G’day everyone! As a lot of people may already know the Carnival Spirit will be leaving her Alaskan itineraries in 2012 to head over to the outback, Australia. Carnival has already announced the itineraries which will feature cruises sailing round trip from Sydney on 8 and 12 night cruises to the Pacific Islands, and some 13 day cruises to New Zealand. This ship will be the largest of the ships based out of Sydney that cannot fit under the Coathanger (Sydney Harbor Bridge.) Now I recently stumbled upon a story about the dry dock of the Carnival Spirit at the beginning of 2012. Apparently she will get some renovations before heading over to Oz (Australia.) Some of the most exciting features will be the addition of a Carnival Waterworks, which even includes the dumping bucket that is featured on board the Carnival Magic, but the most exciting feature of all….a brand new….thrill water slide! This water slide will almost be a straight down drop from one of the upper decks, and will end in the Carnival Waterworks area. This water slide will be the steepest at sea, and obviously a thrill to the adventurous vacation seeking Aussies! The Spirit will also be receiving the addition of the Serenity adults only retreat area. Some minor work will also be done, and along with all of the renovations, the Spirit will also be getting a revamped menu specifically bringing Australian foods on board. Instead of shrimp, they will serve pron, and many other menu changes will also be added. There will also be no tipping. This is a huge step for Australian tourism, and just one of the many other ships that will now be sailing out of Australia. This really is my dream cruise, to sail Australia and New Zealand. I wonder if instead of Fun Ship Freddy they will have, Captain Kangaroo?