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
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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!
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