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First time on a cruise and we had an absolute blast. Could not find one thing wrong the entire cruise. The staff were excellent and went out of their way to be helpful and friendly, food both in the buffet and the restaurant was excellent, ... Read More
First time on a cruise and we had an absolute blast. Could not find one thing wrong the entire cruise. The staff were excellent and went out of their way to be helpful and friendly, food both in the buffet and the restaurant was excellent, entertainment was extremely professional and entertaining, cruise director Josh was one of the hardest working people I think ive ever met, room was above average very comfortable and clean, the kids loved the waterslide and the movies at night with the free popcorn. Like Ive said I could not fault one aspect of the entire cruise and will definitely be back.A big thankyou to our room steward Ramon and our waiter Kit who both made our holiday that much more enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Carnival Cruises on the Legend. 15th to 26th October2015. First time cruisers guide. Travelling with Allergies guide Getting on the boat - what to expect: Our boat left from the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay. Bags ... Read More
Carnival Cruises on the Legend. 15th to 26th October2015. First time cruisers guide. Travelling with Allergies guide Getting on the boat - what to expect: Our boat left from the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay. Bags can be dropped off from about 9am while you go and look around town then come back later for your elected boarding time. When you board. You'll need your passports, health questionnaire, green Customs card (outgoing passenger cards are given to you at the opt. Desks and pens are on hand to fill them in) first stop is check in. This is done with carnival staff directly. Passports are scanned here and sail and sign in cards are given to you here. Then get the elevator up 1 level to Customs. Again. Passports are scanned and the OPC is given to Customs. The. Once through customs, complete a security check point. Power boards, alcohol, drones were being confiscated. Then that's it! You're on board!! When you first get on the boat, there are very friendly staff handing out the cocktail of the day. Be warned, it's not free. Just sign the slip for your $10.95 drink of the day. The rooms: we stayed with two adults, two kids ages 5 &7. We had room 4179. Mid ship with a balcony. We could hardly feel the boat moving at all Gede our amazing room attendant was fantastic! The room size is small, the lounge is one kid’s bed, and the other bed folds down from the ceiling. The big bed can easily store suitcases underneath it. Shower is hot and water pressure was strong. Our room was immaculate on arrival. There is a mini fridge but no bar snacks. Drink prices about $4 Cashless Cruising: You won’t need physical cash on the boat. It’s all charged to your Ship ID card. You can withdraw money from the on board ATM for $6.00 and then take the cash to guest services to pay off your card. Currency in the islands: AUD is accepted so there isn’t any real need to change currency. We would recommend working in local currency if stopping in Noumea. You can get local currency at any local ATM in the city. All the other islands work very well with AUD. Take small notes, $5 and $10 and you’ll be fine. Change is easily given. Staff: Unbelievable. They knew our names from the second we walked on board. Our room attendant and our waiters were fantastic. The staff we saw was always smiling and went out of their way to help or greet us. It’s a massive tick on the customer service scale! At times it was a bit of an oversell but we found that in most cases the friendliness was very genuine. We are missing them now we are home! Bottomless Bubbles: bottomless bubbles costs $5.50 per child per day and $7.50per adult per day. We got sucked in here. In reality, we didn't drink nearly as much as we thought of our bottomless soft drinks and juice. And if you're planning to buy just one card and use it for the whole family, it will get picked up. Eagle eyed staff check the cards. We would skip this next time. A soft drink or juice on its own is only $1.25 Food: Lido -deck 9 - unicorn cafe: not the safe choice for people with allergies. Unless at breakfast. However, food was correctly labelled as to if it had nuts or not. And staff appeared to be allergy aware and was able to tell me if the dish included peanuts or tree nuts. Quality overall up on deck nine wasn't 5star. This isn't run by Gordon Ramsay! It's a Buffett. With a few thousand mouths to feed. It was always hot though. We avoided long lines by eating early. 7.30am ish for breakfast, then12-12.30ish for lunch. There are several food points on deck nine. The deli can make you a regular sand which. Plenty of Asian options, stews, pies and sausage rolls. Breakfast was the usual bacon and eggs potatoes etc. Cereals, fruits, Muesli, pancakes, juices. Coffee etc. Dinner for me was always in the main dining room. Each night I went over the next night’s menu with my waiter and checked with the chef about my allergies. I didn't mind picking my dinner a day in advance. The food at dinner was generally better than at lunch It was always hot though, and we were never bored with the food on offer. We all suffered a bit with tummy etc but then we didn’t choose the healthy options available. Travelling with additional needs: Carnival had all kinds of people on the boat. Families were everywhere, groups of cruising adults and the Over 55’s crowd. Plenty of wheelchair cruisers and an awesome group of down syndrome kids and their carers. Carnival really made it easy for all walks of life from what we could see, it was smiles all around. Anxiety, Allergies and Travelling: it's all risk management. This is not the holiday for people who won't cope if they can't read a food label. I told guest services about my anaphylactic allergy to nuts. They worked with me and are keeping me safe. As with anything, if in doubt, don't eat it. The desert table is a no no. But you'll be pleased to know, bar nuts and loose nuts are not on the boat. They are used in cooking only or covered in chocolate in the lolly shop. Wipe down your tables or chairs if you want. I'm just telling my team of staff every time I eat about the allergy. They are really great. I'm taking a common sense approach to it. Peanuts are generally not in bread, ham, cheese etc. This is not the holiday for people who can't handled 'May contain traces' you just have to go with it. I'm not eating icecream or deserts because that has more risk etc. I am fully prepared with my Epi pens but won't need them. On board entertainment: Dj's and singing. It's not flash, but does the job. The red frog pub has the best atmosphere and best drinks Cocktails $10.50 each , Beers $6.50 to $8.95 Plenty of Trivia if that’s your thing. Comedy club was great. Evening Shows in the main lounge were also fantastic. It’s up the front of the boat though so there is a little bit of movement, if you are sea sick, this might be harder for you. Washing Clothes: $1 for powder, $3 for the washing machine $3 for the dryer. Long waits for these on beach days. Washing delivery service from the room steward for $18.75 but not required as you can do it yourself. Kids club: our kids loved it. Fantastic staff . It's at the front of the boat though, so movement can make a few of the kids sick. The boys go at least twice a day! They practically beg us to go. They have stories, board games, craft and playstation etc. Sea sick? We were. Not much though. We had travel calm tablets, but the best thing we had was the sea sick bands, helped us out a great deal. Our room attendant thought it was hilarious to see me Green on night two, and tell me stories shout 8m high swells etc. On board photos-Pixles : the team do a great job of snapping you all around the ship. From $14.95 to $35 each you can own them. 10%off if you buy 4 or more. We never get family photos so I spent a bit of money here. But worth it for us as we don’t get any professional photos taken ever. Day 4-Villa Omg. Cascade waterfalls. More than beautiful! We paid a fair bit of $$ to take the guided tour through here, but it was so worth it. Things on our day in Villa only really went sour once we got into town. It was pretty windy today. And it's not the cleanest place we've ever been. People were extremely friendly, but as always plenty of scammers waiting to rip people off. We got the marked taxi into town for $10aud. They accept Aussie dollars here, even though the national currency is Vatu. I had some pretty major anxiety in the town centre. Peanut husks, shells and dust litter the streets. I've never been anywhere like it! Even Thailand and Vietnam weren't like this. We lasted one hour of me stepping all over peanut stuff before we went back to the boat. Don't worry, we still got our duty free alcohol! 2L of Vodka for $27aud. I didn't have any reaction to Peanuts in Villa. I think I was pretty lucky. Places like that defy all the advice from my specialists. Day 5- Lifou Isle We spent today in New Caledonia. It was just gorgeous! We paid the $20aud each for access to the marine park. And spent a few hours snorkelling. We got dome great underwater video and photos. The camera is supposed to be waterproof to 30m but it's a bit foggy tonight. Day 6 - Mystery Island Vanuatu So sunburnt today! All of us. We put sunscreen on but obviously not enough. Mystery Island is a tiny place. No one actually lives on it. Local villagers from across the bay come to open market stalls on ship days for the tourists. Beautiful clear waters for snorkelling again. The backs of my legs are burnt to a crisp! The kids had a ball here today. Shallow water, crystal clear, fish right up close. I got a couple of souvenirs here. There is some really cheap stalls for shopping. Day 7 - isle of Pines We got on one of the local tours here. So much cheaper than the shore excursions the. Boat were selling!! Only $80 for the 4 of us on a 2hr 8 stop ride around the island. A tour like this on the ship sells for nearly $80 per person. There is some really beautiful beaches here. To get to the best snorkelling you'll need yo venture out a little bit further than places like mystery island or Lifou, but it's totally worth it once you do. Reef shoes are a good idea here as the sand is littered with broken coral. Day 8 - Noumea Not much going on here. Again, stay clear of the ships excursions. 90pp for the train ride, when it's being sold for 40pp for exactly the same thing by the locals. We used local currency here. 1 Aud buys 70 francs. It's the most expensive stop on the tour. We just got the local map from the tourism office and walked around. We got some souvenirs and saw the local church. As cities go it's not very exciting. We tried our hand at speaking French. Mr 5 was a natural. The locals were very friendly. I rode the Green Thunder water slide today!!! I thought I was going to have a heart attack! Days 9&10 -final sea days everyone was pretty green last night. Overall we wouldn't go again. We just aren't cruisers. Some people are. We aren't. But we wouldn't have traded this for anything. The kids have laughed so much. Real proper laughs and huge smiles. All totally worth it!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
"The Dome pool is so named as it has a retractable roof, which can be slid across during inclement weather." Rubbish. We had such bad weather the slides, golf, sports area and single ping-pong table were closed for most of the ... Read More
"The Dome pool is so named as it has a retractable roof, which can be slid across during inclement weather." Rubbish. We had such bad weather the slides, golf, sports area and single ping-pong table were closed for most of the trip, and it too windy and cold for the pools to be used except by the most hardy, yet the roof was not closed. When asked, the service desk said the roof cannot be closed. The cruise director announced during one of his TV shows that the roof can only be closed when the ship is not moving as the ship does not have enough power to do it otherwise. We were stopped at least twice during bad weather. It was windy and raining so much the Isle of Pines excursion was cancelled (too dangerous to tender), but the roof was STILL not closed. All the 'dive-in' movies were a wash out with barely anybody able to stand the weather. The kids clubs left both of my kids (11 and 7) bored and upset. The 11 year old especially found it tedious, with such entertaining games as 'flinch' (a game where you pretend to throw a bean bag at another kid's face and if he flinches he is out) and 15 (if you say the number 15 you are out) sad. The splash bucket in the kids area did not work once, making it a very pedestrian water playground for the little ones. You have to be under 1.2 meter's tall so my 11 year old could not go play with his 7 year old brother there. In-cabin entertainment was almost non-existent (Movies and TV were rubbish. a couple of ten year old movies on perpetual repeat). Thankfully there were a few board games that were complete enough to play. The organization of getting off the boat at the end of the cruise was ridiculous. Why call five groups of people at a time, making the queue run the entire length of the boat and giving everyone a 40 minute wait in the line? Use your brain and call smaller groups more frequently instead. Returning from Mare had us standing in a line for over an hour. Four tender boats in the water, but only one in use! I think this was because everybody came back a lot earlier than expected (due to the bad weather), but why didn't somebody pay attention and get the other boats making runs instead of sticking to the schedule that only had all the boats running AFTER most people had returned? Food was mostly good with lots of selections, but not great. Guy's burger joint was far and away the best. The adult comedians we got to see were about as funny as a guy in a pub after a few pints - not what I expected as a professional show. The shows were mostly brilliant only the 80's pop one being a fizzer - off key and out of step. Emily Collins the magician and acrobat was fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My husband and I are in our late 40s. We traveled with kids 13 18 19 and 20 and had two cabins. The only one that enjoyed this cruise was our 13 year old the 3 young adults all have said they would never cruise again. My husband and I ... Read More
My husband and I are in our late 40s. We traveled with kids 13 18 19 and 20 and had two cabins. The only one that enjoyed this cruise was our 13 year old the 3 young adults all have said they would never cruise again. My husband and I have never crusised befour and I can only say I never will again. This ship never stops vibrating my 18 year old and myself felt sick the entire time. The food in the buffet was not good. Plastic supper large plates and plastic green cups made for a 3 star experience. The empire dinning room did have very good service and food that was improved on the buffet. Our toilet blocked up every day we had to call room service once to twice a day for this issue. One night it overflowed out into the cabin. They had to clean the Capet at 11pm at night. Due to weather we missed a port not really Carnivals fault. On the way back a engine stopped working it effected our cruising speed and we were late into port had to rebook flights.. Carnival did reimburse us. Pool in the serenity area is very small the other two pool were used by the kids and always crowed. We all come home with bite marks all over us we think bed bugs. I must say the staff are all very nice and work hard. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our first cruise. The ship is HUGE and luxurious. There were over 2,000 passengers on board, and over 900 staff, so the staff:passenger ratio is excellent. You rarely ever felt crowded. There are plenty of great areas for adults ... Read More
This was our first cruise. The ship is HUGE and luxurious. There were over 2,000 passengers on board, and over 900 staff, so the staff:passenger ratio is excellent. You rarely ever felt crowded. There are plenty of great areas for adults to chill during the day, such as the Serenity area for 18+ with lounges, pool, spa, bar, and couches and chairs. There is also so much variety of bars, cafe, restaurants, seating areas, even a library, games room, chapel, games room, shops, casino, pools and water slides. There are specific kids and teenagers areas and activities so families with kids are well catered for. We never felt over run with kids, and everyone was relaxed and happy. The 2 story gym, spa, massage, sauna and health area is phenomenal, as is the sidebar the 2 story theatre and large separate comedy club. The 3 best places to eat are the Empire Restaurant, Bonsai Japanese restaurant and Nouveau restaurant. First Class!! Sensational service and quality of the food. The Lido deck serves a large variety of buffet food in a more casual, family environment, but this can get noisy and crowded. The quality of service of the housekeeping staff is just TOP CLASS, not only did they service the room twice a day, they even left artistic towel sculptures in the room in the shape of various animals, and the attention to detail with regard to cleanliness is excellent. You don't get this level of care and attention in any 5 star hotel! Our room steward Nyoman from Indonesia is a star! The cabin (we had a stateroom with balcony) was modern, spacious and stylish. Josh, the cruise director was a bundle of energy, casual, enthusiastic but always informative. The award for the best bar goes to the Alchemy Bar staffed by the competent and super professional, friendly staff of Nicola, Miro and Helena. They really mix the most magical taste sensations. Some downsides? The satellite internet is expensive, slow and unreliable. Our ship had an engine fault so we were delayed 8 hours on return to Sydney. We also missed the Isle of Pines shire excursion due to high waves/swell. For any Australians used to good quality espresso, lattes, flat whites etc., you will definitely not find them on this ship. Carnival should employ Australian-trained Batista's, because the quality of coffee was mediocre at best. For every other aspect of this holiday cruise, if you want a pampered holiday, excellent quality and variety of food and top class facilities and entertainment, Carnival Spirit is HIGHLY recommended! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Was worried about some reviews but as this was our first cruise we had nothing to base it on so we just went for it. Food was very good and service in the MDR was fantastic as they make you and your kids very welcome. Buffet was not bad ... Read More
Was worried about some reviews but as this was our first cruise we had nothing to base it on so we just went for it. Food was very good and service in the MDR was fantastic as they make you and your kids very welcome. Buffet was not bad and plenty to choose from. Water slides were all working but water a little cold but kids don't care. Our room was cleaned twice every day and nothing was to hard for them and always called us by name which was nice. We did not pay for any tours as these are highway robbery so we just went out on our own and had a ball and went to most places for less than half the price of the ship.The shows on board were great and comedy was funny. We would definately come on this ship again and all the staff were very happy. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was our first cruise ever. Our cruise started on 25/09/2015 and was fantastic from the very start to the very end. We had originally booked for 5/8/15 but told after booking that the ship was in dry dock and had to reschedule. I ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever. Our cruise started on 25/09/2015 and was fantastic from the very start to the very end. We had originally booked for 5/8/15 but told after booking that the ship was in dry dock and had to reschedule. I purposely didn't book the first two cruises after dry dock because I wanted any problems with the refurbishment to be ironed out, and reading the reviews I did the right thing. Our cabin on deck 7 number 7212 which is midship and very close to the stairs and lifts was fantastic, very quiet and very clean. We mainly ate in the Empire dining room which was fantastic, we had any time dining which was great. We had the same waiter team each night (Joel and Anamaria and their team) were the best. We would ask their recommendations on the food and they were pretty well on the ball. They sometimes even brought us an extra serve so we could both try. The last night we payed extra and dined in the nouveau restaurant, we were a bit disappointed with the food as the lobster we bought on Mystery Island was so tasty and fresh we expected the lobster in the nouveau restaurant to be just as good and it wasn't. The comedians were a little disappointing but the stage shows were fantastic and having multiple shows of each every night was great. The different activities each day during fun at sea days were well organised and ran well, including the ice sculpture demonstration, the pamper session, the cooking demonstration in the nouveau restaurant we even got to sample the cooking, and many other activities. The one criticism I have is there was only one table tennis table on board and a few more would have been good as we didn't get to have a go at table tennis. We did play a lot of mini golf which we did enjoy each day. During our cruise because of the amount of great food we ate we decided to only take the stairs when moving about on the ship. We only left the lifts for the first and last days when we had our hand luggage. This was a great choice for us as we didn't put on much weight during our cruise. We also kept moving during the cruise going from one activity to another, we didn't lounge around much at all. We only booked 3 on shore excursions through carnival because most were expensive. The first we bought was on Vila the Cascade waterfalls which was worth the money, we later found out that others went there with a taxi that they payed for after leaving the ship and was cheaper but they had to pay extra after arriving at the falls to enter. Mystery Island my husband payed for a fishing trip from an islander that he payed $40 for instead of $170 or more from carnival on other islands, he didn't catch any fish but he may not have caught anything on the ship booked fishing trip either. We bought a lobster from the islanders for $40 which was the freshest and tastiest we have ever tasted the same size lobster in Adelaide would have costed us $130. Mare we payed $20 for a shuttle to the beach through carnival this is a must and the beach was beautiful and worth the money. Isle of pines we organised a tour when we got off the ship. We payed $15 each and the islander took us around the island showing us most of the same destinations that the carnival tour did. He was very friendly and informative and the tour took about 50 minutes. The rest of the day we walked around the markets and the shore. Noumea we booked a tour at the tourist building where we got dropped off we ended up having a private tour around Noumea including the lookouts. The guide was very informative, he told us to take our time every time he stopped at a sight, the van he drove was fairly new and we were very happy we waited and bought this tour off the ship. The last tour we booked through carnival was back in Sydney after we finished the cruise. This tour was meant to take us around Sydney and show us Bondi beach. We are not from Sydney and this would have been a good way to see Sydney and then get dropped off at the airport after the tour. Unfortunately due to a medical emergency and the delay in arriving in Sydney the tour got cancelled. However due to the cancellation Carnival placed us straight on to an airport transfer which we absolutely appreciated. The night time entertainment on the whole was fantastic however some of the comedians weren't all that funny. The on stage performances on the other hand were fantastic we thoroughly enjoyed them. We were a little concerned after realising we had booked our cruise during the school holidays and it was just the two of us. The first and last day we noticed a lot of children running around however every other day the kids clubs seemed to keep them busy or the parents had them well controlled we are not sure but we barely saw the kids during the cruise and we didn't even spend much time in the adults only area. The kids we saw were well behaved and kurtosis to us oldies (almost 50 years old) Well done kids. The one thing that we have realised was that the weather does play a big part in having a great cruise. On our cruise the first couple of days were a little rough and a few people we talked to later felt like jumping over board due to sea sickness however we both suffer from motion sickness so came prepared and pre purchased Phenergan from the pharmacy prior to boarding and we took this each night before bed which gave us a great sleep and we didn't feel sea sick at all. The rest of the cruise was smooth sailing and beautiful weather. All in all this cruise was fantastic and would love to do another cruise someday. We just need to save up our pennies as we would love to do the Alaska cruise. Thank you Carnival Spirit for a great cruise Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I had planned this cruise for a huge family getaway with all my friends from school and their families for our 40th birthdays. Alas the cruise just ended up being myself and husband and our three children however i'm so glad we went ... Read More
I had planned this cruise for a huge family getaway with all my friends from school and their families for our 40th birthdays. Alas the cruise just ended up being myself and husband and our three children however i'm so glad we went on this cruise because we had a ball. We disembarked from Sydney, Australia and i have to say it was a very easy process. We had a cocktail in our hand after about 10 minutes of being on board and that just set the tone for a fabulously relaxing trip. We had an interconnected room with a balcony and my husband and i had our own room, connected by another room where our 3 children slept. I have never had them sleep as soundly as they did on that cruise, the gentle rocking and great block out curtains kept them sleeping soundly for hours. The rooms were kept so clean by the cleaner and he always remembered our names and was so polite it was just a tad embarrassing. The food was lovely. We splashed out and ate at Nouveau one night and my husband and I loved it. The kids club was great and although we didn't over use it, just a few hours a day, to pop the kids into it while we headed to the gym or had an adults dinner, and they ate in the kids club was just fab! Alcohol was really very cheap. We'd heard that maybe it would be expensive but the free poured cocktails were magnificent and the cocktail lounge was the best! The entertainment was really fun and the comedians added something different. Things i didn't enjoy were the lack of healthy snacks. The only snacks included chocolate chip biscuits and ice cream which wasn't great. they should have a free fruit section to grab at any time. you must bring healthy snacks for the kids to eat out of dining hours. Bring loads of $5 notes to spend on the islands. Port Vila was very average and a bit of a rip off, but cascade waterfalls was worth a look. Isle of Pines was just breath taking, the most magical place. Amedee Island off Noumea was expensive but really great. To see the traditional dancing and food was a great and relaxing day. Oh and make sure you eat in the sushi restaurant... i truly haven't had sushi like it before. It was magnificent. The decor aboard was slightly dated and i really felt like they needed an indoor play area for the kids as the pool and slides were only open on the 'non' windy days which was about 2 in 14 days. The crew and service was exceptional, so amazing. My children literally fell in love with our servers at dinner and felt really bonded to them. Especially as they played magic tricks with them and remembered them every night!! There was a slight bogan feel to the cruise at times, and i met a few other women on board who would have liked it a little bit more classy. However a year on i still think of the fun we had on that cruise and feel like i have never felt so relaxed after any other holiday!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Having booked a year ahead and chosen this ship specifically for the kids club, our family group of 6 adults and 5 kids were excited to board. However, on day two when attempting to book the children into the kids club were are informed it ... Read More
Having booked a year ahead and chosen this ship specifically for the kids club, our family group of 6 adults and 5 kids were excited to board. However, on day two when attempting to book the children into the kids club were are informed it is closed. For months we had received numerous emails regarding upgrades and benefits of choosing Carnival, only to be 'duped' in my eyes that the kids club was closed. Yes the staff attempted to make do with other arrangements, the 2-5 yr olds were to be housed in a conference room, the 6-8 year olds in the ship night club. This was totally inadequate and I believe unsafe! My 4 yr old hated being cooped up in a small room with 40 other kids. My 6 yr old was over awed by the loud nightclub music system which seemed to be the only activity used each day. My wife and I ended up being unable to use the adult serenity section together as one of us had to baby sit at least one child at all times. As far as the adult Serenity section goes it is beautiful yes, HOWEVER, it is located at the back of the ship under the kids water park. So all you can hear all day every day is kids gleefully yelling and screaming (happily) and the splashes from the kids water park sprinkle down onto the adult only serenity section. CRAZY DESIGN!! Some positives - the staff were great on board in general and with a few rough weather days they handled it with professionalism and a smile. The food was great in all sections. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Last cruise before dry dock and refurbishment. Room service and waiters were very attentive which was expected. We are known by name on the Spirit. Craft activities were good with entertainment staff joining in. We had a knit and ... Read More
Last cruise before dry dock and refurbishment. Room service and waiters were very attentive which was expected. We are known by name on the Spirit. Craft activities were good with entertainment staff joining in. We had a knit and chat class immediately after which was well attended too. This was the last cruise for the orchestra too which is a real shame. Watched the lovely outfits being taken off the ship for destruction. Of course we had seen the shows many times so it was time for a change. Will be interesting to see the new shows on our return. Really time to change the menu in the dining room. We ended up going for casual dining towards the end of the cruise when the menu was repeated. That said, going home we will have hamburgers and Mexican fare to choose from too. We only booked one full day tour but because of rough weather we were unable to get ashore before 11am so we cancelled. I know the tour went ahead because instead of the stated 5.30 pm departure we did not leave Bali until much later waiting for buses to return. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We had saved and dreamed about this holiday and came from the UK.we booked a suite which was terrible, holes in curtains dirty stains and holes on chairs electric sockets hanging off wall and the bath, well I was too scared to use the ... Read More
We had saved and dreamed about this holiday and came from the UK.we booked a suite which was terrible, holes in curtains dirty stains and holes on chairs electric sockets hanging off wall and the bath, well I was too scared to use the jacuzzi because the stains on the jets,I wouldn't like to think what might come out, there was rusty stains all over the sealant and the plug area was covered in pit marks and stained an orange? The whole boat was falling apart with duct tape holding it together in many places, the pools were fealthy with used plasters and stains and rust. Even the showers had the same used plasters and hair and dead inspects in the Bottom for three days in a row. Myself and children all got rashes from the pool and didn't use it once I realised how dirty it was.the food was mostly slop breakfast was quite good but the evening meal was half made up of the day before left overs made into a curry and all closed by 9pm we had to live on pizza at least we knew that was cooked fresh. Worst of all was the tours these cost us thousands and everyone was messed up by the staff. Instead of seeing all these amazing places we dreamed of carnival ruined it all they gave wrong information on all trips were late,cancelled half the trip on the day totally unorganised just terrible. I came very close to leaving the boat in Bali and flying home as I was at my wits end. I felt we were so close to our dream destinations but carnival stopped us from seeing these places. Please do not go on this boat I hope I can help people from not ruining their dreams and wasting a lot of money. This was terrible please do go on it even if it's free! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We have cruised before on Holland America which we found to be exactly to our taste, however the price of this cruise to Singapore was a little too good to be true - and we all know that you only get what you pay for. In saying this, the ... Read More
We have cruised before on Holland America which we found to be exactly to our taste, however the price of this cruise to Singapore was a little too good to be true - and we all know that you only get what you pay for. In saying this, the water was calm with perfect weather every day and interesting places to see on the way. Following the Aussie Coast was great and the views were terrific. Now for some of the bad things....empty hand sanitizers in almost every section of the boat, unsupervised children running through dining areas (and other places), the LOUDEST cruise director on the high seas (LITERALLY), very unorganised tenders, cold plastic plates (big enough to hold four meals), the toughest meat EVER, the coldest of hot food, lack of choices in buffet, the exorbitant prices of most things purchased, the incessant vibration which was noticed more so when your head hit the pillow, the rattling air con ducts in the cabin (and we had a suite). These were but a few. On the good side, serious mention must be made of the lovely cabin stewards (especially on Deck 6) and the happiest little lady who made our capuccinos every day at the Coffee Shop on the Lido Deck - she was an absolute joy. The Staff doing the cleaning etc were the hardest working happiest of people. The Spirit was in urgent need of upgrade which was the reason for the trip to Singapore - going into dry-dock for an overhaul. There were some lovely memories from this trip - such as getting off the boat in Singapore and Darwin and getting back to the boat after our shore excursions in Lombok and Bali (we made it!!). The picturesque sunset that Carnival did NOT create and the beautiful whale show over quite a number of days. Things that stay in your memory always. It seems true that all old American boats get shipped off to Australia - as if we don't know the difference between first and second class. Carnival - we would not sail with again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Positives: Upgraded to Grand Suite (lovely surprise)....faster lift service, food was good, embarkation and disembarkation smooth, great cabin steward, no tipping! Negatives: Overrun by kids with a very late curfew....every venue at ... Read More
Positives: Upgraded to Grand Suite (lovely surprise)....faster lift service, food was good, embarkation and disembarkation smooth, great cabin steward, no tipping! Negatives: Overrun by kids with a very late curfew....every venue at night had kids dancing on the floors, stages and around people even the parties out on deck (starting at 10.30pm) had kids everywhere! Non enforcement of hand sanitising units particularly entering restaurants was a worry. Even boarding the ship after a port of call there should have been hand sanitising! Kids being allowed into the casino (we even saw a young girl hop up on a stool at the bar, order a soft drink and be given it!) We asked the bar person why she was allowed in there and was told "they can pass through and buy a drink that's ok" really? in licenced gambling areas I don't think so! Finally, the TV reception and options in the room was terrible! Like to relax there sometimes in between activities but choice was very poor. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Cabin size was good and kept clean. I loved my balcony, it was my haven. The cruise director (Josh), the cabin crew and waiter and waitress in the Empire were very friendly. We only had breakfast in the Lido lining up for fresh ... Read More
Cabin size was good and kept clean. I loved my balcony, it was my haven. The cruise director (Josh), the cabin crew and waiter and waitress in the Empire were very friendly. We only had breakfast in the Lido lining up for fresh made coffee and again for fried eggs at breakfast in the Lido restaurant not good. Otherwise most of the food it served was good. The Food served up to us for all other meals in the Empire Restaurant was good on all occassions. The evening entertainment shows (mainly song and dance - American style) were entertaining and glamorous but nothing to write home about. The adult comedy club shows were an excellent way to wind up the day. BUT the big disappointment was the 700 children on board (after the school holidays had ended), that's not good. Even though they had their own areas, they still felt it their right to encroach upon areas that should have been set aside for adults. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We have cruised before and i must say we were a little disappointed with the Carnival Spirit. The food was very ordinary and buffet closed way to early for those of us that wanted a snack, especially when you have a child. Last cruise ... Read More
We have cruised before and i must say we were a little disappointed with the Carnival Spirit. The food was very ordinary and buffet closed way to early for those of us that wanted a snack, especially when you have a child. Last cruise we could order room service at no extra charge. Pool should be heated during winter months as it was way to cold. Pizza's should be ready to go ,as we waited way to long for them. Enjoyed Jimmy's bbq. Drinks are a little over priced, as is the extra cost for seafood in the dining room. Did enjoy the dance in the dining area , but would be better after the meal instead of our meal going cold. Smoking area is a little constricted when you are at one end of ship and need to get to the other end. Was permitted to smoke on own balcony on last cruises. The taps in the public toilets had no water to wash your hands at one point which i found disgusting on a cruise. On booking cruise we should have been told of construction on board as it got very noisy at times. The staff on board were very friendly so my hat goes of to them. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
IGNORE ALL the negative reviews if you have never been before. First cruise for our family of 5. I have never had any interest in cruising as I like to walk around and enjoy the ambience of my destination and exploring streets and places ... Read More
IGNORE ALL the negative reviews if you have never been before. First cruise for our family of 5. I have never had any interest in cruising as I like to walk around and enjoy the ambience of my destination and exploring streets and places to eat etc. I was also worried about getting seasick (We took Travacalm and were all fine). Where to start? Getting on and off the ship was a breeze. The Spirit is impressive in size and quite beautiful - the decor is a little gawdy in places but I think that can a part of her charm. The rooms were fantastic in size and had enough room to store everything plus some. The cleanliness was second to none and the surprise towel animals on the bed each night were enough to always bring an extra smile. Service for the most part is above average and the crew work VERY hard to make you feel welcome. Considering the number of passengers they have to feed, the food overall was good. The selection was always varied and you will truly never go hungry. Seriously, if you can't find something you fancy eating, I suspect you're very hard to please and should sail the QE2 instead. The Empire Dining room has a lovely ambience and the food is great for breakfast and dinner. The bars were great and I ended up with a couple of favourite spots to go. The cocktails are worth a mention for their value for money and sometimes potency. Hygiene on the ship seems to be taken seriously and hand sanitisers are almost everywhere. The Nouveau Restaurant did not disappoint and I would highly recommend it to anybody. There are plenty of activities on - all day every day. Fun on deck day and night. Musicians and bands were all exceptional. The shows were just OK. The comedy is of a high caliber and this became a must for every night of the cruise. Having said that, even though there were over 2000 passengers on our cruise, there was always somewhere quiet to sit and watch the ocean or read. Our two (sometimes shy) boys aged 12 & 14 went to 'Circle C' club everyday. By the third day we barely saw them and they were happy to be with peers. There were many supervised activities for them and they had a going away party in the nightclub on the last night. The 12 year old cried as he wanted to live on the ship 'forever'. A couple of small complaints. Safety briefing took too long whilst we waited over 20 minutes for the stragglers. Getting a tender to the Isle of Pines was joke (2 hour wait). Under 18's policy not adhered to on the adults only 'Serenity' lounge. Also too much reserving of pods in the same area and staff would do well to police this. Ultimately, I am surprised by my new found interest in cruising. The ship itself is a destination and did not disappoint. It's important to keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Carnival is not a 5 star provider so if that's what you're looking for you won't find it here. Go with an open mind and what you'll find is a great destination and a crew who go above and beyond to accommodate you. I had planned to go Vietnam next year…..Instead I got off the Spirit and booked another cruise on her 3 days later!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Cabin: Cabin(extended balcony) was ready on arrival, it was clean and tidy. Myself, my husband & daughter shared the cabin, however there was no seating for a 3rd person on the balcony & the see through/glass railing had not been ... Read More
Cabin: Cabin(extended balcony) was ready on arrival, it was clean and tidy. Myself, my husband & daughter shared the cabin, however there was no seating for a 3rd person on the balcony & the see through/glass railing had not been cleaned. Cabin staff: There were 2 staff did the housekeeping and both staff were very friendly and always addressed us by our names. The cabins were also cleaned in a timely manner each day Food: Overall the food on the cruise was quite good, you have several dining options and I was quite impressed with the buffet & Jimmy's BBQ. There was something for everyone and the desserts were really nice. Food (staff & facilities) La Playa dinning area got quite full at times but tables cutlery etc were very clean. The only thing was on the buffet you use metal spoons/tongs for serving & these got really hot for guests to handle, I almost burned myself when selecting food on several occasions.The staff here were efficient but not very friendly at all. The empire dinning room was nice but the music & entertainment is way too loud and you could not really sit and enjoy your meal or have a conversation. Entertainment: This was fantastic, the shows were spectacular and loved the variety. The ship offers lots of activities so you are never bored. The worst point for me was the Embarkation, I have been on other cruise lines and was shocked that on Carnival there was no one to welcome you on board. We kind of just stumbled on board, had to look for direction & locate lifts etc by ourselves. Very bad 1st impression! On the whole however I really enjoyed the cruise, loved relaxing on the balcony & also the lovely day we had on Isle of Pines. I would recommend Carnival to my friends & family and look forward to booking another cruise in the new year. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Mixed Party of 4.. 2nd cruise for myself and other parties were their first cruise. For myself it was very difficult to not compare from the last cruise in which i gave a great review. The embarkment process was great..we were cold and wet ... Read More
Mixed Party of 4.. 2nd cruise for myself and other parties were their first cruise. For myself it was very difficult to not compare from the last cruise in which i gave a great review. The embarkment process was great..we were cold and wet and the staff did their very best to get us on board asap. My first impression once we boarded was the ship was elegant, but very dark interior. I was impressed with crew members directing us to the 9th floor to have the buffet lunch. After the first day i found this very repetitive and found the food there very average to say the least. My last cruise was in a suite, and this was an extended balcony upgrade and i must say the room (7250) was very bright and having an balcony is a must in my mind as the fresh air always help from having a little extra space and helps with sea sickness. I should mention my party consisted of a 70 year old, 49 year old (me) a 42 year old and a 39 year old..All female. My first complaint is trying to find 3 woman at any section of a ship. i think i spent half my time searching as to where everyone was or waiting in the cabin for them to return... on another cruise, the liner had unlimited internet and therefore we could use communication via Facebook, or messages to find each other. But this cruise ship does not offer this! My second complaint is that i believe Carnival has started introducing drink packages, but not on this ship! Im not a huge drinker but found my drink bill easily around $600-$700 I would hate to see someone who drinks on a regular basis, their bill... My third complaint, which threw me for a loop! was the size of the 3 swimming pools! They were tiny! how on a hot day do you provide room for anyone to swim? which really is the size of dipping sauce...Im sure a spa pool is nearly bigger than these! In saying that when i went to the serenity section, I was again surprised when i realised the area was totally outside (except for a small undercover section) My last cruise had a retractable glass roof and a much larger swimming pool. Which considering this cruise was in July, would of been really nice to have the shelter and warmth to sit down and read a book, have a cocktail or talk with friends in some shelter of the serenity section! i was impressed by the day beds around, but needless to say you had to get lucky to find one free! For the gym Nuts! This was very impressive and had plenty of gym equipment and variety of which i was very impressed. It was also at the very front of the ship and had a spectacular view. it also provided towels and water, and had areas for stretch work. The shows and the comedy on this particular cruise was fantastic! I have to say I had numerous complaints from my colleagues about being bored during the daytime activities but everyone was in agreement that the evening entertainment was great. And our cruise director "Josh" was fabulous and you can just tell he loved our Aussie sense of humour! His Titanic, Hitler, and D day Forums were very interesting and he was a credit to his passion...He was one of the crew members that I was very impressed with. The comedy shows that had steve wright the "Bogan" was just hilarious! In regards to the food .Pluses and minuses... Buffet on the 9th floor was very average and by the third day, i struggled to find food i liked! The Empire Dining was very good and felt like going out for dinner every night...The waiters that do a sing and dance show overnight was just sensational and was a real treat. Again the waiters and matre'd were remarkable and looked after us to no end! Now the Nouveu Restaurant was an amazing experience! $40.00 and the most 5 star eat that was worth every cent. On the night we went, there was a young serbian Manager who I'm so sad that i cannot remember her name..Carnival this young lady was Just Incredible!!! A beautiful kind and caring young lady who tended to my mum as she became unwell! You are a credit to this company and impressed me the most! Last and very Important....THE SERVICE! i had read many reviews and i know myself i try to be accurate in my interpretation as i think cruising critics is very helpful. But the service was a bitter disappointment on this cruise and my experience on carnival spirit..I found that overall the service was more of a 3-4 out of ten compared to the 9 out of ten from another cruise i was on. I found the customer service desk, not very helpful at all! I found when i went to the shore excursions, most times it was closed. same with Library hours, no time in there or information to say when the library times were open! took me four days to get someone to tell me how to borrow a book. it took forever to get a drink, the coffee lines were huge and very slow, plates took ages to be collected and generally just didn't get that special treatment i felt on another cruise. In closing, i think this is a great family ship and I'm aware that spirit is going in for some refurbishments... but the pool will still be the same size..i noticed there was no swim/movie screens for the kids that most ships have now..the decor is a bit dated, so hopefully it will get a revamp. But for three mixed aged women, i got endless complaints that they were bored, not enough stimulating entertainment during the day..no live entertainment during the day. and when it was cold or wet, it was even harder to find things to do.. For me personally, I loved my last cruise and i feel i failed my friends/family member on this cruise and that makes me very sad. I had full intentions of booking another cruise in june next year with 7 other groups for my 50th on spirit...but sadly i am considering NOT... Last, on the disembarking i realised just as i was about to come off the ship that i had dropped a very expensive jacket from my room to the check out on the ship...I could barely get any help, the staff member took my lanyard off me with my cruise cards that i had been collecting and never returned it, which distressed me and wouldn't let me back on the ship to look for my jacket.. No one helped me find my jacket and then trying to get help from carnival straight after was terrible and nearly a week later, i still haven't heard anything..surely there must be a lost and found area! My overall experience was just very sad, and came home feeling very disheartened. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Have just returned from the 9 day cruise to New Caledonia aboard Carnival Spirit. Despite the shore visit to Isle of Pines being cancelled due to rough seas, it was a great time (and our first cruise). Here's my thoughts on cruising ... Read More
Have just returned from the 9 day cruise to New Caledonia aboard Carnival Spirit. Despite the shore visit to Isle of Pines being cancelled due to rough seas, it was a great time (and our first cruise). Here's my thoughts on cruising aboard the Spirit. Pros - • The staff were amazing, especially with kids. They always greeted us by name, remembered food/drink preferences and seemed genuinely interested in us. I really can't speak highly enough of them. We didn't have a single less-than-perfect encounter with staff. • The food was great. Definitely recommend eating in the Empire room at a specific time each night (prebooked either 5:30 or 7:30) that way you get the same table and staff. Good variety of options off the menu. The smorgasbord was also good, and was our preference for breakfast and lunch. Cocktails were good value and very potent! • The overall organization of the ship and events was outstanding. Getting on/off was seamless, and regularly ahead of schedule. Everyday there were plenty of different activities to participate in if so desired. Cons - • Kids Club was disappointing. The staff didn't seem to encourage kids to participate in activities, as a result our 4 1/2 year old just watched TV or played by himself, and didn't want to go back (he went for a total of 4 sessions - each about 2 hours). • No "playground". It was extremely difficult with our very active 18 month old as he was too young for kids club but there was limited safe places for him to play freely. Some area that all kids could play/run/climb would be great - even something along the lines of a McDonalds playground. • A daily news-sheet would be great, with brief current affairs, weather report (for home and upcoming port) as Internet was slow and expensive. • LOUSY water pressure in our shower - when I turned the shower head face up, there wasn't even enough water pressure for the water to come out at all. General comments - • We had a balcony cabin, queen bed, 4 1/2 year old in a top bunk and 18 month old in a porta-cot. It was "cosy" but manageable and well organised. • This was one of the last cruises before the Spirit undergoes a $44million refurb, would love to see it afterwards! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
After a stressful morning at the airport with delayed flight from Melbourne to Sydney we finally arrived at Circular Quay with 45 minutes to spare until final embarking time closes. After we went through the stages of customs, priorty ... Read More
After a stressful morning at the airport with delayed flight from Melbourne to Sydney we finally arrived at Circular Quay with 45 minutes to spare until final embarking time closes. After we went through the stages of customs, priorty boarding etc we made our way to our balcony room. After throwing our luggage into our room we were excited to explore the ship so we walked around and were stunned at the size of the ship and what they had on board for entertainment.relaxation or fitness. It was easy to get lost for the first couple of days but once we got accustomed to it we just never stopped! Our room cleaner remembered our name from the first day and made sure our room was clean and made gorgeous animals from towels that was put on the bed every day. Our host Edwin who looked after our table at the Pharoah dining room was absolutely amazing! he treated us like VIP's every time and made sure we were happy with our meals. They also had entertainment every night with a waiter getting up singing and dancing and making the evening extremely happy and relaxing. The night entertainment was brilliant with singing and dancing or a comedy show or they had a Q&A night or an informative talk from the director Josh. Josh was very entertaining as well and always had time to have a chat after a session. There is heaps for the kiddies to do with 2 water slides (one for older kids) pools,spas and I believe they have a kids club for the youngies. There is also Bingo, Casino and bars if you want to just veg out and have a drink. I actually went with my daughter who was on a work related trip so didn't get a chance to experience everything but I can definately say it was the holiday I will NEVER forget and will definately go again. AN AWESOME CRUISE!! Totally recommend it for anyone needing a stress free holiday! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Intro This was our 6th time cruising. We have cruised with P&O, Royal Caribbean and Princess. First time with Carnival. Ship information Carnival Spirit, 9 nights to South Pacific (July 2015). Group Group of 12 people ... Read More
Intro This was our 6th time cruising. We have cruised with P&O, Royal Caribbean and Princess. First time with Carnival. Ship information Carnival Spirit, 9 nights to South Pacific (July 2015). Group Group of 12 people (including 4 kids 16, 14 and 3) and 8 adults Activities Bingo, movies, shore tours, cooking demonstrations, table tennis, games, mini-golf, basketball. Lots of different activities in the daily newsletter. We played Bingo three times but found it too expensive to play every day ($20 for a single book). It seemed very popular and was run well. A bit distracting allowing everyone to call out during the games but I guess it adds to the fun. Theme nights - We had a mexican and caribbean night. We didn't partake in either as it was too cold. Good to see others dressing up and getting into it though. The Sports Bar was a bit disappointing for the men. They expected to see aussie rules and cricket but these were few and far between with lots of old stuff being played. Service This was the biggest disappointment for us. I had read on here prior to leaving about what others thought of Carnival and assumed it was just people having the odd whinge but sadly I have to agree. The removal of gratuities/tipping has removed the higher level of service that we have come to love on these cruises. Unfortunately the staff, whilst doing a good job, didnt seem enthusiastic and didnt go out of their way to do anything more than they had to. Some might say this is fine but when you have cruised elsewhere and are used to such amazing service it is so disappointing. I don't blame the staff though. If they had an incentive to work harder then I am sure they would. It took forever to get a drink and even the coffee queue was a mile long each day. It seems to me like they don't have anywhere near the amount of staff on this ship either as everything takes forever to be cleaned up or served. Anyhow, I guess what I am saying is, if you are used to getting top quality service you will notic the difference with Carnival. The staff work hard and do their job well but just don't go the extra mile (and why should they!). Port & shore excursions We booked our own shore excursion in Noumea with Gateway tours (Alfred). This was the highlight of the cruise for us. Amazing Escapade Island tour. We had a great time and the price was reasonable too for what we got. Mare - Weather was bad this day and so there wasn't much we could do as it was too cold and wet to swim. Lifou - Too windy to do much but we went on a local tour to a beach. Sadly it was too cold and windy to swim. Isle of Pines - Had a nice day here. Beautiful place. Very tropical looking. Tender boats took a bit longer than expected due to the weather so be warned if you are planning a full day, it doesnt always work out the way you want to. Cabin The cabin was a nice as any other ship although I didn't find the bed as comfortable. The worst problem for me was the airflow. I woke up most nights gasping for air and eventually we slept with the balcony door propped open. This has never been an issue for me before. Our cabin (8204) was cleaned twice daily and the attendant was lovely. Very friendly and didnt disturb us unnecessarily. Dining The buffet was OK but I found it frustrating that there was such a distance between the serveries. I get why they do this (for space) but it just took a bit of getting used to. Plates werent cleared away as quickly as other ships but overall it was fairly comparable. We enjoyed the 24hr pizza and Freshies was a good deal with a small surcharge applied to good quality steak sandwiches etc. The Empire Dining room was good but with a party of 12 there was a long wait for anytime dining. Beware of this is you have a big group. We only dined 3 times in the Empire. On the 3rd night we had a bit of a disaster with 2 meals not coming out and ended up with a free bottle of champagne to compensate. The meals we ate were top quality though. We didnt get to try the Nouveu Restaurant as we left it too late to book. However some of the menu is available for a small fee in the Empire, which we did twice. Well worth the money. Lovely. Kids club My son (14) went into the 12-14 yo club sometimes but as it was school holidays it was very busy. Unless they have a friend to go in with it can be a bit daunting. He got quite used to it before the end though and seemed to enjoy it. Entertainment All of the shows were excellent. The best one was an illusionist. Top quality. Not for everyone though. We enjoyed it but some of our friends said the "cabaret" type, big band shows werent for them. Fitness and Recreation Plenty to do if you like the gym. Shannan Ponton was on our cruise and did a boot camp which was fun. The gym seems well equipped and there are walking tracks on the upper decks too. Cleanliness Couldnt fault the cleanliness however after being so used to having to sanitise everywhere we went on other cruises I was shocked that this time round I didnt get asked once. The sanitisers are there but they sit quietly in the corner. Public toilets etc were kept very clean. Disemarkation Faultless and easy. Summary Sad to say that I probably wouldnt cruise with Carnival Spirit again. Unfortunately the service made a big difference to me. I wouldnt go on a cruise in Winter again either but that has nothing to do with them, it was our choice. The ship is about to undergo a revamp in August so will be interesting to see if anything changes after this. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Embankment was a breeze. Dropped our bags off early and did a bit of sight seeing in Sydney. We were booked for a 12.00 - to 12.30 embankment and were on the ship around 1.00 pm. The ship itself is kept very clean. Josh the cruise ... Read More
Embankment was a breeze. Dropped our bags off early and did a bit of sight seeing in Sydney. We were booked for a 12.00 - to 12.30 embankment and were on the ship around 1.00 pm. The ship itself is kept very clean. Josh the cruise director was entertaining as were most of the shows. Highlight show for me was the comedian Steven ( can't remember his last name). Let's just say Bogan. We also played bingo most days tho it would be expensive for a family to play every day as it wasnt cheap. Plenty of activities to do. Serenity which is the adults only part of the ship was lovely to stay in in the mornings. Afternoons got a bit noisy due to the fact the kids play slides are directly behind it. Food on board was ok. Buffet was good but repetitive. Healthy choices limited. Empire dining was our choice. Staff were always friendly and service great. Loved the little showtimes they did at each seating. We had cabin 7260. Our balcony was three time bigger than normal at no extra cost. Our friends had cabin 7258 and we had the divider removed so the balconies were massive. Must point out that we had some kind of service room between our cabins and we were either side of the elevators but found no issues noise wise with this. Actually made navigating the ship easy. Cabin staff were simply obliging. Port of calls were good tho waiting for tender boats at one was quite long. The drinks were reasonably priced tho I have always travelled with a beverage package but carnival for some reason don't offer this. This would be one reason I would not sail again with them. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Having just come back from our 12 day cruise on Carnival Spirit Pacific Islands ;the bottom line is we are truly relaxed. This is always our intention when we are on any ship regardless of whatever line we travel with. To start with ... Read More
Having just come back from our 12 day cruise on Carnival Spirit Pacific Islands ;the bottom line is we are truly relaxed. This is always our intention when we are on any ship regardless of whatever line we travel with. To start with wife and myself are both mid sixties .We knew what to expect with the Spirit with "most things " on board ; although some we did find hard to be comfortable with. The ship itself is a great ship the way it is laid out .We loved the variety of lounges and bars especially the more intimate ones suited to the "mature' age group such as Shanghai Piano bar with the sing-alongs and the Sports Bar and Club Kool. These all suited us The decks are great for exercising doing laps etc and my favourite was the Promenade deck on deck 3 which was broad and open .Not too many people use this deck for exercising The Dining venues on board .Empire dining room great; and quality of food good at most times The Buffet on the lido deck (La Playa) was not really for us. Quality of healthy food was limited if you are like us. If you are not like us and like the 2 out of 3 adults on board who were overweight then this is probably your style. I have never seen so many people load their plates like there was going to be a food shortage on board. The La Playa buffet was nearly always crowded no matter what time you went there. We definitely preferred the Empire Dining room. A very elegant room with excellent staff and service. We favoured a couple of Stewards at Anytime dining and we did tip them as they deserved it The entertainment on board was good for the 4 or 5 shows we saw and the theatre was a great venue where the shows were performed with great acoustics as well. Never a problem getting a seat for us Drinks on board were not outrageous in price to us and the on board credit helped as well The Adults only Serenity area was good if you could get a seat. One particular day when the sun was out we could not get a seat (sun lounge) anywhere even the Lido or Sun decks I suppose this was due to the fact that the ship was fully booked around 2600 on board with an accurate count of 640 kids.The other ships we have been on with Princess and Celebrity P&0 have not been as great in numbers which we prefer. Our Cabin steward "Imade" was excellent .They really work hard .Nothing was too much trouble for him. Our cabin was on deck 4 and looked out between 2 lifeboats. Previously we have had balconies; but it did not worry us for a shorter cruise. Even though it was classified as an inside cabin; there were 2 French doors which opened. We paid a great fare for booking more than a year in advance for this cabin The kids on board were mostly well behaved and just full of energy. But having said that parents should refrain their kids from running up and down corridors early morning around 7 am or earlier .Consider others who want to sleep in. We do have grandkids ourselves One thing that we did find offensive is the swearing from some groups of people that were on this ship. I do not think it is warranted but I guess there are all types of people on this ship; including borderline bogans from what we saw. We made some lovely friends in our age group as we always do on ships. It would be correct to say that majority were families probably one in five were retirees like us The ports of call were okay .We travelled just for the cruise not the ports; so the ports just broke up the sea days for us. I hate tenders (stuffy) so we virtually let just about everyone else go and take our time getting off the ship. Bit past queuing up. Isle of Pines and Mystery Island were our favourites. The weather was average with probably only 3 sunny days in all; but that's what you get in the Pacific in their winter; nothing is guaranteed. In summary. We liked the Carnival Spirit and I am glad we travelled on her; a wonderful ship well maintained considering her 14 years age Would we travel again on her. Unlikely. We will try HAL next year as I think that will appeal more to our age group as Princess & Celebrity do 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
Sail Date June 2015
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