2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
We had 13 family members on board. We loved the cruise. Cabins were roomy everything very clean. Staff were fantastic. The dining attendent Irene knew our names in one day. Brought additional meals. Made sure the kids found something they ... Read More
We had 13 family members on board. We loved the cruise. Cabins were roomy everything very clean. Staff were fantastic. The dining attendent Irene knew our names in one day. Brought additional meals. Made sure the kids found something they liked. The food was great. Always hot and a goid selection. The deck area food had the best burgers ever. 24 hour ice cream and pizza kept the kids happy. The dancers and singers were good although i would have liked more variety in the music and not so loud. Other entertainers not so flash. The spa was amazing. The decor is horrendous. Old fashioned and garish. It is amazing it has just been done. The ship shuddered when going fast I loved the experience and booked another cruise Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
Had wonderful time on New Caledonia cruise. 2 parents with 17,15,12 year old boys. Room with balcony great, interior room with 2 beds good size. Friends had 4 bed interior cabin too cramped. Worth extra money for better room. Stage shows ... Read More
Had wonderful time on New Caledonia cruise. 2 parents with 17,15,12 year old boys. Room with balcony great, interior room with 2 beds good size. Friends had 4 bed interior cabin too cramped. Worth extra money for better room. Stage shows great very talented singers/dancers, punchliner comedy v.funny especially Kim, Dave & shaq. Hubby loved casino. 15 year old had a ball in O2 club. Slides great. Only downer was price of shore excursions and alcohol. Buy soft drink package for kids $38 dollars for all soft drink for entire trip. Alcoholic drinks I.e beer wine cocktails range between 8 and 13 dollars each. Take nice clothes for evening dining in empire dining room. Food there was awesome didn't have the same main course twice. All staff on board were so helpful and friendly always smiling. If going on cruise to noumea the area where the ship docks is very industrial. Need to go to other areas of the island. Got great deals on watches & braclets in gift shop. Different specials different days so don't pay full price at start of trip. Was great going with group of friends except no mobile phones so spent a lot of time looking for one another. Walkie talkies excellent idea. Best thing for sea sickness was motion wrist bands that work on pressure point in wrist. If looking for family holiday go carnival but budget for spending money to get the most out of it. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
First time cruisers, We are a family of 4 , we brought along our 20 and 17yr old and they had their own cabin. We flew from Adelaide to Sydney and had pre booked the ship transfers from the airport which is highly recommended as by ... Read More
First time cruisers, We are a family of 4 , we brought along our 20 and 17yr old and they had their own cabin. We flew from Adelaide to Sydney and had pre booked the ship transfers from the airport which is highly recommended as by doing this you get a "Priority Boarding card" and this allows you to jump queues at the embarkation point at the ship. Our cabin was on level 7 (Verandah ), which was a standard balcony room , room service excellent, we paid our room man $20 on the first day as this was recommended by friends and he looked after us like royalty after that. We loved our balcony as in the evening before dinner we sat out there with a bottle of wine and it was peaceful and quiet. We had just a standard balcony but found this adequate Food average as always just warm, the easiest dining option is on level 9 in the La Playa Grille which is a serve yourself buffet area BUT you share that with the noisy kids on board. The best recommendation for breakfast, lunch and dinner is by far the Empire dining room where you are treated by an Ala Carte menu and awesome staff to take care of your every need. Also treat yourself at least once to the Nouveau Restaurant on level 10, the food was out of this world and it costs only $40 per person for a 4 course meal. The kids had little to no supervision from cruise staff.. The staff did nothing to stop kids running around on decks, or being in bars, or just being really loud. I assume the cruise thought the parents would supervise their own children and in many cases this was great but by the end of the cruise when they had found their way around the ship, there seemed to be kids running everywhere. On our deck they would run up the corridors knocking on all the cabin doors at all hours of the night. The entertainment on board seemed to be more targeted at the kids than the adults. We were personally very disappointed in the entertainment, Bingo, Melbourne Mug and the Comedy show were on nearly every day. We thought we would have a caberet or show every night but that just didn't happen. I think I counted 2 shows in the whole 10 days- one called "Epic Rock" was amazing. For a quiet place to get away from all the kids, the only place to go was the Serenity bar (18+) on level 9, here you could relax with other couples and we found ourselves here almost everyday. We met many people here and this bar was one of the highlights of our trip. Shore excursions were extremely well organised and you were kept in the loop all the time, we did not do the ship excursions on offer as our friends said you could save money doing them yourself on land, BUT having said that I think for a little more money doing excursions through the ship before arriving on land is much better and way less stressful. Mare Island was incredible- the local people were lovely, we spent our whole time snorkeling here and the girls got very burnt, so put sunscreen on and them some more. Noumea was my biggest disappointment as the language barrier is very difficult, we paid for the "hop on, hop off" bus service which in theory was great but half the ship had the same idea and the lines at each bus stop were long,I would highly recommend picking an excursion on board before you get off as it is a nightmare on land waiting for busses to pick you up to take you to the next stop. Next was Lifou Island which was sensational, but a tip here is to use the beaches on the right side of the jetty as the water is clearer and there aren't any Kayaks to run you over. Get your hair braided on Lifou, they even offer massages in their little tents they set up by the beach. WE just spent the whole day on the beach under the shade of a coconut tree, and 3 of us walked to the secret cave in the middle of the island which you pay a small sum to bathe in but well worth it as it is very refreshing. Last stop was Vanuatu- on leaving the ship you were bombarded with local taxi drivers trying to get your buisness, It is actually quite scary as they hang off the fences and all are yelling at the same time to get your attention. My tip here is to go to the drivers wearing green shirts as they are registered and have done courses through the Australian embassy. They and their cars are all legal, and we were lucky enough to find Stanley who became our driver for the day, we paid him in Vatu ($20,000 which is around $200 AU) and you can get this out of any ATM on the island, the ATM will convert your dollars into Vatu. Stanley also became our tour guide and took us to so many places, we had an air-conditioned Corolla which was a blessing as it was so hot and humid on Vanuatu. This is where we saved alot of money as the on board excursions took you to one place only and were quite dear (most were $89 per person), so I would recommend getting your own driver for the day. Stanley took us to the lookout, the cascade waterfall, the coffee bean farm, the secret garden, hideaway island, and duty free . We were so lucky, and he waited for us at every stop. if you want to pre book Stanley he is on facebook , Stanley Maltape and you can arrange to have him waiting for you on Vanuatu. You won't regret it. Disembarkation was again really well organised by staff, our bags were packed and placed at our cabin door the night before. we woke on disembarkation day, went to breakfast in the Empire room as it opened early, then waited in our designated area for our turn to leave . WE then went through customs before leaving the terminal and on to our bus to go to the airport. Would definitely cruise with Carnival again but not in school holidays, over all was a great experience but could have been excellent if 900 kids had stayed at home. Read Less
71 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
We travelled as a family of 4 to celebrate a 40th birthday, our kids are 9 and 12 years old. My review is a list of things I wrote down that nobody told me would be ideal or necessary on your first cruise. So I hope it is helpful. Some ... Read More
We travelled as a family of 4 to celebrate a 40th birthday, our kids are 9 and 12 years old. My review is a list of things I wrote down that nobody told me would be ideal or necessary on your first cruise. So I hope it is helpful. Some are common sense other items you may not have thought of.... Items you have at home... 1.Lanyard (everyone gets an individual sail and sign card that you should wear on a lanyard as ID , as well as charging to your room for anything purchased) You can buy them on the cruise too, but if you have some at home it is a good idea to take it) 2. TOILETRIES ..Take your favourite Shampoo and Conditioner.. the on board options are very limited. there is not much in the room, I think there was only one brand that you could buy at the shop. Same goes for moisturiser cream, sunblock, hair products, shower cap etc. there is not much of a selection. Shaving cream, soap, take all your favourite toiletries!! 3. Take a few scoops of your favourite laundry detergent if you have a preference, they do sell individual packets in the laundry rooms, but the best one is always SOLD OUT. 4. DON"T forget your HAT and Sunglasses because it is very sunny everywhere you go on destinations. 5. Light blanket like an aeroplane blanket for an afternoon nap in your room, the blankets we found were quite warm. great at night but for a nice nap if you enjoy it take one with you. 6. Snorkel Gear , there is snorkelling every island you go to, and it is absolutely beautiful. we saw turtles and beautiful fish and coral, if it's your thing it is a good idea to take it, hiring is available and costs $49.95 for the whole 10 days, or $69.95 to purchase. ( they are good quality snorkelling packs) 7. Shoes for the water, these you can't purchase or hire. It's best to take them with you for the islands, some places have very sharp coral in the sand. 8. Aeroguard, take this for island trips, mosquitoes are big and all around in the tropical weather. 9.Walkie - Talkie's ... this one is great if you are travelling with kids and want to keep in touch as your mobile phones do not work and they have fantastic activities for the kids you may want to communicate with them if you are not all in the same place. 10. UNDERWATER camera.. we used our Olympus underwater camera and took some fantastic photos. they sell this camera on the cruise for approx $AUD399. 11. Toilet Spray...we were in a balcony cabin and still needed the toilet spray for some of those moments! ... no need for explanation if you are sharing your room with a family member lol 12. Hand held FAN..this is a big one. It is super humid everywhere off the boat. You will thank me for this one. 13. Music player for you room... blue-tooth music player is a good idea to have some tunes in your room. they only have a few music channels from the TV's in the room and it's not that great. 14. Chewing Gum... if you like gum take it with you as they don't sell it on the boat. ( for the sake that kids don't stick it to things I guess) 15. Motion ease oil for behind your ears is sold onboard, I was very seasick only the first day. It helped wonderfully. You can also take those Kwells motion sick pills half hour before you get onboard. 16. ANTI- GAS pills... if you are tempted to be eating more than usual because they have so much food put out to entice you to eat continuously haha, these may come in handy. 17. OUTFITS...this one is more for woman perhaps that like to dress up or not be seen in the same clothes too often. Usually when travelling you take a few changes of clothes, but on this 10 day cruise 2 of the nights were formal (BLACK TIE and evening gowns or cocktail dress) and the other nights you still had to dress smart. You really do need an outfit for every night as you see the same people each day and it feels like you are eating out in a nice place each day! So no ladies this time you can't have too many outfits!! TIPS... 1. You can book your off-shore tours from your TV inside your room as soon as you get on board. so you don't need to line up in guest services line. These are good but also more expensive than getting a native to take you on the same or similar tour especially in Vanuatu. you can save money by waiting to book at the destination. Drivers wait on the docks waiting for tourists so you don't need to go far. 2. COFFEE.. if you are a serious coffee drinker you will be a little disappointed, but the coffee shop on level 2 in the Carnival Spirit is the much better option than level 9. 3. Cigarettes... If you are a smoker you can buy 10 packets of cigarettes on board for approx $25. YES!! so cheap. 4. DO NOT take beach towels, they are in your room and you are allowed to take them off the boat on shore days. 5. 24 Hour PIZZA... the pizza is fantastic. 24 hour ice ream soft serve. 6. Contrary to what I was told by my travel agent,,, the 3 meals are FREE on the ship in the main eating rooms ...There is a choice of a fancy place you pay $40 per head if you want premium stake and a sushi joint that is quite cheap, $19 for 2 people a whole lot of food. Otherwise you only pay for alcohol and soft drinks. they also have a soft drink deal for kids you must pay by 2nd day to get unlimited soft drinks for kids. 7. Nightclub.. take your dancing shoes, they play great music there if you like a boogie. 8. PACK your bags for excursion the night before as it is much faster to leave in the morning, you only have from 7am to 4pm each day on shore days. Hope this HELPED a little! ENJOY YOUR CRUISE!! you really feel pampered and refreshed. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
I travelled on Carnival Spirit as part of the Inaugural SinglesCruise.com.au group cruise to the South Pacific. I had a wonderful time. The ship is really nice. Although it hasn't got the latest and the greatest, what is there is ... Read More
I travelled on Carnival Spirit as part of the Inaugural SinglesCruise.com.au group cruise to the South Pacific. I had a wonderful time. The ship is really nice. Although it hasn't got the latest and the greatest, what is there is really good. Highlights for me were the shows, the quizzes, and the dining. The waiters in the dining room were really friendly, and did a couple of special dances on a couple of the nights. The shows - wow - so good. In Lifou, I did the Luecila Beach tour, and loved it. Mare was rather a disappointment as there is not much at the port and only once place to go - the beach on the other side of the island. We were in Noumea on a Sunday, and that wasn't great as a lot was shut. We went out to one of the islands in the bay and that was a massive disappointment. Such a sense of not being welcome. I also fell victim to a thief in the arts and crafts area above the Noumea Port Terminal. I would recommend this ship to families, singles, couples - in fact anyone really! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
I was very reluctant to go on any cruise, but went out of family obligation. It was surprisingly good. The international crew do a magnificent job, calling you by name whenever they can. There are great shows with music and dancing and ... Read More
I was very reluctant to go on any cruise, but went out of family obligation. It was surprisingly good. The international crew do a magnificent job, calling you by name whenever they can. There are great shows with music and dancing and lights, comedies, films. The ship is well designed so there is always a huge variety of spaces to experience. The food was excellent - choice of restaurants, lots of buffet stations on lido deck so no wait more than a few minutes or if you are willing to walk around - no queue at all. Big variety of food. Many stations with free coffee and tea, cordial, iced water. Empire restaurant huge and everyone had their own table they went to every night so after the first day there was no waiting, you just walk to your regular table. Service was excellent, three course menu with 10 options for entrees, then 10 for mains, 5 always the same 5 always different. Chef's table was magnificent. Nouveau restaurant 5 star and fabulous. Art auctions were a rip off - mostly prints with exquisite frames (frames not included!). Lots of marketing to entice you to buy anything and everything from diamonds to cocktails, but with restraint, you need not buy anything at all. Shore excursions were a rip off. We did lonely planet do it yourself adventure in Noumea and it was fabulous. On Mare my kids and I did an awesome snorkelling adventure one and a half hours for only $40 AUD for all three of us, just booked it off the beach with locals - all well organised - info in English. My 10 year old refused to go to boring kids club. My 12 year old tried it once and found it boring and spent the rest of the time with us or with grandparents. Kids were disappointed with tiny pools, but loved the movies in the cabin and on upper deck, and the shows. Sauna was great, gym was good. Serenity good if you get up at 7am to get a spot. Our cabin 1132 was noisy under the Red Frog Pub, loud music until 1am most nights. Ear plugs and pillows on both ears still not enough. We complained daily and were only allocated new cabins on day 6, and an $800 credit. We drank heaps of coffee to stay awake, and were cranky at times, but our bill at the end of the cruise for all four of us was only $37! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
Our party of 8 ranged in age from 55 to 80 and from 1st time cruiser to 10th time cruisers. For DW and I this was our first Carnival cruise after a number on Royal Caribbean & we were not too sure what to expect. We needn't have ... Read More
Our party of 8 ranged in age from 55 to 80 and from 1st time cruiser to 10th time cruisers. For DW and I this was our first Carnival cruise after a number on Royal Caribbean & we were not too sure what to expect. We needn't have worried - it was really good, with the ship & staff being excellent. Embarkation was excellent – we had no sooner exited our shuttle & we were on-board. We found all crew members to be friendly and helpful & the activities team headed by Josh were a lot of fun - guess that's the 'FUNship' part :-) Thanks to Michelle & Denisse for all the fun trivia & MJ for hosting the Karaoke - woop woop! Guess you can see we were 'joiners-in'. The venue entertainers were very good – Music Manilla & Crag in piano bar were the pick. Our waitstaff were really excellent with Namphon & her team looking after us so well, and Boonom was fantastic looking after us and our cabin. Nothing was too much trouble. Bar service was friendly and we used them frequently! Had a problem to address whilst on-board, nothing to do with Carnival or the ship, but with TA and the Guest Services staff were brilliant in assisting. Comparing to our other cruises on RC, I am reminded of something I have read before – the different ships/cruiselines are more similar than different and I think that was borne out on this cruise. That said, it was a ‘theme’ cruise being specifically for The Cup & there were very few children, which would not be typical of a regular Spirit cruise. We found it rarely crowded & it all worked well. The transfers to & from the racetrack were well handled, particularly considering there were 3 ships involved at Station Pier. The ‘show’ entertainment was very good, although no live orchestra was a bit different after being on RC, I think for the audience & the guest performers. Food is subjective of course, but I would rate it just a little below what we have experienced on RC, but we didn’t have to shop for it, cook it or clean up & we never went hungry! The Deli sandwiches were great! Arrival back in Sydney was a bit sad, as it was all over, but the disembarkation worked fine & we were soon on our way home. Overall we really enjoyed our cruise & would cruise Carnival again based on our experiences. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
There was a glitz in the online system when we booked in at the port so we had to fill in the information manually. The process only took us another 10 minutes so it was not too inconvenient. The ship looks good with a few new bars and ... Read More
There was a glitz in the online system when we booked in at the port so we had to fill in the information manually. The process only took us another 10 minutes so it was not too inconvenient. The ship looks good with a few new bars and restaurants. We loved the Blue Iguana Cantina (my favourite) and Guy's Burgers. Didn't try the Alchemy Bar but will do that next time. It was located on Deck 2, Aft. The Sushi restaurant looked the same as the one on Legend. Another new feature was the Dive in Movie which is on deck 9 between Blue Iguana and Guys. Deck 9 has new furniture in the pool area which looks really nice. We loved the adult only comedy shows at Versailles Lounge and the big 70s show in Pharaoh' s Palace. We noticed a lot of the comfy chairs around the ship had been reupholstered (which was overdue) and now look more inviting. We only had two ports ie Isle of Pines and Noumea. We just went snorkelled at IOP and at Noumea we took the local bus from Coconut Square to Anse Vata. We have done these ports before. The only one small complaint was the absence of chocolates on the bed now due it seems to a cut back. Yes we would go again and we are in January. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
This was our first cruise. The ship is HUGE and luxurious. There were over 2,000 passengers on board, and over 900 staff, so the staff:passenger ratio is excellent. You rarely ever felt crowded. There are plenty of great areas for adults ... Read More
This was our first cruise. The ship is HUGE and luxurious. There were over 2,000 passengers on board, and over 900 staff, so the staff:passenger ratio is excellent. You rarely ever felt crowded. There are plenty of great areas for adults to chill during the day, such as the Serenity area for 18+ with lounges, pool, spa, bar, and couches and chairs. There is also so much variety of bars, cafe, restaurants, seating areas, even a library, games room, chapel, games room, shops, casino, pools and water slides. There are specific kids and teenagers areas and activities so families with kids are well catered for. We never felt over run with kids, and everyone was relaxed and happy. The 2 story gym, spa, massage, sauna and health area is phenomenal, as is the sidebar the 2 story theatre and large separate comedy club. The 3 best places to eat are the Empire Restaurant, Bonsai Japanese restaurant and Nouveau restaurant. First Class!! Sensational service and quality of the food. The Lido deck serves a large variety of buffet food in a more casual, family environment, but this can get noisy and crowded. The quality of service of the housekeeping staff is just TOP CLASS, not only did they service the room twice a day, they even left artistic towel sculptures in the room in the shape of various animals, and the attention to detail with regard to cleanliness is excellent. You don't get this level of care and attention in any 5 star hotel! Our room steward Nyoman from Indonesia is a star! The cabin (we had a stateroom with balcony) was modern, spacious and stylish. Josh, the cruise director was a bundle of energy, casual, enthusiastic but always informative. The award for the best bar goes to the Alchemy Bar staffed by the competent and super professional, friendly staff of Nicola, Miro and Helena. They really mix the most magical taste sensations. Some downsides? The satellite internet is expensive, slow and unreliable. Our ship had an engine fault so we were delayed 8 hours on return to Sydney. We also missed the Isle of Pines shire excursion due to high waves/swell. For any Australians used to good quality espresso, lattes, flat whites etc., you will definitely not find them on this ship. Carnival should employ Australian-trained Batista's, because the quality of coffee was mediocre at best. For every other aspect of this holiday cruise, if you want a pampered holiday, excellent quality and variety of food and top class facilities and entertainment, Carnival Spirit is HIGHLY recommended! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Was worried about some reviews but as this was our first cruise we had nothing to base it on so we just went for it. Food was very good and service in the MDR was fantastic as they make you and your kids very welcome. Buffet was not bad ... Read More
Was worried about some reviews but as this was our first cruise we had nothing to base it on so we just went for it. Food was very good and service in the MDR was fantastic as they make you and your kids very welcome. Buffet was not bad and plenty to choose from. Water slides were all working but water a little cold but kids don't care. Our room was cleaned twice every day and nothing was to hard for them and always called us by name which was nice. We did not pay for any tours as these are highway robbery so we just went out on our own and had a ball and went to most places for less than half the price of the ship.The shows on board were great and comedy was funny. We would definately come on this ship again and all the staff were very happy. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
I had planned this cruise for a huge family getaway with all my friends from school and their families for our 40th birthdays. Alas the cruise just ended up being myself and husband and our three children however i'm so glad we went ... Read More
I had planned this cruise for a huge family getaway with all my friends from school and their families for our 40th birthdays. Alas the cruise just ended up being myself and husband and our three children however i'm so glad we went on this cruise because we had a ball. We disembarked from Sydney, Australia and i have to say it was a very easy process. We had a cocktail in our hand after about 10 minutes of being on board and that just set the tone for a fabulously relaxing trip. We had an interconnected room with a balcony and my husband and i had our own room, connected by another room where our 3 children slept. I have never had them sleep as soundly as they did on that cruise, the gentle rocking and great block out curtains kept them sleeping soundly for hours. The rooms were kept so clean by the cleaner and he always remembered our names and was so polite it was just a tad embarrassing. The food was lovely. We splashed out and ate at Nouveau one night and my husband and I loved it. The kids club was great and although we didn't over use it, just a few hours a day, to pop the kids into it while we headed to the gym or had an adults dinner, and they ate in the kids club was just fab! Alcohol was really very cheap. We'd heard that maybe it would be expensive but the free poured cocktails were magnificent and the cocktail lounge was the best! The entertainment was really fun and the comedians added something different. Things i didn't enjoy were the lack of healthy snacks. The only snacks included chocolate chip biscuits and ice cream which wasn't great. they should have a free fruit section to grab at any time. you must bring healthy snacks for the kids to eat out of dining hours. Bring loads of $5 notes to spend on the islands. Port Vila was very average and a bit of a rip off, but cascade waterfalls was worth a look. Isle of Pines was just breath taking, the most magical place. Amedee Island off Noumea was expensive but really great. To see the traditional dancing and food was a great and relaxing day. Oh and make sure you eat in the sushi restaurant... i truly haven't had sushi like it before. It was magnificent. The decor aboard was slightly dated and i really felt like they needed an indoor play area for the kids as the pool and slides were only open on the 'non' windy days which was about 2 in 14 days. The crew and service was exceptional, so amazing. My children literally fell in love with our servers at dinner and felt really bonded to them. Especially as they played magic tricks with them and remembered them every night!! There was a slight bogan feel to the cruise at times, and i met a few other women on board who would have liked it a little bit more classy. However a year on i still think of the fun we had on that cruise and feel like i have never felt so relaxed after any other holiday!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
I have been on many cruises leaving from Australia, America, Spain. This cruise we got on in Brisbane to Singapore we had the best time ,it just felt really comfortable and relaxing , It had great cabana beds around the adult pool at ... Read More
I have been on many cruises leaving from Australia, America, Spain. This cruise we got on in Brisbane to Singapore we had the best time ,it just felt really comfortable and relaxing , It had great cabana beds around the adult pool at the back of ship it was amazing lying on the cabana and watching that great ocean. We had breakfast & diner in the dining room and lunch just had a snack ,I have a special meal Gluten free so was looked after extra special ,our steward was great always had a chocolate ,and a Towel made into some kind of animal left on the bed at night ,have been on Carnival breeze from Barcalona to Miami ,Carnival Splender Mexican riverera ,Carnival Victory around the Carribean ,out of all the Carnival ships I found this the best one ,Carnival Spirit was going to Singapore to be refurbished, they had started to take down a few things getting ready for the refurbishment,near our door on the roof they took a small section down ,you wouldn't even notice if you didn't look up ,we got a credit of nearly $1000 for putting up with it as I say we didn't even notice ,so that was a nice surprise Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
Last cruise before dry dock and refurbishment. Room service and waiters were very attentive which was expected. We are known by name on the Spirit. Craft activities were good with entertainment staff joining in. We had a knit and ... Read More
Last cruise before dry dock and refurbishment. Room service and waiters were very attentive which was expected. We are known by name on the Spirit. Craft activities were good with entertainment staff joining in. We had a knit and chat class immediately after which was well attended too. This was the last cruise for the orchestra too which is a real shame. Watched the lovely outfits being taken off the ship for destruction. Of course we had seen the shows many times so it was time for a change. Will be interesting to see the new shows on our return. Really time to change the menu in the dining room. We ended up going for casual dining towards the end of the cruise when the menu was repeated. That said, going home we will have hamburgers and Mexican fare to choose from too. We only booked one full day tour but because of rough weather we were unable to get ashore before 11am so we cancelled. I know the tour went ahead because instead of the stated 5.30 pm departure we did not leave Bali until much later waiting for buses to return. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
IGNORE ALL the negative reviews if you have never been before. First cruise for our family of 5. I have never had any interest in cruising as I like to walk around and enjoy the ambience of my destination and exploring streets and places ... Read More
IGNORE ALL the negative reviews if you have never been before. First cruise for our family of 5. I have never had any interest in cruising as I like to walk around and enjoy the ambience of my destination and exploring streets and places to eat etc. I was also worried about getting seasick (We took Travacalm and were all fine). Where to start? Getting on and off the ship was a breeze. The Spirit is impressive in size and quite beautiful - the decor is a little gawdy in places but I think that can a part of her charm. The rooms were fantastic in size and had enough room to store everything plus some. The cleanliness was second to none and the surprise towel animals on the bed each night were enough to always bring an extra smile. Service for the most part is above average and the crew work VERY hard to make you feel welcome. Considering the number of passengers they have to feed, the food overall was good. The selection was always varied and you will truly never go hungry. Seriously, if you can't find something you fancy eating, I suspect you're very hard to please and should sail the QE2 instead. The Empire Dining room has a lovely ambience and the food is great for breakfast and dinner. The bars were great and I ended up with a couple of favourite spots to go. The cocktails are worth a mention for their value for money and sometimes potency. Hygiene on the ship seems to be taken seriously and hand sanitisers are almost everywhere. The Nouveau Restaurant did not disappoint and I would highly recommend it to anybody. There are plenty of activities on - all day every day. Fun on deck day and night. Musicians and bands were all exceptional. The shows were just OK. The comedy is of a high caliber and this became a must for every night of the cruise. Having said that, even though there were over 2000 passengers on our cruise, there was always somewhere quiet to sit and watch the ocean or read. Our two (sometimes shy) boys aged 12 & 14 went to 'Circle C' club everyday. By the third day we barely saw them and they were happy to be with peers. There were many supervised activities for them and they had a going away party in the nightclub on the last night. The 12 year old cried as he wanted to live on the ship 'forever'. A couple of small complaints. Safety briefing took too long whilst we waited over 20 minutes for the stragglers. Getting a tender to the Isle of Pines was joke (2 hour wait). Under 18's policy not adhered to on the adults only 'Serenity' lounge. Also too much reserving of pods in the same area and staff would do well to police this. Ultimately, I am surprised by my new found interest in cruising. The ship itself is a destination and did not disappoint. It's important to keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Carnival is not a 5 star provider so if that's what you're looking for you won't find it here. Go with an open mind and what you'll find is a great destination and a crew who go above and beyond to accommodate you. I had planned to go Vietnam next year…..Instead I got off the Spirit and booked another cruise on her 3 days later!!! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
Cabin: Cabin(extended balcony) was ready on arrival, it was clean and tidy. Myself, my husband & daughter shared the cabin, however there was no seating for a 3rd person on the balcony & the see through/glass railing had not been ... Read More
Cabin: Cabin(extended balcony) was ready on arrival, it was clean and tidy. Myself, my husband & daughter shared the cabin, however there was no seating for a 3rd person on the balcony & the see through/glass railing had not been cleaned. Cabin staff: There were 2 staff did the housekeeping and both staff were very friendly and always addressed us by our names. The cabins were also cleaned in a timely manner each day Food: Overall the food on the cruise was quite good, you have several dining options and I was quite impressed with the buffet & Jimmy's BBQ. There was something for everyone and the desserts were really nice. Food (staff & facilities) La Playa dinning area got quite full at times but tables cutlery etc were very clean. The only thing was on the buffet you use metal spoons/tongs for serving & these got really hot for guests to handle, I almost burned myself when selecting food on several occasions.The staff here were efficient but not very friendly at all. The empire dinning room was nice but the music & entertainment is way too loud and you could not really sit and enjoy your meal or have a conversation. Entertainment: This was fantastic, the shows were spectacular and loved the variety. The ship offers lots of activities so you are never bored. The worst point for me was the Embarkation, I have been on other cruise lines and was shocked that on Carnival there was no one to welcome you on board. We kind of just stumbled on board, had to look for direction & locate lifts etc by ourselves. Very bad 1st impression! On the whole however I really enjoyed the cruise, loved relaxing on the balcony & also the lovely day we had on Isle of Pines. I would recommend Carnival to my friends & family and look forward to booking another cruise in the new year. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
Embankment was a breeze. Dropped our bags off early and did a bit of sight seeing in Sydney. We were booked for a 12.00 - to 12.30 embankment and were on the ship around 1.00 pm. The ship itself is kept very clean. Josh the cruise ... Read More
Embankment was a breeze. Dropped our bags off early and did a bit of sight seeing in Sydney. We were booked for a 12.00 - to 12.30 embankment and were on the ship around 1.00 pm. The ship itself is kept very clean. Josh the cruise director was entertaining as were most of the shows. Highlight show for me was the comedian Steven ( can't remember his last name). Let's just say Bogan. We also played bingo most days tho it would be expensive for a family to play every day as it wasnt cheap. Plenty of activities to do. Serenity which is the adults only part of the ship was lovely to stay in in the mornings. Afternoons got a bit noisy due to the fact the kids play slides are directly behind it. Food on board was ok. Buffet was good but repetitive. Healthy choices limited. Empire dining was our choice. Staff were always friendly and service great. Loved the little showtimes they did at each seating. We had cabin 7260. Our balcony was three time bigger than normal at no extra cost. Our friends had cabin 7258 and we had the divider removed so the balconies were massive. Must point out that we had some kind of service room between our cabins and we were either side of the elevators but found no issues noise wise with this. Actually made navigating the ship easy. Cabin staff were simply obliging. Port of calls were good tho waiting for tender boats at one was quite long. The drinks were reasonably priced tho I have always travelled with a beverage package but carnival for some reason don't offer this. This would be one reason I would not sail again with them. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
Having just come back from our 12 day cruise on Carnival Spirit Pacific Islands ;the bottom line is we are truly relaxed. This is always our intention when we are on any ship regardless of whatever line we travel with. To start with ... Read More
Having just come back from our 12 day cruise on Carnival Spirit Pacific Islands ;the bottom line is we are truly relaxed. This is always our intention when we are on any ship regardless of whatever line we travel with. To start with wife and myself are both mid sixties .We knew what to expect with the Spirit with "most things " on board ; although some we did find hard to be comfortable with. The ship itself is a great ship the way it is laid out .We loved the variety of lounges and bars especially the more intimate ones suited to the "mature' age group such as Shanghai Piano bar with the sing-alongs and the Sports Bar and Club Kool. These all suited us The decks are great for exercising doing laps etc and my favourite was the Promenade deck on deck 3 which was broad and open .Not too many people use this deck for exercising The Dining venues on board .Empire dining room great; and quality of food good at most times The Buffet on the lido deck (La Playa) was not really for us. Quality of healthy food was limited if you are like us. If you are not like us and like the 2 out of 3 adults on board who were overweight then this is probably your style. I have never seen so many people load their plates like there was going to be a food shortage on board. The La Playa buffet was nearly always crowded no matter what time you went there. We definitely preferred the Empire Dining room. A very elegant room with excellent staff and service. We favoured a couple of Stewards at Anytime dining and we did tip them as they deserved it The entertainment on board was good for the 4 or 5 shows we saw and the theatre was a great venue where the shows were performed with great acoustics as well. Never a problem getting a seat for us Drinks on board were not outrageous in price to us and the on board credit helped as well The Adults only Serenity area was good if you could get a seat. One particular day when the sun was out we could not get a seat (sun lounge) anywhere even the Lido or Sun decks I suppose this was due to the fact that the ship was fully booked around 2600 on board with an accurate count of 640 kids.The other ships we have been on with Princess and Celebrity P&0 have not been as great in numbers which we prefer. Our Cabin steward "Imade" was excellent .They really work hard .Nothing was too much trouble for him. Our cabin was on deck 4 and looked out between 2 lifeboats. Previously we have had balconies; but it did not worry us for a shorter cruise. Even though it was classified as an inside cabin; there were 2 French doors which opened. We paid a great fare for booking more than a year in advance for this cabin The kids on board were mostly well behaved and just full of energy. But having said that parents should refrain their kids from running up and down corridors early morning around 7 am or earlier .Consider others who want to sleep in. We do have grandkids ourselves One thing that we did find offensive is the swearing from some groups of people that were on this ship. I do not think it is warranted but I guess there are all types of people on this ship; including borderline bogans from what we saw. We made some lovely friends in our age group as we always do on ships. It would be correct to say that majority were families probably one in five were retirees like us The ports of call were okay .We travelled just for the cruise not the ports; so the ports just broke up the sea days for us. I hate tenders (stuffy) so we virtually let just about everyone else go and take our time getting off the ship. Bit past queuing up. Isle of Pines and Mystery Island were our favourites. The weather was average with probably only 3 sunny days in all; but that's what you get in the Pacific in their winter; nothing is guaranteed. In summary. We liked the Carnival Spirit and I am glad we travelled on her; a wonderful ship well maintained considering her 14 years age Would we travel again on her. Unlikely. We will try HAL next year as I think that will appeal more to our age group as Princess & Celebrity do Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
This was our second cruise and both cruises have been on Carnival Spirit. We chose to do a sampler cruise with another couple to do something a bit different over a long weekend and our friends advised that after a few nights at sea you ... Read More
This was our second cruise and both cruises have been on Carnival Spirit. We chose to do a sampler cruise with another couple to do something a bit different over a long weekend and our friends advised that after a few nights at sea you come back feeling relaxed and as though you have been away for much longer. I have to agree that it was relaxing and it did feel like we have been away for longer than 3 nights. As we had previously travelled on Carnival Spirit almost two years earlier it was great being back on a familiar ship and it was almost like we have never left. It is starting to show its age but all areas were well maintained and everything was always kept clean. The majority of the ship is well laid out but La Playa Grille (Deck 9) always seems congested and the flow of people seems odd at times, maybe because this is possibly one of the busiest parts of the ship. As this was 3 nights without stopping there were no port visits or shore excursions to write about, it was 2 full sea days which allows everyone to do as little or as much as they want to do. Cabin: 7186 port side A balcony room which was spacious enough for 2 people. Plenty of storage areas for our clothes so we could unpack our suitcases and there was plenty of room to put our bags in the wardrobe to get them out of the way. The bathroom was adequate and it only had a shower and it was an ok size. Activities; Loads of activities for everyone onboard and you can do as little or as much as you like onboard. I was surprised at the vast array of activities and there always seemed to be something happening at any time. We played Bingo on both days which was fun, the first day was chaotic and didn't start on time as everyone onboard must have decided to participate as the queue for tickets seemed to be constant for 90 minutes which caused the late start. Art auction was also fun and we managed to pick up some art which we wanted to hang up at home. I was pleased with the process and also pleased with how much i paid for the pieces as some of the art they were asking for some crazy amounts of money for. It was worth the visit even if you just want to take a look and have a glass of free champagne and who knows you may end up buying something for your home. Serenity deck - very popular and were we spent most of our time on our previous cruise, this time we found it difficult to get a seat out there but it wasn't a problem as there wasn't many children onboard this cruise so the deck chairs were just fine. Steam room and Sauna - a relaxing thing to do before getting ready for dinner. Dining; We ate mostly in the Empire restaurant for breakfast and dinner and only ventured into La Playa Grille for lunch on our first day, finish our lunch (Fat Jimmy's BBQ) on second day to escape the rain, enjoy some pizza on our third day. Breakfast on all 3 days in the Empire restaurant was good quality and enjoyable and loads of choice available. Service varied but you're on holiday so there was never really any urgency, even on our last day when it was possibly the slowest when everyone did have to leave the ship. Dinner on all 3 nights was in the Empire restaurant also. We didn't eat at Nouveau as we had previously dined there and whilst it was good value and great food we chose to eat in the Empire restaurant. Always a fun dining experience eating there with the evening "Showtime" event taking place which often includes passenger participation if they choose to join in. The food was good quality and tasty and plenty of choice. Service was very good on the first two nights and disappointing on the last night as everything just to take time, drinks took forever to arrive and the whole evening seemed to take longer than it needed to. Entertainment; The shows were good in the main theatre (Pharaoh's Palace) although having cruised before we had seen them before and only made it along on the first night. The comedian in the Versailles lounge was very funny and this was a great way to end the evening. Second night we went to the sing-along in the Shanghai Piano bar which was great and another good way to end our evening. The last night we decided to call it quits after dinner and just walk around the ship and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the deck as the moon came up over the Tasman sea. Disembarkation seemed orderly and straight forward and after vacating our room we were soon off the ship and in a taxi heading home. A great way to spend a long weekend and great value for money having everything included. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
I would like to mention how good my cruise was All around the cruise was very good all aspects including the food the cleanliness the performences and especially the staff The food was very good compliments to all the chefs on ... Read More
I would like to mention how good my cruise was All around the cruise was very good all aspects including the food the cleanliness the performences and especially the staff The food was very good compliments to all the chefs on board although the food could sometimes be warmer but i do understand there are so many people to cater for and that can be pretty hard I would like to say a special thanks to rattana, wayana, idewa, joel, ireno, inyoman, Enrie and Argie for there amazing exceptional service but in saying that all the staff were absolutely amazing and will go to any length to make you happy so thankyou so so much I would recommend this cruise to all ages although i would prefer it with less kids but thats just me Thanks again Carnival Spirt Family for an excellent cruise Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2015
We travelled on the Carnival Spirit from the 22nd April 2015 from Sydney to New Caledonia with our 3 boys aged 7 and 5 year old twins. This cruise was scheduled to depart on the 21st April, however due to terrible weather in Sydney, our ... Read More
We travelled on the Carnival Spirit from the 22nd April 2015 from Sydney to New Caledonia with our 3 boys aged 7 and 5 year old twins. This cruise was scheduled to depart on the 21st April, however due to terrible weather in Sydney, our departure was delayed by one day. Carnival handled this set back professionally offering a full refund if you wanted to opt out. We decided to go ahead with the revised itinerary of a 7 day cruise, which included some on-board credit and a refund to the value of one night. This seemed to have worked out in our favour as this cruise didn’t seem to be very busy and we never had any trouble with queues for food or finding a pool lounge, even in the adults only serenity area at the rear of the boat. This was a wonderful family holiday, especially for 3 very energetic boys. Kids club was amazing and the kids did not want to leave when we went to pick them up. The staff were extremely good and the program was run very well. Typically, kids club ran from 9am to 11.45am with a break for lunch then from 2pm to 4pm. A couple of times a parent was required to attend during this session to participate in some activities with their child. You could then drop your kids off at 5:30pm for dinner upstairs, or from 6:30pm back at the normal Kids club area. The evening session finished at 9:45pm. If you needed longer they offered “Night Owls” til 1am at $8 per child per hour. We did not have a problem signing the kids in and out of kids club, perhaps because our cruise was not at capacity, but there certainly seemed to be a lot of kids attending the program. We were also lucky enough to have all our 3 boys attend the 6-8 year old group, as the twins were only 7 weeks off turning 6, so it was very good to have them all together. We found kids club to be packed full of entertainment and was an absolute hit with our boys they never wanted to leave. We mainly used kids club for the morning session while my wife and I took some time out relaxing in the adults only area, and then again in the evening so we could eat dinner without the kids. After lunch we would normally hang out with the kids on one of the pool decks while they went from the pool to spa and back again. They also really enjoyed the water park/water slide, although it was often windy and a bit cold to stay for too long. The kids also enjoyed playing mini golf. For dinner, we only used the kids club dinner once when my wife and I went to the Nouveau Steak restaurant which I highly recommend. Most nights we took the boys to the Empire dining room for dinner (we opted for the dine-anytime option) as they preferred to choose their own meal, the kids club dinner was a set menu that did not really suit them. Again, we never had to wait for a table. The staff were amazing and couldn’t do enough to help you. We would order for the kids and they would eat first and then my wife would drop them at kids club and then upon her return, we could eat in peace. They staff were very accommodating to this process and would quickly re-do our table setting. We had two stops during our cruise, Isle of Pines and Noumea. Mare was cancelled due to the reduced itinerary. Unfortunately, the weather was not crash hot at the Isle of Pines, quite wet and dull. It was such a shame as the island is so very beautiful. We took a bus ride the Le Meridian Hotel which included lunch. It was such a beautiful resort, with private beach, access to the swimming pool, paddle boats, kayaks, snorkelling etc. We enjoyed our time here, but were disappointed with the weather. The weather in Noumea was perfect and we had such a wonderful day. We took the Zodiak boat ride out to Duck Island. The kids really enjoyed the boat trip, especially on the way back as we were given quite a ride! Duck Island was beautiful and we had a swim, but the beach is full of broken coral, so reef shoes are great! We were allocated beach chairs and an umbrella as well as part of our package to the island. 2 hrs was not long enough before we had to make way back. It would be worth looking into getting a water taxi over to the island and then staying as long as you liked. The afternoon in Noumea was the best on-board experience. The view was stunning (away from the port) and there was hardly any wind. The kids had a great play at the waterpark and waterslide and were then happy to go to kids club to watch the volcano erupt (they had been working on it for days) and my wife and I again enjoyed the Serenity area. We picked the kids up in time to watch the ship sale out of Noumea. Over all, cruising on the Carnival Spirit was a wonderful experience it was a very good balanced holiday for our family. Kids club allowed us the adult time we desired, as well as plenty of family time together. The kids had a ball! Here are some tips you might find handy: • Kids Club age groups 2-8 years is on Deck 5. Our rooms were on deck 5 and was very convenient. • We had interconnecting staterooms which worked really well for the kids, with them in one room and my wife and I in the other. • You can get some great family photos, especially if you dress up on one of the elegant nights. Photos are $30 each, but you can get some cheaper photos at other times. There are many “backdrops” to have your photo taken. • Drinks also sting the pocket a bit. Most Aussie beers are available at $7.50 to $8.25 Carlton, VB, Tooheys Extra Dry and XXXX Gold are all on tap. Cocktails $10.75 and a glass of wine anywhere from $8.75 to $13. • NRL and AFL shown in the sports bar. • Take a brand new un-open powerboard with you as only one power point in the room. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2015
Just got back from a ten day cruise on the Carnival Spirit. Sydney – South Pacific – Sydney sailed March 30th and thought I’d share my views on the cruise, if that’s ok. Now my ever suffering wife thinks I’m a bit of a winger, ... Read More
Just got back from a ten day cruise on the Carnival Spirit. Sydney – South Pacific – Sydney sailed March 30th and thought I’d share my views on the cruise, if that’s ok. Now my ever suffering wife thinks I’m a bit of a winger, I like to think of myself as a fair and reasonable consumer, someone prepared to call a spade a spade so to speak. Having said that let me begin. First of all, our one and only reason for taking the cruise was the price, we got a great bargain in a 24 hour sale. To our pleasing surprise we were assigned a great stateroom one across the rear of the ship on deck 4 with an extended balcony, for the price we paid we really only expected to get one of those obstructed view balcony rooms. All credit to Carnival for that and a big thank you. The boarding and dis-embarking procedure was very professional and relatively quick. Our stateroom was spacious and well designed compared to some other cruise ships we’re been on in the same price class. The entire ship was the cleanest were been on, and maintained as such for the entire cruise, 10 / 10 Carnival. The staff were friendly and respectful, unfortunately we got the impression that most if not all the staff in the main dining room were new on board, not being too sure as to restaurant seating layout, we had to find our own table in the end, and they were a little confused and lost in the serving of the meals but not enough to spoil the dining. Now for the down side. First of all my views should be viewed just as that... My Views and may not be shared by others. I personally found the quality and variety of meals in both the main dining room as well as the buffet to be little more at best than that of a basic club or pub bistro. We were continually being encouraged to pay the $40 p/p to dine in the Nouveau Steakhouse Restaurant, from viewing the menu for the meals on offer they were little more at best than that once standard fare in the main dining room, they were the days! It appears to me that each new cruise I go on the included food / meals are getting of a lesser quality and variety. I’m guessing it’s in response to the ever increasing competitiveness of basic cruise pricing packaging, if it keeps going this way I guess we’ll be having to take our own packed lunches soon. The opening times of the buffets seemed a little restrictive and for the most caused a bit of a feeding frenzy, we quickly started to refer to the buffet as “ the trough ” Thank God for the 24 hour Pizza Bar. The quality and variety of the on board entertainment was the worse I’ve ever encountered on any cruise I’ve taken. Very little in the way of interesting daytime entertainment, any daytime talks for the most were no more than a sales marketing pitch. The so call stand-up comics with the excepted of one were embarrassing. The main evening shows were poorly sound mixed, it felt like the sound mixing guy just had both the band and singers up on full volume creating more of a noise fest than a professionally produced show and not really allowing the singers to be at their best, well I hope that wasn’t their best! In closing I have to say on balance we had a very enjoyable and relaxing cruise and good value for money. Carnival Spirit is a well laid out and functional design, the best maintained and clean cruise ship we’ve been on for awhile. We just wish that there was better food and entertainment options. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2015
Me and a girlfriend stayed in cabin 7321 on deck 7.The room had a balcony and twin beds. She doesn't pack light but the room was definitely large enough to cater for all our clothes and makeup etc.Beds are very comfortable. We both ... Read More
Me and a girlfriend stayed in cabin 7321 on deck 7.The room had a balcony and twin beds. She doesn't pack light but the room was definitely large enough to cater for all our clothes and makeup etc.Beds are very comfortable. We both took our own pillows because I didn't like them last time. Service is great. 99%of staff are friendly and the other guests are what make a cruise fun. All up we had a great time and would do it again and again. We used NouméaShore Tours whilst in noumea highly recommended. We hired a taxi in santo $20 each x 7 of us to go to the beach and the blue hole heaps better value then booking through carnival. The service is great on deck 9 where we spent most of our time. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
Just got back from a ten day cruise on the Carnival Spirit. Sydney – South Pacific – Sydney sailed March 30th and thought I’d share my views on the cruise, if that’s ok. Now my ever suffering wife thinks I’m a bit of a winger, ... Read More
Just got back from a ten day cruise on the Carnival Spirit. Sydney – South Pacific – Sydney sailed March 30th and thought I’d share my views on the cruise, if that’s ok. Now my ever suffering wife thinks I’m a bit of a winger, I like to think of myself as a fair and reasonable consumer, someone prepared to call a spade a spade so to speak. Having said that let me begin. First of all, our one and only reason for taking the cruise was the price, we got a great bargain in a 24 hour sale. To our pleasing surprise we were assigned a great stateroom one across the rear of the ship on deck 4 with an extended balcony, for the price we paid we really only expected to get one of those obstructed view balcony rooms. All credit to Carnival for that and a big thank you. The boarding and dis-embarking procedure was very professional and relatively quick. Our stateroom was spacious and well designed compared to some other cruise ships we’re been on in the same price class. The entire ship was the cleanest were been on, and maintained as such for the entire cruise, 10 / 10 Carnival. The staff were friendly and respectful, unfortunately we got the impression that most if not all the staff in the main dining room were new on board, not being too sure as to restaurant seating layout, we had to find our own table in the end, and they were a little confused and lost in the serving of the meals but not enough to spoil the dining. Now for the down side. First of all my views should be viewed just as that... My Views and may not be shared by others. I personally found the quality and variety of meals in both the main dining room as well as the buffet to be little more at best than that of a basic club or pub bistro. We were continually being encouraged to pay the $40 p/p to dine in the Nouveau Steakhouse Restaurant, from viewing the menu for the meals on offer they were little more at best than that once standard fare in the main dining room, they were the days! It appears to me that each new cruise I go on the included food / meals are getting of a lesser quality and variety. I’m guessing it’s in response to the ever increasing competitiveness of basic cruise pricing packaging, if it keeps going this way I guess we’ll be having to take our own packed lunches soon. The opening times of the buffets seemed a little restrictive and for the most caused a bit of a feeding frenzy, we quickly started to refer to the buffet as “ the trough ” Thank God for the 24 hour Pizza Bar. The quality and variety of the on board entertainment was the worse I’ve ever encountered on any cruise I’ve taken. Very little in the way of interesting daytime entertainment, any daytime talks for the most were no more than a sales marketing pitch. The so call stand-up comics with the excepted of one were embarrassing. The main evening shows were poorly sound mixed, it felt like the sound mixing guy just had both the band and singers up on full volume creating more of a noise fest than a professionally produced show and not really allowing the singers to be at their best, well I hope that wasn’t their best! In closing I have to say on balance we had a very enjoyable and relaxing cruise and good value for money. Carnival Spirit is a well laid out and functional design, the best maintained and clean cruise ship we’ve been on for awhile. We just wish that there was better food and entertainment options. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
We were sailing to New Caledonia however ended up in Melbourne and Hobart before retuning to Sydney thanks to Cyclone Pam (category 5) that slammed into Vanuatu leading to mass devastation and many deaths. Our Captain decided to head south ... Read More
We were sailing to New Caledonia however ended up in Melbourne and Hobart before retuning to Sydney thanks to Cyclone Pam (category 5) that slammed into Vanuatu leading to mass devastation and many deaths. Our Captain decided to head south for the safety of the Ship, Passengers and Crew. Great decision. Even though a number of passengers were disappointed this was a brave and correct decision and generously the passengers were given a $150 credit each for the inconvenience. This was our 6th cruise, the first on Carnival, have been on Cunard twice and smaller ships. The ship itself was very glitzy but had a great vibe, the dining rooms over the top but most enjoyable and provided private seating cubicles, any time dining fantastic, waiters outstanding, buffet was quick and efficient offering plenty of choice, afternoon tea in the Empire dining was a waste of time if you wanted something to eat, best to go back to the buffet area. The balcony stateroom was spacious for a ship, had plenty of storage area, good air con and a large bathroom plus a very comfy bed. The serenity pool area was a great place to chill out. The Nouveau Restaurant sensational for $40 per head. Outstanding entertainment and overall excellent value for money. Looking forward to going again with our Grandchildren. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2014
My partner and I were first time cruisers. We were given the cruise as a present (Lucky! I know!) and we went feeling unsure of whether it would be something we would enjoy. We were all so excited seeing the massive ship at the docks ... Read More
My partner and I were first time cruisers. We were given the cruise as a present (Lucky! I know!) and we went feeling unsure of whether it would be something we would enjoy. We were all so excited seeing the massive ship at the docks in Sydney and service staff were incredible in allowing us to embark ahead of time due to my mother's ill health. Lining up at customs looked like it would take forever but was surprisingly quick. Everything was super organised, took your picture, explained and linked your cruise cards and then we were boarding the ship!. From the moment we stepped on board staff were amazing, smiling, happy and super helpful. Mum was a second time cruiser and had us lining up for drinks packages and excursions straight away, which was a blessing because we managed to score the Chef's table dinner and the Behind the Fun tour as well as Bottomless Bubbles. Kids were beyond excited and served themselves an ice cream from Lido deck on our first exploration on the way to the rooms. Rooms were great, door was heavy which is great because noise was reduced. I was worried sound would come through ceiling but it didn't, even with kids running around like hooligans. And I should note that was were the deck below Lido and there was only once we heard noise which was a huge party night. Once sailing the ship was so large that all passengers dispersed and you didn't feel crowded at all. Food was good, better than I expected (having worked in hospitality/kitchens) and the sheer quantity of plates they prepared was staggering. General food wasn't 5 star, but again was impressive knowing the work gone into it. Lido deck for food was great, loved this for lunch and breakfast always seating, plenty of food and easy access to Serenity adults only to grab a drink from the bar (empty at these times). Had breakfast once in main dining which was good for the experience but dinner there as awesome. Our waiter was incredible, nice, fun and always up for a joke. Picked out what my brother liked to eat and brought him extra every night (Prawns). No request was too big or too small. My brother (13) LOVED the 24 hour pizza, he made friends on the first day and we never saw him. He was with the other teens constantly. I loved the quizzes held on Deck 3 (?) and my partner and I developed a 4pm appointment at the bar in the great lobby. Bar Tenders there were great and remembered our names, orders and the bar tender also noticed I don't drink alcohol, but loved the cherries so she'd always serve my drink with a cocktail pineapple, cherry and umbrella. I was 25 and this was awesome. The shows were pretty good, I thought they might be better but they were good. I liked the ones that had the audience involved. Bingo was a bit of a rip off, but the games in the casino were varied so if you like gambling or arcades this was a place to waste money! The Behind the Fun tour was interesting, very glad we did it. The Chef's Table dinner was superb, absolutely fantastic. 10/10 would recommend to anyone on Carnival. They even catered to my 15y/o sister's vegetarianism. We had a couple of queries for staff which were always dealt with promptly. Room service was impeccable. Our steward made up the room everyday with new towel animals (so cute) and we left him a gift at the end of the cruise. The shops on board were cool, particularly the Carnival branded items which were very cheap and perfect seeing as I didn't pack a jumper and needed it! The photos were expensive and not worth it- maybe just one family memento snap. The only negative I had for the entire cruise was the cruise director, Stu, who got incredibly annoying and was frankly rude to some guests. I was also worried about seasickness (I get motion sick easily) and I was surprised that I hardly had any ill effects. Once I felt a little sick and that was in fairly rough weather, I gave some of the medication (for seasickness) I'd packed to several people who were suffering. We've booked the same cruise for a friend's 60th next year and can't wait! Read Less
Carnival Spirit Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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