Background: Fiancee and I are in our mid to late 20's. We traveled with my mom (late 50's), his parents (early 50's) and his younger sister (17). We have sailed only Carnival prior to this, first time for my mom and younger sister. FI's parents last sailed 25 years ago. Our cruise to no where on the Spirit was a great weekend had by all in our party no matter the age! We had no flights as we drove from New Jersey and Massachusetts right to the cruise terminal. Everyone arrived at the terminal without incident. Parking was a breeze. $25 for overnight at the pier.
Embarkation: We arrived at 11:20, quickly parked our car and made our way down to the terminal. 10 minutes after parking we were on a very very short and quick line for security and then to check in and register our credit cards. The whole thing was a breeze, and couldn't have gone any smoother. We walking on board about 20 minutes after we parked. Can't complain there!
Ship: Overall the Spirit is immaculate. For 10 years old she really doesn't show her age much at all. She is very tastefully decorated. Simple, and elegant. No real "wow" factor other than Windows dining room, Galaxy of the Stars, and the Tivoli pool was very nice. I think Windows was the most impressive room on the ship, but I do have to say I LOVED Galaxy of the Stars. The large windows in back of the ship in Windows were spectacular. The ship is fairly well laid out, we were pretty much familiar with where everything was by the end of the night. The other smaller rooms, we didn't get to see all of them as our time was limited. But the ones we did see were all very nice and tasteful. Henry's pub looked fun, but very small for the crowd that was there. Teppanyaki looked great, casino was smaller than I expected but nice and easy to navigate. This was the smallest ship we have sailed, so it was a different experience for us. We are used to the large open public spaces of Carnival, with the wide hallways on the public decks, grand atrium etc. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more seating in the main lobby area. I love to sit and just watch people. But otherwise it was very beautiful.