Sail Date: October 2012
First I will break the cruise down to two sections: GOOD and NOT SO GOOD (BAD) GOOD: Our cabin was great (7246 on Verandah Deck). It seemed to be roomier than the last Princess cruise we did and we also had an extended balcony. This ... Read More
First I will break the cruise down to two sections: GOOD and NOT SO GOOD (BAD) GOOD: Our cabin was great (7246 on Verandah Deck). It seemed to be roomier than the last Princess cruise we did and we also had an extended balcony. This came about because the ship is recessed in to allow for the tender boats and when you have an extended cabin you do look down onto the tender boats, but that did not deter from the view from the balcony re looking out to sea. We spent a lot of time on our balcony, having breakfast there and in our room a number of times during the cruise. Staff was exceptional friendly and at night (every night) you had your little towel animals on the bed or hanging off the ceiling greeting you as you returned to your cabin after dinner, together with your bed turned down and chocolates on the pillows. Serenity section on Deck 9 was excellent. Some cruise ships charge for this area but there was no charge for it on Carnival Spirit. Quite a large area with its own bar, pool, sun lounges and eating tables if required. There was a rule that whilst you were in your lounge you could stay as long as you wanted but if you left you could only reserve it for 40 minutes. This was not policed very well until a few of us complained and the matter was resolved. In all it was still a quite and comfortable place to relax and have a swim - NO KIDS ALLOWED! Lobbies near the lifts were nice and wide and gave plenty of room to get in and get off even if you had a pusher or wheel chair - also the lifts seemed to very fast going both up and down. We were on the 7th floor and walked to the 9th floor Bistro but got the lift to go down to 2nd and 3rd floors where all the action and shops were. NOT SO GOOD (BAD): Having travelled on other cruise lines before we really have become accustomed to Princess ships (being Platinum cruisers) and we have compared the Spirit to Princess: The Atrium, the main focus of any cruise ship, was dull, dark and boring. The design of the atrium was shocking. The Cruise Director, in our opinion, was hopeless. He was an Aussie and always came on the air with "G'Day, what another beautiful day in Paradise" even when we were on sea days. It got a bit boring. His organisation skills were not the best, especially when it came to have the Australian Immigration people check our documents prior to arrival in Australia. There were numerous complaints to the Guest Services Desk and in turn numerous apologies from the Cruise Director as to the progress of the checking procedure. The way people were told to line up deck by deck was stupid and it left a lot of elderly people faint-hearted and quite ill. The heat in the hallways was at times unbearable. Television in the cabin was virtually non-existent. A message came up all the time that said "Due to our geographical position television stations were not available". This message was still playing after we left Suva and as we were approaching Sydney. They had to throw in some very old movies (The Castle and Strictly Ballroom) which were repeated several times over the cruise. They even put The Castle on what they called the "Big Screen" in the Versailles Lounge and called them movie nights. The screen by the way was just a little bigger than a large TV . Daily Activities - well if you liked trivia (which we do) you had something to do. But it was trivia this and trivia that with some other games thrown it to stop the boredom like arts and crafts, Bingo ($20 per game), and of course deck games. The Dining Room was very nicely decorated. We were "Anytime Dining" which we would thoroughly recommend. It allowed us to go to the early show in the main theatre or the late show. Some of the acts that were organised by the Cruise Director were pathetic compared to other ships, although there were two very good song and dance, with glamourous outfits, shows. Dress code in the Dining Room was not enforced which we thought was very bad. Even on "Dress Elegant" nights people came to dinner in t-shirts, flip-flops (thongs) and shorts. On one occasions a guy wore a bowler hat and some wore baseball caps into the restaurant (in the Fun Times newsletter it was stated that no t-shirts, thongs or shorts were accepted in the dining room at night) and these people were not spoken to. I think the staff were afraid to do anything. The singing waiters were very good and entertained us while having dinner. Food was reasonable, but on two occasions when I ordered Australian Lamb Chops and on another when it was supposed to be Prime Rib, I could not cut the meat with the knife supplied. Even when I complained about the meal and before I could say "please replace my meal" the waiter asked me if it was "tough". He apparently had had other complaints. As mentioned earlier our cabin was great but in the wardrobe there were coat hangers that defy understanding. They were a group of three hangers on one central bracket and to get to some of your clothes you had to take off 2 items to get to one - a strange set-up. Most probably put there to deter thieves. Overall, after a few problems we still had a great cruise. The ship was nice, except for the above. The crew were excellent. The facilities were great. The Buffet was the big let-down but that is another story. I'll let you find out for yourselves. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
The Carnival Spirit embarked on a once in a lifetime cruise in the fall of 2012 so that the ship could become a permanent member of Carnival Australia's fleet. The cruise started in Alaska and ultimately ended in Sydney. A number of ... Read More
The Carnival Spirit embarked on a once in a lifetime cruise in the fall of 2012 so that the ship could become a permanent member of Carnival Australia's fleet. The cruise started in Alaska and ultimately ended in Sydney. A number of passengers made the entire trip but a large part of the group boarded in Honolulu. The majority of passengers were from Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. A large contingent of Hawaiians were also on board. As American's , my wife and I enjoyed the chance to spend time with the "foreigners" and make new friends! Living up to their reputation as having a healthy appreciation for beer, the ship started to run out within three days. Cabin coolers were emptied so that the ship's bars would have stock. Soon the taps ran dry and even Australian wines dried up.Surprisingly, the ship offered a number of parties where all the drinks were free. Australian law required that no alcohol from the U.S. could remain on board once it came to Sydney. A rousing party held to celebrate crossing the equator was on the Lido Deck. The Captain, along with some of his officers, participated in the ceremony held to initiate all who had never crossed the equator by water into the ranks of "Trusty Shellbacks". Clocks were always being changed to accommodate losing an entire Wednesday as we slowly headed west until we crossed the International Dateline. The ship's naturalist provided daily programs to discuss the ocean and remark on the whales, birds, and islands we encountered. Three islands in French Polynesia and Fiji were ports of call. Those islands are certainly worthy of report, but not in this post. When we arrived in Sydney we were greeted by news helicopters, fire boats,and cheering crowds along the dock. This was truly a cruise to remember. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2012
We cruised from Honolulu to Sydney via Tahiti. We have cruised before with RCCL and HAL and I have always wanted to do this itinerary. Three girls I worked with were keen so we all booked it along with our families. In all we were a group ... Read More
We cruised from Honolulu to Sydney via Tahiti. We have cruised before with RCCL and HAL and I have always wanted to do this itinerary. Three girls I worked with were keen so we all booked it along with our families. In all we were a group of 22 ranging from 6 years to 60 plus years. Only four of the kids were actual kids, the others were adult children in their 20s. All the parents had cruised before but only two couples had done a Carnival cruise before. A long line for embarkation but we weren't in a rush to board because once we sailed we had 5 sea days to Tahiti and I wasn't quite sure how we'd handle them, we have only had 2 in a row before. We got on board eventually and found our cabin which was fantastic. A 9B Premium Balcony, the cabin is a bit larger than normal and a square shape and the balcony was very big, with a lounger out there as well as a small table and chairs. The balcony door is very heavy, it is the first time I have wished I took a bungee cord to keep it open. This would also shut off the air conditioning which I wanted to do as the cabin and the whole ship was absolutely freezing, it was like an arctic blast when you walked into the Lido from the pool. I will summarise a bit otherwise this will go forever: - overall we had a great time, found it to be relaxed and unpretentious, a real emphasis on having fun which we liked - we enjoyed the comedy shows (lots of them) some better than others but some really great. Loved Doug Funk and another guy whose name I didn't get who performed on his own one night then I was hoping he would be on again the next night but it was the other comedian who had missed the boat the day before!Didn't love many of the shows in the main theater but have decided they just really aren't my thing - kids club great kids enjoyed it - green thunder very fun you have to try it - enjoyed Stu found him quite funny, the kids liked him and wanted to know if we'd had "a Stu" on our other cruises. If he told us to put sunscreen on one more time I was going to scream though. - Serenity deck lovely but forget getting a "pod" you had to be out there at 5am to get one I think some people never used their cabins just lived there! - ship very noisy and creaky and a lot of movement considering the calm seas we had - they restocked the library with a lot of new books after Suva with emphasis on Australian authors it was the best library I've seen at sea - drinks especially cocktails cheap by Australian standards(but that might change now it is in Australia permanently) - decor totally over the top and I did not like design of ship at all. I found it dark inside with not enough views of the ocean. I much prefer RCCL ship design - sometimes organisation not that great we stood in more lines than have on other cruises but was it was a repositioning with lots of new things happening. - food extremely good was much better than our RCCL experience on Mariner of the Seas (although I think that was possibly a particularly bad cruise in terms of food) and was very close second behind the Volendam (HAL). It way exceeded my expectations for Carnival. Red meat particularly good, desserts also, 24 hour pizza (free) was very good (new recipe someone told me), salads lovely, great noodle and asian dishes, I could go on but getting hungry! A few things deep fried that weren't great but other than that big thumbs up. - there were lines for any time dining if you went straight after a show eg 7:30 was busy but other times not - service for anytime dining was hot and cold, sometimes great sometimes very slow. I think I would actually try set dining next time - 3 pool set up works well always somewhere to lie around pool even though weather great - gym good helped offset overeating! We had perfect weather the whole time so the sea days flew reading around the pool and relaxing. It was a great decision doing it this cruise with friends as it was nice to meet up with them and that helped stop the sea days feeling like groundhog day. We heard a lot of people complaining about a lot of things on this cruise but we met a lot of people having a great time too. Overall we had a lovely time: perfect weather, good friends, amazing ports, great food, and what wasn't perfect was not worth wrecking a great holiday worrying about! We did Patrick's Maohi Nui lagoon tour with lunch in Bora Bora - best day ever if you are ever in Bora Bora do this tour. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
I had never cruised with Carnival America before. It took quite a long time to board this ship, lots of elderly passengers having to wait in long lines to board the ship. I'm not used to having to give up my passport to a cruise ... Read More
I had never cruised with Carnival America before. It took quite a long time to board this ship, lots of elderly passengers having to wait in long lines to board the ship. I'm not used to having to give up my passport to a cruise company until we were ready to get off the ship,but I got over it in the end:) Our cabin on deck 1 was the biggest that I have stayed in so far for an inside cabin, the cabin steward was nice, but forgetful. Food was nice, chopsticks in the buffet on Lido deck 9 was the most popular place to choose food from, the queues always went around the corner. The buffet was one of the worst set out ones that I have come across on a ship, it was too spread out in different directions, the elderly passengers would of not liked it. The food was quite spicy, but tasty. I really loved the free specialty coffee machines on the ship, they were on deck 9 and had, flat white, cappuccino and beautiful hot chocolate in them. If you wanted supper after the show, you would be sadly disappointed with the choices available, no cake or cookies. I was a little disappointed with the shows on the ship, comedians, hypnotists are not what I would call entertaining for an evening show, the vocalists who were flown in for the cruise were entertaining, especially Patrick McMahon, he was very good. Sometimes there was only one show and it would not start until 10pm. The spirit band and dancers were fantastic. The captain was a lovely man and I looked forward to listening to his updates at 12 noon each day. The big screen movie screen was a pull down projector screen in one of the downstairs lounges, some of the movies were very old and they showed them at least twice, other passengers who boarded the ship in Vancouver told us that they saw the same movies and they repeated them too. The old movies were the castle, strictly ballroom and Ned Kelly.There were not many children on the ship during our cruise, we were told that they only had 30 on the ship, most children were well behaved. The self serve laundries were very small, $3 a wash and dry and $1 for soap powder, you do not need coins as you need to swipe your set sail pass to use the machines. The casino was always busy, it opened at 7 AM on sea days, at night it was very busy and smelly from cigarette smoke:( The shops were the usual, jewelry, clothing, sweets, carnival keep sakes, duty free alcohols and cigarettes. The photo people were always around wanting to take photos as they are on all ships. The Internet was the slowest that I have ever used on a ship, I had my iPad and iPhone with me, I purchased a 2 hour plan that cost $89, it was go very quickly. I never played bingo on board, other passengers said that it was too expensive to play $20 a card for 2 games and it always started at least 25 minutes late , they also had nighttime bingo as well, all bingo was played in the main show theatre. The ship is quite elegant, I loved the glass lifts in the atrium, the busiest decks were deck 2, this has the casino, theatre, main bar, passenger services desk, shore tours, puzzle area, Empire dinning room too. Deck 9 had the buffet, pool and stage, deck 10 was the sun lounge deck. Our cabin stewardess was nice, she was forgetful though, we had organized a copy of our passports to be delivered to our cabin on the morning of our first shore tour, by 8.45 it had still not arrived so we contact guest services. They said that all passport copies were given out by our stewards by 8 am, so we went back to our cabin and tried to locate the stewardess, we found her and she had a few in her pocket in envelopes, she said that she had no idea what was in the envelopes. The cabin safe is huge enough to fit in a handbag and an iPad, you need to use your credit card or American drivers license to lock and open it, it's annoying that only one person can open and close it. We did not think that Stu made a good cruise director, his off sider the assistant cruise director was very entertaining, polite and so friendly, but Stu was the cruise director, he made a lot of announcements during the cruise, we were tired of hearing his voice by the end of the cruise. They have machines on the ship that you can use to manage and check on your set sail account, you can also use the tv in your cabin to check on your purchases, book shore tours and check menus. The TV in the cabin was not useful as a TV as such as a lot of the time there was no signal so we could not get any news from home:( The weather was fantastic while we were away, seas were also calm too:) The ports were pretty, tendering was not good, even though the Spirit had never been to these ports before, there should of been more research and training done on the tender process, an elderly passenger fell over because the tender boat rope was not secured to the dock close enough, another elderly passenger was frightened and had to sit down on a bench near the tender boat before they could board their tour as they were very shaken up. I witness another elderly passenger fall on one of our tours that was meant to be an easy walking tour, we had to climb up high onto some uneven stone steps to see a waterfall and she fell while climbing the steps, there were a lot of elderly passengers on shore tours. The prettiest port was Bora Bora, highlights of Bora Bora in the blue open air buses is an interesting tour to do and the hand made sarongs are so pretty and only $10 to buy, there is a video on You tube, just type in Tahitian Sarong making into the you tube website and you will see our lady tour guide in the video. The soda package was ok if you drink a lot of soda, I think that princess has the best ever non alcoholic drinks package by far. The dinning room was rather entertaining, especially with the singing waiter, he was FANTASTIC, service was slow if you did not drink alcohol, which we didn't, I ordered a coke and waited 20 minutes for it to arrive, we noticed that it you ordered alcohol it came to your table promptly. We will sail again in the future on the Spirit, it will be interesting to read her Australian reviews:) I hope that the Carnival Spirit enjoys her new home here in Australia. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
Boarding in Honolulu was chaos,the staff did not seem to have any experience,luggage did not arrive at cabin till 1 hour after sailing [even though we were at the port 5 hours before sailing].The cruise director [Stu],had the personality ... Read More
Boarding in Honolulu was chaos,the staff did not seem to have any experience,luggage did not arrive at cabin till 1 hour after sailing [even though we were at the port 5 hours before sailing].The cruise director [Stu],had the personality of a squashed snail [a nice guy,but not suited to the task]At each port there were lengthy delays going ashore [the excuse was always,we have not been here before [one would have thought they would have done some homework].It wore a bit thin when it took over 3 hours to get the tender operation going in Moorea,they should have known how to organise the tender system from previous ports. The decor of the ship is depressingly dark,they allowed smoking in the casino [which is a large area] & there was a lack of things to do onboard.The library area also doubled as the internet cafe,which was not good for computer users. Most of the entertainment was 2nd rate,the price of wine was very expensive for cheap Chilean wine.The Empire room service was very slow & the buffet on level nine was so so [although they were slow clearing tables & the tables could do with a decent clean]. They ran out of all sorts of food & liquor,not what I would have considered a well organised cruise.Of all the American,Aussie & NZ passengers we spoke to on board,they all agreed on one thing,it was the worst cruise they had ever been on. On the plus side the cabin was a good size & cabin stewards were very good & the ship has plenty of working lifts.It was so bad a cruise that I would have to say it could only get better in the future [I hope for future passengers] Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
We've sailed on Princess, Rhapsody and some P&O cruises so I'm comparing the ship to them. Overall I wouldn't sail with Carnival again as they don't compete. We had 3 kids 16, 13,11. There always some good points ... Read More
We've sailed on Princess, Rhapsody and some P&O cruises so I'm comparing the ship to them. Overall I wouldn't sail with Carnival again as they don't compete. We had 3 kids 16, 13,11. There always some good points and bad so I will explain on each. An exhaustive embarkation about one and half hrs. The cabins were good and quite large. The cabin and restaurant staff good. Food in the restaurant good. The buffet food was just OK but the area was a ludicrous design. 8 buffet counters serving different types of food each with its own queue. So then everyone is wondering around each counter trying to find food they liked and then search for a spare table to eat cold food. The night time shows are good but the daily activities are non-existent, catering for the elderly over 70s, bridge and dance classes or American trivia. My kids mainly sat in their rooms. The movies, all 2 of them, The Castle and Ballroom Dancing too old and replayed over and over. We could have loaned them DVDs from home to show on TV or the cinema. We heard some performers missed flights and gained others, we had 2 hypnotists. The staff had no enthusiasm and wanted to cut game activities short to get back to their chores at doing nothing. Stu the cruise director is just as lame. We spoke to lot of passengers saying the same thing. No need to pay for shore excursions, just hire a taxi to show you around the sights, a lot cheaper and they know what everyone wants to see. No chance of getting a pod (private lounge) on deck as the pod people reserved them all day and night. They slept them over night.They should have a time limit as it would have been nice to try one, for even 10 min. The 2 slides are ok for the first 10 rides but there was only 3 of us using it and we still had to wait for each to have their turn. Would hate to see if the ship had more kids than the 50 that was on our cruise. The design of the ship is dated, not a large atrium with no real atmosphere, also around the pool area. A lot better now with ships having a large screen on deck. Last to mention was the running out of the popular beers after the first 3 days, a lot of unhappy Aussies. This ship better pick up its act to compete with the rest of the world. I suspect they dont care as I feel they think the Aussies dont know any different. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
Hi Cruisers! Up until cruising with Carnival, John and myself had only cruised with P@O. We had cruised around Australia and also to the South Pacific Islands - Isle of Pines, Lefou, Mare, Noumea and Fiji. It was a friend of ours, Stacey, ... Read More
Hi Cruisers! Up until cruising with Carnival, John and myself had only cruised with P@O. We had cruised around Australia and also to the South Pacific Islands - Isle of Pines, Lefou, Mare, Noumea and Fiji. It was a friend of ours, Stacey, a seasoned cruiser, who incidentally, we met on the Pacific Dawn, who suggested that we all go on the Carnival Spirit Repositioning Cruise from Honolulu.  To sail on this ship would actually be an historic occasion so to speak, as this would be the first Carnival ship to make it's home In Australian waters! We had to give it some thought as the airfare To Hawaii was expensive, being that it was so far away from Australia, but after talking Stacey into sharing a quad cabin with John and I and John's friend Ken, we were good to go! Before we began the Cruise we spent 8 nights in Hawaii which was also a truly wonderful experience but that's another story!... When we boarded the Spirit, we fixed up reception detail and then headed through the maze of corridors. ....yes, we found our cabin, with the usual curtain at the end of the room pretending there was a window behind it (fooling no one), plus 2 bunk beds either side, shower, drawers, bar fridge, all the comforts of an interior windowless cabin which is totally fine for sleeping and showering! After all, it all happens outside the cabin (for most of us).! The bonus was, we were on Deck 8, which meant we had plenty of exercise, but not too much, as we only had to run up 4 flights of stairs to Deck 12 for the buffet breakfast, and down 4 flights of stairs where we went dancing in the Cool Club to the brilliant sou d of the Hi Luxe Band, ballroom dancing lessons with Less and Ivy, Doug with his guitar and raunchy voice in the casino, karaoke down a further flight of stairs and of course the brilliant shows every night I the show lounge! The hilight of dining on the Spirit was the formal dining room, where we loved having the waiters sing and dance for us, plus we always joined in, a fantastic experience missing on P@O! We also met an incredible waiter whom I will never forget, Earle from Jamaica and his accomplice Rade from Macedonia! We made friends with all the waiting staff abd the Hi Luxe Band! Funnily enough the cruise director, Stu, was an Aussie, although most of the entertainment staff were American! The staff were mainly from Asia and Eastern Europe and it was so interesting chatting with them in the dining rooms and around the ship! On the deck I loved dancing to the music played in the afternoon where the DJ usually put on the Cupid Shuffle, an American favourite which quickly became mine! Singing Over the Rainbow on stage with the band was fun too! Needless to say we made many American friends who I still chat to on Facebook from time to time. When we all first met, I don't think that they knew how to take us Aussies, what with our loudness and humour, but by the end of the cruise we were firm friends! For this is what Cruising is all about!   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
We just arrived home to Vancouver from Hawaii yesterday, and wanted to get this off while things are fresh in the mind. There was a foreshadow of this cruise not going smoothly when we never had our cabin number confirmed until we arrived ... Read More
We just arrived home to Vancouver from Hawaii yesterday, and wanted to get this off while things are fresh in the mind. There was a foreshadow of this cruise not going smoothly when we never had our cabin number confirmed until we arrived at the dock in Honolulu, where we lined up up for far too long in the heat we were not used to yet, to board the ship. Then, when we entered the dockside boarding shed, we began the ritual, which was the same at every port, of going thru three ID processing and shakedown processes. One to enter the dock or shed; another in the shed, similar to boarding an aircraft to check for forbidden items like weapons, and forgive us all, booze; then once more to board the ship, where illegal contraband was confiscated, mostly wine and spirits. This three time ID check was at every port, sometimes taking half an hour, and discouraged us from going ashore again in the afternoon. The process of confiscating wine and spirits really irked a lot of fellow passengers, who like us, had stuck a bottle in our bags for "in cabin" happy hours. This policy is stated by the other cruise lines, however was never enforced in past cruises. I have thought of challenging this rule, arguing that a hotel cannot stop a guest from taking a bottle in to their room as it is their temporary home, so should a cruise ship be. Nonetheless, we were caught, as were many others, one man who said he refused to buy a drink on board, and his usual bar bill was around $1,200 even with having a bottle in his cabin. Carnival was over anal with this policy. It is hard to believe that Holland America is part of this company. The differences are so obvious if one has travelled on both lines, or on others. The ship decor in some public areas like the Atrium, Pharoh's Lounge, and the Jungle Zone, is over the top, even ridiculous could be used to describe it. Cabins, restaurants, casino, library, gymnasium, public bars were very nice; and the food was very good, although waits in the dining room were sometimes long and dishes would arrive cooled off.Their scheduling was not on time, or published incorrectly. First evidence was the life boat drill, or Safety Lecture, which was scheduled for 1700 on the daily report; many of us were at our stations at 1700, without life jackets as advised, but it did not begin until 1730, and they had to drag the ship to get everyone to their stations. On previous cruises, life jackets were mandatory, and crisply uniformed staff inspected every individual to make sure it was worn correctly. The young man supervising our station could have been a passenger, no uniform at all, just a casual checkered shirt, might have been a seaman. For other scheduled functions, eg. a mini golf tournament for 1500 one day, no ship's staff showed up to organize it; poor form, showed their stuff. We enjoyed our time on board, this review is to show what we felt are differences between this experience and previous experience. There did not seem to be the joi de vive between the crew of other lines; spills, papers, and empty tins and bottle would sit too long before being picked up; the tenders/lifeboats seemed to be worse for wear; they needed a second gangway to reboard the ship more quickly.The purpose of this review is not to rip Carnival, only to point out out that they lack some of the niceties of other companies. Most things were great, but they need to take some lessons and refine themselves. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2011
My fiance and I did the Honolulu to Vancouver cruise on the Carnival Spirit April 2011. This was my second cruise and his first cruise.We flew into Honolulu a couple days early and stayed at the Ohana Waikiki West for 2 nights prior to ... Read More
My fiance and I did the Honolulu to Vancouver cruise on the Carnival Spirit April 2011. This was my second cruise and his first cruise.We flew into Honolulu a couple days early and stayed at the Ohana Waikiki West for 2 nights prior to boarding the Spirit on April 22/11. We had the distinction of being on the 18th floor with an ocean view, however, the elevator only goes to the 17th floor and the room was very small and quite tired looking. But for the price we paid and the fact we were only there a couple nights it wasn't a big deal, plus hey you have to sacrifice something for the ocean view :o)Boarding of the ship flowed very well and we were onboard in no time and out luggage arrived very quickly also, only a couple of hours.The size of the ship was nice as it was very easy to find your way around. It was very clean and tidy.Food was excellent, wasn't overly impressed with the deli but it wasn't bad just not quite what I'd anticipated I guess after reading others rave reviews, but then everyone has different tastes. The fruit at breakfast was always great especially the pink grapefruit and the salad at lunch was marvelous as well. We did our time dining and only had to wait twice and then only for 20 mins max, and they usually seated us in the same sort of area for most of the cruise so we had the same wait staff most of the time. We also did one of the special order Non-vegetarian Indian Meals in the MDR and it was excellent. I also now have to go on a 12 step program for the chocolate melting cake habit I picked up while on board! lol.Our room stewart Conrado, was absolutely marvelous. Once he realized we liked to have a fair bit of ice in our room it was pretty much never out during the rest of the trip. He was always very pleasant and quick to smile and greet you in the halls and did a great job on our room.Our one complaint was the entertaintment. Cruise director Stu reminded us of a used car salesman and he never once came over the PA or stepped up to the mic without trying to flog you something. The cruise I had been on previously had so much to do you wanted to be in 3 places at once. That definitely didn't happen on this cruise, and considering you have 5 whole days at sea one would anticipate there lots planned to do..... There was Bingo twice a day or more, which you pay for, there was the Casino, which you pay for, there was trivia but on the days at sea it's progressive so if you aren't aware of that at the start and you go on the second day...you're kinda outta luck. They played a game show type thing a couple evenings which was entertaining. They had karaoke of course, and ballroom dancing lessons, a "talent show" and a couple shows with their dancers and singers, who were quite good. There were a few stand up comedians and 2 juggler/comedians. There just didn't seem to be much going on during the days. The "Fun Ship" was a bit lacking in the fun department. Read Less
Carnival Spirit Ratings
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Cabins 3.5 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.5 0.0
Public Rooms 3.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
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