21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Hi, Just some word of advice, you need to be very careful before you decide to cruise with Carnival. The Spirit is in poor shape, in cabin furniture falling apart, gym equipment not working, mini golf course in tatters, broken doors and ... Read More
Hi, Just some word of advice, you need to be very careful before you decide to cruise with Carnival. The Spirit is in poor shape, in cabin furniture falling apart, gym equipment not working, mini golf course in tatters, broken doors and glass. Be careful if your intending to bring a bottle of Alcohol along, it was my Wife's birthday and we intended to celebrate on board with a bottle of liquor, this was confiscated and was promised to be given back at the end of the cruise, instead they so called disposed of the bottle. Food is deplorable and un hygienic especially in the buffet areas. Unused food is recycled from day to day. We experienced food that was well passed its use by date, unfit for consumption, we also found foreign objects in our food which the staff found amusing. Food is poorly designed, lacks flavour and is based on quantity rather than quality. Vegetarians will be extremely disappointed, every day the same, tinned vegetables and heavy unhealthy dressings, food is out of refrigeration for far too long. There is not a great deal of entertainment available, very predictable, nothing spectacular, this is very boring especially when you sale at sea for a number of days. Alcohol prices are extremely high, considering they purchase alcohol at duty free prices. Sneaky unethical up selling is rampant, customer care staff don't care. Spa staff are rude and entrap you to buy longer periods or products. Sorry, but you need to know. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
This was our second cruise and both cruises have been on Carnival Spirit. We chose to do a sampler cruise with another couple to do something a bit different over a long weekend and our friends advised that after a few nights at sea you ... Read More
This was our second cruise and both cruises have been on Carnival Spirit. We chose to do a sampler cruise with another couple to do something a bit different over a long weekend and our friends advised that after a few nights at sea you come back feeling relaxed and as though you have been away for much longer. I have to agree that it was relaxing and it did feel like we have been away for longer than 3 nights. As we had previously travelled on Carnival Spirit almost two years earlier it was great being back on a familiar ship and it was almost like we have never left. It is starting to show its age but all areas were well maintained and everything was always kept clean. The majority of the ship is well laid out but La Playa Grille (Deck 9) always seems congested and the flow of people seems odd at times, maybe because this is possibly one of the busiest parts of the ship. As this was 3 nights without stopping there were no port visits or shore excursions to write about, it was 2 full sea days which allows everyone to do as little or as much as they want to do. Cabin: 7186 port side A balcony room which was spacious enough for 2 people. Plenty of storage areas for our clothes so we could unpack our suitcases and there was plenty of room to put our bags in the wardrobe to get them out of the way. The bathroom was adequate and it only had a shower and it was an ok size. Activities; Loads of activities for everyone onboard and you can do as little or as much as you like onboard. I was surprised at the vast array of activities and there always seemed to be something happening at any time. We played Bingo on both days which was fun, the first day was chaotic and didn't start on time as everyone onboard must have decided to participate as the queue for tickets seemed to be constant for 90 minutes which caused the late start. Art auction was also fun and we managed to pick up some art which we wanted to hang up at home. I was pleased with the process and also pleased with how much i paid for the pieces as some of the art they were asking for some crazy amounts of money for. It was worth the visit even if you just want to take a look and have a glass of free champagne and who knows you may end up buying something for your home. Serenity deck - very popular and were we spent most of our time on our previous cruise, this time we found it difficult to get a seat out there but it wasn't a problem as there wasn't many children onboard this cruise so the deck chairs were just fine. Steam room and Sauna - a relaxing thing to do before getting ready for dinner. Dining; We ate mostly in the Empire restaurant for breakfast and dinner and only ventured into La Playa Grille for lunch on our first day, finish our lunch (Fat Jimmy's BBQ) on second day to escape the rain, enjoy some pizza on our third day. Breakfast on all 3 days in the Empire restaurant was good quality and enjoyable and loads of choice available. Service varied but you're on holiday so there was never really any urgency, even on our last day when it was possibly the slowest when everyone did have to leave the ship. Dinner on all 3 nights was in the Empire restaurant also. We didn't eat at Nouveau as we had previously dined there and whilst it was good value and great food we chose to eat in the Empire restaurant. Always a fun dining experience eating there with the evening "Showtime" event taking place which often includes passenger participation if they choose to join in. The food was good quality and tasty and plenty of choice. Service was very good on the first two nights and disappointing on the last night as everything just to take time, drinks took forever to arrive and the whole evening seemed to take longer than it needed to. Entertainment; The shows were good in the main theatre (Pharaoh's Palace) although having cruised before we had seen them before and only made it along on the first night. The comedian in the Versailles lounge was very funny and this was a great way to end the evening. Second night we went to the sing-along in the Shanghai Piano bar which was great and another good way to end our evening. The last night we decided to call it quits after dinner and just walk around the ship and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the deck as the moon came up over the Tasman sea. Disembarkation seemed orderly and straight forward and after vacating our room we were soon off the ship and in a taxi heading home. A great way to spend a long weekend and great value for money having everything included. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2013
We touched down at Sydney at 1315hrs and went downstairs to the train station and went to Circular Quay. Our embarkation time was 1430 - 1500hrs and we arrived at 1430 where embarkation process was very fast and were on board for 1445hrs. ... Read More
We touched down at Sydney at 1315hrs and went downstairs to the train station and went to Circular Quay. Our embarkation time was 1430 - 1500hrs and we arrived at 1430 where embarkation process was very fast and were on board for 1445hrs. The first thing we did was to go to the service desk to put cash down on our sign and sail card. We had a lady who was not happy to see us and told us that we should use the machine that was available rather than come to the desk! Very friendly - NOT! She did not really give us eye contact and when we asked about a ship tour, she told us that it wasn't her are we would have to go to the other desk. We asked what desk and she pointed to a closed desk! Very helpful - NOT! We went across to the other desk and saw the time it opened so we came back later when it was open and had a very friendly gentleman :) We had a safety drill that was excessive as we stayed outside shoulder to shoulder for 40 minutes! We still did not really know what to do in an emergency except come to the spot we were in. We found that the food halls had very long lines and the food was not piping hot. Husband wondered if it was because of children and not wanting to burn them with hot food, but still it just didn't seem right to be eating warm food. We did go to the restaurant for the formal night and found we were pounced on at all angles by photographers. As we don't dress in formal-ware often we did go with the flow and thought we might purchase a photo later. When we got to dinner we found lots of people don't actually dress up, and we felt uncomfortable at having dressed up. So we ate and left to change back into casual clothes. The photos that were shown the next morning were lovely, but the price was way too much! $35 for each photo without a frame - NO WAY! I thought that a board said that we could get smaller photos for $10 each, but when I asked about this I was told that you had to buy the $35 photo and then you could get the $10 ones - what the? We decided even though the photos were lovely, we could not afford them :( It seems a waste to see them printed and then to throw them out. This cruise line definitely caters to the family and not to the couple. We told children off for running in the corridor and knocking on doors, as we were close to the stairs and lifts. These children had no parents with them and were aged from about 10yrs and up. Even though there was an adults only area, it was below the water slides and still was not quiet enough for us. It was hard to get a spot that was in the shade and so we ended up spending more time on our balcony rather than anywhere else. We did look for quiet deck places about the ship, and when we found them (and there were lots of places) there were no chairs or lounges to be able to take advantage of these spaces. I do not think we will travel on board The Spirit again as it was great for families but not for couples. 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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