Carnival Spirit

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Carnival Spirit, From the modern sculpture in the Grand Atrium to the classical Roman decor of Michelangelo's Lounge, the Spirit is full of splendid contrasts. Indulge in high-spirited fun and entertainment and enjoy great food and service. Book your Carnival Spirit Cruise Today For Less.

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Carnival Spirit Facilities / On Board Activities

Dining / Dinner Entertainment / Recreation Gratuity Policies

Dining Rooms - 2
Grill
Ice Cream Bar
Pizzeria (Open 24 Hours)

No. of Dinner Sittings:
2

Usual Dinner Hours:
Flexible

Special Diet:
Available upon request

Dress Code:
Daytime: Casual / Evening: Resort wear to formal

Art Gallery
Bars/Lounges/ Night Clubs - 13
Casino
Library
Pay-Per-View Movies
Photo Shop and Photo Gallery
Pools - Outdoor - 3
Video Arcade
Dining Team
$5.50 per guest/ per day

Bistro Service
$1.00 per guest/ per day

Cabin Steward
$3.50 per guest/ per day
Services Shopping Health and Beauty
Beauty Salon
Shore Excursion Desk
Shopping Mall Health Spa (with whirlpools)
Athletic/Exercise Facilities Business Children
Aerobic and Exercise Room
Health Club
Jogging Track
Internet Connection Baby Sitting Services
Child Counselors
Children's Playroom - 2
Kids Pool Area
Teen Center

Carnival Spirit Onboard Experience

Carnival CruisesIdentical in all but décor, Spirit is the eighth and last of the Fantasy-class sister ships (Fantasy, Fascination, Ecstasy, Inspiration, Imagination, Paradise & Elation). These ships always seem to have something of interest going on, and thus are ideal for the up-and-at-'em style cruiser. Carrying 2,052 passengers, the ships are big enough to provide a week's diverse entertainment, ample deck space for those whose idea of being entertained is basking in a warm sunshine glow, and separate facilities for passengers of all ages.

Having been launched in 1998, Spirit is not so full of neon, chrome and mirrors as her younger sister ships. But it's there if you know where to look. Like at the Leonardo's Dance Club with her brass barstools and neon-rimmed mirrors and ceiling panels.

In any case, this is still considered an older ship in today's fast-paced market, and as such one can expect to find bargain sailings on her, which is great because in many ways she feels like a brand new ship.

It should be noted that Spirit was built and launched as the first completely "smoke-free" ship, with a strict policy that demanded that anyone even carrying cigarettes (lit or unlit) in public would be put off in the next port. Carnival did actually disembark three teenagers mid-cruise, much to the surprise of their guardians. In the long run, however, the rule became not unenforceable, but unprofitable. It proved too hard to sell the ship to groups and families where there were no smokers. The "non-smoking" rule was revoked when the ship was repositioned to California.

Spirit now sails regular seven-day journeys to the Mexican Riviera, departing from the port of Long Beach. For west-coasters only familiar with the San Pedro port facilities, Long Beach port is highly recommended. You can fly in too the Long Beach airport, and spend a night before your cruise on the original Queen Mary 1, now one of the best maritime museums in the world.

Ideal as it is for the sort of person who likes to have loads of activities planned, Spirit also offers lots of out-of-the-way places to read or just contemplate the sea. During summer cruises, however, when there are hundreds of kiddies aboard, quiet contemplation might become a luxury reserved for another ship.


Carnival Spirit Things to Do

Entertainment:
Carnival CruisesThe prime entertainment venue is the 1,300 seat Normandie Theater, but karaoke draws big crowds to the Rex Dance Club, while the Queen Mary Lounge offers a variety of dance-music combos from pop standards to even folk and country musicians. A variety of dance music is spinning nightly in the Leonardo Disco. Regardless of what sort of music you like most, you're pretty much assured of hearing it.

By day, there are bingo and Trivial Pursuit contests, not to mention such highbrow events poolside as the men's hairy chest contest.
 
Fitness:
With no fewer than 12,000 sq. ft. devoted to fitness and spa facilities, these ships are a dream come true for those who like to keep in shape during their cruise, and don't mind doing so in either uninspiring (the spa) or aggressively pink (the gym) surroundings. The gyms have a private trainer and 35 state-of-the-art exercise machines. There's a day-long schedule of aerobics, and stretching yoga, and Pilates classes (usually around $10 each), as well as body composition analysis and personal training sessions, $75 for 60 minutes. There's a fully jogging track and a volleyball court. Women who want to sunbathe topless will find secluded areas in which to do so.

Those who prefer to skip shore excursions and snorkel on their own can rent equipment for $26 for three days. The inescapable Steiner's of London operates the ship's spa, which offers lots of different kinds of massage – and pushes its beauty products rather more zealously than most passengers would prefer.
 
For Kids:
Carnival's celebrated Camp Carnival program offers a full schedule of supervised activities, from finger painting and singalongs for younger children to photography workshops, late-night movies, and pool parties for their older siblings. The ships' 2,400-square foot "Children's World" play areas are stocked with a computer lab, a climbing maze, an activity wall, and an assortment of toys, games and puzzles.


Carnival Spirit Dining / Dinner

Cuisine:
From the best pizza afloat (available 24 hours per day) to haute cuisine in the main dining room, Carnival really delivers on the food front.
 
Restaurants:
Total Choice Dining provides for four dinner seatings in the main dining rooms, alternative Bistro dining every evening, and an increased number of service staff. Passengers are assigned a table for dinner in one of the two main dining rooms -- The Elation Dining Room on Atlantic Deck, mid-ship, or the Destiny Dining Room on Atlantic Deck, aft -- at one of four seatings; 5:45 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. There are very few tables for two in either of the two main dining rooms; expect to dine with four, six, or eight fellow voyagers. Both dining rooms are named after future Carnival ships that at the time were only a part of the founder's "imagination."

You typically have a choice of six starters, a couple of salads, and six or seven main courses (pan-fried fillet of red snapper, sweet and sour shrimp, rack of New Zealand lamb and Beef Wellington). The menu also includes Spa Carnival selections for those trying to reduce their intake of calories, sodium, cholesterol, fat, or meat.

Additionally, the poolside Lido eateries are converted into Seaview Bistros between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. each evening, offering buffet dinner with no reservations or advance notice required. The informal Paris (T-shirts and shorts are OK) Restaurant on the Lido Deck offers both inside and poolside seating. All meals here are served buffet style, with open seating for all three meals.

Other alternative eating options include a 24-hour pizzeria, a complimentary sushi bar and 24 hour room service. Themed midnight buffets ensure that no passenger will be rendered sleepless by the rumblings of his empty belly.
 
Service:
Don't expect formality. Indeed, expect wacky dances after dessert – and then to come back to your cabin to find that your cabin steward, cutup that he or she is, has left a towel folded to resemble a dog on your bed. The hi-jinx never stop!

Tipping:
Carnival automatically adds $10.00 per person per day in gratuities to your Sail & Sign card unless you're under two years old, and if you're reading this, you're probably not. This includes $3.60 for the stateroom steward; $5.50 for the Dining Room team, and $.90 for service in the alternative dining rooms. Visit the purser's desk during the cruise to raise or lower this amount.

You may also prepay gratuities for all service personnel at a rate of $10.00 per person per day. On Cruises-to-Nowhere, gratuities of $10 per person per day must be prepaid.

A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to all beverage tabs. Tip the maitre d', room service, spa, casino and other staff as you deem fitting.
 
Attire:
On the two "formal" nights per week, most men wear a dark suit instead of tux. By day, nearly everyone wears shorts, T-shirt, sneakers/sandals, bathing suit, and a hat.


Carnival Spirit Ambience

Decor:
Carnival CruisesEvery Carnival ship, designed by fanciful designer Joe Farcus, has a unifying theme for the decor. The unifying idea behind Paradise's interior decor is ships of the world - from the famous and infamous to the mythical and mysterious. You'll find the the Rex Dance Club with its rotating mirror balls and ceiling mounted lava lamps, , the Rotterdam Bar, the Normandie Theater and the Cafe Ile de France.
 
Public Areas:
The ship consist of 10 decks with most of the public rooms concentrated on Atlantic, Promenade and Lido decks (decks 5,6 and 7). The cabins are mostly concentrated on decks one through four; Riviera, Main, Upper (which is actually a lower deck 3) and Empress decks.

The ships centerpiece is their seven-deck high Grand Atrium, bathed bronze and woods for a nautical touch, with jade green eggs sitting atop redwood pillars. You can stroll on the "Carnival Boulevard", or plop down into a soft banquette to ogle passers-by. The two-level, 1300-seat Normandie Theater at the front of the promenade presents live production shows, comedians, magicians, and passenger talent shows, with exemplary sight lines and good seating throughout.

The ship's most fanciful decor is in such entertainment venues as the popular America Piano bar featuring an enormous circular piano which doubles as a bar for those who like to sing along. You'll also find a vibrant disco and cabaret lounge along the boulevard.

Other public areas include the Galleria shopping mall, the Virtual World arcade, and the ship's photo gallery. Cafe Ile de France Internet offers access for 75 cents per minute; for those who plan to spend more time on the computer, there are 100 minute packages available for $50 (50 cents per minute) and 250 minute packages for $100 (40 cents per minute).
 
Cabins:
Because they were built just before the shift toward lots of verandahs, just the 26 demi-suites (250 square feet) and 28 full suites (400 square feet) have them.

Carnival's cabins are fairly spartan in decor and skimpy on amenities (a color TV with CNN, telephone, radio, no hair dryer, and a basket of "free-sample" toiletries), but among the largest in the cruise industry: inside measure 185 sq. ft, outside 190 sq. feet. Even in the minimum category inside or outside stateroom you'll still enjoy ample space. Cabins for four and five are understandably popular with families, and go fast.

Oceanview staterooms and suites offer a mini bar, bathrobes, and fairly large bathrooms with a hand-held shower and medicine cabinet. There are also 26 mini-suites (226 sq. feet plus 36 square foot private veranda) and 28 suites measuring 350 sq. feet with 71 sq. foot balconies.

Deck Plans: Carnival Spirit

Deck Plans
Room Category Legend

11  Suite with Large Private Balcony
11  Suite with Large Private Balcony
12  Penthouse Suite with Large Private Balcony
12  Penthouse Suite with Large Private Balcony
1A  Interior Upper/Lower
1A  Interior Upper/Lower
44  Interior Quad
45  Interior Quad
46  Interior with Window Quad (obstructed views)
4A  Interior Stateroom
4A  Inside Stateroom
4B  Interior Stateroom
4B  Inside Stateroom
4C  Interior Stateroom
4C  Inside Stateroom
4D  Interior Stateroom
4D  Inside Stateroom
4E  Interior Stateroom
4E  Inside Stateroom
4F  Inside Stateroom (obstructed view)
4F  Inside Stateroom (obstructed view)
4K  Interior w/ French Doors(Obstructed View)
4K  Interior w/ French Doors(Obstructed View)
5A  Ocean View Stateroom
5A  Ocean View Stateroom
64  Ocean View Quad
6A  Ocean View Stateroom
6A  Ocean View Stateroom
74  Balcony Quad (obstructed views)
7A  Balcony (obstructed view)
7A  Balcony with French Doors (obstructed view)
84  Balcony Quad
85  Balcony Quad
86  Extended Balcony Quad
8A  Balcony
8A  Ocean View with Standard Balcony
8B  Balcony
8B  Ocean View with Standard Balcony
8C  Balcony
8C  Ocean View with Standard Balcony
8D  Balcony
8D  Ocean View with Standard Balcony
8E  Balcony
8E  Ocean View with Standard Balcony
8F  Balcony
8F  Ocean View with Standard Balcony
8G  Ocean View with Extended Balcony
8G  Ocean View with Extended Balcony
8H  Ocean View with Extended Balcony
8H  Ocean View with Extended Balcony
8I  Ocean View with Extended Balcony
8I  Ocean View with Extended Balcony
8J  Extended Balcony
8J  Extended Balcony
8K  Extended Balcony
8K  Extended Balcony
8M  Aft-View Extended Balcony
8M  Aft-View Extended Balcony
8N  Aft-View Extended Balcony
8N  Aft-View Extended Balcony
9A  Premium Balcony Stateroom (Obstructed View)
9A  Premium Balcony Stateroom (Obstructed View)
9B  Premium Balcony
9B  Premium Balcony
9B  Premium Balcony
BL  Balcony Guarantee
BL  Balcony Guarantee
GS  Grand Suite
GS  Grand Suite
IS  Inside Guarantee
IS  Inside Guarantee
JS  Junior Suite
JS  Junior Suite
O4  Ocean Suite Quad
OS  Ocean Suite
OS  Ocean Suite
OV  Ocean View Guarantee
OV  Ocean View Guarantee
ST  Suite Guarantee
ST  Suite Guarantee
VS  Vista Suite
VS  Vista Suite


Riviera Deck
Carnival Carnival Spirit Deck Plans

Staterooms: Carnival Spirit

Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Aft-View Extended Balcony
Aft-View Extended Balcony
Private extended balcony. Two twin beds (convertible to king-size bed). Sofa and coffee table. TV; telephone; 110 AC current; individual climate control; wall safe; 3 closets; full bathroom with shower; hair dryer; mini bar. Balcony: Patio chairs and table. Twin beds do not convert to king when two uppers in use.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Balcony
Balcony
Two twin beds (convert to king). Sofa and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets. Private balcony with patio chairs and table.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Balcony (obstructed view)
Balcony (obstructed view)
Partially obstructed Ocean View staterooms with french doors.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Balcony Guarantee
Balcony Guarantee
Any oceanview stateroom with private balcony, or better, depending on availability.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Balcony Quad
Balcony Quad
Two twin beds (convert to king), one upper pullman and single sofa bed. sofa and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets. Private balcony with patio chairs and table.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Balcony Quad (obstructed views)
Balcony Quad (obstructed views)
Two twin beds (convert to king), one upper pullman and single sofa bed. Sofa and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets. Private balcony with patio chairs and table. Balcony with obstructed views.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Balcony with French Doors (obstructed view)
Balcony with French Doors (obstructed view)
Two twin beds (convert to king). Sofa and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets. Private balcony with patio chairs and table. Balcony with obstructed Views.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Extended Balcony
Extended Balcony
Two twin beds (convert to king). Chair and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets. Private extended balcony with patio chairs and table.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Extended Balcony Quad
Extended Balcony Quad
Two twin beds (convert to king), one upper pullman and single sofa bed. Sofa and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets. Private balcony with patio chairs and table. Television, telephone, Carnival comfort collection, hairdryer, bathrobes, 24-hour stateroom service, mini bar, individual climate control, safety deposit box, 110 AC current.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Grand Suite
Grand Suite
Two twin beds (convert to king). Sofa, armchairs and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower/whirlpool tub/bidet/ double sinks. 2 large closets. Walk-in dressing area with vanity table and chair. Private large-size balcony with patio chairs and table.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Inside Guarantee
Inside Guarantee
Any inside stateroom, or better, dependng on availability.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Inside Stateroom
Inside Stateroom
Two twin beds (convert to king). Chair and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Inside Stateroom (obstructed view)
Inside Stateroom (obstructed view)
Inside stateroom with twin beds that convert to king.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Interior Quad
Interior Quad
Two twin beds (convert to king) and two upper pullmans. Chair and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets. Television, telephone, Carnival Comfort Collection, hairdryer, bathrobes, 24 hour stateroom service, mini bar, individual climate control, safety deposit box, 110 AC current.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Interior Stateroom
Interior Stateroom
Two twin beds (convert to king). Chair and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Interior Upper/Lower
Interior Upper/Lower
Twin bed and one upper pullman. Chair and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Interior w/ French Doors(Obstructed View)
Interior w/ French Doors(Obstructed View)
Two twin beds (convert to king). Chair and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets. Picture window with obstructed views.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Interior with Window Quad (obstructed views)
Interior with Window Quad (obstructed views)
Two twin beds (convert to king), one upper pullman and single sofa bed. Sofa and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets. French door with obstructed views.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Junior Suite
Junior Suite
Two twin beds (convert to king). Sofa, armchair and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower/whirlpool tub/double sinks. 2 large closets. Walk-in dressing area with vanity table and chair. Private standard-size balcony with patio chairs and table.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Ocean Suite
Ocean Suite
Two twin beds (convert to king). Sofa, armchair and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower/whirlpool tub/double sinks. 2 large closets. Walk-in dressing area with vanity table and chair. Private large-size balcony with patio chairs and table.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Ocean Suite Quad
Ocean Suite Quad
Two twin beds (convert to king). Sofa, armchair and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower/whirlpool tub/double sinks. 2 large closets. Walk-in dressing area with vanity table and chair. Private large-size balcony with patio chairs and table.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Ocean View Guarantee
Ocean View Guarantee
Any ocean view stateroom, or better, depending on availability.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Ocean View Quad
Ocean View Quad
Two twin beds (convert to king), one upper pullman and single sofa bed. Sofa and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets. Picture window. Television, telephone, Carnival Comfort collection, hairdryer, bathrobes, 24-hour Stateroom service, mini bar, individual climate control, safety deposit box, 110 AC current.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Ocean View Stateroom
Ocean View Stateroom
Obstructed Ocean View staterooms with french doors.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Ocean View with Extended Balcony
Ocean View with Extended Balcony
Ocean View stateroom with private balcony and twin beds that convert to king.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Ocean View with Standard Balcony
Ocean View with Standard Balcony
Two twin beds (convert to king). Sofa and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower. 3 closets. Private balcony with patio chairs and table.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Penthouse Suite with Large Private Balcony
Penthouse Suite with Large Private Balcony
Large private balcony, twin beds convert to king.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Premium Balcony
Premium Balcony
Two twin beds (convert to king). Sofa and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower. 2 closets. Private large-size balcony with patio chairs and table.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Premium Balcony Stateroom (Obstructed View)
Premium Balcony Stateroom (Obstructed View)
Premium Ocean View stateroom with large private balcony.(some staterooms may have Obstructed views)
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Suite Guarantee
Suite Guarantee
Any suite with a large private balcony depending on availability.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Suite with Large Private Balcony
Suite with Large Private Balcony
Large private balcony, twin beds convert to king.
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Spirit : Vista Suite
Vista Suite
Two twin beds (convert to king). Sofa, armchair and coffee table. Full bathroom with shower/whirlpool tub/double sinks. 1 large closet. Walk-in dressing area with vanity table and chair. Private wrap-around balcony with patio chairs and table.

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