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We chose this cruise because the site boasted a promising family experience with plenty on board for little ones. In actual fact if it's too cold for swimming and your little ones are too shy for the kids club then there is very little to pass the time. The kids club won't let adults get their kids sorted and settled so unless your child is willing to enter a strange room full of people they don't know without a backward glance to their parents, then chances are they won't stay. There is also very little on the menu for kids, again if your child is happy with the kids club they can eat off the 'kids club only' buffet, otherwise they have to make do with the grownup buffet. The food itself was pretty average and there is a lot more choice at lunch than dinner, so I advise to fill up at lunch and don't expect too much choice at night. The restaurants ended up filling up pretty quick as people realised the buffet wasn't great. We went to the restaurant once and to be honest it was the same quality of food but at least with the buffet we could pick our own. We didn't try the other restaurant as you had to pay extra and the concern of paying for the same average quality outweighed our curiosity. One thing i would plead to the cruise line is to incorporate vegetables into the menu! There were always fried potatoes and sometimes the odd bit of pumpkin but hot veges would have been nice! One big disappointment was the wine. I am pretty sure the cruise line have offered to buy old vintages that couldn't sell as one of the more expensive bottles we ordered ($54 AUD) was a 2011 vintage and was well past its drinkable stage. After trying various wines by glass and then spending $98 (AUD) on two bottles of the 'premium list' we gave up. The cocktails are about the same price as wine and spirits so a lot of people had those instead, but be wary if you have favorites check how they make them because they can be vastly different to what you are used to. The quality also varies from bar to bar. When looking for activities on your island stops, don't rely on the tour desk as it seems they have not visited the islands, or are trying to push you into their pre-arranged tours. Once we landed we found loads more to do than we had been told to expect. and somewhat cheaper. The shows were entertaining if not a little cheesy, the hypnotist was not a favourite. One thing I can't fault is the service, people are friendly and diligent in their duties especially the cabin stewards whose towels animals on the beds were a welcome delight for the kids. The cruise line also have their embarkation and disembarkation procedures down pat; it was smooth to get on and off the boat on all occasions. All in all i believe we pretty much got what we paid for, the tickets were cheaper than other cruise lines. As a first time cruiser I wasn't sure what to expect so was open to everything, but to be honest i think if i was to cruise again i would pay the little extra and go for a more upmarket cruise line.

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Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by click_007

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We chose this cruise because the site boasted a promising family experience with plenty on board for little ones.

In actual fact if it's too cold for swimming and your little ones are too shy for the kids club then there is very little to pass the time. The kids club won't let adults get their kids sorted and settled so unless your child is willing to enter a strange room full of people they don't know without a backward glance to their parents, then chances are they won't stay.

There is also very little on the menu for kids, again if your child is happy with the kids club they can eat off the 'kids club only' buffet, otherwise they have to make do with the grownup buffet.

The food itself was pretty average and there is a lot more choice at lunch than dinner, so I advise to fill up at lunch and don't expect too much choice at night. The restaurants ended up filling up pretty quick as people realised the buffet wasn't great. We went to the restaurant once and to be honest it was the same quality of food but at least with the buffet we could pick our own. We didn't try the other restaurant as you had to pay extra and the concern of paying for the same average quality outweighed our curiosity. One thing i would plead to the cruise line is to incorporate vegetables into the menu! There were always fried potatoes and sometimes the odd bit of pumpkin but hot veges would have been nice!

One big disappointment was the wine. I am pretty sure the cruise line have offered to buy old vintages that couldn't sell as one of the more expensive bottles we ordered ($54 AUD) was a 2011 vintage and was well past its drinkable stage. After trying various wines by glass and then spending $98 (AUD) on two bottles of the 'premium list' we gave up.

The cocktails are about the same price as wine and spirits so a lot of people had those instead, but be wary if you have favorites check how they make them because they can be vastly different to what you are used to. The quality also varies from bar to bar.

When looking for activities on your island stops, don't rely on the tour desk as it seems they have not visited the islands, or are trying to push you into their pre-arranged tours. Once we landed we found loads more to do than we had been told to expect. and somewhat cheaper.

The shows were entertaining if not a little cheesy, the hypnotist was not a favourite.

One thing I can't fault is the service, people are friendly and diligent in their duties especially the cabin stewards whose towels animals on the beds were a welcome delight for the kids.

The cruise line also have their embarkation and disembarkation procedures down pat; it was smooth to get on and off the boat on all occasions.

All in all i believe we pretty much got what we paid for, the tickets were cheaper than other cruise lines. As a first time cruiser I wasn't sure what to expect so was open to everything, but to be honest i think if i was to cruise again i would pay the little extra and go for a more upmarket cruise line.
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Cabin was great, however there are big inconsistencies between cabins. Some were missing water, others were missing beach towels, others had remotes that wouldn't work. Seems like the cruise line needs to issue a checklist to make sure that all cabins come equipped with everything they should.
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