Vacation Goddess was lucky enough to go on board and take a look around the newley upgraded Carnival Spirit and we were even lucky enough to have a special 'Vacation Goddess' cocktail made for us at the ships new Alchemy Bar. It was so delicious – mixture of orange Vodka, Elderflower liquor, fresh mint and a dash of soda, shaken over ice , then strained and served – amazing!
You too can have a cocktail prescribed just for you. At the bar you will be handed a prescription pad so that you can simply tick off the ingredients you like along with your favouite spirit and, the master mixologists will handcraft a cocktail to suit your taste using premium, fresh ingredients.
However, to celebrate cruising downunder the bar has created 'The Red Centre' – a besoke cocktail perfect for Australian cruising. With a spritz of lemon myrtle and a dash of strawberry gum tree essence, 'The Red Centre' is the cruise line’s first dedicated Australian cocktail and has been designed to appeal to local palettes while also offering international guests a unique taste of Australia. The cocktail was specially crafted by Carnival Cruise Line VP Beverage Operations Eddie Allen, who has overseen the rollout of the new Alchemy bars across the fleet.
“Creating The Red Centre was a fun challenge as it introduced a whole new world of possible ingredients. Lemon myrtle is a great flavour to work with and I’ve certainly never used a gum tree essence before. It was a real thrill to experiment with native Australian ingredients to create something exclusively for our Aussie guests. The end result is a uniquely refreshing and zesty cocktail,” Mr Allen said.
Following a multi-million dollar refit, the superliner, which sails from Sydney year-round, now offers 25 bars, lounges and dining options including Californian celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s new onboard burger joint, the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Rum Bar and an authentic Mexican-style beach cantina experience at the BlueIguana Cantina and Tequila Bar.
Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australia Jennifer Vandekreeke said Carnival Spirit also had some exciting new entertainment offerings, with Dive-In Movies added to the top deck as well as a fresh roster of Playlist Productions shows including 88 Keys Rock’ n’ Roll Piano Show; a high tech recreation of classic beach flicks in Getaway Island; Epic Rock, a celebration of 70s and 80s rockers; and a lycra extravaganza, 80s Pop to the Max.
“The new shows will blow our guests away with their dazzling, high tech visuals and high energy performances. In the case of Getaway Island, it’s a real feast for the senses with new “snifferific” technology bringing tropical scents like hibiscus and Pina Colada into the theatre as well as a fun continuation into the RedFrog Pub,” Ms Vandekreeke said.
Carnival Spirit has also received some of sister ship Carnival Legend’s tried and tested favourite features including Bonsai Sushi, the Cherry on Top lolly shop and Hasbro the Game Show
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