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Carnival Spirit Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Spirit Repositioning Cruise - San Diego to Vancouver 4/28/12

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cruisy-suzy
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Apr 2012
Cabin: Balcony

I never do this, but I flew into San Diego the morning of the cruise. I arrived at 10:15 AM. I was meeting my cousin who arrived in CA two days earlier. Because of the extremely low rates for this repositioning cruise, we each booked our own cabin. Originally we booked 4K interior with French doors, but due to price drops we were able to upgrade for very little cost to these adjoining balcony cabins on deck 7. I had cabin 7132 and he had cabin 7136.

Embarkation was quick and easy. Luggage drop off was a bit confusing as there were no porters, just one cruise line person with a luggage cart that they were piling multiple passengers' luggage onto. We arrived at 12:45 and were one the ship at 1:10. Hopefully this is my last Carnival cruise "not VIP." Hallway doors were already open so we headed to our cabins. We ate some lunch and did the spa tour. We had prebooked massages plus there were great specials offered. I added "taste of spa" and my cousin added a seaweed wrap treatment.

We met with Cruise Critic members (over 100 on our roll call) in the Atrium lobby at 3:00 pm. Following this was the muster drill (no life jackets required), then back to cabins to unpack. I am a "friend of a friend" of Dorothy so I went to the GLBT meeting, attended by about 10 people. Following this, we signed up for a private cocktail party (also Cruise Critic) in the Shanghai piano bar from 5:30 to 6:30, all you could drink for about $12 pp. We had Your Time Dining confirmed, so met with a couple of new friends and went to dinner where we got a table for 4. Dinner was very good in the MDR. Second night also ate in MDR with new friends, this time a group of 14. We went at 7:45 and were able to be seated within 10 minutes at two tables next to each other, one for 8 and one for 6. Pretty good for YTD with a big group, on a full ship!! Second night was also the one formal night on this short cruise.

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Balcony

Cabin 8D

Cabin 7132 has an adjoining door to cabin 7136. They accommodate either 2 or 3 passengers each, neither had a bunk but each one had a couch. We each had just one person to a cabin. If you are not booking both, there will be some noise heard through the adjoining door. Because this cabin is close to the front of the ship, there is a lot of motion "up and down" plus "side to side." Very quiet part of the ship. We also requested that Guest Services have the balcony divider opened. This was wonderful. Note that the divider swings to the right and is bolted to the railing so it cuts off a bit of the view you see from cabin 7132.

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