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We had been on Diamond Princess as a couple and loved the experience so Carnival had a lot to live up to. It wasn't as big or as flash as Princess but with a 4 year old Carnival was absolutely perfect. Carnival was more geared for children with the slides and things for them to do. We were also upgraded to an extended balcony cabin (8223) and I thoroughly encourage anyone doing a pacific island cruise to spend the extra money and opt for a balcony. It came in so handy with wet swimmers and towels from our days out on the islands. We also left our snorkelling gear out there as well. Not to mention waking up in the morning from our bed watching the islands sail pass us. The cabin was big enough for the 3 of us. They had converted the lounge into a single bed for our son which stayed that way the entire time. The kids club was excellent with lots of activities to entertain them. They also give you a phone so if there's any problems they will call you. The buffet for breakfast and lunch was excellent with always a good variety of hot and cold dishes & the main dining area for dinner was lovely with exceptional customer service & humorous waiters. The food was good, no complaints but would say not quite the quality of Princess. Entertainment was quite good with the main shows at night popular & quality. I must say the lady who played in the piano bar most nights was exceptional taking any requests. All in all Carnival Spirit was an excellent cruise and we would definately cruise with them again, hopefully out of Brisbane next time.

Carnival Spirit - Pacific Islands Family Holiday

Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by Dkandis

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2018
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Extended Balcony
We had been on Diamond Princess as a couple and loved the experience so Carnival had a lot to live up to. It wasn't as big or as flash as Princess but with a 4 year old Carnival was absolutely perfect. Carnival was more geared for children with the slides and things for them to do. We were also upgraded to an extended balcony cabin (8223) and I thoroughly encourage anyone doing a pacific island cruise to spend the extra money and opt for a balcony. It came in so handy with wet swimmers and towels from our days out on the islands. We also left our snorkelling gear out there as well. Not to mention waking up in the morning from our bed watching the islands sail pass us. The cabin was big enough for the 3 of us. They had converted the lounge into a single bed for our son which stayed that way the entire time. The kids club was excellent with lots of activities to entertain them. They also give you a phone so if there's any problems they will call you. The buffet for breakfast and lunch was excellent with always a good variety of hot and cold dishes & the main dining area for dinner was lovely with exceptional customer service & humorous waiters. The food was good, no complaints but would say not quite the quality of Princess. Entertainment was quite good with the main shows at night popular & quality. I must say the lady who played in the piano bar most nights was exceptional taking any requests. All in all Carnival Spirit was an excellent cruise and we would definately cruise with them again, hopefully out of Brisbane next time.
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Cabin Review

Extended Balcony
Cabin 8J 8223
Was upgraded to an extended balcony which was perfect for a Pacific Island Cruise. The cabin was ample room for the 3 of us with the lounge converted into a single bed. The bathroom was roomy as cabin bathrooms go. And closet space was enough for all of us. Our luggage slid nicely under the bed out of the way.
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