12 Day Cruise, broken up into 2 separate cruises: Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by michiganfam
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12 Day Cruise, broken up into 2 separate cruises
The first 5 days from Ensenada to Hawaii can be summed up by 2 words -- Cold and Wavy. The temps averaged 68 degrees, and the Spirit was constantly bobbing up and down in the big waves. Being at sea for 5 full days gave us the opportunity to find our way around the ship, and meet a lot of other cruisers. There were many activities planned, and the Entertainment staff went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. One of the most helpful on the Entertainment staff was Joey. He quickly learned all of our names, and even played card games after hours with the children.
The main shows were awesome, especially the second show, The Big Easy. It's amazing they have all of those sets and costumes on board.
The entertainers were adequate. One comedian wasn't funny, and one of the evening acts actually put us to sleep.
We were disappointed with the dining experience. We requested 6:00 dining, because of our two children. However, 85% of the cruise was over 70 years old, so the early dining was understandably all booked. So, we opted for the Your Time Dining. We were able to eat at 6:00 anyways, so it worked out. Our wait staff all went out of their way to learn what our favorites were. Our disappointment was with the selection of food. There were a couple evenings that we looked at the menu and saw chicken, fish, and maybe a pork selection, but nothing that said "wow, I gotta have that". So a couple nights we actually chose to go to the buffet instead of the sit down dinner. The buffet was ok, but after all it was a buffet, so we didn't expect too much.
Overall we would give the cruise a 8 out of 10. Better food and a better embarkation process and it would've been a higher score. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
Day 2 was Pearl Harbor, then back home. Everyone should visit Pearl Harbor at least once in their lifetime.
After the trip we walked around and had a couple of drinks in a beach-side bar. It couldn't have gotten any better than that!
After snorkeling, there was a street fair in Kona. We walked around for 2-3 hours, and still didn't have time to see all of the street vendors. Great stuff.