SPIRIT- HOW DO I HATE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS!!!! My husband and I have been on 8 cruises and we will go on our 9th in 3 weeks. We are in our very late twenties. We sailed on the Carnival Spirit in January of 2003. It was the worst cruise we have ever been on. I read reveiws from quite a few different sites, but I ignored the complaints. We had never had a bad cruise experience before so I just thought the complaints were probably from negative people. I could not have been more wrong. The staff was the most unfriendly bunch of people that we have ever encountered. No one wants to go on a vacation and be treated badly. The only people that we really enjoyed was our cabin steward, the art auctioneers, and the people in the karaoke sing along bar. In the dining room I ordered one of my dishes different, and it came out wrong. Upon telling our waiter he suggested that I "flick it off." One lady at our table was a vegetarian, and she was given a very hard time by the waiter. She would order something, and he would hassle her about it every time. She tried to be polite, but after about the 5th night she told him to just bring what she ordered. Our drinks went empty for a while several different nights. The food in the dining room was the worst that we have had on a cruise ship before. In fact many of the passengers that we met decided to pay the extra $25ea. every night and dine at the supper club. Everyone that ate at the supper club said it was wonderful. We never heard any complaints at all. We decided not to eat there because we did not want to reward Carnival with any more of our $ for providing us such bad food and service in the main dining room. Shame on them. The buffet that we ate at for lunch was pretty good though. I must give them an A+ for selection. Basically I have never seen bad service in the main dining room until we cruised on the Spirit. The crew looked like they could not wait for their contracts to be up. Usually there are tons of activities, but our cruise director Amy left a lot to be desired. She appeared as the entertainment several different nights singing and dancing. We usually love to go to the shows, but we did not enjoy any of them. The usual fun activities were abandoned. Basically nothing to do at night after shows but gamble. The ship is so beautiful, and it is well maintained. Everything looked new and clean. We encountered numerous unfriendly crew members throughout the duration of our 8 night cruise. I would not sail on the Spirit again if they gave us the cruise for free. It is such a beautiful ship ruined by the crew. DO NOT CRUISE ON THIS SHIP unless you want to be disappointed. Hope this helps. :-)
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