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Carnival Spirit
Carnival Spirit
Member Name: geerick
Cruise Date: January 2013
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
Destination: South Pacific
Cabin Category: 4E
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   5+ out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness 5+
Family & Children (By Age Group)
        10-12 4.0
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5+
Rates 5.0
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After 19 cruises, this was by far the best
We were a family of 3 who walked onto the ship expecting the worst after reading the reviews of others and walked off shrugging our shoulders wondering, what cruise h they been on.

Entertainment

This is a family ship and the entertainment was geared to all with the majority of shows being orientated exactly to the wide range of passengers on board.

Yes, we did have at least 5 comedy shows a day, 2 family where the childen were involved, 2 adult and all that goes with that and brunch. It was great to see so many children up on stage with the comedians having fun and people enjoying themselves

Yes, the Production shows were more family orientated, but it is a family ship. I would have been upset if they had had a musician on board whose fame in life was to be able to play 10 different instruments in an hour. Instead it was totally family based 80% of the time, jugglers, magician comedy acts, interactive shows and whilst there were not as many 'Production Shows' as other ships, this ship presented the best Production Show I have ever seen on a ship.

There was Karaoke, Bands, Piano Bar, DJ and all the normal type of entertainment, high quality (except some of the Karaoke, lol !)

For those that enjoyed Trivia there were at least 6 a day. As well there were the various dance classes, cocktail mixing, wine tasting and all the others that you would expect. Anyone who says there was not is a blatant liar.

Lido Deck

Now this was something very special, there was more colour in one light fitting next to one table than there was in totality for the complete deck of any P&O, RCCL, Princess ship combined. The chairs and tables were everywhere, enough to seat over 400 and they were quality, not some cheap Bunnings plastic chairs. Over 50 outside tables had condiments on them and the deck was so well decorated and colourful it created a Carnival atmosphere.

Pool

Well with 800 children where did you expect them to be, yes it was Children Soup in the Spa's but if the adults wanted to swim they had their own area so anyone who complained really had nothing to complain about.

Slides

Excellent and open as much as possible which was everyday and hours not open were few and far between but of course the weather dictated this.

Outside Food

Well, there was Fat Jimmy's, excellent and their own tables for another 100 or so. Outside grill everyday on Lido and you could not fault it, unless your a whinger.

Buffet/Bistro

At least 8 different Chinese dishes every day for the complete cruise. Salad area excellent. Deserts at lunch, excellent, not just a few pastries but beautiful cakes as well, every single day. Pizza being served 24/7. 2 omelette bars in the morning, just pick what you want in them from a choice of about 12 ingredients and made in front of you.

There was a roast on every day, a range of rolls and sandwiches like you could not imagine and made according to your order. There was a selection of other hot and cold foods.

But the buffet/bistro in the evening was not of the quality and range of most ships but hey, that is why they have the restaurant and in there it was quality. An Indian Dish may come with 7 plates, much like a Tapas and how could the kids complain, all the normal range was their for them.

Service

Impeccable, Professional and constantly there, whingers go home !

Cabin

Oh well, it was good, the bed, doona and pillows were excellent and the configuration of bunks above a king size bed made the parents able to sleep together instead of the 4 bunk style of other ships. All you wanted was there.

Smokers

There was their own area, 25% of Lido Deck and the area was walled off so that smoke did not go down to the other 50% of Lido deck. Hey if you wanted to sit in the 25% of Lido Deck opposite the smokers and complain, good for you !

Misc

People complain that there was no sail away party, but they sail and present dinner at the same time so go figure, lol. There was music outside most of the time on Lido at the relevant times and we sailed away to music.

Decor

Well, imagine Las Vegas, they have a Pyramid and Eiffel Tower etc and gaudy things in their main street. Well the decor of the Spirit was gaudy and so different and it was unique, not boring like a RCCL ship or P&O or Princess ship. It was different and yes, they even had a sitting area for over 100 that looked like a Jungle Area.

Embarkation etc

Faultless

Drink Prices

Could always be lower but hey, that's life !

Tender Process

6 Tenders, fast and efficient and well organised

Patronage

Well I had never been on a cruise with some many people under 50, the oldies were few and far between which was great, they tend to be the whingers. This ship was alive !

Summary

Don't believe the complaints you read in the reviews, some people are just never happy and the good thing was you learn to take these people in life with a grain of salt. This was the best cruise we had ever been on and if your a family person and have children book, not tomorrow or next week, do it now. This ship offers something for the family and those young at heart. Let the Princess and RCCL and others 'bring out the dead'. On here we laughed, enjoyed, interacted and had fun. This ship is different and if you want it to be like the others, go on the others, it is not. It is a totally different experience.

Whingers, go home !

Publication Date: 03/10/13
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