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Went with 10 family members kids and grand parents etc. Fantastic French provincial day core. Glass elevators. Elegant dining room. Rooms were adequate. Had a balcony double bed and 2 bunks. Cupboards and drawers could be better if they had suitcase space only. Bathroom adequate. Larger then the P&O's Jewel bathroom. Not as good on board activities that we expected. Could have been better like movies should have been on in the theatre instead of just on the open deck where it was raining and noisy. Most of the time no movies were playing throughout the day. In room should have had the better movies playing also. Bad movie scheduling that collided with early diner service also causing people to be late. 7.30 pm dance shows were good. comedy shows good but not enough seats in small theatre. Not as many shops on board as the Jewel also. Most on board activities were geared towards spending big bucks like art auctions that not many people showed up to and had old chipped frames obviously had not sold very often. Come on we paid enough to be there already. Pools were nice with kids shallow bit but could have been heated and needed more spas as overcrowded. Be nice to have an indoor kids playground too for bad weather. Buffets were good and elegant dining and waiters dancing entertainment a plus. Elegant dining was only opened for lunch and breakfast sometimes. 24 hour pizza and ice cream. Needed more ice cream machines in buffet area. Sore excursions were very pricy and the free hop on and off at Noumea was not advertised until the morning of after we had spent hundreds on tours. $530 for 4 for 3 days of tours. The train was good value but not the afternoon bus tour as it doubled up on the look outs we had already been too and beach not as good for snorkelling. Maree was beautiful and only cost $90 for 4 for day for bus transfer. Good snorkelling and local beach food sold. Noumea was a beautiful and clean place but very expensive for currency conversation. $20 for 2 coffees in an ice cream shop. Good shops above ferry terminal that took Australian dollars. P&O pulled up to the Warf where Carnival had bus services as docked in the shipping yard a bit painful. Good kids arcade and kids club activities, but not as good for older kids as the Jewel. Overall enjoyed our cruise and staff were helpful. Excellent frozen cocktails for $10.50 end up. Excellent gym and sauna if you can find it. Gym and adult spa closed for chlorination in the day on a rainy day, bad scheduling. Hardly any fitness classes, only expensive PT sessions. Need yoga and abbs classes on. Spa was extremely expensive minimum $175 a treatment. Mini golf never had any balls, always missing. Fun themed dress up nights, but didn't know it was Halloween until final days before and we purchased the wrong costumes.

Enjoyed the Spirit

Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by Kathy Richards

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Went with 10 family members kids and grand parents etc. Fantastic French provincial day core. Glass elevators. Elegant dining room. Rooms were adequate. Had a balcony double bed and 2 bunks. Cupboards and drawers could be better if they had suitcase space only. Bathroom adequate. Larger then the P&O's Jewel bathroom.

Not as good on board activities that we expected. Could have been better like movies should have been on in the theatre instead of just on the open deck where it was raining and noisy. Most of the time no movies were playing throughout the day. In room should have had the better movies playing also. Bad movie scheduling that collided with early diner service also causing people to be late. 7.30 pm dance shows were good. comedy shows good but not enough seats in small theatre.

Not as many shops on board as the Jewel also. Most on board activities were geared towards spending big bucks like art auctions that not many people showed up to and had old chipped frames obviously had not sold very often. Come on we paid enough to be there already.

Pools were nice with kids shallow bit but could have been heated and needed more spas as overcrowded. Be nice to have an indoor kids playground too for bad weather.

Buffets were good and elegant dining and waiters dancing entertainment a plus. Elegant dining was only opened for lunch and breakfast sometimes. 24 hour pizza and ice cream. Needed more ice cream machines in buffet area.

Sore excursions were very pricy and the free hop on and off at Noumea was not advertised until the morning of after we had spent hundreds on tours. $530 for 4 for 3 days of tours. The train was good value but not the afternoon bus tour as it doubled up on the look outs we had already been too and beach not as good for snorkelling. Maree was beautiful and only cost $90 for 4 for day for bus transfer. Good snorkelling and local beach food sold. Noumea was a beautiful and clean place but very expensive for currency conversation. $20 for 2 coffees in an ice cream shop. Good shops above ferry terminal that took Australian dollars. P&O pulled up to the Warf where Carnival had bus services as docked in the shipping yard a bit painful.

Good kids arcade and kids club activities, but not as good for older kids as the Jewel.

Overall enjoyed our cruise and staff were helpful. Excellent frozen cocktails for $10.50 end up. Excellent gym and sauna if you can find it. Gym and adult spa closed for chlorination in the day on a rainy day, bad scheduling. Hardly any fitness classes, only expensive PT sessions. Need yoga and abbs classes on. Spa was extremely expensive minimum $175 a treatment. Mini golf never had any balls, always missing.

Fun themed dress up nights, but didn't know it was Halloween until final days before and we purchased the wrong costumes.
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Cabin 5219
Very good cabin and balcony. Cupboard space was a waste, needed suitcase spots instead of drawers.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Snorkeling
    $90 bus trip for 4 people. God value. Beautiful spot. Clear water and beach food, massages, hair braiding and coconuts to drink. Take your own gear if you can.
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  • Anse Vata Beach
    Bus tour $300 for 4 people for 3 hours. Rip off as covered 1 same look out as the train we did in the morning. Took too long to get of the bus. Not enough time at the beach and for lunch. Should have just got on the free hop on and off and water taxed to duck island or other beaches as all very close. Noumea was beautiful though. missed out on a good French patisserie though as didn't know where to go. Wasted time looking for banks to exchange money. Could not exchange on the boat annoying. Aircon good for older people though.
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  • Discovery Tchou Tchou Train
    The train was good and open air. Good look outs. Quick to hop on and off. $230 for 4 people for 1.5 hours a bit expensive. Good tour guide and friendly. Beautiful views.
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