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7 Carnival Singapore Cruise Reviews

Had a great value package with flights, hotel and cruise pricing. Also like the repositioning cruises with many sea days. Carnival only does this cruise every 4 years when the Spirit goes to Singapore for maintenance. Good points...food ... Read More
Had a great value package with flights, hotel and cruise pricing. Also like the repositioning cruises with many sea days. Carnival only does this cruise every 4 years when the Spirit goes to Singapore for maintenance. Good points...food was excellent standard..no evening dining room menus repeated over 19 days which I was impressed with. Staff were great, especially in the dining room. Entertainment was great..singers and the ship's company of a high standard. Many ports were tenders and the ship's crew handled these well with very efficient and prompt tendering operations occurring. We had anytime (your time) dining...it was very efficient this cruise..last time we were on the Spirit it was a long wait always. This time no waiting at all. Bad points...although the ship had been in dry dock for maintenance for 3 weeks, the balconies on the ship hadn't been cleaned. It took 5 days for them to clean and repaint them during which we weren't allowed on the balcony..so much for paying extra for a balcony! Embarkation was terribly slow with long lines and our bags didn't turn up till 10pm and then we found them at the end of a corridor..crew had gone to bed by this time! Very poor process. Given 80% of passengers on this cruise were between 60-80, the music was not to their taste and very loud in the theatre and dining room. This would have been suited to the usual younger cruisers on the South Pacific cruises, but not on this longer repositioning cruise. The Tv movie channel is hopeless..there is no summary of movies, so you never know what a movie is about. To see what's on, the guide only comes on inbetween movies, so you have to tune in at the right time between movies to see what's on when! Then when there is a time change due to ship movements, the TV channel does not catch up with that so the timing is completely out of when the movies are on. There were only 2 movies shown inside the ship in the lounge. Given much of the cruise was hot, many older people on sea days were longing for some movies to watch inside, but there were only movies on the outside top deck and these were all children'movies..again totally wrong audience with only a handful of kids on the cruise. Our inroom safe had to be locked with a credit card..how stupid is this! Once locked you then have to either carry the c.c. on you or hide it in the room! What is the point of a safe if you can't lock your c.c. in it??? There were not nearly enough activities on sea days for older people. During the maintenance time, the library was removed which many older people keen to read were disappointed in....and kids' entertainment areas broadened, so the ship really isn't catering for older folk much at all now. There are now only 2 small bookcases in the card room and of course you can't read there with the noise of the games. On the evening menus, the mains rarely said what vegetables were accompanying the meat, so you had to ask the waiters every night to decide if you needed to order side veges or not...and more than not the waiters didn't know or got it wrong! Very little clothing apparel for men to buy in the shops and all apparel was very overpriced..very few people were in the shops for this reason. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
It was a good time of the year to be out of Australia. So Singapore to Sydney sounded good Cruise was just average in terms of dining and entertainment. The formal dining - service was very good from Ilham and staff. The food was ... Read More
It was a good time of the year to be out of Australia. So Singapore to Sydney sounded good Cruise was just average in terms of dining and entertainment. The formal dining - service was very good from Ilham and staff. The food was so/so. A number of dishes were not up to scratch - cold/cool, tough, undercooked etc. One entree, braised rabbit, tasted very much like minced beef and was served as a party pie - one swallow, and gone. Some meals however were very good. However the range of food was not great, and repetitive. On the plus side, serving sizes were generally good, not too big. Formal dining suffered from very intrusive 'entertainment' provided by waiting staff. These people are amateurs with an inflated opinion of themselves. This entertainment occurred too often, was too long and too loud. The announcer went on too long and far too often about how good her staff were. Buffet dining was also average - fruit (apples, pineapple) was of mediocre quality. Variety at lunch time was limited. Also, can't they afford a range of teas besides just Liptons? Coffee was undrinkable, but Carnival are not on their own there. Entertainment featured 2 magicians and 2 hypnotists - surely one of each is enough.we stopped going to the shows, though some were reportedly quite good. The resident singers/dancers were quite good. Guest relations were very helpful, and the sales outlets were far less pushy than on Celebrity or Holland America. Misinformation abounded, whether from the line itself, guest speakers ("Darwin does not have a hop on hop off bus)" and other passengers. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go somewhere warm and different. Also it ended in sydney being only a short flight home. Not only this but having experience of carnival we liked the fun on board and laid back atmosphere and this ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go somewhere warm and different. Also it ended in sydney being only a short flight home. Not only this but having experience of carnival we liked the fun on board and laid back atmosphere and this time lots of sea days because we needed rest. It began well enough with an unsolicited upgrade to a better cabin due to painting smells. We noticed straight away that, unlike every other ship we had sailed on, there was a lackadaisical attitude to hygiene with no visible hand sanitisers on the busiest deck nine buffet which also led out to the pools. After a search we found some of these at various decks hidden away round corners or empty. The inevitable began to happen with at least two thirds of the the passengers including myself and my partner catching a head cold or in my partners case, I suspect, influenza. by 10 days out.. After a complaint to guest services suggesting a public health issue may be arising, sanitizers appeared at the main restaurant but nothing at deck 9 where the trouble was. Excellent stage shows and a great comedy club. Very good meals at the main restaurant but dinner at the buffet on deck 9 was so-so in comparison with the lunch which was inexplicably very comprehensive. Service was excellent in parts and lazy in others Ports shore excursions were ok but the ports themselves were a bit boring. Exception was Komodo island which was great,and we would have gone with the ship tour if it had been available. We were obliged to find an alternative and did so quite readily along with many others. Cannot understand why the ship couldn't have done this better. Would go again but with wet wipes Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Reason for this trip - Komodo and my wife has been raving about her last trip. Staff the best of any cruise. Kitchen quality control woeful. - Mad hatter tea party, no coffee, sandwiches curling up - stale. Trout served as ... Read More
Reason for this trip - Komodo and my wife has been raving about her last trip. Staff the best of any cruise. Kitchen quality control woeful. - Mad hatter tea party, no coffee, sandwiches curling up - stale. Trout served as Barramundi. Dinner roles the stalest I have had anywhere. I don't think the Komodo Dragons would eat them!!!! Noted no bananas or peaches, pears, apricots. Pizza was pretty good. Snags & Pies excellent. Guys BBQ good for a change. Buffet, when tables cleared, were seldom washed. Maitre de excellent. Some entertainment - Brilliant, but 2 Hypnotists? Comedians rated from poor to excellent. Miss Houdini one of the best acts I have seen at sea. Needed indoor movies in afternoon. Kiwi cruise director: a breath of fresh air. Captains interaction with guests very good. No Orchestra???????? The pier farce at Kimodo Island was very disconcerting. Using ferrys to tender at Airlie Beach a great idea. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
To see 2 destinations we had not visited before. We had been to Singapore several times so there was not much for us to do. Embarkation was lengthy. The food on the ship was only average and if you wanted better food you had to pay a ... Read More
To see 2 destinations we had not visited before. We had been to Singapore several times so there was not much for us to do. Embarkation was lengthy. The food on the ship was only average and if you wanted better food you had to pay a lot for it. Beer and wine was very expensive and you could not take even 1 bottle on board initially. The main parts of the ship were kept very cold ( for whatever unexplainable reason). The balcony cabin was ok, but i doubt we will use Carnival again, they came a poor second to Royal Carribean. Hygiene could be improved, there did not seem to be enough hand dispensors.The boat is old and it shows in many places , perhaps if we had been on a newer ship the experience may have been better. Disembarkation wss quick as we carried our own bags. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The ship was late getting to port from dry dock. Getting onto the ship in Singapore was a lengthy process just getting through the port process. We were held up for an extended period with no information as to why the delay. The gangway ... Read More
The ship was late getting to port from dry dock. Getting onto the ship in Singapore was a lengthy process just getting through the port process. We were held up for an extended period with no information as to why the delay. The gangway was very hot; water would have been nice. There were reports of heat exhaustion among some passengers. Apologies and an explanation came the next along a refund. The crew particularly the waiters and cabin stewards were excellent. The standard of the food on board was patchy and varied from excellent to just edible. There were lots of glitches with equipment on board like inefficient toasters, inoperable laundry equipment, faulty exercise gear and others. The accommodation was very good our room had just one issue, the air con was too noisy. We heard of issues with cabins from blocked toilets to flooding due to a burst pipe. Entertainment was from great to useless. As first time cruisers we had no benchmark to compare with but will cruise again with another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
As indicated in previous reviews about the Spirit cruise from Singapore to Sydney - complete debarcle on embarkation at Singapore - due to partial re-fit and late arrival of boat to dock. Carnival's initial use of this cruise terminal ... Read More
As indicated in previous reviews about the Spirit cruise from Singapore to Sydney - complete debarcle on embarkation at Singapore - due to partial re-fit and late arrival of boat to dock. Carnival's initial use of this cruise terminal and obvious lack of pre-planning or preparation on scoping the venue and available facilities for video/audio communication (was none), suitable seating and failure to utilise available technology such as text/email to forewarn passengers of expected delays. Extremely poor management of issue on site and exposure of aged/infirm/very young to health/safety risks through long embarkation process. After boarding subjected same passengers to further distress/discomfort with safety drill out on open deck in high temperatures. After finally setting sale it was obvious the vessel had not been commissioned properly after work was done with passengers reporting numerous issues; toilets; cleanliness; flooding; no hot water etc litany of issues. Also as indicated on board activities and entertainment was mixed and generally fell short of the mark in a subjective judgement. eg 2 hypnotists within a few days of one another (one was bad enough). Food was also a bit hit and miss - passing completely on the buffet scrum that is the Lido deck in favour of the Empire dinning room - some really nice meals, a couple excellent but also a few pretty ordinary ones, Nouveau fine dining for another $40/head turned out to be pretty nice for entree and mains - deserts fell away but excellent mains. Issues with ship organised tours in planning and processing. To Carnival's great credit and foresight - a substantial cost refund was quickly offered by way of acknowledgement and recompense for actual and anticipated short comings - thumbs up to this and smartly played. There were quite a few justifiably disgruntled passengers. The company's biggest and best asset rose to the challenge and starting from a very unenviable position the staff on board rallied around the disaster with outstanding levels of service across the board and in interactions generally. High praise and acknowledgement to the staff. Given the considerable difficulties experienced due to a number of factors and poor management by Carnival - the overall experience was not completely lost and there were glimpses of sunshine and blue sky enough for the cruise to still offer relaxation and enjoyment. (feedback provided to Carnival). Unfortunately - the experience has greatly dampened any growing enthusiasm we were building for this type of holiday - unlikely there will be a return opportunity with this line. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
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