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We chose to get away from the hustle & bustle of Christmas preparations and relax with the family (kids & grand-kids) on a Christmas cruise. The children went to kids club, some enjoyed it, some didn't. If you don't like lots of kids then this is not a cruise for you. There was plenty to do (if you want to) things like trivia, dance lessons, crafts, games,swimming, water slides, shows, parties. The food choice is very good. We ate breakfast mostly in the buffet which we found better than in the main dining room. Evenings we preferred the main dining room. The Nouveau Restaurant, for that extra special gourmet food was excellent. The staff everywhere were generally friendly and offered great service. We had a couple of things wrong in our cabin which our cabin steward got the maintenance crew to fix within an hour. The entertainment was very good with a good variety of entertainers (jugglers, magicians, comedians, acrobatics, dancers, singers. The ports were all tender ports (using lifeboats not a wharf to disembark). At Lifou we chose the Jinek Bay Marine Reserve excursion for great snorkeling. Numbers are limited so need to book as soon as you can after boarding ship. $26 p.p. There is no beach at Jinek Bay so not suitable for children unless they can swim/snorkel. Isle of Pines is beautiful where you land there are white sandy beaches within a short walk with lots of sea life (turtles, coloured fish, coral. Where you land on Mare there is not much, a few market stalls no nice beach. There is only has one excursion, a bus journey to Yejele beach for $25 per adult, $20 per child (aged 3 - 12 years). On a previous cruise there were lots of stingers on the beach and in the water. It's a beautiful beach but we didn't get off the ship there this time.

Family Christmas Cruise

Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by sharooba

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We chose to get away from the hustle & bustle of Christmas preparations and relax with the family (kids & grand-kids) on a Christmas cruise. The children went to kids club, some enjoyed it, some didn't. If you don't like lots of kids then this is not a cruise for you. There was plenty to do (if you want to) things like trivia, dance lessons, crafts, games,swimming, water slides, shows, parties. The food choice is very good. We ate breakfast mostly in the buffet which we found better than in the main dining room. Evenings we preferred the main dining room. The Nouveau Restaurant, for that extra special gourmet food was excellent. The staff everywhere were generally friendly and offered great service. We had a couple of things wrong in our cabin which our cabin steward got the maintenance crew to fix within an hour. The entertainment was very good with a good variety of entertainers (jugglers, magicians, comedians, acrobatics, dancers, singers. The ports were all tender ports (using lifeboats not a wharf to disembark). At Lifou we chose the Jinek Bay Marine Reserve excursion for great snorkeling. Numbers are limited so need to book as soon as you can after boarding ship. $26 p.p. There is no beach at Jinek Bay so not suitable for children unless they can swim/snorkel. Isle of Pines is beautiful where you land there are white sandy beaches within a short walk with lots of sea life (turtles, coloured fish, coral. Where you land on Mare there is not much, a few market stalls no nice beach. There is only has one excursion, a bus journey to Yejele beach for $25 per adult, $20 per child (aged 3 - 12 years). On a previous cruise there were lots of stingers on the beach and in the water. It's a beautiful beach but we didn't get off the ship there this time.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin 8C 6238
Cabin was clean, bed very comfortable, good mattress (seemed new), pillows good. A damaged light switch and faulty safe were fixed quickly after advising our room steward. Cabin was serviced once a day in the evening (our preference to morning service). Extra bath towels were provided without a problem.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Isle of Pines (New Caledonia)
    Isle of Pines has beautiful white sandy beaches close to where the ship's tenders drop you off. Food & drink stalls, knickknacks etc. Good snorkeling - plenty of things to see in the water.
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  • Snorkeling
    After disembarking the ship we were not given any clear instructions on whether we were to go to JInek Bay on your own or meet up as a group onshore then go together. Turned out you made your own way there then showed your excursion ticket to the locals who issue you with a wrist band as proof of purchase. There is no beach at Jinek Bay. It is purely a snorkeling area. Not suitable for children unless they can snorkel. The coral is beautiful, colourful and lots of fish. Sometimes there can be a few stingers in the water but not common.
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  • Mare
    Where the tender boats drop you there is no beach. You have to pay $25 to get on a bus to Yejele Beach (about 15 minutes travelling). Yejele Beach is beautiful, there are some locals selling drinks and food, as well as some basic souvenirs. Do not get off the boat thinking you will pay a local for a lift to the beach, they will not take you, it is all controlled by the cruise company. Walking to the Natural aquarium is not advisable it is a long boring walk in the stifling heat. If you must get off the ship at this port, I highly recommend leaving your kids on board.
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  • Sydney (Australia)
    Been to Sydney several times before so didn't do any excursions. Flew into Sydney on day of departure - not recommended, was quite concerned about plane delays and not making it to the ship in time. As it happened all was well.
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