Carnival Spirit to New Zealand.
Australia & New Zealand
From the start of the cruise, I loved the attention and friendliness of all the staff (except for one lady at the information desk who was quite grumpy.
Our Steward Katut was great and so helpful. Our Balcony cabin was excellent and we spent a lot of time out there.
The food was lovely and the waiters could not do enough for us. My mother who is elderly and had a walker was treated with the utmost respect.
The ship was huge and we spent a lot of time exploring the decks and visiting the shops.
The only downer was the fact that the Shore Excursions could only be booked on board, which meant if you boarded later in the afternoon, a lot of the excursions were booked out.
The excursions we did go on were great, but I wish the ship could spend longer in port, so the visits would not be so rushed.
Would definitely use Carnival again, in fact we have booked on the Carnival Sunshine for a Mediterranean Cruise in July this year, and I am really More
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Cabin review: Carnival Spirit Balcony Main 4175
Cabin was perfect. We had a problem with a noisy air conditioner but it was fixed while we were out and very promptly. We had three in our cabin, which did make it a bit crowded, but we preferred this to bunks.
We also asked for an extra chair for the balcony which was given to us promptly.
The only thing I would say is, not enough hand rails in shower, when ship lurched, nothing to hang onto.
Port and Shore Excursions
Devonport Walking Tour
The bus driver was very informative and comical. We had a lot of laughs during the tour. He told us a lot about the suburbs we went through. We visited a lookout above Devonport and then we were dropped off in Devonport to make our own way back to the ship. They even supplied us with a ticket for the ferry.
The ship had to dock at Akaroa, due to the earthquake that had damaged the harbour. It was 1 1/2 hours from Christchurch. We first of all stopped at a winery for a light lunch, which was very light and not impressive.
We then went on to Christchurch to look at the Botanic Gardens and finish off with a punt on the Avon. The photos taken at the punt were great value and well worth the $20 they cost. Our gondolier also serenaded us.
It was a shame that city has been pulled down, very sad to see so many old and beautiful buildings gone.
Taieri Gorge Railway
This was by far the best excursion of the whole trip. The train picked us up at the wharf and we started off with champagne and orange juice. A bit later on we had morning tea, which was a cuppa and a short bread. We had a stop half way up and the locals were there with a small craft market. Then at the end of the line, there was a bigger craft market. We were told that the market only operates when the cruise ships come in.
On the way back, we had a lovely lunch with more wine.
We got off at Dunedin station to explore the city, our mother went on back to the ship.
There was a festival on which was a bonus for us.
At the end as we were leaving the wharf, we where sent off by a Pipe band which was lovely,
In Napier, we took a duck tour which was done partly on the road and partly in the water. It was very chilly as there were no windows on the vehicle. Would recommend a jacket. The did gives us blankets which did help.
We were then dropped off in the town to explore. What a lovely place and the history is unique due to the earthquake which destroyed the town in 1931.
The locals had put on a display of vintage cars and costumes for our benefit and we had a barber shop quartet sing us of as we sailed away.
From Taranga we went by bus to Rotorua, where we boarded the Rotuara Queen for a tour of the lake. We had the best afternoon tea ever there. After that we went to Hells Gate Thermal Baths for a tour of the mud pits. We finished with a Hangi with a difference for lunch, which was very enjoyable. All tour guides were great with a elderly mum and would recommend this excursion to anybody.
We did our own thing in Wellington. We used a taxi to take us to the Museum where we spend a wonderful couple of hours exploring the many sections of history and facts about New Zealand.
We then caught another taxi to the cable car terminal. We were pleased to find a craft market at the top of Mt Wellington. This market only operates when a cruise ship is in. Then a taxi back to the ship.
We found the taxi to be cheaper than the shuttle bus.