I love the spirit class ships too. For all the same reasons. I also thought that the decor on this class is more elegant than the other classes. I do wish they had the Fish and Chips room on these ships.
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Yep, "Spirit" Class ships are my absolute favorite! I love the size,,big enough to have everything I want, but not so big that it's a "hike" to go to dinner if you're in the aft dining room, and your cabin is in the bow. Open flow of passengers, without the galley blocking the flow of traffic to the aft dining room, like the "Conquest" class has. Open air aft pool, instead of having the glass all around that pool, once again, like "Conquest" class has. Flat main pool area, instead of the "bleacher" seating. Lots of balcony cabins, and my personal favorite, the 4K French Door cabins offered for just slightly more than an inside cabin. "Spirit Class" ships have it all,,IMO.
Love the spirit class, our favorite! Especially the miracle.
Carnival Mardi Gras 81
Carnival Tropicale 87
Carnival Jubilee 88
Carnival Holiday 89
Sovereign of the Seas 91
Carnival Celebration 92
Big Red Boat 93
Explorer of the Seas 03
Carnival Victory 04
Carnival Legend 05
Jewel of the Seas 06
Carnival Triumph 06
Carnival Miracle 07
Carnival Victory 07
Carnival Miracle 08
Carnival Miracle 09
Carnival Liberty 10
I just sailed on the Liberty (Conquest Class) and while larger the "flow" was by no means as nice. The cramped atrium area with the bar, customer service area and shore excursion desk made it a major choke point. The dual restaurants cause problems on deck three and four and also the positioning of the casino on deck five force people to the port side to get to the other entertainment venues and "sales" at the shops cause another major choke point.
If everything was equal or close I'll choose a Spirit Class.
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I think the Spirit Class ships are the best Carnival has, in terms of layout.
But I do think they should put together a program now to totally upgrade them... not just a refurb of their existing facilities. I think there's lots they could do to update these ships, and make them the favorites of the passengers again.
I love the Spirit Class Ships and think they are the best design so far. Plenty of open decks and they feel less crowded. I too wish they would order more of them. Even if they tweaked the design a little to incorporate some of the new amenities like Waterworks and the Seaside Theater. I am sure they would be a hit. Size isn't always better when it comes to ships, the cruise vacation experience also counts.
We have only been on three cruises so far. The first was on the Elation, second was the Glory and the third was the Legend. My favorite so far is the Legend, spirit class for all the reason mentioned already. Loved the layout. Not to big, not to small. I would go back on the Legend any time.
Carnival legend November 2009
Carnival Glory October 2007
Carnival Elation November 2006
My first cruise was on a Spirit Class, tho it was Costa not Carnival. I found the size and layout to be naturally compatible to me. Fell in love with deck 3. Being that close to the water was great. I spent a lot of time out there either just looking ... or getting some walking in by doing a few Us. Would be nice if the deck could wrap around easier, but can't have it all.
2nd cruise was Fantasy class. Fun ship, but just didn't feel the same.
My next confirmed cruise switches over to RCCL and the Monarch, which is similar to the Fantasy class in how high up the embarkation deck is. But its only a 3n, so I won't have as much time to be wistful about being closer to the water. After that who knows ... I can't seem to get anyone to commit to a 7 or 8n in November when I have time off from work, so we shall see.
Disney Dream - Dec 2012 4n Bahamas
Carnival Imagination - Dec 2011 4n Western
Carnival Imagination - Nov 2010 4n Western
Costa Atlantica - Dec 2009 7n Eastern
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Carnival Miracle to Sail Year Round 8-night cruises from New York City
6-15-11 Carnival Miracle to Sail Year Round 8-night cruises from New York City
Carnival Cruise Lines will launch a year-round program of eight-day cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas from New York beginning in April 2012 - the line's first year-round sailings from that port.
On this schedule, Carnival Miracle will offer three uniquely different eight-day itineraries that visit a diversity of beautiful islands throughout the Caribbean and Bahamas. The itineraries include:
Eastern Caribbean departures to San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk, offered on a rotating basis April through October
Bahamas sailings featuring stops at the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk and Nassau, offered on a rotating basis April through October
Bahamas/Florida cruises with port calls to Port Canaveral (Orlando), Nassau and Freeport, offered November through April
While these Caribbean itineraries are uniquely different, each offers beautiful white-sand beaches, excellent shopping and dining experiences, world-famous landmarks, historical sites and attractions, and myriad sightseeing and shore excursion opportunities, including snorkeling, scuba-diving, and water sports.
These cruises also offer the convenience and affordability of sailing from New York on a year-round basis. Residents throughout the Northeast can simply board the Carnival Miracle in New York and start their vacation right away. This program also represents a tremendous savings in airfare cost for these consumers who avoid the inconvenience often associated with air travel today.
In addition to extended visits to sunny, tropical islands, guests on these voyages can experience Carnival Miracle's wide variety of on-board amenities and facilities -- delicious dining choices, captivating entertainment, extensive spa and children's facilities, and fun-filled top-deck amenities, including the line's signature Twister Waterslide.
According to Carnival President and CEO Gerry Cahill, Carnival has offered seasonal voyages from New York for more than a decade but the convenience of sailing from the Big Apple on a year-round basis, combined with its unique appeal as a pre- and post-cruise destination, strongly influenced the decision for the new year-round program.
"New York is one of the highest-rated homeports for 'Fun Ship' cruising. Carnival Miracle's new year-round eight-day departures offer consumers the best of both worlds -- a choice of three attractive year-round Caribbean and Bahamas itinerary options with the opportunity to depart from one of the world's great cities," he said.
"The cruise industry continues to be an economic boon for the City, and today's announcement that the Carnival Miracle will start offering year-round cruises from New York City will do even more to stimulate our economy, bringing additional visitors and generating nearly $13 million in direct spending," said New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky.
Added George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company, the city's marketing, tourism and partnership organization, "New York City's five boroughs offer a diversity of experiences for our visitors we hope with the announcement of the Carnival Miracle's year-round service out of New York that even more cruise passengers will plan a pre- or post-stay right here in the City."
Carnival Miracle will operate its current eight-day Caribbean program from New York through October 2011. The ship will then reposition to Fort Lauderdale for a series of eight-day Caribbean voyages before heading back to New York to begin its year-round deployment in April 2012.
Reservations are currently being accepted for the Carnival Miracle's new year-round sailings from New York. For additional information and reservations, call 1-800-327-9501 (individual) or 1-800-327-5782 (groups) or visit the line's travel agent Internet portal, GoCCL.com.
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