Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Spirit
Sailing Date: June 22nd, 2005
Shabby condition for such a new ship. Carpets badly worn and stained. Paint poorly maintained; outside windows on Lido deck hull plates showing serious rust. Dining room features booths that are unusable by older cruisers or choose, instead, a table for two and isolation. There are some larger tables on the lower dining deck.
Dining room atmosphere geared to people who like to play "dress-up" and eat small portions of strange foods like Basil ice cream (yuk) and Lentil Cake which is a kind of oddly flavored instant stuffing lumped on top of a bit of fish. Casual folks, give the dining room a miss and eat all meals up on the Lido deck. Food up there was quite good and lines never too long though operating hours are somewhat limited. Entertainment: One night excellent, the rest mediocre at best, hosted by a cruise director who was unable to speak; only to SHOUT. Cabins were good with upgrades to those who bought early. Cabin service excellent. Compared with a N-bound tour on the old "Carnivale" in 1996, this one was deplorable. Just cannot recommend Carnival to friends any longer; a pity since we had been strongly recommending them based on the 1996 cruise.