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We have cruised before on Holland America which we found to be exactly to our taste, however the price of this cruise to Singapore was a little too good to be true - and we all know that you only get what you pay for. In saying this, the water was calm with perfect weather every day and interesting places to see on the way. Following the Aussie Coast was great and the views were terrific. Now for some of the bad things....empty hand sanitizers in almost every section of the boat, unsupervised children running through dining areas (and other places), the LOUDEST cruise director on the high seas (LITERALLY), very unorganised tenders, cold plastic plates (big enough to hold four meals), the toughest meat EVER, the coldest of hot food, lack of choices in buffet, the exorbitant prices of most things purchased, the incessant vibration which was noticed more so when your head hit the pillow, the rattling air con ducts in the cabin (and we had a suite). These were but a few. On the good side, serious mention must be made of the lovely cabin stewards (especially on Deck 6) and the happiest little lady who made our capuccinos every day at the Coffee Shop on the Lido Deck - she was an absolute joy. The Staff doing the cleaning etc were the hardest working happiest of people. The Spirit was in urgent need of upgrade which was the reason for the trip to Singapore - going into dry-dock for an overhaul. There were some lovely memories from this trip - such as getting off the boat in Singapore and Darwin and getting back to the boat after our shore excursions in Lombok and Bali (we made it!!). The picturesque sunset that Carnival did NOT create and the beautiful whale show over quite a number of days. Things that stay in your memory always. It seems true that all old American boats get shipped off to Australia - as if we don't know the difference between first and second class. Carnival - we would not sail with again.

Carnival Spirit Cruise to Singapore

Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by Old Bulldog

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2015
  • Destination: Transpacific
  • Cabin Type: Ocean Suite
We have cruised before on Holland America which we found to be exactly to our taste, however the price of this cruise to Singapore was a little too good to be true - and we all know that you only get what you pay for. In saying this, the water was calm with perfect weather every day and interesting places to see on the way. Following the Aussie Coast was great and the views were terrific.

Now for some of the bad things....empty hand sanitizers in almost every section of the boat, unsupervised children running through dining areas (and other places), the LOUDEST cruise director on the high seas (LITERALLY), very unorganised tenders, cold plastic plates (big enough to hold four meals), the toughest meat EVER, the coldest of hot food, lack of choices in buffet, the exorbitant prices of most things purchased, the incessant vibration which was noticed more so when your head hit the pillow, the rattling air con ducts in the cabin (and we had a suite). These were but a few.

On the good side, serious mention must be made of the lovely cabin stewards (especially on Deck 6) and the happiest little lady who made our capuccinos every day at the Coffee Shop on the Lido Deck - she was an absolute joy. The Staff doing the cleaning etc were the hardest working happiest of people.

The Spirit was in urgent need of upgrade which was the reason for the trip to Singapore - going into dry-dock for an overhaul. There were some lovely memories from this trip - such as getting off the boat in Singapore and Darwin and getting back to the boat after our shore excursions in Lombok and Bali (we made it!!). The picturesque sunset that Carnival did NOT create and the beautiful whale show over quite a number of days. Things that stay in your memory always.

It seems true that all old American boats get shipped off to Australia - as if we don't know the difference between first and second class.

Carnival - we would not sail with again.
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Cabin Review

Ocean Suite
Cabin OS 6197
Cabin 6197 - no problems apart from rattling air con ducts above the bed and vibration which gave us headaches when resting. Everything else was fine - good space but maybe a bit less than we thought
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