Sail Date: May 2019
I chose this cruise because of the price and that I had never been on carnival before. Staff were excellent and always happy and helpful. A few went above and beyond. Very, very clean ship. Cabin stewards did a wonderful job and ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the price and that I had never been on carnival before. Staff were excellent and always happy and helpful. A few went above and beyond. Very, very clean ship. Cabin stewards did a wonderful job and were very thorough. I really had a wonderful time and did not want to leave. The cruise director Chloe was amazing and got involved in everything. She was so genuinely friendly and such a beautiful person inside and out. Plenty to do on sea days and plenty of entertainment. Food was excellent in the buffet and in the dining room. The Nouveau restaurant was absolutely fantastic with large servings and the food was served in beautiful and amazing ways. I truly enjoyed the cruise and would definitely sail with carnival again. My only suggestion would be if we could book and pay for shore excursions before the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
We found the experience very enjoyable from the time of embarkation till disembarkation. The staff were friendly and helpful. Entertainment was of a high standard and was excellent. Our first port of call was Noumea and I was able to ... Read More
We found the experience very enjoyable from the time of embarkation till disembarkation. The staff were friendly and helpful. Entertainment was of a high standard and was excellent. Our first port of call was Noumea and I was able to catch the hop off, hop on bus at a cost of $20. This was arranged through Ports and shore excursions. It proved to be an inexpensive way to view Noumea. A must see is the War Memorial in Noumea. I would highly recommend the Cliffs of Jokin tour on the Isle of Lifou. Included in this tour is a visit to a vanilla growing farm. As this was our second cruise to these islands I would also strongly recommend visiting Jinek Bay which is also on Lifou. The snorkelling at the Bay is a fantastic experience as there is a vast amount of coral which is easily visible and as for the aquatic life, it is amazing. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
The cruise Director Chloe made this cruise amazing!Loved the new menu in Nouveau!behind the fun tour very interesting!room stewards were great and always remembered our name!This ship is really starting to show her age and needs a bit of ... Read More
The cruise Director Chloe made this cruise amazing!Loved the new menu in Nouveau!behind the fun tour very interesting!room stewards were great and always remembered our name!This ship is really starting to show her age and needs a bit of attention!Food mostly good a few meals were a bit average!Sushi restaurant fabulous!overall a great cruise! Shows were amazing usually easy to get a seat!Onboard shops Heinemann do not like new owners of the shops very expensive duty free alcohol was outrageously priced we bought all our alcohol in Port Vila for a fraction of the price!No varietyIf You didn’t want a watch handbag or overpriced junk jewellery!that was about it all I bought in 11 days was a T-shirt!! Really enjoyed trivia would have like more Aussie trivia!music trivia was always so much fun! We participated in the love and marriage show !we were recognised for the rest of the tour for the wrong reasons lol not sure I would do it again I will stick to watching others but fun to do once! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We had the best time on this five day cruise to Tasmania. Everything about our holiday was first class. Our balcony cabin was spacious, clean and had a comfortably sized bathroom. Our cabin steward was excellent , friendly and helpfu, the ... Read More
We had the best time on this five day cruise to Tasmania. Everything about our holiday was first class. Our balcony cabin was spacious, clean and had a comfortably sized bathroom. Our cabin steward was excellent , friendly and helpfu, the different animals he made daily were really appreciated. The meals in the dining room were varied and delicious and the wait staff very attentive. always remembering our names. The Serenity pool area was a very pleasant and relaxing spot to sit, especially in a cabana with a strawberry daiquiri. Children are not allowed in this area so it stays peaceful. The Mexican food bar provided delicious burrito bowls with large prawns which were a very enjoyable lunch. The entertainment in the Pharaohs Palace lounge was amazing, professional and thoroughly enjoyable. We are regular cruisers having travelled on Cunard, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity in the past. We will definitely cruise on The Carnival Spirit again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
To be honest I didn’t even know what carnival was like when I first booked. It had a 3 days flash sale on and I jumped in as the prices looked too good. I literally had to google where noumea was after I paid for the cruise. I went with ... Read More
To be honest I didn’t even know what carnival was like when I first booked. It had a 3 days flash sale on and I jumped in as the prices looked too good. I literally had to google where noumea was after I paid for the cruise. I went with my partner and it was truly an awesome cruise. First and foremost we got the faster to the fun programe and it probably took us 10 mins to get on board through customs immigrations etc. Took us about 5 days to get familiar with the boat, there was so much to do. The activities keeps you busy from 8am in the morning till 11pm or late. The cruise director Eli went above and beyond to make things comfortable for all of us. From embarkation to tenders to every shows, he was there to talk us through. Drinks prices were reasonable. We had both the Mad Hatter’s tea and Green Eggs and ham breakfast for $10 each per event. Which was super cheap given the amount of food there was. The staff remembered our names by heart. Trivias, a live game of cluedo, hasbro family games, comedy shows and playlist productions kept us on our toes all day long. All tendering process was smooth and pleasant. Would go on carnival again and again. And last but not the least, the islands were like little paradise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise as it was going to New Zealand. One of the things to do on my bucket list. Carnival Spirit is an awesome ship. My high lights of this cruise was the El Fresco dining out on the deck under the skies. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was going to New Zealand. One of the things to do on my bucket list. Carnival Spirit is an awesome ship. My high lights of this cruise was the El Fresco dining out on the deck under the skies. The entertainment was awesome. The entertainment in the dining room at dinner was great. I also enjoyed the art and crafts at soulplay with Adam. I also enjoyed the Green Thunder cocktail and great value for money. Eli was very accommodating and friendly. The stateroom stewards were great. I loved the animal towels. Especially the cat one I really enjoyed. There was nothing that they wouldn't do for you. I also loved Auckland and Bay of Islands. Very picturesque. I also enjoyed the Seranite adult only section. I also loved how they are with people with disabilities I myself have very low vision and they were great with me. Well done Carnival Spirit. See you at the end of December 2019. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Great cruise. Great people. The staff on this cruise made the trip awesome. Room was tidied every day by happy people, the service staff at the bars and seating areas could not be faulted. The dinning restaurant has the best staff. We were ... Read More
Great cruise. Great people. The staff on this cruise made the trip awesome. Room was tidied every day by happy people, the service staff at the bars and seating areas could not be faulted. The dinning restaurant has the best staff. We were served by Kosta, Bahri and Saiful, these guys went out of there way for us at every meal. Best service ever. Our Holliday was with a group of 17, enjoyed by all. We arrived early and were aloud on straight away with questions. All the port stops were handled very smoothly. Our time on board was well spent with the kids in the pools and on the slides and the for the adults there is always things to do (trivia, performences, and shows). Would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in cruising and will surely do it again myself. Carnival you sure do it well. Just perfect. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Great Embarkation, no problems, straight in and treated like royalty. Good price cruise $76.65 per day. Great to have a priority for Water Shuttles. A NICE SURPRISE, at dinner time in the Empire Dinning Room, when it was “Show ... Read More
Great Embarkation, no problems, straight in and treated like royalty. Good price cruise $76.65 per day. Great to have a priority for Water Shuttles. A NICE SURPRISE, at dinner time in the Empire Dinning Room, when it was “Show Time”, the music started (D’Amore”)but the singer wasn’t there so Dessi, the Maître D, started to sing. After a while a waiter helped her and when he couldn’t sing any more another waiter jumped in to help. It was really lovely to see that team work in the dining room. Also somebody proposed to his girlfriend. It was very emotional, then Dessi asked them to dance while one of her staff sang the song “Crazy”. Another good feeling was when I wore, for the first time a new pair of earrings, for the Elegant night and I realised that I lost one. I went to Guess Services and it was there!!! It was found in the Pharaoh’s Palace. I was impress with the honesty of the serving staff. NEGATIVES : Some people put in multiple entry raffle tickets for The FA FA Show, when it suppose to be only one per person. There has to be a way to avoid that. The FA FA Show was too long, no need of extra talking,(1 hour and 10 min.) Wed brunch was very slow. I just asked for a Smoked Salmon B’fast and it took more than 1/2 hour to arrive. But that was the only time that that happened. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Kids loved every aspect of this holiday as did I. The water slides were obviously a massive hit.. The water park great for my 6 yr old ASD boy.. Pools were pretty cold but no-one seemed to mind that as the spa just beside came to good ... Read More
Kids loved every aspect of this holiday as did I. The water slides were obviously a massive hit.. The water park great for my 6 yr old ASD boy.. Pools were pretty cold but no-one seemed to mind that as the spa just beside came to good use..especially after 10pm. Food FANTASTIC.. elegant dining night was a real treat for us. Icecream & Pizza on offer 24/7 was a dream come true for my 11 yr old daughter. My 15yr old son entertained him self as I rarely saw him...very unusual for him. Friendly staff all over the ship..especially our cabin stewards. INDRA & LINDA were amazing people & made our stay comfy as our cabin was cosy . As we had a quad share.. hardly spent any time in there. Getting on & off the ship was a surprisingly smooth process. Already looking for my next cruise. THANK YOU CARNIVAL SPIRIT Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
I chose this cruise because it was sailing out of Sydney and I have always wanted to do that. It was also going to New Caledonia where I haven't been before. It was my first cruise experience and I was a little nervous about doing it ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was sailing out of Sydney and I have always wanted to do that. It was also going to New Caledonia where I haven't been before. It was my first cruise experience and I was a little nervous about doing it on my own. It was the most social holiday I have had on my own. I must have spoken with 50 people at various times during the cruise. The overall experience was fantastic. I did upgrade to a Grand Suite so my room was very nice and comfortable. I also chose the pick up at Sydney airport as I was flying in and out from New Zealand. Because I was the only person doing that they put me in a taxi instead of the coach. Great service. No problems with embarkation and disembarkation. It was probably not a good idea to be flying in and out on the same day as the cruise but lucky for me all went smoothly. I even got time to take the ferry over to Manly for a few hours before boarding the ship (they stored my suitcase). The food was pretty good. I chose to do the Chefs Table and that was a great food experience. I felt the alcohol side of this was a let down. No Cocktail just a glass of bubbles and the wine served during the meal was house wine standard. It was interesting to see the kitchen but i think it would have been better to then go to a separate dining area. It was difficult for me to hear what the Chef was saying due to the background noise. My time ashore was fantastic. Loved Mare and Isle of Pines for snorkelling and swimming. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Saw an advertised “special deal” on Carnival - $749 for 8 nights so wanted to see if we would enjoy a longer cruise in possibly a different region with them. Food in restaurant, service and staff excellent. Ship was kept spotlessly ... Read More
Saw an advertised “special deal” on Carnival - $749 for 8 nights so wanted to see if we would enjoy a longer cruise in possibly a different region with them. Food in restaurant, service and staff excellent. Ship was kept spotlessly clean. Cabin 4118 was spacious and our Cabin Steward, Ketut, maintained the room to a very high standard. He addressed us by name at all times, enquired about our activities and always had a welcoming smile. Lots of fun trivia, Serenity area was a bonus, entertainment was on par with other cruise lines. Only minor downside was the setup of the food in the Lido. We found it very spread out and difficult if you wanted to eat different food but enjoy it at the same time as the group you were travelling with. Overall it was a great experience and would definitely book another Carnival cruise. My daughter did a Caribbean cruise with Carnival 3 years ago and says she would also book another cruise with them. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Overall the cruise was above my expectations. Room: We were in room 7302 aft balcony and I will be requesting an aft balcony for future cruises. The room was spacious enough for my husband and I and 6 year old and having a balcony gave ... Read More
Overall the cruise was above my expectations. Room: We were in room 7302 aft balcony and I will be requesting an aft balcony for future cruises. The room was spacious enough for my husband and I and 6 year old and having a balcony gave us a lot more flexibility in space ( somewhere to dry clothes and towels, stash sandy shoes and snorkel gear, read, sun bake and get some fresh air). The aft balcony meant we got great uninterrupted views with none of the wind and it was very quiet as the only other people going past our door was the staff and neighbours. Cleanliness: Room attendants were fantastic, unobtrusive, friendly and even left a special message, balloons and toy for my daughter on her birthday - I didn’t even have to organise it. Meals: lots to choose from. My husband doesn’t like buffets and lives for a good steak so he insisted we eat at the fancy restaurant a few times. Meals there were VERY good and not very expensive, however I actually preferred the dining room meals and the staff there really went above and beyond. The buffet was also good and we all loved the 24 hr pizza. The only thing that could of been done better was the drink packages. None of my family do soft drinks or wine. Beer, liquor and good coffee is what we want and they didn’t have a drink package to cater to any of these and we ended up paying a small fortune for 10 days of good coffee. Entertainment: always something to do for everyone. We all like very different things and each one of us was happy doing some things by ourselves and somethings together. Kids club: my daughter loved kids club ( so did we) and we never felt guilty taking her there as whenever we went to pick her up she would have a spit because she wanted to do whatever the next activity was. Staff: this is where I was blown away. I can not say enough good things about the staff. Friendly, patient, entertaining, always willing to help and they go out of their way to make you feel special - considering there is 3000 people they attend to daily this is no mean feat! I was disgusted in the way I saw many other cruisers treat the staff, but they took it all in stride. For many English is a second or third language, but they still remember your names, how you like your orders, what you drink etc, and many times we were what seemed like extra special care even though they probably are like that for everyone. Our waiter Ketut and his staff must have a special mention as I cannot list all the ways they were good to us. Destination: each place we visited was more beautiful then the next. It may seem like I am praising everything from a holiday high but I have been back in the real world for 3 months now as I write this. I am usually a critical person but was amazed at how great our experience was. Even my husband who gets motion sickness and prefers to stay indoors loved it and we were both surprised at how very little movement we noticed in the ship and no one got sea sick at all. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We cruised to Melbourne to tick another bucket list. Carnival Spirit was great. We partied and had a great time. Between the band The Manila Boys and Donnie the music was fantastic. You dances every night. The violin players were amazing ... Read More
We cruised to Melbourne to tick another bucket list. Carnival Spirit was great. We partied and had a great time. Between the band The Manila Boys and Donnie the music was fantastic. You dances every night. The violin players were amazing and added the touch of elegance. High tea is a must and the trivia games keep you alert. The fellow guests were all there to have fun and the crew could not be more helpful. Our cabin Steward was fantastic and looked after us. Yes Carnival you know how to put together a great Melbourne Cup Cruise and I would recommend it to any one. Planning our next cruise with Carnival and we hope Ellie, The Manila band and Donnie are all there to entertain us. Would recommend you loose 5kg before you go or pack your gym cloths as there is souch food and drinks you will gain 10kg easily and enjoy every minute of it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Coincided with our Anniversary. Cabin was good we have had this one before enjoy the indentation which keeps the wind off. We were well look after in the dining room with our friend Dessi. The dinning staff were great thanks Costa and ... Read More
Coincided with our Anniversary. Cabin was good we have had this one before enjoy the indentation which keeps the wind off. We were well look after in the dining room with our friend Dessi. The dinning staff were great thanks Costa and his team. Food was fantastic plenty of variety. Eli cruise director very approachable called me lovely, said he sees us more than his parents. We are platinum cruises. The seas we kind to us like a mill pond only one day when we had a few white caps Meet the new captain lovely man. Entertainment good shows good especially 88 keys. The violin trio was fantastic so too Rod with his country music. Isle of Pines beautiful as usual, first time with a high tide was quite different to swim had a very relaxing time clear blue waters. Noumena next port of call we did the Double Decker bus good tour good price good commentary first time enjoyed would recommend. Stopped at the pastry shop first time for us my husband is a retired pastry chef was interested to see what the fuss was about, a bit expensive but very nice to eat. Lifou next port have been a few times did vanilla plantation. A drive into the country in an nine seate4 aircon bus lady driver no commentary. Lady tour guide was not to pleasant, but it was very interesting tour. A refreshment was included we bought some vanilla pods all sealed no trouble getting through customs when declared. Last port Mare not my favourite island bus to beach to expensive and there was wind. We just walked around for half hour then back on ship. I think they could find a better place to go. Over all it was a great cruise we relaxed and enjoy our 49 anniversary. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We booked this cruise as the time was suitable, Great Staff and service, food was of poor quality compared to other cruises, buffet was fair to good. Overall the Carnival shows where the best, the outfits were amazing. Our room ... Read More
We booked this cruise as the time was suitable, Great Staff and service, food was of poor quality compared to other cruises, buffet was fair to good. Overall the Carnival shows where the best, the outfits were amazing. Our room upgrade was also fantastic. Thank you for upgrading upgrading us we weren't expecting that but it was an amazing suprise our room was great. Thank you so much we greatly appreciate it. We had a great time and we will return again. we also had a $400 dollar credit, that was more than ample for our 8 night cruise On the Carnival Spirit. The Captain Vittorio, was very approachable, as well as the cabin staff. Speaking of the staff, The night dinning room staff, At table 216 Where fantastic at the 7 45 pm sitting, head waiter lgusti was fantastic. To Some up a fantastic cruise with great staff, buffet was good, the Main dinning food was poor at times. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Hi as a first time Cruiser this was a wonderful experience. We travelled as a family of 12 aged between 5yrs,16yrs to the 30's & 56 which was me. The Ship was absolutely beautiful & catered for all ages. The entertainment on ... Read More
Hi as a first time Cruiser this was a wonderful experience. We travelled as a family of 12 aged between 5yrs,16yrs to the 30's & 56 which was me. The Ship was absolutely beautiful & catered for all ages. The entertainment on board was fantastic & ranged from bingo, trivia games, karoake , craft days & health beauty seminars. There were cinemas which catered for many ages & live shows eg stand up comedian & even a Hypnotist . I took my 5 year old grandson to see the Hypnotist & he was in awe. A great show. We built a bear & my Grandbaby joined Kids club. We had 2 formal nights, a Mexican night & a 80's night. They were fantastic fun & to watch my children participate was good fun. They had pirate dress up & treasure hunt. The hairiest chest contest. The list goes on. My partner & I followed a singer called Rob who played 70's & 80's & performed a Johnny Cash & Neil Diamond show. The Red Frog Pub lounge was fantastic on level 2, Shanghi was great for the karaoke nights & the seminars took place there through the the days. The Serenity area on deck 9 was just so good to chill as no children allowed lol! The service from all the bars, dining extra was nothing but excellent. The dining room Empire on level 2 & 3 was truly amazing nothing but professional & silver service. Food was prepared well & tasted delicious . The Buffet was a little more hectic but still great food & good variety. Pizza was 24hrs a day & my family took full advantage of it. Especially my 2 sons. Pizza mad. Hamburgers were cooked from about 11am till 5pm & you could put just about anything you wanted on them. Ice ream was in endless supply. The Cabins were really beautiful & I am pleased we paid the extra to have a balcony. 2 of our group members got a balcony slightly obstructed views but their room was even better than ours. I was in awe of it & next time would happily have the obstructed view. You could see everything really just below was a lifeboat but who cares. Their room 5174 was slightly bigger & better quality carpet, benches etc. Bathroom was much nicer than ours. We were all on level 5. Rooms 5252,5254,5256 & 5174. I would take 5174 anytime it was cheaper & a nicer. Room service was perfect. Our rooms were cleaned immaculately & Wyman was nothing but friendly, helpful & cheery. He knew our names quickly & greeted us daily with his lovely welcoming disposition. Everyday we had a towel animal greet us when we came back to our rooms. I was so impressed I went to a seminar where they showed how to make an elephant & dog. I was wrapped as elephants are my favourite animal. We purchased the book so worth it! The places we ported were Noumea, Isle of Pines, Mare, Mystery Island & Port Vila. Noumea I would probably not revisit but a tip make sure you exchange money either on ship or at the markets where there is an exchange machine. I went into supermarket & couldnt use Aussie $. But the bar we sat at for awhile did accept our money. Beaches beautiful but not so friendly. Isle of Pines was paradise & the people were just lovely. Happy friendly & welcoming. Next port was Mare where my adult children went snorkelling . They loved it &a I enjoyed the markets. Mystery Island was my favourite it was just so pretty &I reminded me of a Rv show called Gillgans island. The beaches in all these ports were stunning. No seaweed & a blue colour that was just mind boggling. The waters were stunning. Mystery Island was cheapest for souviniers . Port Vila was great but a bit more overwhelming. Busy busy busy. The taxi driver that took us about were friendly, knowledgable & keen to show how they live. But the Duty free is fantastic. All the islanders were lovely couldn't fault them. The French in general were semi pleasant but some rather rude. Well that is most of my experiences I found it just the most extraordinary 12 days & loved my every moments & so glad I shared them with my family. ( Television needs a bit of adjustment for those who can't sleep or need to entertain a child. They need a channel just for children's movies & they need more movies than the 7 or 9 they kept showing. People who lack sleep need some in room entertainment . I suggest you download iPad with movies & take them along with you) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
This was a yearly holiday with my sisters, our second Cruise, first on the Spirit. We had the best time, the ship was in great condition, our cabin was cosy but comfortable and very clean, thanks to Cristina and Moh. The staff were very ... Read More
This was a yearly holiday with my sisters, our second Cruise, first on the Spirit. We had the best time, the ship was in great condition, our cabin was cosy but comfortable and very clean, thanks to Cristina and Moh. The staff were very friendly. The dining in the Empire Room was amazing, we had excellent service with Kaur, I Madi and Goran, the food was delicious, there was not one meal we weren't happy with. The Showtime at 7 o'clock was so much fun and a Highlight. The dining in other areas was also excellent and the Serenity Bar was the place to go away from the kids (although we didn't have a problem with any of the children, most were very well behaved and polite). The staff all over the ship were very friendly, we only came across one grumpy one, he must have been tired and don't blame him as they all work so hard and long hours, we only saw him the once. The Ports and excursions were fantastic, except for one, the Mare Island was not one we would bother to go to again. Mystery Island seemed to be everyone's favourite. Loved all the Entertainment, (there was plenty of it, there's no way you could be bored). We met many new friends, including the Staff I have mentioned, we laughed, ate, drank and have great memories. We were sad when the cruise ended and are looking forward to our next Cruise as soon as possible. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Just got back from a weekend cruise to nowhere on the Spirit, cannot highly recommend the ship enough. The staff are amazing, our cruise director Chloe was always around and mingling with the guests unlike a previous cruise director I have ... Read More
Just got back from a weekend cruise to nowhere on the Spirit, cannot highly recommend the ship enough. The staff are amazing, our cruise director Chloe was always around and mingling with the guests unlike a previous cruise director I have had. We were upgraded from an interior to a balcony cabin 5245 which had enough room for the two of us and the access bathroom was a great size! The dining room staff were attentive yet not overbearing Michael had some great dance moves on him! The staff who worked up at the buffet were friendly and helpful, along with the bar staff outside. JJ was a blast at bingo hope to have him again next time. The Park West crew were amazing and helpful, George was not only an excellent auctioneer but great for a laugh as well and did not ram Peter Max down our throats unlike a previous cruise. The housekeeping staff are amazing and such hard workers they deserve more praise than they ever get. Cannot wait to get back onboard and rejoin the carnival family. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Just back from our Carnival Spirit cruise to New Caledonia and Vanuatu (August 2018). Once again another very good cruise experience on the Carnival Spirit. The Carnival Spirit is very well organised, staff are very friendly and ... Read More
Just back from our Carnival Spirit cruise to New Caledonia and Vanuatu (August 2018). Once again another very good cruise experience on the Carnival Spirit. The Carnival Spirit is very well organised, staff are very friendly and helpful. Food is very good standard and available at very good times. Entertainment was great. The Carnival Spirit is a step ahead in terms of quality over the competitor's cruise we went with earlier this year. Embarking, getting onto the tenders at the island stops and disembarking was very well organised, with very little wasted time. The ship's lifts are quite quick, even during very busy traffic times - this was a problem on the competitor's ship we went on earlier this year. On board shopping ("duty free" jewellery and alcohol) was on the expensive side (this was the only item not as good as the competitor cruise we went on earlier this year). The duty free alcohol did not seem to as good value as my last Carnival cruise. I will plan to do my duty free alcohol and any watch etc shopping in the ports (or at home before I leave) next time. I am looking forward to my next Carnival cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Despite reading negative commentary about Carnival and the Sprint our recent experience in early August from Sydney to the Coral Sea and back was excellent. The cabin and location was all we needed, a big balcony was terrific as we spend a ... Read More
Despite reading negative commentary about Carnival and the Sprint our recent experience in early August from Sydney to the Coral Sea and back was excellent. The cabin and location was all we needed, a big balcony was terrific as we spend a great deal of time there, service provided by the cabin stewards was as good, if not better than we have enjoyed on other cruise lines. Where Carnival find people so professional is beyond me - it must have a great deal to do with the training programs they implement. Food quality was very good and the entertainment was also beyond our expectations, particularly a magic show late in the cruise which was really very well done. We did book in advance the Any Time Dining option - without first reading the fine print in that [unlike Princess and RC] you can't pre book a table each morning for that evening at a time that suits you. So that means lining up and on our second night, we lined up for some considerable time - although the staff do give you a beeper to notify you of when your table is ready. Still this didn't suit us so we asked to change to the late sitting, it was arranged in minutes with no fuss, and we then enjoyed a table with four other wonderful people of a similar age and interests. Our adjustment turned out to be a real positive given the company we had for the rest of the voyage. We can't really comment on much else as we are not pool people and rarely spend much time in port on non sea days. I will say that Carnival would be well served selling a few red and white wines under the $30 per bottle mark - I think that would be a welcome addition to the largely Australia market given decent Australian and New Zealand wine prices are relatively cheap at home and perhaps the margin enjoyed by the cruise line is I'm sure, well beyond profitable given the quantities they must buy in. Finally the children on board. There were many, how is it that so many school age children, up to what appeared to be early to mid teens, are allowed to break school to go on a cruise is beyond me. This is of course is not a Carnival issue - but it mystifies me that parents would do this sort of thing. In the event Carnival take care of them very well - there seems to be an abundance of events for them to do and we just didn't have a problem at all with the young ones anywhere at anytime. Carnival Spirit is a great ship, with good food, terrific service and wonderful amenities. Perhaps some people have had a bad experience now and again - but for us we simply couldn't have been more pleased with the overall experience and value for money. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
I choose this cruise Because of the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff .Far supérieur than of have met on all cruises l have been. Stewards are amazing at remembering everyone’s names. Due to cancelled flight, didn’t get a ... Read More
I choose this cruise Because of the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff .Far supérieur than of have met on all cruises l have been. Stewards are amazing at remembering everyone’s names. Due to cancelled flight, didn’t get a chance to explore Sydney . Embarking was easy, we opted for the take bags off ship 7am get ready in area to dis embark.. Easy was directed up lift to awaiting taxis.We had issues with the balcony door not closing properly ./fridge very noisy / and paint fumes . All of these issues were taken seriously and address promptly , ,! We opted for dinner at the Nouveau restaurant first night and were again given first class treatment . The meat melts in your mouth and is heavenly. Disappointed by the fake offer of free wine first night,, apparently per table Not per person.false advertising l believed.!. So my partner sat at another table . We still could talk and got our free wine as well which was not the best but 2 glasses in it was drinkable.. The punchline comedy club was great with great A plus comedians and R rated. Shows Also :The Marriage show was a scream .so funny and r rated l think and plenty of activities and entertainment for children to play games .Guess who l am and build a tower taking middle and blocks out .The Empire Room was used for dinning every evening and we loved the happy family vibes that the staff gave out . The matridi and singers at show time / dinner time was great entertainment .We did some ship booked excursions but it was easy to book off ship at some places. Ship at Noumena has a bus that takes and return s people to the ship . Drops off along the waters edge and a walk to shops and large information centre to view assortment of other tours . Traveling with another cabin buddy who was very pleasant and considerate ,we had a fun time all up . I plan to go back but not happy they are moving to Brisbane. Last thing was the entertainment same old shows but new actors Unsure if that is common for a yr or a certain time span. For frequent travellers it’s a bit boring but the new actors singers put their version of the show into a different light . Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Overall, we had a fabulous time aboard the Carnival Spirit. We enjoyed the wide variety of eateries that were included in the cruise and had no complaints. Facilities were wonderful and the staff even more so. The ship's resident ... Read More
Overall, we had a fabulous time aboard the Carnival Spirit. We enjoyed the wide variety of eateries that were included in the cruise and had no complaints. Facilities were wonderful and the staff even more so. The ship's resident entertainment group was wonderful but found some of the guest entertainment average but not everyone has the same taste. We loved all the ports and tender service was very good, much more organized than some of the previous cruises we have experienced. Only complaints were the prices of alcohol and the fact there were no packages other than bottles of wine. Even a coffee shop package would be great for all those who like to indulge. We often like to just relax in our cabin and watch a movie but found this very poor unless you wanted to pay. Shore tours were overpriced. Saying so, we would not hesitate to go Carnival again as overall it was better than we expected. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
I choose this cruise because I love The Carnival Spirit and I loved the ports and duration of the cruise. 19 Nights From the moment we boarded it felt like coming home. We had cabin 5197 which I must say I'd never choose again ... Read More
I choose this cruise because I love The Carnival Spirit and I loved the ports and duration of the cruise. 19 Nights From the moment we boarded it felt like coming home. We had cabin 5197 which I must say I'd never choose again unless I wanted an adjoining cabin.The cabin itself and balcony were fantastic, but I did find extra noise (mainly blaring TV or constant blowing of noses from adjoining room) and light from the adjoining cabin was a nuisance. Aside from that the position was the best. so close to the elevators. a quick jump down to atrium bar for a drink or upto lido for a snack. central to everything onboard. Deck 5 is also great for accessing the O2 15 to 17 yo club as it's on the same level at the front of the ship. We did both Chefs Table and Nouveau under the stars. I've done Chefs table in the past and although visiting the galley is great it was loudish and made it hard to hear Chef Vincent talk about each dish. I was underwhelmed by Nouveau under the stars. our waitress didn't seem to understand us very well. and when paying extra for the experience you expect a little more for the experience. We were told no we couldn't have more than 1 vegetable side and you pay extra to have wine with dinner but didn't serve anything I liked. which was very sad. Ports..... Airlie Beach we just did some shopping as we've been here before. Darwin we did the Hop on and Off Bus and looked around the main centre. I wish we had of known we could of had longer in port than after we had returned to the ship as we left over 3 hours later than expected. And also known about the free bus to Casuarina as this wasn't very well advertised and there isn't many shops in downtown Darwin. Bali we arrived at the Port of Benoa and after helping a friend who's husband was medically evacuated off the ship here we caught a Taxi into Kuta for the day. After a bit of bartering a stop off into Kuta McDonald's where my son got a behind the scene tour and we walk along the beach road we stopped off for a beverage at a local pub a foot massage hair braiding and a bit more bartering it was time to head back to port for our return tender. Ho Chi Minh. Phu My port. we opted for a 2 day tour here with Stephen from MY WAY TRAVEL. having already organized transfers and accommodation we met out tour guide at our hotel in Ho Chi Minh. Our transfer driver didnt speak any English into Ho Chi Minh but was a safe and reliable driver. We were dropped off at Prague Hotel. Here we met our guide for the next 2 days. Our guide spoke very good English and was extremely knowledgeable. We did a 2 day tour visiting the Vinh Trang My Tho Temple and buddhas The Mekong Delta river and estuary via boat and Hand rowed Sampan. We visited an island where they made coconut lollies and went on a horse and carriage ride through the village. We had lunch at the Nhà Hàng Mekong rest stop in Tiên Giang. Lunch was a traditional Vietnamese lunch. on day 2 we met our tour guide at our hotel at 8am from here we visited the War Remnants Museum the Reunification Palace, The French inspired Architectural post office, Cathedral and a final stop off at the Ben Tranh Markets. Prague hotel is in a great spot very central to everything in District 1. tables and chairs lined the street with eateries and drinks available everywhere. At night it all really comes to life with plenty of places within 50 meters of the hotel to visit. Well worth a visit but next time will stay longer. Koh Samui. We pre organized a tour with Stephen from My way Travels again. The tour guide wasn't easy to spot and I ended up sending everyone to the end of the pier to wait while I tracked him down. I must say we wasted a good hour and a half just at the port. We visited temples elephants monkeys and the grandfather and Grandmother Rocks before lunch. We unfortunately missed the end of our tour which was the shopping and looking around in Nathon. This was disappointing for me. Singapore. OMG how clean green and beautiful is this city. We stayed at Destination Singapore Hotel Beach Road. The pool on the top of the hotel is amazing. and too much time was wasted here on day one. We walked to Suntec City and Marina Square and visited little india for dinner arriving by Taxi and having a walk around. The Moustafa Centre is a sight to be seen. Although I'd never visit again it was worth seeing once. They have everything here one big multi level building. Day 2 saw us head to Sentosa via MRT and the Monorail to Universal studios. After a jammed packed day here we left and went to Gardens by the bay to watch the light show. It is amazing and a must not miss show when in Singapore. Then it was of too Bugis Street in a Taxi. We walked around the markets caught up with some friends from the ship and had a bite to eat. Day 3 and our last day in Singapore. We got up early and took the Hop on and Off bus from Suntec around Singapore (Blue line) then went back to the hotel to check out (late check out 2pm) jumping back on the hop on and off bus (red line) upto bugis street and revisiting the Markets and a last look around before heading back to the hotel for our luggage and heading to the airport. After it is all said and done I love Carnival I love Carnival Spirit and the team onboard and cant wait till I'm able to board again one day. I'm hoping carnival do more long cruises in the future as it was 19 nights of bliss. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
The cruise was amazing th staff were amazing and our cleaner NOVI he was absolutely brilliant me and my partner family loved every minute of our holiday the islands were spectacular and the food was absolutely amazing we will be definitely ... Read More
The cruise was amazing th staff were amazing and our cleaner NOVI he was absolutely brilliant me and my partner family loved every minute of our holiday the islands were spectacular and the food was absolutely amazing we will be definitely back 100% and the bartender staff were every friendly and so kind they always make us feel so welcome and would bend over backwards for us we are so very grateful to have such an amazing bunch of staff memebers in our Cruise it was sad to leave the ship today but we will always have our memories and photos of our holiday day the duty free shop was fabulous good products and great prices and the ship had so many nice places just to unwind and relax like the adults only section it was so relaxing being in the spa looking at the stars above would definitely be back again Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
My family and I decided to do a family holiday, so we thought why not a carnival cruise, my mum her husband, my brother his girl friend, my sister and her to friends and myself and my partner had such a fabulous time at sea with carnival ... Read More
My family and I decided to do a family holiday, so we thought why not a carnival cruise, my mum her husband, my brother his girl friend, my sister and her to friends and myself and my partner had such a fabulous time at sea with carnival cruise! EVERYONE that greeted us that worked on the ship were so happy and so welcoming, that by far was the most amazing thing about travleling with carnival, nothing was ever too much for anyone to do and every worker did everything with a smile! The food was fantastic so much to choose from, the shopping on the ship was great To’o perfumes at brilliant prices, loved the serinaty adults only area, was so great just to escape the kids that were screaming because they were having so much fun of course! ;) Thankyou for a great expersince we are booking the carnival vista next cannot wait! Read Less
Carnival Spirit Ratings
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Cabins 3.5 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.5 0.0
Public Rooms 3.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.5 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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