Sail Date: August 01, 2011 Ship: Carnival Spirit Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Singles/Friends Reviewed: 5 years ago
We recently sailed to Alaska on the Carnival Spirit, I was impressed with the cleanliness and the fact that someone was always, cleaning, polishing, etc and seemingly without direct supervision. The decor was lovely, the layout similar to other Carnival ships so it felt familiar. The staff was terrific always willing to be helpful and always cheerful.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
We prefer the lido deck buffet vs the dining room. The selection was incredible and usually always offered what was in the dining room. We love the variety and presentation that we have there and enjoy the more casual atmosphere. Each meal was anxiously awaited to see what new tempting dishes we would get to try.
5 out of 5
The two "Broadway" type musical revues were outstanding. However we found the rest of the entertainment started too late for us as we are early to bed and early to rise.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
Everyone we encountered with the exception of a white uniformed person at the Guest Service desk was wonderful We had an early flight on the day of departure and I went to Guest Services several days ahead to make arrangements to debark early. He told me it was not possible and refused to discuss it further, he was dismissive and walked away . I revisited the desk another time and got a wonderfully helpful young lady who was able to accommodate our needs. We along with several others were able to get to our flights on time thanks to her.
5 out of 5
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Our room steward Manuel and his helpers kept our room spotless. In addition Manuel was helpful about answering questions about the ship itself and about the ports that we stopped at. The beds were extremely comfortable, we had plenty of hotwater, which had been a problem on another cruise we took. My only little complaint and it isn't really is that our room located at the rear of the ship had a balcony but because of the sloping of the rear of the ship by design our balcony did not really have much of a overhead covering and being the we had some drizzle we were not able to sit outside at that time. Next time we will know.
Pros: Cleanliness, friendly staff, great entertainment, excellent food
Cons: A little rainy but did not take away from the beauty of the trip
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