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Carnival Spirit Cruise Reviews

At a Glance

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Size
L
2680 Psgrs
Refurbished
2 yrs ago
Jan 2012

What people said about this ship:

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"If you did not book a shore excursion with the ship you get no help from the crew and are..." in 2 reviews.

480 reviews from our community




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Couple

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Balcony

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The Spirit Moves to Australia!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Spirit | Sail Date: Sep 30, 2012


This was our third time on the Spirit. We love the crew, Stu the Cruise Director and the wonderful captain. The shows were good and new Australian touches were being added. There was construction in the middle of the night that we had to complain about but overall we loved it. Jessie and Show Band were the highlight.

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Couple

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Balcony

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4-6 cruises

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Great cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Spirit | Sail Date: Sep 04, 2012


The ship has everything that will give their guest the best time possible. We are already planning our next cruise.

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Room Type:
Interior

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1 cruise (first)

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Would Recommend This Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Spirit | Sail Date: Sep 04, 2012


This was mine and my wife's first cruise ever. Wasn't sure what to expect, but we know when we have good service and bad food. Every employee on the ship was very helpful and willing to help. We really liked our stateroom steward, Angel, and our waitress Paramita. Some of the best services we've received. The breakfast was terrible. it looked and tasted like it was cooked and stored from the previous cruise and then microwaved to heat it up. Dinners on the other hand were excellent. Never had a problem with the food. The buffet is hit or miss for lunch, but if the dining room is open for lunch I would recommend going there instead. The activities were kind of boring. Definitely geared toward the older crowd. Lots of bingo and trivia multiple times throughout the day. It would've been better to have more music or shows or activities. Overall, we had a great time and would cruise to Alaska again, but we would for sure try a different ship or cruise line.

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Room Type:
Oceanview

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2-3 cruises

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Beautiful cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Spirit | Sail Date: Sep 04, 2012


It would be so much better to have casinos on an end of the ship so it is optional to go, not forced to go through to dinner.

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Mediocre at best

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Spirit | Sail Date: Sep 04, 2012


The ship was in good standing on cleanliness and what it had to offer. The crew was rude and non helpful especially the Customer Service desk. This was the next to last cruise that the Spirit will do in Alaska before heading to its new home in Australia and it showed. I know they have to deal with many people at once but you never let go your customer service priorities and be lifeless and non helpful in your dealings with the passengers. They also need to make sure their crew have a good handle on issues that arise and not give out inaccurate information.

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Great Time!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Spirit | Sail Date: Aug 28, 2012


The Carnival Spirit was a great ship. The cleanliness was a welcome surprise. Our room was wonderful, the only way to travel to Alasaka is with a balcony room!! We were able to see so much of the beauty our our own window and not have to fight the crowd on the upper decks.

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Great Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Spirit | Sail Date: Aug 28, 2012


The ship was clean and the stewart of our cabin was verygood and took good care of us. It is a beautiful cruise and very relaxing.

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About Carnival Spirit

281
Interior Cabins
99
Oceanview Cabins
632
Balcony Cabins
50
Suite Cabins
3
Restaurants
3
Pools

Members loved:

Destinations & Excursions: 83%
Ship Staff Quality: 75%
Stateroom Quality: 72%

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Cabins of Carnival Spirit

Deck Plans for Carnival Spirit

Carnival Spirit

 

Sky

Enjoy the panoramic view from the Sky Deck, the Spirit's highest deck.

Sky
2 Upper Beds
2 Upper Beds
1 Upper Bed
1 Upper Bed
Twins/King Bed & Double Sofa Bed
Twins/King Bed & Double Sofa Bed
Queen Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Queen Bed & Single Sofa Bed
2 Porthole Windows
2 Porthole Windows
Unisex Wheelchair Accessible Restroom
Unisex Wheelchair Accessible Restroom
Twin Beds Don't Convert to King
Twin Beds Don't Convert to King
Twin Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Twin Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Twins/King Bed & Single Convertible Sofa
Twins/King Bed & Single Convertible Sofa
Twins/King & Upper Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Twins/King & Upper Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Queen Bed
Queen Bed
Queen & Upper Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Queen & Upper Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Connecting Staterooms
Connecting Staterooms
Twin/King Bed & Single Sofa & 2 Upper Beds
Twin/King Bed & Single Sofa & 2 Upper Beds
Wheelchair Accessible Stateroom
Wheelchair Accessible Stateroom
Obstructed View
Obstructed View

Dining

Your Time Dining on Carnival Spirit Dine in the main dining room anytime between 5:45 and 9:30 PM. Guests are usually seated within 20 minutes on a first-come, first-serve basis, depending on party size. Parties of 10 or more may need to be accommodated at different tables.

Seating Times: 5:45 - 9:30 PM.
Dress: We suggest smart casual dress attire. On formal evenings, formal dress is required. Shorts and swimwear are not permitted.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.
No reservations required.

This exclusive dining event for 12 lucky guests features a multi-course dinner hosted by one of Carnival's master chefs. The evening includes a private cocktail reception, a tour of the galley led by the chef, and a sumptuous dinner in a non-traditional dining venue, such as the gallery or the library. (Dining location depends on the vessel).

Seating Times: TBA
Dress: We suggest formal attire.
Costs: $75 per dining guest; the fee does not include specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks which are offered at current bar menu prices.
Reservations are required and need to be made onboard at the ship's guest service desk.

The Empire Restaurant on Carnival Spirit After a fun day at sea, nothing hits the spot like a delicious dinner, and is exactly what awaits you at the elegant Empire Restaurant. Delectable international favorites such as Beef Wellington and Duck a l'Orange are served alongside more exotic entrees like venison, squab, and lobster.

Seating Times: Breakfast: 7:45-9 AM; Lunch: Noon to 1:30 PM; Dinner: Early: 5:45-6:15 PM or Late: 8-8:30 PM.
Dress: We suggest smart casual dress attire. On formal evenings, formal dress is required. Shorts and swimwear are not permitted.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.
Reservations required.

The La Playa Grille on Carnival Spirit La Playa Grille provides fabulous, bistro-style poolside dining at the table of your choice. With its amazing ocean views, open, airy atmosphere, and relaxed ambience, La Playa Grille ensures a bright, cheerful setting for delicious casual dining and spirited conversations between friends.

Seating Times: Breakfast and Lunch: Check onboard for times. Dinner: 6-9 PM.
Dress: We suggest casual attire.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.
No reservations required.

Nouveau Steakhouse on Carnival Spirit This exclusive, reservation-only steakhouse features mouth-watering prime beef cooked to perfection. Guests can also choose from a fantastic selection of seafood entrees, gourmet appetizers, an extensive wine list and decadent desserts.

Seating Times: Open for dinner 6-9:30 PM. Please allow 2 1/2 hours for your dining experience.
Dress: Casual attire.
Costs: A nominal fee of $35 USD per dining guest, including gratuities. The fee does not include specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks which are offered at current bar menu prices.
Reservations required.

Pizzeria (is part of La Playa Grille) on Carnival Spirit If you're hungry, any time, day or night, drop in for a warm, delicious slice or two of pizza!

Seating Times: Open 24 hours.
Dress: We suggest casual attire.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.
No reservation required.

Sushi Bar on Carnival Spirit Watch the sushi chef carve and create a bunch of delicious mouthwatering pieces of sushi for your dining pleasure. Saki is also available to purchase.

Seating Times: 5:00 - 8:30 PM
Dress: No dress code.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, Saki, beer, wine and soft drinks are offered at current menu prices.
No reservations required.

The Fountain Cafe on Carnival Spirit This café serves up freshly brewed coffee, cappuccinos, and espressos, along with desserts and fine pastries.

Seating Times: Check onboard for times.
Dress: We suggest casual attire.
Costs: A nominal fee for all items sold at the café.
No reservations required.

Room Service on Carnival Spirit Nobody goes to bed hungry aboard Carnival ships. No matter what time your appetite catches up with you, complimentary and cheerful stateroom service is just a phone call away.

Seating Times: Available 24 hours.
Dress: No dress code.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.

Entertainment

Camp Carnival on Carnival Spirit Deck: Upper
Type: Kids Zone
Description: From finger painting to cartoon time, the little ones will have a blast at this supervised camp for kids ages 2-11.

Circle C on Carnival Spirit Deck: Main
Type: Kids Zone
Description: One of the coolest spots on board is Circle C and it's just for kids 12-14... video games, dance parties, late night movies, Karaoke and more. What could be more fun?

Club Cool Jazz Club on Carnival Spirit Deck: Promenade
Type: Bar
Description: Sway along to the cool jazz tunes.

Club O2 on Carnival Spirit Deck: Sun
Type: Kids Zone
Description: We know just what teenagers 15-17 like...Music, video games, food, new friends and BIG fun, Carnival Club O2's got it; the perfect 'round-the-clock hangout full of the funnest things to do.

Dancin Dance Club on Carnival Spirit Deck: Riviera
Type: Bar
Description: Dance. Dance. Dance. The party is in full swing at the dance club. Show off your moves and make new friends in the process.

Dancin Dance Club on Carnival Spirit Deck: Promenade
Type: Bar
Description: Dance. Dance. Dance. The party is in full swing at the dance club. Show off your moves and make new friends in the process.

Fantail Aft Pool on Carnival Spirit Deck: Lido
Type: Pool
Description: Take an invigorating swim or relax in the hot tub at the Carnival Spirit Fantail pool.

Formalities on Carnival Spirit Deck: Atlantic
Type: Other
Description: Rent your formal wear here.

Fountain Cafe on Carnival Spirit Deck: Promenade
Type: Snack
Description: Take a break and recharge in style at this European style coffee bar, specializing in premium coffees and delicious pastries.

Internet Cafe on Carnival Spirit Deck: Atlantic
Type: Other
Description: Send friends and family a quick email and don't forget to include a picture. They'll be so jealous.

Library on Carnival Spirit Deck: Atlantic
Type: Other
Description: Catch up on your reading, write family and friends back home or stimulate your brain with a game of Chess, Checkers, or Scrabble in the Library.

Lobby and Atrium on Carnival Spirit Deck: Atlantic
Type: Bar
Description: Carnival Spirit's rich wood and glass accents make her Atrium as warm and inviting as her friendly staff.

Lobby and Atrium on Carnival Spirit Deck: Upper
Type: Bar
Description: Carnival Spirit's rich wood and glass accents make her Atrium as warm and inviting as her friendly staff.

Lobby and Atrium on Carnival Spirit Deck: Promenade
Type: Bar
Description: Carnival Spirit's rich wood and glass accents make her Atrium as warm and inviting as her friendly staff.

Lobby and Atrium on Carnival Spirit Deck: Main
Type: Bar
Description: Carnival Spirit's rich wood and glass accents make her Atrium as warm and inviting as her friendly staff.

Lobby Bar on Carnival Spirit Deck: Promenade
Type: Bar
Description: The lobby of Carnival Spirit is the perfect spot to relax with a drink and a friend and people watch.

Louis XIV Casino on Carnival Spirit Deck: Promenade
Type: Gaming
Description: Feeling lucky? Sure you are. Try your hand at poker, blackjack, roulette, craps and more - Just a sampling of the games the Carnival Spirit Casino has in store.

Mini Golf on Carnival Spirit Deck: Sports
Type: Sports
Description: Foooooore! Have a swinging good time at the Sun deck's new 9-hole mini-golf course. The greens are meticulously maintained and the view is great. Just remember your follow through and no bogeys allowed.

Pharaoh's Palace Main Lounge on Carnival Spirit Deck: Main
Type: Entertainment
Description: You'll be singing the praises to all of your friends about the shows you see at the Carnival Spirit Pharaoh's Palace.

Pharaoh's Palace Main Lounge on Carnival Spirit Deck: Promenade
Type: Entertainment
Description: You'll be singing the praises to all of your friends about the shows you see at the Carnival Spirit Pharaoh's Palace.

Pharaoh's Palace Main Lounge on Carnival Spirit Deck: Atlantic
Type: Entertainment
Description: You'll be singing the praises to all of your friends about the shows you see at the Carnival Spirit Pharaoh's Palace.

Photo Gallery on Carnival Spirit Deck: Atlantic
Type: Shop
Description: The photo gallery is loaded with some of your best Fun Ship moments. Pick your favorites; then take home your fondest and most fun memories.

Shanghai Piano Bar on Carnival Spirit Deck: Atlantic
Type: Bar
Description: Check out the piano bar for the ultimate in fun. Listen to live music, make song requests, sing along or just chill with others.

Slide Entrance on Carnival Spirit Deck: Sports
Type: Pool
Description: Splash, play and slide on our Twister Waterslide. Its spiral is three-decks high and fun for all ages.

Spa Carnival on Carnival Spirit Deck: Lido
Type: Health
Description: Relax, it's all in the technique. Feel the stress sail away as you pamper yourself with soothing treatments and massages for your body and soul at the Carnival Fantasy Spa Carnival...Ahhhhh.

The Champions' Sports Bar on Carnival Spirit Deck: Promenade
Type: Bar
Description: Kick back, grab a drink and root for your team or just catch up with friends old and new at the sports bar.

Versailles Lounge on Carnival Spirit Deck: Riviera
Type: Entertainment
Description:

Video Arcade on Carnival Spirit Deck: Main
Type: Kids Zone
Description: If you love to play video games we've got just the spot for you - no matter your age. Check out The Warehouse video arcade, which is equipped with the latest high tech games.

Tips for Carnival Spirit

Go to the Serenity Area early , it gets full quick

From MeetOnCruise iPhone App: Some of the best bars on the ship seem to be the ones that have nobody at them when they are open.

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