Carnival Spirit arrives in Sydney

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Carnival Spirit arrives in Sydney

Carnival Spirit sailed into Sydney Harbour today, ready for her first Australian season.

The 2,680-guest liner is the newest and largest ship to be homeported year round in Australia.

The ship's arrival marks the end of months of planning and millions of dollars' worth of "Aussifications" which include the addition of Green Thunder, the steepest and fastest waterslide at sea, and Serenity, an ocean view child-free retreat.

Jennifer Vandekreeke, Carnival Cruise Lines director Australia and New Zealand, was confident the brand would be a "great fit" for the Australian market, but recognised alterations to Spirit were needed to "give the discerning Aussie audience an amazing experience".

"We've demonstrated our commitment by spending more than $7 million in upgrades which capture the perfect mix of Aussie personality and American style and service which is evident from Green Thunder to the Aussie coffee and even the Aussie backyard BBQ now installed onboard," she said.

"We're convinced Australians will love the collaboration as much as we'll love having them aboard."