Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by seankennaway
- Sail Date: December 2016
- Destination: Australia & New Zealand
While the service is inconsistent it's generally positive.
The process of getting on board was particularly patchy. The number of times I was ordered to produce my passport and green card prior to actually needing to was completely fun busting.
Service at the bars vary. Some of the staff don't seem to want to be here.
On the other hand, Mr G, our waiter in the restaurant, is a sensation. If they cloned him and put him in every position on the ship, this would be the happiest and most fun place on the high seas. Or, anywhere for that matter.
If you like fun towel animals, you'll love this ship. The monkey hanging from the ceiling a favourite.
If you're after a massage, wait till the second half of the trip, or plan for the ashore days. Prices halve. But they need to. $250 for a massage is piracy. They should have a Jolly Roger flying over the spa.
Speaking of piracy, don't let your wife anywhere near the detox class.
This is a family cruise ship. Heaps of stuff for kids and they are yelling and screaming everywhere. Luckily, the Serenity Bar at the back of the ship gives sanctuary from the kaos.
The movie programming is questionable, to say the least. On one night, Suicide Squad and Finding Dory were scheduled. What do you think came on earlier? You guessed it. The kids left Suicide Squad at 7.15pm distressed. Claims for PTSD against Carnival submitted.
The Casino is great, lost my Christmas present money on the first day. The Texas Holdem comp is a bit of a mystery though. 10 players, $60 entry, 1st prize $300, 2nd prize $150. Where did the other $150 go?? Maybe to the free drinks for players. Hang on, you pay there too!
The performers are hit and miss. The two solo acoustic dudes on our trip were serviceable, while the duos not so. The girl playing piano late at night and nailing Sia a highlight. Carnival makes about $2b profit a year, they could invest in some better harmonies.
Highlight of the time ashore is Isle of Pines, named after Captain Cooks wife. He was really missing her when he visited here. Pining for her. Absolutely stunning beaches but be prepared to be skinned by the local beer prices. $11 for a can of local beer? Come on!
Rooms are very spacious and very well serviced. Not sure about paying $5 for the in house movies though, just another way to bleed you really.
On ship wifi? You betcha. Hang that Jolly Roger over the modems as well. Best to come prepared to be off grid.
If you didn't drink alcohol, use the Spa, or go ashore, you could do this for no extra charge. Otherwise, add about $800 pp to your bill.
Overall, fantastic 9 days.
Thanks Mr G!
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