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The Amazing, Floating Vegas


There’s something about Vegas

What would you say that is? The feeling of forgetting reality for a few days. The indulgence as you partake in buffets of tummy-filling, belt-loosening food. The dancing at night in clubs. The lounging of the days by the pools. The ornate architecture. The ability to gamble with a few bucks or your yearly savings.

Vegas is all those things. An adult wonderland where the overall vibe is just, simply, letting go.

Pat and I got that vibe again a week ago when we ventured for 3 nights on the Carnival Spirit from Sydney to Melbourne. Yes, it was exactly 3 nights of letting go — with plenty of cocktails on-hand to smooth the transition along.

Carnival Spirit in Sydney Harbour

Carnival Spirit in Sydney Harbour

carnival cruise pat and brooke

Pat and Brooke on our morning tour of the Carnival Spirit cruise ship.

Although on a much smaller scale (but not “small” by any means), a cruise ship will not ever equate to the grandeur of Las Vegas. I just found myself saying, “Wow, this is kind of like Vegas,” on countless occasions.

Such as when we indulged in buffet-like meals at Fat Jimmy’s or La Playa Grille. Spicy cornbread. Spicy cornbread! A little slice of America for my American heart.

Fat Jimmy's C-Side BBQ

Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ

And when we started off our afternoons with a beautiful cocktail (or 3).

drinks on the boat

Having some drinky drinks on the cruise ship.

And when we walked through the casino, and lost Pat in the process.

vegas on the boat

Vegas on the Boat. Warning: You will lose Pat here.

And when exploring themed rooms, such as the Pharaoh’s Palace (where we played Bingo).

Pharaoh's Palace

We played bingo in Pharaoh’s Palace.

Bingo on the Carnival Spirit -- off-the-charts popular!

Bingo on the Carnival Spirit — off-the-charts popular!

And when we just felt miles away from ordinary.

perfect blue water

Perfect blue water.

islands in the distance

Islands in the distance.

paper water

Someone said the water looks like paper; I agree.


Watching the sun set from the edge of the ship.

welcome to Melbourne

Welcome to Melbourne

That was our Vegas at sea. For 3 nights, we forgot we were in Australia, especially when Captain Binacchi and his strong (and humorous) Italian accent hit the intercoms. The Captain was everything and more you’d want to see in a cruise ship captain.

I know this article barely begins to scratch the surface on the actual cruise — what’s on offer regarding food, activities, and then some. But, I guess you’ll just have to wait until next post to find out more.

Or, you can leave a comment with a question below and I’ll do my best to address these in future Carnival Spirit posts. Thanks for reading!

*I was a guest on the Carnival Spirit free-of-charge, but the thoughts and opinions expressed in this article are my own.


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5 Responses to The Amazing, Floating Vegas

  1. Michelle February 25, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    Looks like so much fun!

  2. Stacey February 25, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    Ooh I’m thinking of taking a cruise around the pacific islands and I was weighing up both royal Caribbean and carnival. Can’t wait to hear more!

  3. Alex February 26, 2013 at 2:58 am #

    I’ve never thought much about doing a cruise, but this looks a lot of fun – and the water looks sooo beautiful! Interesting post 🙂

  4. Richard Crest March 20, 2013 at 3:43 am #

    Cruising is very exciting, I love wind that touches face and the panoramic view of the sea.


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