The Carnival Spirit embarked on a once in a lifetime cruise in the fall of 2012 so that the ship could become a permanent member of Carnival Australia's fleet.
The cruise started in Alaska and ultimately ended in Sydney. A number of passengers made the entire trip but a large part of the group boarded in Honolulu.
The majority of passengers were from Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. A large contingent of Hawaiians were also on board. As American's , my wife and I enjoyed the chance to spend time with the "foreigners" and make new friends!
Living up to their reputation as having a healthy appreciation for beer, the ship started to run out within three days. Cabin coolers were emptied so that the ship's bars would have stock. Soon the taps ran dry and even Australian wines dried up.Surprisingly, the ship offered a number of parties where all the drinks were free. Australian law required that no alcohol from the U.S. could remain on board once it came to Sydney.
A rousing party held to celebrate crossing the equator was on the Lido Deck. The Captain, along with some of his officers, participated in the ceremony held to initiate all who had never crossed the equator by water into the ranks of "Trusty Shellbacks".
Clocks were always being changed to accommodate losing an entire Wednesday as we slowly headed west until we crossed the International Dateline. The ship's naturalist provided daily programs to discuss the ocean and remark on the whales, birds, and islands we encountered.
Three islands in French Polynesia and Fiji were ports of call. Those islands are certainly worthy of report, but not in this post.
When we arrived in Sydney we were greeted by news helicopters, fire boats,and cheering crowds along the dock. This was truly a cruise to remember.