit’s Day Spa, or manicure in the salon, anyone?)
Hat or fascinator, frock or suit – these will be the most difficult decisions of the day, with the cruise ticket including entry into Flemington, plus transport to and from the racecourse and back to the ship.
Need to relax after a hard day staring at the form guide? Guests can chill-out on Serenity, Carnival Spirit’s largest open deck, and a blissfully-serene adult’s only area. Worked up an appetite traipsing around the race-track? Cruisers can enjoy a sumptuous meal in the Nouveau restaurant, or sip on a Sauvignon in the Piano Bar (one of 16 bars and lounges onboard). For those onboard who want to start the day with a bang, Green Thunder – the steepest and fastest waterslide at sea – is sure to get the heart pumping on race day.
Jennifer Vandekreeke, Director Carnival Cruise Lines Australia and New Zealand said: “We knew that in order for us to call Carnival Spirit truly ‘Aussified’, we had to take her to an iconic sporting event down under – and we couldn’t look past the Melbourne Cup! This itinerary offers so much for our guests, and our crew cannot wait to get dressed up and involved in all the action.”
During their three-night stay onboard in Melbourne, guests will be able to see everything the fashion capital of the country has to offer, or can venture a little further afield for shore tours such as lunch and wine tasting in the Mornington Peninsula, or swimming with dolphins at Sorrento; all before Carnival Spirit’s return to Sydney on November 9.
Whether there for the fashion or the fillies, Carnival Spirit has guests covered, with fares starting from just $1,799* per person quad share.
The cruise departs Sydney on Sunday 2/11/2014, with Monday as a Fun Day at sea. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Melbourne. Friday and Saturday you can spend your days at sea counting your winnings and arriving back in Sydney on Sunday the 9th .
For more information and bookings, contact Carnival Cruise Lines on 13 3194, or visitwww.carnival.com.au
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Mature Traveller wanted to make sure that this new ship is worthy of all the praise being awarded to Carnival Spirit, so we took the opportunity of sailing to Melbourne.
We can safely say that during our cruise we could not find fault, from the welcome on-board and being escorted to our stateroom, the comfort and fittings in the stateroom, to the attentiveness of all crew, who have learnt to understand Australian.
Serenity is an adult's only area and bar at the stern, a welcome retreat, as the children at the other open areas are really having a wonderful (and loud) time.
For dining we can highly recommend the Nouveau and for casual snacks there is a multitude of choices, The main dining room, La Playa, is worthy of any a la carte restaurant, where the very talented staff often break into song.
And we did not try out Green Thunder!
Mature Traveller recommends that you book your 2014 Melbourne Cup cruise ASAP and in the meantime look at one of the offer fantastic cruises on offer. We loved it and are looking forward to trying out their New Zealand cruise shortly.