Carnival Spirit sends Aussie tastebuds on a delicious holiday

MasterChef wannabes, lovers of fine dining and all Australians who appreciate quality, delicious food and drink can rejoice –Australia’s newest dining experience is also its newest holiday experience. Carnival Spirit has sailed into Sydney Harbour offering a myriad of delectable choices for each and every meal – most of which are included in the price of the ticket.

Travelling to the Pacific Islands and New Zealand from 20 October 2012, Carnival Spirit™, the newest and largest cruise ship to call Australia home, serves up dining options as varied as the recreational activities it offers, leaving guests spoilt for choice at breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus everything in between.

Carnival Spirit features three primary restaurants serving delicious, fresh produce throughout each cruise. The Empire Restaurant offers a new menu each day featuring tasty local and international cuisine in a delightful white tablecloth setting. While La Playa Restaurant features ten different outlets each day ranging from Asian cuisine and a rotisserie, to the brand new Aussie ‘pie & snag’ station, and more.  For fine dining, Nouveau Restaurant serves the finest aged prime beef and delectable seafood accompanied by a handpicked wine list, for just $35 per head not including beverages.

Guests can also treat their taste buds to an extra-special dining extravaganza at the Chef’s Table. Hosted by Carnival Spirit’s Head Chef, Daniel Arulraj, a select group of 12 guests starts with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres then takes a tour of the ship’s galley, before enjoying a sumptuous multicourse menu of specially-created dishes not found on the regular dining menus.

Carnival Spirit’s brand new Taste Bar is a great way to try new flavours from around the world. On select nights, meet with friends before dinner to sample yummy appetisers and drinks and get a taste of the delicacies available at all of the dining venues across the Carnival fleet. Plus, it’s free.

Also new to Carnival Spirit, and created with Australian guests in mind, is  Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ, which offers backyard-and-beach-BBQ delights such as Italian sausages, grilled chicken breast, pulled pork and everyone’s favourite Aussie snags, all with open-air ocean views.

But it’s not all about night-time. Spirit is committed to making each morning of the passengers’ holiday amazing, which means offering Australian coffee! Before moving from the US to her new Sydney home, Carnival Spirit overhauled its cafes, coffee beans and onboard machines, and re-trained its baristas to offer Australian-style flat white, cappuccino, long black, latte and more – just the way we like it.

Room Service is also available 24/7 and matches perfectly with a balcony setting. And for the kids (and big kids) Spirit offers one of Carnival Cruise Lines’ signature specialities – 24-hour pizza and ice-cream.

The gourmet goodies continue ashore in each of Spirit’s beautiful destinations. Depending on their chosen itinerary, guests can take their tastebuds on a cultural journey as they sample local delicacies in New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and New Zealand.


Each week on Carnival Spirit, guests will enjoy:

  • 18,000 prawns
  • 55,000 eggs
  • 5,000 apples
  • 22,000 slices of bread
  • 700 kilos of coffee beans



Carnival Spirit’s restaurants:                                                                                                                      

  • La Playa Restaurant – included in fare
  • Empire Restaurant – included in fare
  • Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ – included in fare
  • Nouveau Restaurant – nominal fee
  • European-style Café – nominal fee