1,115 Carnival Spirit Cruise Reviews

Wonderful service friendly staff with a smile always. plenty of things to See and do. Food was great plenty to have. A lot of different entertainment for young and old. The shows were amazing to watch. The band playing in the red frog ... Read More
Wonderful service friendly staff with a smile always. plenty of things to See and do. Food was great plenty to have. A lot of different entertainment for young and old. The shows were amazing to watch. The band playing in the red frog bar were fantastic spent nights listening to their music. Plenty of seating around ship to lay in the sun or sit and enjoy a drink whilst looking out into the ocean. We saw Dolphins, whales on the way ,beautiful sunsets. Great value for money ,never been on a cruise before , will definitly be going again . The whole family enjoyed every moment . We meet many other people on board to have a chat.The ship was absoultly beautiful inside , very easy to get lost as it is so big with so many different decks. Thank you to all staff for a fantastic holiday . See you again on our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Just come back from a 3 night taster cruise leaving Sydney. I was a bit worried that my daughter aged 5 would not be able to use the pools as would be too cold since its winter. I did not need to worry as the 2 main pools were heated so we ... Read More
Just come back from a 3 night taster cruise leaving Sydney. I was a bit worried that my daughter aged 5 would not be able to use the pools as would be too cold since its winter. I did not need to worry as the 2 main pools were heated so we were able to use the pools each day. The kids splash park is cold but would be great in summer or on a cruise to somewhere hotter. The cabin was excellent, balcony cabin 5137 with a king size bed and a single sofa bed for our daughter. Appeared close to the show lounge area and right off a stairwell, but there was no noise problem. Lots of food choices and the dining room was excellent and the waiting staff did a mini show in the middle of the dinner service. All the staff were very friendly and my daughter has a great time at the kids club. They did not hold the green eggs and ham themed breakfast which was a shame, they said it was because it was a short cruise. The fountain cafe was always busy and they could do with a a better area to hold the quizzes as it got quite noisy with the coffee machines and people milling around, plus not enough seating. We could not hear all the questions. There was a long line up to get the coffee from here which you have to pay for so they could do with more people working there to keep the line down. The entertainment was brilliant, singing and dancing shows on 2 nights and also comedy each night. A lot was child friendly early in the night, saw lots of families there. Our daughter prefered to go to the kids club while we went to watch the shows. There was also plenty of other entertainment going on all the time so plenty to do. We used the mini golf course too. We were very impressed and hope to cruise with carnival again for a longer cruise next time, Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
My husband and I were first time cruisers so didn't know what to expect. We booked the cruise because we thought it was good value. We were on the Carnival Spirit that left Sydney to the South Pacific for 12 nights. We had a ... Read More
My husband and I were first time cruisers so didn't know what to expect. We booked the cruise because we thought it was good value. We were on the Carnival Spirit that left Sydney to the South Pacific for 12 nights. We had a balcony on level 4. Everything ran very smoothly with regard to embarkation and disembarkation. The ship had lots to do for all ages. There were plenty of bars, swimming pools, a gym, lots of entertainment and activities and the service was excellent. We did do a couple of the port excursions, one we thought was very over priced but the other one we thought was very good value for money. The drinks on board the ship were about the same as you would pay in any bar or restaurant. Photographers were wanting to take photos of you every night and we obliged. We were disappointed though in the cost of purchasing the photos. $30 each! We bought 10 of them but had they been priced better I would probably have bought all of them!! The food was good. In the evenings we went to the dining room to eat our meal and on a couple of occasions had breakfast there too but if you were up early for a shore excursion the dining room didn't open early enough so went to the buffet for breakfast and we usually had our lunch in the buffet area too. There was so much choice! You could also get 24 hour Pizza and Ice Cream. There was an area that was over 18 only but felt this could have been a bigger area. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise experience and would definitely sail with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Having done two previous cruises we were offered a great deal for this cruise This was supposed to take us to Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Suva, Port Denerau and then Noumea. Our first stop became Noumea, owing to a mechanical issue. ... Read More
Having done two previous cruises we were offered a great deal for this cruise This was supposed to take us to Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Suva, Port Denerau and then Noumea. Our first stop became Noumea, owing to a mechanical issue. I am not fond of Noumea, but we went to The Aquarium, I had not been there on the previous two visits. It is a must see in my view. Mystery Island was beautiful We did a glass bottom boat tour. I highly recommend it. Suva, went on a scenic tour that included the farmers market. I did not like the market, but getting outside of Suva was good. Port Denerau was great also. Loved Fiji, but the tour guy on the Suva tour, shook hands with every one expecting tips..not good. We missed out on the Isle of Pines, owing to a medical emergency as we had to go back to Suva. I wish we could have stayed in Suva for the day. Four days ship bound is not great in my books Overall it was a good trip We ate most of our meals in the Empire. I was put off Lido as people dropped utensils at the salad bar, picked them up and put back for reuse ( urghhhhh ) Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
The travel agent recommended Carnival to us. We have sailed with other lines 7 times before, mainly Royal Caribbean. We had to try hard to fault this ship - Spirit. One negative I could find was that the towels weren't always ... Read More
The travel agent recommended Carnival to us. We have sailed with other lines 7 times before, mainly Royal Caribbean. We had to try hard to fault this ship - Spirit. One negative I could find was that the towels weren't always white.... something that they need to address. Another was that there was always a bottleneck when getting off and on the ship at ports especially when disembarking on the last day. Other than those couple of things it was wonderful. All the staff were happy and helpful. The entertainment was superb and I was surprised at how well behaved all the children on board were. I think they were well cared for and entertained at the oceans club as they all seemed really happy. The bed was great, no complaints there. I especially loved the entertainment in the dining room. It was fun and interactive. Anyone who has been on this ship lately will recognize this Helllllllllooooo!!. The Steakhouse was amazing, something everyone should try at least once on their trip. It was the best and yes I mean best steak I have ever had. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We had a wonderful time in Carnival Spirit. For 8 days from Sydney to Nomea, Isle of Pines and Lifou ( instead of Mare, last minute detour ) it was a totally enjoyable experience. The quality of food was very good ( we are vegetarians) and ... Read More
We had a wonderful time in Carnival Spirit. For 8 days from Sydney to Nomea, Isle of Pines and Lifou ( instead of Mare, last minute detour ) it was a totally enjoyable experience. The quality of food was very good ( we are vegetarians) and the crew were most helpful and pleasant. Our cabin house keeper Ms Cristina was just marvellous. Always ready to offer any assistance with a smile. Particularly liked the trivia sessions and the various talks on health related matters by qualified doctors. Never imagined there'll be a library in the ship. We were lucky to witness some spectacular sunrise and sunsets from Deck 10. It's something never to be missed. The Q& A session on the last day was very informative and the captain's presence in Q& A showed us that they take the guests seriously. We would strongly recommend this cruise to any one who hasn't done it. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We had a great time on Carnival Spirit out of Sydney, and up to Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Was excellent value for money, and not having to pay that extra US$14 per head per day gratuity was a real bonus. The crew were fantastic - very ... Read More
We had a great time on Carnival Spirit out of Sydney, and up to Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Was excellent value for money, and not having to pay that extra US$14 per head per day gratuity was a real bonus. The crew were fantastic - very engaging and happy, which we haven't struck too much on a cruise before. The Spirit is a family fun ship, so this is not the cruise for older people who don't want kids around them. But if you do want a mix of all ages, then this is definitely the right option. We're not cruise veterans by any means, but Sydney/Carnival Spirit was the best embarkation and disembarkation we've had - by a mile. Don't get put off by the first day lunch experience in the buffet - where its packed to the rafters while people wait for their luggage to be delivered to their cabin late afternoon. Just wish the crew had stopped people from just sitting in the buffet room all afternoon. The buffet food was at least as good as previous cruises we've been on with Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Costa. Buffets on cruise lines in this budget category are all a bit 'lucky dip' - and on Carnival Spirit ranged from average to good and sometimes very good. (as some-one else wrote on this site) The pizzas were great. A couple of the desserts were world class, but if you want a superior level of food, then it's best to book the next step up to Princess, Celebrity or HAL. They all have special deals to keep an eye on. Really recommend the Main Dining Room (MDR) on Carnival Spirit whenever you can. It's a true cruise ship experience, and the service crews are all good. Kosta and his team took care of us so well, and made our 7 year old feel really special. The food is warmer in the MDR, so eat there whenever you can. They do breakfast and brunches on at sea days. We don't do the speciality (fee paying) restaurants on cruises, but did sample the Nouveau Restaurant main (for an extra $25) at the MDR one night. It was very good. Surf n Turf. Heard the Comedy Club was excellent. Didn't get to go. But the main theatre entertainment was very average apart from a couple of good shows. They really do need a resident live ship band/orchestra as many cruise liners do have in this category of cruises. Average vocalists with their backing tapes, and without a live band, doesn't cut it. Had a great inside cabin (6177) midship which I think is the place to be, and as high up as you can. We find inside cabins great value, and it means we can afford to cruise more. We're only in the cabin to sleep. Tips: - If you don't like lots of kids around you, then Carnival Spirit is not for you. Go Princess, HAL or Celebrity in this part of the world. - Budget for the Nouveau evening dining option a few times if you have 4 star plus evening meal expectations. ($45 a head) - use the MDR whenever it's open. So much a better experience. Just keep a close eye on when it opens outside dinner. - use the adults only area if you want to get away from kids. - Inside cabins are extra good value. Seemed larger than all our previous cabins, but maybe it's the design. Bathroom certainly was bigger. - go to Lemon Beach in Noumea. Great spot. Cafes nearby. Bought the Hop on/.off ticket. - Mystery Island is the best stop. Nothing like a day at the beach on a remote island. - Port Vila was great duty free. - Lifou Island good for snorkelling too. Great time had by our family. Probably will try a Carnival cruise further afield next. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This cruise was to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary. Embarkation was fast , friendly and efficient. All staff involved were great. Our boarding time was 12 - 12.30, checked our bags in around 9.30 . Had time to have coffee and ... Read More
This cruise was to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary. Embarkation was fast , friendly and efficient. All staff involved were great. Our boarding time was 12 - 12.30, checked our bags in around 9.30 . Had time to have coffee and sightseeing around Circular Quay before boarding. We were having lunch on board before 12.30. Room was made up but no bags until later. When we went to our cabin around 2.30 1 bag was there but the 2nd was missing.Our cabin steward found it & brought it to us.Cabin was roomy & clean,beds very comfortable & quiet. (except for noisy kids in hallway) Cabin staff were fantastic, loved the different Towel Animal each day.All staff on board were so helpful & friendly,did everything to make your trip great. Food was good, although a bit repetitive at times.in the buffet. Empire Dining room meals were good & the waiters fantastic.Two in particular were Dessi and Ketut. .Nouveau Restaurant food was not up to expectations. Plenty of activities to keep you occupied on board, The Cruise Director Eli was fantastic. The shows at night were great thanks to Playlist Productions team who were absolutely Fantastic. Onshore . Poured in Santo (Luganville )Hot & humid in Port Vila, Rained on Mystery Island, Fine & Sunny on Isle of Pines, Fine & Sunny in Noumea. Isle of Pines & Noumea are beautiful, could live on I O P. Disembarking was fast & efficient. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This is a practical guide on a trip to the Pacific Islands aboard the Carnival Spirit with tips and observations in no particular order. It’s younger sister ship the Carnival Legend also applies. The Islands visited were Santo ... Read More
This is a practical guide on a trip to the Pacific Islands aboard the Carnival Spirit with tips and observations in no particular order. It’s younger sister ship the Carnival Legend also applies. The Islands visited were Santo Luganville, Port Villa, Mystery Island, Isle of Pines and Noumea. I hope it helps someone looking for answers to questions they may have. When choosing a cabin room (they call them staterooms) ask for a room that doesn’t have an 18+ nightclub on the deck above that plays R rated music to the early hours of the morning. On the Carnival Spirit those Nightclubs and bars are located on Deck 2, so perhaps give the mid and back (aft) staterooms on deck 1 a miss. I spoke to one chap who videoed the noise he had to put up with and was moved to another room when it became available. Balcony rooms are the best but are more expensive and sell months in advance so book early if you’re planning on reserving one. The rooms can be creaky but seem well sound proofed. Announcements over the PA system are audible in the corridor but you really have to strain to hear them in your room. It’s common to see passengers open their cabin doors just to hear the announcement. I guess they do this to make you listen but you’ll only hear a PA address inside your stateroom if it’s an emergency. Bottled water is ordered through your stateroom stewardess although if your cheeky you can fill up at the water tap in the Lido restaurant…they just don’t encourage it and being tap water it doesn’t taste as good. There’s a 1m clothes line in the staterooms shower, soap and shower gel dispenses are also there. In our balcony stateroom there was plenty of cupboards and drawers – in the clothes cupboard I counted 28 coat hangers and 4 shelves. Beach towels to go ashore are provided. There’s one guest launderette on 5 out of 12 decks which house 1-2 washing machines, 2-4 dryers and 1 iron. I like to do my homework so I checked them all out. On the Carnival Spirit launderettes were on decks 1,4,5,6 and 7 with a total of 9 washing machines and 18 dryers for 2,600 passengers. So launderettes can get busy especially before a Cruise Elegant evening (a formal dress dinner). The main gripe for me was the ironing. I had one packed but didn’t know they were on the prohibited items list, as the ship has mainly wooden furnishings irons are deemed a fire hazard. I learnt on the first day checked in bags are x-rayed before being delivered to your stateroom and if they contain a prohibited item it is removed from the bag (without your consent) and a letter is placed inside stating the prohibited item has been removed and is to be picked up at the Conference Room on disembarkation day. When I picked my iron up on the last day I noticed the main confiscated item was power boards…they are not permitted onboard but if you need one just ask your stateroom steward. The onboard laundry service charges $25 for a small bag of washed and folded clothes (about the size of a Woolworth's shopping bag). I’ve traveled enough that I always bring an elastic clothesline and I made do with stretching it across the balcony – the wind dries the clothes quickly (bring pegs). Can duty free alcohol be taken on board? Yes, but it gets stored for the duration of the trip and delivered to your stateroom on the last night. Don’t buy alcohol before your trip at the ships home port the Sydney International Passenger Terminal, instead wait until you get to Port Villa and buy it from the yellow building called Fung Kuei (pronounced ‘Foong quay’) - that’s the go to place for duty free shopping and is much cheaper there. For example, a bottle of Johnny Walker Red Label cost $18 for 1 litre at Fung Kuei, on-board $55 for 2. There’s talk that the shops on-board will match the price if you take a photo of the competition – I never tried it. Bought on the island the duty free gets packaged at the shop and transported back to the ship by van. Either that or you can buy it at the shop, carry it back with you and it gets taken at the security screening point when getting back on the ship. It then gets stored for the duration of the trip and sent to your cabin on the last night before disembarking the next day. The usual duty free limits apply; 2.25 litres alcohol and 50 cigarettes per person. Dinner is served at the Lido restaurant on level 9 or Empire Restaurant on levels 2 and 3. Your table number for the trip is on your ‘sail and sign card’ which you receive at the International Passenger Terminal before going through Customs. When booking your cruise, you get a choice of fine dining at 5.30pm or 7.30pm. Sometimes we were a little rushed through in preparation for the 7.30pm patrons. If you don’t like to be rushed at dinner tick the 7.30pm box. We had two Cruise Elegant evenings on an 11-night cruise and two theme nights; Caribbean (holiday) and Mexican so bring clothes to match these. I’m not sure if the themes vary from trip to trip. We found lunches at the Lido restaurant were surprisingly better than what was served at dinner at times. Getting a table all to yourself is a challenge during breakfast and lunch. It’s all part of sharing and getting to know people on the ship but if you want some privacy getting in early is the best way – going late has mixed results. Of course the food on board is so good and varied over eating is a constant temptation especially during sea days. Wear thongs in the communal showers to escape tinea (e.g. the gym shower) and carrying hand sanitiser helps even though it’s on stands throughout the ship. Carnival Cruise Lines has one of the most expensive Wi-Fi plans – there’s three plans - $15/day for social media websites only e.g. facebook, $30 for websites excluding skype and music streaming and $50 for premium. The really disappointing thing here is your access is limited to one device for the 24 hours be it a laptop, tablet or smart phone. Some passengers just wait until the ship ports and head for an internet café with free Wi-Fi, they buy something and ask for the password - just don’t expect the speed to be fast or consistent. Withdrawing cash from an on-board ATM enquires a $6 operating fee – that’s steep but cash is only needed on the islands. Everything onboard is paid for by your sail and sign card which is also the access to your stateroom. On the last night of the trip you will be given a print out of your purchases which is automatically debited from the credit card/debit card you nominated when booking the trip. If you want to use separate bank cards which I ended up doing, see staff at the Guest Services Desk Deck 2, mid. For a newbie it seems it’s really up to you to ask questions and find out where things are. A brochure called Fun Times is delivered to your box outside your door at the end of each night summarising the events for the next day. Onshore excursions can be booked the day before using your interactive stateroom TV and the ticket is delivered to your door box that night. Is it better booking tours on the Island than through Carnival? Generally, I would say yes because they are invariably cheaper, sometimes 50%+ and you get authentic interaction with a local. The Island prices are generally set so no haggling involved. When you get off the ship the locals won’t be too far away with their placards and keen to do business. For example, Carnival’s guided bus tour of the Isle of Pines had 5 stops and cost $35.99, other tours on the Island did 9 stops for $25. However, if monies not an issue and you want a hassle free shore excursion book through Carnival. I found it helped at least once, for example Vanuatu Jungle Zipline recommends that you book through the cruise ship as to organize a taxi to Mele Bay and then a 4WD to the summit would have taken time and the taxi fare expensive. As a scuba diver I would not recommend hiring Carnival’s Mares snorkel set of a mask, snorkel and fins for $49.99 – they are very cheap quality, the mask fills with water and I had constant trouble with one of the fin straps. Better quality gear can be found on the Islands for hire. Re the Islands Vanuatu was raw and locals friendly but it was obvious they were desperate for work and out for money. Isle of Pines and New Caledonia were much more like a holiday destination and somewhere I’d visit again. For me it appealed to my western sensibilities. Part of the reason for this is New Caledonia is owned by the French who have money to spend on roads and infrastructure etc. Out of Santo Luganville, Port Villa, Mystery Island, Isle of Pines and Noumea, the last two I would visit again. When catching a local cab in Vanuatu make sure you fix the price before setting off and stand firm. Expect to be asked by taxi drivers if you want a tour of the Island and for a tip. I like tipping those who don’t ask. There’s a lot of nonsense about tipping on-board. You don’t have to tip anyone but for me the stateroom stewardess and co-worker did such a great job it was only natural to give them something at the end of the cruise. Tipping envelopes are available by the Guest Services desk. On-board photographers will take photos of you throughout the trip and knowing what I know now I would allow them to take more snaps as there’s no pressure to buy. Photos are developed and displayed on stands on decks 2 and 3 at reasonable prices. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
As it was my first cruise I did not know what to expect. I found the whole experience a joy. The ship is well set out with everything easy to locate. The cabin was quite roomy & well maintained with friendly & courteous staff. The ... Read More
As it was my first cruise I did not know what to expect. I found the whole experience a joy. The ship is well set out with everything easy to locate. The cabin was quite roomy & well maintained with friendly & courteous staff. The main dining room was a bit crowded at times but with over 2,300 guests it was still great. The Matre'd and wait staff were great, friendly fun it was a pleasure to dine there the food was great. We also dined at the neuvou restaurant where once again the service was fantastic the menu was varied & the food first class, portion sizes perfect for $45.00 great value. Entertainment was generally good. One particular band "The Band of Shipsie's" was fantastic with a great & varied playlist. Other activities were good. I could not fault the service provided by all levels of staff. The ports & shore excursions were good with local guides very knowledgeable & humorous. We did not travel with children but they seem well catered for. As this was my first cruise I would not hesitate in going again. Once again a great experience! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Great family holiday for a first time cruising family like ours. The check in process was so much easier than departing from an airport. As there are 5 in our family, we has two internal cabinets next to each other, 6118 & 6120. Rooms ... Read More
Great family holiday for a first time cruising family like ours. The check in process was so much easier than departing from an airport. As there are 5 in our family, we has two internal cabinets next to each other, 6118 & 6120. Rooms very quiet and the beds very comfortable. We enjoyed the food very much. We had buffet breakfast each morning, had lunch at a variety of restaurants and dinner each night in the Empire restaurant and didn't have one bad meal on board. Our Head Waiter Marlon was brilliant in the restaurant looking after us every night. We ate one night without the kids in Nouveau and without doubt one of the best meals i have ever eaten. Our girls (7,5 & 3) loved the kids club and the staff were so good with them. Shows on board kept us highly entertained and Eli, our Cruise Director, was always around to help us out. We loved it and will definitely be back again Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
24/5/2016 Just got back from the Carnival Spirit Fiji trip, Isle of Pines, Mystery island, Suva,Port Danarau, Noumea. The best holiday we have ever had. The level of crew professionalism and service is first class, the food and ... Read More
24/5/2016 Just got back from the Carnival Spirit Fiji trip, Isle of Pines, Mystery island, Suva,Port Danarau, Noumea. The best holiday we have ever had. The level of crew professionalism and service is first class, the food and entertainment superb, and the entire experience left us wanting to come back again. 900 crew comprised of over 60 nationalities supporting a passenger group comprising about 2400 means they are serious about looking after you well. We didn't book any shore excursions, preferring to make arrangements when we got there and that worked well. The balcony cabin 8170 was excellent, the views from the balcony were terrific and well worth the extra. We had a minor issue which was responded to by guest services quickly and professionally. Thankyou Carnival, and especially Lloyd the mexican comedy lounge manager, Eli the cruise director, the entertainment ensemble and the musicians who brought such life and fun to the experience. Would I recommend it ? Absolutely. We will be back. 5 stars. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We first flew from Melbourne to Sydney and stayed in the Rendevous Hotel at The Rocks, we much preferred the rooms with the view over the Harbor (You can watch the ship come in) to the older style terrace homes! Both our embarkation and ... Read More
We first flew from Melbourne to Sydney and stayed in the Rendevous Hotel at The Rocks, we much preferred the rooms with the view over the Harbor (You can watch the ship come in) to the older style terrace homes! Both our embarkation and disembarkation both went really smoothly, although I was extremely anxious to board as this was my first ever cruise :) . I found the ship to be well appointed with lots of different decorating themes to suit the majority of passengers, from the opulence of the dinning room to the novelty of the Jungle arcade. Our cabin was a balcony with views to die for as you sit and relax with a drink and book. Inside the cabin was tastefully appointed and our cabin steward was very helpful and friendly. I loved the dinning in the Empire room where you could choose to share a table with others, or dine privately. We celebrated our 38th Wedding Anniversary in the Empire Room and they surprised us with a cake and sang for us!! We also used the buffet on numerous occasions, which was great as there are so many wonderful choices, including the sweet treats buffet which was particularly popular on chocolate day..lol. Service from all areas was great, even during the busy times. The family comic show was awesome, as were all the ports and shore excursions. So much to choose from and so little time to fit it all in!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We went on this cruise mainly to see if our first impressions of the Carnival Spirit from last year were the same and I'm pleased to say that,if anything, we loved the cruise, the ship, even better this time. The only criticism we ... Read More
We went on this cruise mainly to see if our first impressions of the Carnival Spirit from last year were the same and I'm pleased to say that,if anything, we loved the cruise, the ship, even better this time. The only criticism we have is smoking on the same deck as the walking track. We all want to get fit and healthy and it seemed odd to us why they chose this deck to put all the ashtrays. Could they move it to, say deck 3 instead. Carnival Cruise line have got embarkation and disembarkation down to a fine art. We boarded in Sydney just after 11.30am and were seated on Lido deck eating a most delicious lunch by 12 noon. We had an extended balcony cabin and it was great and we found we were entertained continuously throughout the cruise. The tender boats taking us to the Moreton Island port were quick and easy as well. We got straight off the boat and on the return trip didn't have to wait at all. As for Moreton Island itself, we chose not to do a shore excursion as we had been there before and opted for a walk along the beach to the ship wreck followed by some down time having a drink, listening to a great trio entertain the crowd and watching the world go by, very relaxing. We opted to take our luggage off the ship ourselves and found that most convenient. We will certainly be cruising with Carnival again and particularly Carnival Spirit. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I was initially hesitant at booking a cruise on a ship noted for young families. I can honestly say it was one of the best cruises I have ever done. The children were well controlled until the last night when they started to run about but ... Read More
I was initially hesitant at booking a cruise on a ship noted for young families. I can honestly say it was one of the best cruises I have ever done. The children were well controlled until the last night when they started to run about but on the whole they were well mannered and quiet. The ship was fantastic. We were booked into a Balcony Stateroom but were upgraded to an Ocean Suite on Deck 6 in 6174. The crew were happy and would talk to everyone. We spent breakfast and dinner in the Pharoe's Palace Restaurant and had a turkey roll and fruit for lunch at the Lido Restaurant. The bread rolls at lunch and dinner were moreish and the endless supply of pizza, lemonade and ice cream 24/7 a nice touch. The only negative I have is that although free tea, coffee and hot chocolate were available 24/7, the ship had no peppermint or herbal tea and the cakes had to be purchased outside dining hours. The evening shows were first rate with a cast of 8 who could sing and dance and on the magic night show, the girls contorted to fit inside the small boxes and assisted with lead magician with the act. The stage sets could have been used in a professional play at a major theater and included use of laser lights, pyrotechnics and even scented air only added to the night, . Our stateroom developed a small leak on the carpet. Guest Services had blowers drying the carpet after repairs had been effected. We later received a gift basket containing fruit, cheese and a bottle of wine for any inconvenience. We said we were only reporting and not complaining. The staff were excellent and it was no trouble to search for the Sydney Shute Shield Rugby Union scores for us. While on our way back on the last day an orange object was sighted so the ship slowed and changed course to investigate. The captain keep all passengers and crew informed what was happening and after explained what they had spotted, and orange fender from a fishing boat. I would recommend the ship and cruise again and am currently looking at booking a similar cruise later in the year. WELL DONE TO THE SHIP'S CREW AND .A BIG THANK YOU FROM US. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
I thought I'd take the time to write a decent review of the carnival cruise (spirit) liner considering I struggled so hard to find one before our trip. All communication with carnival was efficient prior to our trip and we were ... Read More
I thought I'd take the time to write a decent review of the carnival cruise (spirit) liner considering I struggled so hard to find one before our trip. All communication with carnival was efficient prior to our trip and we were well informed with all guidelines, requirements, 'what to pack' and time schedules etc. Boarding the cruise was as described and easily done, with a little wait of course (what do you expect with 2,000 passengers eager to get on the boat and crack a beer). Shortly after our welcoming onto the boat our rooms were ready us to begin unpacking and settle in. We had a minor delay due to the room set up being as a double (two singles pushed together) and no bunks as requested but the room stewards soon jumped into action and fixed the room to our request. When first arriving on board you can clear up any issues or queries you may have with you're 'sail and sign card' (the card which is used for entering the room, money, identification etc). I chose to make a cash deposit in which I took straight $50 notes, you are then given a balance and can continue to check this as the trip goes at any of the machines on level 2. The cruise set sail and from then on a world of fun. Due to the unfortunate weather conditions decks 9 (outside), 11/12 we're closed off. Therefor for my younger sibling, things such as the water slides, pools, mini golf, basketball, soccer and table tennis were unavailable for 2-3 days. For us adults (18-60 years of age in our group), drink prices were reasonable, most cocktails were $10.50-11.50, basic spirits $8-9, beers around $8.20-8.50. No, unfortunately you can not get drink packages, this is only one of two things that disappointed me. The boat has many bars (I think around 15-17) located all around the ship which all have a very unique touch and are very very fun! Including the dancin night club which was great for us and our drunk parents! Each day you are given the opportunity to have a three course breakfast, lunch and desert at the 'Empire Restaurant' all of which are FREE! The waiters here are most defiantly the BEST people I have ever ever met. They are so kind, generous, welcoming and genuinely passionate about their job (as are all the staff aboard). You also have a choice of eating breakfast lunch and dinner at the buffet (all you can eat, amazing variety), or at places such as the C side BBQ, burgers, tacos etc. The waiting time is always very short, if any at all. It's truly incredible. You can also chose to pay $45 to go to a restaurant called Nouvu, where they have the most AMAZING variety of steaks which are the best any of us had ever tried. It is located on deck 10, and is defiantly worth the experience one night!! BIG TIP. select the 5:30 DINNER SETTING (if you select anytime you are not always able to be seated until 7:45!!!!!) We found the early dinner setting perfect as we were then able to go and enjoy the entertainment after dinner. You ALWAYS have an opportunity of an afternoon/ dinner/ late night, or on the islands to have professional pictures taken. You can volunteer for these on deck 2 on the way to your elegant evenings, Hawaiian, Mexican or causal dinners. These professional photos cost $30 each.... Which brings me to my second disappointment and the last. The photo prices we're extremely expensive and we had to leave at minimum 30 photos on board which we would have loved to have purchased due to their prices. It's upsetting that they are all thrown away after the cruise, because had they provided some kind of deal I'm sure we would have bought them all. Towards the end of the cruise we started declining having our pictures taken at dinner time, due to the simple disappointment of not being able to afford them. Photos from dinner usually cost around $17 each and the middle size range from $20- upwards. The islands were amazing amazing experience. I can say we weren't given mountains of information about them but soon figured them out on our own. Due to weather conditions we weren't able to fully enjoy the Isle of Pines, but found mare and noumea to be quite an experience. In Isle of pines you can walk along the beach, snorkel if you wish, take bus tours (which we didn't do) or walk around the small local market (about 3 set up stores). We were unable to locate any food or water on this island so we headed back onto the boat for lunch and found that 2-3 hours was plenty! In Mare our amazing waiter Alexkander suggests not to take the bus tour everyone gets on to the right as you exit the boat, but rather turn left and walk along a road for maybe 10-15 mins (approx 1km or less) to find a small exit on the left where an AMAZING snorkel place is found. You can actual see it from the left side of the cruise when on board. It's very small but amazing. I have attached some photos. Here we were able to walk back where the small boats were and found a small cafe where we purchased a Pepsi for $5 a can, and a few set up stalls.. Again, pretty expensive stuff. In Noumea, it's nothing like the others. It's an actual city. The boat will actual dock, and you will be able to walk straight off and jump on a bus provided by carnival into the city. From there you can chose to jump on a mobile train ride (which you can book on the boat) or on the 'Hop on Hop off' tours through people in bright yellow shirts. We were able to pay for this ($20) on our sail and sign cards when we reached the city port, so it was very convenient. This took you to 8 locations where you could spend as much time as you wish, as the busses pull up every 15 minutes. You can skip some locations like we did, or do them all. Stops included, markets, beaches, shopping, library, aquarium ect, but due to the French currency we chose to just stop off at 'lemon bay' beach and have lunch at a pizza restaurant across the road that took Aussie dollars ($23 for small pizza). All in all, the cruise ship was smooth sailing after the first two days of a pretty rocky boat. If you wish to avoid this they recommend going in the summer months. It did unfortunately make 70-80% of the 60 people in our group quite ill, so I suggest wearing pressure bands (available at reject shops for $2, or on board for $17, go figure) and stocking up on BULK sea sick medication. They do also sell this in the medical centre on board, but to avoid the cost just take your own and keep up with them, even if you aren't feeling sick... That's how I avoided it! If you want to keep contact with the outside world you can pay $70 at the start or the cruise or at any time during to have access to Facebook, Facebook messenger, Instagram and I think Twitter. It's pretty limited, and you can not access safari. You can upgrade and pay something like $100-110, for access to more stuff, but unless it's urgent I wouldn't suggest it, as it's not very fast. For us being a large group, keeping contact was essential so starting a group Facebook messenger chat was perfect. There are lots of things to do on board. You can play bingo, watch dance shows, do millions of trivia's, play the pokies, play roulette, poker and play claw machines (don't be fooled, I spent $140 trying to win $500). You can swim in any of the 3 pools, 3-4 spas, go to the gym, eat, drink cocktails and fishbowls, listen to AMAZING live music... (SHOUT OUT TO THE AMAZING KIMBERLY, you rock girl!) and the list goes on. Enjoy, and I hope you can clear up some queries with this! Emma, 19 years of age. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
A family of 6 and never having been on a holiday before, we chose a cruise because it looked like a lot of fun. Our cabins were midships, 2 ocean suites with balconies and I have to say, the little bit extra that we paid for a balcony ... Read More
A family of 6 and never having been on a holiday before, we chose a cruise because it looked like a lot of fun. Our cabins were midships, 2 ocean suites with balconies and I have to say, the little bit extra that we paid for a balcony was well worth it. Especially each morning when you looked out of your sliding door and the beautiful Pacific Ocean greeted you bathed in sunlight. The beds were extremely comfortable and I hardly noticed the ship moving at all. There is more than enough storage and please, don't over pack your clothes!! You wont wear lots of clothes, maybe bring a few pairs of bathers... Our 4 daughters were in a quad room, aged between 6 and 18 we were concerned they may not get along for such a long holiday in the same room. Shouldn't have worried at all. There was so much for them to do each day that they were barely in their room except to change from bathers to clothes etc for meal times. Our two youngest weren't interested in the kids clubs but I did notice a majority of the kids on board were and they seemed to have a lot for them to do. The staff who tended our rooms were amazing and took great care in ensuring we had all that we needed. Every day we were greeted with a smile and a chat. The ship was beautiful and clean and geared toward fun and relaxation. There is a 'Serenity' area toward the back of the ship, we walked through it but didn't stop as there was too much else to do. The musicians were all fantastic and very engaging with the audience and there was a style for all tastes. Bar staff were incredibly efficient and a little cheeky which just added to the atmosphere, and I think I can honestly say the 'showtime' event in the dining room was a highlight! (All the waiters are involved in a little performance to entertain diners while they enjoy delicious food.) Initially I thought the shore excursions were expensive but we bought them anyway and I have to say there is a reason for the cost. All needs are met and the locals are fantastic. We chose Paddle boarding on Mystery island which was hysterical, the secret grotto walk in Lifou which was informative and funny at the same time, the yejele beach trip in Mare which is possibly one of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see (next to Mystery Island, that place was everything you imagine a tropical Island to be) and we went Amedee Island in Noumea. On Amedee Island the crew of the Mary D look after everything, included in the cost was glass bottom boat rides, a ride out to feed the fish on a catamaran, coconut tree climbing and lessons on how to tie a sarong. there is also a long fully catered lunch complete with cocktails and wine and a performance which was outstanding. All of this is taken care of by the crew which would consist of about 8-10 people and they have no end of energy! My kids loved every minute and we are always talking about little things that happened that we had forgotten. I would absolutely go again, I especially like the way you can pay a cruise off over time which makes managing the budget far easier. I couldn't fault the trip at all except I thought the cruise director was unnecessarily negative towards Mystery Island, He told the whole ship that there was nothing to do, believe me, the opposite is true. We didn't want to leave! If you are considering a cruise, I urge you to go. We went in April and the weather and conditions were beautiful, everyone came back with wonderful memories and stories to share Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Our cruise was the first for my wife and I, and our first time away from the kids so our first holiday as just a couple again. My folks are massive cruisers, they do 2 or 3 a year all over the world so we had a wealth of advice to draw ... Read More
Our cruise was the first for my wife and I, and our first time away from the kids so our first holiday as just a couple again. My folks are massive cruisers, they do 2 or 3 a year all over the world so we had a wealth of advice to draw from. We chose a South Pacific cruise on the Carnival spirit as the dates suited and we got a great rate on an Ocean Suite. The cruise visited Noumea, Mare and the Isle of pines. The itinerary wasn't as much of a consideration for us as we were looking forward to just enjoying each other and relaxing. One thing I will say is that the itinerary next time will be a be a big consideration. Port days are busy, 3,4 or 5 in a row will be hectic, look for a day at sea or two in between a couple of ports. We found the days at sea the most enjoyable and relaxing! Embarkation was smooth and quick, obviously helped by having priority boarding with an Ocean Suite. One thing about the décor on the Spirit is that it's out there and probably takes a little time to get used to, but I think that adds to it's charm in a way. I overheard another passenger describe it as "Like an RSL on steroids" that made me laugh as it is a very appropriate analogy. Had no problems with the restaurants and the food was good. We had anytime dining which suited us so we usually didn't go to dinner until about 8pm. Obviously if you have kids then an earlier set time would suite.Service was great and the staff attentive and polite. We made use of the fine dining restaurant, Nouveau a couple of times and it was well worth it! There were quite a few kids on board but generally they were well behaved and no issue really. We did make use of the adults only area called Serenity on the rear deck of the ship quite a bit but if you want to get a Pod or deck chair you have to get in early. The spirit is known as a family orientated ship so don't whinge about the kids on board, you should know that well before booking anyway if you research properly. I won't say much about the ports other than they were pleasant and pretty. Noumea was pretty boring as we arrived on a sunday and nothing was open! The bus tour we did was Ok! The choo choo train seemed popular and those we spoke to said Aimadee Island was worth the money! We made good use of the comedy club, some great comics had me in stitches (adults only sessions) and we used the bars a bit but not a lot. Didn't catch any of the shows but stuck our heads in once or twice, seemed ok and well attended. Our Cabin stewards were amazing, especially Mr G (Glorioso) polite and attentive and knew everybody on the deck by first name! In summary, a wonderful, relaxing holiday. The ship does not pretend to be high end, but what it does offer is a value for money holiday, if you have higher expectations then maybe book with Princess or Celebrity or similar. If you have a good idea what to expect and understand the general demographic of passengers you will appreciate Carnival and the ship. We will be looking to cruise again with Carnival with the kids next time! We learned that a cruise is what you make of it, if you go with preconceived ideas you may end up disappointed, if you go with an open mind you will likely end up pleasantly surprised. Can't fault the cruise line, the ship or the crew! A great cruise, we loved it! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Great ship, with lots of amenities, brilliant crew, lots of choices for meals, service was the best I have ever experienced anywhere. I enjoyed the excursions and the onboard entertainment. Best and most relaxing holiday I have ever had in ... Read More
Great ship, with lots of amenities, brilliant crew, lots of choices for meals, service was the best I have ever experienced anywhere. I enjoyed the excursions and the onboard entertainment. Best and most relaxing holiday I have ever had in 30 years. Would and will definitely sail again with Carnival. Had a balcony cabin on deck 7 which was quite comfortable. I slept well. Recommend having a balcony has it's quite nice to sit outside and have a beer when leaving port. It's also bonus when arriving at port and being outside to take in the view or the welcoming. Embarkation and disembarkation during check in/out was remarkably efficient. The same experience was had at each port or when using the tenders. Nouveau is a nice treat for a special dinner. The Empire Dining Room is simply fantastic for dinner. Be prepared to dress up for the theme nights. Ask your cruise consultant what you might need. Spend money at each of the ports and have a good time, take photos, videos, go snorkelling (buy a set onboard or take with you) and plan your next cruise. Get photos onboard to remember your holiday, be prepared to dress up for it. If you have kids with you this will be even more special. Meet lots of nice people and made new friends. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
What a great cruise we had to New Zealand on the Carival Spirit. I was travelling with 3 other adults & 2 kids. The staff on this ship are amazing!! giggles Emma the cruise director was very welcoming as was Desi the Matried in the ... Read More
What a great cruise we had to New Zealand on the Carival Spirit. I was travelling with 3 other adults & 2 kids. The staff on this ship are amazing!! giggles Emma the cruise director was very welcoming as was Desi the Matried in the Empire restaurant. Our stewards & dinner waiters were exceptionally great, we sure will miss their friendly & professional & prompt service....oh & the guys at the burger joint always made sure I got my vegetarian burger! We loved Desi's 'showtime' at dinner & the kids looked forward to a dance with the waiters every night. The staff really get to know you by name & you leave feeling like you are part of the Carnival family. Nothing was ever too much trouble for anyone. Just like to mention some exceptional Customer Seevice: Our team head waiter Goran in the Empire Restaurant was very professional, friendly and nothing was ever too much trouble. From the moment I mentioned I was vegetarian he was straight on to it and always looked after me & my fellow travellers... We asked to be seated at his table every night and were pretty sad when we didn't have him as our waiter if our usual table was occupied. Our stateroom steward, Glorioso ("Mr G") was very polite, friendly and professional. Our rooms were always kept beautifully clean and tidy and we loved getting a nice surprise every day - a animal made from a towel. The little surprise really brightens up your day and is so clever & the kids loved it. Thanks all for everything you did for us! I will definatley be cruising on Carnival again! Hope to cruise with you all again!!!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
we have sailed on carnival spirit in 2015, this time it had been to dry dock for a refurb. It's a good change, the food adds are great especially guys burgers. Could not fault the happy friendly staff, it was super clean every where. ... Read More
we have sailed on carnival spirit in 2015, this time it had been to dry dock for a refurb. It's a good change, the food adds are great especially guys burgers. Could not fault the happy friendly staff, it was super clean every where. Plenty of entatainment. We don't expect to be kept entatined by the cruise line so there was enough for us. Embankment was so quick and disembarking just as smooth. Tendering had little or no wait if you got up early, I think 9am got busy. No waiting to get back on ship from islands. Apprriciated that carnival set up water coolers on islands near tenders with paper cups, potty people still don't know how to put them in the bins provided. It was a very good cruise and have booked two more, one repositioning cruise on the legend and another on the spirit. Definitely a resnable priced cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Loved the our first ever cruise 2.5 years ago on Carnival Spirit & after finding out about the 44 million dollar upgrade, we wanted to go again. This time we cruised with 20 family members (16 newbies). Upon embarking, all were blown ... Read More
Loved the our first ever cruise 2.5 years ago on Carnival Spirit & after finding out about the 44 million dollar upgrade, we wanted to go again. This time we cruised with 20 family members (16 newbies). Upon embarking, all were blown away with the majestic ship. Half of us paid for endless soft drinks (cost about $70). This trip didn't disappoint and it was great to share this fantastic holiday with others. Our cabin view was restricted by one of the life boats but we new that when we booked. We were all looked after in every way by every single staff member. They were so polite & nothing was any trouble. Emma (giggles) the cruise director had so much energy.She really made a difference to our experience. Was wrapped to see that the Manilla band was rocking & sounding better than ever. Their enthusiasm was infectious & had included Fiona in the band which i believe was a master stroke. The trivias were a bit of fun throughout the trip.The main shows on board in the Pharaohs room were awesome.The comedy room was always full and a lot of laughs. Mystery Island was our first stop.We went on the other side of the island and some of us swam out the the reef to snorkel. It was so worth it. Pt. Vila waterfall was fantastic. Lifou Island was very pretty. Noumea has a huge picturesque marina. Prices for food and things in the market are expensive. We went to a nice aquarium while there. Food on board the Spirit was outstanding we did about a third in the Empire room and the rest at the buffet. Really... if you couldn't find something you like to eat, their must be something wrong with you. Or I'd love to see the variety at your house. This time we took our dress ups for the 2 elegant and Carrabian & Mexican nights.Got about $200 worth of photos. Overall this was the perfect holiday for all of us,( aged from 8 to 80) It was a shame to have to leave (except for our waistlines) - cant wait to go again Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
So grateful for this amazing experience being our first ever cruise and something that we have wanted to do ever since we left Africa. It is a massive ship with plenty to do for all ages or time to just chill out and relax. The staff ... Read More
So grateful for this amazing experience being our first ever cruise and something that we have wanted to do ever since we left Africa. It is a massive ship with plenty to do for all ages or time to just chill out and relax. The staff were amazing, loved the different animal shaped towels on our bed every evening, lots of attention to detail. Emma, our entertainment hostess was like a bottle of champagne, bubbly, full of life and perfect for her job. The shows were nothing less than spectacular, had to pinch ourselves, sitting in the middle of the Pacific Ocean watching world class shows was incredible. Art show and auction -great, health seminars -fantastic, bingo - fun, and cocktails, delicious. All in all a great time, just went far too quickly. A great family holiday. Thank you again to all the staff for your dedication, attention to detail and professionalism. If we are able to cruise again, would love a balcony room to lie in bed and watch the ocean go by. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
I cannot fault the staff , the food , the entertainment. My 3rd cruise and must say this was the best. You can't go wrong on this ship. Rooms were quite roomy and very neat and clean. A balcony is a must! Amenities were clean ... Read More
I cannot fault the staff , the food , the entertainment. My 3rd cruise and must say this was the best. You can't go wrong on this ship. Rooms were quite roomy and very neat and clean. A balcony is a must! Amenities were clean and in good working order. I can't praise the staff enough. Absolutely amazing , friendly , helpful. They really made you feel like part of the family. The band , Manila, in the red frog pub were wonderful . Their range of music is incredible. The live shows were very good. very entertaining. Loved the bingo and all of the different trivia games. Loved the shopping. All those specials !!!!! The gym and spa are fantastic. The massage hit the spot ! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We had a fantastic time on our cruise on board the Carnival spirit. We are a family of 2 adults and 2 children aged 5 and 10, The Embarkation process was a little daunting for the kids as it did take a little while waiting in line,but ... Read More
We had a fantastic time on our cruise on board the Carnival spirit. We are a family of 2 adults and 2 children aged 5 and 10, The Embarkation process was a little daunting for the kids as it did take a little while waiting in line,but apart from that everything ran smoothly and was organised. The safety instructions and everyone heading to their muster stations again was abit of a long process and the kids really struggled to stay still!. We stayed in deck 8 (panorama deck), We were a bit apprehensive being on deck 8 as we had heard all the stories of sea sickness and really feeling the rock of the boat being up higher...in our experience we didn't feel much at all and we love being up higher, there was some noise from the above Lido deck that however didn't bother us as we are all usually early risers. Our cabin stewards Budi and Edy were absolutely fabulous, the kids loved the little towel animals. One of the first things we did was book shore excursions and the Cat in a hat breakfast as they tend to sell out rather quickly . Carnival offers a wide variety of activities and shows on board the spirit and for the most part we were impressed, The shows they have at night are good but my husband and i felt like they were a tad repetitive on some occasions. Dining on board was absolutely delicious!. We dined most of the time at the empire restaurant and were very impressed by the service and food there!. Kids club was great when it was open, that was the main let down i guess, Camp ocean has certain times where you have to drop them off and pick them up throughout sea days,Shore excursions were great and really enjoyable. Travelling on the tenders to and from the boat was really organised no stress at all. Disembarkation was really smooth, we selected the self assist option which was really easy and it was so organised we had no issues at all. Overall we loved the cruise and would definitely recommend carnival especially to families! We are already planning our next cruise with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
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

Find a Carnival Spirit Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click