16 Carnival Spirit Cruises for the Disabled Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise as it was going to New Zealand. One of the things to do on my bucket list. Carnival Spirit is an awesome ship. My high lights of this cruise was the El Fresco dining out on the deck under the skies. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was going to New Zealand. One of the things to do on my bucket list. Carnival Spirit is an awesome ship. My high lights of this cruise was the El Fresco dining out on the deck under the skies. The entertainment was awesome. The entertainment in the dining room at dinner was great. I also enjoyed the art and crafts at soulplay with Adam. I also enjoyed the Green Thunder cocktail and great value for money. Eli was very accommodating and friendly. The stateroom stewards were great. I loved the animal towels. Especially the cat one I really enjoyed. There was nothing that they wouldn't do for you. I also loved Auckland and Bay of Islands. Very picturesque. I also enjoyed the Seranite adult only section. I also loved how they are with people with disabilities I myself have very low vision and they were great with me. Well done Carnival Spirit. See you at the end of December 2019. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Kids loved every aspect of this holiday as did I. The water slides were obviously a massive hit.. The water park great for my 6 yr old ASD boy.. Pools were pretty cold but no-one seemed to mind that as the spa just beside came to good ... Read More
Kids loved every aspect of this holiday as did I. The water slides were obviously a massive hit.. The water park great for my 6 yr old ASD boy.. Pools were pretty cold but no-one seemed to mind that as the spa just beside came to good use..especially after 10pm. Food FANTASTIC.. elegant dining night was a real treat for us. Icecream & Pizza on offer 24/7 was a dream come true for my 11 yr old daughter. My 15yr old son entertained him self as I rarely saw him...very unusual for him. Friendly staff all over the ship..especially our cabin stewards. INDRA & LINDA were amazing people & made our stay comfy as our cabin was cosy . As we had a quad share.. hardly spent any time in there. Getting on & off the ship was a surprisingly smooth process. Already looking for my next cruise. THANK YOU CARNIVAL SPIRIT Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Having cruised before we are totally disgusted with many things whilst traveling with Carnival cruise lines. Before our journey began we notified the booking office to inform them of our health issues with food and mobility. We felt ... Read More
Having cruised before we are totally disgusted with many things whilst traveling with Carnival cruise lines. Before our journey began we notified the booking office to inform them of our health issues with food and mobility. We felt assured we would be treated kindly regarding these. However we were talked into purchasing a Faster to the Fun package which would help us erase the delays with lining up and disembarking. This package was purchased with by my sister to whom I was traveling with as we both have similar health issues. When boarding the ship we were pleased to see we went direct to board .Well done. However we were under the understanding that our luggage would be ready in our room upon boarding, it never took place. We were not able to go into our cabin until approx. 4pm and then this was when the luggage was delivered to the passage. Not inside as lead to believe. Our cabin fridge was minus a tray or shelf and we asked the cabin assistant to find us one as the fridge was actually leaking moisture inside and medication needed to be stored .To this day we still never received it. In regards to the mustering station we do understand these are high priority and we respect that. However . found it extremely hard to stand for such a long time as I suffer from a foot problem and I was forced to stand for approx. 30 minutes or more. The briefing was very short and I was left feeling the need to medicate for pain after this. This was pathetic for others like us with disabilities. This needs to change as it does not offer the elderly any consideration at all. The day of boarding we headed to the main restaurant to set up the food allergies we both have and felt happy in knowing our needs would be met. We were not offered or informed of any food options in the Lido deck. We were only offered the menu to book in for the evening dining only at this stage. It was during the day I went to the Lido deck for a snack and when I started to eat a hot chip I realized it was garnished with seasoning, even though I had asked previous to this if it contained garlic, my allergy. I was ill within no time at all and was unable to enjoy my first night of dining at the main dining area. I then went on to spend my night and the following morning vomiting and was so ill I had to dial for The Medical Centre who offered wheelchair assistance to go to the A deck Medical team . I incurred a $637:50 account in which I feel should not have been a fault or miss judgment by myself. The day of discharge from the ship Medical Centre I was left feeling unable to eat in the main restaurant as pre planned and when I phoned to see if the set meal could be delivered to the cabin I was told they couldn’t do that, but she would ring us back to confirm. It was some time later that the meal arrived with no one informing us. It was unfortunate I had to phone room service to order a coffee to be sent to cabin as I was not able to order with my meal. This was added to my account.. It wasn’t until we asked at the service desk for assistance with eating in the lido lounge the service desk paged LORETO the head chef He was shocked to hear of us being unable to eat with limited options being available and he was more than happy to assist us with anything we requested during dining in the lido deck. This was day 3 LORETO cooked for us and we were happy knowing our food could be tailored to our allergies. In regards to the main dining room Waiters and Waitresses were unable to offer us anything different from the menu list, no varieties given only the option to take the garlic or pepper from the food out, often leaving this boring and tasteless. There were times we asked for alternative food to be added e.g. gravy, bacon etc......................................... it never came. It was on the second last night of dining we asked why we had not been offered a Cheese Platter like those dining around us. After asking we were finally offered one .We finally had something more appetizing to enjoy. We would dearly like to ask what we gained in purchasing our Faster to the Fun package as we found the disembarking on a gangway for entry to and from ports too long from gateways etc .We found that there was no priority given and we often found ourselves standing in line just like everyone else. This money spent prior to sailing is misleading and a total rip off. As we stated above this is not the first cruise either of us has taken and never have we experienced the lack of control by staff in regards to rules for children and never seen such lack of respect to those either elderly or disabled as children were allowed to run through the casino. Bars and corridors quite often unattended by parents…… this we found to be huge hazard many times during our cruise We often look forward to the joy of being able to attend the day spas. Never have we left feeling like we were not worthy of being there. The service was great and we do understand the needs for up selling of your products but we take offense to staff telling us we have either to lose weight or to look after ourselves better. We never came on this cruise to be judged by your staff (doing their job the way they are encouraged to do by the rules which you govern your cruise liner). We don’t always have the best of everything but we don’t need to feel awkward either. Yes we felt we had to purchase some of the products but even when we were told they would be delivered the following morning to the cabin this still took 3 days. We do not understand why we had to sign 2 receipts when we don’t agree with the gratuities as this is not even offered as an option. We honestly feel we have no choice but to be honest in saying this was not the cruise trip we thought it was going to be. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise to give some friends a start intro to cruising, they had a balcony deck 8 & o/view deck 2. We were in an interior room deck 7 aft above the Empire dining room, so that was good, just a 5min walk to restaurant. ... Read More
We chose this cruise to give some friends a start intro to cruising, they had a balcony deck 8 & o/view deck 2. We were in an interior room deck 7 aft above the Empire dining room, so that was good, just a 5min walk to restaurant. Embarkation & debarking were smooth, we were with a wheel chair user so that helped us, the staff wheeled her on & off the ship. The balcony rooms were very good, plenty of room, however the balcony is small & the ceiling of the balcony is rusted with some rust holes, the Spirit is off today to Singapore & dry dock for 2 weeks refurbisment, new carpet, clean the hull, reupholster seats in theatre & shops to be refurbished. The food in the restaurant is excellent, the waitress Corinna was very good, always serving with a smile. The quality of the food was a high standard from start to finish of cruise, the standard was maintained, even if it was for only 4 nights. The music in the restaurant for me is annoying, but the majority of people thought the kareoke entertainment in the dining room by staff was great, for me it is way too loud, last time on the Spirit 4y ago it was good fun, not amplified. The bistro is way too small for the number of people on boat, this is not unusual as all the cruise companies are getting as many paying cruisers as they can. One plus thing though, the coffee machine makes a good cappuchino. The food in the bistro is ok, just a small area for 2500 passengers. I gather the boat was full at 2500 & 1000 crew; the adult only & gym areas are very good. I gave a 0 to enrichment but as this was a 4N it is n/a. We manged to get onto Moreton Is, but only just as it was a 50/50 whether to run the tenders as it was windy & choppy. Moreton is ok, it was not good weather for water activities so no snorkelling but some did have a swim in the nearby beach. There were a lot of kids on this boat for this time of the year, but overall not too bad. The entertainment in the theatre was very good, there were two production shows, no live orchestra all programmed & pre recorded. Usual 80s show with excellent use of stage & props, the cast is young & enthusiastic. The volume of music is fine except for the Rock guitar show when some youngish guy solos for about 15 mins as a warm up for the main event at very high levels of volume, someone should tell him the energy comes from stuff other than amplified volume, The music around the ship varies; there is an excellent string trio from Ukraine who played a lot of pop songs from Beatles on, singer / piano player, a Manila 2 piece & a solo guitar / singer. The CD was not as visible as some others CDs. The master & officers had a meet & greet which i did not attend, but as this was a 4n cruise ? The gym is very good, plenty of devices to keep you working, the spa & sauna complement the gym. Overall happy with the Carnival Spirit. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was our first cruise and we chose Carnival because of the price and that it covered our birthdays. Our trip started well with the shuttle from the airport it was easy to use,( they found us) quick and our luggage was well taken care ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we chose Carnival because of the price and that it covered our birthdays. Our trip started well with the shuttle from the airport it was easy to use,( they found us) quick and our luggage was well taken care of at the port. Our cabin was a pleasant surprise comfortable and very clean. Later we found it to be well appointed. We sailed out of Sydney and the views from the ship were outstanding. We used most of the dining options, and enjoyed all of them. The Empire being our favourite not just because of the great food, but because of Dessi and her marvelous team who not only feed us each night but entertained us. Our waiter Godfrey sand and danced for us each night. We enjoyed the Red Frog Pub and again our waiter Eka gave us personal attention. The stops at the islands were wonderful, some with not a lot of touristy things which was nice. Our cabin stewards Turi and Andi keep our cabin in very good order and went out of their way to help us celebrate our birthdays with messages in colour pens on the mirrors. We found that all the staff we came in contact with remembered our names and made us feel like we were special. Lastly the young people who put on all the shows, Wow what talent. The comedy club, very entertaining. We travelled from Adelaide to join the ship, We are a couple late 60's and early 70's. We disembarked with ease, no rush, shuttle to the airport in time for our flight. Would we do it again...........in a heart beat. Thank you Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
My husband and I were first time cruisers so didn't know what to expect. We booked the cruise because we thought it was good value. We were on the Carnival Spirit that left Sydney to the South Pacific for 12 nights. We had a ... Read More
My husband and I were first time cruisers so didn't know what to expect. We booked the cruise because we thought it was good value. We were on the Carnival Spirit that left Sydney to the South Pacific for 12 nights. We had a balcony on level 4. Everything ran very smoothly with regard to embarkation and disembarkation. The ship had lots to do for all ages. There were plenty of bars, swimming pools, a gym, lots of entertainment and activities and the service was excellent. We did do a couple of the port excursions, one we thought was very over priced but the other one we thought was very good value for money. The drinks on board the ship were about the same as you would pay in any bar or restaurant. Photographers were wanting to take photos of you every night and we obliged. We were disappointed though in the cost of purchasing the photos. $30 each! We bought 10 of them but had they been priced better I would probably have bought all of them!! The food was good. In the evenings we went to the dining room to eat our meal and on a couple of occasions had breakfast there too but if you were up early for a shore excursion the dining room didn't open early enough so went to the buffet for breakfast and we usually had our lunch in the buffet area too. There was so much choice! You could also get 24 hour Pizza and Ice Cream. There was an area that was over 18 only but felt this could have been a bigger area. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise experience and would definitely sail with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Just returned from 9 nights on Carnival Spirit to New Caledonia. Travelled with 12 others aged 13,16,18,21,22, 50, 52, 56, 57, 61, 63, 80 and 83 including one disabled wheel chair young adult. It was the best family holiday for all ... Read More
Just returned from 9 nights on Carnival Spirit to New Caledonia. Travelled with 12 others aged 13,16,18,21,22, 50, 52, 56, 57, 61, 63, 80 and 83 including one disabled wheel chair young adult. It was the best family holiday for all ages. Weather was perfect.Cabins were comfortable and larger than expected. 4 Adjoining Cabins with balconies on deck 7 which we could open up to create a shared balcony was excellent. A couple of interior cabins opposite for convenient access for everyone. The ships decor is busy, kitsch and quirky but at the same time created an interesting atmosphere. All indoor and outdoor furniture and fittings were of a high quality. Lots of seating and lounging options. Casual and more formal dining options with an abundance of food choices and good quality. We mostly ate in the Empire formal dining room for breakfasts and dinner and at the many options for lunch or snacks.We opted for anytime dining which gave us great flexibility. Lots of activities and great range of entertainment. Two outstanding entertainment acts was the Manila Band and Lacey in the Piano Bar. Amazing talent. Comedy club was good most nights. We often found that we wanted to be in two places at once. All staff were polite, extremely helpful and fun. Processes for embarkation and disembarkation were very smooth. If arriving in Sydney by plane on day of departure recommend the $20 per head shuttle. Extremely convenient and gives priority embarkation which means no queueing. All our shore stops provided opportunity for swimming and snorkeling. Recommend bring your own snorkleing gear to save hiring costs (pick up a set from Kmart around $25 each). We didn't buy any shore excursions from the ship. However recommend for Lifou island buy the Jinek Bay Marine pass about $18 - this provides access to the marine national park for snorkelling and is limited to 100 people in the morning and 100 in the afternoon. Buy the pass as soon as you get on the ship because they sell out. It was a short 15 minute walk to the park and the best snorkelling of the trip. Suitable for all ages. The only other pass we bought was shuttle bus to Beach on Mare Island ($20 return and worth it). Drink prices are similar to club prices. Recommend you budget for, drinks, spa, shore activity, bingo, etc so you can relax and really enjoy the trip. We allowed around $500 per head (including kids) for the nine nights and overall it was fairly spot on for each of the families. Obviously this would vary a lot depending on what you do but we had a great time and didn't hold back. Overall it was an excellent family/group holiday and we would all do it again (and with Carnival). Happy to answer any questions. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
PORTS VISITED: Noumea, New Caledonia, Mystery Island, Isle of Pines CABIN NUMBER: 5106 deck 5 Upper standard interior stateroom located at bow end of ship We are sort of becoming veteran cruisers, as this was our 3rd cruise in 2 years, ... Read More
PORTS VISITED: Noumea, New Caledonia, Mystery Island, Isle of Pines CABIN NUMBER: 5106 deck 5 Upper standard interior stateroom located at bow end of ship We are sort of becoming veteran cruisers, as this was our 3rd cruise in 2 years, having previously travelled with Royal Carribean on Rhapsody of the Seas twice to the South Pacific and this was our first taste of the Carnival Spirit and a change of ship is like a new holiday, regardless of having been to the South Pacific twice before. First of all the ship is huge, at times it felt like there was not 2400 passengers on it as there were lots of quiet places to sit during the day and just chill. On day one, December 13th 2013 we along with all other passengers had problems with the embarkation process and were stranded inside the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney as Carnivals computers went down and no one could board, this took over 2 hours to fix and Carnival brought out iced water, cups and fresh cookies while everyone waited, we finally got on board and were eating lunch in the Lido Buffet, La Playa Grille at 2.45 pm, the ship left port on time at 6.30 pm and during the afternoon the Captain and cruise director profusely apologised to all on the ships p.a system about the boarding delays. When we arrived at Cabin 5106 we were pleasantly surprised, the cabin was much larger than we expected for a standard interior stateroom, in fact it was much larger than Rhapsody of the Seas standard cabins, a standard interior stateroom on Rhapsody of the Seas is only 144 square feet, Carnival Spirits cabin would have been classed as a superior large interior stateroom on Rhapsody of the Seas with quite a proportionately higher price tag to what we paid, on Carnival this cruise cost us only $700 AUD a head for the two of us. At 17 square metres or 185 square feet, it was unusually spacious for a standard interior cabin, the shower was the biggest we had so far seen on a cruise ship, my partly disabled wife could easily shower in it, almost as large as the one at home, storage cupboards and facilities were excellent in this cabin,far better than the Rhapsody of the Seas equivelant. We really liked the space in this cabin and it's decore, my wife being part time in a wheelchair comfortably managed in Carnival Spirits cabin, there were lots of other partly disabled people in standard staterooms as well and we spoke to a few of them, and they felt the same as us about the cabins. Our cabin steward, I-made was excellent, cabin cleanliness, upkeep and house keeping was excellent. Carnival Spirit staff were excellent, they care greatly about their disabled guests and go the extra mile for them, ships staff were a happy, pleasant and friendly bunch, they all seemed happy to be on Carnival Spirit, they like talking to the guests, very friendly and helpful, we have no complaints at all about them. NOW FOR ONE WARNING: DO NOT TAKE ON BOARD YOUR OWN EXTENSION LEADS OR POWER BOARDS AS THEY WILL BE CONFISCATED FOR THE CRUISE AND YOUR BAGGAGE HELD UP AT SECURITY AS THEY X-RAY SCREEN EVERYTHING, we had to take my wife's CPAP machine with us and there is only one Australian power point located at the dressing table in the stateroom so I took my own extension lead and power board and my suitcase was held up for a few hours and I got a written message in my cabin's mail box ( yes all cabin's have a pigeon hole outside each door where messages are delivered ) to go to security, unlock my bag and show them the contents and they took the power board and lead which I had to claim back on the last day of the cruise, they gave me paper work, Carnival supplied there own power board to us for us to use during the cruise. The reason this is done is for fire safety, Carnival can't screen as to the safety and quality of what people bring on board in electrical equipment, a fire at sea is the greatest threat to the lives of the guests and Carnival take ship safety very seriously, hence electric kettles, irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers are banned to be bought aboard and they will be and detected and confiscated and returned to you before you disembark on the last day, you go claim them back with the paper work they give you. There are no tea making /coffee making or electric kettles supplied by Carnival in a standard interior cabin and no fridge either, you do get a hair dryer located in the vanity units drawer. We had the two single beds joined together to make a king bed, it was a little firm for us but okay to sleep on, Cabin air conditioning needs to be set to maximum cold as when you go into the tropics it gets less efficient and the cabin gets a little warm for us southerners from Victoria. Now for the food. We dined every evening at fine dining in the Empire Room restaurant at the rear of the ship on decks 2 and 3, ala carte meals with bigger servings on some food than we expected, the food was tasty and they catered for all tastes and requirements such as vegans, if anything to complain, a lot of the food was just lukewarm but when there are up to 1200 guests seated in the Empire Room, food service is strained to impossible limits but the food came fast and quick, it was better than our previous Royal Carribean experiences. At lunch time we ate in The La Playa Grill located on deck 9, the Lido deck which is there self serve buffet style restaurant, the menu changed each day, food was lukewarm but delicious consisting of roasts, stir fries, curries, sausages, hamburgers, vegetables, cold meats, salads of all sorts, chips, potatoes, rice etc. as well as a choice of 4 or 5 desserts each day at various scattered self serve stations with staff assisting as well as free drinkable coffee, iced water and free lemon squash self serve at the dispensing machines. They have a 24 hour pizzeria in the La Playa Grill a the back which serves about 4 types of pizzas, thin based, pretty ordinary but you can mix up the toppings to order. They also had a deli bar that made wraps and pita bread to order, the roast turkey wrap is delicious. At breakfast we ate at the La Playa grill, heaps of breakfast foods, all cereals and yoghurts, fresh fruit, pastries, ham, bacon, eggs poached and scrambled, eggs benedict, baked beans, hash browns, omelettes made to order at the omelette station, we suggest to try the made to order omelettes with the works in fillings, they have everything, makes for a very yummy and satisfying omelette. At breakfast you get free unlimited orange juice which tastes good from self serve machines as well as coffee and all teas you can imagine. As for other drinks, alcohol and cock tails are expensive, about $8.25 for a can of Victoria Bitter beer and about $10 plus for a cock tail, wine expensive from about $10 to $23 a glass. Soft drink is cheap, you can buy a can of coke for $2.25 complete with a a glass full of ice. Thank god there are no tips or gratuities to pay on Carnival Spirit, Carnival have complied with the Australian market and removed these nuisance items which can add 15% on the cost of everything as in Australia, we don't tip but pay people decent wages, tips were never asked for or hinted at on our cruise and unlike Royal Carribean we did not have drink waiters in our faces every 5 minutes trying to sell you a drink as they are motivated by the tips they get, we could ice water no problem from the waiters on Carnival Spirit whereas on other ships the waiters did not deliver as there was no tips to do so as water is free. I like the tip free/gratuity free setup on Carnival Spirit, other ship operators need to take heed here and remove the tips and gratuities for the Australian market as Australians don't like to pay them. Laundry is easy, you can do it yourself for $3.25 AUD a load, coin operated laundromats ( bring coins for the machine ) or Carnival offers a $15 laundry bag, you pack the paper bag to its bursting with dirty laundry, fill out the form and your friendly stateroom steward will take it before 10 am each morning and get your clothes washed and folded and returned to you within a day, we used that service, so easy, we paid for washing twice on a 8 day cruise, total of $30 AUD for washing. I'm not going to comment on the ports we visited as I have blogged about them in the past, with all cruise lines that visit them they are all pretty standard, all land tours cost the same as they all use the same operators on the south pacific islands. On board night shows in the Pharoahs Theatre were fantastic, best we have ever seen, very high quality, Casino is very nice but be prepared to loose money here but we encountered a a lady that won $4500 on the Black Jack tables, God knows what her bets were to do that, they do have $3 minimum bets during the day at these tables, plenty of 1 cent poker machines to find with minimum bets at 25 cents upwards, all Australian money. In summary we loved Carnival Spirit, it was a great cruise, we would go on her again in the future. We highly recommend this ship for families and people of all ages, we can't understand why some have criticised and panned the ship, some people are just too hard to please or got some kind of problem in our opinion, go on Carnival Spirit, a great ship to have a great time in.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
I just returned from the 10 day New Caledonia & Vanuatu cruise and here is my experience as well as some tips. I have special needs (on crutches, limited mobility) and going on a cruise without knowing what would and would not work ... Read More
I just returned from the 10 day New Caledonia & Vanuatu cruise and here is my experience as well as some tips. I have special needs (on crutches, limited mobility) and going on a cruise without knowing what would and would not work was quite interesting. EMBARKATION Fantastic I was taken to a separate area where tables and chairs were provided to complete all forms. Wheelchairs were at hand to take those requiring assistance all the way to their cabins. I had requested this when booking. Hint Please advise beforehand if you need assistance, it is available. If you identify it on the day, you may face delays and/or delay others that have pre-arranged this. Unfortunately there were limited numbers of wheelchairs/assistants to meet the need. CABIN The cabins are great, I had an extended balcony cabin, and the balcony was fantastic. However, the cabin and balcony door are extremely heavy and difficult to open if you are on crutches. I ended up asking for a wedge to keep my door open when I was expecting others to drop in. I had read much about the smell in bathrooms and brought a slow release air freshener with me, never smelled a thing! If you like to hang up your clothes, including t shirts, bring extra hangers. The hangers provided are not shaped to hold a dress or any top with a large opening. I bought collapsible hangers on-line and they saved the day by having the right criteria to hang up dresses etc. Dont bring a bulky bathrobe; there are bathrobes in your cabin. The same goes for beach towels. The beds are like a cloud , I wanted to take my bed home, the same goes for the pillows. Beware the hair dryer. Unfortunately you are not permitted to bring your own, apparently anything with a heating element is prohibited, that would include hair straighteners, kettles, hair dryers etc. You are advised on day 1 that these item will be confiscated if they are in your cabin. There is just a single power point at the dressing table, if you are planning on charging a laptop, phone or iPod, bring a multi board. Beware, the stewards tend to unplug items that are using the power point, check after the cabin has been cleaned. Your cabin steward will make you a towel animal every night; you can also participate in a workshop how to make a towel animal. I tipped my cabin steward twice, once halfway through and then again at the end. HINT Your steward is available 24/7, just press the button on the cabin phone and nothing is too much, just ask. I was a bit reluctant to do this in the beginning, but it's really helpful. ROOM SERVICE Great! Limited menu but ever so cheap. If you order pastries, you get 4 pieces for $3. It seems everything on a cruise comes in multiples. Sometimes you have to wait a while, the distance between kitchen and cabin is big, please be patient. LAUNDRY You will find a paper Laundry bag in the drawer of your dressing table. Wait until the laundry special is offered, around day 3 of the cruise. That means you pay just $15 for a full bag, delivered clean the next day. HINT Roll your items up tightly, that way you can fit more into the bag. POOLS There are 3 pool areas, one undercover, one on the open deck and the Serenity area which is for 18+ only. Unless you are travelling with children I doubt you would enjoy the other 2 pool areas, I will say more about children on the cruise a little later. Unfortunately the Serenity area fills up really quickly, I guess there are a lot of people like myself who are either single or a couple without children that appreciate this child free area. There are never enough sun lounges or even chairs to sit and have lunch. This could have been much better. The spa attached to each pool requires children under 12 to be with an adult, this not happen, the kids own the pools. In the Serenity area it is requested that you leave the spa after 15 minutes in consideration of other guests. Unfortunately 80% of guests did not adhere to this nor the rule NOT to bring any drinks into the spa. SMOKING For those of you who smoke (I am not a smoker) you are not allowed to smoke on your balcony, if you do, you will be charged a refresher fee of $240. The people next to my cabin smoked on the balcony and were respectful enough not to smoke when I was outside. Overall I do think it would be better if people were allowed to smoke on their balconies, providing they only do so when the adjoining balconies are not in use. Here is why: There are 2 designated smoking areas, I totally disagree with one of them hence my comment re smoking on balconies. The designated areas are on Deck 10, no cover, and Deck 9 next to the pool, there are tables and chairs under cover. Here is my beef about that. 1) The smoke is persistent, there are often up to 30 people at any time smoking; the smoke drifts into the adjoining pool and food area. 2) It is just a few metres away from a pool full of children DINING AREAS I will just cover the main areas rather than break it down into individual food stations. EMPIRE DINING ROOM: AMAZING! It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the surroundings are beautiful and all the staff are incredibly nice. I've travelled a fair bit and have never come across staff who are always friendly, go out of their way for you, and make you feel like you have known them all their life. I wanted to take them home, apparently that is a common wish. The Maitre de made an announcement that they belong to her and no, we can not take them home. Breakfast was great every day, lunch was a mixed bag, dinner was mostly great. BREAKFAST & LUNCH at Empire I think the cruise line has adjusted a bit too much to the supposed Aussie palate, when you order Eggs Benedict or anything with bacon, it comes with a slab of meat. The toasted croissant has so much ham in it that you take 70% out. Just a bit over the top. Once you know this, you can avoid particular dishes. The same applies to the Club Sandwich, just too much meat. Of course, if you like this sort of food, you'll be in heaven! The daily lunch specials were all great. Seating for breakfast and lunch is random but you can choose to share with others. This is a great time to get to know some of your fellow travellers and makes going ashore a heap more fun when you travel with people you have gotten to know. During port days there is no lunch on Deck 9 and the Empire runs a brunch from 7 am to 1 pm, meaning you have a combined breakfast and lunch menu plus a few extra special treats, so worth it! The pools are also nice and empty and you can get prime seating around the pool. DINNER at Empire Most of the time dinner was great, lovely everyday menu and when you do not want anything from the daily menu, you can choose from the everyday menu. There are 5 choices for all courses. When the chef gets it right, it is fine dining. When he doesn't, it can be pretty bad. Considering we had 10 dinners and 2 of these were not good, I still would go back because the moment you point anything out, it is fixed in no time. My adult daughter has a range of serious food allergies and it was awesome how they took care of her. Every dinner the Hostess would sit down with her and discuss lunch and dinner for the following day to ensure her needs were met. OUTSTANDING! I am not giving away all the secrets, just know besides eating there is also flash mob type entertainment during dinner.Loved it! LIDO DECK This is on deck 9 and has a vast range of food stations, something for everyone! It is quite casual, expect to wait for a while if you come at a popular time. BREAKFAST Great choice of food, not accessible to me since everything is buffet style and it is not possible to carry a plate when on crutches. I found out towards the end of the cruise that I could ask any of the staff clearing tables to give me a hand. LUNCH Same as breakfast, difficult for me to access, especially since it was very crowded and kids were running wild, several running into me and almost pushing me over. While they had staff on board to ensure that children were not roaming around on their own or running, none of this was enforced. The food was ok, the 3 lunches I had there (I had asked a staff member to assist me) were all luke - warm to cold. Listening to others, that was the case most of the time. BEVERAGES You can purchase a beverage package for $7 per day. This includes all soft drinks but does NOT include water. I drink only water and getting a large bottle of water cost me $9 per day which I was fine with. Coffee and Ice tea are for free, but if you want something other than plain coffee, you pay for it. There is a myriad of alcoholic beverages at a reasonable price. STAFF What can I say 11 out of 10! They are the ones that really made the cruise such an enjoyable experience. PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS Throughout the cruise there are public announcements to advice of going on shore, special events, weather conditions etc. These are only audible on your balcony or in the hallways and public areas. I think this could be done much better, by the time I made it to the hallway or balcony from the cabin, half the announcement was over. There is a system that allows for announcements to be heard in your cabin in emergencies, but it is at the discretion of staff. It would be so much better if all cabins could have an ON/OFF switch to hear public announcements in their cabin which could still be overridden for emergencies. ENTERTAINMENT There are many areas catering offering a variety of music in public areas. These are always next to a bar and dance floor. In most areas the music is incredibly loud, you cannot hear a single word a person sitting next to you is saying and this is repeated throughout the public entertaining areas. The noise levels are way above comfortable and in most of these areas parents are sitting at the bar drinking whilst their children occupy the dance floor. KIDS and PARENTS I would like to sit the parents of all the children down and ask them do they know what the word consideration means. Whilst it is in written information including the daily news sheet, many do not seem to know this word. Throughout the information materials parents are asked to monitor their children, accompany them if they are under 16, and be considerate towards other cruisers by not running etc. 80% of parents failed and nobody enforced the rules. Parents are sitting at bars drinking whilst their children use the dance floor for gymnastics, there are children as young as 5 on their own in lifts, hallways (running and screaming, it wakes you up) and all public areas. Children are also in the casinos, I wonder if that is even legal. Parents, there are clubs where your kids will be entertained and for the remaining time, be PARENTS! The majority of children had zero manners, if you are too interested in having a good time yourself, leave them at home with family. I did come across a lovely young boy in a lift who offered to help my daughter carry something, this was such a breath of fresh air. To the parents of this lovely young man, aren't you concerned that someone could easily take this child? Everyone I met who was there without children was horrified at the total lack of parenting. This included young and middle aged couples as well as singles of any age. PHOTOS Photographers are there on the first night of your cruise, the two elegant nights, and whenever you go ashore to take photos. You only pay if you purchase any of these photos so feel free to have them taken. There are also photographic areas on the ship with varying backdrops for portraits which is a nice idea. All photos are displayed in the photo area as of 4 pm, you just have to find yours in amongst 1000 others, you soon work out how to do this. Photos are expensive but it is worth it if you purchase just the once you REALLY like. I spent $250 on about 15 photos, this included photos of my daughter. It is easy to get carried away, be careful. I saw people purchase albums which start at $500 and honestly, it was not worth it. Leave purchasing any photo albums or picture frames until the last 2 days; many are then reduced by 50%. INFORMATION There are daily information sessions which you can revisit on a TV channel in your cabin. They go forever though and most people were not interested in sitting inside for an hour listening to it. Here is a suggestion; how about you have this information in a written format on one of the TV channels in the form of a continuous dot point scroll. This could include things like weather, swells, activities etc. Cruisers would be able to access the dot points in no time at all. I would also suggest that a directory for those with special needs is compiled, advising those requiring support (such as myself) what is available where, and how to access the different supports. Guest Services, for example, can be really busy and standing in a line for half an hour is not possible for me. There is no alternative; this applies to the self serve food areas as well. I worked out after a few days that it was better to call Guest Services and be placed on hold rather than trying to access the service face to face. It also took me several days to just ask a staff member to assist with accessing lunch. Had I known these and other services, I would have enjoyed my cruise a lot more. SUMMARY I would not take this cruise again simply because it is very much geared towards families with young children and because parents rarely supervise their children. I am saving for my next cruise, making sure it has a different focus. The entertainment was not the greatest unless you are into Hairy Chest competitions or Beanbag Throwing. The alternatives were Trivia and Bingo, which you had to pay for, or else pokies and other gambling. Not my thing. The Entertainment Director thinks that crude equals funny and I, as well as others, found a lot of his so called humour offensive. No, I am not an old grump, I laugh at just about anything, but not when it is at the expense of others. If you are after a family holiday with young children, this is for you, but please consider others. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME The staff made it all worthwhile, I can not praise them enough; it doesn't matter where you go, everyone has a smile and those you connect with regularly call you by name as of day 2. Considering that staff work up to 8 months without a break and mostly work 14 hours with just a couple of hours in between for a rest, they are to be highly commended. I chatted with quite a few, many are from Eastern Europe and Asia and the 2 main reasons why they were working so hard are to provide for their family, or to better their life. One particular member of staff has not seen his family in 8 months and was working to pay for eye surgery for his 9 year old daughter in Indonesia. My heart went out to him; we have it so good here in Australia. I know that tipping isn't part of the Australian culture, but please consider that these are people who do not earn much and yet they provide service with a smile way beyond the call of duty. They are the ones that made this cruise truly memorable!   Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
The Norweigan Star is a beautiful ship with a fantastic crew that delivers excellent service. The ship is decorated so nice, very well maintained. The food is absolutely delicious, with a great selection of choices. You may choose any ... Read More
The Norweigan Star is a beautiful ship with a fantastic crew that delivers excellent service. The ship is decorated so nice, very well maintained. The food is absolutely delicious, with a great selection of choices. You may choose any dining room at anytime. Your dining never has to stay the same. The staterooms are very nice, with excellent use of space. We loved the large glass showers. The shows were entertaining, with good variety. With all of this said, their swimming pool fees are ridiculous! $146.00 per person. It was cool in December when we went. The water temperature in the free pools was VERY cold! We were told, when we booked this cruise that the ship had heated pools. We also read it, on Norweigan Cruise Line site. However, it never mentioned there was a fee. Four days were spent in port of calls. That left just three (really 2) days to use the pool. This is the ONLY cruise line in the entire industry to charge a fee in order to use a heated pool or sauna. So, it would have cost $73.00 per day to use. And, we probably would have been there only an hour. Figure it out, $73.00 per hr just to swim!! We were really disappointed to learn of this, especially since you don't find out until you are ready to use this facility. We felt like this was financial rape. Both my husband and I are disabled. And, we have doctor orders to exercise in the (warm)water. Swimming in cold or even cool water is extremely painful for me and anyone with bone/joint/arthritis problems. We rely on regular use of warm pool for mobility and pain management. Without the pool use, it ruined our cruise. We both were uncomfortable with pain, which resulted in limited activity. What a disappointment! We both came home hurting with pain. My husband had to go to the ER. If you do NOT want to pay to use a small, indoor heated pool book with any cruise except Norweigan Cruise Lines. Next time we cruise, we will cruise on a ship that does not charge for heated pool useage. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
My wife and I booked directly with Carnival in April, 2012 for the First Cruise on 20 October, 2012. Entertainment : Fabulous ! Our daughters are dancers so we were really looking forward to the Shows. They were amazing. 4 great ... Read More
My wife and I booked directly with Carnival in April, 2012 for the First Cruise on 20 October, 2012. Entertainment : Fabulous ! Our daughters are dancers so we were really looking forward to the Shows. They were amazing. 4 great singers, amazing dancers and the band never missed a beat. There were 2 other bands performing onboard. The band 'Hi-lux' that performed on the Lido Deck were awful. Good songs but they couldn't sing and their singing was 'flat'. It was painful to listen to. The other band were fantastic. Name unknown but they performed in 'Club Cool' Food : Sadly we were disappointed with the Food. It ranged from Excellent to Awful. It was really inconsistent. We wondered if we were being too fussy. No, we spoke to at least 4 other couples who said the same. These were meals from the Empire Dining Room. For the first 3 nights we were given the menu and weren't asked if we wanted a drink. Our table 'battled' to get drink service. We finally got a drink after the meal was over. This did improve towards the end of the cruise We also had dinner one night at the 'Nouveau' restaurant. Absolutely sensational ! Unlike any dining experience. Serenity Lounge : Nice place to relax. The 'Pods' that they had were very difficult to get. We were told that people were claiming them at 5 am to ensure they got one for the day. We also found that on the last day at sea, many were being used by people who'd been partying all night and they'd gone straight there and slept. Shopping Arcade : Too much Duty-Free Booze and Cigarettes, not enough 'Spirit' souvenirs. Staff : So excellent. Dedicated, friendly and helpful. Cabin : Beautiful. We had a Balcony Room and it was great. Plenty of room to relax. Summary : An enjoyable cruise. We're not sure that Carnival completely understands the Australian market and what we want. They tried. I hope Carnival will learn. Would we cruise with them again ? NO. The food was a HUGE let-down. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
The first time we did a cruise it was a 9-day Mexican Riviera on the Spirit. This time it was on the Spirit again, but with the 5 kids ages 16, 15, 15, 13, and 12. Also with 3 grandparents, 2 nieces, and 1 sister-in-law. My wife and two ... Read More
The first time we did a cruise it was a 9-day Mexican Riviera on the Spirit. This time it was on the Spirit again, but with the 5 kids ages 16, 15, 15, 13, and 12. Also with 3 grandparents, 2 nieces, and 1 sister-in-law. My wife and two girls stayed in room 4195 which was on level 4 with french doors and an obstructed view. We could see a little between the life boats in this room. Having fresh air is a MUST for me when I cruise. I love to have the door open at night to hear the sounds and smell the air. The Spirit allows for this pretty cheaply with the obstructed view. You can't walk out on to anything, but you do get the fresh air. When researching I noticed that manly of Carnival's ships don't have this obstructed view. You can get a window down lower, but the window doesn't open. The room had the double twin beds pushed together with a Pullman style bed pulled down and the couch made up as a bed. My 13 and 12 year old daughters occupied these. There is PLENLY of enough storage room in the cabin. Between the two closets with hangers, the wardrobe thing, the drawers, and under the bed we had more than enough room. I should have brought additional hangers though. My three sons, 16, 15, and 15 were 2 doors down from us in two twin beds separated and a Pullman style bed above the couch. Two grandparents and a niece were on level 4 as well, but further down and had a balcony. The sister-in-law and another niece where farther down on the opposite side. They were in an accessible cabin. She had a scooter type wheelchair. This room was plenty wide enough at the front door and the bathroom door. There is extra room in the cabin and bathroom. She had a window that didn't open with an obstructed view as well. This was GREAT for her and allowed her to cruise. There are a very limited number of these rooms, PLEASE don't book one of these unless you really use the wheelchair to get around. The last grandparent was up on the 8th level in an extended balcony cabin. It did have an adjoining door that locked. The sound came through the door a little and the neighbors where noisy from time to time, but this grandparent was hearing impaired so it didn't matter. This room was the same type of room my wife and I had the first time we cruised on the Spirit. We did not have a locked adjoining door in our room and never heard our neighbors. If it were me I would try not to get an adjoining door if I didn't need it. I am sure that you will find the rooms basically the same for all the Spirit class ships (Spirit, Pride, Legend, and Miracle) Well that is the room report and experience. Being a spring break cruise it had good parts and bad parts. Firstly, and most importantly, being spring break we were actually able to go on the cruise seeing the kids had school. Another good thing was that the kids has plenty of "friends" to play with in Club O2 and Circle C. Club O2 is for 15 to 17 year olds and Circle C is for 12 to 14 year olds. The kids were able to check themselves in and out of there as they wanted to and used it as they wanted to. The bad thing about spring break were all the college age kids getting smashed and puking on the decks. Ok, I only saw that once. But the college age kids seemed to think everything was about them and were often rude in their behaviors. They were crazy down on the beach in Cabo San Lucas. One of the kids workers told me that security was caught off guard the first few nights with they college kids and that they were "out of control." It wasn't a drunken orgy fest, but it kicked the stress factor up a little and made the cruise a little less relaxing. The shows were ok, nothing super special, but you can find some good stuff according to your taste. They really push this big New Orleans dance thing that I really didn't like, nor did anyone else in my group. I didn't like it the first time I saw it on the last cruise. They need to come up with something else. The direct service staff couldn't have been better. The room steward was great and from the first meeting he knew who we were and called us by our names. He must have studied the security photos they take when we get on, or he has a GREAT memory. Andrea in the dinning room and Putu her assistant where the BEST. My kids wanted her to come home with us. I feel like whatever I write will not do her justice. If you are on the Spirit get seated for breakfast or lunch with tall Andrea from Romania. We purchased quite a bit of Inch of Gold in the shops. I know it isn't all gold, but it looks just as good, it is stronger and much cheaper. No gambling this time, we lost too many quarters on our first cruise. The ship recently came out of dry dock for some upgrades. Things added in the year since our first cruise? The new 21 or older only Serenity area. This is out on the old fantail back deck. They said they don't even allow kids to go find their parents there. They have to send a message with a crew member. There is a new water slide that is very exciting. You get in this vertical tube that closes, you hear this count down from 3, then the bottom drops open, you get "flushed," you circle around in this tube (out over the edge of the boat) and end up in a landing area. One of the crew members told me it is the fastest water slide on any cruise line. There is also a whole water experience up where this slide is. Lot of water splashing around with buckets dumping for the kids. I am sure more things where done to the ship, but nothing that I noticed. The food was good during our dinning time and in the buffet area. Better than I normally eat at home. I am NOT a food snob so everything, except the scrambled eggs on the buffet, was great. We didn't do the Carnival soda program and that was fine as our family only drinks water at home. You get lemonade, unsweetened tea, water, hot tea, and coffee anytime of they day. You get fake orange juice and some other corn syrup juices at breakfast in the buffet area. You can get real juice in the sit down dinning room. This ship does not have a movie theater. I understand some of the larger classes of Carnival ships have outdoor movies. This is something that I would enjoy. Come September the Spirit is headed to Australia, never to return so if you are going to cruise on it you better do it soon. The Pride is out of Baltimore, and the Legend and Miracle are out of Florida. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
I want to relate on what a great cruise we had when at one point just a few years ago, we were unsure if we would ever be able to take extended vacations again due to my 6 y/o's epilepsy and autistic conditions. I originally ... Read More
I want to relate on what a great cruise we had when at one point just a few years ago, we were unsure if we would ever be able to take extended vacations again due to my 6 y/o's epilepsy and autistic conditions. I originally booked through the travel agency through USAA, but then found out about a program geared toward travelers like my son called Autism on the Seas. They can be reached at www.autismontheseas.com. Through this program, they took care of everything including priority embarkation, private muster drill away from the large crowds, private dining table in a quiet corner of the dining room, coordination with the ships medical staff regarding the condition and camp carnival. We arrived a day early into San Diego and settled into our favorite hotel, Best Western Island Palms, which is located on quiet Shelter Island. We were able to do the snooze and cruise package and took the hotel shuttle to the ship at 11:30am. 15 minutes later we got in the handicapped area and were immediately assigned a person to take us through the line. As our son is autistic, he is not the best in handling long lines. We were able to get to the front of the line and then we were handed off to another Carnival employee who got us our pictures taken and then escorted on to the ship. Once onboard, we met with a woman (Alena) from guest services who was aware we were coming. She gave us a private safety drill and took us to our muster station and then guided us to our room. We were in our room by 12:30. We met our room steward (Xiomara) who was very friendly and related our requests (extra bathrobe, ice, clearing out the refrigerator, etc) and she gave us her phone number and times she would be available. I gave her a prepaid Amex card as a tip upfront. We then went to the Lido deck and grabbed lunch on the pool deck. There was a 2 peice raggai band playing and they were good. We then went to Camp Carnival at the front of deck 5 to get our son checked in to the program. We met Leeann from South Africa who was the director. My son gave her a hug and kiss right away. They were already aware of his condition thanks to the communications beforehand by Autism on the Seas. Even though he was 6, our son was able to be with the 2-5 kids there. We were also issued an onboard cell phone to use while onboard. That way they could communicate with us if anything was wrong and also we were able to use this anywhere in the ship to keep tabs on each other. It was nice to not have to use walkie talkies even though we had brought them. We had the early seating at the Empire Dining Room. We were greeted by the Maitre D who showed us to our area in the back corner of the dining room next to a large window. This was nice as our son can get noisy at restaurants, but the secluded location was also calming for him too. We were intorduced to our dining staff of Nina (Bulgaria) and Jasmina(Macedonia) who were some of the kindest and detailed people I have ever met. They knew that we had a special needs child onboard and treated him like a king. They had his meal already set up (chicken fingers and french fries). They were very good at what they did in that the women at the table were greeted first and orders taken and then the men. The ordering was always done over the shoulder and not across the table. The meal choices were very tasty and I ordered double portions on 2 evenings. We were also able to have our unfinished bottle of wine held over to the next night. The following day, our son became sea sick from the motion of the ship. I ran into Nina who was serving lunch and she asked me about our son by name and I told her that he was sea sick. She said that apple sauce is a good cure and that's what the crew eats when queasy. She said that apple sauce was not on the menu, but would have the kitchen specially prepare it for our son each meal. That was the trick as he did great from then on. This was the first time that I had ever gone with a balcony stateroom and when I was offered an upgrade due to trying to get my fare repriced (fare on our cabin had dropped quite a bit), I was offered a catagory 8k extended balcony. Unfortunately, that was under the Lido deck so I initially passed and then I checked Carnival's site again to see what cabins were available for upgrade. On the Spirit class ships, there are about 5-6 cabins on the port side that have a storeroom for the cabin stewards next to them. As a result, there is no stateroom there and the resultant balcony space behind the storeroom is available for the 2 adjoining rooms. My balcony was approximately 30 feet long by 6 feet wide. We had 2 lounge chairs, 3 regular chairs and 2 tables. That is the most you can have without getting a suite. We spent a lot of time out there. I brought some bungee cords to hold the door open when we were out there. (Just don't open the inside door at the same time as you will develop a wind tunnel). Before our trip, I contacted John Heald, who is the senior cruise director for Carnival. I asked him if he could arrange a special photo op for our son and some of the ship's officers. Our son loves people in uniform and that would be a cherished event for him. John quickly agreed and set that in motion. Our first day onboard, we received a phone call from guest services that the Captain wanted to meet with our son and gave us some times that evening he would be available on the atrium deck. We got a great picture of the Captain, Hotel Director, and our son. The Captain related that he had seen other autistic kids really light up with that kind of encounter and he wanted to do this. The Hotel Director later told me that the ship wanted to do something special for our son and had me take my camera card to the photo lab and they would print out the pics we had taken with the Captain and Fun Ship Freddy and had them blown up to 8x10 and signed and presented to us in leather portfolios along with a large Fun Ship Freddy stuffed animal signed by each of the counselors at Camp Carnival. We had 2 days in Cabo and did the Exclusive Beach Resort the first day and I went scuba diving the second. They have a great dolphin program that we will do next time. It was crowded in town as we had a NCL ship along with the Splendor also moored along side of us. The entertainment was superb. I really enjoyed the show band who had a lot of power and was very musically adept. The dancers sometimes seemed out of sync, but we were really impressed by the band and singers. The adult comedy onboard was very funny. The Versailles lounge was always crowded. I did the Fun Behind the Scenes tour on the last sea day. A little pricey at first, but well worth the money. Our guide Melita, was a a staff trainer so she had extensive knowledge of all areas of the ship. The tour was highlighted by visits to the engineering control room and the bridge with a personalized picture with the Captain standing at the helm. I was disappointed (only bad thing on this ship) with the condition of some of the fitness machines. Several of the cardio machines were missing parts or needed other repairs. We were set to be docked by 7 am on Friday morning, and I arose early at 5am to watch us pull in. I noticed that we had turned to the left and were now going at high speed. I switched on the channel on the tv that shows the position and track and saw that we were now heading at 20kts going due west into deep water. That told me that there was an emergency going on (another ship in distress or a tsunami). I turned on CNN and saw the devastation in Japan and the warnings for the West Coast of the US. The best place to be in a tsunami is in deep water. The Captain did not make his first announcement until 6:30 and made regular announcements thereafter along with the CD to assure us that we were not in any danger and inviting us to relax and we could stay in our state rooms instead of packing out for debarkation. They played a movie in the Versailles Lounge and put CNN on in the main theatre. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
9 Days Sailing Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, La Paz, Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada Cabin #8234 Handicapped Cabin. My Wife Has MS and Uses a Scooter She has good days and bad days and her scooter is used when alot of walking has to be ... Read More
9 Days Sailing Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, La Paz, Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada Cabin #8234 Handicapped Cabin. My Wife Has MS and Uses a Scooter She has good days and bad days and her scooter is used when alot of walking has to be done...she is normally able to walk around the cabin or out to the elevator and to the dining room our cabin is Aft so if she wants to go to the Showroom she would use the scooter.. We Live about one hour from San Diego I left home at 12:30 and was in my Cabin before 2:00 I dropped off my Luggage and my DW and parked across the street There was nobody in line so we zipped right through the check in process Parking is $15 per day. The Cabin we booked has a Huge Balcony with Ramps, and is Shaped different then most rooms so I will add pictures so you can see it, I had to Beds split to two Twins but you can keep it as a queen.. It is more square Cabin and has a bigger Bathroom ...Shower has no lip so water goes everywhere and you have to use towels to direct the water to the Drains kind of a pain but I understand why it is that way....of course it has railing everywhere The room itself has a doorbell and a light that flashes when you ring it. Our Room Stewart was Jorge he did a Good Job ...I tipped him $20 up front for Ice but I had to call a few times to room service to have my Ice Chest filled( collapsible one I brought with) I was still happy with him I only saw him a few times and always cleaned well so he received $40 at the end as well and yes I left my Auto tips as well...we only ordered Room Service twice it was there on time and very good.. We had issues with Noise in our room the Cabin is on deck 8 but it is under the Buffet every morning starting at about 4:30am we would be woke up with Chair scrapping this would last until about 6am even though we complained it continued we were also across the hall and next door to storage areas and we heard doors opening and closing all night Ok I know noise happens on ship but this was pretty bad...it kind of seemed like once we complained it got worst like it was deliberate.... well my DW complained enough were they gave us a 20% rebate plus a 15% discount of future Cruise...I was not really that upset but my DW was she needs her sleep to keep active so there was a few days were she did not go out of the cabin much to catch up on her sleep...plus we both ended up in bed early almost every night because we were tired and did not get much good Quality sleep. This is Our 4th Carnival Cruise 5th overall and 2nd time on the Spirit. Over the past few years everyone has noticed a decline in Service this Cruise was no exception to that...I had to ask every night at Dinner for the Cocktail server one night 4 times....our Waiter Santos did a outstanding Job and you could tell he was hustling with not alot of time to talk to us... we ate Breakfast a few times in the Dining Room ..Service always good and we ate Breakfast a few times in the Buffet Omelets were good....I did not have a bad meal while on-board on Valentine's day we ate in the Nouveau Steakhouse It was a good meal I had the Surf and Turf and wanted more...I did not feel full when I left so I was disappointed with that ...My DW'S Cousin ordered the 24oz Porterhouse that looked good and he was full.. Next time I will order that.. I ate once at the La playa Grill...the burger was good...and I had a few Pastrami on Ryes from the Deli....I am craving them as I type this...very good... Stuart Dunn was Our CD he was all over the Place and did a great Job...only issue was the notices over the loud speaker way too many and they just got lost...when there was one that I needed to know I just ignored it...when we left Cabo we changed time back to Pacific time I Understand that Stuart made A announcement but I did not here it and I showed up to the behind the scenes tour one hour early I went back to check the fun times and it was not even posted there....*shrug* o' well I got another hour to read my book on the Balcony. The Behind the Scene tour was great A lot of walking and only a 10 minute break... it lasted from 9:30 to 1:15 but I learned a lot about the Ship and got to meet and talk to a lot of staff including the chef, chief engineer and the Captain Vito Giacalone who by the way is a pretty funny guy. it was worth the $95 to do but only once...I will pass on that next time...it is one of those been there seen it things...the group was not full either only 14 booked for each of the 2 tours ... Our Port Days were all pretty close to the same thing just a different city ...There was a group of 17 of us either 9 or 11 went with us ...we walked off the Ship and rented a Driver and a Van everyday (with exception to La Paz where we just got off took the bus into town and had lunch...then back to the boat)The cost was $20 or $25 add $5 pp for tip and we drove around the City Had lunch shopped enjoyed the City and Company of each other...We did the same things that Carnival offered but a lot cheaper We did the Malecon, Rain forest, and tequila factory in Puerto Vallarta, Which is basically the City & Tropical jungle escape offered through Carnival for $40 pp for 3 hours.. we spent 5 hours for $25 each there...our tour guide was Jessica from the company Professional tour guide service .. she was Charming and spoke perfect English and kept us Entertained the whole time...and yes she had Beer water and sodas in the van for us to enjoy...you can repeat in the other ports.... By the way I had my Baileys confiscated and returned the last night. Overall It was a good Cruise not A great one ...The staff was Friendly and helpful as usual.. better than normal food ..as Much as I love Cruising I think my next few Vacations are going to be land based Vacations...my son lives in Florida so I plan on visiting him there later this year and I think I will do a all inclusive next year in Puerto Vallarta.... Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
My review of our 10/27 Cruise on the Carnival Spirit is written from the viewpoint of someone who is disabled - two different accidents affected the structure of my knee, necessitating the removal of the kneecap and ultimately requiring ... Read More
My review of our 10/27 Cruise on the Carnival Spirit is written from the viewpoint of someone who is disabled - two different accidents affected the structure of my knee, necessitating the removal of the kneecap and ultimately requiring two joint replacement surgeries. While I can walk, I can't go far, and I also can't stand or kneel for long periods. I use an electric scooter to get around, and it lets me live a fairly normal life. Best of all, I can travel without needing a lot of help from family and friends which is nice. I'm always aware of the looks I get from children and I often get them to try out my scooter's horn and talk with them about why I use it to get around not only to be friendly but also to relieve the fears so normal with children in this situation. My review is dedicated to one such young man who celebrated his birthday aboard the Spirit and who was always ready to talk with us and tell us about his day. Happy 7th Birthday again Dillon - we enjoyed meeting you - thanks for the ride! It's also written for the Splendored Spirits, a group who's traveled together before and that we were lucky enough to meet through CruiseCritic's Meet & Mingle boards. When you see them onboard, it's hard to tell who's new and who's a veteran, but one of the best lessons you can learn from them is that what really matters when you cruise is the amount of fun you can have and what YOU can bring to the table as well. There were pre- and post-boarding get-togethers, a dinner for 25 +/- in the specialty restaurant, wines from "home" that were shared the first formal night (and you CAN fit a gazillion people into a cabin if you expand a bit into the hallway). There was a Bingo run, a Poker crawl (literally) and in between, you may have seen some well-decorated cabin doors. There was a simian stowaway named Spank who had a blow-up pal all dressed up. Of all the folks we've met cruising, they're the tops! The moral? Check out a meet and mingle group, even if the cruise line isn't paying. Hopefully, Spirits, you'll get to Italy to visit Tom and Wendy while they're there...and once my back gets back to normal, we'll catch up on the door decorating! Thanks for the great job you did with ours - we were able to earn quite a bit of extra cash running a 24-hour concierge service, and might even have rivaled Carnival's Aleksandar K - not hard to do! There may not be "Spirits" on your next cruise...but you never know! San Diego: our daughter Wendy and her husband Tom lived in Vista, CA at the time of our cruise (they just moved to Italy for the next 3 years) and we fell in love with the area. We took two weeks for this trip, wanting to spend extra time with them. We were able to visit the big black Mouse in Anaheim, and also saw Celtic Thunder in concert there too; we were enthralled by the Pandas and the variety of unusual birds at the SD Zoo; and we spent a morning cruising around the SD Pier area - AMAZING! We followed it up with lunch at Filippo's Italian Market and Restaurant in Little Italy. INCREDIBLE! Wendy and I ate half our meals and took the rest home for Tom, who's well known for his prodigious appetite - even HE couldn't eat it all. (Absolutely the best meal we had, however was brunch at the Beach Break Cafe near Oceanside on Vista Way - try the Banana Crunch French Toast!) We were glad we got to see the Sea Lions on our tour of the pier, because a late sailing due to a medical emergency made it too dark once we actually left. Now down to business! Embarkation: Be sure you turn in at the second entrance, away from the guys with bikes - they'll charge you $10 to drive one of you around the corner to the "real" porters, who'll charge you another $10! We arrived around 1:00 p.m. and someone directed us to the Accessible check-in and then we were on our own. The area wasn't well marked, but we managed. Cabin: Last year (today to be exact!) our daughter got married on the Carnival Legend, a sister ship to the Spirit - read the review if you want. We knew that with an ADA cabin on Spirit, we'd have to park my scooter in the shower or climb over it all week long and there'd be no room for Wendy, so we picked a "regular" cabin, and guess what - we had to climb over my scooter all week long and had to move it again once Wendy climbed into the upper bunk. Our steward, Edgar, was pleasant, but only cleaned the cabin half of the time, although he left plenty of towels. Speaking of towels, he only had a 3-towel-animal repertoire and we missed some of our favorites. Getting into and out of the cabin is a challenge - while someone holds the door and you keep hands and elbows IN, you'll need to go fast to be able to clear the threshold; then stop fast so you don't hit whoever's holding the door. Same problem entering and exiting. Dear Carnival: people who need mobility devices aren't usually able to navigate around them easily; and they also need room to turn them around. Anytime Dining: We waited in line for 25 minutes the first night, just to get a timer to tell us when to return (in 30 minutes). Luckily my husband hadn't taken his pre-meal insulin! They had issues with my scooter so my husband ended up parking it outside the restaurant each night. We had only 2 types of bread, both white, one stale. Portions were adequate, but the menu's insipid and the meats were tough. Each night, one item would drop down into the "also ran" section. Desserts were a disappointment as well. They now offer Chocolate Melting Cake every night - and often it's the only decent selection. I had it 3 times for lack of anything better - first it was cooked so well there was no "melting." Next, it was okay, but barely warm. Last, it was done on top but just barely and the whole thing was melted. There was often way too much time between courses...or just the opposite. You never knew what to expect. We'd enjoyed watching a group on the floor below - they had the cutest little girl with them. Most nights she was beautifully behaved, but one night you could tell she was going to lose it and just after the salads, she did. Rather than let her scream and irritate others, her mom went to take her back to their cabin and asked if one of the others would bring her entrEe to her afterwards. Both the waiter and Maitre 'd had a problem with that and refused to accommodate them. THEY created the scene, not the diners! Dear Carnival: no one wants to hear kids screaming while they're eating; and if a parent is considerate enough to take them out, by all means GIVE THEM DINNER AND LET THEM GO!! Also give them extra points for being considerate travelers. Non-Dining-Room Eating: as one who is seated much of the time, it gets frustrating when I can't see or reach utensils or food. Most of the time, we eat in shifts so that we all get food that's either hot or cold. Carnival employees in these areas were gracious enough to take a tray back to a table; but it's not fair to ask them to go thru the food lines and help me fill my tray. It'd be so nice to be able to see and to do it myself. How hard is it to keep oatmeal hot? ADA Issues and Shore Excursions: In case you don't know, ADA, means Americans with Disabilities Act; and it means that those of us who can't get around have the right to have exceptions and accommodations made so that we can enjoy the same things "normal" folks do. In fact, NCL just lost a major court battle over this. We had time constraints for this cruise and it was just about the only one that we could do, but I was really disgusted to see that NOT ONE shore excursion was ADA accessible, nor did any of the Carnival staff offer to assist me in getting my scooter over the hump in the gangway. We checked on a few private tours but decided just to visit the dock area shops. Aboard the ship, there were countless places where you couldn't see, reach, or maneuver. For example: I like doing the daily puzzles - but they're placed on top of a grand piano surrounded by club chairs. I can't get to them in my scooter, so I have to either get them myself or find someone to help. Same with photos, shops, etc. Dear Carnival: have a Guest Services rep use a scooter all day - not just for a short spell, but all day. You'll see what I mean. It's another area where Princess and RCL excel and Carnival sinks to the bottom of the sea. Acapulco: Again, I had trouble with the gangway and nobody was there to help - in fact, I got yelled at for letting space grow between me and the person ahead. Dear Carnival: I did it so that if I needed to stop, I wouldn't run into them!!! I can't say how aggravated this made me. Once we got out of the building, there were scores of people and tour guides trying to get us to take tours, buy stuff, and "hey lady-ing" to the point where they were grabbing my leg and it got scary. We went back to the ship, same issues gangway wise. T'a and Ixtapa: were even worse. We waited over an hour after people began to tender before my daughter and I left. We weren't even off the lift before a female Carnival rep snarled, "if you can't carry that thing down 10-steps, you can't get off the ship." It wasn't friendly, it was curt and when we tried ask about the logistics of doing it, she said it again, but louder. Wendy went ashore and I went to the Purser's Desk and spoke with Aleksandar Kovacevic where I expressed my disappointment over their compliance with the ADA issues: there wasn't one single shore excursion accessible to those of us with scooters - and if you needed a wheelchair here, you were out of luck. I told him that I was disappointed that there were no ADA Accessible shore excursions, and described my experience moments earlier. His response was to offer me a wheelchair and tell me that there were also 10 stairs at the other end that I would have to navigate, something I couldn't do. That was when he told me he'd provide me with the names and addresses of Carnival people working with ADA issues - and admitted he had no knowledge whatsoever about the NCL case. Two days later, I stopped to see about the names he'd promised. The purser on duty checked the computer and told me that his report read: "I told the passenger that she could have the use of one of our wheelchairs and that settled the matter." I asked again for the letter and got it the next night. No more shore trips for me! Dear Carnival: Don't want disabled passengers? Say so! Oops...you can't do that, can you? We were ready for this cruise to end, and after having a final breakfast with the Splendored Spirits we returned to our cabin and gathered our things. We found the area where we were to report, and were sent to the "regular" lines We made it off the ship, but not before we got bitten AGAIN... It appears that Carnival has a new program whereby you can save time and carry your own baggage off the ship. To do this, it states clearly that you must carry your bags down the ramps saving the elevators for those who need them. Although there were Carnival Agents monitoring the elevators, it took us almost an hour to get one because of all the able-bodied people using them to get their luggage downstairs. My daughter went on ahead to get our bags and found them quickly; but it cost us extra since the porter had to wait so long for us. Lest We Forget: We can't say enough great things about the Captain on the Spirit. He was great about letting passengers know when we encountered whales, dolphins and other creatures of the deep. He's also the first captain we've encountered who doesn't hide away on the bridge. Very often we'd see him walking along and he'd always stop to talk with a passenger. Our daughter Wendy, mentioned that she and Tom were being transferred to Italy shortly and he took the time to ask where they'd be and tell her a bit about it and about the area he was from. Then we have Jen, infamous cruise director. The first time I heard her voice on the Spirit, I told Ed and Wendy that we knew her - she'd been the cruise director last year on the Legend and shortly afterwards, we saw her walking along and I asked if it were so - she said she certainly was and recalled that Wendy's husband was in the Navy! Speaking normally, she was fine, but on the PA's aboard ship, her voice is like nails on a chalkboard - Dear Carnival...please fix the PA. It doesn't come across clearly and it'd be so much easier if we could hear announcements in our cabins instead of having to dash over the scooter the to the door only to get the last 3 words! If you're a traveler who doesn't set off the scanners at airports, feel free to stop reading here. If you've heard about all the issues with the government's new pat-down program, you may want to read on: I should've known something was up when the Houston TSA Agent began talking about new guidelines - I have a titanium knee. My experience, had it been anywhere but there, would have qualified as assault or sexual harassment at the least. While some form of enhanced scanning may be needed for safety reasons; having an unknown person's hands feeling up my legs and cupping my groin, then pulling out the waistband of my pants and peeking in before going under, between, and around my breasts was beyond acceptable. At one point, I asked if they would prefer it if I just dropped my drawers! The "best" part of the experience was that because of my agitation, they never even checked my scooter! If you need an additional pat down, be sure you ask for privacy - although frosted glass isn't all that private - particularly when a man comes in with a question mid-feel. Yep, it happened! When I requested a complaint form, a supervisor was quick to assure me that they used gloves and that things are going to get worse as the John Pistole, the new screening czar implements additional changes, i.e. the scatter machines. On our return from San Diego, they used the scatter machine and all they had to do was pat down my knee - fine with me! I know that safety is critical these days, but this was just way too intrusive for my taste. Now you have it. Will we cruise again? Yes, but probably not with Carnival. We've had too many problems in the past to turn the other cheek yet again (not even stipulating "which cheek!") Will we fly again? Not unless there's no other option. If you're disabled and encounter this type of thing with Carnival - please, do as I did and write a review...then send it to Carnival as well! I am, with thanks to Alex once again! If you want, feel free to contact me on Facebook. I'll be glad to hear from you. Now that you've memorized all this info, I'm sure you wonder whether we had a good time or not. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. As experienced cruisers, we've learned what to get upset about and what to let go, but my input can hopefully help you to have a better trip and perhaps Carnival to do a better job. In truth, we're just glad that we didn't leave the 7th...now THAT was a cruise to write home about! Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
Carnival Spirit January 23rd 2009 Exotic Mexican Riviera First let me tell you a little bit about me and why we went on this cruise My DB got a group together for this cruise there were 54 sailing in this group of Friends and Family. ... Read More
Carnival Spirit January 23rd 2009 Exotic Mexican Riviera First let me tell you a little bit about me and why we went on this cruise My DB got a group together for this cruise there were 54 sailing in this group of Friends and Family. Plus there was the Cruise Critic /Troublemaker Group of about 40. We spent the Night in San Diego at The Ramada Hotel Circle the night before, the room was OK not great but it had a shuttle to and from the Port which took us 10 minutes to get there, and they offered free parking for the week we were on the Cruise. we had Lunch At Anthony's Fish Grotto as always it was a great Lunch. The Embark in San Diego was a lot busier then I had experienced in the past when we originally arrived about 11am there was a long line to check in the bags we waited for about 10 minutes and the outside porters showed up and took our bags then. It would have been 30 plus minutes if we had to wait in that line... we then went to lunch and after words went to check in for the cruise the line to get past security was about 10 people it was pretty fast... but the line to check in was about 300 plus... My Wife uses a scooter which puts us in the VIP line so we only had a 4 person wait... after we checked in we proceeded to the wait to board line which we where invited on right away they called out Zone numbers and were Boarding on zone 5 and passing out zone 11 tickets so we got on the ship in about a total of 30 minutes... my family took about a hour or so to get the same thing accomplished Once onboard we went straight to the room to drop off our carry-on our room was open and no Stewart around so we dropped and ran to the Lido...grabbed a DOD and walked around checking things out... Nice ship.... It is our first time on the Spirit or even a Spirit Class Ship...I liked the layout it was easy to maneuver around for my wife in her scooter We sat and talked until 1:30 and then went back to the room. We stayed in cabin 8239 on the Promenade deck. Which is a Handicap room that has a different layout then most room it was more of a square layout with a huge balcony (pictures to follow) we liked the layout it gave us enough room to store to scooter so we did not have to trip over it like we have in other cabins in the past...In fact we stored it in the bathroom which was huge as far as bathrooms go. As far as I am concerned this room fit our needs perfectly Cat.8H...if your HC you will love this room we met our Room Stewart Jana I gave him the upfront $20 and asked to fill up my Ice Chest and keep it filled...I had to ask him a few time to keep it filled and even called room service twice for ice but besides that he did a great job... Dining Room Opened right at 6pm every night not a minute earlier, which created along line that went all the way through the casino. For those of you who have not cruised Spirit, the Dining room is one the 2nd and 3rd floor (ours 2nd) aft. Our cabin in aft so when we would come down to the dining room the line went on forever... I am not a line cutter but I made the exception after I saw the line it made no since to me. I did stand in line a few times once after the Past Guest party that is how I know it went through the casino... I can also assume it went farther back to the theater.... Our Dining room Staff was the Best I have had... Ida (pronounced Eda ) and AG her Assistant....Great Great Job there ... look for them... We had table 211 which sits 8 all family members and friends Food has been good every night I am not disappointed at all. Other places to eat have all been good The omelets have been tasty, and they have Great Burgers... I have no very few complaints with the food..... The Pizza was OK for Pizza. I had a good sandwich at the Deli for Lunch one day...My DS tried the Sushi bar and did not like it... I bought a Soda Card for $48 plus tip on the first day, it is $6 a day... I don't do a lot of Juices but I have noticed that the only Drinks available are Iced tea, Lemonade, and Coffee... The Coffee was the worst I have drank... I have read others complained about the coffee before but my Elation cruise last year I found the coffee to be great. Not this time....I love baileys coffee in the morning to help wake up ...I smuggled some onboard and because of the coffee I will have to smuggle it back off board as well.... The Casino is pretty tight I have not won anything yet...Which I hope to change that soon...(like I said I am writing this onboard) We met the Casino Host Eva My DB and myself received a letter from the Casino welcoming us back and wished to add 500 points to our S&S card plus a free drink so who could say no to a free drink....she was a very nice lady, offering to buy us as well as everyone with us at the time a drink we got a Margarita which they served us in a carnival glass ...Nice touch. Through put the Cruise we ran in to Eva several times and she is a great person...I wrote the Director of Casino Operations and told Him how i felt about her.... We don't really spent a lot of time doing trivia games or contests so I can not report on any of those however I Did watch the newlywed not so newlywed game on TV. Cruise Critic Member Smoo and her DH won ...it was pretty funny... I also watched some of the other contests on TV...like the beanbag toss etc. they looked amusing... but glad I missed them. I am one of the guys who sat on the Balcony and read a book and enjoyed that private time during part of the day... worth every penny of the cruise to do that to me... Acapulco is a pretty nice place.. I have heard some negative things about it and yes our Driver Oscar even said there are places to stay away from and promised us to stay away from there. We had a group of 18 go with us (2 vans) first stop was the cliff divers we wanted to beat the crowds we saw a practice round for them plus the show about 1:45 we just parked off the side of the road to watch and we had a few drinks while we waited courtesy of Oscar. Oh by the way we negotiated a price with them for $20 a piece for 4 hours and that included drinks and if we wanted to extend that 4 hours we could for $5 more until we finished (which we did ) so with tip it cost us $30 each. From the Divers we drove to the Silver Factory the best part of that is free Margaritas. But I am not a shopper.. they did have some nice stuff and my DW seemed to like the stuff because she walked out with a little less money then she started with. From there we headed to Senor Frogs for lunch and more Margaritas, what a view....great staff there and a lot of fun was had ... From there we toured the Neighborhood where people live... some really nice houses over looking the Bay. Then on to more shopping we stopped at a Farmacia some of my Family members needed some stuff we had a few Spanish speakers in our group and we kept them busy translating.... Imagine about 10 people trying to get various things and not knowing what it is....like my SIL was trying to get some antibiotics ... it would not be a good thing to try to explain it and get something you do not want and take it... Please don't try this without someone helping you if they don't speak English ...The Prices there were great ... I think they have 2 sets of prices one for Americans and one for Mexicans... we got the Mexican Prices my BIL pulled a muscle the day prior and he got a few muscle relaxers (box of 20 ) for $2.50 great price ... but like I said it was with the help of our now close and dear friend Carlos. Lol also other things purchased were at a great price...This RX is located about a mile from port to the left on the main street.. Oscar then Drove us to the local flee market and warned us not to go into certain areas and to stay right on the street portion. At this point it was about 7pm and the store were starting to close so we did not stay there long only about a hour but they did not seem to want to deal a lot so only a few T-Shirts were bought not much else. Then it was time to go back to the ship When we got onboard we played Mini-Golf and hung out a bit...my DW and I went back inside the port for a few minutes they have a Internet Cafe there which was cheap they charge $2 for 15 minutes, $3 for 30, and $4 for a hour, so I went to check email and blog a little. Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo is a tender port once again no solid plans there we hung around the ship and had lunch then took the tender in we just walked around the town for a few hours and did a little shopping and had a few beers. Then back to the ship Manzanillo Port is nothing to really look at, we had a plan here though we went to the sea turtle sanctuary and sea salt plantation, this was not a Carnival tour we set this up prior to Sailing there were 44 of us and we had a large bus Felipe was our guide for the day and he did a pretty good job. Our group got the release 5 turtles back to the wild we all had a great time there... after that we went to town and had lunch and did some shopping Lunch was OK but they took there time serving it... and the vendors were out in force trying to peddle there goods while we were eating.... Then we drove around a bit through the resort area ... there are some very nice place's to stay if you ever want to come here for a week or so... then back to the ship. The last two sea Days we hung out a lot with friends and Family and stayed very busy with different things. I was never bored on this cruise.... We also did the Susan G Koman walk for the Cure on the last sea day which was a great thing to do there were about 300 people who participated in the event and the $10 was a small price to pay to walk in it.. I did a small fund raiser through the troublemaker/Loco in Acapulco group that went and raised over $700 and donated all the money to them and purchased several T-Shirts and passed them out to the group...Do this if you get a chance! Its just the right thing to do even if you don't walk it you will get a T-Shirt for $10 where else can you get a souvenir for that kind on money that helps in so many ways.... Disembarkation went pretty fast for us as I mentioned my DW uses a scooter and we went off by 8:30 because we were able to use the wheelchair assistance that CCL has. We took a Taxi back to the hotel we stayed at prior to the cruise but we could of called them to shuttle us back we just did not want to wait and it only cost us less then $20 Overall experience was great the Ship was clean and well maintained the staff was always friendly and knowledgeable of there jobs. The Food was pretty good overall most meals were great some were OK the Dining room was always great the Lido food tended to be cold at times for lunch. but the omelets were the best part at breakfast. We watched most of the show or parts of them they were OK not great but we all expect it just to be OK so we were not disappointed in it. Special notes Eva the Casino Host was great look her up Our dining room staff Ida and AG was the best Chris Roberts the CD did a great Job he seemed to be all over the place doing his job very well... If you have any reservations about the Spirit Don't worry about it just go and have fun! Read Less
Sail Date January 2009
Carnival Spirit Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.4
Dining 4.5 4.0
Entertainment 4.5 3.6
Public Rooms 3.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.5 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.2

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