2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
As a solo cruiser and my first cruise, I really enjoyed this cruise overall. It was easy to meet other people and to do activities with them. Every dinner, for evening activities and for island shore excursions, I had dining companions, ... Read More
As a solo cruiser and my first cruise, I really enjoyed this cruise overall. It was easy to meet other people and to do activities with them. Every dinner, for evening activities and for island shore excursions, I had dining companions, conversation and company for activities. Lots to do each day......not a problem for a solo cruiser. The food was varied and plentiful. Great service given in the MDR and at the buffet. Loved the production shows in the theatre each evening. The comedy shows were a bit hit and miss. Mare Island stunning water and sand.......but lots and lots of blue bottle jellyfish so could not swim (early December). Isle of Pines had a relaxed feel with beautiful, easy to swim in shallow lagoon. Water was cold on an overcast and drizzling rainy day, but still beautiful and only 23 degrees temp. A good mix of relaxation and activities for an enjoyable holiday! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
I chose this cruise as it was a different ship and there was a great deal on at that time. The embarkation was swift as we turned up for our allotted time and didnt have to stand around. Carry on luggage stays with you until your room is ... Read More
I chose this cruise as it was a different ship and there was a great deal on at that time. The embarkation was swift as we turned up for our allotted time and didnt have to stand around. Carry on luggage stays with you until your room is ready, which was fine by us as rooms are not ready til 1.30. There was always a lot of water around the pool decks, yes i know, there are pools there. People were slipping over everyday on the cruise due to wet floors. (yes i know what shoes to wear) The Red Frog Pub and Fountain Cafe were great spots to get away from the heat and children having fun. Note: children are allowed in the bars until 10.30pm so dont plan on a quiet drink before bed. I personally didnt enjoy the Carnival entertainers. The girls were strangling all the songs which were cringe worthy. The 'Miss Houdini' show was amazing. We didnt visit the comedy shows due to the fact that they were on later than we anticipated after dinner. Food from the main dining room was good. The room itself was a massive rumble of noise and sitting under the dome shape roof, it was just echoing. we had dinner there for one night only. The buffet area had plenty on offer and a wide range of food. Free ice cream and pizza, (which they use as a selling point) was crap, rarely saw kids with the ice cream after the first day. Guys burger joint was pretty much Hungry Jacks and i guess you need to like their burgers. Nouvea had great steak but i feel for an intimate restaurant they need to stop other cruisers just walking through in wet costumes etc. If you book, ask for table near a window behind the main wall so you miss the intruders.Serenity lounge was nice but i couldnt sit there all day. On nice days you have to be quick to get a pod or lounge, even table and chair was hard to get at times. Smoking area was amazingly comfy (im a non smoker)with nice lounges and tables and rather large area which was nice to see and remember you have the choice to walk on the other side of the ship. (People need to give them a break). Santa coming to ship was good with the snow coming into the Atrium, kids loved it. The decor of the ship isnt as dark as what some photos appear. Disembarkation was going really well until the microphone dropped out 2 numbers before ours was called, we sat in the cafe for 30 minutes longer than needed and if you have someone waiting to collect you, its a long time with limited parking available at Sydney OPT. Would i go again. I would say no, even though i have a Nouvea voucher for 2 to use and $300 OBC..wont be booking in a hurry Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Dec 2 - 10: Noumea, Mare & Isle of Pines Another great Carnival cruise! Travelled with my son. Departure - always smooth at the OPT, 12pm boarding an up the gangway by 12.15pm. Cabin - inside 6307, plenty of space for two, ... Read More
Dec 2 - 10: Noumea, Mare & Isle of Pines Another great Carnival cruise! Travelled with my son. Departure - always smooth at the OPT, 12pm boarding an up the gangway by 12.15pm. Cabin - inside 6307, plenty of space for two, handy to stairs/elevators, easy to duck down for dinner, and dash up to Serenity. Activities - we do the occasional trivia (always fun), took part in the Christmas activities (carols, lighting the tree - great for kids), and, of course, watch the Dr Seuss character parade/photo's (great fun). There is plenty to do, or nothing to do...you chose! Favourite place - Serenity Adults Area (aft deck 9). Love this place! Don't reallt care about getting a pod (get there early if you want one all day!), just love finding a comfy spot so I can relax, read a book, go for a swim, grab a sun lounge and catch some rays, take a spa, have a cocktail or 3. I spend most days here, just wander inside to Plays's Buffet and grab lunch, or up to Guys Burgers or Blue Iguana Cantina to get something yummy to eat. Perfect place if you love to cruise to do nothing and escape the rat race. No kids allowed! Ports - we don't get off at the Islands anymore, enjoy the quiet day on board (this is usually when I grab a pod in serenity all day!). We do LOVE Noumea and do our own thing. We get local currency before we travel so no problems, great patisseries (Le Petit Choux), chocolate shop (Chocolat Morand), wander and shop, use the free wi-fi in the park, hop-on hop-off bus around to Lemon Bay...always a fabulous day. Noumea is looking and smelling so much cleaner than it has in the past (there's a new Mayor and she's making a difference!), if you have been avoiding it I encourage you to give it another go. beautiful place. Ship - she's getting a little tatty, but still glorious - so clean! Going for a refurb in May 2018 so that will spruce her up a bit. We love her; there are NO little kids in our family (all adults over 21!) and we have no issues - just note that we don't spend any time on mid-ships pool or travel in school holidays *yikes* Fave Bar - visit the Piano Bar (deck 3 forward, above red Frog); if there's a good pianist on board it can be lots of fun. Alchemy (deck 2 aft, near the MDR) is our fave spot for a before and after dinner cocktail. Give it a whirl ;) Overall great value, already have the next 3 cruises booked and they are all Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
Always wanted to do a Melbourne Cup cruise but won't bother again as the crowds are horrendous. Ended up at the Melbourne casino where I could actually put a bet on, get a drink and even get to a toilet without a drama. As for the ship. ... Read More
Always wanted to do a Melbourne Cup cruise but won't bother again as the crowds are horrendous. Ended up at the Melbourne casino where I could actually put a bet on, get a drink and even get to a toilet without a drama. As for the ship. The staff try hard but there are just not enough staff working the bars especially when it is busy. I like the gaudiness of the ship while I know others don't, but it is something a little different than the cookie cutter ships they are churning out now that all look the same. The food however was a major let down. The buffet is worse than a RSL club in my opinion with the quality and variety an embarrassment. Aussies like a pie and snag but every day, seriously that is a joke. Most other meat offerings were of the stew, casserole variety. Hardly inspiring. I think I saw a carvery only twice, once was so called prime rib and another there was what looked like pork.The main restaurant had an extremely limited menu, so much so that we only ventured in there once the whole cruise. The Steakhouse was however excellent quality food and service. But at $45 per person extra not something we wanted to do every night. Entertainment was average although the band that played in the Red Frog pub were great Alterband was their name. A great bunch of guys that made the nights we spent there fun. Have not done a Carnival cruise for a number of years but the cutbacks and quality reduction was very noticeable. Sadly they all seem to be headed in the same direction so until people stop cruising as much it will continue the downward spiral. Still had a reasonably good time as we make the most of crappy situations Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise as a fun and easy way to go to the Melbourne Cup. It was but the ship itself is awful. When I first stepped onto this ship all I could smell was deep fat frying. Our friends that we were travelling with also ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a fun and easy way to go to the Melbourne Cup. It was but the ship itself is awful. When I first stepped onto this ship all I could smell was deep fat frying. Our friends that we were travelling with also mentioned the same thing, unprompted by us. It's not a good start. All I could see when we stepped on was people getting plastered at the "Pub". Also not a good look. Maybe because it was a Melbourne Cup cruise... The good things: lamb cutlets/chops at Nouveau were the best I've ever eaten, the Melbourne Cup transfers to and from Flemington were impeccably organised. It's downhill after that. Food was very average. Edible but nothing special. Drinks were restaurant prices and average tasting. We had a glass of sparkling wine one night that tasted like eucalyptus juice! There was also a bit of substitution going on. Part of our package was a bottle of Veuve Cliquot. It was substituted with a cheaper champagne. Veuve was available as it was on the restaurant wine list. As we had guests to the cabin for drinks we didn't make a fuss - but it was remembered. This cabin has lots of space and storage. Two people can fit in the bathroom at one time and it has...double sinks! The decor is hideous but I understand that a refit is on the cards so let's hope they do something tasteful. It really does look like a Las Vegas Casino from the old days. The common complaint about the stairs is true. However they were rarely used and only in port. I think they were not too much of a problem. I wouldn't travel on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
I went on this ship three years ago and in my opinion it has gone down hill a bit. The food is not of very good standard on the buffet and the restaurant has the same food as the buffet with only one soup offered each day. The only ... Read More
I went on this ship three years ago and in my opinion it has gone down hill a bit. The food is not of very good standard on the buffet and the restaurant has the same food as the buffet with only one soup offered each day. The only good thing was the free pizzas which are the same. They do not force people to wash hands before going to the buffet as other ships do which is a huge health issue. The cabins don't get sheets changed anymore and we went for 12 nights and no more turn down service and chocolates and no change of towels in the evening if needed. The adults area have had half the cabanas taken away replaced by lounge chairs so it is hard to get one till late afternoon. The table tennis tables are outside on the deck for the wind to blow the balls to the pool deck below and they must have a room for adults to play table tennis tournaments which they don't have. The pool table is in the casino area and charge $10 a hour to play should be free. The tender service was a joke with only 4 tender boats and one way in and out so slowed the process down to a wait of 1 hour to 1.5 hours not fair on parents of children. The shows in the Palace was 10 out 10 every night was exceptional best i have seen so far. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Went on this cruise after being recomended by a friend. Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth and ran well. Cabin staff were excellent and nothing was too much bother for them. The ship for it's size had a poor selection of ... Read More
Went on this cruise after being recomended by a friend. Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth and ran well. Cabin staff were excellent and nothing was too much bother for them. The ship for it's size had a poor selection of shops, dinning areas were adequate, with 3 different dinning areas, but food was no better than average. Entertainment and activities, were focused on kids, evening entertainment consisted of a 1hr show, bingo, card games, or just drinking in the bars with music that was too loud to be able to communicate with our company or bar tenders. Overall service was average at best, finding plces on the ship was not clearly signed or publicised, and the first 2 or 3 days was spent trying to find things to do, and were they were rather than enjoying the cruise. Shore excursions were also hit and miss, an explanation of what to expect or do on each island would have been nice, the shore excursions book told us a little, but did not always live up to expectations. More information at time of booking, regarding disembarkation, airport transfers and tours available enroute to airport would have been a help, as the ship had to be disembarked at 9am and our flight was not till 7pm, so we had to store our luggage at our expense to be able to enjoy the Sydney sights. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
My first Carnival experience, and whilst I had a nice cruise with friends, the whole experience left me a little underwhelmed. The ship is getting a little tired around the edges and me thinks it's time for a makeover! The dining ... Read More
My first Carnival experience, and whilst I had a nice cruise with friends, the whole experience left me a little underwhelmed. The ship is getting a little tired around the edges and me thinks it's time for a makeover! The dining room was disorganised and we were nearly last out of there every night as we didn't get our main course usually until 9.15pm. This became annoying as we wanted to go to the shows. The buffet on Lido was better than the dining room, as at least the food was hot. The highlight of the cruise was "Chef's Table" which was a 7 course degustation menu with a tour of the ship's galley. The food and service were both sensational which goes to prove that it can be done, so why not show some consistency throughout the ship's restaurants. The shows and comedy club were great. The ship's entertainment crew were great and the shows we did get to were very professional and entertaining. The fun crew were great, so Trivia was very popular. The things people will do for a "ship on a stick" :) Embarkation was slick and easy, as was disembarkation. I liked that you could self disembark with your luggage, rather than putting your luggage out the night before. Overall it was an average cruise with below average food and poor table service. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We just got back from another 10 day cruise on Carnival Spirit. This time we went with friends who were on their first cruise and they were, like us the first time, very sceptical. They came off the ship having loved every minute. We ... Read More
We just got back from another 10 day cruise on Carnival Spirit. This time we went with friends who were on their first cruise and they were, like us the first time, very sceptical. They came off the ship having loved every minute. We booked to go on this ship again simply to see crew members who have now become good friends. The service was exceptional from everyone as normal. The food in Empire had improved with more choices. In Nouveau and the Chef's Table the food was outstanding. We were very lucky with the weather with hardly any clouds and always plain sailing which is always a bonus. Whether you are a first time cruiser, or like us have done many, I think this ship offers great value for money. Yes, there are better and more 'fancy' and expensive cruise ships out there ( which we have been on) but we would not have been on this ship four times if we did not enjoy it. Carnival is all about fun, with fantastic friendly service and I think Spirit is slightly nicer than Legend, being brighter with a couple of extra places to go. The only slight downside was the position of the cabin, aft extended balcony, which I will review separately. I can be noisy when the ship is at full speed. Otherwise, just as good if not better than before! Read Less
Carnival Spirit Ratings
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Cabins 3.5 4.4
Dining 4.5 4.0
Entertainment 4.5 3.6
Public Rooms 3.5 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.5 4.2
Rates 4.0 4.2

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