5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I enjoyed an earlier cruise to New Caledonia on Carnival Spirit. Unfortunately the second time around was not so good; perhaps because we were in an inside cabin this time. The cabin itself was quite a bit smaller than I expected. There ... Read More
I enjoyed an earlier cruise to New Caledonia on Carnival Spirit. Unfortunately the second time around was not so good; perhaps because we were in an inside cabin this time. The cabin itself was quite a bit smaller than I expected. There was no lounge chair, only a single chair, plus a stool in front of the dressing table/ desk. The single beds in our cabin were only 2’ 6” wide which is too narrow. Also, my bed was lumpy, I think because the mattress protector was ill fitting and kept bunching-up in the middle. Okay, so we only paid for a cheap inside cabin, so we don’t expect the world. The air conditioning was very effective at cooling the cabin, but it was at times a little too cool and very sensitive to movements of the controller. Nevertheless, I would rather be cool than too hot. The bathroom smelt musty/ mouldy as soon as we first entered it. I think because the shower curtains may not be washed frequently enough and the whole bathroom smelt like it could do with a good wipe over with chlorine bleach. The toilet smelt of old urine from the minute we entered the cabin. Also the toilet seat did not appear to me to be very clean with old ingrained stains. I noticed the same smells in the bathroom in the last cruise I did on Carnival Spirit. During that cruise I had to ask the steward if she could find some bleach to clean it with. The food in the buffet is generally good considering the price of the cruise, but they generally served up the same offerings every day. They could easily provide more variety without spending more money. For example, the home fried potatoes have a bad tasting spice on them. They could provide some variety by not using the spices on some days. Also, the baked beans were always the variet with onions. How about buying some cans of beans without the onions. No extra cost. At the breakfast buffet (Good Eats) the food is put out at around 6:30am but guests aren’t allowed to touch it until 7:00, by which time much of it is not so enjoyable, especially the eggs benedict. At the Guy Fieri burger stand, I think they need to change the frying oil more frequently as the potato chips (fries) I had were soft and dark. Instead of the art auctions in the Versailles Lounge, where hardly anybody buys anything, they should show movies during the day more frequently. These would be very well attended judging by the attendance at the one or two movies that they did show. The enrichment activities were generally attempts to sell health-related treatments to passengers. These all seemed to be quite expensive. Most people, including myself, only seemed to attend the art auctions for the free “champagne”, which is just sparkling white wine, and the entertainment. Even the free sparkling white wine was mostly orange juice. OK, we don’t expect real champagne, but at least give the option of either straight sparkling wine or the wine/orange juice mixture. The gym was advertised as opening at 6:00am, but on three occasions this cruise I had to ask a passing staffer to open it up. This was done with barely a grunt. I was also concerned about the grinding and repainting work being done on the Lido deck during the sea days, only metres away from passengers including kids. From what I could see there was little attempt, and probably no easy way, to suppress the dust while they were doing the work. Not a good look. There was quite an extensive list of shore excursions available, but information on these should be provided to passengers online in advance of the cruise so we can plan a little. As it was, many of the good excursions were fully booked when we tried to book them on the second sea day. Royal Caribbean does a much better job at providingn this information to passengers as soon as they have booked. Overall, the experience was about average, but okay for the money we paid. I would probably pay a little (or a lot?) more and cruise with a different cruise line next time. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise as it was going to New Zealand. One of the things to do on my bucket list. Carnival Spirit is an awesome ship. My high lights of this cruise was the El Fresco dining out on the deck under the skies. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was going to New Zealand. One of the things to do on my bucket list. Carnival Spirit is an awesome ship. My high lights of this cruise was the El Fresco dining out on the deck under the skies. The entertainment was awesome. The entertainment in the dining room at dinner was great. I also enjoyed the art and crafts at soulplay with Adam. I also enjoyed the Green Thunder cocktail and great value for money. Eli was very accommodating and friendly. The stateroom stewards were great. I loved the animal towels. Especially the cat one I really enjoyed. There was nothing that they wouldn't do for you. I also loved Auckland and Bay of Islands. Very picturesque. I also enjoyed the Seranite adult only section. I also loved how they are with people with disabilities I myself have very low vision and they were great with me. Well done Carnival Spirit. See you at the end of December 2019. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Great cruise. Great people. The staff on this cruise made the trip awesome. Room was tidied every day by happy people, the service staff at the bars and seating areas could not be faulted. The dinning restaurant has the best staff. We were ... Read More
Great cruise. Great people. The staff on this cruise made the trip awesome. Room was tidied every day by happy people, the service staff at the bars and seating areas could not be faulted. The dinning restaurant has the best staff. We were served by Kosta, Bahri and Saiful, these guys went out of there way for us at every meal. Best service ever. Our Holliday was with a group of 17, enjoyed by all. We arrived early and were aloud on straight away with questions. All the port stops were handled very smoothly. Our time on board was well spent with the kids in the pools and on the slides and the for the adults there is always things to do (trivia, performences, and shows). Would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in cruising and will surely do it again myself. Carnival you sure do it well. Just perfect. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I chose the 3 night four day Carnival Cruise out of Sydney because it was my first cruise and I wasn't convinced I was a 'cruising' kind of person. I was right. I'm not. At least I'm not a Carnival Cruise kind of ... Read More
I chose the 3 night four day Carnival Cruise out of Sydney because it was my first cruise and I wasn't convinced I was a 'cruising' kind of person. I was right. I'm not. At least I'm not a Carnival Cruise kind of person. The embarkation was horrific. Loaded like cattle, they crammed us all into the buffet area because their determination to get in and get out as fast as possible means they get you on board before your rooms are ready. EVERYONE - and I mean every 2,124 passengers - are crammed into the buffet area waiting for their rooms to become available. There's not enough seats and tables. People are pushing and shoving. It was horrendous. That was bad enough but then we had to do the muster. Unlike other cruise lines that 'muster' in lounges in a calm and serene fashion, Carnival herded us onto decks. They forced us to stand in 34 degree heat, shoulder to shoulder FOR AGES until blasting a horn and letting us free. More shuffling in long queues as again we depart our muster locations like herded cattle. Still the rooms aren't available. The lifts aren't available either because of the baggage being brought on board so it's all stairs (with a torn meniscus so that just added salt to the wound). I'll summarise the rest because the first day was by far the worst but not the only disappointment. The spa massage was a constant up-sell. Even mid-massage so not exactly relaxing. The chat app (which isn't free) wouldn't work properly and we had to queue (again) to get help from guest services. I say help but "it's probably just your phone" wasn't that helpful. The son never managed to get his phone connected but I still paid the $9 - YES NINE - to NOT be able to chat with him while on board. Unless you're a kid or an adult with no personal space requirement DO NOT EXPECT A SWIM! There aren't pools on the boat. There are oversized spas masquerading as pools. Look closely. The promise is luxurious. The reality is the pools are TINY. They make them LOOK big buy surrounding them with overflow areas twice the size of the pool. Day two they closed one of them so that left us with 2,000 people and one 18+ pool and one family pool. Do the math! Disembarkation is the reverse order of the unpleasantness getting on. We had to rush breakfast, rush packing and rush to get off the boat by 8am. Why? Because they're ready to cram on the next load of victims of course. We left a phone in the room in our rush to get out on time. How we lost something in a room that was 2m x 1m I'll never know. The highlight was the dining room. The food was first class. Really amazing. There was a little wobble on the last night with a couple of dishes that were below their unusually high standard. If it wasn't for the food, I'd be demanding my money back. The staff are 97% wonderful. A couple of individuals who probably shouldn't be cruising but the vast majority are friendly, professional, helpful and the saving grace of Carnival Cruises. Clearly some people have no problem being crushed, and queued and rushed. I don't. I like space. I like peace and quiet and I expect a pool bigger than a spa bath.The images on their website are mis-leading. I'll post pictures of the pools. Judge for yourself. It was extremely hard to find anywhere with a calm, relaxing environment. The Sun Lounge area was my version of hell on earth. Loud DJ music, people and kids running around everywhere and everyone jammed into close quarters. Don't go expecting to have a comfy sun lounge in a quiet corner of the boat somewhere. The rear of the boat was largely devoid of crowds but there was nowhere to sit and relax so that was yet another disappointment. There simply isn't enough boat and there's too many people. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose to get away from the hustle & bustle of Christmas preparations and relax with the family (kids & grand-kids) on a Christmas cruise. The children went to kids club, some enjoyed it, some didn't. If you don't like ... Read More
We chose to get away from the hustle & bustle of Christmas preparations and relax with the family (kids & grand-kids) on a Christmas cruise. The children went to kids club, some enjoyed it, some didn't. If you don't like lots of kids then this is not a cruise for you. There was plenty to do (if you want to) things like trivia, dance lessons, crafts, games,swimming, water slides, shows, parties. The food choice is very good. We ate breakfast mostly in the buffet which we found better than in the main dining room. Evenings we preferred the main dining room. The Nouveau Restaurant, for that extra special gourmet food was excellent. The staff everywhere were generally friendly and offered great service. We had a couple of things wrong in our cabin which our cabin steward got the maintenance crew to fix within an hour. The entertainment was very good with a good variety of entertainers (jugglers, magicians, comedians, acrobatics, dancers, singers. The ports were all tender ports (using lifeboats not a wharf to disembark). At Lifou we chose the Jinek Bay Marine Reserve excursion for great snorkeling. Numbers are limited so need to book as soon as you can after boarding ship. $26 p.p. There is no beach at Jinek Bay so not suitable for children unless they can swim/snorkel. Isle of Pines is beautiful where you land there are white sandy beaches within a short walk with lots of sea life (turtles, coloured fish, coral. Where you land on Mare there is not much, a few market stalls no nice beach. There is only has one excursion, a bus journey to Yejele beach for $25 per adult, $20 per child (aged 3 - 12 years). On a previous cruise there were lots of stingers on the beach and in the water. It's a beautiful beach but we didn't get off the ship there this time. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Great Embarkation, no problems, straight in and treated like royalty. Good price cruise $76.65 per day. Great to have a priority for Water Shuttles. A NICE SURPRISE, at dinner time in the Empire Dinning Room, when it was “Show ... Read More
Great Embarkation, no problems, straight in and treated like royalty. Good price cruise $76.65 per day. Great to have a priority for Water Shuttles. A NICE SURPRISE, at dinner time in the Empire Dinning Room, when it was “Show Time”, the music started (D’Amore”)but the singer wasn’t there so Dessi, the Maître D, started to sing. After a while a waiter helped her and when he couldn’t sing any more another waiter jumped in to help. It was really lovely to see that team work in the dining room. Also somebody proposed to his girlfriend. It was very emotional, then Dessi asked them to dance while one of her staff sang the song “Crazy”. Another good feeling was when I wore, for the first time a new pair of earrings, for the Elegant night and I realised that I lost one. I went to Guess Services and it was there!!! It was found in the Pharaoh’s Palace. I was impress with the honesty of the serving staff. NEGATIVES : Some people put in multiple entry raffle tickets for The FA FA Show, when it suppose to be only one per person. There has to be a way to avoid that. The FA FA Show was too long, no need of extra talking,(1 hour and 10 min.) Wed brunch was very slow. I just asked for a Smoked Salmon B’fast and it took more than 1/2 hour to arrive. But that was the only time that that happened. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Kids loved every aspect of this holiday as did I. The water slides were obviously a massive hit.. The water park great for my 6 yr old ASD boy.. Pools were pretty cold but no-one seemed to mind that as the spa just beside came to good ... Read More
Kids loved every aspect of this holiday as did I. The water slides were obviously a massive hit.. The water park great for my 6 yr old ASD boy.. Pools were pretty cold but no-one seemed to mind that as the spa just beside came to good use..especially after 10pm. Food FANTASTIC.. elegant dining night was a real treat for us. Icecream & Pizza on offer 24/7 was a dream come true for my 11 yr old daughter. My 15yr old son entertained him self as I rarely saw him...very unusual for him. Friendly staff all over the ship..especially our cabin stewards. INDRA & LINDA were amazing people & made our stay comfy as our cabin was cosy . As we had a quad share.. hardly spent any time in there. Getting on & off the ship was a surprisingly smooth process. Already looking for my next cruise. THANK YOU CARNIVAL SPIRIT Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We were offered a very good deal which included Balcony, airfares and $500 spending money at a travel agents mini expo otherwise we wouldn't have chosen to do this cruise. We found it very relaxing but wouldn't want to be on ... Read More
We were offered a very good deal which included Balcony, airfares and $500 spending money at a travel agents mini expo otherwise we wouldn't have chosen to do this cruise. We found it very relaxing but wouldn't want to be on there during school holidays. Eat in the Dining room for breakfast and dinner, staff were fantastic and very talented - the nightly show in the dining room was sometimes better than the theatre production. Loved the Serenity Bar and over 18 area although the pool was way too small. Ports of call, Noumea - was a Sunday so only the markets open, Mare, lovely looking island, next time would do the bus trip to the beach and Isles of Pines was just gorgeous. Could have laid on that beach all day. Embarkation and Disembarkation was very smooth. We liked all the nooks and crannies to sit and read/drink. Bingo was a huge rip off - never paid out more than $700 in the five games, no jackpots and we figured some days they were taking in over $5000 and the staff while fun were too busy having their private jokes. Rust in the Balcony door made it hard to open. Room was nice, spacious. Only went to one seminar (Eat more lose weight) and a stretching class. Stretching class was good but the seminar was misnamed - should have been how to detox to lose weight. Perhaps I am a cynic. Overall came home relaxed and a bit more tanned. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
I chose this cruise because it was sailing out of Sydney and I have always wanted to do that. It was also going to New Caledonia where I haven't been before. It was my first cruise experience and I was a little nervous about doing it ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was sailing out of Sydney and I have always wanted to do that. It was also going to New Caledonia where I haven't been before. It was my first cruise experience and I was a little nervous about doing it on my own. It was the most social holiday I have had on my own. I must have spoken with 50 people at various times during the cruise. The overall experience was fantastic. I did upgrade to a Grand Suite so my room was very nice and comfortable. I also chose the pick up at Sydney airport as I was flying in and out from New Zealand. Because I was the only person doing that they put me in a taxi instead of the coach. Great service. No problems with embarkation and disembarkation. It was probably not a good idea to be flying in and out on the same day as the cruise but lucky for me all went smoothly. I even got time to take the ferry over to Manly for a few hours before boarding the ship (they stored my suitcase). The food was pretty good. I chose to do the Chefs Table and that was a great food experience. I felt the alcohol side of this was a let down. No Cocktail just a glass of bubbles and the wine served during the meal was house wine standard. It was interesting to see the kitchen but i think it would have been better to then go to a separate dining area. It was difficult for me to hear what the Chef was saying due to the background noise. My time ashore was fantastic. Loved Mare and Isle of Pines for snorkelling and swimming. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Saw an advertised “special deal” on Carnival - $749 for 8 nights so wanted to see if we would enjoy a longer cruise in possibly a different region with them. Food in restaurant, service and staff excellent. Ship was kept spotlessly ... Read More
Saw an advertised “special deal” on Carnival - $749 for 8 nights so wanted to see if we would enjoy a longer cruise in possibly a different region with them. Food in restaurant, service and staff excellent. Ship was kept spotlessly clean. Cabin 4118 was spacious and our Cabin Steward, Ketut, maintained the room to a very high standard. He addressed us by name at all times, enquired about our activities and always had a welcoming smile. Lots of fun trivia, Serenity area was a bonus, entertainment was on par with other cruise lines. Only minor downside was the setup of the food in the Lido. We found it very spread out and difficult if you wanted to eat different food but enjoy it at the same time as the group you were travelling with. Overall it was a great experience and would definitely book another Carnival cruise. My daughter did a Caribbean cruise with Carnival 3 years ago and says she would also book another cruise with them. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We had been on Diamond Princess as a couple and loved the experience so Carnival had a lot to live up to. It wasn't as big or as flash as Princess but with a 4 year old Carnival was absolutely perfect. Carnival was more geared for ... Read More
We had been on Diamond Princess as a couple and loved the experience so Carnival had a lot to live up to. It wasn't as big or as flash as Princess but with a 4 year old Carnival was absolutely perfect. Carnival was more geared for children with the slides and things for them to do. We were also upgraded to an extended balcony cabin (8223) and I thoroughly encourage anyone doing a pacific island cruise to spend the extra money and opt for a balcony. It came in so handy with wet swimmers and towels from our days out on the islands. We also left our snorkelling gear out there as well. Not to mention waking up in the morning from our bed watching the islands sail pass us. The cabin was big enough for the 3 of us. They had converted the lounge into a single bed for our son which stayed that way the entire time. The kids club was excellent with lots of activities to entertain them. They also give you a phone so if there's any problems they will call you. The buffet for breakfast and lunch was excellent with always a good variety of hot and cold dishes & the main dining area for dinner was lovely with exceptional customer service & humorous waiters. The food was good, no complaints but would say not quite the quality of Princess. Entertainment was quite good with the main shows at night popular & quality. I must say the lady who played in the piano bar most nights was exceptional taking any requests. All in all Carnival Spirit was an excellent cruise and we would definately cruise with them again, hopefully out of Brisbane next time. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Overall the cruise was above my expectations. Room: We were in room 7302 aft balcony and I will be requesting an aft balcony for future cruises. The room was spacious enough for my husband and I and 6 year old and having a balcony gave ... Read More
Overall the cruise was above my expectations. Room: We were in room 7302 aft balcony and I will be requesting an aft balcony for future cruises. The room was spacious enough for my husband and I and 6 year old and having a balcony gave us a lot more flexibility in space ( somewhere to dry clothes and towels, stash sandy shoes and snorkel gear, read, sun bake and get some fresh air). The aft balcony meant we got great uninterrupted views with none of the wind and it was very quiet as the only other people going past our door was the staff and neighbours. Cleanliness: Room attendants were fantastic, unobtrusive, friendly and even left a special message, balloons and toy for my daughter on her birthday - I didn’t even have to organise it. Meals: lots to choose from. My husband doesn’t like buffets and lives for a good steak so he insisted we eat at the fancy restaurant a few times. Meals there were VERY good and not very expensive, however I actually preferred the dining room meals and the staff there really went above and beyond. The buffet was also good and we all loved the 24 hr pizza. The only thing that could of been done better was the drink packages. None of my family do soft drinks or wine. Beer, liquor and good coffee is what we want and they didn’t have a drink package to cater to any of these and we ended up paying a small fortune for 10 days of good coffee. Entertainment: always something to do for everyone. We all like very different things and each one of us was happy doing some things by ourselves and somethings together. Kids club: my daughter loved kids club ( so did we) and we never felt guilty taking her there as whenever we went to pick her up she would have a spit because she wanted to do whatever the next activity was. Staff: this is where I was blown away. I can not say enough good things about the staff. Friendly, patient, entertaining, always willing to help and they go out of their way to make you feel special - considering there is 3000 people they attend to daily this is no mean feat! I was disgusted in the way I saw many other cruisers treat the staff, but they took it all in stride. For many English is a second or third language, but they still remember your names, how you like your orders, what you drink etc, and many times we were what seemed like extra special care even though they probably are like that for everyone. Our waiter Ketut and his staff must have a special mention as I cannot list all the ways they were good to us. Destination: each place we visited was more beautiful then the next. It may seem like I am praising everything from a holiday high but I have been back in the real world for 3 months now as I write this. I am usually a critical person but was amazed at how great our experience was. Even my husband who gets motion sickness and prefers to stay indoors loved it and we were both surprised at how very little movement we noticed in the ship and no one got sea sick at all. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We cruised to Melbourne to tick another bucket list. Carnival Spirit was great. We partied and had a great time. Between the band The Manila Boys and Donnie the music was fantastic. You dances every night. The violin players were amazing ... Read More
We cruised to Melbourne to tick another bucket list. Carnival Spirit was great. We partied and had a great time. Between the band The Manila Boys and Donnie the music was fantastic. You dances every night. The violin players were amazing and added the touch of elegance. High tea is a must and the trivia games keep you alert. The fellow guests were all there to have fun and the crew could not be more helpful. Our cabin Steward was fantastic and looked after us. Yes Carnival you know how to put together a great Melbourne Cup Cruise and I would recommend it to any one. Planning our next cruise with Carnival and we hope Ellie, The Manila band and Donnie are all there to entertain us. Would recommend you loose 5kg before you go or pack your gym cloths as there is souch food and drinks you will gain 10kg easily and enjoy every minute of it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Coincided with our Anniversary. Cabin was good we have had this one before enjoy the indentation which keeps the wind off. We were well look after in the dining room with our friend Dessi. The dinning staff were great thanks Costa and ... Read More
Coincided with our Anniversary. Cabin was good we have had this one before enjoy the indentation which keeps the wind off. We were well look after in the dining room with our friend Dessi. The dinning staff were great thanks Costa and his team. Food was fantastic plenty of variety. Eli cruise director very approachable called me lovely, said he sees us more than his parents. We are platinum cruises. The seas we kind to us like a mill pond only one day when we had a few white caps Meet the new captain lovely man. Entertainment good shows good especially 88 keys. The violin trio was fantastic so too Rod with his country music. Isle of Pines beautiful as usual, first time with a high tide was quite different to swim had a very relaxing time clear blue waters. Noumena next port of call we did the Double Decker bus good tour good price good commentary first time enjoyed would recommend. Stopped at the pastry shop first time for us my husband is a retired pastry chef was interested to see what the fuss was about, a bit expensive but very nice to eat. Lifou next port have been a few times did vanilla plantation. A drive into the country in an nine seate4 aircon bus lady driver no commentary. Lady tour guide was not to pleasant, but it was very interesting tour. A refreshment was included we bought some vanilla pods all sealed no trouble getting through customs when declared. Last port Mare not my favourite island bus to beach to expensive and there was wind. We just walked around for half hour then back on ship. I think they could find a better place to go. Over all it was a great cruise we relaxed and enjoy our 49 anniversary. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
2nd time cruiser with carnival. No complaints here. Great value for money. Staff are more than happy to accomadate passenger needs with a smile. Food was prepared, made & cooked daily, entertainment was adequate. Giving a variety of ... Read More
2nd time cruiser with carnival. No complaints here. Great value for money. Staff are more than happy to accomadate passenger needs with a smile. Food was prepared, made & cooked daily, entertainment was adequate. Giving a variety of options each night. Plenty of activities to keep anyone occupied during the day no matter the weather. Cocktails were delish. Behind the fun tour I highly recommend, to see how it all works- laundry, kitchen, staff quarters, storage areas & the bridge ( meet the captain ) & more. Cleanliness was of high quality. Staff were consistantly present throughout the ship servicing rooms & cleaning. 1st cruise was with our children, kids club catered for them sufficiently & they loved swimming in the pool & spa. 2nd cruise was myself, husband, a friend his son, nephew & friends who are married. Loads of laughs, good times & memories made. If had the opportunity we would travel with Carnival again. Well done Carnival Tanya & James Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
I had been on another cruise from Sydney, but not from Circular Quay and wanted to experience the thrill of sailing out of the Quay, past the Opera House and up Sydney Harbour. I was not disappointed. For the price, I think Carnival did ... Read More
I had been on another cruise from Sydney, but not from Circular Quay and wanted to experience the thrill of sailing out of the Quay, past the Opera House and up Sydney Harbour. I was not disappointed. For the price, I think Carnival did an excellent job. Where else can you get 8 nights accommodation with ocean views, three meals a day, waiter service if you want it, movies, live shows, karaoke, swimming pools and gym for $100AU per day? Despite school holidays having ended a full week prior, there were still hundreds of school age kids. Not sure how that can be so, but they all seemed to have a great time in the pools, water slides and other kids activities. If you want a quiet, adults cruise, I suspect Carnival is not where you’ll find it. For the money, the food was good. You can’t expect any more for the price. I was travelling alone and the single supplement meant that I paid almost the same as two adults. Can’t help that. I booked, through a third party online cruise booking service and it was quite close to the sailing date. At that stage I could get a cabin with an obstructed ocean view. I thought that would suit me fine. About a week before the cruise I received an email with my cabin details and was very pleasantly surprised to find they had put me in a cabin in the aft section of the ship with a full, unobstructed view balcony. Some say mid ships, low down has less movement, but I think the aft section is also good if you are susceptible to motion sickness. There is a 24 hour, free pizza restaurant and the pizzas were actually very good. However, the fellow making the pizzas was completely disinterested and he was making the dough at the counter as well as cutting up and serving the cooked pizzas when they came out. This meant they were sometimes stone cold when they were finally handed over. As the pizzas have a thin crust, they dont stay hot for long and are best if served and eaten straight away. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Went with 10 family members kids and grand parents etc. Fantastic French provincial day core. Glass elevators. Elegant dining room. Rooms were adequate. Had a balcony double bed and 2 bunks. Cupboards and drawers could be better if they ... Read More
Went with 10 family members kids and grand parents etc. Fantastic French provincial day core. Glass elevators. Elegant dining room. Rooms were adequate. Had a balcony double bed and 2 bunks. Cupboards and drawers could be better if they had suitcase space only. Bathroom adequate. Larger then the P&O's Jewel bathroom. Not as good on board activities that we expected. Could have been better like movies should have been on in the theatre instead of just on the open deck where it was raining and noisy. Most of the time no movies were playing throughout the day. In room should have had the better movies playing also. Bad movie scheduling that collided with early diner service also causing people to be late. 7.30 pm dance shows were good. comedy shows good but not enough seats in small theatre. Not as many shops on board as the Jewel also. Most on board activities were geared towards spending big bucks like art auctions that not many people showed up to and had old chipped frames obviously had not sold very often. Come on we paid enough to be there already. Pools were nice with kids shallow bit but could have been heated and needed more spas as overcrowded. Be nice to have an indoor kids playground too for bad weather. Buffets were good and elegant dining and waiters dancing entertainment a plus. Elegant dining was only opened for lunch and breakfast sometimes. 24 hour pizza and ice cream. Needed more ice cream machines in buffet area. Sore excursions were very pricy and the free hop on and off at Noumea was not advertised until the morning of after we had spent hundreds on tours. $530 for 4 for 3 days of tours. The train was good value but not the afternoon bus tour as it doubled up on the look outs we had already been too and beach not as good for snorkelling. Maree was beautiful and only cost $90 for 4 for day for bus transfer. Good snorkelling and local beach food sold. Noumea was a beautiful and clean place but very expensive for currency conversation. $20 for 2 coffees in an ice cream shop. Good shops above ferry terminal that took Australian dollars. P&O pulled up to the Warf where Carnival had bus services as docked in the shipping yard a bit painful. Good kids arcade and kids club activities, but not as good for older kids as the Jewel. Overall enjoyed our cruise and staff were helpful. Excellent frozen cocktails for $10.50 end up. Excellent gym and sauna if you can find it. Gym and adult spa closed for chlorination in the day on a rainy day, bad scheduling. Hardly any fitness classes, only expensive PT sessions. Need yoga and abbs classes on. Spa was extremely expensive minimum $175 a treatment. Mini golf never had any balls, always missing. Fun themed dress up nights, but didn't know it was Halloween until final days before and we purchased the wrong costumes. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
The Ship: As a first time cruiser I did not know what to expect, so I was excited when I first saw the ship as was my son (aged 6). Was glad that we were able to check in our luggage early but the wait to embark seemed to take ... Read More
The Ship: As a first time cruiser I did not know what to expect, so I was excited when I first saw the ship as was my son (aged 6). Was glad that we were able to check in our luggage early but the wait to embark seemed to take forever, although very organised. Once on board the ship we were directed to have lunch. My son and I just wanted to see where our room was and was not completely happy about being told to come back later in the afternoon (I guess the room stewards didn't want you to watch them clean). so as a first timer on a cruise they were handing out cocktail which I assumed was a complimentary welcome aboard drink but realised after that you paid for it (no big deal because I'm on holiday). The boat had a very nice ambiance to it. The restaurants: Food was amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed every meal all but one which was a pizza that was still frozen. I complained and asked for a new pizza which they freshly made, so I can't really complain. The entertainment: From what I did get to see and do was fun but unfortunately I couldn't see any of the adult things that I wanted to. My child went to kids club once and hated it because he couldn't even get a drink of water or have any food so we just hung around the pools which both were constantly full of people and I had even seen some kids vomiting in the pool, pretty disgusting, we didn't swim at all but did play in the kids water park. The Medical Team: Amazing comes to mind. The doctor on board was very attentive and looked after my son who was very, very sick. My son recovered after 2 days on board as apposed to being evacuated which would have been the next step if my son's temperature didn't drop. Onshore excursions: All great. Lifou markets small but swimming was nice, didn't stay long as my son was not well. Isle of Pines: Enjoyed the tour around the island and learning about the history, very pretty. Amedee Island: This was by far the best excursion, so glad that I chose this instead of staying on the mainland of Noumea, entertainment at lunch was good as well as the marine life I saw while snorkelling. If you're afraid of snakes then I don't recommend this because this island is covered with sea snakes that are harmless when on land and are fairly placid - just leave them alone and they will leave you alone. Service: Service was great. Staff were very helpful and always smiling nothing was a bother. Shopping: Shopping was OK. Jewellery was very cheap and nice - I highly recommend this. I bought a heap of bracelets and bangles for less than $200. There was a competition on where you had to guess the size of the carot diamond in a ring and those who got closest won (I assumed it was the ring......wrong it was for some other prize like body lotion or something like that). Timezone costs money but guaranteed winner on the skill testers (we went home with around 50 little rubber ducks and a couple of minecraft stuffed toys. Overall: I would definitely cruise again on this ship Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We booked this cruise as the time was suitable, Great Staff and service, food was of poor quality compared to other cruises, buffet was fair to good. Overall the Carnival shows where the best, the outfits were amazing. Our room ... Read More
We booked this cruise as the time was suitable, Great Staff and service, food was of poor quality compared to other cruises, buffet was fair to good. Overall the Carnival shows where the best, the outfits were amazing. Our room upgrade was also fantastic. Thank you for upgrading upgrading us we weren't expecting that but it was an amazing suprise our room was great. Thank you so much we greatly appreciate it. We had a great time and we will return again. we also had a $400 dollar credit, that was more than ample for our 8 night cruise On the Carnival Spirit. The Captain Vittorio, was very approachable, as well as the cabin staff. Speaking of the staff, The night dinning room staff, At table 216 Where fantastic at the 7 45 pm sitting, head waiter lgusti was fantastic. To Some up a fantastic cruise with great staff, buffet was good, the Main dinning food was poor at times. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
8 days South Pacific cruise to Isle of Pines, Mare and Nouméa, Enrichment Activities - did not attend any, these don’t interest us. Embarkation/disembarkation - good, we did not encounter any issues. Public Rooms - well ... Read More
8 days South Pacific cruise to Isle of Pines, Mare and Nouméa, Enrichment Activities - did not attend any, these don’t interest us. Embarkation/disembarkation - good, we did not encounter any issues. Public Rooms - well maintained, and spaced out. Cabin - we had interior Stateroom 7260, no major issues, and close to the Empire Restaurant on level 2. In fact it doesn’t matter where you were located, there’s lifts close by, everywhere, as the ship is not huge. Shore Excursions - we did not book any. We did our own thing. Isles of Pines - we tender to the island for a swim, and soak in the village experience. We did not purchase anything or eat anything on the island. Bring sufficient dollars and coins in Aussie money because change is given in French, and you don’t want that. Mare - we tender to the island, but we did not stay long, as there was not much to see or do, however for $$$ you can go on a tour if you wish to. Nouméa- we disembarked. We did our own thing, we walked around the CBD, having been to Noumea many years ago, nothing has changed too much. Cost of living is very high. For a fee, the ship provides a shuttle, and another free shuttle to take you across to the CBD, as its impossible to walk to get to the CBD - too many cars and dangerous. Onboard Experience - karaoke every night for 2 hours to give kids and adults a chance to shine and make some noise, song book organised, however very limited song choices, and after a few nights you just don’t bother to partake, but listen to the others. Audience cannot assist you to sing because there’s no additional screens, and that is a real downfall. All other ships have screen, including your local pub. Dancing classes - good, but very short lesson, to pass time, and cheap, and given in the Spirit Lobby - a very small area which is not ideal. Water slides - did not partake, too cold for us. Restaurants (paying) - too expensive, did not partake. Entertainment - not the best, just average rock bands and singers. However, Electric Violin with Emerald Trio was excellent - something different. Shopping - good selection, but expensive. The alcohol shop on the 2nd last day duty free at 4pm (10% discount) was very disorganised, the queue to the checkout was long and crowded. Thank goodness I paid for my alcohol in the jewellery shop. Activities on board are OK, can be repetitious. Most activities in mind are cheaply thought of. Photos - very expensive, and on level 3 is devoted to photos only. To become a professional photographer takes years in training, where these are all amateurs. An elderly couple picked up their photos, costed heaps, and realised their wrinkles were all photoshopped. Alcohol - very expensive. If you are a beer drinker, consider taking a package when you get onboard and ask at the bar. One drink can set you back $9.00, and this can add up very quick. Wine is the same, about $35 a bottle. But Aussies are big drinkers, this is Carnival’s secret weapon. Value for Money - we booked the special price and if you don’t drink, then on this special price was fine. However, some paid over $1,000 for an interior Stateroom, and got ripped off by their travel agent or a close friend, only to find out it was cheaper online from the cruise company. Do your research. Dining - fine dining is very average, and dish presentation is terrible, timing and fast service is what’s all about. We have been cruising for many years, most cruise don’t tell you, you can order as many dishes as you like, e.g 2-3 entrees, 3 mains etc, and if you don’t like, after that head to the buffet for more choices. Dressing up for theme night is not required, your choice. Elegant dress night is applicable, however not enforced. Just look decent and have some respect. The buffet food on level 9, some dishes are good, some are terrible - tasteless, too sweet or too dry as in chicken dishes. Overall, you’ll find something to eat. Some of soups were tasty. Staff in fine dining and buffet were great and hard working. Fitness and recreation - free and a good selection of gym equipment. There is a spa in this area, and also free sauna and steam rooms, and showers. Drinking water and towels provided. All inside and uncovered. For a fee, there are beauty treatments and hair salon. Serenity pool area - free over 18s. A place to relax, and drink. Overall - the decor on this ship is not pleasing to the eye, and very much what you read in the reviews, yuk, but you get use to it, after a few days. Rust is just about everywhere. Guest relations, some ladies can’t multi task, some are plain rude, and have no idea about how the Aussie’s think. All hospitality staff on the ship are pleasant. Some hosts/directors have excellent commend of English, others are just terrible. Security was good, however, do remember there’s always young to med single man, and including dirty old man on a hunt for a catch, so be mindful, and always be on guard, and not be chatty to anyone just because he looks friendly. No we would not be returning on to this ship, many of the activities were boring, many things were repeated over and over, and some entertainment just average. On this cruise it was school holidays, it was loud, but acceptable to us. Tips - bring ear buds, medication, wet suit, hand and face cream, nail clippers, sun screen, hat, duct tape, camera or go pro, iPad has better reception than iPhone, however very slow. Do not bother with premium package internet, I purchased the med range at $129, but could not send or receive emails, that was fine with me, an Aussie Power adapter, bring two, the prong is reversed being the ship v is the the way around, be sure you have clearance, that is space around the adapters, bring iPhone chargers, do not bring power packs. The power outlet in our room was situated on the desk, and you could not move the desk to get clearance, joggers, flats, and one pair of elegant shoes, not your best heels, it’s not a competition, Aussie dollars and coins if you want to buy things on the island, shorts, swimmers and your holiday spirit if this is your first cruise. Control all expenses and just enjoy this cruise and give feedback. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Hi as a first time Cruiser this was a wonderful experience. We travelled as a family of 12 aged between 5yrs,16yrs to the 30's & 56 which was me. The Ship was absolutely beautiful & catered for all ages. The entertainment on ... Read More
Hi as a first time Cruiser this was a wonderful experience. We travelled as a family of 12 aged between 5yrs,16yrs to the 30's & 56 which was me. The Ship was absolutely beautiful & catered for all ages. The entertainment on board was fantastic & ranged from bingo, trivia games, karoake , craft days & health beauty seminars. There were cinemas which catered for many ages & live shows eg stand up comedian & even a Hypnotist . I took my 5 year old grandson to see the Hypnotist & he was in awe. A great show. We built a bear & my Grandbaby joined Kids club. We had 2 formal nights, a Mexican night & a 80's night. They were fantastic fun & to watch my children participate was good fun. They had pirate dress up & treasure hunt. The hairiest chest contest. The list goes on. My partner & I followed a singer called Rob who played 70's & 80's & performed a Johnny Cash & Neil Diamond show. The Red Frog Pub lounge was fantastic on level 2, Shanghi was great for the karaoke nights & the seminars took place there through the the days. The Serenity area on deck 9 was just so good to chill as no children allowed lol! The service from all the bars, dining extra was nothing but excellent. The dining room Empire on level 2 & 3 was truly amazing nothing but professional & silver service. Food was prepared well & tasted delicious . The Buffet was a little more hectic but still great food & good variety. Pizza was 24hrs a day & my family took full advantage of it. Especially my 2 sons. Pizza mad. Hamburgers were cooked from about 11am till 5pm & you could put just about anything you wanted on them. Ice ream was in endless supply. The Cabins were really beautiful & I am pleased we paid the extra to have a balcony. 2 of our group members got a balcony slightly obstructed views but their room was even better than ours. I was in awe of it & next time would happily have the obstructed view. You could see everything really just below was a lifeboat but who cares. Their room 5174 was slightly bigger & better quality carpet, benches etc. Bathroom was much nicer than ours. We were all on level 5. Rooms 5252,5254,5256 & 5174. I would take 5174 anytime it was cheaper & a nicer. Room service was perfect. Our rooms were cleaned immaculately & Wyman was nothing but friendly, helpful & cheery. He knew our names quickly & greeted us daily with his lovely welcoming disposition. Everyday we had a towel animal greet us when we came back to our rooms. I was so impressed I went to a seminar where they showed how to make an elephant & dog. I was wrapped as elephants are my favourite animal. We purchased the book so worth it! The places we ported were Noumea, Isle of Pines, Mare, Mystery Island & Port Vila. Noumea I would probably not revisit but a tip make sure you exchange money either on ship or at the markets where there is an exchange machine. I went into supermarket & couldnt use Aussie $. But the bar we sat at for awhile did accept our money. Beaches beautiful but not so friendly. Isle of Pines was paradise & the people were just lovely. Happy friendly & welcoming. Next port was Mare where my adult children went snorkelling . They loved it &a I enjoyed the markets. Mystery Island was my favourite it was just so pretty &I reminded me of a Rv show called Gillgans island. The beaches in all these ports were stunning. No seaweed & a blue colour that was just mind boggling. The waters were stunning. Mystery Island was cheapest for souviniers . Port Vila was great but a bit more overwhelming. Busy busy busy. The taxi driver that took us about were friendly, knowledgable & keen to show how they live. But the Duty free is fantastic. All the islanders were lovely couldn't fault them. The French in general were semi pleasant but some rather rude. Well that is most of my experiences I found it just the most extraordinary 12 days & loved my every moments & so glad I shared them with my family. ( Television needs a bit of adjustment for those who can't sleep or need to entertain a child. They need a channel just for children's movies & they need more movies than the 7 or 9 they kept showing. People who lack sleep need some in room entertainment . I suggest you download iPad with movies & take them along with you) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Having cruised before we are totally disgusted with many things whilst traveling with Carnival cruise lines. Before our journey began we notified the booking office to inform them of our health issues with food and mobility. We felt ... Read More
Having cruised before we are totally disgusted with many things whilst traveling with Carnival cruise lines. Before our journey began we notified the booking office to inform them of our health issues with food and mobility. We felt assured we would be treated kindly regarding these. However we were talked into purchasing a Faster to the Fun package which would help us erase the delays with lining up and disembarking. This package was purchased with by my sister to whom I was traveling with as we both have similar health issues. When boarding the ship we were pleased to see we went direct to board .Well done. However we were under the understanding that our luggage would be ready in our room upon boarding, it never took place. We were not able to go into our cabin until approx. 4pm and then this was when the luggage was delivered to the passage. Not inside as lead to believe. Our cabin fridge was minus a tray or shelf and we asked the cabin assistant to find us one as the fridge was actually leaking moisture inside and medication needed to be stored .To this day we still never received it. In regards to the mustering station we do understand these are high priority and we respect that. However . found it extremely hard to stand for such a long time as I suffer from a foot problem and I was forced to stand for approx. 30 minutes or more. The briefing was very short and I was left feeling the need to medicate for pain after this. This was pathetic for others like us with disabilities. This needs to change as it does not offer the elderly any consideration at all. The day of boarding we headed to the main restaurant to set up the food allergies we both have and felt happy in knowing our needs would be met. We were not offered or informed of any food options in the Lido deck. We were only offered the menu to book in for the evening dining only at this stage. It was during the day I went to the Lido deck for a snack and when I started to eat a hot chip I realized it was garnished with seasoning, even though I had asked previous to this if it contained garlic, my allergy. I was ill within no time at all and was unable to enjoy my first night of dining at the main dining area. I then went on to spend my night and the following morning vomiting and was so ill I had to dial for The Medical Centre who offered wheelchair assistance to go to the A deck Medical team . I incurred a $637:50 account in which I feel should not have been a fault or miss judgment by myself. The day of discharge from the ship Medical Centre I was left feeling unable to eat in the main restaurant as pre planned and when I phoned to see if the set meal could be delivered to the cabin I was told they couldn’t do that, but she would ring us back to confirm. It was some time later that the meal arrived with no one informing us. It was unfortunate I had to phone room service to order a coffee to be sent to cabin as I was not able to order with my meal. This was added to my account.. It wasn’t until we asked at the service desk for assistance with eating in the lido lounge the service desk paged LORETO the head chef He was shocked to hear of us being unable to eat with limited options being available and he was more than happy to assist us with anything we requested during dining in the lido deck. This was day 3 LORETO cooked for us and we were happy knowing our food could be tailored to our allergies. In regards to the main dining room Waiters and Waitresses were unable to offer us anything different from the menu list, no varieties given only the option to take the garlic or pepper from the food out, often leaving this boring and tasteless. There were times we asked for alternative food to be added e.g. gravy, bacon etc......................................... it never came. It was on the second last night of dining we asked why we had not been offered a Cheese Platter like those dining around us. After asking we were finally offered one .We finally had something more appetizing to enjoy. We would dearly like to ask what we gained in purchasing our Faster to the Fun package as we found the disembarking on a gangway for entry to and from ports too long from gateways etc .We found that there was no priority given and we often found ourselves standing in line just like everyone else. This money spent prior to sailing is misleading and a total rip off. As we stated above this is not the first cruise either of us has taken and never have we experienced the lack of control by staff in regards to rules for children and never seen such lack of respect to those either elderly or disabled as children were allowed to run through the casino. Bars and corridors quite often unattended by parents…… this we found to be huge hazard many times during our cruise We often look forward to the joy of being able to attend the day spas. Never have we left feeling like we were not worthy of being there. The service was great and we do understand the needs for up selling of your products but we take offense to staff telling us we have either to lose weight or to look after ourselves better. We never came on this cruise to be judged by your staff (doing their job the way they are encouraged to do by the rules which you govern your cruise liner). We don’t always have the best of everything but we don’t need to feel awkward either. Yes we felt we had to purchase some of the products but even when we were told they would be delivered the following morning to the cabin this still took 3 days. We do not understand why we had to sign 2 receipts when we don’t agree with the gratuities as this is not even offered as an option. We honestly feel we have no choice but to be honest in saying this was not the cruise trip we thought it was going to be. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
This was a yearly holiday with my sisters, our second Cruise, first on the Spirit. We had the best time, the ship was in great condition, our cabin was cosy but comfortable and very clean, thanks to Cristina and Moh. The staff were very ... Read More
This was a yearly holiday with my sisters, our second Cruise, first on the Spirit. We had the best time, the ship was in great condition, our cabin was cosy but comfortable and very clean, thanks to Cristina and Moh. The staff were very friendly. The dining in the Empire Room was amazing, we had excellent service with Kaur, I Madi and Goran, the food was delicious, there was not one meal we weren't happy with. The Showtime at 7 o'clock was so much fun and a Highlight. The dining in other areas was also excellent and the Serenity Bar was the place to go away from the kids (although we didn't have a problem with any of the children, most were very well behaved and polite). The staff all over the ship were very friendly, we only came across one grumpy one, he must have been tired and don't blame him as they all work so hard and long hours, we only saw him the once. The Ports and excursions were fantastic, except for one, the Mare Island was not one we would bother to go to again. Mystery Island seemed to be everyone's favourite. Loved all the Entertainment, (there was plenty of it, there's no way you could be bored). We met many new friends, including the Staff I have mentioned, we laughed, ate, drank and have great memories. We were sad when the cruise ended and are looking forward to our next Cruise as soon as possible. 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 4.2
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 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.2

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