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We choose this cruise because of the itinerary -travel person recommendation. This was the worst cruise we have ever taken and we have been on many and other cruise lines. First and last time with carnival. The decor was overwhelming ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary -travel person recommendation. This was the worst cruise we have ever taken and we have been on many and other cruise lines. First and last time with carnival. The decor was overwhelming and heavy - not for a fun cruise. Rooms were large and good. Food not too good in fact they ran our of a lot of items. No marmalade jam. No english muffins - these were on the dining room menu. They weren't brought on board when cruise started from Sydney. Commercial bread - not made on the ship and the dinner rolls when microwaved for dinner came out as little bricks. Even when boarding and departing the process wass terrible., Who ever decided to leave all the luggage in the elevator areas need t review who this should be done. Perhaps they should go on other cruise lines to see how smooth this process can be for the passengers. Shore excursions was not easy - we had to find our own way to the buses and then had to wait for latecomers - so the trips we shorter than advertised. Other cruise lines have all the passengers waiting in a specific area, tagged then escorted to the waiting vehicles. Way to go!!!. Entertainment was geared for children - nothing for adults until; the 15th day of a 17th day cruise. My husband was bored out of his mind. Couldn't arrive in Honolulu fast enough. I can say a lot more - but I think the above is sufficient. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Carnival Legend - South Pacific Cruise March 2018 (last departure from Sydney before proposed refurbishment.) No all-inclusive alcoholic drink packages are available on Carnival departures from Australia. My wife’s favourite ... Read More
Carnival Legend - South Pacific Cruise March 2018 (last departure from Sydney before proposed refurbishment.) No all-inclusive alcoholic drink packages are available on Carnival departures from Australia. My wife’s favourite pre-dinner drink is Gin & Bitter Lemon. Bitter Lemon is rarely available, or even known to exist, on most cruise ships. Carnival, however, permit you to bring 12 bottles or cans (600 ml or less each) of non-alcoholic beverages on board in your carry-on luggage. Drinks brought on board this way must be consumed in your cabin. Inspection of carry-on soft-drink was minimal. I am not trying to encourage the smuggling of contraband on board, but I observed that the first person supposed to do so did not look in the carry bag at all. The second person simply looked in the top of bag to see that the top package was still in the original cardboard set of 4 bottles. I would not recommend putting anything in your checked luggage that should not be there, as the scanners seem to provide clear indications of what is inside. My suitcase was impounded to be opened and searched. In ignorance, I had packed a small electrical power board. That was detected despite being in the same plastic bag as a host of other permissible electrical items - power adapters, battery re-charger, electric shaver, small USB electric fan, laptop cable & mouse etc. As a consequence, my bag was not delivered to my cabin until 8 hours after boarding. It was accompanied by a form letter inviting me to attend to open my bag and observe the search. That was obviously too late because the contents of my bag had already been ransacked and the power board removed. The cheapest gin available neat was Bombay Original at AU $8.75 a nip. On most (all?) days you can get a double nip of spirits for an extra $5.00. There is an ice dispensing machine in the Beverage Bar towards the rear of mid-ship. Standard cocktails, including ‘Drink of the Day’ cost $12.95. My wife’s favourite cocktail when cruising is Pina Colada, or similar. A good value option on the Legend was the frozen Caribbean Colada available in the Red Frog bar for $10.75. Alcohol could be tasted in this drink unlike some of the other cocktails. Especially poor were the pre-made ’Drink of the Day’ that staff hassle you to buy from their carry trays. On the beer front, there is Thirsty Frog Summer Ale on tap at $8.95 (brewed exclusively for Carnival by The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel in Sydney) if you want to try something a bit different. Otherwise, the imported beers available cost only marginally more than the standard Australian brews. The 500ml cans of Heineken seemed good value at $8.50 Drink menus are not made readily available apart from the Red Frog, Casino and Sports bars. You may have to ask to look at the most common drinks menu at the other general bars. These show prices for a range of cocktails, spirits, beers and wines (including prices by the bottle). Not all items were available at all bars. If you are dining at the main ‘Truffles’ restaurant, on decks 2 and 3, the food menu for each evening will include daily specialities in addition to some standard favourites. In addition, there is an international speciality featuring a starter and main dish from a different cuisine each evening. There are some premium meal items towards of the end of the menu for which there is a surcharge. I had a travel voucher for $25, given to me by Carnival on behalf of their booking agent, which I used to order a premium meal but it was not credited to my account. No reply from Carnival despite 3 queries so far. Take a copy if you get such a voucher. The food menus also show some ‘featured’ wines. Make sure that you ask to see the main wine list also. This is more extensive and presents some more economical options, with bottle prices starting some $20.00 below those of the featured wines. We dined and shared our opinions with 2 other couples. The standard of the food was generally good for cruise ship dining, with the level of service higher than I have experienced on other cruise lines, but below that of Royal Caribbean. The starters were generally OK but unremarkable. The fact that the serving sizes were quiet small did not present a problem as the waiting staff encouraged us to order multiple starters. Vegetarian spring rolls were a regular starter item, but they were served with, supposedly, a different type of dipping sauce each night. I don’t understand why this was considered to be a good idea with some mismatched sauces being offered, such as ketchup style tomato sauce on 4 occasions. When I am eating away from home, one of my guiding rules is not to order a dish that I am certain will be inferior to my own version, due to bulk preparation, time constraints and/or skimping on the quality of ingredients . I think that it is better to try the unfamiliar and hope to be rewarded. By not observing this principle, it was inevitable that my dining companions of Mediterranean background found the Lasagne and Moussaka they ordered to be unacceptable. There was some doubt about which dish was which and whether either of them contained any meat. Another largely uneaten dish that was purported to be chicken chow mien, which it most certainly was not. It looked like pasta and cabbage in squid ink. Nonetheless, my wife and I personally did not encounter any dish that was unacceptable. Our companion diners were happy with their meals, apart from than those mentioned above. Deserts were generally much enjoyed So, with 6 people having at least 3 dishes each per night for 10 nights, the occurrence of only 3 or 4 real failures represents a very good standard of overall performance. We did not eat at the ‘Nouveau’ restaurant on Deck 10, where surcharges apply and higher standards could be expected. There are moderate additional charges for the Bonsai Sushi restaurant on Deck 2. Breakfast Apart from providing table service, albeit slow and some times missing the mark, the breakfast at ‘Truffles’ seemed to offer nothing more than could be had at the buffet in the ‘Lido ‘ on Deck 9. In the buffet area, most people seemed to prefer sitting as close as possible to the food stations. This behaviour may be a product of evolution. I don’t know. There was a number of people wandering aimlessly through the food self-service areas, even though they had no apparent intention of obtaining any food themselves. Some adopted the role of a stationary guard (or in numbers, as guards) to protect the sources of food from being approached by other passengers. Again, this may be an evolutionary thing perhaps. When mobility and agility assistance devices and perambulators are strategically deployed in the construction of pedestrian barriers, however, I wonder if it might not sometimes be deliberate. Perhaps it is just plain old lack of consideration for other people or lack of self awareness that is to blame. Anyway, assuming that you will eventually be successful in obtaining some food, my tip is to retreat to the peace, quiet and shade-covered fresh air of the outdoor ‘Serenity’ (adults only) area. There are several cosy tables for couples which I found were never fully occupied at breakfast time. We ate at the same table most mornings. Eating early to avoid the rush is probably a very good idea. Personally, that is not a viable option because I love to snooze on and off during the morning until such time as the last of my previous nights alcohol intake has been fully metabolised. There was no tomato juice, but that is not uncommon. The other fruit juices were incredibly sweet. Iced tea is available as an alternative, or to dilute the juice. Coffee Tip: At the free self-serve beverage station closest to the mid-ship lifts there is a machine where you can select the style of coffee you want, e.g. cappaccino, short black etc. Good enough for me. There was no freshly carved baked ham available for breakfast or lunch (except for Easter Sunday lunch), which was a disappointment. I am not a huge fan of bacon but there was plenty to be had and I was told that it was very good. There were 2 types available - moist or extra crispy ‘Australian’ style. One of the made to order omelet stations also has the usual offerings of boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, baked beans etc. The poached eggs were fantastic, whereas in ‘Truffles’ they were overcooked, cold, dry and slow in coming. Buffet Tip: Always look at the back of serving areas, behind the self- serve, where you have to ask staff to serve the items. That is usually were the best stuff is to be found, such as Eggs Benedict and Salmon & Poached Egg Muffin with Hollandaise Sauce. Lunch in Lido Again, early is the way to go here if you can manage it. The advertised starting time was midday, but the buffet opened shortly after 11:30 a.m. There were some very tasty, well prepared meals available most days during the cruise. Some of the best I recall were: Goat Biriyani Salt and Pepper Calamari Lamb Meatballs Chicken Tandoori Rogan Josh Beef Rendang Madras Chicken Fried Fish & Chips Baked Seafood Pasta Baked Fish Dishes Goat Rendang Glazed Baked Ham (Easter Sunday only) Pork Vindaloo Fritto Misto Seafood Risotto On some days the buffet meals on offer were not to my taste or were badly prepared e.g. beef stir-fry made from shoe leather with braised pork of similar impenetrability on another day. Buffet Tip: It may be bleedin’ well obvious to most that you should survey what is on offer (without getting in the way of others) and take small servings of those dishes that show the most promise before doing a taste test. Having identified the highlights and the rejects it is time to plate-up with the winners. I am still amazed by the number of people who simply join the queue at the first food station they encounter and pile heaps of each and every dish - in the order that they become available - on to their plates. Geographical proximity, to me, should not be the over-ridding factor when making food selections. Lido Highlight Nearly every day, high quality cakes, pasties and pies were available for a sweet finish to lunch. On my previous cruises with other lines I have searched without reward for a simple slice of cheesecake or custard tart. Instead, only canned fruit, jelly, horrible dry cupcakes, slices and multi-coloured sponge cakes have been made available. On Carnival Legend, many of the sweets were delicious, including: Key Lime Pie Red Velvet Cheesecake Cream, Cherry and Flaky Pastry Stacks Blueberry Cheesecake Pizza Pirate and Carnival Deli When the Buffet is having a bad day, or as worthy alternatives, these 2 places prepare meals made freshly to order. Tip: You need to know the correct procedure for ordering. A bit ‘Soup Natzi’ in style on my cruise, especially with the pizza. When you approach both of these food counters from the front there is no clear indication of what items are available or the procedure for obtaining them. On the third day I discovered the secrets. The menus are actually in small perspex stands. At the Deli, the menu was facing outwards on the left-hand side of the counter, not on the front counter where orders are placed. A staff member will approach you and ask you want when they notice that you have found the menu and they will proceed to prepare your hot or cold selection of sandwich for you. In the case of Pirates Pizza, I found the menu on the left-hand side of the counter which was divided from the right- hand side by a rope. On the left-hand side, behind the counter, there was a man feverishly flouring and forming lumps of dough into pizza bases. This person was only 2 feet in front of me, but did not acknowledged my presence . I asked some pre-pubescents on the right-hand side of the rope if the dough-wrangler was in fact the person who took the orders. They nodded to indicate the affirmative. This was the demographic, I was confident, would know the correct way to procure free pizza. I guessed that it would be best to wait for dough-man to finish preparing the current batch of bases before attempting to speak to him.. While I waited patiently, 2 different people pushed in front of me and tried to speak to the dough-flinger. I did not hear what they asked him or what he said in reply. I do know, however, that both retreated hastily and went away. I was glad it was not me who had offended. Another thing I noticed while I was waiting was that the number of people standing on the right-hand side of the rope, behind the soon-to-be-teenagers, was growing rapidly without any of those new persons appearing to have placed an order. These were older people were looking all around observing, trying to fathom the methodology through which possession of pizza became a reality. I placed my order when flour-figers permitted me so to do. Some of those behind the youngsters on the right-hand side of the dividing rope, having observed my success, came over to queue where I had placed my order. I now, as I was entitled, proceeded to the ‘collection’ side of the rope and stood behind not a small number of people who, I was pretty sure, had still not placed an order. We all watched, as the man who cooked the pizzas out the back - not the person who took the orders - brought them out to the front and sliced them. To my amazement, he then gave six different pizzas to six different kids with absolutely no discussion at all about who had ordered what. All he had was a restricted view of the counter through a hatch. The cook continued to bring out pizzas from the kitchen and hand them out to the correct individuals without discussion until he called mine “Who is Quatro?’‘ I then, not without some feeling of schadenfreude, had to ask to be excused by the people standing in front of me and ask them to allow me passage to collect my order. As I passed through, a few of these people moved to the correct side of the rope to place their orders. A few gave up and went away. Most continued to stay where they were. They might still be there. Why did I not talk to these people and enquire if they had already ordered or if they knew how to order? I did consider it briefly, then I recalled my earlier observation: ‘There was a number of people wandering aimlessly through the food self-service areas, even though they had no apparent intention of obtaining any food themselves. Some adopted the role of a stationary guard (or in numbers, as guards) to protect the sources of food from being approached by other passengers……...I wonder if it might not sometimes be deliberate. Perhaps it is just plain old lack of consideration for other people or lack of self awareness that is to blame.’ I did not offer to help the confused pizza seekers just in case they were persons who fell within the categories described above, who frankly, if I may be judgemental and intolerant for a moment, really piss me off. Pies, Sausages and Burger Stations The pies were small, but not very tasty, tidbits. Mostly greasy flaky pastry with little filling. Coincidently, perhaps, there appeared to be a similarity between the pie fillings and the previous days bistro casseroles. I did not try the sausages. They are never good at sea. Regretfully, I did try a pre-prepared cheeseburger. It was still too dry after adding some of the salad items and sauces that are available. (Real) Coffee Bar (Surcharge) Not my cup of tea. As mentioned above - Coffee Tip: At the free self-serve beverage station closest to the mid-ship lifts there is a machine where you can select the style of coffee you want, e.g. cappiccino, short black etc. Good enough for me. Self-serve Ice Cream and Frozen Yoghurt Available from machines on each side of the The Grill Deck 9. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
After being told all the horror stories of cruise boats I am happy to say that my experience was wonderful and I am glad we choose the Legend. Very friendly staff, Thanks Yordon and restaurant staff for making our dining experience extra ... Read More
After being told all the horror stories of cruise boats I am happy to say that my experience was wonderful and I am glad we choose the Legend. Very friendly staff, Thanks Yordon and restaurant staff for making our dining experience extra special and we loved Showwww Time. Thanks to Jerry for all the towel animals. I was very impressed by how clean the ship was kept, someone was always into any mess immediately. The whole trip was stress free and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. We were very lucky to have such a good bunch of guests and staff on board. I Loved all the shows they were extra funny and entertaining. It felt like every guest had their turn to participate and get to enjoy the fun. Jen was an excellent hostage really loved the entertainment team and dancers. Really looking forward to the next trip :) see you again soon Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was my 1st cruise so wasn't sure what to expect. Arriving at the terminal I found it to be a relatively smooth process at every point we had a crew member giving us information has to where we had to go. Once we where onboard and ... Read More
This was my 1st cruise so wasn't sure what to expect. Arriving at the terminal I found it to be a relatively smooth process at every point we had a crew member giving us information has to where we had to go. Once we where onboard and in our room we were greeted by our stateroom attendant Pat she looked after us all trip nothing was too much trouble for her on my husbands birthday we returned to our cabin to a message on our mirror and a voice mail msg wishing him a happy birthday. Everyday we were greeted by a new towel animal on the bed which was cute.good on the truffles restaurant was very good always prompt and hot considering the amount of people being served at one time. Our wait staff Hazman and madde were always pleasant and professional but still heaps of fun every night they did a little dance routine for us no matter how busy they were. Entertainment was great our Cruise Director Jen was awesome keeping the fun going all cruse keeping us up to date with everything. Loved the trivia days / nights and the theme nights. Missed out on a couple of shore excursions because they were full ( will know next time to book early ) great cruise for families maybe next time will go out of school holidays has it was a bit loud at times, but we did still have quite time in the adults only area. I will consider bringing my grandchildren next time, has there was so much for the kids to do. All in all a great time was had and looking forward to my next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Our experience has been disgusting. Sold as a kids friendly cruise which was NOT. Thousands of families and only one small kids club with few old toys and about 5 supervisors. Overcrowded and scary, our kids refused to stay there. ... Read More
Our experience has been disgusting. Sold as a kids friendly cruise which was NOT. Thousands of families and only one small kids club with few old toys and about 5 supervisors. Overcrowded and scary, our kids refused to stay there. Food was so bad, very cheap stuff and the quality was below average, not even the ice cream at the pool was eatable, not even mention the burgers of “dog meat”.. was disgusting. Cabin is not properly clean and unless you ask for fresh linen no one is gonna change anything. At the evening restaurant we had our waiter who was very full of himself, you felt shy to ask for something he was rude and seemed like he wasn’t happy to be there and do his job. We reported the issue to the staff at “concierge” who said there was not much they could do about it. After coming back we send an email with all our concerns to the management of carnival cruise who replied back that for them everything was fine... like saying who cares... Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
NOT kids friendly at all, one scary overcrowded kids club and not even clean, our kids refused to stay there. Ship run down poor in cleanliness and food was below average, disgusting.. Staff in the restaurant "Serguei" was ... Read More
NOT kids friendly at all, one scary overcrowded kids club and not even clean, our kids refused to stay there. Ship run down poor in cleanliness and food was below average, disgusting.. Staff in the restaurant "Serguei" was our waiter very moody and rude most of the time Rip off excursion, before arriving to New Caledonia they sell you on board ticket for the shuttle service on the island, some aboriginal people come to pick you up with very old vans and if you ask them the price for direct purchase is less than half of what we were charged. Do not even think about complain on board since they don't even care and don't send an email afterwards complaining because they will say that there is not much they can do about it. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS CRUISE TO ANYONE, IS NOT A HOLIDAY IT'S A SHAME, VERY VERY VERY LOW LEVEL Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Embarkation and access was easy and smooth. Cabins were not ready but that was to be expected. Went straight to the pool and bar while waited for rooms to be ready. The weather was perfect every day and just hung at the serenity bar away ... Read More
Embarkation and access was easy and smooth. Cabins were not ready but that was to be expected. Went straight to the pool and bar while waited for rooms to be ready. The weather was perfect every day and just hung at the serenity bar away from screaming kids. Noumea, Isle of Pines and Mare Isle were great snorkeling excellent. Food in all areas was good Main restaurant and Lido deck there was always plenty of variety and choice. In general the fish wherever you were was excellent and perfectly cooked. The cabin "Grand Suite" was very comfortable and steward Dennis very obliging. All in all a very good value cruise if you are on a budget. This is our second Carnival cruise it just happens to be 1/2 price of same excursion with Celebrity which would have been our preferred choice. We wanted to go to Isle of Pines and that is what we did. Celebrity is a great choice if you have kids and want value for money. Though they try and gouge you at every corner so watch your bill. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
we decied to cruise this time on carnival spirit & im so glad we did firstly i love the ships decor our balcony room was buietiful clean & well set out the room service was great & there was plenty of events to go too during ... Read More
we decied to cruise this time on carnival spirit & im so glad we did firstly i love the ships decor our balcony room was buietiful clean & well set out the room service was great & there was plenty of events to go too during the day to keep you busy on sailing days the staff were fabulous freindly & couldnt do enough for us i thoughly enjoyed the round bed chairs on the ship for relaxing as there were plenty of them the shows were outstanding & we enjoyed dancing the night away at different venues the food i found was good but could have been a little warmer in the buffet side of things but still was good the main dinning food we thoughly enjoyed & other resturants also would we sail on this ship again most definatly & thankyou carnival spirit for a great exsperince see you in the near future Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
It was a great fun relaxing cruise enjoyed the stops, staff was fantastic and friendly as always. The cabin was great mid ship deck 4 with obstructed views, when ever we cruise we always pick this category as we still get the daylight ... Read More
It was a great fun relaxing cruise enjoyed the stops, staff was fantastic and friendly as always. The cabin was great mid ship deck 4 with obstructed views, when ever we cruise we always pick this category as we still get the daylight from outside would recommend a 4k to anyone that does not want to spend heaps on a cabin that you may only be in there to sleep and get changed. Was a little disappointed in the live entertainment as it was the same we had seen the past 3 cruises we were on, but in saying that we ended up spending time in the adults only serenity pools we basically had the pool to our self as everyone was at the shows. If i had to say anything negative at all it would be the entertainment as the shows were the same as our previous 3 cruises. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Last Cruised in - 1980 , P & O Oriana, Catch up with friend on short cruise from back then. Find out what Cruising in 2018 Was like. Excellent time on Carnival Spirit, All Service was good , ship was good , Crew Good, ... Read More
Last Cruised in - 1980 , P & O Oriana, Catch up with friend on short cruise from back then. Find out what Cruising in 2018 Was like. Excellent time on Carnival Spirit, All Service was good , ship was good , Crew Good, Ship was easy to get around on , to all relevent facilities.food in buffet area very good. Especially enjoyed made to order Omletes for breakfast, Empire Restaurant excellant with Your Time Dining option. Drinks a little bit expensive side , but what heck most pubs in Sydney charge too, Carnival bars catered for Aussie Beers , on Tap , which was a plus , Tooheys , VB , xxxx, Plus their own brew Thirsty Frog. ALL bars had table service for lazy time people , Only one disapointment, was Shore Excursion to Cascade Brewery facility was not operating, but was a Saturday. $100.00 ouch. Cost of cruise was good. Good time had will cruise again. On Carnival or P& O etc Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
First Carnival Cruise after 3 cruises with Royal. Short cruise to Tasmania. Booked a guarantee balcony. Given balcony on Deck 8. Cabin was spacious. Happy to be close to the buffet and serenity the adults only area. Had issues ... Read More
First Carnival Cruise after 3 cruises with Royal. Short cruise to Tasmania. Booked a guarantee balcony. Given balcony on Deck 8. Cabin was spacious. Happy to be close to the buffet and serenity the adults only area. Had issues with flooding in the cabin. Excellent service from guest services in getting this issue fixed to my satisfaction. Loved the pods in the adults only Serenity area and on the open decks. Fortunate to have had good weather on this cruise so used them alot and never had an issue finding a vacant one. Shame the ones in Serenity often get wet overnight and are not usable until the cushions dry out mid morning. Had no problem eating in the buffet but the food there was poor compared to Royal. MDR food was fine but service was lacking. Behind the scenes tour was excellent. Good value at $95 AUD each. You really feel like a VIP doing this tour. Book as soon as you board if you are interested as it is popular for good reason. Entertainment was good. Saw most of the shows and enjoyed them. Went to a free food demo in Nouveau. That was well done and enjoyed the tastings on offer. Ports were Hobart and Port Arthur. Hobart on a Saturday. Salamanca Markets. Underwhelmed with the markets. Tasmania Museum a short walk from ship was free and an excellent little museum. Port Arthur. Tender Port. Guides met the ship and gave a very interesting free talk and mini tour before you explored the site on your own. We had gorgeous weather and it was a pleasure to explore this historic and sad site on foot. Calm seas to Tassie and back. Saw dolphins from balcony as we were cruising away from Port Arthur. Nice mix of ages on board. Lifts were fast and only time there was a wait for one was on disembark morning. Cruise Director did a very good job. Had a lovely cruise and would be happy to book Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise as a short break to a place we'd always wanted to go... Tasmania. The fact that there was one day in Port Arthur followed by two in Hobart (the ship overnighted there) offered us more time in ports we wanted to go ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a short break to a place we'd always wanted to go... Tasmania. The fact that there was one day in Port Arthur followed by two in Hobart (the ship overnighted there) offered us more time in ports we wanted to go to than other Tassie cruises we considered. We'd cruised on Carnival Spirit 3 times in the past: to Alaska and the Hawaiian Islands before the ship made Australia it's home port, and then to the S Pacific soon after it moved to Australia. We loved all those cruises and had no hesitation in booking this time. This was our 18th cruise. We've cruised with P&O in the early 2000's, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean. I love any cruise and all have some more positive features and some more negative. I don't nitpick as I feel we're fortunate to actually be able to cruise. Someone who hasn't cruised before, or who has only cruised on Carnival out of Australia, is probably going to rate a cruise differently than someone who has cruised more and on various cruiselines. I am writing this review from the point of comparing to the 3 other Spirit cruises we've done, and comparing to other cruiselines' offerings. The staff and service on Carnival Spirit still impressed me. There's a happy friendly vibe, especially in the main dining room. Our cruise director Gary was also a standout - he was temporarily replacing Eli, the regular cruise director and was pretty new at the job, but he was brilliant. On sea days I try to go to the gym so I was able to go twice on this cruise. I don't use the equipment, but do my own pilates mat routine. The gym is bright and at the front of the ship, and seems to have plenty of equipment though my husband complained to me that none of the bikes were working on either day. What I found a pest was that there was no real floor space for mat work. You have to find a little corner or thoroughfare and plonk your mat down there, hoping you won't be in anyone's way. I'm used to finding in ship gyms an entire alcove or room that's devoted to fitness classes or seminars and being able to workout there. I know I'm in the minority as most people seem to head to the gym to use the bikes or treadmills but some dedicated floor space would be wonderful. I was underwhelmed by the entertainment. Some nights there wasn't even a show and this was incredibly unusual from my experience. Having cruised on NCL for our last 4 cruises I guess I'm influenced by the NCL entertainment which is top notch, with superb dancing, large variety of production shows, various "fly-in" entertainers, etc. The nightly entertainment is something we usually seek out but on this ship it was disappointing. By day there were the usual trivia sessions, bingo, pool area activities, etc, but so many slots in the programme were devoted to sessions such as "Improve your metabolism", "Hair tips and tricks", "Look younger in 5 minutes", "Detox". These were actually Spa selling sessions! This seems to be the trend on many cruise ships, not just Carnival, but it would be nice to have some genuine sessions that provided information and fun and not presentation of the Spa's products. It was disappointing that the Versailles Lounge was no longer used for dancing. On my S. Pacific cruise there was regular dancing in that lounge, with a versatile group playing there on many nights. As dancers we loved that. Now it seems to just be used for the comedy club. Perhaps the fact that our cruise was only 6 nights didn't show us the full range of possibilities... I hope so as last year we also booked on the Carnival Spirit for its 19 night cruise to Singapore in May this year. Now I'm actually a little worried and hoping I'll have a different experience from this time. My other real peeve was the food! Dining room food was okay, but only okay. Once again I'm probably comparing to past cruises, but I'm also comparing to past Spirit cruises and the quality and range has definitely dropped. Dinner is something I usually happily anticipate but not so this time; it was average. The service in the dining room, though, was very good and there was a fun vibe there. As for the Lido buffet, what on earth has happened there!!??? Back when I last cruised on this ship, mid 2013, I was as happy as I'd been when I cruised on the Spirit when it was still sailing in international waters. Then there was heaps of choice and no vast snaking queues waiting to reach the food counters. I don't know why this happens... you can wait in a queue for what seems like 20 minutes and probably is, just wanting to grab one item and move on. But you have to stand and wait whilst every person in front of you deliberates about what they want on their plate and - sometimes painstakingly - fills their plate. I might want only one item but naturally I wouldn't push in so the only alternative is to stand in those queues. I keep puzzling why the queues. In all my other cruises it wasn't such torture to get food. Sometimes on this cruise I gave up! No chance of weight gain there! I'm used to food bars where you can approach without inconveniencing anyone, get your food item, and leave. It's easy to see the choices and easy to access them. You might have to wait for an occasional person to make their choice but that's not a problem; you don't have to wait for a huge line of people to serve themselves at a small food area. To new cruisers or those who have only cruised out of Australia on Carnival: It doesn't have to be this way! Pizza... I'm not fond of it but my husband decided to have pizza one lunchtime. You firstly place an order and then join the throng at the other end of the counter who are waiting for their orders. Carnival, why? I suppose the idea is that you are getting pizza as fresh as it comes, but you can still get that by having large pizzas cooked, sliced and laid out on a decent sized accessible foodbar. That way you can get a single slice if you want (I woudn't mind a single slice but not a WHOLE pizza). Pizza is popular so when I've seen it done this way, those already cooked pizzas are gone before they have time to cool or dry out, but they are constantly being replaced by more pizzas. I think Carnival should look at other cruiselines and how they do it. Norwegian cruiseline, for example, and RCI. I can only hope that the configuration and procedures in the Lido buffet will be upgraded when the ship is in for refurbishment. Why isn't "washy washy" being encouraged? There are hand sanitising stations here and there, but this is the first cruise I've done in years where there isn't a staff member stationed at the entrance and requesting hands be sanitised upon entry. So the positives for this ship: Cruise Director Gary, staff and service, roomier cabins. Negatives: Lido buffet and food in general. Only average entertainment. I can't comment on the ship's tours as we always organise our own tours prior to a cruise, or pick one up when we disembark. It's cheaper that way and you're more likely to get an individualised and happy experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This cruise was a short break to visit Tasmania with another couple. On arrival we went to our room to drop off our hand luggage. Trouble and time wasting with the safe is detailed in the cabin review. Cleanliness of the room was a huge ... Read More
This cruise was a short break to visit Tasmania with another couple. On arrival we went to our room to drop off our hand luggage. Trouble and time wasting with the safe is detailed in the cabin review. Cleanliness of the room was a huge disappointment and is also detailed in the cabin section of this review. This lack of cleanliness was a bit of a theme throughout the cruise. Table tops in the buffet often dirty as were the bathrooms in the public areas. Rarely did we see a buffet steward doing anything other than collecting dirty crockery- no wiping of table tops and no attention to detail. There seemed to be a huge lack of staff in public areas to enable standards to be kept up. My husbands suitcase still had not shown up 4 hrs after embarkation. After a call to the front desk with no satisfaction we found a letter on our bed telling us we had contraband in the suitcase and we needed to go to the front desk. We did this and were then sent to security on another level only to find out from a smart alec security officer that we had a power board in the suitcase. We have used this exact power board on many cruises with no problems. More time wasted. Getting a drink was a matter of lining up at the bar. Rarely was there any table service which seems odd to us as alcohol and drinks are a huge money spinner for any cruise line. Certainly at the huge prices being charged on this ship if they had more staff performing table service they would have made a lot more money. The food in the buffet was less than ordinary. Long lines, difficulty finding a table, tepid food and poor selections made it a disappointing option. This was the first cruise where staff were not serving the food in the buffet especially for the first couple of days to prevent the spread of Noro Virus. Many passengers touching serving utensils is a recipe for disaster. Some of the food was so far back that people were putting their heads into the warming area to reach the utensils. Very poorly organised. It works much more efficiently and hygienically when staff do the honours. Less wastage also when staff serve hungry passengers. By contrast the food and service in the dining room was lovely. The line up for the anytime dining was very frustrating. At breakfast one morning there were over 100 passengers waiting in line to enter the dining room. After returning 15 minutes later the line had not shrunk. At dinner we were often supplied with a beeper (after a long wait in line) only to find on entry to the restaurant that half the tables were empty. The only possible explaination for this must have been a lack of staff to serve these tables. The child free Serenity area was a great place to avoid the many children onboard. Although we had no children there appeared to be lots of places to entertain the little ones as well. Entertainment on this ship was pretty good. We frequented the Red Frog bar which had excellent service from bar staff and great music from the band from Manila. Whilst we did not join in with the bingo/trivia/ games on offer there certainly did seem to be lots happening. We did not use the gym but it certainly had prime position at the front of the ship with the best views available. Most ships have a large bar in this position and not sure why Carnival chose to put the gym here- only saw 1 person using it. We did not try the specialty steak restaurant which we usually do on our cruises. The reason for this was the price-$45 a head. Never paid more than $25US on our many other cruises. Another elevated price for the Aussie travellers. We spoke to a passenger who was a regular with Carnival and she said all prices had dramatically increased over the last few months. She too was disappointed. I believe many of our disappointments in this cruise directly reflect staffing levels on Carnival Spirit. After almost 20 cruises around the world we have never experienced this lack of staff and service on all levels. We have come to realise Australians pay highly for cruises and in return are provided with a second rate service. American cruisers would not put up with either the lack of attention or the high prices that we have come to expect. Our first cruise on P&O 20 years ago with our children was amazing but expensive given there was no competition. Now there are so many cruise ships based in Australia and much more competition but we have a reduced level of service with no reduction in price. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was a 6 day cruise on carnival Spirit from Sydney to Tasmania and back to Sydney. Departing 11th February 2018 from the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay. The ship Visited Port Arthur and Hobart. We were in a standard ... Read More
This was a 6 day cruise on carnival Spirit from Sydney to Tasmania and back to Sydney. Departing 11th February 2018 from the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay. The ship Visited Port Arthur and Hobart. We were in a standard balcony cabin 7253.Type 8F I last travelled on Carnival Spirit in 2016. 2016 was my first cruise and I enjoyed myself so much I didn't want to get off at the end of the cruise. I was worried that with this cruise the allure would have faded and the experience would not be as enjoyable. I need not have worried! I enjoyed the experience immensely and again did not want to get off the ship on Saturday back in Sydney. For embarkation, we caught the train to Circular Quay and walked to the ship from there. It is a very short walk.You can get good pictures of the ship from the platform at Circular Quay. Here is my not so good picture as an example https://scontent-syd2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/28056722_10155302534000754_2635054478436950925_n.jpg?oh=e4dd6ea9125146b5bf53ce4b22f8cdb7&oe=5B169D4A Our assigened boarding time was 1am but we were ready to board at 11.30am. We decided to drop off the luggage at the drop off point and wander around but as we were dropping off the luggage, they announced they were operating under general boarding and we could board straight away. From dropping off luggage to getting on the ship took maybe 15 minutes. It would have been longer for an international trip. And we helped the whole process go quicker by checking in online and having all our paper work completed. At the check in desk, all they had to do was confirm our identity then they handed over our sail and sign cards and told us we could board. Carnival Spirit is for EVERYONE. No matter how old or young, you are catered for on carnival Spirit. Our cruise had babies in strollers to elderly family members assisted by younger family members. There were also multiple people getting around the ship in motorised scooters, wheel chairs and walking frames. Under 18's have a club specific to their age group with their own activities. For the young or young at heart there is a waterpark and 2 waterslides. The ship has 3 swimming pools and 3 spa baths (whirlpools). One Spa bath and swimming pool is in the adults only Serenity area. One swimming pool is also the dive in movies pool with cinema screen for watching movies at night. One spa bath is inside the gym which is for use only by people over 16 years of age. You can take part in trivia competitions multiple times per day. You can sit in the sky box sports bar and watch sporting programmes. A lot of people did this on my tour because the Winter Olympics were on. You can relax in the Red Frog pub and watch bands at night. You can watch stage shows such as the Miss Hodini magic show. You can laugh your head off in the comedy club. By the way, for the R rated comedy shows, the F word is not the worst thing you will hear. You can party the night away at the disco. You can sing karaoke in the Shanghai Bar. There is other live music through out the ship. Our cruise had a string trio playing classical music in the Alchemy Bar. The ship has an impractical jogging track on deck 11. Deck 10 makes a much better jogging track. There is a sign on deck 10 saying a complete loop is 452.3 metres. The sign on deck 10 also says Jogging is allowed before 8am and after 8pm. You can play basket ball or mini soccer at the basket ball court. Play 9 holes of mini golf before breakfast. Play table tennis if not too windy. Play cards games such as Bridge or Euchre in the Monarch room. Get a book or a board game from the library. Say a prayer in the Chapel. Attend an ART auction. Play Bingo. Buy duty free in the shopping arcade. Gamble all your money in the casino. Meet up with other like minded people at pre arranged get togethers such as LGBT, Singles or Alcoholocis Anonymous. Attend dancing lessons. Get a massage, a haircut, acupuncture or a facial in the massage spa. Have a a special evening all dressed up, and meet the Captain, on a Cruise Elegant Night. Relax with friends in quiet corners all over the ship. And more! I decided I will film any changes and add them to my Carnival Spirit playlist on Youtube. There were no changes, the ship was the same. Just a change of staff, except for the Captain. So, if you want to see what the ship looks like, go to my playlist. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEP0E3q2UiAPoYTsVgiM5d-BmH4dWYLWa My cabin was a standard balcony cabin. It measured 635cm x 275cm or 17.5 metres squared. The balcony measured 288cm x 135cm or 3.8 Metres squared. For a total of 21.3 metres squared. The balcony had 2 chairs and small table. The balcony wall facing the sea was clear so the view was unhindered while seated. The room was set up on arrival as a queen bed but changed to 2 singles when it was explained I was travelling with my sister. The room had a small but adequate sized bathroom with sink, shower and toilet. There was a small fridge. a 21cm flat screen TV. A sofa. A safe. 3 wardrobes which could be configured as all hanging or with some shelves. A bible. A hair dryer. Multiple drawers and small cupboards for storage. The room had 2 power points, American style with 110v and Australian Style with 240v. There was another multiple input power point in the bathroom labeled shavers only. I filmed my cabin and will upload the video to my Carnival Spirit Playlist on youtube, when I have edited the footage together. I prefer to dine in the Lido Deck bufet for all meals. It means I don't have to be tied down to a meal time. I can arrive when I want to eat, grab what ever i want and be off to the next onboard function on my list. There is so much to do on board that I don't have time to do everything I want. I get a newsletter in the evening telling me what is on the next day. I tear of the daily list circle everything I want to do then go back through and cross off the the least favourite thing that clashes with something else. Disembarkation was easy. we were automatically assigned an 8am disembarkation. However, I went to guest services and told them I would rather get off at the latest possible time. They assigned me to 9.10am. However, at 8.30am, we were ready to get off. We went to deck 3, there was a small queue of people waiting to get off. I was told we could join the queue. As we had already been told that Circular Quay railway station was closed because of track repair, we had made the decision to catch a taxi. Because it was a domestic cruise, there was no immigration. So on the same level we entered the Overseas Passenger Terminal. Level 2, I think. We followed the taxi sign and exited the door right at the taxi rank. Time from departing our cabin to getting in a taxi was 10 minutes at the most. Every singe staff member I came in contact with provided exceptional service!!!! Here is an update of pricing LAUNDRY (no change in pricing) - $3 for 40 minutes to wash clothes. - $3 for 45 minutes to dry clothes - $1.50 single use washing powder - $1.50 single use fabric softener - Free use of iron and ironing board. Iron was on a timer so it could not be left on accidentally VALET SERVICE examples (no change in pricing) - $7.50 wash and iron a dress - $4 wash and iron a shirt or blouse - $5 wash and iron trousers or slacks - $2 wash undergarments PHONE HOME to Australia (no change in pricing) - $1.99 per minute from the phone in your state room MINI BAR examples - No more mini bar. There are still fridges but the fridges are empty. They still had bottled water in the cabins at $4.50 for a 1.5 litre bottle IN ROOM SAFE - Some other ships apparently charge to use the in room safe. It is free on carnival Spirit ROOM SERVICE examples - There was no room service menu so not sure of latest prices. IN ROOM MOVIES. A selection of comedy, action, drama and family movies (no change in pricing) - $4.99 on demand to watch a movie on your TV in your cabin - Free....One family movie and one movie from the other categories, played all day, every 2 hours. FOOD - Free soft serve ice cream and frozen yoghurt 24/7. I couldn't have ice cream last trip but am sure there was only a choice of vanilla or chocolate ice cream. Now it is Vanilla, chocolate or straberry ice cream and frozen yoghurt. Just help your self. Use a cone or use a cup and spoon. - Free pizza 24/7 - Free food in the dining room. Order as much as you could eat. One meal I had 2 entres and 2 main corses. - Free food from the lido deck buffets. Eat all you can. - Free hamburgers at Guys burger joint until 5.30pm. Add all your own toppings from the toppings bar - Free barbecue food at Fat Jimmys on deck 10 at lunch time. - There was still food you could pay for in the Fountain Cafe (cakes and desserts), Bonsai sushi bar, the Freshies corner (fresh seafood) and Nouveau Restaurant but again I didn't try them so don't have the prices. DRINKS - For free in the morning there was juice at the lido deck buffets - For free all day from the lido deck buffets, there was ice, water, real lemonade, iced tea, coffee, hot tea, dairy milk, soy milk and hot chocolate. - Bottomless bubbles $7.25 per day (no change in pricing) but you can't just pay for one day. You have to pay $7.25 per day for the whole cruise. I paid $43.50 for 6 day cruise. Bottomless bubbles is available in the dining room and at every bar on the ship. The bottomless bubbles includes coke, sprite, fanta, dry ginger ale, orange juice, pineapple juice and cranberry juice. No need for water as it is served free at every bar and in the the dining room and lido deck buffet. - Coca cola product soft drinks unchanged at $2.75. - Ginger Beer $3.50 - Energy drinks $5.50 - Fish bowl from the Red Frog pub. Basically a fishbowl is 8 full nips/shots of rum with a selection of juices and lots of ice in a very big glass bowl . Now $26.95 - Every standard cocktail was $12.95. However, I had a cocktail at the Alchemy bar that cost $15.95. The alchemy bar make cocktails based on your mood. They kept saying do you like this or do you like that. In the end, my cocktail had about 10 different ingredients in it including cinnamon, coconut, strawberries, cream or something creamy, several different juices and several different types of alcohol. - They offered alcoholic Icy inventions at $10.50 - Smoothies and non alcoholic versions of cocktails and icy inventions was $6.50 - Martinis $10.50 - Thirsty frog ale unchanged at $8.95 - Cheapest beer now cascade premium light at $6.50 - Cans/stubbies Tooheys new, Tooheys Old, Tooheys extra dry, XXXX Gold, XXXX summer bright lager, carlton dry, carlton draught, crown lager, fat yak pale ale, pure blonde premium and VB all $8.25 - Stubbies of Little creatures pale ale, James Squire 50 lashes pale ale, Krombacher pils, Corona, Heineken, Stella Artois and Strongbow cider all $8.50 - Beer on tap in a 15 OZ glass. Tooheys new, VB, XXXX gold, Tooheys extra dry, Carlton Draught all unchanged at $8.25 - New since my last trip. I call them beer towers. They call them beer tubes. They hold 3 litres of draught beer and have a tap in the bottom so you can serve yourself. Available from the Red Frog Pub for $45. Very good value for an evening in the Red Frog Pub while watching the band. - 4 stubbies or 4 cans or 4 glasses of beer in a bucket of ice. $2 discount - Glasses of wine ranged from $8.75 for a Sea Horse Bay Shiraz to $14.25 for a Shaw Family Cab Sav. - Glasses of Port ranged from $7.50 to $22 - Vodka $8.75 to $10.75 - Gin $8.75 to $14 - Rum $8.75 to $12.75 - Tequila $8.75 to $18 - American Whisky Jim Beam $8.75, Jim Beam Black $10.75, Jack Daniels and Jack Daniels Honey $8.75, Wild Turkey $9.50, plus other American whisky ranging in cost up to $14 for The Duke - Scotch from $9.50 for Cutty sark to $15 for 18 year old Chivas Regal - Single Malt from $9.50 for 10 year old Glenmorangie to $18 for 18 year old Aberfeldy - Hennessy Cognac from $9.50 for VS to $30 for XO INTERNET (wireless from your phone, Ipad, laptop or from an onboard computer at the fountain cafe - SOCIAL for social network sites such as facebook, instagram, pininterest, twitter and other social networking but no access to a standard website. $63 for a 6 day cruise and a complete waste of time and space. My sister loaded a photo to facebook that took 12 hours. - VALUE all sites except for streaming sites such as youtube. $30 per day or $125 for a 6 day cruise - PREMIUM for everything including streaming from youtube. $50 per day or $210 for a 6 day cruise SNORKEL HIRE ( not part of this cruise) SPA SPECIALS. Again I didn't use it but with your daily newsletter, there were SPA specials every day. My sister used the Massage Spa and paid something like $820 and spent about 6 hours or so over the 6 day cruise having multiple treatments such as 3 courses of acupuncture, teeth whitening, a hand and leg massage which included manicure and pedicure plus other treatments. OTHER FACILITIES, unchanged, still all free - All the usual gym facilities plus a large spa bath in the Gymnasium, all for use by over 16 year olds. - PG and R rated shows in the comedy club - Stage Shows in the Pharaohs Palace such as Miss Houdini magic show - Basket ball court - 9 holes of mini golf - Trivia. There were about 5 trivia competitions per day. The prize was a piece of shi(p) on a stick. Except one trivia competition was an adults only competition held in the Red Frog Pub. The prize was a choice of fishbowl or beer tube. - Free use of Monarchs room to play card games and board games. - Free use of books and board games from the Library - Three swimming pools and 2 other spa baths. One of the swimming pools and spa baths is in the serenity bar area for use by adults only - Water park and 2 water slides including the Green Thunder water slide. I was told on board that a passenger used a GPS and was clocked at a maximum speed of 60kph in the Green Thunder Water slide. GAMBLING. You could lose your money - Playing bingo - Betting on the Melbourne Mug (Melbourne Cup). They still have a horse race decided by the throw of a dice. - Gambling on the poker machines and gaming tables in the Casino. It was only open when at sea. - There is a billiard/pool table in the casino, it cost $10 per hour SHORE EXCURSION - I paid $190 for a 7 hour tour of Best of Hobart and Historic Scene but it was cancelled due to lack of numbers. I was told on board by another passenger that their $160 shore excursion was available for $60 if they arranged it themselves. As I got past the taxi queue after getting off the ship at Hobart there was a man yelling out "3 hour tour" for from memory $30. I can't wait for my next cruise! I will be happy for people to PM me and ask questions about carnival Spirit. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was a good short cruise to Moreton Island. There were heaps of first time cruisers on the ship which was good to see. I didn't even bother getting off the ship when we got there so I had the ship to myself. Was able to do mini ... Read More
This was a good short cruise to Moreton Island. There were heaps of first time cruisers on the ship which was good to see. I didn't even bother getting off the ship when we got there so I had the ship to myself. Was able to do mini golf without heaps of kids and could hang out in Serenity without heaps of people there. Was even able to win a couple of rounds of Trivia due to most of the people getting off the ship. I took full advantage of the SPA so that I could have a bamboo/stone massage. Pro's - Good value for money and yummy cocktails. Con's - People taking their kids out of school to do a cruise, but that happens a lot these days. Best part is they showed the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics so I was able to see some of that before I went off to see a show. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
First time cruisers. Everyone one said we would love it. You would if you like crass decor, overpriced drinks, second rate entertainment, hoards of people - mostly overweight, small swimming pools and buffet dinning that is just an excuse ... Read More
First time cruisers. Everyone one said we would love it. You would if you like crass decor, overpriced drinks, second rate entertainment, hoards of people - mostly overweight, small swimming pools and buffet dinning that is just an excuse for a pigs trough. The only redeeming features were the Truffles dinning room with excellent dinner service and the Noveau restaurant ($45 extra). Very hard to find quiet areas to read a book as you have constant piped music everywhere or entertainers screeching down microphones. It was a shame that wine or other alcohol was banned from being taken on board as drink prices were very high, giving the cruise line of a mark up of over 1000% The decor was totally over the top and nauseating, although Americans would love it. The crew generally were a delight and friendly, more so the Asians rather than the East Europeans Having said that, we did enjoy the relaxation on being on the water. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was our 10th cruise. 3rd with Carnival. Also the last with Carnival. Food was average and at times terrible. Cold meals twice. Had to return two meals. One was cold and the other was dry and cold (due to waiting too long to be served ... Read More
This was our 10th cruise. 3rd with Carnival. Also the last with Carnival. Food was average and at times terrible. Cold meals twice. Had to return two meals. One was cold and the other was dry and cold (due to waiting too long to be served up). Manager arrived and said " I want you to try your meal while I am here). He was rude and intimidating. No apologies, he offered me a tour of the kitchen as compensation. I just wanted a nice hot meal. For this one reason I would not sail with them again. The ships décor is woeful. Getting on/off the ship in port was good. Service was average. Cabin was average. (needs updating) TV is as big as my laptop. Entertainment was below the standard of other cruise lines. The miming on one show was embarrassing. Departing the ship was quick and easy. Will not sail Carnival again. Third and last time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Took my mother for her 79th Birthday on the Carnival Legend. We flew to Sydney and embarked on the Carnival as per the time which was selected (12.30 to 1). I also booked the airport transfers which was very convenient. Checking in was ... Read More
Took my mother for her 79th Birthday on the Carnival Legend. We flew to Sydney and embarked on the Carnival as per the time which was selected (12.30 to 1). I also booked the airport transfers which was very convenient. Checking in was busy but very smooth. As soon as we were on the ship we were able to explore the ship and also sample the buffet restaurant till our room was ready. Our room was ready by 1.30 and our bags were waiting at the door when we decided to check out our room. The cabin was clean and a towel animal was sitting on one of the beds, this was a daily ritual we had a different animal each day. Boben was in charge of our daily room cleaning, he did a fine job and was very friendly. Each evening we ate at the Truffles restaurant and the waiters were also very friendly and addressed us by our first names. Service was excellent and the showtime entertainment during our evening meal was fantastic. Our waiters Oleg, Endra and Swatra did a fine job each night. Evening Shows were of a professional standard and the Cruise director Matt very entertaining. Disembarking off the ship on shore excursion days worked smoothly and everyone was back on board punctually. Bingo on board was a lot of fun but didn't win. Casino on board with pokies machines was another form of entertainment. Other events like trivia, Karaoke was a lot of fun too. The Hairy Chest Competition was a lot of fun too. Also on board a lot of areas were you could have quiet time and just read a book. Overall a great 5 day escape. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We just got back today (28/1/18). You know you have had a GREAT time when the family are depressed it is all over and the realities of this daily world start to set in. First thing that must be said is the Spirit crew work incredibly ... Read More
We just got back today (28/1/18). You know you have had a GREAT time when the family are depressed it is all over and the realities of this daily world start to set in. First thing that must be said is the Spirit crew work incredibly hard at keeping the passengers happy. They all do it with a smile on their face. They all seemed very motivated. The food, particularly in the Empire Room was mostly at the 5 star level. Each day there was different menu set. No mean feat for 12 nights. Spirit, while aging a little now, was very, very clean. Once again this goes back to the work ethic of the crew. The decor is not as grotesque as some other reviewers have made out. It varies around the ship depending on the theme. Generally it is a combination of Roman and Egyptian themes but that isn't everywhere. One area of improvement Carnival could work on/change policy on are the pools and controlling teenagers + pre-teens, keeping in mind the PEAK school holiday season. While there are rules about jumping/diving into the pools, they were rarely enforced (with the exception of the Serenity pool where kids were strictly not allowed.) Too many times we watched kids jumping, bombing into crowded pools, splashing other passengers. It was unruly to say the least and not pleasant at all for our 10 and 12 year old girls plus many other passengers. I got to the point where I had to warn off some of these kids. We managed it overall by swimming earlier in the mornings (7.30am-10am) where the pools were not crowded and were cleaner. Carnival would do well to follow the lead of P&O plus RC where kids are kicked out of pools if they muck up. At times I thought the kids clubs for the teens could have been better organised with more to do for them. Then again perhaps it was just some of the kids. Fortunately the water-slides saved the day. Despite being a full capacity ship in the summer holidays, the queues to get on the Green Thunder were not bad at all. At worst we waited 15 mins and that was on day one at sea in the first hour of its opening. There after the max waiting time was just 5 mins. And for those reviewers complaining about the Serenity area being too close to the slides?? Really? It's like 30 meters away and well above the Serenity deck area. Any screaming heard seemed like miles away. My wife and I loved our time in the Serenity pool and the pods. Watching the open sea go by, the blue sky.. the clouds form and reform. The passenger demographic was mixed. I was warned the ship would be full of bogans with their tatts well and truly out. And we had some additional trepidation of the Jan school holidays. Well, yes there is an element of "boganism" but there is also an element of the quiet book readers, the well behaved families and good kids, the couples, the retired, the singles, the friends, the refined. Overall, everyone was positive and just wanted a good holiday. It was easy to make new friends. At times some of the less thoughtful passengers got to us. Some passengers around the bistro had very poor hygiene standards, though I note Carnival has hand sanitisers everywhere and once again, work hard to keep the bistro area clean. The shore excursions were fun and were well organised. Getting off and on the ship, whether in port or by tender, was stress free. For the first timers, I can vouch it is important to book the shore excursions in well before the ship departs. The best ones will sell out very quickly. The ship handles high seas well. On our first night we had 6-7 meter swells once leaving Sydney heads. This came from a vicious low hovering in the North Tasman Sea. So as the ship was heading towards Noumea, it was hitting the starboard, aft side of the ship, creating a bit of a roll. But not as much as you would expect given the size of the seas. I guess the large size of the ship helps in this regard. The next days the seas started to ease and the seas remained fine for the rest of the trip. So there you have it. We loved our time. We will be back. Thank you to the crew of Spirit for making our holiday GREAT. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
The embarkation and disembarkation was smooth and quick. Very well organised. Very little to fault on this ship. It was our first cruise and the staff on Carnival Spirit we have awarded 5/5. They couldn't do enough for us. ... Read More
The embarkation and disembarkation was smooth and quick. Very well organised. Very little to fault on this ship. It was our first cruise and the staff on Carnival Spirit we have awarded 5/5. They couldn't do enough for us. Our cabin steward(s) were excellent, hosts were very helpful and every activity run to clock work. The Playlist Performers were excellent. We particularly enjoyed the 80', and Epic Rock. The talents of the 8 dancers/singers were so professional. Meeting them all they were so friendly and accommodating to fans wanting photos taken with them. Bingo was great fun and the host was very entertaining and made it fun. In our opinion the only slight down fall was the cabin ceiling which looked tired and had paint flaking. There was a join in the ceiling which looked rusty. Apart from this everything else we have scored at a 5. We were disappointed with the dress code regarding the dinning as a lot of people turned up in the incorrect dress code and looked as if they were going to deck 9 rather than dinning. However, the food and service was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
My wife , grandson and me flew from Adelaide on the morning of the cruise and took the.Carnival bus from Sydney airport to the Legend. First impressions of ship were overwhelming as you could imagine being eleven decks above the ... Read More
My wife , grandson and me flew from Adelaide on the morning of the cruise and took the.Carnival bus from Sydney airport to the Legend. First impressions of ship were overwhelming as you could imagine being eleven decks above the wharf.Took some time boarding with approx 2000 travellers but was handled efficiently.Once boarded we had a lovely lunch in the dining room and thanks to Inuman,Anton and Actung our waiters the hospitality and fun continued all the cruise.All the cruise staff were very friendly and helpful any where we went on the ship.Entertainment aboard was fabulous with dance shows, comedians and illusionists ,pools , pokies,and a lot more.We went ashore in three ports ,the highlight being the Chou Chou train around Noumea and snorkelling at Island Of Pines and Mare.Kids club was a major help for both kids and adults to get that time to visit the shows.I recommend this cruise for relaxing and am saving now for the next adventure. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We were hesitant about carnival but it suited for a quick trip after 5 days in sydney we did the same cruise 11yrs ago on a P&O ship but spirit was much better, we weren't planning on doing shore excursions due to the cost and ... Read More
We were hesitant about carnival but it suited for a quick trip after 5 days in sydney we did the same cruise 11yrs ago on a P&O ship but spirit was much better, we weren't planning on doing shore excursions due to the cost and we had previously been there. Only got off in noumea to get free WiFi it is very expensive on ship. We had a minor issue with seating at emerald dining room as we wanted a table for 2 but it was quickly sorted out. For my husband's birthday we booked nouveau Restaurants it was the most amazing meal best steak hubby has ever had side dishes, dessert and service was top class it was worth alot more than $45 each. All other times we ate at emerald dining room we could not fault the food, service or atmosphere, we were very very blessed to have a private tour and tasting in galley for emerald it was amazing something l had always wanted to see CYRIL the chef was lovely and explained all the ins/outs of the kitchen, produce and training we loved the opportunity and really made it special many thanks to isabella from dining room for selecting us.. The shows were great and always little activities if you wish to do them, oncecagain many thanjs to all for a wonderful job. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Clearly below standards in food, service and pricing. Breakfast is the same each and every day with minimum options and extremely poor quality. Those serving at the buffet did not greet guests and had very tired, grouchy faces. The 24 hour ... Read More
Clearly below standards in food, service and pricing. Breakfast is the same each and every day with minimum options and extremely poor quality. Those serving at the buffet did not greet guests and had very tired, grouchy faces. The 24 hour pizza stand contained 2 workers, workers who were extremely overworked and resulted in customers waiting 30-40 minutes for just a pizza. The tv's in cabin rooms contain very limited channels and movies are forced to be bought, then re-bought afterwards when finished, plainly sucking money from their customers. In comparison to similar cruises such as Princess Cruises, the Carnival Legend's food, service, staff and pricing is extremely poor and changes most definitely must be applied. My family and i are undoubtedly not returning as we have been met with utter disappointment, the Carnival Cruise has failed to meet their high ratings and has left a dreadful reputation in all my friends' and i's eyes. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Clearly below standards in food, service and pricing. Breakfast is the same each and every day with minimum options and extremely poor quality. Those serving at the buffet did not greet guests and had very tired, grouchy faces. The 24 hour ... Read More
Clearly below standards in food, service and pricing. Breakfast is the same each and every day with minimum options and extremely poor quality. Those serving at the buffet did not greet guests and had very tired, grouchy faces. The 24 hour pizza stand contained 2 workers, workers who were extremely overworked and resulted in customers waiting 30-40 minutes for just a pizza. The tv's in cabin rooms contain very limited channels and movies are forced to be bought, then re-bought afterwards when finished, plainly sucking money from their customers. In comparison to similar cruises such as Princess Cruises, the Carnival Legend's food, service, staff and pricing is extremely poor and changes most definitely must be applied. My family and i are undoubtedly not returning as we have been met with utter disappointment, the Carnival Cruise has failed to meet their high ratings and has left a dreadful reputation in all my friends' and i's eyes. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
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