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Sail Date: May 2015
Ship is looking very tired. Buffet food was just ok. Pillows must be 100 years old and hard as rocks. We had a balcony room which was very small. The shower was the smallest shower I have ever seen in my life and trying to wash one ... Read More
Ship is looking very tired. Buffet food was just ok. Pillows must be 100 years old and hard as rocks. We had a balcony room which was very small. The shower was the smallest shower I have ever seen in my life and trying to wash one self without becoming attached to the plastic shower curtain was an effort. The toilets on one complete block of rooms stopped working over several days. A lot of the public toilets through-out the ship were not working as well. Our air conditioner had to be repaired as well and when the repair man removed the filter it was totally blocked with dust. Our small balcony looked like it had not been cleaned in a long time, there was flaked paint on the floor as well as other pieces of litter. I actually cleaned the windows myself so we could then at least see out of them . The timber railing was in desperate need of a varnish. Live entertainment was great. Overall we were disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
Our cruise on the carnival Spirit was great, it took awhile to figure if we liked the design , very unusual,but it grew on us, the food was probably the best we have had to date,the staff were wonderful,and the entertainment was ... Read More
Our cruise on the carnival Spirit was great, it took awhile to figure if we liked the design , very unusual,but it grew on us, the food was probably the best we have had to date,the staff were wonderful,and the entertainment was superb.Boarding the boat was horrendous, it would seem they had no idea, like wise the dining arrangements completely disorganised the first meal had a cue stretching way back into the ship, this lasted for a few days and finally got sorted.Like most ships little effort was put into the cleanliness of the Passengers, thou there were many dispenser's of disinfectant little was done to encourage people to actually use them, unlike the following cruise we picked up in Vancouver The Norwegian Perl, there were staff waiting @ all the Dinning rooms spraying peoples hands no one entered with out the spray, wonderful to see,but then the food was very ordinary on the NCL pearl, cant have it always I suppose.When you firs board the ship, you almost expect Harrison ford to leap over the top balcony dressed in the garb of Raiders of the lost Ark, as I said at the start very strange decor.After the cruise up to Alaska we flew down to Long beach to pick up the carnival Splendor to Mexico, once again , the cleanliness left a lot to be desired ,this time the food was the opposite lousy many people got food poisoning as did My wife and I, so we missed the chance of getting of the ship ,and spent most of the time in our cabin.the Turbs The Carnival splendor we were told will cease visiting Mexico and next year will be repositioning down here to Australia, I just hope for there sake that they pick there game up when they do,What is in there favor , is the , Staff all very nice the Atmosphere after the evening meal when each night they would dance and sing right around restaurant, and the cabin steward also need a mention, such lovely hard working people, Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
Firstly I thought I had submitted my review but on reflection I forgot as we were away for so long it just slipped my mind. But nevertheless here goes. We arrived in Honolulu from Australia (there was a large contingent of Aussies on ... Read More
Firstly I thought I had submitted my review but on reflection I forgot as we were away for so long it just slipped my mind. But nevertheless here goes. We arrived in Honolulu from Australia (there was a large contingent of Aussies on this cruise due to the packaging of Fire and Ice cruise land deal). After 10 hour flight we were tired and the wait in the hot sun was tiring and the usual check in etc was not as bad as we have previously experienced with Princess. So overall we were jolly by the time we climbed onboard and found our rooms. Rooms : We had a balcony ... the only way to travel. The room had heaps of room our suitcases fitted well under the HUGE King size bed and we loved the balcony freedom. This came in handy throughout the cruise for private viewings of comings and goings from ports. To watch Vancouver wake as you sail up to dock was the most fabulous sight ever. Those snow kissed peaks and twinkling lights were magic and breathtaking. Going under the bridge we held our breath as it is quite a big ship after all. Also the balcony was great just for fresh air whenever you wanted it. We are fresh air freaks .. so this was mandatory. The steward (a girl whose name I cannot remember now) she was fabulous ... all our quirky requests were met with instant service and the towel arrangements every night on the bed were events we looked forward to as we closed down for the night. Dining : We had a preset table for the late sitting. This was perfect for us as we could come back from excursions as late as we liked and sit at the table well into the night without them chasing us out for next service. If you want to sit over your brandy and chat take the late sitting. Our waiters were outstanding .. O'Dane and Christopher made it their special aim to remember our favourite meals ... reminding us when specialist desserts would be on and just anticipating our ever whim with pleasure and a smile which made dining all the more memorable. The food was good to excellent ... if you didn't like it .. it was replaced. Entertainment : the shows were OK (not as good as Princess) but we still enjoyed them. The Elvis show on board was terrific. Stu was an Aussie and most non-Aussies did not really understand his humour .. but we liked him. He had a hard job pleasing everyone. Excursions : We opted to not do any excursions on this particular cruise as we had experience in Hawaii before and we hired a car on the Big Island and the Garden Island drove to the volcanoes and toured around and basically did our own thing here. Good decision. It was easily accessed to hire car depot in all instances. Spa : On the ship I availed myself of the spa services for beauty treatments ... although a bit expensive I revelled in the results. Also whenever I saw a spa staff member anywhere else on the ship they always greeted me by name .. nice touch. The Ship: Over all the ship looked a bit dated decor wise the cherubs were a bit overwhelming on the roof at times. The hallway to our cabin a bit garish but we ignored this most of the time as we quite enjoyed the ship inside. Read Less

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