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Carnival Spirit Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1038 reviews
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Good Value for the Money

Review for Carnival Spirit to the Mexican Riviera
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LvLawyer
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jan 2012
Cabin: Balcony

Embarkation (1/1/11)

We drove to the ship from Las Vegas and stayed at the San Pedro Doubletree. They let you park for the week as part of a room package and deliver you in their van to and from the pier. Tip the driver, who works very hard at getting you close to the curbside porters. My only complaint was that the porters seemed overwhelmed and you do not get a claim check for your luggage. That said, our luggage was in our room in less than 2 hours from the curb. The Carnival check-in personnel were quick and pleasant. TSA could take lessons. We were on the ship in less than 30 minutes from the curb at the height of check-in.

I was hoping to get some lunch but the Lido deck, where lunch was served, was extremely crowded. That said, we got a quick bite before the ship departed. I think the signage on the Lido deck and throughout the ship could learn a thing or two from Las Vegas casinos. Signs are often small and hard to read, particularly near the elevators. The buffet stations are somewhat confusing but offered an ample lunch. During the cruise, the Lido deck food is well prepared and hot and there are numerous choices.

Cabin Review

Balcony

Cabin 8A

Standard balcony cabin, 3 decks above lifeboat. Extended balcony wall next door blocks forward view but cuts down on wind. No public activities on floor above or below. Short walk to elevator and stairs. No vibration from screws. Small but efficient bathroom. Closet and drawer space were adequate for 2 people but might be crowded with more. If you are going on a warmer weather cruise, bring a bungee cord to hold the door open. Only one plug in the room that is easily accessible.

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