Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by dropanchor
- Sail Date: February 2017
- Destination: South Pacific
- Cabin Type: Ocean Suite
We first cruised on this ship back in 2001 doing the Los Angles to Acapulco cruise and just loved her then and have since been on her many times ex Australia and some 16 years later still love her.
I am not sure what makes this ship so special, she sails well in seas that others do not do so well in, she has a bright decor and to be honest possibly the BEST CREW that sails out of Australia and has this consistency year in year out making for a great cruise.
There is some magical formula Carnival have found with this ship ( in particular) in that all the crew are very friendly & always with a smile, they do keep the ship clean and well maintained despite its rising years.
The cabins are good size, clean and have stewards that look after you as good as any cruise line and the food on board is not far removed from the far more expensive cruises you may take.
The down side is that it is a family FUN ship and therefore you have kids running riot with not to many crew wanting to get involved and discipline ( ouch that is a word from the past) mind you this can and does happen on “5 star” cruise lines however providing you can avoid school holidays then in the main you can cope with “the unruly” where you can escape to the Serenity area for adults over 18 only when you have had enough. The Entertainment is good/ average however seldom do you get any better than 3rd or 4th rated entertainers on any ship out of Australia unfortunately despite the hype that is given as we all know.
In addition to the good food there is several soft serve stations for both the kids and adults and forget your calories at least once and visit one of the best hamburger joints at sea ! along with the best chips ! at Guys Burger Joint , do not leave the ship without trying these and see if you can work your way through all the different hamburgers choices on offer all served complimentary and with big smiles. For those wanting specialty restaurants there are several all with a reasonably cover charge albeit there is unfortunately no Chinese restaurant on board.
I can only speak for the balconies and ocean suites but they are bigger than many of the other ships and very comfortable.
The lifts particularly the aft set must be the FASTEST of any ship sailing out of Australia and it is great to go to a lift without more than 60-90 seconds wait to get where you want to go to.
While I am the first to be concerned with hygiene it is fabulous to go into the La Playa restaurant without the demeaning greeting of washie washie smiley smiley happy happy, having said that, not enough people take care in hand washing and it really is a case of using common sense within your own personal hygiene habits and looking out for those that don’t consider others in this area, a bit like driving a car & looking well ahead and be prepared to look after yourself.
The manageress of La Playa ( she is from Romania) runs a great restaurant and has it clean and running like clockwork while at the same time everyone is happy- great job
There is obviously a host of things for the children to do and for the adults apart from Bingo and Trivia there are numerous classes to take part in albeit some can attract a attendance fee.
In summery the Carnival Spirit is one of the best cruise ships we have here with some of the best deals you will ever get for a cruise on a 4 1/2 star ship and it is simply a ship you must sail on to realise just how good she is and the value for money she offers. A bonus for those that like the news is you get aussie TV in your room for several days each way before the satellite becomes too weak or it re enters the foot print.
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