Embarkation - was onboard within 15 minutes, no issues.
Cabin - extended balcony deck 7, wasn't ready until 1:30pm despite 12pm embarkation. Bags delivered to room by 2pm.
Empire Dining - fantastic, always got a table for 2. Fantastic service, enjoyed showtime especially on carribean night, did the Congo dressed as pirates. Good food selection and quality. Highly recommend the melting chocolate cake.
Buffet - loved the omelette station, salads great selection, deli had fresh turkey rolls for lunch, hot food was rarely hot
Pizza - often had pizza late at night, also had breakfast pizza on last day was very good.
Serenity - always managed to find a lounge in the sun,enjoyed drinking many cocktails while listening to live music , Stephanie is fantastic. Found serenity very relaxing.
Pool Lido deck - often almost slipped due to wet floor, this needs to be fixed. Also didn't like smoking near the pool with kids around.
Freshies corner - lined up for 10 mins to order, told needed to wait for other peoples food to be cooked before I could place my order, despite them handing buzzers out for food. There were 4 cooks in the small kitchen and none of them seemed to know what to do, they all stood around. Walked away without ordering.
Shopping - check daily newsletter and offers in shop window. Everyday has specials. Great watch deals, also gold plated Jewellery and bought Pandora style bracelet full of beads for about 40 dollars.
Can feel a bit like you are on a home shopping channel. Everywhere onboard is trying to get money. Art auctions, photos, Jewellery sales, excursions, bingo etc
Activities - noticed a huge lack of activities aimed at just adults. Most activities were aimed at families with lots of kids in attendance. If you don't olive trivea, putting golf balls, bean bag tossing or learning the macareana then all that is left is eating and drinking during the day. We went on p and o earlier in the year and they had various adult only activities and we were never bored.
Comedy club - awesome, really enjoyed Steve white ly - the Hogan, very funny. Anil design did great impersonations.
Shows - carnival shows with dancers, singers - jazz show was good, hypnotist onboard mark Antony was awesome, magic shown in main theatre was dissapointing.
Don't recommend carnival unless you have teenage kids. Most activities don't start until 10pm at night, too late for us and we are in our 30s
Dissapointed, we really enjoyed our cruise on p and o pacific dawn. Carnival spirit lacked atmosphere, there was no sail away party either.
Noumea - stayed onboard as did Noumea previously and its not a nice place.
Lifou - you now have to pay to snorkel at jinek bay and they only allow 200 people per day to do this.
Isle of pines - stayed onboard as it was a rainy day and you need to get a tender number and wait /for ages to be called.