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Carnival Spirit Cruise Review

The Carnival Spirit is a mid-sized cruise ship that largely delivers good value for money.

July 09, 2011

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Introduction

As the vessel that launched a new class of ships for the Carnival line in 2001, Carnival Spirit is a mid-sized cruise ship that largely delivers good value for money. Like other ships in this line, Carnival Spirit wears its design elements on its sleeve, the overriding theme here being a visual tour of architecture and design from the last century and earlier. And the ship benefits from a January 2012 refurbishment that transformed one sun deck into an adults-only area and added a water park. But from almost the moment we first set foot on the ship, the thing that came foremost to mind was a grilled steak—with good reason, as it turned out.

Editor's Note: In October 2012 Carnival Spirit moved Down Under and now calls the South Pacific her year-round home. During the relocation Carnival made some adjustments to the ship and some policies. According to Australia-based newsletter Cruise Weekly, Carnival Spirit's billing system will now be in Australian currency, electrical outlets in cabins have been converted for Aussie plugs, and the food and drink menus have become localized ('roo steaks, we're guessing). Passengers are also no longer allowed to bring a bottle of wine into their cabin prior to disembarkation, as is Carnival's policy on other ships.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Cabins
  3. Balcony Cabin
  4. Other Cabins
  5. Cabin Amenities
  6. In-Room Dining
  7. Dining
  8. Drinks
  9. Recreation
  10. Cafés
  11. Lounges and Public Spaces
  12. Spa Carnival
  13. Sports and Fitness
  14. Retail
  15. Shows and Other Entertainment
  16. Nightlife and Shows
  17. Pools and Decks
  18. Services and Staff
  19. Deck Plans
  20. Staff and Ship Policies
  21. Health and Safety
  22. Vs. Disney Dream
  23. Vs. Carnival Freedom
  24. Vs. Norwegian Epic
  25. Conclusion
  26. Empire Restaurant
  27. Nouveau Steakhouse
  28. La Playa Grille
  29. Sushi Bar
  30. Fountain Café
  31. Club Cool
  32. The Champions’ Bar
  33. Spirit Lobby Bar
  34. Artists’ Lobby Lounge
  35. Dancin’ Dance Club
  36. Shanghai Piano Bar
  37. Deco Lounge
  38. Canopy Bar
  39. Serenity Bar
  40. Versailles Lounge
  41. Pharaoh’s Palace
  42. Monarch’s Card Room
  43. Chippendale Library and Internet Café
  44. The Wedding Chapel
  45. Fashion Boulevard
  46. The Studio Photo Gallery
  47. Conference Room/Art Gallery
  48. The Jungle
  49. Exterior Promenade (Deck 3)
  50. Camp Carnival
  51. Circle “C”
  52. Techno Arcade
  53. Spa Carnival, Gym, Salon Classique
  54. Lido Deck
  55. Serenity Adult Retreat
  56. Club O2
  57. Sun Deck
  58. Sports Deck
  59. Sky Deck
  60. Carnival Waterworks
  61. Louis XIV Casino and Bar
  62. Lobby

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