1,115 Carnival Spirit Cruise Reviews

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
Sail Date April 2018
Exceeded my expectations, the accommodation was spotlessly clean, the staff were very friendly and the overall atmosphere was very laid back. The amenities on board were excellent and the gym & entertainment provided was more than ... Read More
Exceeded my expectations, the accommodation was spotlessly clean, the staff were very friendly and the overall atmosphere was very laid back. The amenities on board were excellent and the gym & entertainment provided was more than sufficient to pass away the time. The food was excellent and there was plenty of food variety if you look around and try the different options available. The ship is massive and a lot of time can be spent just walking around it. Ports of Call Isle of Pines was beautiful. The locals sold food at stalls and there is a resort where you can rent kayaks and paddle boards. The snorkelling is very good as well and the beach lovely. Noumea is the capital and a proper city. Most things were closed when we arrived. We took the water taxi to Duck Island. There was beautiful snorkelling here but the beach is basically broken coral. There is a restaurant/resort on the island but it is extortionate and they struggled with peak service for people. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We where skeptical about cruising as we hear issues through the media.We wanted to have an experience hence booked with friends,from the time we arrived inside the ship till we exit we had great experience.The food was great inspite of ... Read More
We where skeptical about cruising as we hear issues through the media.We wanted to have an experience hence booked with friends,from the time we arrived inside the ship till we exit we had great experience.The food was great inspite of being vegetarian choice was less but the chef and the staff at the counter obliged to get us vegetarian dishes every day.We thank them for it.Next the room service my goodness they are always cheerful maintained the room very neat.I think they deserve the pat on the back.Next is all the staff at cafe/restaurant amazing always helpful with smiles on their faces.Only winge is the management should have given options to the people about tours as we had no idea about what to do?.Management should try to cater to different community people by asking about food restrictions which can be done in advance as they collect fully money3 months in advance.But that's part of continuous improvement,lastly but not least I want everyone involved in sending my Fitbit watch which was left in my room.the room service guys thanks for handing it promptly and the staff taking interest and calling me about it and arranging to send it.Thank you all Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
we decied to cruise this time on carnival spirit & im so glad we did firstly i love the ships decor our balcony room was buietiful clean & well set out the room service was great & there was plenty of events to go too during ... Read More
we decied to cruise this time on carnival spirit & im so glad we did firstly i love the ships decor our balcony room was buietiful clean & well set out the room service was great & there was plenty of events to go too during the day to keep you busy on sailing days the staff were fabulous freindly & couldnt do enough for us i thoughly enjoyed the round bed chairs on the ship for relaxing as there were plenty of them the shows were outstanding & we enjoyed dancing the night away at different venues the food i found was good but could have been a little warmer in the buffet side of things but still was good the main dinning food we thoughly enjoyed & other resturants also would we sail on this ship again most definatly & thankyou carnival spirit for a great exsperince see you in the near future Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was a 6 day cruise on carnival Spirit from Sydney to Tasmania and back to Sydney. Departing 11th February 2018 from the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay. The ship Visited Port Arthur and Hobart. We were in a standard ... Read More
This was a 6 day cruise on carnival Spirit from Sydney to Tasmania and back to Sydney. Departing 11th February 2018 from the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay. The ship Visited Port Arthur and Hobart. We were in a standard balcony cabin 7253.Type 8F I last travelled on Carnival Spirit in 2016. 2016 was my first cruise and I enjoyed myself so much I didn't want to get off at the end of the cruise. I was worried that with this cruise the allure would have faded and the experience would not be as enjoyable. I need not have worried! I enjoyed the experience immensely and again did not want to get off the ship on Saturday back in Sydney. For embarkation, we caught the train to Circular Quay and walked to the ship from there. It is a very short walk.You can get good pictures of the ship from the platform at Circular Quay. Here is my not so good picture as an example https://scontent-syd2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/28056722_10155302534000754_2635054478436950925_n.jpg?oh=e4dd6ea9125146b5bf53ce4b22f8cdb7&oe=5B169D4A Our assigened boarding time was 1am but we were ready to board at 11.30am. We decided to drop off the luggage at the drop off point and wander around but as we were dropping off the luggage, they announced they were operating under general boarding and we could board straight away. From dropping off luggage to getting on the ship took maybe 15 minutes. It would have been longer for an international trip. And we helped the whole process go quicker by checking in online and having all our paper work completed. At the check in desk, all they had to do was confirm our identity then they handed over our sail and sign cards and told us we could board. Carnival Spirit is for EVERYONE. No matter how old or young, you are catered for on carnival Spirit. Our cruise had babies in strollers to elderly family members assisted by younger family members. There were also multiple people getting around the ship in motorised scooters, wheel chairs and walking frames. Under 18's have a club specific to their age group with their own activities. For the young or young at heart there is a waterpark and 2 waterslides. The ship has 3 swimming pools and 3 spa baths (whirlpools). One Spa bath and swimming pool is in the adults only Serenity area. One swimming pool is also the dive in movies pool with cinema screen for watching movies at night. One spa bath is inside the gym which is for use only by people over 16 years of age. You can take part in trivia competitions multiple times per day. You can sit in the sky box sports bar and watch sporting programmes. A lot of people did this on my tour because the Winter Olympics were on. You can relax in the Red Frog pub and watch bands at night. You can watch stage shows such as the Miss Hodini magic show. You can laugh your head off in the comedy club. By the way, for the R rated comedy shows, the F word is not the worst thing you will hear. You can party the night away at the disco. You can sing karaoke in the Shanghai Bar. There is other live music through out the ship. Our cruise had a string trio playing classical music in the Alchemy Bar. The ship has an impractical jogging track on deck 11. Deck 10 makes a much better jogging track. There is a sign on deck 10 saying a complete loop is 452.3 metres. The sign on deck 10 also says Jogging is allowed before 8am and after 8pm. You can play basket ball or mini soccer at the basket ball court. Play 9 holes of mini golf before breakfast. Play table tennis if not too windy. Play cards games such as Bridge or Euchre in the Monarch room. Get a book or a board game from the library. Say a prayer in the Chapel. Attend an ART auction. Play Bingo. Buy duty free in the shopping arcade. Gamble all your money in the casino. Meet up with other like minded people at pre arranged get togethers such as LGBT, Singles or Alcoholocis Anonymous. Attend dancing lessons. Get a massage, a haircut, acupuncture or a facial in the massage spa. Have a a special evening all dressed up, and meet the Captain, on a Cruise Elegant Night. Relax with friends in quiet corners all over the ship. And more! I decided I will film any changes and add them to my Carnival Spirit playlist on Youtube. There were no changes, the ship was the same. Just a change of staff, except for the Captain. So, if you want to see what the ship looks like, go to my playlist. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEP0E3q2UiAPoYTsVgiM5d-BmH4dWYLWa My cabin was a standard balcony cabin. It measured 635cm x 275cm or 17.5 metres squared. The balcony measured 288cm x 135cm or 3.8 Metres squared. For a total of 21.3 metres squared. The balcony had 2 chairs and small table. The balcony wall facing the sea was clear so the view was unhindered while seated. The room was set up on arrival as a queen bed but changed to 2 singles when it was explained I was travelling with my sister. The room had a small but adequate sized bathroom with sink, shower and toilet. There was a small fridge. a 21cm flat screen TV. A sofa. A safe. 3 wardrobes which could be configured as all hanging or with some shelves. A bible. A hair dryer. Multiple drawers and small cupboards for storage. The room had 2 power points, American style with 110v and Australian Style with 240v. There was another multiple input power point in the bathroom labeled shavers only. I filmed my cabin and will upload the video to my Carnival Spirit Playlist on youtube, when I have edited the footage together. I prefer to dine in the Lido Deck bufet for all meals. It means I don't have to be tied down to a meal time. I can arrive when I want to eat, grab what ever i want and be off to the next onboard function on my list. There is so much to do on board that I don't have time to do everything I want. I get a newsletter in the evening telling me what is on the next day. I tear of the daily list circle everything I want to do then go back through and cross off the the least favourite thing that clashes with something else. Disembarkation was easy. we were automatically assigned an 8am disembarkation. However, I went to guest services and told them I would rather get off at the latest possible time. They assigned me to 9.10am. However, at 8.30am, we were ready to get off. We went to deck 3, there was a small queue of people waiting to get off. I was told we could join the queue. As we had already been told that Circular Quay railway station was closed because of track repair, we had made the decision to catch a taxi. Because it was a domestic cruise, there was no immigration. So on the same level we entered the Overseas Passenger Terminal. Level 2, I think. We followed the taxi sign and exited the door right at the taxi rank. Time from departing our cabin to getting in a taxi was 10 minutes at the most. Every singe staff member I came in contact with provided exceptional service!!!! Here is an update of pricing LAUNDRY (no change in pricing) - $3 for 40 minutes to wash clothes. - $3 for 45 minutes to dry clothes - $1.50 single use washing powder - $1.50 single use fabric softener - Free use of iron and ironing board. Iron was on a timer so it could not be left on accidentally VALET SERVICE examples (no change in pricing) - $7.50 wash and iron a dress - $4 wash and iron a shirt or blouse - $5 wash and iron trousers or slacks - $2 wash undergarments PHONE HOME to Australia (no change in pricing) - $1.99 per minute from the phone in your state room MINI BAR examples - No more mini bar. There are still fridges but the fridges are empty. They still had bottled water in the cabins at $4.50 for a 1.5 litre bottle IN ROOM SAFE - Some other ships apparently charge to use the in room safe. It is free on carnival Spirit ROOM SERVICE examples - There was no room service menu so not sure of latest prices. IN ROOM MOVIES. A selection of comedy, action, drama and family movies (no change in pricing) - $4.99 on demand to watch a movie on your TV in your cabin - Free....One family movie and one movie from the other categories, played all day, every 2 hours. FOOD - Free soft serve ice cream and frozen yoghurt 24/7. I couldn't have ice cream last trip but am sure there was only a choice of vanilla or chocolate ice cream. Now it is Vanilla, chocolate or straberry ice cream and frozen yoghurt. Just help your self. Use a cone or use a cup and spoon. - Free pizza 24/7 - Free food in the dining room. Order as much as you could eat. One meal I had 2 entres and 2 main corses. - Free food from the lido deck buffets. Eat all you can. - Free hamburgers at Guys burger joint until 5.30pm. Add all your own toppings from the toppings bar - Free barbecue food at Fat Jimmys on deck 10 at lunch time. - There was still food you could pay for in the Fountain Cafe (cakes and desserts), Bonsai sushi bar, the Freshies corner (fresh seafood) and Nouveau Restaurant but again I didn't try them so don't have the prices. DRINKS - For free in the morning there was juice at the lido deck buffets - For free all day from the lido deck buffets, there was ice, water, real lemonade, iced tea, coffee, hot tea, dairy milk, soy milk and hot chocolate. - Bottomless bubbles $7.25 per day (no change in pricing) but you can't just pay for one day. You have to pay $7.25 per day for the whole cruise. I paid $43.50 for 6 day cruise. Bottomless bubbles is available in the dining room and at every bar on the ship. The bottomless bubbles includes coke, sprite, fanta, dry ginger ale, orange juice, pineapple juice and cranberry juice. No need for water as it is served free at every bar and in the the dining room and lido deck buffet. - Coca cola product soft drinks unchanged at $2.75. - Ginger Beer $3.50 - Energy drinks $5.50 - Fish bowl from the Red Frog pub. Basically a fishbowl is 8 full nips/shots of rum with a selection of juices and lots of ice in a very big glass bowl . Now $26.95 - Every standard cocktail was $12.95. However, I had a cocktail at the Alchemy bar that cost $15.95. The alchemy bar make cocktails based on your mood. They kept saying do you like this or do you like that. In the end, my cocktail had about 10 different ingredients in it including cinnamon, coconut, strawberries, cream or something creamy, several different juices and several different types of alcohol. - They offered alcoholic Icy inventions at $10.50 - Smoothies and non alcoholic versions of cocktails and icy inventions was $6.50 - Martinis $10.50 - Thirsty frog ale unchanged at $8.95 - Cheapest beer now cascade premium light at $6.50 - Cans/stubbies Tooheys new, Tooheys Old, Tooheys extra dry, XXXX Gold, XXXX summer bright lager, carlton dry, carlton draught, crown lager, fat yak pale ale, pure blonde premium and VB all $8.25 - Stubbies of Little creatures pale ale, James Squire 50 lashes pale ale, Krombacher pils, Corona, Heineken, Stella Artois and Strongbow cider all $8.50 - Beer on tap in a 15 OZ glass. Tooheys new, VB, XXXX gold, Tooheys extra dry, Carlton Draught all unchanged at $8.25 - New since my last trip. I call them beer towers. They call them beer tubes. They hold 3 litres of draught beer and have a tap in the bottom so you can serve yourself. Available from the Red Frog Pub for $45. Very good value for an evening in the Red Frog Pub while watching the band. - 4 stubbies or 4 cans or 4 glasses of beer in a bucket of ice. $2 discount - Glasses of wine ranged from $8.75 for a Sea Horse Bay Shiraz to $14.25 for a Shaw Family Cab Sav. - Glasses of Port ranged from $7.50 to $22 - Vodka $8.75 to $10.75 - Gin $8.75 to $14 - Rum $8.75 to $12.75 - Tequila $8.75 to $18 - American Whisky Jim Beam $8.75, Jim Beam Black $10.75, Jack Daniels and Jack Daniels Honey $8.75, Wild Turkey $9.50, plus other American whisky ranging in cost up to $14 for The Duke - Scotch from $9.50 for Cutty sark to $15 for 18 year old Chivas Regal - Single Malt from $9.50 for 10 year old Glenmorangie to $18 for 18 year old Aberfeldy - Hennessy Cognac from $9.50 for VS to $30 for XO INTERNET (wireless from your phone, Ipad, laptop or from an onboard computer at the fountain cafe - SOCIAL for social network sites such as facebook, instagram, pininterest, twitter and other social networking but no access to a standard website. $63 for a 6 day cruise and a complete waste of time and space. My sister loaded a photo to facebook that took 12 hours. - VALUE all sites except for streaming sites such as youtube. $30 per day or $125 for a 6 day cruise - PREMIUM for everything including streaming from youtube. $50 per day or $210 for a 6 day cruise SNORKEL HIRE ( not part of this cruise) SPA SPECIALS. Again I didn't use it but with your daily newsletter, there were SPA specials every day. My sister used the Massage Spa and paid something like $820 and spent about 6 hours or so over the 6 day cruise having multiple treatments such as 3 courses of acupuncture, teeth whitening, a hand and leg massage which included manicure and pedicure plus other treatments. OTHER FACILITIES, unchanged, still all free - All the usual gym facilities plus a large spa bath in the Gymnasium, all for use by over 16 year olds. - PG and R rated shows in the comedy club - Stage Shows in the Pharaohs Palace such as Miss Houdini magic show - Basket ball court - 9 holes of mini golf - Trivia. There were about 5 trivia competitions per day. The prize was a piece of shi(p) on a stick. Except one trivia competition was an adults only competition held in the Red Frog Pub. The prize was a choice of fishbowl or beer tube. - Free use of Monarchs room to play card games and board games. - Free use of books and board games from the Library - Three swimming pools and 2 other spa baths. One of the swimming pools and spa baths is in the serenity bar area for use by adults only - Water park and 2 water slides including the Green Thunder water slide. I was told on board that a passenger used a GPS and was clocked at a maximum speed of 60kph in the Green Thunder Water slide. GAMBLING. You could lose your money - Playing bingo - Betting on the Melbourne Mug (Melbourne Cup). They still have a horse race decided by the throw of a dice. - Gambling on the poker machines and gaming tables in the Casino. It was only open when at sea. - There is a billiard/pool table in the casino, it cost $10 per hour SHORE EXCURSION - I paid $190 for a 7 hour tour of Best of Hobart and Historic Scene but it was cancelled due to lack of numbers. I was told on board by another passenger that their $160 shore excursion was available for $60 if they arranged it themselves. As I got past the taxi queue after getting off the ship at Hobart there was a man yelling out "3 hour tour" for from memory $30. I can't wait for my next cruise! I will be happy for people to PM me and ask questions about carnival Spirit. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
The embarkation and disembarkation was smooth and quick. Very well organised. Very little to fault on this ship. It was our first cruise and the staff on Carnival Spirit we have awarded 5/5. They couldn't do enough for us. ... Read More
The embarkation and disembarkation was smooth and quick. Very well organised. Very little to fault on this ship. It was our first cruise and the staff on Carnival Spirit we have awarded 5/5. They couldn't do enough for us. Our cabin steward(s) were excellent, hosts were very helpful and every activity run to clock work. The Playlist Performers were excellent. We particularly enjoyed the 80', and Epic Rock. The talents of the 8 dancers/singers were so professional. Meeting them all they were so friendly and accommodating to fans wanting photos taken with them. Bingo was great fun and the host was very entertaining and made it fun. In our opinion the only slight down fall was the cabin ceiling which looked tired and had paint flaking. There was a join in the ceiling which looked rusty. Apart from this everything else we have scored at a 5. We were disappointed with the dress code regarding the dinning as a lot of people turned up in the incorrect dress code and looked as if they were going to deck 9 rather than dinning. However, the food and service was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Dec 2 - 10: Noumea, Mare & Isle of Pines Another great Carnival cruise! Travelled with my son. Departure - always smooth at the OPT, 12pm boarding an up the gangway by 12.15pm. Cabin - inside 6307, plenty of space for two, ... Read More
Dec 2 - 10: Noumea, Mare & Isle of Pines Another great Carnival cruise! Travelled with my son. Departure - always smooth at the OPT, 12pm boarding an up the gangway by 12.15pm. Cabin - inside 6307, plenty of space for two, handy to stairs/elevators, easy to duck down for dinner, and dash up to Serenity. Activities - we do the occasional trivia (always fun), took part in the Christmas activities (carols, lighting the tree - great for kids), and, of course, watch the Dr Seuss character parade/photo's (great fun). There is plenty to do, or nothing to do...you chose! Favourite place - Serenity Adults Area (aft deck 9). Love this place! Don't reallt care about getting a pod (get there early if you want one all day!), just love finding a comfy spot so I can relax, read a book, go for a swim, grab a sun lounge and catch some rays, take a spa, have a cocktail or 3. I spend most days here, just wander inside to Plays's Buffet and grab lunch, or up to Guys Burgers or Blue Iguana Cantina to get something yummy to eat. Perfect place if you love to cruise to do nothing and escape the rat race. No kids allowed! Ports - we don't get off at the Islands anymore, enjoy the quiet day on board (this is usually when I grab a pod in serenity all day!). We do LOVE Noumea and do our own thing. We get local currency before we travel so no problems, great patisseries (Le Petit Choux), chocolate shop (Chocolat Morand), wander and shop, use the free wi-fi in the park, hop-on hop-off bus around to Lemon Bay...always a fabulous day. Noumea is looking and smelling so much cleaner than it has in the past (there's a new Mayor and she's making a difference!), if you have been avoiding it I encourage you to give it another go. beautiful place. Ship - she's getting a little tatty, but still glorious - so clean! Going for a refurb in May 2018 so that will spruce her up a bit. We love her; there are NO little kids in our family (all adults over 21!) and we have no issues - just note that we don't spend any time on mid-ships pool or travel in school holidays *yikes* Fave Bar - visit the Piano Bar (deck 3 forward, above red Frog); if there's a good pianist on board it can be lots of fun. Alchemy (deck 2 aft, near the MDR) is our fave spot for a before and after dinner cocktail. Give it a whirl ;) Overall great value, already have the next 3 cruises booked and they are all Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We just got back from another 10 day cruise on Carnival Spirit. This time we went with friends who were on their first cruise and they were, like us the first time, very sceptical. They came off the ship having loved every minute. We ... Read More
We just got back from another 10 day cruise on Carnival Spirit. This time we went with friends who were on their first cruise and they were, like us the first time, very sceptical. They came off the ship having loved every minute. We booked to go on this ship again simply to see crew members who have now become good friends. The service was exceptional from everyone as normal. The food in Empire had improved with more choices. In Nouveau and the Chef's Table the food was outstanding. We were very lucky with the weather with hardly any clouds and always plain sailing which is always a bonus. Whether you are a first time cruiser, or like us have done many, I think this ship offers great value for money. Yes, there are better and more 'fancy' and expensive cruise ships out there ( which we have been on) but we would not have been on this ship four times if we did not enjoy it. Carnival is all about fun, with fantastic friendly service and I think Spirit is slightly nicer than Legend, being brighter with a couple of extra places to go. The only slight downside was the position of the cabin, aft extended balcony, which I will review separately. I can be noisy when the ship is at full speed. Otherwise, just as good if not better than before! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
sailed july 17 2017 we just got back from our cruise on the carnival spirit and I have to say it was amazing,starting from our cabin which was spotless every day the lunch buffet was fantastic and the empire restaurant was unbelievable ... Read More
sailed july 17 2017 we just got back from our cruise on the carnival spirit and I have to say it was amazing,starting from our cabin which was spotless every day the lunch buffet was fantastic and the empire restaurant was unbelievable 5 stare quality food every night and the staff were fantastic, and if you want to enjoy listening to a great band the Red Frog Pub is were to be at night we were there every night dancing or just listening to these brilliant musicians who entertained us every night they are very friendly and funny they play a viariety of music for all age groups the bands name is Music Manila so please go and listen to them they come and interact with you every night and Albert we love you you are the most friendliest and humble guy I know you woul all great us every time we walked in. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We were very nervous first time cruisers but we could not have been happier with our trip. Nothing was too much trouble for every staff member we came in contact with and our room was kept very clean with the minimum of fuss. Very cute ... Read More
We were very nervous first time cruisers but we could not have been happier with our trip. Nothing was too much trouble for every staff member we came in contact with and our room was kept very clean with the minimum of fuss. Very cute towel animals on our bed each day thank you Marte! Food was plentiful and good quality but it was the wonderful staff and nightly fantastic entertainment from Manila Music in the Red Frog Bar that made this trip so memorable. We ate in the dining room often and loved the singing and dancing staff but we were always keen to get back to hear Manila Music to finish our night off with a great tune! Shore excursion to beautiful Mare was also a highlight and we were blessed with amazing weather. Transport between ship and islands was extremely efficient and we never had to wait for more than a few minutes for our tender. Thanks to everyone who took such great care of us, would highly recommend this trip, especially if you are lucky enough to sail with Manila Music! Lisa xoxo Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
It was my first time cruising with my best friends and we definitely had a great time. I can't express enough how lovely and friendly all the staff were, from cabin crew, waiters/waitresses, performers, photographers, bar tenders, ... Read More
It was my first time cruising with my best friends and we definitely had a great time. I can't express enough how lovely and friendly all the staff were, from cabin crew, waiters/waitresses, performers, photographers, bar tenders, event managers and all the way to the captain!!! There are countless of things to do during sea days and island days. The theme nights were also great fun. The photos that came out from those theme nights were ones that will go down in memory lane in years and years to come. I advised for people to go all out!!!! Every day and every night were jam packed with activities that everyone can participate in. If you're the type to relax, there are also numerous of beautiful places in the ship that you can just sit in and enjoy. How I missed the food, it ranged from really good burgers to fine dining, ALL DAY!!! There is something for everyone! If you're contemplating on doing a cruise, don't! Just go!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was a surprise trip from my family. Can't fault the staff on board excellent service in all areas. We had breakfast and dinner in the dining room which was a wonderful experience and the 3 guys, Gary, Geoffrey & Lomel who ... Read More
This was a surprise trip from my family. Can't fault the staff on board excellent service in all areas. We had breakfast and dinner in the dining room which was a wonderful experience and the 3 guys, Gary, Geoffrey & Lomel who looked after our table at Dinner were absolutely excellent and great fun. We also had 2 dinners in Noveau Restaurant which were great together with some very good quality champagne. Loved the serenity area. I also had my hair done and had a relaxation massage which was great. Boarding and disembarkation went very smoothly as did the shore excursions. The onboard entertainment was varied and the shows put on in Pharoahs Palace were fantastic. Also there were varied bands and singers in the bars and we loved the Red Frog Pub and the band Manila which played most nights there. A great time was also had in the Shanghai Piano Bar with Kevin on the piano taking requests from the guests and everyone singing along. We also had a good time in the funshops onboard. There was varied entertainment and activities during the day as well as the evening. There was definitely something for all ages on board. The youngster who is 10 had a great time in kids club. Loved the ship with all its different areas. You could do as much or as little as you wanted. This was my first cruise, wasn't seasick and I absolutely loved it. Will definitely cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Very pleased with this cruise - it was a great price as we booked it online as a last minute fare. Our room which was nice - was at the front of the ship so it was very rocky. The facilities on board were excellent and everything was ... Read More
Very pleased with this cruise - it was a great price as we booked it online as a last minute fare. Our room which was nice - was at the front of the ship so it was very rocky. The facilities on board were excellent and everything was very clean. Staff were ,wonderful - very friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. Many thanks to our room steward Hubert who made us feel so welcome from the moment we stepped onboard. Embarkation was slow and tedious - especially as we were all keen to get on board. Long lines that wound around - but people were very patient. Disembarkation was much smoother - with no long lines. We dined in the dining room most night and mornings where the service and food was superior to the buffet. Loved the 24 hour soft serve and popcorn for the movies. Great variety and choices of places to eat - you would never go hungry. Our ports of call were Noumea, Lifou, Mare and Mystery Island. All of these places were nice and tropical with lovely beaches and great for snorkelling. Please choose to buy tours from the locals as they are cheaper than from the ship, but also the money goes directly to the people on the islands. Will need to buy a beach bus ticket from Carnival on Mare as there is no local transport. ($20) If experiencing sea sickness, get tablets from guest services - the tablets worked really well. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Chose this cruise due to the family friendly positive reviews online and the waterpark features on top deck. We felt welcome from day 1 of our 9 day cruise. Did not take long to navigate our way around the ship. Leaving from Sydney was ... Read More
Chose this cruise due to the family friendly positive reviews online and the waterpark features on top deck. We felt welcome from day 1 of our 9 day cruise. Did not take long to navigate our way around the ship. Leaving from Sydney was incredible. Stunning views of the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Super family friendly facilities on board. The STAFF were super friendly and accommodating, and the FOOD absolutely amazing. The chefs amazing. Worth paying a little extra to Dine at Nouveau Restaurant as an added treat . 24 hour ice cream and Pizza for Night Owls young and old. Great security. Always felt like were in safe hands throughout the entire cruise, day or night. The Captain was lovely and there always seemed to be an opportunity to see him around the ship. Favourite Captains phrase " As we say in Italy Ciao, Ciao". Waiter staff were fun and funny. Loved every dinner experience and all of the dinner performances. There is definately something for everyone to enjoying board. The Main Lounge shows and Comedy Club performances were great showcasing some amazing talent. First cruise for my husband and kids. They are still buzzing... Our 12 and 13 year old boys had a ball. They enjoyed Ocean Club and socialising after hours with their new friends. We all Enjoyed some Great evening movies chilling out on deck chairs with popcorn and a blankie on cooler nights. Enjoyed swimming and snorkelling in Mare, Lifou and the beautiful paradise Isle of Pines. We even Swam with as well as observed giant Turtles in their natural habitat. Loved Noemea. Recommend the Tchou Tchou Train in Noemea for a fun and educational excursion . Enjoyed sights and sounds of the city and explored back roads as well as some of the most beautiful panoramic views of Noumea from the lookouts. Recommend Sydney 3 hour bus excursion if you can squeeze this in at the e d of your trip. BEST CRUISE EVER !! Great memories!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise as it was a good deal, and had wanted to try the Carnival Spirit. Embarkation was very quick and efficient. The cabin was comfortable. Our cabin steward was helpful and had a quiet gentleness about him. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was a good deal, and had wanted to try the Carnival Spirit. Embarkation was very quick and efficient. The cabin was comfortable. Our cabin steward was helpful and had a quiet gentleness about him. We chose late dining in the dining room, which was the highlight of our cruise as every night the talented dining staff provided entertainment before the meal finished, and encouraged all the diners to join in. Great fun. The wait staff at our table were excellent, making us feel like special family. Nothing was too much trouble for them. The food areas on deck 9 were all quite good, especially the salad bar which had a very good variety of lovely fresh salads and tasty sauces and mayonnaise in many flavours. The BBQ on 10 was delicious. We did not try any specialty dining as the included food was all very good. The evening show time started out pretty ordinary at the beginning of the cruise but the last 3 or 4 nights were very good. We had a fantastic cruise director who kept things bright and busy. My husband and I travelled as a couple, but felt that families seem to be very well catered for, and we enjoyed seeing all ages of children enjoying themselves. We have suggested to our family that this would be a great cruise for them with young children. We are looking to see when we can fit in our next Carnival cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We have sailed on other cruise liners in the past but prefer Carnival, in saying this we much prefer the Spirit to the Legend as it seems to have more atmosphere & is more of - as the ship says - a fun ship & there a far more ... Read More
We have sailed on other cruise liners in the past but prefer Carnival, in saying this we much prefer the Spirit to the Legend as it seems to have more atmosphere & is more of - as the ship says - a fun ship & there a far more activities especially trivia which we enjoy playing & the entertainment is better. The cabin staff did an excelent job as did the guest service staff - especially Gabriela, Louise, Amy & Melinda they were very helpful & nothing was too much trouble for them. The cruise director Lee & Prince Eric were great & allways friendly. Although we missed Dessi - The service from Vinod- Maitre'd & Izabella - Maitre'd excellent, couldn't have been better. As for embarkation & disembarkation absolutely no problems ran very smoothly. We intend to sail with Carnival again hopefully in the near future, we are interested in the Hawaiian to Sydney & from Sydney to Singapore cruises. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Our travel agent suggested we cruise with Carnival Australia and are we pleased we did. Transfer from sydney airport circular key was great , met by a friendly lady from Carnival at airport after she was happy that we had all our ... Read More
Our travel agent suggested we cruise with Carnival Australia and are we pleased we did. Transfer from sydney airport circular key was great , met by a friendly lady from Carnival at airport after she was happy that we had all our baggage we were transported ship.Saved ourselves a bundle using there service rather than a taxi. Embarkation went really smooth and took about 20minutes and as we had a 12.30 to 1300 check in time slot we had time to explore our new home.. We were advised by check in staff that there would be 1 hour delay befor our cabin was ready wich was fine with us as we were peckish so decided to seek out some lunch on Lido Buffet deck 9 which had just opend. After reading a few gripes about the food maybe some of the critics need to be realistic.. The Food and choices for lunch in the Lido buffet was "Outstanding" . What a gereat start and we were still in port. We had decided to spoil ourslves and get a Balcony cabin 4158 on the main deck and it was woth every cent..As per brochure.. We went to the Empire restaurant for dinner and the service food and general running was absolutely first class. Numerous choice of food available in all eating places .AND SO CLEAN If you like bautifull food served by happy people and being well looked after you will love this ship.. Entertainment on board in tth Pharrohs Palace was excellent with a differant show each night Numerous places to go for a drink depending on your tastes . Had a wee plaly in the casino but was not my night allgood. Lots and lots of things to do on sea days with organised things happening around the ship Shore excursions well organised interesting Our room steward Sabina kept us well informed and couldn't do enough for us .so Be Generous at the tail end. We had portaits taken by "Donald the photographer from India" and wow it was money well spent much cheaper than a studio sitting on land, Ask for Donald l from India if you are wanting specilal moments All the staff on the Carnival Spirit are absolutely Marvelous so remember To reward there efforts to make your cruise as good as ors Can't say enough about this cruise ,would we do it again YES YES YES. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was our first cruise with Carnival. We chose this cruise to celebrate our wedding anniversary and my wife's birthday. We were very happy with the choice for the following reasons * value for money * friendly and ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Carnival. We chose this cruise to celebrate our wedding anniversary and my wife's birthday. We were very happy with the choice for the following reasons * value for money * friendly and enthusiastic staff throughout the ship * fantastic dining experience in the Empire Restaurant with good quality food, correct and friendly service and amazing entertainment by staff * comfortable, well appointed cabin * relaxing Serenity adults only area * smooth embarkation, disembarkation and shore excursion processes * good quality evening entertainment - not outstanding but pretty good as part of the overall experience. * clean and well maintained public areas * not only the acknowledgement of our special occasions by staff but the genuine joy in helping us celebrate * the efforts to cater for children. There were a number of children on the cruise but as elderly guests we were able to avoid them Really our only complaint was the expectation to pay for room service meals that were available free elsewhere on the ship. In summary the Carnival Spirit is marketed as a "fun ship". This is exactly what you get in spades. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We did a 10 night cruise. This was our 3rd cruise although our 1st with Carnival. This one was the best!! We were a group of 11 and we arrived in Sydney early in the morning. We had a connecting bus that took us to the ship. Our ... Read More
We did a 10 night cruise. This was our 3rd cruise although our 1st with Carnival. This one was the best!! We were a group of 11 and we arrived in Sydney early in the morning. We had a connecting bus that took us to the ship. Our luggage was taken at the port and sorted out for us. The next time we saw it was in our rooms later that evening. We only had our hand luggage with us. Since we arrived quite early, we went and had some breakfast in a mall not far away and then walked around the harbour and took the kids to the Opera House. By the time we came back to the ship it was around 12. It was not long after this that we were permitted to start boarding. Embarkation was a breeze although some in our group did have issues but was quickly rectified. Our cabins were on level 8 and balcony rooms. Ours was 8204 and was on the left side of the ship. We got, what we believe, were the best views. The opera house (and on return), the Pilot (stears the ship through the heads) gets on and off the ship on the left side and we found that interesting to watch (The tug boat driver was very good), arrivals at the islands (especially Noumea you can watch the islanders dance from your balcony), the tender boats seem to be used on the left side also so we watched the early and late people getting on and off and then watched the crew bring the boats back in. Not an huge big deal but we did find it interesting and a small plus. A cruise is what YOU make it and the Carnival Team made our job easy! They are fantastic. There is a lot to do if you want or you can do nothing at all. If you don't like trivia's, bingo and shows and kids running around a little bit maybe a cruise isn't for you but even then you can relax on your balcony with a cocktail if you have one or there is Serenity for over 18's. Our group Included 2 kids, 1 teenager and 2 younger adults. They all had a fantastic holiday and so did us parents. The first 3 days at sea there was so much to do (or not to do) and Bingo was great fun. Didn't win but hey, gotta try. The pot is worth the try and the kids loved it too. It's $30 for 5 games and is obviously cheaper for less games. Our room was great. Very clean and tidy and I would try for the same room again. The only thing with it and it was only a small thing in my books was being on level 8 it is just below Lido deck and that is where alot is happening so you could hear some banging around sometimes. If you are a light sleeper maybe a lower deck might be the go but it didn't bother us too much. There was plenty of room for luggage. We slid our suitcases under the bed and we did need to take extra coat hangers. They are provided but I like to hang my clothes. We also took our own shampoo and conditioner. It is provided but I like to take my own of that too. The cabin stewards are just fantastic. Little towel creatures are very cute. John and Nattapon were our stewards and did a great job twice a day. Nothing was too hard. We had the earlier sitting for dinner in the dining room which we felt was perfect. The waiters were fantastic. If the kids didn't like something they took it and replaced it with something else. There was plenty to choose from and a different menu every night. The waiters entertained every night and we joined in. Dinners were a great time. Maja was our waitress and we loved her. A highlight of our dinner was what we called 'the shots guy' (Eridelvis). He brought us a shot of what ever the special of the day was every night. He did a song with us as we had our shot. It was just a bit of fun we adults looked forward to and provided some great laughs. From dinner we went to the evening show which was always great and another highlight. After the shows we sometimes went to the PG comedy shows which were a good laugh . The adult comedy was later and was just hilarious. The early dinner sitting was great for us since we had kids and could then do things with them after dinner and then they could go to kids club (or bed) and we could then do what ever for a bit. Kids were booked into the kids clubs but really didn't use it much. When they went, they did enjoy it. There was just so much to do together. We only used it a couple of times. We also had older kids too so was a lot easier. We didn't really do shore excursions. They are expensive if purchased on board. You can purchase them on shore cheaper. I had previously been to Lifou and Noumea and so didn't do a tour this time. In Mare, we went on the bus to Yejele which was a beautiful beach. Just watch out for the blue bottles. Mystery Island was our favourite. There is a little market and some dancers. It was so beautiful sitting on the beach and snorkelling was great. We went in the morning, went back to the ship for a shower and lunch and went back and walked around the island. The tide was out and we could see the beautiful coral pools. But back to the food. OMG! There was just so much food. I really don't know how anyone could fault it. You would have to be very fussy to find fault or not able to find what you like. There is Indian, Chinese, Japanese, BBQ, Pizza, Hamburgers, Roast, Salads, they cater for different diets, Desserts (another OMG), you can make your own sandwich if you want one, fruit, yoghurt, I could just go on and on. Oh and you can eat in the dining room and then the buffet if you really wanted to but I can tell you, you will not fit it all in. There is the bottomless bubbles package too which you can purchase at the beginning and get unlimited soft drinks. A cruise is such good value for money and the staff are faultless. They made everything so easy and smooth running. Leaving was so sad. So, we found nothing negative at all about our holiday. We loved every second and would not hesitate to go on the Spirit again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
What else can I say but Awesome! Great ship and staff. Departing from Sydney was great as we had time to explore around the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge as some of the people we were travelling with had not been to Sydney ... Read More
What else can I say but Awesome! Great ship and staff. Departing from Sydney was great as we had time to explore around the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge as some of the people we were travelling with had not been to Sydney previously. Right from the moment you get on board you are treated like family, John are stateroom steward and his team called us by our names straight away which was great. There is nothing to complain about with food, plenty of it, changed daily and good quality. The staff seemed to enjoy working on this ship and it came through their attitudes. The entertainment and things to do on the ship is great, but if you didn't want to do anything there is many areas to just sit and watch the ocean go by. We will be going again and are already looking to the future to see what is available on the Carnival Spirit. One last mention to the cruise director Lee, he was fantastic and assisted everywhere to make the cruise most enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I am one of six sisters' who sailed. The youngest sister was about to join the 'fifties' club hence something new and exciting for us all to do together. We did not choose to explore Sydney before departure as we had lunch ... Read More
I am one of six sisters' who sailed. The youngest sister was about to join the 'fifties' club hence something new and exciting for us all to do together. We did not choose to explore Sydney before departure as we had lunch and catch up with family living in Sydney. Remarkably embarkation was pretty good considering the long queues. I can't compare as I said my first ever cruise. Dining, Cabin, Entertainment & Activities, Ports & Shore excursions, Ship Services were fantastic. As with life you can't please all of the people all of the time so I have my negatives too. I never found peace & quiet anywhere on board. There were too many children and although there were awesome entertainers, one in particular would have been best suited in a Surrey pub not the Shanghai Bar on a cruise ship. Would I sail again with Carnival Spirit, absolutely but next time I will upgrade to a balcony room and sail for less days. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this cruise as 9 day trip from Sydney to New Caledonia and Vanuatu - to experience for ourselves the cruising experience. Carnival Spirit seemed to suit but we had no real experience with any cruise ship so went largely from ... Read More
We chose this cruise as 9 day trip from Sydney to New Caledonia and Vanuatu - to experience for ourselves the cruising experience. Carnival Spirit seemed to suit but we had no real experience with any cruise ship so went largely from reviews like this. It seems all ships have good and bad reviews but Spirit seemed to meet most of our requirements. Our overall experience was very positive, and we have recommended the ship to our children who have families of their own. The outstanding feature and the thing that impressed us the most was the very positive attitude of the crew - starting from the captain and his Officers - to the staff who looked after us in the dining room and our state room. They are committed to making sure guests enjoy the entire experience - and while we are not able to compare them with any other cruise ship or line - there is no doubt their attitude is a key performance indicator for Carnival Line. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I have always had a great time on the Spirit. It's the staff that keep me coming back, also the islands we visit. I would say that if at all possible to eat at the dining room as it's much less noisy from the people in the ... Read More
I have always had a great time on the Spirit. It's the staff that keep me coming back, also the islands we visit. I would say that if at all possible to eat at the dining room as it's much less noisy from the people in the buffet area. Also if you want a little quiet time to eat and you can't go out to serenity (over 18 area) then the booths on either side are much quieter. Also I'm not a fan of the evening shows, much prefer the piano bar for a singalong. When going ashore for day trips I have found that although you have to get up early, if you plan your day to get off very soon after it docks and get the first few tenders ashore you don't have to line up. If you go later in the morning then you spend time waiting around for a tender to shore. Then after you've had enough at an island, go back, shower, change, have some lunch and then head back again.... Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
our kids did it for us was not keen at first my wife and i are hooked will be doing another cruise with carnival spirit loved everything about the ship, the service to our cabin was excellent thank you and Wini ,Almen and Gill looked after ... Read More
our kids did it for us was not keen at first my wife and i are hooked will be doing another cruise with carnival spirit loved everything about the ship, the service to our cabin was excellent thank you and Wini ,Almen and Gill looked after us well in the emperor lounge the dinning was tops big thank you. The Entertainment and activities certainly kept us entertained right through out the whole cruise, you could not fault the service, the food even up at Level 9 the buffet bars was great loved the shore excursions even riding in the tender boats the whole experience was something else even docking in Noumea being welcomed by the locals with their traditional dance even the my Children and grandchildren enjoyed it and are looking forward to doing another cruise with Carnival spirit the highlight of the trip is meeting so many new friends and my wife meeting a couple and their family finding out that they were related it was awesome ... big thank you to everyone on Carnival Spirit and we will be seeing you ...... The Maxwell Tribe Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
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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