Carnival Spirit ship stats

  • Price:

  • Size:

  • Total Passengers:

  • Total Crew:

  • Passenger to Crew Ratio:

  • Built:

    Apr 2001
  • Refurbished:

    Jun 2018
  • Number of Decks:

  • Total Cabins:

  • Cabin Categories:

  • Gross Tonnage:

  • Length:

  • Beam:


Carnival Spirit overview

Carnival Spirit
Carnival Spirit – photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line.

Carnival Spirit became a fan favorite among Australian cruisers since it’s relocation to Sydney in 2012. This Spirit-class ship from Carnival Cruise Line fits the relaxed yet adventurous vibes that Aussies are known for. Though launched in 2001, Carnival is investing in the future of Carnival Spirit with a multi-million dollar refurbishment in 2018 that added Funship 2.0 upgrades. New dining venues, an outdoor movie screen and new bars were added, just to name a few. That means an improved ship that delivers a pleasurable experience for singles, couples and families. 

Onboard, travelers can choose from several options for relaxation or fun. The WaterWorks water park can provide both for all ages. The pool area is just right for chill days at seas, but if you’re up for a challenge, you might try conquering Green Thunder, the steepest water slide at sea, or for a more laid back ride, try the Twister Waterslide. With 3 kids-only youth spaces, young cruisers of all ages have a space all their own. Mini-golf, video game arcade, sports courts and onboard games means getting into the fun is easy aboard Carnival Spirit.

When it’s time to take a break from the action, choosing how to relax is a breeze. In the new SKYBOX Sports Bar and Alchemy Bar, cool off with a drink with friends; or get pampered at Spa Carnival. The ship comes to life at night with live music, laughs, dancing and more. You can even put your own talents on display with the Hasbro Game Show or shine in Lip Sync Battle: Carnival Edition and become a super star.

Carnival Spirit itineraries and departure ports

Carnival Spirit itineraries offer many options. Spirit will spend most of 2019 sailing from Sydney before relocating to its new homeport of Brisbane in October 2020.

Best for

As an easygoing ship with fun activities, good food and friendly staff, this Carnival ship is perfect for families with kids of all ages, couples and singles.

You should know

While Carnival Spirit isn’t the newest ship or largest ship at sea, it’s well-equipped to provide an enjoyable cruise with entertainment, dining and fun for young families, fun-loving couples and singles.

Activities on Carnival Spirit

Carnival Spirit activities include the WaterWorks aqua park, a mini golf course, movies on the jumbo screen by the pool, and themed deck parties like the sailaway party and 80’s Rock-N-Glow party. Indoors, you’ll find the Punchliner Comedy Club with an early show for families, and a late-night performance for adults only. There’s also Playlist Productions shows in the main theater, Towel Animal Theater where passengers of all ages can learn how to make the cuddly cabin creatures, and Hasbro, The Game Show — a competition where members of the audience can compete in board games come to life onstage. For a competition that lasts throughout the whole voyage, passengers can audition for Lip Sync Battle: Carnival and compete for a chance to make it to the next round. At the end of the cruise, the audience determines the ultimate Lip Sync Battle Champion!

Kids have their own clubs divided into age groups in Camp Ocean, as well as a space just for teens, too. The Build-A-Bear Workshop at Sea pop-up shop is popular among youngsters looking to create a new stuffed friend, and the Dr. Seuss-themed Seuss at Sea parade and activities are always a hit among kids that sail Carnival. The line also has a partnership with Michael’s for fun crafts throughout the voyage for all ages, including bracelets, key chains, photo frames, and more. For the adults, there are cocktail tastings, fitness classes, mixologist competitions, the casino, and Spa Carnival with a thermal suite and treatments. There are even spa treatments just for teens.

Carnival Spirit ship highlights
  • Waterworks Water Park
  • Spa Carnival
  • Serenity adults-only Retreat
  • Kid’s Programs: Camp Ocean, Circle C, Club O2
  • Video game arcade
  • Sports courts, mini golf, fitness center
  • Hasbro Game Show and Lip Sync Battle
  • Onboard shopping
  • RedFrog Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, Alchemy Bar, SKYBOX Sports Bar
  • Green Thunder water slide
  • Casino
  • Souplay art studio
  • Guy’s Burger Joint
  • Bonsai Sushi

Carnival Spirit cabins

There are four basic types of cabins on Carnival Spirit: interior, oceanview with a window, balcony, and a variety of suites. There are cabins designated as interiors, but actually have a floor-to-ceiling window with an obstructed view. They are a great value for those who want an interior price with a bonus: natural light. The ship’s balcony cabins also come in a variety, with larger, extended balconies available. Suites come in four subcategories, and all include balconies of varying sizes.

Carnival Spirit dining

Carnival Spirit has one main dining room, the Empire Restaurant, which occupies two decks and seats 1,300 passengers. It has a regal, elegant feel with gold trimmings, murals on the ceiling, and crystal chandeliers. Most of the restaurant is for those with a set seating time at dinner, but the starboard side of the upper level is for those on Your Time Dining. The La Playa Grill is the ship’s lido buffet, which features stations throughout the space. The pizza counter and ice cream station are located in the buffet, and are open 24/7.

Other included dining venues on Carnival Spirit include BlueIguana Cantina which serves burritos, and Guy’s Burger Joint serving a menu of tantalizing burgers and fresh-cut fries. Both are located on the lido deck next to the pool. During lunch, you can also enjoy the Ol’ Fashioned Barbecue counter, which serves smoked beef, braised pork butt, baked beans, mac and cheese, and more. The ship’s popular RedFrog Pub also offers tasty bites in addition to fresh brews.

Specialty restaurants on the ship include the a la carte venue Bonsai Sushi, the Seafood Corner, and the Noveau Restaurant steakhouse. The Coffee Bar is also available for specialty coffees and cakes, and Cherry on Top has bulk and specialty candy for sale as well as an ice cream counter for sundaes and ice cream sandwiches.

Carnival Spirit ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.4
  • Children's Programs 4.0
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.8
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 5.0
  • Entertainment 3.7
  • Food and Dining 3.9
  • Onboard Activities 4.5
  • Service and Staff 4.3
  • Ship Quality 4.3

Carnival Spirit cabins

1062 cabins and 29 cabin categories.

Inside Cabin


Avg. Cost: $91/night
Oceanview Cabin


Avg. Cost: $109/night
Balcony Cabin


Avg. Cost: $127/night
Suite Cabin


Avg. Cost: $182/night

View All Carnival Spirit Cabins

Carnival Spirit dining

Empire Restaurant

Empire Restaurant

(2 Reviews)
Nouveau Steakhouse

Nouveau Steakhouse

(1 Review)
Grand Buffet

Grand Buffet

(2 Reviews)


(2 Reviews)

View All Carnival Spirit Dining Options

Carnival Spirit onboard activities



(1 Review)
Lobby and Atrium

Lobby and Atrium

(1 Review)
Slide Entrance

Slide Entrance

(1 Review)

View All Carnival Spirit Onboard Activities

Carnival Spirit deck plans

View All Carnival Spirit Deck Plans

Find a cruise on Carnival Spirit

753 Carnival Spirit Reviews

Write a Review

The Spirit Moves to Australia! by TammyH4

Sail date: /
Ship: Carnival Spirit / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

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.

Read full review

Was this review helpful? 60

Wonderfull cruise by TeresaPpVieira

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Carnival Spirit / Destination: Hawaii

very good the ship was beutifull the cabins too food was good.

Read full review

Was this review helpful? 56

Amazing Scenery by SherriC

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Spirit / Destination: Alaska

The ship and decor seemed dated and worn. The food overall was just satisfactory, nothing spectacular. The entertainment was a little boring and their biig show night we had seen the same exact show on the cruise we took the year before on a differnt ship. The rooms were clean and the staff was friendly. The obstructed view balcony was wonderful! Our view was great, the only obsturction was if you wanted to look straight down. We sat on our balcony all day while cruising Glacier Bay day. We felt like we could just reach out and touch the glaciers and we could hear everything the naturalist said.

Read full review

Was this review helpful? 54
1 Comment

View All 753 Carnival Spirit Reviews

Carnival Spirit photos

Upload Photo

7 Carnival Spirit tips


Dec 12, 2011

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.


Sep 24, 2012

Go to the Serenity Area early , it gets full quick

View All Carnival Spirit 7 Tips


Find a cruise on Carnival Spirit