I have been seeing some not-that-great reviews on the Carnival Spirit. The Rate-a-Ship numeric ratings on this sight are some of the worst I've read. I've seen some reviews - professional & past passenger - that are not very good. Seems the ship is getting faint praise at best, & quite a bit of criticism. As we are probably going to be sailing on the Pride shortly after she debuts, I am wondering about it as she is a sister ship to the Spirit. (Does she seem quite "enclosed"? Isn't there a new - for Carnival - outside promenade?) At this time, that's all there is to compare her to. We almost were going to choose the Triumph.
And by the way, the numeric rating system on this sight's Rate-a-Ship is really good. (Thank you Cruisemates!) You can compare a ship to others you've sailed to get an idea of comparisons. I found that the ratings of the ships I HAVE been on were really very similar to what I would rate them. That leads me to believe the low scores on the Spirit are valid.
So . . . . if any of you who have sailed the Spirit will share some thoughts, that would be a big help. I know everyone has their own tastes, & feel I am not that hard to please. Just want to be "prepared". So please put in your 2 cents' worth!
Wondering, I sailed on the Spirit last May as a first-time cruiser and enjoyed the cruise tremendously. I don't recall there being a wraparound promenade, but Deck 3 has a promenade that runs most of the length of the ship (fellow travelers, was there outside access on other lower decks besides this? I don't remember).
We had a Cat. 8A stateroom with balcony which we found to be very comfortable and I can't say enough about our steward (we named our towel animals and grew very fond of them) and, in fact, the entire staff. Even those who were obviously new to working on a cruise line seemed eager to please and attentive.
I agree with you that the Rating System here is a valuable tool in picking your cruise ship, but (and this is the statistician in me speaking) on occasion these ratings can be a little misleading. The number of Spirit respondents stands at 21, and of those 21 people who have taken the poll, 15% of the respondents had a substandard experience. In effect, 3 people of the 21 who have taken the poll responded negatively. I'm sure these people rated the Spirit honestly in terms of their own experience, but I'd like to see the overall ratings after more responses have been gathered; I would take those stats more seriously if the poll had one hundred respondents.
All that said (phew!) enjoy your cruise, whichever ship you pick, and remember to go to the ratings section here and participate in the poll when you get back!
Sailed on the Spirit on July 24, 2001. We traveled with eight couple in Alaska. I thought the ship was great. Much longer then all the other Carnival Ships I have been on (have cruises 10 times with Carnival). We all had cabins with balconies and there was plenty of room in each cabin. The wait staff worked hard but there wasn't enough help for the amount of people on the ship. I really liked the way they set up different eatting areas and the alterative dinning was a wonderful experience. The group I was with really enjoys going to the piano bar, but I must admit the gentleman playing in that lounge was terrible I think we stayed 5 minutes then we all left and went downstairs and dance in the lounge right next store to the dessert cart. We never went back to that lounge. Another problem on that ship was children were allowed to take over the Hot Tubs without any supervision. There wasn't much opportunity to use them. Can't really comment on the pools because it was a little to cool to use them. My whole group enjoyed our cruise and the ship, but I think my favorite Carnival Ship is the Paradise. One great thing about the Spirit is that my husband win a free cruise the last night and we are traveling on the Paradise in November. Hope what ever ship you travel on you have a wonderful time. Have a safe trip!!!
Thanks to both Ken & Pam for your input. I feel better already!
You are right about the stats, Ken. Hadn't thought about that! A promenade that runs the length of the ship is fine. Just wanted some outdoor place to gaze now & then that is not as action filled as the top decks.
And Pam, we had a similar "entertainment" situation our only time on the Destiny. (The caribbean band on the pool deck was TERRIBLE! The singer was always WAY off key!) Guess when these new ships come out, many acts are already booked or something & it's a take what they can get situation?? We are pretty prepared to be overun by kids. (Are bringing some teens ourselves.) Just something we expect at spring break time .(On the Destiny it was drunken adults that hogged the hot tubs, though.)
So glad to hear you both had good experiences. Minor annoyances happen. It's the overall feel of the experience that set the tone. And I'd enjoy reading anymore comments from past Spirit travelers. Thanks again!
We just sailed the Spirit on 9/5/01 to alaska. She is beautiful, our cabin was outstanding (aft balcony, verandah deck), very nicely organized, tons of closet space, very quiet. Got a peak at the inside cabins - looked typical of carnival - nothing to write home about. Service was excellent. Felt very open and comfortable on ship (was not full given time of year we sailed). Food was so-so. Average for carnival. the new supper club was worth the $15 surcharge - next goaround we will eat there each nite. Outstanding steaks, excellent service. Only negtive is the casino cashier from England, woman was DIRECTLY rude and unpleasant at all times. Won 300 and wanted $20 bills when we cashed in so could play more machines - she refused told us it was $100 bills or nothing! We were on the ship on 9/11 and could not get off in canada on 9/12. The crew was outstanding worked with all passengers to rearrange flights, etc. allowed everyone to stay on board for several nites at no charge.
Sorry the ship got bad reviews on here. We are picky people and were very very happy with the Spirit (don't gamble though and stay away from the casino cashier cage!)
Thanks, Mina. I'm feeling better about going all the time. Several things I've seen have said it's $20 for the Joe's Crab House place, but past cruisers have mentioned $l5. Either way, I'm anxious to try the alternative restaurant but will have to choose our night carefully as it'll be a one time thing for us. We do not gamble much at all. Our usual is probably only $50-$60 over a whole week between my husband & I & that doesn't include if we make a profit (which I actually have, though minor). So we should be fine. You mentioned the good service. That is wonderful to hear, based on our own past experience w/Carnival.
I appreciate that you took the time to post.