Car­ni­val Spirit

Cap­tur­ing young cruis­ers with imag­i­na­tive ac­tiv­i­ties has be­come the lat­est bat­tle­ground. No­body knows this bet­ter than the crew aboard Car­ni­val’s fun ships, as Tim Fair­cloth found when he joined a cruise with his 12-year-old daugh­ter, Charli.

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The Car­ni­val Cruises fun ship knows just how to please its youngest pas­sen­gers as Tim Fair­cloth dis­cov­ers.

There’s an art to cre­at­ing great kid-friendly cruises. As Dr. Seuss him­self might ad­vise, you have to em­brace a Seuss-ism or two such as: “From there to here, and here to there, funny things are ev­ery­where…”

Car­ni­val’s ships cer­tainly have. It’s only five years since Car­ni­val Spirit ar­rived in Aus­tralia to quickly estab­lish a rep­u­ta­tion as The Fun Ship. Since then, the line has be­come the go-to cruise ex­pe­ri­ence for young fam­i­lies. The Green Thun­der and Wa­ter­Works, mini golf, the Cherry on Top, and did we men­tion Dr. Seuss? They can all be found on Car­ni­val Spirit or Car­ni­val Leg­end.

But be­com­ing a firm favourite among the youngest pas­sen­gers takes more than a flash fran­chise and a wa­ter­slide. It comes down to two things: value for money (a ma­jor draw card when de­cid­ing on a hol­i­day with kids) and an in­cred­i­bly well-trained, happy and at­ten­tive crew.

Be­ing per­ma­nently based in Syd­ney does give Spirit an ad­van­tage over other in­ter­lop­ers that call ei­ther Asia or the USA home for half the year. It means Spirit’s crew knows Aus­tralians re­ally well. They know what makes us tick, our likes and most im­por­tantly our dis­likes, which makes us feel like home when we’re on the ship.

As for value, Spirit def­i­nitely stacks up. Con­stantly swip­ing your sail-and-sign card for items such as ice-cream, pool­side burg­ers and on­board ad­ven­ture pro­grams on other cruise

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