My dh & I are looking at going on the Cruisemate cruise in Jan. on the Spirit. I was wondering if anyone had been on it before and if they could tell me whether the balconys for cat. 8b & 8d were private or could you see them from above. Also, I read somewhere that they thought that the Spirit is the smokiest ship they have ever been on, could someone answer that as well. I have a problem with smoke so was just wondering how bad it is.
We booked an 8A guarantee last October and ended up with an 8D extended balcony (which was great). No one could look in on ours (and the extra size was great). You can see a clear picture of the balcony on the photos I uploaded about Oct. 27 in the Photo Galleries. Just look for my name as the creator of the gallery. I think the subject reads: Spirit to Mexico.
In terms of smokiest, I smoke, and I can tell you that it was far from the smokiest ship. The one lounge I would probably avoid is the one right outside the dining room -- it seemed to be the smokers lounge prior and after dinner. I think the Atrium was totally a no-smoking area.
Finally, in terms of the ship, it was the most oppulently decorated one I've ever been on. In fact, we are booked again for this October to go to Acapulco on the Spirit.
Just got off the Spirit on Tuesday. We had booked an 8F and got upgraded to a glorious 9A. All the balconies are quite priet.
As for smoky, I'd say no. There are very few places that smokers can smoke on the ship - about 2 or 3 lounges and then the casino. I'd actually say it was less smoky than the other cruise I have been on (Voyager).
It is a beautifully decorated, very oppulent ship.
I was on the Spirit last march in an 8I - the balcony was lovely. It was covered and private. The room itself was quite spacious and really functional. I posted pictures also in the Gallery - look for my name - Deja - and Spirit March 27. There are pictures of the room, balcony and the bathroom too, which I thought was pretty roomy and lots of space for storage.
I didn't find smoke to be a problem at all on the ship. Even in the lounges and casino I thought it was really well ventilated- and often chilly!
I thought it was a beautiful ship and we had a great time on her.
Best tip for the balcony doors that I got before going was this - bring a few bungee cords to keep the door opened, as it slams shut and doesn't stay opened on it's own. Bungees worked great!
Enjoy your cruise!
booking soon - 10th anniversary cruise in August....
Oh my gosh, my husband has said that we can go. I am so excited. We just have to find out the rest of the info but we can book it. I didn't think I was going to go on another cruise for a longgggggggg time. The only thing is 9 1/2 months seem like a long time from now. Thanks for everyone's help.
Thanks Kuki. It was traveling with you and others on Cruisemates that turned him from a no to a yes. Hope some of the others we met on our 1st will be there but will be looking forward to seeing others as well. The one thing we are looking at and asking about is the difference between getting a cabin and just paying for a cat. and waiting for our room #. We are worried we will end up with a really lousy cabin if we wait. We will be getting a cat. that we want. What will be the difference?