Travel Pics Theme: C for Cruise Ships

Carnival Spirit in fiordland

Carnival Spirit in fiordland

This week, our Travel pics series is C, for Cruise Ships.

The final image this week is of the only ship we’ve travelled on twice (so far) .. the Carnival Spirit.

The Spirit is a 15 year old ship, and is the namesake of the Spirit class of vessels.

She was the first of the ‘American’ cruiseline ships to be homebased in Australia, as P&O (which is part of the Carnival group) found itself unable to keep up with the rapidly expanding Australian cruise demand.

Unlike later arrivals, the Spirit was ‘Aussified” before being sent here – with local power-points, and similar changes.

That didn’t stop them running out of (many types of) beer on their first voyage out of Sydney 🙂

This image was taken a few months after she came into service down here, sailing from Sydney to circumnavigate New Zealand.

This specific shot is leaving the Fiordland National Park, as we headed back to Australia.

We had spent nearly 10 days stopping in ports on both islands of New Zealand, and then a final sail around the sounds (Milford, Dusky and Doubtful) before we set our (metaphorical) sails for home.

I snapped this pic as we said goodbye to New Zealand, and was pleased with the way it caught the sea, the ship, the sky and the scenery.

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