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Despite 2 ID checks in less than 30 paces, a baggage check screening, and 5 minutes of signing in for the Sail & Sign cards the total time from being dropped off at the pier entrance to opening our cabin door was less than 20 minutes! Although we're experienced cruisers this was our first fantail balcony. As previously noted in other Cruise Critic reviews, there was soot residue in the mornings on the seats and railing. But, for us, only twice in 8 days. At 6pm the stewards start piling the deck chairs up against the railings of the Lido Deck so you have complete privacy from above throughout the night until 7:30am when they unstack the chairs. The fantails are definitely more roomy and offer great views for sunrises, sunsets, and sail-aways. Specialty coffees were reasonable. A tall coffee went for $1.50 (plus 15% grat.) Dinners in the Empire Room were consistently good in quality and taste. The wait for anytime dining (table for 4) was 10 min. or less. Free ice cream sundaes and banana splits were certainly popular on at-sea days. Free drinks with munchies and entertainment on Carnival's repeat guest night was also very popular. Free sushi was offered every evening, as well. Main stage entertainment was above average all week, with the Friday night's song & dance tribute to New Orleans a must see. Music fans will appreciate Carnival adding two additional musicians to the orchestra's normal 8 members. A 10 piece creates a much better sound. Disembarking the 2100+ passengers took a total of about 80 minutes. Well, done Carnival.

In the spirit with Spirit

Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by machmack

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Despite 2 ID checks in less than 30 paces, a baggage check screening, and 5 minutes of signing in for the Sail & Sign cards the total time from being dropped off at the pier entrance to opening our cabin door was less than 20 minutes!
Although we're experienced cruisers this was our first fantail balcony. As previously noted in other Cruise Critic reviews, there was soot residue in the mornings on the seats and railing. But, for us, only twice in 8 days. At 6pm the stewards start piling the deck chairs up against the railings of the Lido Deck so you have complete privacy from above throughout the night until 7:30am when they unstack the chairs. The fantails are definitely more roomy and offer great views for sunrises, sunsets, and sail-aways.
Specialty coffees were reasonable. A tall coffee went for $1.50 (plus 15% grat.)
Dinners in the Empire Room were consistently good in quality and taste. The wait for anytime dining (table for 4) was 10 min. or less. Free ice cream sundaes and banana splits were certainly popular on at-sea days. Free drinks with munchies and entertainment on Carnival's repeat guest night was also very popular. Free sushi was offered every evening, as well.
Main stage entertainment was above average all week, with the Friday night's song & dance tribute to New Orleans a must see. Music fans will appreciate Carnival adding two additional musicians to the orchestra's normal 8 members. A 10 piece creates a much better sound.
Disembarking the 2100+ passengers took a total of about 80 minutes. Well, done Carnival.
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