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As first time cruisers we were hoping for a relaxing holiday with 5 days at sea and then lovely visits to the Hawaiian Islands. We certainly got the latter but a relaxing holiday it was not.

First, avoid any embarkation that involves San Diego with a transfer to Ensenada - disastrous.

Second, the Spirit is looking tired and needs a refit.

Third, the food is average at best - avoid the casual buffet at all costs.

Entertainment, also tired and second rate.

Way too much smoking allowed for this day & age.

Used Roberts Hawaii for shore trips - much better value than on-board.

The whole trip seemed to be 'hurry up & wait'.

Not sure if we'll cruise again, but it certainly won't be on Carnival!

Carnival Spirit = Three Ring Circus!

Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by DMJKelowna

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2010
  • Destination: Hawaii
As first time cruisers we were hoping for a relaxing holiday with 5 days at sea and then lovely visits to the Hawaiian Islands. We certainly got the latter but a relaxing holiday it was not.

First, avoid any embarkation that involves San Diego with a transfer to Ensenada - disastrous.

Second, the Spirit is looking tired and needs a refit.

Third, the food is average at best - avoid the casual buffet at all costs.

Entertainment, also tired and second rate.

Way too much smoking allowed for this day & age.

Used Roberts Hawaii for shore trips - much better value than on-board.

The whole trip seemed to be 'hurry up & wait'.

Not sure if we'll cruise again, but it certainly won't be on Carnival!

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Nice cabin but the plumbing seemed to be a bit inconsistent. Balcony was nice & large. Pity the people next door had to smoke all the time!
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