2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Embarkation and access was easy and smooth. Cabins were not ready but that was to be expected. Went straight to the pool and bar while waited for rooms to be ready. The weather was perfect every day and just hung at the serenity bar away ... Read More
Embarkation and access was easy and smooth. Cabins were not ready but that was to be expected. Went straight to the pool and bar while waited for rooms to be ready. The weather was perfect every day and just hung at the serenity bar away from screaming kids. Noumea, Isle of Pines and Mare Isle were great snorkeling excellent. Food in all areas was good Main restaurant and Lido deck there was always plenty of variety and choice. In general the fish wherever you were was excellent and perfectly cooked. The cabin "Grand Suite" was very comfortable and steward Dennis very obliging. All in all a very good value cruise if you are on a budget. This is our second Carnival cruise it just happens to be 1/2 price of same excursion with Celebrity which would have been our preferred choice. We wanted to go to Isle of Pines and that is what we did. Celebrity is a great choice if you have kids and want value for money. Though they try and gouge you at every corner so watch your bill. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
It was a great fun relaxing cruise enjoyed the stops, staff was fantastic and friendly as always. The cabin was great mid ship deck 4 with obstructed views, when ever we cruise we always pick this category as we still get the daylight ... Read More
It was a great fun relaxing cruise enjoyed the stops, staff was fantastic and friendly as always. The cabin was great mid ship deck 4 with obstructed views, when ever we cruise we always pick this category as we still get the daylight from outside would recommend a 4k to anyone that does not want to spend heaps on a cabin that you may only be in there to sleep and get changed. Was a little disappointed in the live entertainment as it was the same we had seen the past 3 cruises we were on, but in saying that we ended up spending time in the adults only serenity pools we basically had the pool to our self as everyone was at the shows. If i had to say anything negative at all it would be the entertainment as the shows were the same as our previous 3 cruises. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
First Carnival Cruise after 3 cruises with Royal. Short cruise to Tasmania. Booked a guarantee balcony. Given balcony on Deck 8. Cabin was spacious. Happy to be close to the buffet and serenity the adults only area. Had issues ... Read More
First Carnival Cruise after 3 cruises with Royal. Short cruise to Tasmania. Booked a guarantee balcony. Given balcony on Deck 8. Cabin was spacious. Happy to be close to the buffet and serenity the adults only area. Had issues with flooding in the cabin. Excellent service from guest services in getting this issue fixed to my satisfaction. Loved the pods in the adults only Serenity area and on the open decks. Fortunate to have had good weather on this cruise so used them alot and never had an issue finding a vacant one. Shame the ones in Serenity often get wet overnight and are not usable until the cushions dry out mid morning. Had no problem eating in the buffet but the food there was poor compared to Royal. MDR food was fine but service was lacking. Behind the scenes tour was excellent. Good value at $95 AUD each. You really feel like a VIP doing this tour. Book as soon as you board if you are interested as it is popular for good reason. Entertainment was good. Saw most of the shows and enjoyed them. Went to a free food demo in Nouveau. That was well done and enjoyed the tastings on offer. Ports were Hobart and Port Arthur. Hobart on a Saturday. Salamanca Markets. Underwhelmed with the markets. Tasmania Museum a short walk from ship was free and an excellent little museum. Port Arthur. Tender Port. Guides met the ship and gave a very interesting free talk and mini tour before you explored the site on your own. We had gorgeous weather and it was a pleasure to explore this historic and sad site on foot. Calm seas to Tassie and back. Saw dolphins from balcony as we were cruising away from Port Arthur. Nice mix of ages on board. Lifts were fast and only time there was a wait for one was on disembark morning. Cruise Director did a very good job. Had a lovely cruise and would be happy to book Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Last Cruised in - 1980 , P & O Oriana, Catch up with friend on short cruise from back then. Find out what Cruising in 2018 Was like. Excellent time on Carnival Spirit, All Service was good , ship was good , Crew Good, ... Read More
Last Cruised in - 1980 , P & O Oriana, Catch up with friend on short cruise from back then. Find out what Cruising in 2018 Was like. Excellent time on Carnival Spirit, All Service was good , ship was good , Crew Good, Ship was easy to get around on , to all relevent facilities.food in buffet area very good. Especially enjoyed made to order Omletes for breakfast, Empire Restaurant excellant with Your Time Dining option. Drinks a little bit expensive side , but what heck most pubs in Sydney charge too, Carnival bars catered for Aussie Beers , on Tap , which was a plus , Tooheys , VB , xxxx, Plus their own brew Thirsty Frog. ALL bars had table service for lazy time people , Only one disapointment, was Shore Excursion to Cascade Brewery facility was not operating, but was a Saturday. $100.00 ouch. Cost of cruise was good. Good time had will cruise again. On Carnival or P& O etc Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
This was a good short cruise to Moreton Island. There were heaps of first time cruisers on the ship which was good to see. I didn't even bother getting off the ship when we got there so I had the ship to myself. Was able to do mini ... Read More
This was a good short cruise to Moreton Island. There were heaps of first time cruisers on the ship which was good to see. I didn't even bother getting off the ship when we got there so I had the ship to myself. Was able to do mini golf without heaps of kids and could hang out in Serenity without heaps of people there. Was even able to win a couple of rounds of Trivia due to most of the people getting off the ship. I took full advantage of the SPA so that I could have a bamboo/stone massage. Pro's - Good value for money and yummy cocktails. Con's - People taking their kids out of school to do a cruise, but that happens a lot these days. Best part is they showed the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics so I was able to see some of that before I went off to see a show. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We just got back today (28/1/18). You know you have had a GREAT time when the family are depressed it is all over and the realities of this daily world start to set in. First thing that must be said is the Spirit crew work incredibly ... Read More
We just got back today (28/1/18). You know you have had a GREAT time when the family are depressed it is all over and the realities of this daily world start to set in. First thing that must be said is the Spirit crew work incredibly hard at keeping the passengers happy. They all do it with a smile on their face. They all seemed very motivated. The food, particularly in the Empire Room was mostly at the 5 star level. Each day there was different menu set. No mean feat for 12 nights. Spirit, while aging a little now, was very, very clean. Once again this goes back to the work ethic of the crew. The decor is not as grotesque as some other reviewers have made out. It varies around the ship depending on the theme. Generally it is a combination of Roman and Egyptian themes but that isn't everywhere. One area of improvement Carnival could work on/change policy on are the pools and controlling teenagers + pre-teens, keeping in mind the PEAK school holiday season. While there are rules about jumping/diving into the pools, they were rarely enforced (with the exception of the Serenity pool where kids were strictly not allowed.) Too many times we watched kids jumping, bombing into crowded pools, splashing other passengers. It was unruly to say the least and not pleasant at all for our 10 and 12 year old girls plus many other passengers. I got to the point where I had to warn off some of these kids. We managed it overall by swimming earlier in the mornings (7.30am-10am) where the pools were not crowded and were cleaner. Carnival would do well to follow the lead of P&O plus RC where kids are kicked out of pools if they muck up. At times I thought the kids clubs for the teens could have been better organised with more to do for them. Then again perhaps it was just some of the kids. Fortunately the water-slides saved the day. Despite being a full capacity ship in the summer holidays, the queues to get on the Green Thunder were not bad at all. At worst we waited 15 mins and that was on day one at sea in the first hour of its opening. There after the max waiting time was just 5 mins. And for those reviewers complaining about the Serenity area being too close to the slides?? Really? It's like 30 meters away and well above the Serenity deck area. Any screaming heard seemed like miles away. My wife and I loved our time in the Serenity pool and the pods. Watching the open sea go by, the blue sky.. the clouds form and reform. The passenger demographic was mixed. I was warned the ship would be full of bogans with their tatts well and truly out. And we had some additional trepidation of the Jan school holidays. Well, yes there is an element of "boganism" but there is also an element of the quiet book readers, the well behaved families and good kids, the couples, the retired, the singles, the friends, the refined. Overall, everyone was positive and just wanted a good holiday. It was easy to make new friends. At times some of the less thoughtful passengers got to us. Some passengers around the bistro had very poor hygiene standards, though I note Carnival has hand sanitisers everywhere and once again, work hard to keep the bistro area clean. The shore excursions were fun and were well organised. Getting off and on the ship, whether in port or by tender, was stress free. For the first timers, I can vouch it is important to book the shore excursions in well before the ship departs. The best ones will sell out very quickly. The ship handles high seas well. On our first night we had 6-7 meter swells once leaving Sydney heads. This came from a vicious low hovering in the North Tasman Sea. So as the ship was heading towards Noumea, it was hitting the starboard, aft side of the ship, creating a bit of a roll. But not as much as you would expect given the size of the seas. I guess the large size of the ship helps in this regard. The next days the seas started to ease and the seas remained fine for the rest of the trip. So there you have it. We loved our time. We will be back. Thank you to the crew of Spirit for making our holiday GREAT. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We were hesitant about carnival but it suited for a quick trip after 5 days in sydney we did the same cruise 11yrs ago on a P&O ship but spirit was much better, we weren't planning on doing shore excursions due to the cost and ... Read More
We were hesitant about carnival but it suited for a quick trip after 5 days in sydney we did the same cruise 11yrs ago on a P&O ship but spirit was much better, we weren't planning on doing shore excursions due to the cost and we had previously been there. Only got off in noumea to get free WiFi it is very expensive on ship. We had a minor issue with seating at emerald dining room as we wanted a table for 2 but it was quickly sorted out. For my husband's birthday we booked nouveau Restaurants it was the most amazing meal best steak hubby has ever had side dishes, dessert and service was top class it was worth alot more than $45 each. All other times we ate at emerald dining room we could not fault the food, service or atmosphere, we were very very blessed to have a private tour and tasting in galley for emerald it was amazing something l had always wanted to see CYRIL the chef was lovely and explained all the ins/outs of the kitchen, produce and training we loved the opportunity and really made it special many thanks to isabella from dining room for selecting us.. The shows were great and always little activities if you wish to do them, oncecagain many thanjs to all for a wonderful job. Read Less
3 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
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
This was our first cruise ever and first real family holiday. My husband and I walked randomly into a travel agent's office one day just playing the idea in our head for a family holiday and within two days, had booked the cruise. We ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever and first real family holiday. My husband and I walked randomly into a travel agent's office one day just playing the idea in our head for a family holiday and within two days, had booked the cruise. We have 4 children, aged 13, 11, 8 and 4. To be honest, I was a little nervous about a cruise vacation. But we are now hooked. We've caught the cruising bug and can't wait to go on another holiday. The kids absolutely loved every single minute. From just being on the Ship, to the onboard activities, to the shore excursions and particularly the 24 hour icecream. I came away from the holiday so very proud of all of them. It was a fantastic time. Because of our large family, we had to book two staterooms but that didn't end up bothering us at all. We were only in them to sleep anyway. My husband was in one room with two of our kids and I was in the other room with our other two kids. We loved the waterslides and I even braved the Green Thunder. The entertainment was great, although I wish there was a little more earlier entertainment for young children. But after a day or two, I worked out it was easy to put our youngest in her PJ's and then go to the shows. She slept through most of the late shows on my lap. The dining options were good. I found the main Empire the best for getting the kids what they wanted each night. But we generally stuck to Lido Buffet for Breakfast and Lunch each day. On shore days, we'd do an excursion in the morning, then return back to the Ship for lunch and then go back onto shore for the rest of the day. The worked really well for us and we didn't have to outlay extra for meals on shore. The entertainment in the dining room each night was great and the kids loved the singing and dancing waiters. The waiters would often entertain the kids with one on one magic tricks or teaching them to fold napkins. The staff were lovely and friendly. My youngest kids loved the kids club and begged to go there whenever they could. My oldest went once but preferred to hang around with us or do his own thing from time to time. We can't compare Carnival Spirit to any other ship, as this is our first. But we did thoroughly enjoy our vacation and can't wait to cruise again. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I happened to walk into the Cruise specialist TA and ask if there were any good deals around for a cruise out of Sydney. A balcony room for 2 people for 11 nights at a total cost of $2,300 seemed like a good deal, so I accepted. ... Read More
I happened to walk into the Cruise specialist TA and ask if there were any good deals around for a cruise out of Sydney. A balcony room for 2 people for 11 nights at a total cost of $2,300 seemed like a good deal, so I accepted. Embarkation worked well. We were on the 12 - 12:30pm check-in and onboard about 12:45pm. Decoration is a matter of personal taste - think Vegas Casino and you won't be far wrong. Dining - Don't miss the Nouveau Restaurant if you like good food. We went the first night as they were offering a free bottle of wine that night. All the food was a very high standard, the steaks were exceptional. Servings were large, so go there starving - we had trouble getting through it all. The free bottle of wine was also quite reasonable, better than I was expecting. We ate at the MDR most of the time. We requested the Your Time Dining, but failed to get that. Not really a fan of the fixed dining times, but I guess at this price point it's the most efficient for Carnival. Staff were all friendly and helpful. Food was fairly bland, even the "spicy" food - adequate but not exciting as I guess you have to expect. My wife is Gluten Free, and she wasn't all that impressed. Compared to her experiences on the P&O Dawn and Aria, Spirit didn't really try very hard. Like P&O, in the MDR, she would get the next day's menu at dinner. The idea was she could pick any menu item and they would modify it to take out the wheat. P&O didn't have any difficulties with that, often providing really great dishes. Carnival Spirit managed OK sometimes, but other times we arrived for dinner to be told "couldn't do that" - only option was to then find a gluten free item on the menu. We bought the $185 wine package. Worked well and provided a reasonable saving on the price if ordered separately. One negative - they crossed off two wines that were listed on the Carnival web page and on the paper sheet we received after purchasing the package in the MDR. One wine crossed off was the only sparking, so that probably upset a few people. Music & shows - we enjoyed the music in the bars. Music Manila were good, especially when playing music from my vintage. Liked the Epic rock show, others were a bit ordinary. I was pleasantly surprised by the Chippendale Library. I expected a small pile of ancient blockbusters, but many were 2016/17 editions and some I even wanted to read. Quite few USA centric books about people I'd never heard of, but really not bad at all. Overall - pleasant enough cruise for what we paid. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Second time on Carnival and we enjoyed ourselves again. Family of three, one teenager doing 8 days south pacific. Stopped Noumea, Mare and Isle of Pines. Highlight was captain alerting us to whales alongside ship. Great crew and ... Read More
Second time on Carnival and we enjoyed ourselves again. Family of three, one teenager doing 8 days south pacific. Stopped Noumea, Mare and Isle of Pines. Highlight was captain alerting us to whales alongside ship. Great crew and everything went really smoothly. Sixteen yo made most of O2 and had a ball. Went to Nouveau and it was worth every cent. Would not bother again with buffet for dinner, we only did it once because we didn't feel like dressing up on formal night but next time I will make the effort. Dining room meals were also great. We did 2 shore tours. Segway in Noumea at the forest park and it was really good and we also did guided tour of Isle of Pines as on other trips we have just snorkelled and wanted to do something different. That was really good fun too. Snorkelling on Isle of Pines is really good and the water on Mare is so clear although the snorkelling not quite as varied as Pines. Would recommend Spirit as a good family ship with lots to do if you are happy with a relaxed feel with a varied clientele. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
I'd never considered going on a Carnival cruise before this trip. Perhaps the snob in me said it was too down market and there were better alternatives around. The price however was right as was the timing so we said 'why ... Read More
I'd never considered going on a Carnival cruise before this trip. Perhaps the snob in me said it was too down market and there were better alternatives around. The price however was right as was the timing so we said 'why not' and I'm glad we did. All our preconceptions were blown away from the moment we boarded. The Carnival Spirit is such a unique ship. I must admit the interior takes some getting use to and the best way I can describe it is gaudy! Not very faltering but it is a little different and you learn to like its quirkiness. The experience itself was fun. The whole ship has this happy vibe and a lot of the credit must go to the staff who really were exceptional. The evening shows were first class and the comedy shows topped off most nights. The food was varied and of good quality where ever we went to eat and the 24 hour pizza counter was never empty. This was my sixth cruise and it delivered exactly what I wanted; something a little different. It was both relaxing and entertaining. If you wanted to participate in the themed nights and have a good time you weren't alone. A fair percentage of the passengers got involved in the parties and made an effort to dress up and dance. Those that didn't had ample places to relax in the lower decks. All in all an enjoyable cruise and one I'll repeat in a few years time. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We have enjoy cruising on other shipping lines, when we were invited to join friends on Carnival we thought sure. Haven't been on carnival before. First time for everything. Overall the food is plentyful, with lots of variations, ... Read More
We have enjoy cruising on other shipping lines, when we were invited to join friends on Carnival we thought sure. Haven't been on carnival before. First time for everything. Overall the food is plentyful, with lots of variations, Pizza, Mexican, BBQ, Dinning room food is truly delicious. If you have children then this cruise is for you, as they have great water slides and activities for children. Take note: extra activities will be additional costs. Eg build a bear, paint a beach bag to take home to mention a few. Children can play bingo, and the lucky youngsters have also won... $$ on our cruise. If you like a drink, it's not duty free. It's standard bar prices. Other cruise ships we have travelled on have duty free cheaper drinks and cocktails on board. Serenity section for adults only is great, but you need to get in early for a pod, unfortunately it is below the children's water slides, so you will hear squealing children. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We chose this cruise for its price the line had some specials going and as we are now pensioners price is paramount. We had not cruised with Carnival before but had cruised with little sister P&O and two of Royal Carribean. I had ... Read More
We chose this cruise for its price the line had some specials going and as we are now pensioners price is paramount. We had not cruised with Carnival before but had cruised with little sister P&O and two of Royal Carribean. I had imagined that Carnival would be much better then P&O but didn't find to much difference except size of ship being much bigger. I did prefer the food in the buffet area on Spirit compared to Aria as at least they had proper seating but like Aria the food was not always hot. However the availability of fresh cooked pizza 24/7 meant that Carnival is way way out in front as well as free icecreams great for late snacks. We scored well in the cabin as we paid for starter fare and got 4th deck in a obstructed view cabin it was fab as it had french doors that fully opened giving fresh air. There was good storage and although the bathroom is quite small it served us well water was hot and strong. The cabin staff were hard working and our cabin was always left clean. The main dining was good and on Spirit each night staff serenade diners I had just lost my Mum and the first time I heard this little show one of the waiter sang Hallelujah I had tears in my eyes is was so moving. This man Simon should be a permanent entertainer he is fabulous. Entertainment I would have liked more bands especially on deck instead of just DJ who by the way is a very nice man but as it was in the enclosed area it was a bit loud. I think on summer cruises this would be fine with the roof open but in winter it is a bit overwhelming but because of cool winds we just went with the flow adults area to cool this time of year with winds. I am not into just solo singers or duos unless they are vibrant and sing upbeat songs most of the entertainment other then Red Frog were this type. Loved the Manila boys they were fun friendly seemed to deliver what fans wanted and understood Aussie mindsets ACDC etc. Two of the night big shows were fabulous but the rest were kinda OK but nothing write home about please stop using magicians they belong in nursing homes and yes I did say we are pensioners. We had great service from all staff there were no complaints at all. Only used on port excursion it was the transport to the beach on Mare a must as the island doesn't have much beach it seems more rocky cliff type swimming. Would I go again yes if price was right but next time in warmer weather as the sea days were long without good deck conditions. I would like Carnival to introduce alcohol packages as drinks were very expensive I think they could make good value. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
My first cruise.A solo adventure. Firstly, as I was traveling Solo and paid the Single supplement for an internal room, I was surprised & pleased to be upgraded to a balcony! Thanks Carnival! As a Middle aged Man that is a ... Read More
My first cruise.A solo adventure. Firstly, as I was traveling Solo and paid the Single supplement for an internal room, I was surprised & pleased to be upgraded to a balcony! Thanks Carnival! As a Middle aged Man that is a Farmer, I have to admit I was a little overwhelmed with the number of people everywhere. The activities included meet ups for Singles. Why not meetups for Solo travelers? less pressure...that's a market some Cruise lines have identified and cater for. I enjoyed attending the Empire evening dinner programme - I was placed on a table with some solo travelers and they were a good bunch. Even though it was not school holidays there were definitely a lot of kids on board. One Excursion I found to be excellent was the "behind the scenes" excursion which takes about 15 guests into the background of the ship - visiting the galley, laundry, Engine control room and via thew main highway corridor for staff only all the way up to the bridge and to meet the Captain. If you want to go on this Excursion book ASAP - its very limited and sells out very fast. Two of my dinner pals missed out. Food - You can eat healthy! The Salad bar was amazing! I still managed to put on a pile of weight though. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We had a great time with our family. There was so much for the kids to do, always something happening. Kids club was great for them too, they enjoyed it every now and again....,good break for the adults aswell. Cabin was great and Ronald ... Read More
We had a great time with our family. There was so much for the kids to do, always something happening. Kids club was great for them too, they enjoyed it every now and again....,good break for the adults aswell. Cabin was great and Ronald couldnt do enough for us. Thought though that the food was a bit bland, although there was always plenty there. The hamburger and the mexican burritto bar were fantastic. The shows were good. Bingo was fun. The stage shows were very good aswell. They really need a drinks package onboard though, as drinks were expensive. Mystery Island was our favourite stop on the trip. Snorkelling there was amazing. The Captain was a very friendly, he was often mingling with passengers. We also did "The Behind The Scenes Tour", was well worth the money. You really get to appreciate the effort and work that goes on behind the scenes. The Captain was very welcoming to us all when we went up to the Bridge. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We went on Carnival Spirit from Sydney to Moreton Island in early May. The Cruise is simply amazing, Best value for Money. Its a perfect leisure trip for the entire family. The ship has got everything that you can think of. Food, events, ... Read More
We went on Carnival Spirit from Sydney to Moreton Island in early May. The Cruise is simply amazing, Best value for Money. Its a perfect leisure trip for the entire family. The ship has got everything that you can think of. Food, events, shows, sports, party, cinema, pool - name the thing and you will find it in the list. Shows were awesome, very entertaining. The Cruise Director Lee Mason is a very entertaining guy and quite hilarious. We ensured not to miss any of his shows. Kid loved the 24 hour Pizza and Ice cream counter. Ensure to embark on the cruise with huge appetite as there are huge options for dining every day. Burger Joint, BBQ, Salads, Dessert and much more. We captured our beautifully spent time on this 3 day cruise and made the video. You can check out the video here on youtube we uploaded : https://youtu.be/-0x7OETNMKE Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
This was our first cruise and we chose Carnival because of the price and that it covered our birthdays. Our trip started well with the shuttle from the airport it was easy to use,( they found us) quick and our luggage was well taken care ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we chose Carnival because of the price and that it covered our birthdays. Our trip started well with the shuttle from the airport it was easy to use,( they found us) quick and our luggage was well taken care of at the port. Our cabin was a pleasant surprise comfortable and very clean. Later we found it to be well appointed. We sailed out of Sydney and the views from the ship were outstanding. We used most of the dining options, and enjoyed all of them. The Empire being our favourite not just because of the great food, but because of Dessi and her marvelous team who not only feed us each night but entertained us. Our waiter Godfrey sand and danced for us each night. We enjoyed the Red Frog Pub and again our waiter Eka gave us personal attention. The stops at the islands were wonderful, some with not a lot of touristy things which was nice. Our cabin stewards Turi and Andi keep our cabin in very good order and went out of their way to help us celebrate our birthdays with messages in colour pens on the mirrors. We found that all the staff we came in contact with remembered our names and made us feel like we were special. Lastly the young people who put on all the shows, Wow what talent. The comedy club, very entertaining. We travelled from Adelaide to join the ship, We are a couple late 60's and early 70's. We disembarked with ease, no rush, shuttle to the airport in time for our flight. Would we do it again...........in a heart beat. Thank you Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2017
We had a group of family & friends aged from 27 to 55 yrs.9 of us,process getting on was quick, our room 7/248 was service from Vidodoo? was excellent, food service in all areas was great some prices on shop items was to expensive, ... Read More
We had a group of family & friends aged from 27 to 55 yrs.9 of us,process getting on was quick, our room 7/248 was service from Vidodoo? was excellent, food service in all areas was great some prices on shop items was to expensive, shore excursions, YOU MUST have a plan don't waist any time not knowing what to do once you get off at the ports, know where you would like to go. as you can pre pay for excursions on the boat & when you first get into your cabin READ all of your brochures trust me it will help, remember these people on these islands relied on these ships coming to there shores for business so be carefully for private tours as you probably will be able to bargain with them say start at 1/2 price what they say, early dinning we found to be best, then of to see night time entertainment for a good seat remember there are 2000 people on this boat most walking around in circles not sure where to go or what to do, so have a plan READ you brochure's in you cabin or do some internet research at home Read Less
27 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
After leaving such a negative report on the Ovation of the Seas in Jan I thought it only fair I should leave a report on our last cruise on Carnival Spirit in March. We first cruised on this ship back in 2001 doing the Los Angles to ... Read More
After leaving such a negative report on the Ovation of the Seas in Jan I thought it only fair I should leave a report on our last cruise on Carnival Spirit in March. We first cruised on this ship back in 2001 doing the Los Angles to Acapulco cruise and just loved her then and have since been on her many times ex Australia and some 16 years later still love her. I am not sure what makes this ship so special, she sails well in seas that others do not do so well in, she has a bright decor and to be honest possibly the BEST CREW that sails out of Australia and has this consistency year in year out making for a great cruise. There is some magical formula Carnival have found with this ship ( in particular) in that all the crew are very friendly & always with a smile, they do keep the ship clean and well maintained despite its rising years. The cabins are good size, clean and have stewards that look after you as good as any cruise line and the food on board is not far removed from the far more expensive cruises you may take. The down side is that it is a family FUN ship and therefore you have kids running riot with not to many crew wanting to get involved and discipline ( ouch that is a word from the past) mind you this can and does happen on “5 star” cruise lines however providing you can avoid school holidays then in the main you can cope with “the unruly” where you can escape to the Serenity area for adults over 18 only when you have had enough. The Entertainment is good/ average however seldom do you get any better than 3rd or 4th rated entertainers on any ship out of Australia unfortunately despite the hype that is given as we all know. In addition to the good food there is several soft serve stations for both the kids and adults and forget your calories at least once and visit one of the best hamburger joints at sea ! along with the best chips ! at Guys Burger Joint , do not leave the ship without trying these and see if you can work your way through all the different hamburgers choices on offer all served complimentary and with big smiles. For those wanting specialty restaurants there are several all with a reasonably cover charge albeit there is unfortunately no Chinese restaurant on board. I can only speak for the balconies and ocean suites but they are bigger than many of the other ships and very comfortable. The lifts particularly the aft set must be the FASTEST of any ship sailing out of Australia and it is great to go to a lift without more than 60-90 seconds wait to get where you want to go to. While I am the first to be concerned with hygiene it is fabulous to go into the La Playa restaurant without the demeaning greeting of washie washie smiley smiley happy happy, having said that, not enough people take care in hand washing and it really is a case of using common sense within your own personal hygiene habits and looking out for those that don’t consider others in this area, a bit like driving a car & looking well ahead and be prepared to look after yourself. The manageress of La Playa ( she is from Romania) runs a great restaurant and has it clean and running like clockwork while at the same time everyone is happy- great job There is obviously a host of things for the children to do and for the adults apart from Bingo and Trivia there are numerous classes to take part in albeit some can attract a attendance fee. In summery the Carnival Spirit is one of the best cruise ships we have here with some of the best deals you will ever get for a cruise on a 4 1/2 star ship and it is simply a ship you must sail on to realise just how good she is and the value for money she offers. A bonus for those that like the news is you get aussie TV in your room for several days each way before the satellite becomes too weak or it re enters the foot print. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
My family and I decided to go on a Carnival cruise for my grandfathers' birthday since none of us had ever been on a cruise before and it sounded like something the kids would enjoy as much as the adults. And I've got to say... I ... Read More
My family and I decided to go on a Carnival cruise for my grandfathers' birthday since none of us had ever been on a cruise before and it sounded like something the kids would enjoy as much as the adults. And I've got to say... I am very impressed. The kids had an absolute blast on the waterslides and pool- which conveniently had seating around the area so we could put down stuff and sit down. They also loved the mini-golf course, free ice-cream/pizza and enjoyed going to the Camp Ocean together when the adults needed a break. The only issue we had with the onboard activities was with our teenage girls (13 and 15) who felt that there wasn't much for them to do during the day and they didn't enjoy the teen club. But they really really had great fun watching the brilliant shows in the theatre ( Pharaoh's Palace) and the "Dive In" Movies during the night. The area we dined in ( Empire ) was beautiful and the food was great! The whole family loved the theme nights and having different meals to choose from. The service was exceptional and we left with content and full bellies every night. The buffet (Lido) was good and where we all met up for a delicious, homey breakfast & lunch the majority of our stay and it was always our go-to area when it was open. And a shoutout to all the other bars/restaraunts like Red Frog & Blue Iguana which has some very tasty food/drinks!! After 2 days at sea, we did get to Isle of Pines which was astounishing. I think the reason for it beauty was because it seemed very natural and unidustrial. The beach was gorgeous and the people were very nice and welcoming. Even though it rained, it was still amazing and I didn't want to get out of the water. Unfortunately, I didn't go to Lifou because the heat made me feel unwell so I stayed on the boat, but my family spoke quite fond of it so I assume it was good. On the last stop ( which was Noumea) we were all very disappointed. One of the youngest children we brought along with us (5 years old) had been looking forward to Noumea for 6 months now and she was really upset to find that Noumea was no different to a typical, quiet city. The beaches weren't very good and the markets were busy but had nothing to offer. The New Caledonia Aquarium they loved though, and got them interested in fish that could be swimming underneath them while they were on the boat. But the best part of the whole cruise was the people/service. Everyone was very happy and just genuinely nice. The people who cleaned the rooms always said hello to us when we walked by. The people offering drinks by the pool were dancing. The people who performed on stage at the shows were enthusiastic and wanted to dance with the kids. And of course the waiters at the Empire room the served my family every night ( thanks to much Salindra) and were just so kind and compassionate with us. Overall, the Carnival Spirit experience was brilliant, and my family and I would definetly recommend it and go again. Thank you Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
If anything, this is definitely a fun boat. Lots of activities for everyone and a great energy. While the service is inconsistent it's generally positive. The process of getting on board was particularly patchy. The number of ... Read More
If anything, this is definitely a fun boat. Lots of activities for everyone and a great energy. While the service is inconsistent it's generally positive. The process of getting on board was particularly patchy. The number of times I was ordered to produce my passport and green card prior to actually needing to was completely fun busting. Service at the bars vary. Some of the staff don't seem to want to be here. On the other hand, Mr G, our waiter in the restaurant, is a sensation. If they cloned him and put him in every position on the ship, this would be the happiest and most fun place on the high seas. Or, anywhere for that matter. If you like fun towel animals, you'll love this ship. The monkey hanging from the ceiling a favourite. If you're after a massage, wait till the second half of the trip, or plan for the ashore days. Prices halve. But they need to. $250 for a massage is piracy. They should have a Jolly Roger flying over the spa. Speaking of piracy, don't let your wife anywhere near the detox class. This is a family cruise ship. Heaps of stuff for kids and they are yelling and screaming everywhere. Luckily, the Serenity Bar at the back of the ship gives sanctuary from the kaos. The movie programming is questionable, to say the least. On one night, Suicide Squad and Finding Dory were scheduled. What do you think came on earlier? You guessed it. The kids left Suicide Squad at 7.15pm distressed. Claims for PTSD against Carnival submitted. The Casino is great, lost my Christmas present money on the first day. The Texas Holdem comp is a bit of a mystery though. 10 players, $60 entry, 1st prize $300, 2nd prize $150. Where did the other $150 go?? Maybe to the free drinks for players. Hang on, you pay there too! The performers are hit and miss. The two solo acoustic dudes on our trip were serviceable, while the duos not so. The girl playing piano late at night and nailing Sia a highlight. Carnival makes about $2b profit a year, they could invest in some better harmonies. Highlight of the time ashore is Isle of Pines, named after Captain Cooks wife. He was really missing her when he visited here. Pining for her. Absolutely stunning beaches but be prepared to be skinned by the local beer prices. $11 for a can of local beer? Come on! Rooms are very spacious and very well serviced. Not sure about paying $5 for the in house movies though, just another way to bleed you really. On ship wifi? You betcha. Hang that Jolly Roger over the modems as well. Best to come prepared to be off grid. If you didn't drink alcohol, use the Spa, or go ashore, you could do this for no extra charge. Otherwise, add about $800 pp to your bill. Overall, fantastic 9 days. Thanks Mr G! Read Less
23 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
This was our first cruise and we traveled as a family of four (kids are 13 and 10). It was a wonderful family holiday and we're already trying to plan another! Embarkation and debarkation - excellent and so smooth. It was quite a ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we traveled as a family of four (kids are 13 and 10). It was a wonderful family holiday and we're already trying to plan another! Embarkation and debarkation - excellent and so smooth. It was quite a difference, as we're used to international airline travel which is much busier and more involved. I loved that we were lounging by the pool before our boarding group had even closed and that we were off the ship and driving home within half an hour of being called. The ship itself was perfect for us. The size meant we could find our way around easily after a short time but still had lots of options for entertainment, food, etc. Our family enjoyed a lot of the Carnival 'exclusives' like the Alchemy bar, the waterslides, the Mexican cantina and Guy's burgers. The gym was surprisingly good and all the equipment had a view over the ocean. We found the dining options offered a great variety, and only the buffet area felt crowded or especially busy. Even there, they had done a good job of dividing up the food service areas and eating areas so you never felt you were in a huge dining hall. The food was ok there but I didn't have anything spectacular from the buffet. My son LOVED the burgers, I'm sure he ate lunch there every day. They had a nice veggie burger, too. The Blue Iguana Cantina was my favourite for a quick lunch or breakfast. Tacos were handed over so you could top them yourselves from the salsa bar. Burritos were made to your order including a range of salsas and sauces and wrapped, so I found they were a perfect meal to take back to my balcony for a quiet lunch while I read a book. The main dining room was great, we ate there most nights for dinner and our waitstaff were just excellent and so friendly. I did find there was quite a range in quality at times, I never had a bad meal but they ranged from good to outstanding. There was an everyday menu with staples like spice rubbed steak, salmon fillet, chicken schnitzel, baked potato, veggies etc as well as a daily menu with interesting alternatives. This worked out well for us, we usually found something that sounded amazing on the daily menu but everyone ordered at least once from the every day menu, too. Breakfast in the MDR was good, too, though not always consistently cooked. Sea day brunch was fantastic. We weren't sure whether to visit Nouveau, but we did and were so happy we'd done it. The food and service were outstanding. We found the entertainment and activities a little hit and miss. Some of the main shows were excellent - there were two magicians on board and they were both great. One was more talking/comedy/slight of hand and the other was very Vegas with dancers and pyrotechnics plus acrobatics thrown in. Some of the live shows were pretty good, but the music was canned, not all cast members could sing (understandably when they need to sing/dance/perform a lot of different shows during the week and the emphasis seemed to be on the dancing), and depending on the show and your seats it could get really loud. The small solo acts that played at various bars and lounges throughout the evenings were excellent. On our cruise we had Clint and Lexi who were both very talented guitarists and vocalists as well as Texas Maple who were a piano/vocal duo. All were great in different ways and we often just floated from one lounge to another to hear the performers. The other entertainment (trivia and bingo) weren't really my thing, and they also had a few extra events scattered throughout the cruise like hole in one competitions, free throw competitions, etc. There were also two free fitness classes daily, nothing too strenuous but good, and extra fitness programs and boot camps you could sign up for at an extra cost. The kids clubs were great for both of our children. I was a little concerned at first for my 10 year old, she'd looked forward to it so much and when we registered on the first day she looked around the area and said 'mum, I don't really think this is my kids club, it looks like it's for little kids.' On looking at the schedule, we realised their group moved around the ship quite a bit and had activities in the Circle C (12-14 year old) areas when that group were elsewhere, had mini golf activities, activities in the night club, etc. She loved it and made some great friends. My son loved Circle C, too. They went out together to some of the evening shows and PG comedians, played video games, had dance parties in the night club, and he had a great time. Both kids were given a t-shirt on the last day to decorate and then have their kids club friends sign on the last night. We visited Noumea, Mare, and Isle of Pines and enjoyed each in different ways. Beautiful people and a beautiful country, I would definitely like to go back. As we pulled up to Yejele beach, my daughter said 'mum... it's paradise!' and she really was right! By the end of that day both kids had decided they'd like to move there. One of the highlights was really the level of service and attention from the crew. We never walked past our cabin attendants in the hallways without them greeting us by name and asking about our day. Our waitstaff in the dining room were just beautiful and had little running jokes with the kids and made sure we were well taken care of. My daughter misses them terribly already! The Nouveau staff were excellent on all levels. We got to know the servers at our favourite specialty places and bars, and the music acts would recognise us and have a chat (one invited me up on stage to sing a couple songs on our last day!). Overall, we just felt very cared for and like we really got to know the crew we saw regularly. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We heard good reviews of the company and ship esp. for family cruises and were not disappointed. The staff were great, the ship was tidy and the activities for the kids kept them well entertained. One occasion the dining room mixed up ... Read More
We heard good reviews of the company and ship esp. for family cruises and were not disappointed. The staff were great, the ship was tidy and the activities for the kids kept them well entertained. One occasion the dining room mixed up an order but nothing major especially considering the volume of people being served. The Nouveau Restaurant was truly wonderful. The food was spectacular and the attention to detail second to none. One of the best meals i have ever had. The variety of entertainment areas on the ship were excellent. Something for everyone. We really enjoyed the Alchemy Bar where we had many a chat with Daniel behind the bar as he created some fantastic drinks. The Red Frog Pub was great for live music and I found the sports bar a good place to go mid afternoon to watch some ice hockey or soccer. The Lido Deack was well set up with 2 pools and a couple of bars with a variety of eating options. The kids loved the dive in movies! Thanks for a great break. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We were 1st time cruisers,2 adults and boys 19 and 15, easy to board as all crew were helpful , luggage delivered 1 hrs after. dinner at Norveau rest 1st night, food was so delicious and the desserts were delicious but had chocolate ... Read More
We were 1st time cruisers,2 adults and boys 19 and 15, easy to board as all crew were helpful , luggage delivered 1 hrs after. dinner at Norveau rest 1st night, food was so delicious and the desserts were delicious but had chocolate sampler that was heaven, We had breakfast some days at empire rest or lido deck, but coffee I paid for as I prefer good coffee, Tried burritos, bbq area, burgers for lunch yum, night we had empire restaurant food was ok but you did not have to stick to entree ,main and dessert, my 19 year old had two main meals and dessert on last night, by the way the desserts are very good Did cooking demo at Norveau and absolutely loved this as we sampled Loved trivia, did the shows, boys went to comedy show and magic show My only thing is that my 2 boys found entertaining themselves during day was limited as 1st days waterslide not working and arcade was not their thing, Disembarked and only took 5 mins 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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