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Carnival Spirit Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1038 reviews
2 Awards

Great Cruise Overall - First One as Carnival Platinum!

Review for Carnival Spirit to the Mexican Riviera
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Mar 2012
Cabin: Balcony

We just got home last Sunday from our 40th cruise overall - on the Carnival Spirit. I'm sure glad I didn't take the negative reviews to heart, because we found them to be quite unfair and didn't at all depict life on the Spirit. Overall, I found this cruise pretty darn wonderful, and the ship to be in great shape.


We flew into San Diego from SFO the morning of the cruise. We arrived at SAN at 12:15 and after a 10 minute taxi ride we arrived at the port. The line through secuity was a 15 minute wait - then onto the check-in line. We had been looking forward to the VIP Platinum line (no wait at all) but the regular line was moving quickly too, and their wait wasn't much longer than ours. By 1pm we were on the ship and heading to our cabin 5156. The sign let us know that the staterooms would be available after 1:30...so we headed up to Lido for lunch.

Cabin Review


Cabin 8A

We were really pleased with our cabin. It was roomy and in a great location. The balcony has an obstructed view - the life boat is right in front. Still, we were able to see the ocean, and it was a great place to sit and read my book. The cabins have new flat screened TVs and a small stocked fridge. There was PLENTY of storage space - three closets to hang clothes, and a closet with lots of shelves for folded items. The vanity area also has several drawers and a built in hair dryer. The couch is full-sized and has a small table in front of it for playing cards, etc.

It was AMAZING how little noise we heard in the morning - even though we slept until after 10:30 nearly every day. The door was very thick and very little light comes in under the door. The cabin is located midship on deck 5 fairly close to the elevators. Our cabin steward Jonathan was one of the best we've ever had. I'd book this cabin again in a heartbeat!

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