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Carnival Spirit

Spearheading Carnival's ambitions in Australia

Carnival Spirit ushered in Carnival's move to Spirit-class ships when she arrived in 2001 with innovations such as the two-level promenade and the reservations-recommended steakhouse, but since 2012 has spearheaded Carnival's cruise ambitions in Australia.

Built by Kværner Masa-Yards at its Helsinki New Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland, Carnival Spirit was floated out on May 1, 2001, and christened by American politician Elizabeth Dole in Miami on April 27, 2001. Eighty percent of her cabins are on the outside of the ship, and of these outside cabins, 80 per cent have balconies.


In January 2012, Carnival Spirit went to dry dock and was updated to cater foi those with a more adventurous spirt,  including Carnival Waterworks (Waterpark at Sea), and the steepest waterslide at sea, a new creation, the Green Thunder.

Following the dry dock, the ship was transferred to Carnival’s Australian branch, and her permanent home port is Sydney, from where she sails to New Caledonia, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Zealand.

Vital statistics

Operated by Carnival Cruise Lines
Built by Kvaerner Masa-Yards, Finland
Entered service: April, 2001
Cost: $375m
Registered: Panama
Gross tonnage: 85,920 tons
Passengers: 2,124
Decks: 12
Lifts: 15
Crew: 930
Officers: Italian
Cabins: 1,057 including
>> 750 with balcony
>> 167 with ocean view
>> 213 inside
>> 16 with wheelchair access
Length: 959ft
Width: 106ft
Draught: 26ft
Engines: diesel-electric


One main, two-deck dining room (two sittings), alternative dining options, show lounge, casino, library, spa, three swimming pools (two outside, one inside), gymnasium, self-service laundrette.

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