Christmas on the Carnival Spirit: Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by WLTP
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Christmas on the Carnival Spirit
Destination: South Pacific
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
Hard to fault the cleanliness or majority of staff.
Cruise was very well organised & no extensive lines or waiting times experienced.
Shows were excellent & were always worth the time - good variety & very spectacular.
Great room close to lifts but away from noise etc. Only issue was the balcony was locked during the last night at sea due to some rainy weather - would have been great to have been given prior notice just in case you left items on the balcony drying!! I checked & the door was still locked tight until we left the ship in Sydney. Cabin steward was good & always kept room spotless - earned his tip multiple timers over!!!
A couple of issues however were:
**Saw several kids & some adults slipping over on the decks near Green Thunder etc. - could do with some anti slip tape. This simple fix may More prevent a very painful memory for someone on the cruise.
**Was a bit disappointed that smokers had a spot set up near the pools were everyone has to walk through the clouds of smoke etc. - maybe a glassed in section vented to the outside would improve the outlook? In the end I just avoided going through that area to get away from the stench.
**Became a battle to get a "pod" or deck recliner in the adults only Serenity Lounge - maybe some sort of booking system to give everyone a fair chance at experiencing this area. Each day you would see the same people trot out very early & stake a claim to a seat etc. & that was considered theirs for the day - never saw any Serenity staff enforcing the 40 minutes towel removal as sign posted. Less
Great room close to lifts but away from noise etc. Only issue was the balcony was locked during the last night at sea due to some rainy weather - would have been great to have been given prior notice just in case you left items on the balcony drying!! I checked & the door was still locked tight until we left the ship in Sydney.
Port and Shore Excursions
Yuck!!!! I was very disappointed in the first port of call - I chose not to take a tour around the town but instead went walking myself - unable to find anything worth the effort in town - shame.
Port was actually - Lifou - not able to get it up on the list so had to put Noumea again.
Lifou is a small island with a beautiful beaches - great swimming and snorkelling. Not a great deal to by but streets ahead of Noumea in charm.
Port was actually - Isle of Pines - not able to get it up on the list so had to put Noumea again.
Wow !!!!!! Wow !!! Wow !!!
What can I say about this beautiful treasure - beaches are some of the most picturesque around with easy access - shame it was only for a couple of hours - I would have rather dropped Noumea altogether & just spent a couple of days here.
I am already planning on how to get back here to spend a week so I can explore it more.