(5:20 p.m EDT) — Cruising got a little quirky in Australia on Friday with two simultaneous publicity stunts in two cities.
In Sydney, a two-storey redback spider was perched on the bow of Carnival Spirit as it arrived on the eve of Halloween. A recent survey by Carnival Cruise Line found that half the nation is afraid of spiders.
Meanwhile, in Melbourne, helicopters carrying massive golden banners, each measuring 20,000 square feet, circled Golden Princess as it sailed down Port Philip Bay. In a dramatic move — a nod to the city’s theatre scene — the ‘curtains’ were drawn apart to reveal the 2,600-passenger ship to the city, its new homeport.