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We chose this cruise because we wanted to go somewhere warm and different. Also it ended in sydney being only a short flight home. Not only this but having experience of carnival we liked the fun on board and laid back atmosphere and this time lots of sea days because we needed rest. It began well enough with an unsolicited upgrade to a better cabin due to painting smells. We noticed straight away that, unlike every other ship we had sailed on, there was a lackadaisical attitude to hygiene with no visible hand sanitisers on the busiest deck nine buffet which also led out to the pools. After a search we found some of these at various decks hidden away round corners or empty. The inevitable began to happen with at least two thirds of the the passengers including myself and my partner catching a head cold or in my partners case, I suspect, influenza. by 10 days out.. After a complaint to guest services suggesting a public health issue may be arising, sanitizers appeared at the main restaurant but nothing at deck 9 where the trouble was. Excellent stage shows and a great comedy club. Very good meals at the main restaurant but dinner at the buffet on deck 9 was so-so in comparison with the lunch which was inexplicably very comprehensive. Service was excellent in parts and lazy in others Ports shore excursions were ok but the ports themselves were a bit boring. Exception was Komodo island which was great,and we would have gone with the ship tour if it had been available. We were obliged to find an alternative and did so quite readily along with many others. Cannot understand why the ship couldn't have done this better. Would go again but with wet wipes

Nice ship, if you sterilise everything you touch!

Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by Rastus xxx

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Premium Balcony
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go somewhere warm and different. Also it ended in sydney being only a short flight home. Not only this but having experience of carnival we liked the fun on board and laid back atmosphere and this time lots of sea days because we needed rest.

It began well enough with an unsolicited upgrade to a better cabin due to painting smells.

We noticed straight away that, unlike every other ship we had sailed on, there was a lackadaisical attitude to hygiene with no visible hand sanitisers on the busiest deck nine buffet which also led out to the pools. After a search we found some of these at various decks hidden away round corners or empty. The inevitable began to happen with at least two thirds of the the passengers including myself and my partner catching a head cold or in my partners case, I suspect, influenza. by 10 days out.. After a complaint to guest services suggesting a public health issue may be arising, sanitizers appeared at the main restaurant but nothing at deck 9 where the trouble was.

Excellent stage shows and a great comedy club.

Very good meals at the main restaurant but dinner at the buffet on deck 9 was so-so in comparison with the lunch which was inexplicably very comprehensive.

Service was excellent in parts and lazy in others

Ports shore excursions were ok but the ports themselves were a bit boring. Exception was Komodo island which was great,and we would have gone with the ship tour if it had been available. We were obliged to find an alternative and did so quite readily along with many others. Cannot understand why the ship couldn't have done this better.

Would go again but with wet wipes
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Premium Balcony
Cabin 9B 5202
Had a balcony this time. Didn't use it much but it gave the room a better illusion of square meterage. Nice to know when the sun comes up!! Room clean and comfortable. Cabin Steward "Suparmen" (his actual name) did a first rate job. Sheets and towels getting a little bit "second hand"
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