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Carnival Spirit
Carnival Spirit
Member Name: vidospace
Cruise Date: November 2012
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
Destination: South Pacific
Cabin Category: 1A
Cabin Number: 1161
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 1.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5+
Rates 5+
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Carnival Spirit - Past the Australian teething stage?
The good bits:

- Speciality restaurant is great. Best steak I have ever eaten!

- Overall food is great with some shell fish almost every lunch/dinner

- 2nd last show is the best you will see (Bourbon St)

- Good sized rooms

- Fantastic atmosphere with some amazing detail in the decorations, for a ship from 2001 it still looks fantastic!

- Salt water pools

- Excellent embarkation and debarkation processes

- great crew, very informative

- Comedians were decent but repetitive

- Great shops with very good and helpful staff

- No tips to give, unless you really want to, no pressure.

The bad bits:

- Crew can be a bit too informative (long presentations on debarkation for example)

- Have to pay for room service

- Way to many kids for our liking (800 I believe on our cruise!)

- Entertainment was a bit "cruiser based" rather than "entertainer based". Lots of game show type activities rather than shows.

- Expensive shore excursions ($65 for a bus that takes you to a beach and back again? Please!)

- Few niggling issues like slamming doors next to the Serenity deck (not so serene if you get my gist)

- Weak daily cocktail (needs more rum!)

Overall we came away with a positive experience. Considering 2 people died on board, they had to change schedules due to a cyclone, and there were 2 major medical emergencies, the crew did a great job in keeping the show on the road.

I would go again if the deal was good.

Publication Date: 12/02/12
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