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65 Carnival Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews

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3littlepigs
Member Since 2011
1 review
468 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
We are just off the Tassie 4 day sailing. I was warned about the unattractive decor but still got a shock. It is brutally, eye blisteringly ugly. I read a review that described it as having being decorated by a Colombian drug lord with ... Read more
franky9752
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Expected Better from Carnival . I have been on Princess Cruises several times before AAA++ and wanted to try a different cruise line. Had a Group of 18 . Where to start , Boarding Ok except for the Wine being taken off us on embarkation no ... Read more
willrmac
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My wife and I have never been on a cruise ship before this, and as its booming here in Australia, and a number of our friends had gone, we thought we would dip our toes in to the water, so to speak, and try this "Sampler Cruise". We booked ... Read more
nas43n
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
My wife and I and two other friends boarded the ship in Sydney/Australia to take cruise to Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu. We want to make the following comments: 1. It took us almost 2 and half hours to board the ship. This caused us ... Read more
kverity
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
Never again will I sail on Carnival if Carnival Spirit is any indication of the rest of the ships. The ship is old and tired and very much in need of refurbishment. The décor is old and jaded and the upholstery on the chairs, stool ... Read more

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iloverainbows
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
In October we sailed the Legend from Sydney on a 10 night family cruise. Earlier this year we cruised on the Celebrity Solstice out of Auckland and it was so fab that we wanted to cruise again. We thought we would give another company a go ... Read more
Jolarc
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
A holiday we had all been looking forward too, a break with family and friends, we are a group of 3 families consisting of 6 adults and 6 children with ages ranging from 13 to 19. We all headed to Sydney on the Monday before our cruise ... Read more
Cherpieus
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed March 2014
Having not being on a cruise before my husband and I were using this 3 night cruise at sea as a test to see if we liked it and to see if I could go three nights without being seasick. It was also my 40th birthday so I was doing this ... Read more
tiarnam
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
i recently went on the carnival spirit on the 3rd of March to the 12th with my partner. i got a little worried reading some other reviews as some people were pretty negative. but after experiencing it for myself all i can say is those ... Read more
PRINCESS OZ
Member Since 2009
1 review
341 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2014
Seasoned cruises of more than 225 nights with several cruise lines operating out of Australia we decided to try Carnival initially for it's Itinerary to Tasmania and also the cost factored highly. Embarkation process was probably the ... Read more

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Cambos
Member Since 2014
1 review
158 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2014
Having previously only sailed on P&O or Princess lines we found the Carnival Spirit very closed in. I have tried to be polite and say that the décor was ornate but really I found a lot of it just plain tacky. Too much and too ... Read more
katididnt
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
41 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2014
This was our first time with Carnival. Stateroom was excellent but we paid a premium for it. Dining in the Empire room was OK - food ordinary - service good (except for drinks) - annoying singing and napkin waving. The buffet dining was OK ... Read more
krainbow29
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2014
For a first time cruise, 5 nights was perfect. This ship has a lot of activities and it did take a while to figure out what was what and what each activity actually entailed. Unless you are familiar with this ship, expect to be stumbling ... Read more
sailfan5559
Member Since 2013
1 review
29 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2014
For the most part this was a very nice cruise. We did not partake of all that was on offer, but what we did do was nice. One of the more interesting times was a session on pain given by one of the fitness staff. I thought I would be bored, ... Read more
Moocowmoo10
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2014
Both my husband and I along with our best friends decided we would try our first cruise with carnival cruises. What a huge mistake this was. Full of excitement and trepidation we boarded the ship . The ship looked beautiful, amazing ... Read more

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mattwillvall
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
As a first time cruise couple we didn't really know what we were in for. Yes, we had heard some stories from friends about how fantastic Vanuatu and New Caledonia is, we had also heard how fantastic the food on board was, we had also heard ... Read more
helene47
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and it was exiting. Being self employed for the last 25+ years this was something to look for. My husband and I booked an outside cabin with veranda, number 6149 on deck 6. The room was very clean and the room ... Read more
cazzenk
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was our first cruise as a family of 4. We have a 2.5 year old girl and a boy that's nearly 6. I was a little unsure how this would work with their age groups, but thought I'd still go ahead with booking the cruise. I did my research ... Read more
becci19
Member Since 2013
1 review
71 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Carnival Spirit was my 8th cruise but my first as an "adult" onboard. I went with my boyfriend and another couple. We were 21 and 23. It was my boyfriends first cruise. I knew I would love it but I was a little worried to see whether my ... Read more
Kowcop
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2013
Embarkation was efficiently done and the whole process took 15 mins with lots of Carnival staff around to assist if required. Firstly the good points to the cruise The ship itself is as over the top as described, I suspect people will ... Read more

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By The Bay
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
822 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We are a couple in our early 60's who had first cruised on our honeymoon in the mid 70's. Having taken a two night sampler on Dawn Princess, we followed up by another cruise on Dawn Princess to view the total eclipse of the sun in November ... Read more
Glenn & Leanne K
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2013
The wife and I have enjoyed two excellent cruises from Sydney with P&O previously (Jewel 2010 & Pearl 2011). This time we have just come back from trying out the new(ish) Carnival Spirit, sailing from Melbourne to Tasmania and back to ... Read more
AussieJLA
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2013
There were a lot of positives on this cruise, the cabins were really nice, the cabin crew very friendly and they worked really hard to please. The empire restaurant in the evenings was excellent, we utilised the anytime dining which was ... Read more
Jardi D
Member Since 2012
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I now know why there are bad reviews for this ship on this and other sites , it's the passengers not the carnival spirit !! Our embarkation in Melbourne was problem free and we were able to access our stateroom after a drink and walk ... Read more
Daliss
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed March 2013
Experienced cruisers are often hard to impress but we were impressed with the Carnival Spirit. My husband and I had cruised before but this was our first cruise with our 2 year old daughter. THE SHIP OVERALL - I liked the decor, very ... Read more

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