Background - We sailed as a family 2 Adults and 2 Teenagers. This was a much anticipated trip by our youngest Miss 15, those water slides that are advertised on buses in our local area have a lot to answer for!
Travel to embarkation - used Sydney trains from our home to Circular Quay, what a great view of the vessel when you step off the carriage. Wheeled our bags to the drop off point, and we were through immigration and Check-in by 1 pm. (This is with a 12:30 boarding time). We had our lunch in the La Playa Restaurant. Before heading to our cabins to unpack.
Due to the nature of the 3 Sea Days, 3 port Days, 3 Sea days, this cruise is not about destination it is about cruising and relaxing. All can be done on the Carnival Spirit.
Sea Day - Daytime - We had a great time finding somewhere quiet to read each day, or a game of trivia, finding a bar that had a musician playing, or a card game with the teenagers. We are not ones for sun baking, however, their are plenty of areas on board to do this.
We would head to the serenity area to eat breakfast and lunch/dinner if we wanted time away from the teenagers. Each of the tables had a view of the sea - sheer bliss.
Entertainment - Night time, we saw all the shows and guest artists (Comedians, Hypnotist and Illusionist) Miss 15 was impressed with some, others were so-so. Having adult only comedy club was a nice touch.
The wind closed the water works and slides for a few days - Miss 15 went on the slide on the last Sea day - it hurt her back and smelt of fumes, so this was the only disappointment of the trip.
Miss 15 did not go to Club CO 2, after the rowdy first night event with this group I am pleased with her decision.
Service - efficient and not over the top. A big thank you to the Chef in whites that was talking to other staff and had a plate made up for me and delivered to our table on the Lido deck, he overheard our conversation about missing the dinners (was having a treatment in the Spa, a treat to start the holiday).
Dining - we had Any time dining with a table for 4. Most nights we ate in the dining room, breakfasts and Lunches were from the La Playa. We had a date night at the Nouveau Steakhouse the meal was fine. The wines were questionable - appears to be re-labelled skins the winery on the label did not exist in the King Valley. Stick to Cocktails they can not re-brand spirits as they can wines.
Ports and Excusions - we went on one in Noumea - to the Aquarium and the Lemon Bay - the snorkling was fine and the light lunch as O.K - although would not do again. Would get transport or local taxi.
Our other stops were tender ports, so we did our own thing a snorkeled all day. Even though it was wet at the Isle of Pines.
Disembakation - was smooth, we opted to carry/roll our luggage off and we had nothing to declare - we were off the ship and rolling our bags back to the train station within 10 minutes.