My fiance and I are booked on the 8 Day MR on Spirit on 12/18. We are really looking forward to going. I have been on a 7 Day out of LA on Elation and frankly any cruise is awesome and everyone in your family will love it.
As far as booking I booked through a cruise broker that I have used numerous times. His name is Tom Kleefish and his email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Everytime I have booked with them they have saved me money. They really are the best people I cannot say enough about them. I have worked with them for over 6 yrs.
Some people like to go directly with Carnival and I hear that is great too.
Did you get any information? We traveled on the Pride without Teenagers - last year. We are traveling on the Spirit this fall for Thanksgiving with 15 & 16 year old. My husband and I spent quite some time in the Piano bar - very relaxing. Lots or teenagers traveling in groups hanging around - although not suppose to. They got tired of their clubs...Many youngsters the Teens - 15 to 20 were too old for their clubs and too young for ours. So they kinda invited themselves in to our hang-outs.
The Spirit is much larger and offers a lot more options especially in the buffet restaurant -- there are several stations with different varieties of food. My personal fave is the deli.
You won't have the abundance of glass, as Vision; however, the decor is very cool, in which all rooms evoke different design styles -- Art Deco, Louis XIV (in the casino-one of the most beautiful I've ever seen); Art Nouveu etc.
It's a wonderful ship -- been on her twice.
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