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.
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.
And when we started off our afternoons with a beautiful cocktail (or 3).
And when we walked through the casino, and lost Pat in the process.
And when exploring themed rooms, such as the Pharaoh’s Palace (where we played Bingo).
And when we just felt miles away from ordinary.
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.