1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
Exceeded my expectations, the accommodation was spotlessly clean, the staff were very friendly and the overall atmosphere was very laid back. The amenities on board were excellent and the gym & entertainment provided was more than ... Read More
Exceeded my expectations, the accommodation was spotlessly clean, the staff were very friendly and the overall atmosphere was very laid back. The amenities on board were excellent and the gym & entertainment provided was more than sufficient to pass away the time. The food was excellent and there was plenty of food variety if you look around and try the different options available. The ship is massive and a lot of time can be spent just walking around it. Ports of Call Isle of Pines was beautiful. The locals sold food at stalls and there is a resort where you can rent kayaks and paddle boards. The snorkelling is very good as well and the beach lovely. Noumea is the capital and a proper city. Most things were closed when we arrived. We took the water taxi to Duck Island. There was beautiful snorkelling here but the beach is basically broken coral. There is a restaurant/resort on the island but it is extortionate and they struggled with peak service for people. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise as a fun and easy way to go to the Melbourne Cup. It was but the ship itself is awful. When I first stepped onto this ship all I could smell was deep fat frying. Our friends that we were travelling with also ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a fun and easy way to go to the Melbourne Cup. It was but the ship itself is awful. When I first stepped onto this ship all I could smell was deep fat frying. Our friends that we were travelling with also mentioned the same thing, unprompted by us. It's not a good start. All I could see when we stepped on was people getting plastered at the "Pub". Also not a good look. Maybe because it was a Melbourne Cup cruise... The good things: lamb cutlets/chops at Nouveau were the best I've ever eaten, the Melbourne Cup transfers to and from Flemington were impeccably organised. It's downhill after that. Food was very average. Edible but nothing special. Drinks were restaurant prices and average tasting. We had a glass of sparkling wine one night that tasted like eucalyptus juice! There was also a bit of substitution going on. Part of our package was a bottle of Veuve Cliquot. It was substituted with a cheaper champagne. Veuve was available as it was on the restaurant wine list. As we had guests to the cabin for drinks we didn't make a fuss - but it was remembered. This cabin has lots of space and storage. Two people can fit in the bathroom at one time and it has...double sinks! The decor is hideous but I understand that a refit is on the cards so let's hope they do something tasteful. It really does look like a Las Vegas Casino from the old days. The common complaint about the stairs is true. However they were rarely used and only in port. I think they were not too much of a problem. I wouldn't travel on this ship again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Always wanted to do a Melbourne Cup cruise but won't bother again as the crowds are horrendous. Ended up at the Melbourne casino where I could actually put a bet on, get a drink and even get to a toilet without a drama. As for the ... Read More
Always wanted to do a Melbourne Cup cruise but won't bother again as the crowds are horrendous. Ended up at the Melbourne casino where I could actually put a bet on, get a drink and even get to a toilet without a drama. As for the ship. The staff try hard but there are just not enough staff working the bars especially when it is busy. I like the gaudiness of the ship while I know others don't, but it is something a little different than the cookie cutter ships they are churning out now that all look the same. The food however was a major let down. The buffet is worse than a RSL club in my opinion with the quality and variety an embarrassment. Aussies like a pie and snag but every day, seriously that is a joke. Most other meat offerings were of the stew, casserole variety. Hardly inspiring. I think I saw a carvery only twice, once was so called prime rib and another there was what looked like pork.The main restaurant had an extremely limited menu, so much so that we only ventured in there once the whole cruise. The Steakhouse was however excellent quality food and service. But at $45 per person extra not something we wanted to do every night. Entertainment was average although the band that played in the Red Frog pub were great Alterband was their name. A great bunch of guys that made the nights we spent there fun. Have not done a Carnival cruise for a number of years but the cutbacks and quality reduction was very noticeable. Sadly they all seem to be headed in the same direction so until people stop cruising as much it will continue the downward spiral. Still had a reasonably good time as we make the most of crappy situations Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We went on Carnival Spirit from Sydney to Moreton Island in early May. The Cruise is simply amazing, Best value for Money. Its a perfect leisure trip for the entire family. The ship has got everything that you can think of. Food, events, ... Read More
We went on Carnival Spirit from Sydney to Moreton Island in early May. The Cruise is simply amazing, Best value for Money. Its a perfect leisure trip for the entire family. The ship has got everything that you can think of. Food, events, shows, sports, party, cinema, pool - name the thing and you will find it in the list. Shows were awesome, very entertaining. The Cruise Director Lee Mason is a very entertaining guy and quite hilarious. We ensured not to miss any of his shows. Kid loved the 24 hour Pizza and Ice cream counter. Ensure to embark on the cruise with huge appetite as there are huge options for dining every day. Burger Joint, BBQ, Salads, Dessert and much more. We captured our beautifully spent time on this 3 day cruise and made the video. You can check out the video here on youtube we uploaded : https://youtu.be/-0x7OETNMKE Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
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
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
My family and I decided to go on a Carnival cruise for my grandfathers' birthday since none of us had ever been on a cruise before and it sounded like something the kids would enjoy as much as the adults. And I've got to say... I ... Read More
My family and I decided to go on a Carnival cruise for my grandfathers' birthday since none of us had ever been on a cruise before and it sounded like something the kids would enjoy as much as the adults. And I've got to say... I am very impressed. The kids had an absolute blast on the waterslides and pool- which conveniently had seating around the area so we could put down stuff and sit down. They also loved the mini-golf course, free ice-cream/pizza and enjoyed going to the Camp Ocean together when the adults needed a break. The only issue we had with the onboard activities was with our teenage girls (13 and 15) who felt that there wasn't much for them to do during the day and they didn't enjoy the teen club. But they really really had great fun watching the brilliant shows in the theatre ( Pharaoh's Palace) and the "Dive In" Movies during the night. The area we dined in ( Empire ) was beautiful and the food was great! The whole family loved the theme nights and having different meals to choose from. The service was exceptional and we left with content and full bellies every night. The buffet (Lido) was good and where we all met up for a delicious, homey breakfast & lunch the majority of our stay and it was always our go-to area when it was open. And a shoutout to all the other bars/restaraunts like Red Frog & Blue Iguana which has some very tasty food/drinks!! After 2 days at sea, we did get to Isle of Pines which was astounishing. I think the reason for it beauty was because it seemed very natural and unidustrial. The beach was gorgeous and the people were very nice and welcoming. Even though it rained, it was still amazing and I didn't want to get out of the water. Unfortunately, I didn't go to Lifou because the heat made me feel unwell so I stayed on the boat, but my family spoke quite fond of it so I assume it was good. On the last stop ( which was Noumea) we were all very disappointed. One of the youngest children we brought along with us (5 years old) had been looking forward to Noumea for 6 months now and she was really upset to find that Noumea was no different to a typical, quiet city. The beaches weren't very good and the markets were busy but had nothing to offer. The New Caledonia Aquarium they loved though, and got them interested in fish that could be swimming underneath them while they were on the boat. But the best part of the whole cruise was the people/service. Everyone was very happy and just genuinely nice. The people who cleaned the rooms always said hello to us when we walked by. The people offering drinks by the pool were dancing. The people who performed on stage at the shows were enthusiastic and wanted to dance with the kids. And of course the waiters at the Empire room the served my family every night ( thanks to much Salindra) and were just so kind and compassionate with us. Overall, the Carnival Spirit experience was brilliant, and my family and I would definetly recommend it and go again. Thank you Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
WOW what an amazing holiday We departed from Sydney on the 30/08/2016 on the carnival spirit getting on the ship was so easy and quick our rooms were ready within the hour and our bags delivered no later that 5pm The ship was ... Read More
WOW what an amazing holiday We departed from Sydney on the 30/08/2016 on the carnival spirit getting on the ship was so easy and quick our rooms were ready within the hour and our bags delivered no later that 5pm The ship was beautiful so easy to navigate once you get your bearings, the cabins were very spacious ive been on P&O and found those rooms to be very tiny our cabin cleaners were amazing and so kind and loving every morning. We would return to our room after breakfast and it would be cleaned and a funny little towel animal waiting. The FOOD oh my golly so much of it but my gosh it was great the buffet had a WIDE variety which was great from breakfast to dinner there was always something you could eat and fall in love with- The dining room was my favorite every night we had 4 beautiful men wait our table and my god they do a hell of a job we had an amazing waiter who we nick named MC and we love him. The entertainment and activities on bored were great from the pools to the mini golf and even just having a board game to go play was fabulous, the casino was great wide variety of tables and slots which was good the service on board from all the wait staff and cleaners and everyone you just walk past was beautiful wouldn't fault it we did 4 ports Noumea- not a fan as been there before and didn't like it last time Mare- LOVE LOVE LOVE the beautiful children and the kind heart community Lifou- If you are going to do anything in lifou make your way up the main road you will be greeted by a church and locals selling the caves for $10 DO IT best thing i have every done it is hike so where comfy shoes and take your reef shoes also for the leep into the cave AMAZING Isle of pines- 1 word BEAUTIFUL I cannot fault this cruise for anything it was one of the best holidays i have been on and would highly recomed Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
As it was my first cruise I did not know what to expect. I found the whole experience a joy. The ship is well set out with everything easy to locate. The cabin was quite roomy & well maintained with friendly & courteous staff. The ... Read More
As it was my first cruise I did not know what to expect. I found the whole experience a joy. The ship is well set out with everything easy to locate. The cabin was quite roomy & well maintained with friendly & courteous staff. The main dining room was a bit crowded at times but with over 2,300 guests it was still great. The Matre'd and wait staff were great, friendly fun it was a pleasure to dine there the food was great. We also dined at the neuvou restaurant where once again the service was fantastic the menu was varied & the food first class, portion sizes perfect for $45.00 great value. Entertainment was generally good. One particular band "The Band of Shipsie's" was fantastic with a great & varied playlist. Other activities were good. I could not fault the service provided by all levels of staff. The ports & shore excursions were good with local guides very knowledgeable & humorous. We did not travel with children but they seem well catered for. As this was my first cruise I would not hesitate in going again. Once again a great experience! Read Less
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
24/5/2016 Just got back from the Carnival Spirit Fiji trip, Isle of Pines, Mystery island, Suva,Port Danarau, Noumea. The best holiday we have ever had. The level of crew professionalism and service is first class, the food and ... Read More
24/5/2016 Just got back from the Carnival Spirit Fiji trip, Isle of Pines, Mystery island, Suva,Port Danarau, Noumea. The best holiday we have ever had. The level of crew professionalism and service is first class, the food and entertainment superb, and the entire experience left us wanting to come back again. 900 crew comprised of over 60 nationalities supporting a passenger group comprising about 2400 means they are serious about looking after you well. We didn't book any shore excursions, preferring to make arrangements when we got there and that worked well. The balcony cabin 8170 was excellent, the views from the balcony were terrific and well worth the extra. We had a minor issue which was responded to by guest services quickly and professionally. Thankyou Carnival, and especially Lloyd the mexican comedy lounge manager, Eli the cruise director, the entertainment ensemble and the musicians who brought such life and fun to the experience. Would I recommend it ? Absolutely. We will be back. 5 stars. Read Less
66 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
I thought I'd take the time to write a decent review of the carnival cruise (spirit) liner considering I struggled so hard to find one before our trip. All communication with carnival was efficient prior to our trip and we were ... Read More
I thought I'd take the time to write a decent review of the carnival cruise (spirit) liner considering I struggled so hard to find one before our trip. All communication with carnival was efficient prior to our trip and we were well informed with all guidelines, requirements, 'what to pack' and time schedules etc. Boarding the cruise was as described and easily done, with a little wait of course (what do you expect with 2,000 passengers eager to get on the boat and crack a beer). Shortly after our welcoming onto the boat our rooms were ready us to begin unpacking and settle in. We had a minor delay due to the room set up being as a double (two singles pushed together) and no bunks as requested but the room stewards soon jumped into action and fixed the room to our request. When first arriving on board you can clear up any issues or queries you may have with you're 'sail and sign card' (the card which is used for entering the room, money, identification etc). I chose to make a cash deposit in which I took straight $50 notes, you are then given a balance and can continue to check this as the trip goes at any of the machines on level 2. The cruise set sail and from then on a world of fun. Due to the unfortunate weather conditions decks 9 (outside), 11/12 we're closed off. Therefor for my younger sibling, things such as the water slides, pools, mini golf, basketball, soccer and table tennis were unavailable for 2-3 days. For us adults (18-60 years of age in our group), drink prices were reasonable, most cocktails were $10.50-11.50, basic spirits $8-9, beers around $8.20-8.50. No, unfortunately you can not get drink packages, this is only one of two things that disappointed me. The boat has many bars (I think around 15-17) located all around the ship which all have a very unique touch and are very very fun! Including the dancin night club which was great for us and our drunk parents! Each day you are given the opportunity to have a three course breakfast, lunch and desert at the 'Empire Restaurant' all of which are FREE! The waiters here are most defiantly the BEST people I have ever ever met. They are so kind, generous, welcoming and genuinely passionate about their job (as are all the staff aboard). You also have a choice of eating breakfast lunch and dinner at the buffet (all you can eat, amazing variety), or at places such as the C side BBQ, burgers, tacos etc. The waiting time is always very short, if any at all. It's truly incredible. You can also chose to pay $45 to go to a restaurant called Nouvu, where they have the most AMAZING variety of steaks which are the best any of us had ever tried. It is located on deck 10, and is defiantly worth the experience one night!! BIG TIP. select the 5:30 DINNER SETTING (if you select anytime you are not always able to be seated until 7:45!!!!!) We found the early dinner setting perfect as we were then able to go and enjoy the entertainment after dinner. You ALWAYS have an opportunity of an afternoon/ dinner/ late night, or on the islands to have professional pictures taken. You can volunteer for these on deck 2 on the way to your elegant evenings, Hawaiian, Mexican or causal dinners. These professional photos cost $30 each.... Which brings me to my second disappointment and the last. The photo prices we're extremely expensive and we had to leave at minimum 30 photos on board which we would have loved to have purchased due to their prices. It's upsetting that they are all thrown away after the cruise, because had they provided some kind of deal I'm sure we would have bought them all. Towards the end of the cruise we started declining having our pictures taken at dinner time, due to the simple disappointment of not being able to afford them. Photos from dinner usually cost around $17 each and the middle size range from $20- upwards. The islands were amazing amazing experience. I can say we weren't given mountains of information about them but soon figured them out on our own. Due to weather conditions we weren't able to fully enjoy the Isle of Pines, but found mare and noumea to be quite an experience. In Isle of pines you can walk along the beach, snorkel if you wish, take bus tours (which we didn't do) or walk around the small local market (about 3 set up stores). We were unable to locate any food or water on this island so we headed back onto the boat for lunch and found that 2-3 hours was plenty! In Mare our amazing waiter Alexkander suggests not to take the bus tour everyone gets on to the right as you exit the boat, but rather turn left and walk along a road for maybe 10-15 mins (approx 1km or less) to find a small exit on the left where an AMAZING snorkel place is found. You can actual see it from the left side of the cruise when on board. It's very small but amazing. I have attached some photos. Here we were able to walk back where the small boats were and found a small cafe where we purchased a Pepsi for $5 a can, and a few set up stalls.. Again, pretty expensive stuff. In Noumea, it's nothing like the others. It's an actual city. The boat will actual dock, and you will be able to walk straight off and jump on a bus provided by carnival into the city. From there you can chose to jump on a mobile train ride (which you can book on the boat) or on the 'Hop on Hop off' tours through people in bright yellow shirts. We were able to pay for this ($20) on our sail and sign cards when we reached the city port, so it was very convenient. This took you to 8 locations where you could spend as much time as you wish, as the busses pull up every 15 minutes. You can skip some locations like we did, or do them all. Stops included, markets, beaches, shopping, library, aquarium ect, but due to the French currency we chose to just stop off at 'lemon bay' beach and have lunch at a pizza restaurant across the road that took Aussie dollars ($23 for small pizza). All in all, the cruise ship was smooth sailing after the first two days of a pretty rocky boat. If you wish to avoid this they recommend going in the summer months. It did unfortunately make 70-80% of the 60 people in our group quite ill, so I suggest wearing pressure bands (available at reject shops for $2, or on board for $17, go figure) and stocking up on BULK sea sick medication. They do also sell this in the medical centre on board, but to avoid the cost just take your own and keep up with them, even if you aren't feeling sick... That's how I avoided it! If you want to keep contact with the outside world you can pay $70 at the start or the cruise or at any time during to have access to Facebook, Facebook messenger, Instagram and I think Twitter. It's pretty limited, and you can not access safari. You can upgrade and pay something like $100-110, for access to more stuff, but unless it's urgent I wouldn't suggest it, as it's not very fast. For us being a large group, keeping contact was essential so starting a group Facebook messenger chat was perfect. There are lots of things to do on board. You can play bingo, watch dance shows, do millions of trivia's, play the pokies, play roulette, poker and play claw machines (don't be fooled, I spent $140 trying to win $500). You can swim in any of the 3 pools, 3-4 spas, go to the gym, eat, drink cocktails and fishbowls, listen to AMAZING live music... (SHOUT OUT TO THE AMAZING KIMBERLY, you rock girl!) and the list goes on. Enjoy, and I hope you can clear up some queries with this! Emma, 19 years of age. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
I cannot fault the staff , the food , the entertainment. My 3rd cruise and must say this was the best. You can't go wrong on this ship. Rooms were quite roomy and very neat and clean. A balcony is a must! Amenities were clean ... Read More
I cannot fault the staff , the food , the entertainment. My 3rd cruise and must say this was the best. You can't go wrong on this ship. Rooms were quite roomy and very neat and clean. A balcony is a must! Amenities were clean and in good working order. I can't praise the staff enough. Absolutely amazing , friendly , helpful. They really made you feel like part of the family. The band , Manila, in the red frog pub were wonderful . Their range of music is incredible. The live shows were very good. very entertaining. Loved the bingo and all of the different trivia games. Loved the shopping. All those specials !!!!! The gym and spa are fantastic. The massage hit the spot ! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Our group of 5 couples (over 65 years) chose deck 7 balcony cabins for a trip to the 2015 Melbourne Cup. All are experienced cruisers (ourselves over 12 ocean and river cruises mainly in Europe and the Pacific). Embarkation was excellent. ... Read More
Our group of 5 couples (over 65 years) chose deck 7 balcony cabins for a trip to the 2015 Melbourne Cup. All are experienced cruisers (ourselves over 12 ocean and river cruises mainly in Europe and the Pacific). Embarkation was excellent. Baggage was collected at the roadside and delivered promptly to our cabin while we ate lunch in the buffet on deck 9. Cabin was excellent as was cabin service during the voyage. Sailed on schedule. Ship amenities and decor were revamped in August 2015 at a cost of A$44M. Unfortunately for us, it presents like a fun park! Gaudy, an eclectic mix of colour and design which simply defies description. It incorporates a casino with stacks of poker machines, a small shopping complex, a large theatre and dining room. If you enjoy playing bingo, trivia, karoke, every day, this is the ship for you. If you enjoy shows with a touch of talent, this is not your ship. If you like your Cruise Director to be on the ball with his/her presentations, the one we had was very disappointing. Food was served on Decks 9 & 10 buffet style, and on Decks 2 & 3 in the dining room. The food standard at all venues was average at best. The wines were boring and expensive. A Riesling (bottle) retailing for $ 30.00 in Sydney was billed at $70.00!! Wait service was average at best. But the dining room Reception staff were excellent allocating tables to both large (10+) and small groups. The food was often just warm. The waiters at times cleared a table while a person was still eating that course, especially in the early sitting! The Nouvelle speciality restaurant (Add $ 40 per person) was disappointing. Ambiance was very ordinary with joggers walking/trotting past our table. Service was overpowering, too many trying too hard. Very noisy as well. Not worth the extra cost. Pre-Cup entertainment build up was virtually non-existent. Cup day transport was handled brilliantly and the Cup experience at the course was superb. Post Cup day it all fell away. The ship took every opportunity to rip money from the passengers even charging for bottled water in the cabins. Disembarkation was handled brilliantly. Hence if you like the FUN SHIP gaudy decor, and you want bingo, trivia and cheap entertainment, and you don't mind paying for the privilege, this is the ship for you. We chose the wrong ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
Don't get me wrong, most of the hardworking staff are incredible and want to make your feel as comfortable as possible however I am disappointed to say that Carnival Spirit has dropped the ball. There were flooded rooms, poor ... Read More
Don't get me wrong, most of the hardworking staff are incredible and want to make your feel as comfortable as possible however I am disappointed to say that Carnival Spirit has dropped the ball. There were flooded rooms, poor shower drainage, faulty air conditioning, banging balcony partitions, ridiculously long waiting times for shore visits and returning to the ship, the food was the poorest of quality and presentation I have ever encountered both on the sea and on land this resulted in passengers queuing for toasted sandwiches and fruit. Live entertainment was disappointing and at times made you squeamish with embarrassment. Not all of the facilities were working and after the refurbishment there is still no shade for the kids swimming area, where there is little else for them to do but swim, this is important guys! We met so many lovely people from across Australia and unfortunately will never see them on a Cruise again as a result. Carnival Spirit, this was not a result of the recent attempt at refurbishment in Singapore, this is a clear lack of desire for an enjoyable experience and poor planing and preparation on your behalf, not only have you earned a poor review you have now lost a Gold member. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
Overall positive experience. Traveled with a group of girlfriends. EMBARKATION • Leaving Sydney is easy, train or bus to circular quay and 5-10 minute walk if you are not carrying a lot of luggage. • Waiting time was ok. ... Read More
Overall positive experience. Traveled with a group of girlfriends. EMBARKATION • Leaving Sydney is easy, train or bus to circular quay and 5-10 minute walk if you are not carrying a lot of luggage. • Waiting time was ok. SHIP OVERALL& SERVICE • Standard décor and easy to navigate. • Happy cheery staff who sang and danced in the main dining room. Our waitor was a funny man. CABIN • Had balcony room for 3 people. The interior was okay but the actual balcony was small. It was not possible for 2 people to lay down. FOOD • Chicken schnitzel was amazing! A must try • Main dining room was pretty good, steward was cheery and encouraged us to try more food, generous portions. • Buffet breakfast was great, we lived right under the buffet so it was very convenient. • Drinks – paid ones were good, but the free soda/lemonade tasted very bland. ENTERTAINMENT • Green thunder was a great experience, but I must admit, is scary at countdown… • Mini golf on board, appears to be good for families. PORTS • N/A this was a sampling cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
This was my 6th cruise since I discovered cruising 3 years ago but first time with carnival and I am reluctant to say its my last time with carnival but certainly it is far from my first choice after my recent trip. The bad Food, ... Read More
This was my 6th cruise since I discovered cruising 3 years ago but first time with carnival and I am reluctant to say its my last time with carnival but certainly it is far from my first choice after my recent trip. The bad Food, In general food was poorly prepared, cooked in bulk with little attention to detail, poached eggs were over cooked, many dishes were cold or burnt and the variety seemed to be lacking compared to other cruise lines I have traveled with, it was however edible and plentiful and dining in the restaurant I had no complaint about the wait staff at all but certainly food in general was a huge disappointment. Also got to the restaurant for lunch on 1 occasion 203 pm to be told they stopped taking guests for lunch 3 minutes earlier then another occasion at 103 pm to be told it was brunch and the restaurant had closed for lunch 5 minutes prior Condition of the ship I read a review suggesting the ship was clean and in a good state of repair, I can only conclude they didn't go to the same places I did, the cabin had a bad smell, it was extremely dusty and triggered my allergies, water leaks in the corridors had water dripping from the ceiling and wet soggy carpet as you walked through on deck 1, blowers were set up trying to dry the carpet out which created different problems with noise. Many public areas had things missing or broken and throughout daylight hours grinding scraping and hammering on the deck below us meant a day time sleep was out of the question. the toilet blocked up quite a few times (most likely because my children are not good at using smaller amounts of paper), the blockages were fixed promptly but when the toilet over flowed on 2 occasions it was not cleaned properly. The sales pitch I understand its how they make their money but I really did get sick of the constant sales pitch over the ships loudspeaker day and night, whether it was promoting their art auction, wine tasting or over priced shore tours I did get sick of the interruptions during diner to listen to the cruise director give me another sales pitch. The photos Being stopped for photos when getting off the ship in ports, this is common for all cruise lines I have been on and to be fair they were probably less pushy than others cruises i have been on but with 2,500 passengers all wanting to get off and an insistence that each and everyone poses for 3 or so photos at every port it can cause much bigger delays than necessary and when their is limited time in ports the delays can be very frustrating, I simply told them not to waste everybody's time as I wouldn't be buying any photos and they did leave me alone but most people did stop for the photos, usually on the gangway or on a jetty where others couldn't pass while the photos were taken Kids club Not sure if it was more because our kids preferred to be out and about having fun elsewhere or because they just didn't like kids club but for the most part and at least for my 9 and 10 year old they rarely saw kids club at all and when they did go they usually wanted out fairly quickly, we gave them the freedom to come and go as they pleased so they always had the option and never complained about it, they were just hardly ever in there. The good Entertainment I actually didn't mind the entertainment by night, I dont like the stage musical type shows so couldn't care about those but I did like the variety of some of the other shows in particular the adults comedy (although one of the comedians was just not funny at all), a magician was an entertainment highlight for the kids, a juggler was a lot of fun, an illusionist show was amazing although not really my cup of tea and the hypnotist was good but would have been better if he had less people and did more with the ones he had, it seemed he was just warming up when the show ended. Dis/embarkation Especially considering the number of passengers getting on and off at the start and end of the cruise I thought the process was extremely efficient at both ends. Be warned though that if you do take a power board onto the ship buy a brand new one without a surge protector, many people had them taken from them when boarding and especially if they looked a little older Ship layout For the number of passengers it felt busy but for the most part not over crowded, there was always somewhere to go where it was quiet and you could sit down but of course some areas of the ship were crowded and difficult to get a place to sit, it didn't take long to learn our way around the ship but for the first few hours they do block access to a lot of the lifts while they were organising the luggage, once the luggage was sorted the lifts were good. General The number of kids This is going to depend on the individual as to whether it goes into the good or bad category but kids were everywhere and in abundance day and night, 20 to 30 kids crammed into the spa on the main pool deck would hardly be the atmosphere for a young childless couple and kids running up and down the halls day and night would hardly suit an elderly couple looking for an early nights sleep but for us seeing as 2 of those kids were ours it did put us at some ease to know it wasn't just our kids that were keeping that elderly couple awake so we kind of let the kids go and have fun with the many other kids on board while the wife and I did our own thing a lot of the time knowing they were having a ball without us, we were expecting a cruise with 800 kids on board so this was no surprise The ports and shore tours Like all cruise lines they are out to make as much money as they can in port and being the seasoned cruiser who prefers to save my money for the next cruise I organised my own tours at each port not only for myself but also for many of the large group travelling with us. Noumea Considered by many to be a waste of a port I was determined to make a good day of it, as a shore tour a trip to Amidee Island including lunch would have cost my family of 4 over $600 but a little bit of organising when ashore at the tour desk and I had a group of 19 people going to Amidee Island for the day for $70 a person, less than half price but it didn't include lunch. the ride over was in 2 groups and was a highlight of the day for many in the group but a little scary and bumpy for others, the island itself is beautiful and if you like snorkeling I highly recommend it, turtles and coral snakes as well as large reef fish everywhere and the warm clear water had me wanting to jump in right from the wharf when we got there. Mare Before we got off at Mare everybody was told that the only way to get to the one and only attraction on Mare was to buy a $20 ticket to the main beach before we got off the boat, I refused to do this and paid some locals directly $5 each way per person knowing all of the money went to the locals, it did take a little longer to find the ride when I wanted it and it was obvious Carnival didn't like it as they were not making any money on it but from all accounts the locals got only $5 per person out of the $20 so I was happy they made more than that from me. The Island of Mare itself is beautiful and the beach really is spectacular but there are a few other things to do such as snorkeling closer to the jetty in and around the rock pools where i am sure there would have been more to see but a lack of other people doing the same would mean to do that you would virtually be on your own which to me would not be safe or fun for the kids who prefer some sand and sand castles to snorkeling all day. Lifou Another beautiful island and one of my new favourites, the beach when you get ashore is quite spectacular but take your reef shoes if you are going in the water as there is a lot of rocks and coral to cut your feet on. For keen snorkelers go right out 200 metres or so to where the water starts to get deeper where you will find coral as beautiful as any I have ever seen. I walked to the church on the hill, amazing view from the top then walked to the other church where you will find "The Leap Of Faith". After paying a $10 per person entry fee you walk into the rain-forest and down a hill into a cave, for anybody who is abled this is a must do and although it would help you dont need a high level of fitness to do it Santo This is my favourite port in the South Pacific but for anybody who hasn't been there before beware that many of the car operators will charge you huge amounts to get to the many atractions, I was with a group of 36 and we paid $20 per person for the day to be driven around and with the late arrival it gave us time for 3 of the attractions, The Nandi and Matevulu Blue Holes and Lope Lope Ranch, everybody agreed it was the best day of the cruise. On a down side, somebody I spoke to had paid $40 per person each way to visit one of the Blue Holes and they were on a time limit there and had to leave after a short amount of time so he could go and get another fare. Negotiate a price before you get into a car and be sure they understand what it is you are paying for, depending on the size and type of car a fair price is somewhere between $20 and $40 per hour and I will always slip them an extra $20 or so if they have looked after us well at the end of the day, it still ends up a far cheaper option than taking the ship's shore tour but you will get a lot more into your day Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2015
Me and a girlfriend stayed in cabin 7321 on deck 7.The room had a balcony and twin beds. She doesn't pack light but the room was definitely large enough to cater for all our clothes and makeup etc.Beds are very comfortable. We both ... Read More
Me and a girlfriend stayed in cabin 7321 on deck 7.The room had a balcony and twin beds. She doesn't pack light but the room was definitely large enough to cater for all our clothes and makeup etc.Beds are very comfortable. We both took our own pillows because I didn't like them last time. Service is great. 99%of staff are friendly and the other guests are what make a cruise fun. All up we had a great time and would do it again and again. We used NouméaShore Tours whilst in noumea highly recommended. We hired a taxi in santo $20 each x 7 of us to go to the beach and the blue hole heaps better value then booking through carnival. The service is great on deck 9 where we spent most of our time. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
The weather was beautiful. The ship was immaculate as always. I have never been on a Carnival Ship that they were not always cleaning. The were doing a lot of upgrading the ship for Australia which some of it was inconvenient. The ... Read More
The weather was beautiful. The ship was immaculate as always. I have never been on a Carnival Ship that they were not always cleaning. The were doing a lot of upgrading the ship for Australia which some of it was inconvenient. The entertainment was fantastic. Stu the Cruise Director was awesome. The Gym is always packed but that is normal. The dining room staff were pleasant but our waiter's were a bit slow but it could have been the table of 14 that slowed them down. But I feel it was our head waiter that spent most of his time with that table. A few nights we did not even have our main course yet and they were doing SHOWTIME. The pools and Hot tubs were nice not over crowded. The crew was very friendly and helpful. The tendering port in Kona was a bit chaotic We did not get off the ship until 11:00 and some people were still getting off with their numbered stickers at 1:30. And we had to be back on the ship at 4:30 so that was a bummer for some who especially had excursions. But we found out some of the issue was new regulations. But Carnival did have a wonderful night were they had happy hour for the whole ship for 1hr and half. The sea days were filled with a lot of activities even arts and crafts which were quite fun. All in all It was a great 12 days and I am ready to book my next Carnival transatlantic trip. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2012
This was my first-ever cruise. As of writing this review, I've now gone on a couple more cruises, both with Carnival, and looking back, the 5 day Baja Mexico cruise was a perfect little get-away. The ship was clean, and ... Read More
This was my first-ever cruise. As of writing this review, I've now gone on a couple more cruises, both with Carnival, and looking back, the 5 day Baja Mexico cruise was a perfect little get-away. The ship was clean, and comfortable. The room was clean and just exactly what you'd expect from a cruise ship room. The shows on this ship were particularly good. The cast and crew were very welcoming and friendly. The food was better on Carnival back in 2012 than it has been in recent years. This cruise had an incredible water slide. I'm not someone who enjoys those things normally, but I was peer-pressured into using this water slide and LOVED it. It was a total thrill to drop straight down, and then go over the side of the ship. Since the Spirit, I've been disappointed with the average slides on subsequent ships I've been on! I would recommend the Carnival Spirit to any budget conscious traveler looking for a nice get-away for the price. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2011
The cruise was really great. There were a couple little things that were irritating, so I'll address those first. 1) The decaf on the Lido deck was NOT decaf. It took me 4 days to figure out why I was so jittery. I really enjoy a cup ... Read More
The cruise was really great. There were a couple little things that were irritating, so I'll address those first. 1) The decaf on the Lido deck was NOT decaf. It took me 4 days to figure out why I was so jittery. I really enjoy a cup of decaf at breakfast, but I had to go without. 2) We had a jetted tub in our penthouse suite, which was awesome. The problem was trying to shower in it. There was no way to adjust the shower curtain to keep the water in the tub. After every shower, the bathroom floor was completely soaked. 3)This ship was smaller than others we've been on and there was a LOT more rocking. I was a little queasy for the first 2 days. 4)The dining room was very loud. My Mom is hard of hearing and we got tired of shouting at her over the din. 5) Two of our three closet doors were not working properly causing the closet light to stay on and they were very loud to open. Someone came to fix one of them, but it broke again in a couple days. Those are my only complaints. Our 5 year old enjoyed Camp Carnival well enough. He would have preferred to spend every minute with us, but he seemed happy when we dropped him off and picked him up. He did not resist going and always came back with some art project or face paint. He would often see kids he knew from camp around the ship and was always waving at them. We never left him there for more than 3 hours at a stretch and made sure he got a nap in the cabin every day. He ate pizza for lunch and chicken nuggets for dinner almost every day and he was happy. We brought him to dinner with us in the dining room 6 nights out of 9. He got his food when we got our appetizers, then we took him to camp around 7 while we finished our dinner in peace. I used the exercise area 3 times, once for free weights, once for yoga ($12) and once for the 7 am free stretch class. It was fine, although the yoga wasn't worth it. We enjoyed walking on deck 10 several times, we played minigolf, and my husband played basketball. We also tried the waterslide. A little tame for me, but my 5 year old loved it. The pool was fine also, we swam 3 times. Hot tub was more of a warm tub, but adequate. We went to two song and dance shows, I enjoyed them. We also saw a magician and a juggler and some comedians. Normal cruise ship stuff, what I expected. We wanted our son in bed by 10 every night, so we didn't really go to any bars or dance clubs. We are not party people. We brought 4 bottles of wine on board for 6 adults and I only purchased 2 other drinks. The food was outstanding, better than ever. Loved everything I tried and a great variety. They make the BEST pastries and baked goods. I ate lots of fish and shrimp and too much desert. I did try the Spa Carnival options several times and they were all good. My pants still fit when I put them on to fly home, so I guess I did OK. We went to the Nouveau Steakhouse for Valentine's dinner. It was very good and a better atmosphere than the Empire room, but I don't know if it was worth the extra money. It was a splurge for Valentine's Day, we probably won't do it again. My husband has wheat intolerance so he avoids it when possible. They were extremely diligent in making sure everything he ordered in the dining room was wheat/gluten free. He said the gluten free pasta was the best he ever had. We pretty much blew our budget on the penthouse suite cabin, so we tried to get by cheap in the ports. We didn't book any excursions. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2010
Embarkation went really smooth once we got to the ship after fog delays in flying into San Diego. We boarded the ship at apx 12:15 and were told our rooms would be ready at 1:00pm so we took this time to purchase our first drink from the ... Read More
Embarkation went really smooth once we got to the ship after fog delays in flying into San Diego. We boarded the ship at apx 12:15 and were told our rooms would be ready at 1:00pm so we took this time to purchase our first drink from the bar and Coke cards for those that wanted them and then headed to our first meal on Lido Deck. We found the layout to be quite confusing with all the stations and people coming from all directions. We looked forward to the Oriental station as it was our favorite on out last cruise and were not disappointed on this cruise either. The Deli station always seemed to be a hit as well as the Grill. The other stations always seemed to serve the same thing so that was new as in the past there seemed to be more variety. Found a very limited supply of fresh pineapple but when we found it it was delicious. Rooms were ready at 1:00 just as we were told so we dropped off our carry on items and began exploring the ship. Found the layout of this ship to be great, I never got lost and my husband thought that was something as it was the first time. The decor of the ship is bizarre to say the least, very explicit so if traveling with children you might find yourself explaining things to them quite often. Ship seemed a little worn and dated. Balcony was small but served its purpose to sit out and enjoy the ocean breeze, wish there would have been more sun as I think I would have used it more. Food - Overall I found it to be more that satisfactory and a good variety of choices. We chose to eat in the main dining room for breakfast most mornings and found the service and food to be good. We ate most of our lunches in port but grabbed food also on Lido Deck...first cruise I never went to the grill for a hamburger or hotdog so can't comment on how good they were. We ate one lunch in the main dining room and it was wonderful had fish and chips and shared BBQ ribs which were fabulous throughout the cruise. For dinner we at early seating with Donald as our Waiter and we couldn't have asked for a better waiter he was wonderful and we looked forward to spending a couple of hours with him each evening. We celebrated his birthday as well as 4 others in our group on this cruise. The maitre de was so much fun we ran into her quite often during the cruise and she was pleasant with lots of fun stories to tell. She mentioned that this was the first cruise with the menu we had and asked for suggestions and our group said that they felt it gave a great selection, my suggestion was that I wanted souffle and had waited all cruise and on our last night we were served souffle not sure if it was scheduled that way or if she had it added either way I enjoyed. Steak House - What a beautiful atmosphere and the staff was great until time to get our check and we had to wait quite a long time. The selection was wonderful, they cooked to perfection the way each of the 12 in our party ordered their steak. The porterhouse seemed to be the favorite selection. I had a New York Strip and shared with some of the guys as it was too much for me. I found the flavor of the steak to be wonderful but it seemed to lack some seasoning that I am used to. The fillet also was said to lack real flavor. Only one person felt that it was not worth the $30 pp. We would go to their steak house again on a future cruise which is something we could not say on previous cruises and the use of their steakhouses. Entertainment - They need to really step it up in this area we all felt and so did the majority of those we talked to. We all felt that for a Carnival Cruise encouraging families to travel together they only seemed to offer adult comedy, four shows daily and 1 or 2 PG rated shows which I felt took it too far. In the production shows the girls are dressed scampi in thongs, see through coats etc. I am not a prude but I do appreciate great entertainment and a variety and this ship did not offer it. The final Legend Show was the best however it was also made crude by the staff with their production numbers. I think they need to realize that families do travel and we don't need to be shown crude entertainment. Late night comedy for those that want is great and I have enjoyed several shows but taking adult comedy from comedy to just crude is not entertainment to me and I heard this comment throughout the cruise as people said they walked out. So Carnival step it up in your production and variety to offer your guests as your game shows were on the adult side as well. The other entertainment offered just wasn't that great. I like to sit and listen to music while out by the pool and that was virtually non existent. I felt the best music was played in the Casino and I heard others say the same and then others that said they wished he would shut up so too each our own. I just felt if they had him somewhere else on the ship people could have danced to his country music. The guy in the atrium area was awful. The person in charge of Karaoke was horrible no personality at all. Stu and Pip were horrible and not very people friendly, they acted tired and like we were just in their way. On other cruises the cruise directors encouraged participation and these two I think hoped no one would participate. Casino and Bingo - The Blackjack tournament is getting to be a joke lots of participants yet the cruise line and casino keep the cash and give out a measly $500 to the winner. Don't know how the Texas Hold-em Tournament was in payout but it was fun to watch. Bingo was a complete joke they give out one 3 game strip for $20 and usually only played one game and the prize money was so skimpy. I played the one day when you played 7 games for $20 but again you only got one strip of 3 games and played all 7 games on the same strip and pay outs were horrible. When someone won they never yelled Bingo or got excited in any way...come on you did win something get a little excited. Also they had a drawing for a free cruise...this used to be a Bingo game....you bought 10 tickets for $20 and then they drew out a number and you had to be present to win. The first number the person wasn't there and then the person that won just waved their hand never got excited like they win a cruise everyday!! Come on people if you are going to play a game play with enthusiasm and have some fun the cruise directors were dull enough we didn't need to buy into their dull drum. Other than that the casino paid our group as a whole pretty good, coming home with money is always a plus. Overall rating is a 3* for the cruise. Room steward wasn't the greatest and the entertainment was horrible. Disembarkation was a joke they acted like it was the first ship they had ever disembarked. For those international people that seem to hold up the process on every cruise either stop cruising or pay attention and follow directions. For the staff disembarking we are tired of hearing it is not your fault you are in control take control. Biggest complaint by many was no place to gather and play board games with family as the only table large enough were in the dining room and it became frustrating when people wanted to eat and couldn't find a table for all the groups playing games....I admit we were one of them but our family and friends love to play games and there was no other place on the ship to do so. We planned our next cruise while on board and will be switching cruise lines for that one but we will give Carnival another try if the price is right and the time and itinerary are what we are looking for. We met some of the greatest people on this cruise and hope to cruise with them again. That is one of the reasons we like to cruise as we meet some of the most wonderful people that we probably would have never been given the opportunity to meet otherwise. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
The Spirit is a really great ship. The crew is very attentive to all details and the Cruise Director, Stu, is excellent. But, I'll have to say that, the most entertaining person on board was Captain Volpi! Every day at noon, he would ... Read More
The Spirit is a really great ship. The crew is very attentive to all details and the Cruise Director, Stu, is excellent. But, I'll have to say that, the most entertaining person on board was Captain Volpi! Every day at noon, he would give the Captain's Message over the loudspeaker....he was hilarious! Combine his humor with his Italian accent, and you have a combination that evokes many belly laughs! The entertainment was top notch and the food was wonderful. If there was a downside, I would have to say that it would be that there really weren't many Polynesian dining choices offered. The Ports of Call on this cruise are some of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Our favorites were Kona, Hilo, Maui & Kauai. Of course, Honolulu is beautiful....but, it IS a very big city. This was our 5th cruise, with 8 other friends, and we can't wait for the next one. All of our cruises have been aboard Carnival and we ALWAYS have a great time. Mahalo, Carnival, for keeping up the reputation of the Fun Ships! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
My trip began with a flight from LAX to Seattle on Southwest. It was nice that they allow 2 free bags included in the fare. The flight was direct with one stop in San Jose. We arrived in Seattle on time and we had a town car reserved for ... Read More
My trip began with a flight from LAX to Seattle on Southwest. It was nice that they allow 2 free bags included in the fare. The flight was direct with one stop in San Jose. We arrived in Seattle on time and we had a town car reserved for the transfer to the hotel. We were surprised that they had sent a limo instead and enjoyed the upgrade. We spent 2 nights at the Marriott Courtyard Pioneer Square and were very pleased with the property. I was upgraded to a corner suite and that came in handy for my Bon Voyage party the night before the cruise. The weather in Seattle was a little gloomy and there were a few short drizzles the day before the cruise. The weather was perfect for our sailaway and many were wearing short sleeves. We met with several others that had been chatting on another cruise board and I collected money for those that had booked excursions with me. Our first port was Juneau and I had arranged a tour with Bunti who lives in Juneau. They came to the dock and picked my group up and we had a wonderful day sightseeing. We did stop at the Alaska Brewing Company where we had the opportunity to sample several of their renowned brews. The weather was overcast with a few breif light showers, really nothing more than drizzle. We then went to eat at the Harbor on the Wharf restaurant and all enjoyed various seafood dishes. The seafood chowder was excellent. Our next attraction was cruising Glacier Bay and we were allowed further into the bay than at any other time of the year. We spent the better part of the day there and the views and weather were amazing. Our next port was Skagway and I had arranged a private tour with Southeast Tours. We were picked up at the pier and although the tour weas scheduled to be 3&1/2 hours we actually spent over 4 hours with a wonderful driver who was very familar with everything about Skagway. I would highly recommend this company if you decide that the rail trip at several times the price is a little too pricey. The weather was for the most part clear and sunny although we did have a light drizzle a couple of times but it seemed to clear up as we made each photo op stop. I was a little worn out from a very busy day and decided to stay on board the Spirit in our next port of Ketchikan. The weather was again clear and sunny and hardly a cloud in the sky. My 4K cabin was very spacious with two twins that made into a queen. There was also a sofa with table and a small stool that was of virtually no use. My cabin steward was from China and kept my cabin very clean and well stocked at all times. I really enjoyed the french doors that allowed some fresh air albeit with a very obstructed view between the life booats. At just a few dollars more that a standard inside cabin I was very happy with my cabin choice. The food throughout the ship was excellent as was the service. The sandwich station was a place I visited often for ny favorite Pastrami Reuben sandwich. The 24 hour pizza was very good and also offered Ceasar salads with or without chicken made to order for you. The buffet was well stocked and had a varied menu every day. I was very pleased with the daily selection of mouthwatering desserts available every day. I would highly recommend the Cranival Spirit as a great value for the money and actually have a Mexico and Hawaii cruise already booked on her. Our trip ended in Vancouver where I had chartered a full size 47 passenger motor coach for my group. I had 30 people booked and was happilt surprised that they sent a 54 passenger deluxe motorcoach for my tour. It gave everyone a little extra room and we all enjoyed our tour of Vancouver. Reggie Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
Carnival Spirit Valentine Cruise This was our fifth cruise on Carnival and our first 8 day cruise. We stayed at the Holiday Inn on the Bay, across from the Cruise Terminal, and what a wonderful experience it was to see the cruise ships ... Read More
Carnival Spirit Valentine Cruise This was our fifth cruise on Carnival and our first 8 day cruise. We stayed at the Holiday Inn on the Bay, across from the Cruise Terminal, and what a wonderful experience it was to see the cruise ships sailing into and out of the bay right in front of you. Be sure you have time to visit San Diego either before or after your cruise. We arrived at the terminal about 11:45 and the embarkation process was very fast. My one complaint was that they required everyone to remove their belts. I don't even do this at the airport and because of this I lost my cell phone holder. It fell and was kicked into another area. We were on board the ship by 12:30 and having lunch not long after. The rooms were ready around 1:30. We sailed Super Bowl Sunday and the ship was prepared for it. Several area was set up with TVs and Big Screens and the large screen in the Pharaohs Lounge also showed the game. They also postponed the mandatory safety meeting until the next day at 10:15 am. The sea was choppy the first say and the last day but was not very uncomfortable. Food: All the meals were great and well presented. The first day was probably the least favorite but it was still very good. We ate breakfast and lunch in the Lido Grill but we had dinner in the Main Dinning Room every night. Our main concern was Anytime Dining. This is something new on Carnival and they share part of the upper MDR. This caused a delay in the seating in the MDR on a couple occasions. Carnival may need to look at not seating Anytime Dining at the same time as Set Time dinning. They may need to also find another entrance for the Anytime Dinning. Other than this experience, we enjoyed the Main Dining Room and our servers. We especially enjoy the assistant waiter, Mirko, who was a shining ray of light each evening. Sea Days: We have always looked forward to our sea days and especially on this cruise with four of them. If you have sailed the Caribbean then get ready for a great ride. The Pacific Ocean does not always live up to its name. On this cruise we experienced some very choppy and strong seas and there were many that felt the effects more than others. My wife and I did not have any problem. As one review has already posted, the water in the Lido Pool splashed out one night and I was one of those whose feet almost got wet. The Lido Party continued even with the rocking and rolling created by the swells and waves. Be sure to bring your binoculars, cameras and a good eye to see the dolphins, whales and other sea creatures. We saw whales and dolphins as we passed Cabo San Lucas. Entertainment: We skip some of the shows but did catch the Head Liner Singer who was a friend of one of our group. The New Orleans show was quite good and some of the special effects were remarkable considering the movement of the ship. Stu, the CD, was excellent and always remember my wife's name after only one introduction. The bar staff in the Atrium Lounge is excellent and a special thanks to Alex for his personal attention. I would also like to say thanks to Allen David for his great service on the Lido. Ports of Call: These were all new ports for us and we had some anticipation over visiting Acapulco. We found this port to be very clean and very busy. It is a busy center of life and culture. We visited the Fort and Zocolo. In Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa we took a taxi to Playa de Ropa and Patys Mar y mar Restaurant for a day at the beach. We found the beach very clean and beautiful. Patys is a great place to stay and enjoy the scenery. Manzanillo is a working seaport and you must leave the docks to see the city. We took a ship excursion, Magic Pueblos, and traveled to Comala and the Colima area. We visited a coffee processing area, a museum, a section of highway where it appears that you are rolling up hill without any power and the city of Comala. We had lunch at a fantastic restaurant in Suchitlan. Debarkation: Since we had a late flight so we tried Luggage Express and it worked well except for one piece being place on the wrong plane but arriving in the correct city. We took a taxi to Seaport Village and spent the morning there. We then took a taxi to the airport around 1 for our 4 pm flight home. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
DH (Wolfie48) and I just returned from a cruise on the Spirit with 26 of our friends. Here is a review of some of our activities, but with such a large group, we tend to do less around the ship and spend time with our group instead. ... Read More
DH (Wolfie48) and I just returned from a cruise on the Spirit with 26 of our friends. Here is a review of some of our activities, but with such a large group, we tend to do less around the ship and spend time with our group instead. Embarkation was really easy, we left the Holiday Inn Bayside about 10:00 and parked across the street from the pier and walked over, dropped our checked luggage with the porters in the middle of the pier (the ship was on the far side of the pier away from the building). We waited inside for about 30 minutes and then started going through security and checking in. Fortunately we were in the first row of seats so were able to check in right after the VIPs and handicapped and since the computers were down and they were doing everything manually. I think the people at the end of the lines had to wait quite a while. We then waited for 15 minutes or so inside and then they started boarding, we had to walk back outside across the pier to the ship. We had several cruise newbies in the group and we were hoping we could enter directly into the lobby for the wow factor, but that was not to be. Since the Spirit had just returned from dry dock, there were no passengers disembarking, so we were able to go right to our cabins and drop off our stuff and then we met up at the fantail bar for drinks and lunch. The ship was in really good shape and had new carpeting almost everywhere (lots of carpet fuzz balls all the time). Some said the mattresses were not new as promised, but our bed was very comfortable. Everyone in our group was very happy with their various cabins (several suites, but mostly balcony cabins, and one interior). We had happy hour every day, mostly in our cabin (7258 with the extra long balcony), but also in a couple of the suites. We were very near an elevator/stair area, but heard no noise. Since we've never been on the Spirit before (the Pride though), it was hard to tell what was new as a result of dry dock. There are 2 new flat screen TVs at the fantail bar that had sports and/or news on all the time. The aft adult hot tub was out of service after the first day, but the pool was working. The weather was pretty cold the first and last days, but quite warm in the ports. The ocean was extremely smooth, almost lake glassy sometimes. There was a bit of movement on the last return day, but not bad at all. The whole group sat together at late seating in the dining room every night (except an occasional group or couple that went to the supper club on certain nights). Everyone in our group thought the dining room food was excellent. Several in our group ordered the premium wine package, and found some good wines to enjoy with dinner. We all ate breakfast and lunch in various places. DH and I mostly ate at the grill, or pizza, or deli, or salad bar and everything was really good. I asked around our group for their opinions and only had a couple folks say the bread on their deli sandwiches was a little stale, otherwise, everyone loved the food. And there was the ever popular soft serve ice cream! The passengers on the cruise were of all ages, babies to seniors. Even though this is considered spring break, there were no problems with any spring break groups. The CD, Marky Marc, said there were 350 kids on board, but we saw very few of them except in organized Camp Carnival activities. Marky Marc was a good CD, not overwhelming, but there when you expected him to be. His morning show with Brandon was pretty funny, lots of corny jokes. We hung out at the casino bar after dinner several nights, the entertainer there, Doug, was good and quite entertaining. DH and I didn't go to the new show in the showroom, but many in our group did and said it was excellent. We went to both the Captain's cocktail party (drinks but no appetizers anymore) and the past guest party (drinks and appetizers) and had a good time at both. Debarkation was also relatively easy. Most of our group had debarkation number 18 (except the suites who got number 2) and we were off the ship by about 10:00 which was a little late only because several of the non-U.S. citizens were paged over and over to meet immigration so they could clear the ship for the rest of us. They had to make 2 announcements in German because a German man never showed up, the 2nd announcement for him was when they called our number. The Elation was also in port, so it was pretty crowded on the pier and street, but since we parked just across the street, it was easy to get to the car and out of the area. A friend who had to catch a shuttle to one of the cheaper airport parking lots waited an hour and a half to finally get on a shuttle. Once we got our luggage we had to wait in a huge line just to hand in our customs declaration forms to a Carnival employee and get out the door, as usual there were no customs people there checking people through. Read Less
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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