Review of Carnival Spirit deck 2 (Promenade-Lobby-Casino-Dining)
Pharaoh’s Palace Theatre (capacity 1167 seats main show lounge with stage for grand show and musical productions featuring singers, dancers, comedians, magicians; also used for movies, gameshows, bingo games; level 1 of 3)
Monarch’s Card Room (20-seats, with board games)
Club Cool Jazz Club (135-seats jazz lounge with bar, stage, dance floor, karaoke)
Fountain Cafe (112-seats patisserie and specialty coffee bar)
Taste Bar is a complimentary food bar for snacks sampling. Here passengers can sample dishes served at onboard dining venues across Carnival Cruise Line's fleet. Taste Bar is open for dinner (between 5 – 8 pm) on seadays and also on select portdays. The Taste Bar menu is a rotating nightly sampling menu with bite-sized appetizers from all “Fun Ship 2.0” dining venues (BlueIguana Cantina, RedFrog Pub, Cucina del Capitano, Comfort Kitchen) plus from the steakhouse and lido buffet restaurants. Plates are small and fee-free, but the rotating specialty cocktails cost extra ($5). The menu has items made of various meats (chicken, lamb, pork, beef), soups, stews, fish / seafood, Mexican and Mediterranean cuisine specialties.
Bonsai Sushi restaurant serves Japanese cuisine specialties and drinks (a la carte priced menu). The sushi bar is open for Dinner (between 5 pm - 12-midnight) and also for Lunch (12-noon - 2:30 pm /on seadays only). The menu has appetizers ($4 each /wagyu short ribs, salmon, tuna), soup/salads ($2 each /miso, mixed greens, noodle), sushi sashimi ($1,50 per piece /shrimp, tuna, salmon, amberjack), sushi rolls ($5 per roll /tuna, California-crab), sushi rolls ($7 per roll /freshwater eel, fried shrimp), bento box ($10 combo), sushi ship ($17 combo). The menu also offers Japanese drinks (Kirin beer, Nigori sake, Tyku Junmai Ginjo sake, Carafe sake /served hot), wine by the glass and desserts ($2 each /Yuzu Custard, Green Tea Cupcake). Complimentary sushi is offered in the evenings at the buffet restaurant.
SKYBOX Sports Bar (former "Champions") offers live sporting events and news (on multiple LED screens and TVs), drinks and snacks. Sports Bar’s menu has draft beers (16 oz, also Carnival’s ThirstyFrog Red 19 oz pint 560 ml, 60 oz pitcher 1,8 L, 101 oz tube 3 L, Souvenir Glass), domestic beers (16 oz / 470 ml), craft beers (12-16 oz / 350-470 ml), imported and non-alcoholic, beer bucket, cider, cocktails (martini, margarita, mojito), double shots (whiskey, rum, vodka, tequila, mixers), snacks (pretzel, peanuts).
Louis XIV Casino (capacity 278 seats, slots, gaming tables, gambling tournaments, classes; served by the Louis XIV Bar)
Atrium Spirit Lobby (9-decks high midship open floor area with dance floor, stage for live performances), served by Spirit Lobby Bar (capacity 147 seats)
Guest Services (Reception/Purser Desk) provides 24-hour assistance, information, bookings/reservations, luggage and cashier services.
Shore Excursions Desk provides information on Carnival cruise tours and excursions (sponsored by the line and offered for each port on the current itinerary), also planning and booking services.
Artists’ Lobby Lounge (85 seats wine bar, Martini tastings)
Dancin’ Dance Club (level 2)
Alchemy Bar is a vintage-themed cocktail bar (“pharmacy”) where professional mixologists (dressed in lab coats) serve handcrafted cocktails and made-to-order drinks from unique ingredients.
The galley (kitchen) also has the “Chef’s Table” (private dining room/menu). This is a small room dedicated to the multi-course Chef’s Table dinner package (surcharged at $75 per person). The room is hosted by one of the ship’s master chefs. The VIP dining package experience includes private champagne and hors d'oeuvres reception, personalized galley tour, a multi-course gourmet meal. Each of the courses is wine paired. Each of the wines is reviewed by the sommelier (knowledgeable wine steward), and each of the dishes – by one of the ship’s top chefs. Menus are different each evening depending on the Chef’s personal choice. This premium dinner package is available every night. Reservations are required (arranged via the Maitre d or the Steakhouse Hostess). Dress code is formal (age limit 12+ yo). If reservations are under 10, Chef’s Table could be canceled. Other places that can host this exclusive dinner event are the library and the conference center.
Napoleon Room (starboard, 60 seats) is a Main Dining Room annex that can be booked for private group events (dining, special occasions, celebrations, parties).
Empire Restaurant (aft location Main Dining Room /MDR, 1250 seats, on 2 levels) is a complimentary, waiter-served restaurant for Breakfast (portdays only), Brunch (seadays only) and Dinner. On portdays, Breakfast is served between 7:30-9:30 am (closed for lunch). Dining Room hours are subject to change due to itinerary/port of call arrival times or scheduled onboard activities. On seadays, the MDR serves “Punchliner Comedy Brunch” (breakfast and lunch /between 8:30 am - 1 pm). Afternoon Tea service (between 3-4 pm /seadays only, complimentary) includes a selection of teas, mini sandwiches, sweets. Dinner (seadays/portdays) is with 2 fixed/pre-assigned seatings – Early (at 6 pm) and Late (at 8:15 pm), plus Anytime (“Your Time Dining” between 5:45-9:30 pm). Dr Seuss themed “Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast” (cover charge $5 pp, reservations recommended) is once per cruise (on a seaday /itinerary based) at 8:30 am and 9:30 am. The dining experience features Dr Seuss character visits, waiters in special uniforms, themed decoration, unique menu.
The Punchliner Comedy Brunch menu is divided into 3 parts - Opening Act, Headliners, Punchline and Bloody Mary Bar. The dining experience includes 5-6-min stand-up comedy acts (family-friendly, at each hour) performed by the evening’s comedians. The “opening act” (menu 1) has flamin’ tomatoes soup, bagel breakfast, fresh fruit platter (with cottage cheese or plain), Caesar salad, Eggs Benedict, custom-made omelets, dos huevos, sides (sliced ham, cheddar grits, grilled tomato, smoked bacon, pork/chicken sausages, turkey bacon) and George’s recipes. Both recipes are special dishes created by the US comedian George Lopez- Huevos Rancheros (chicken quesadilla topped with fried eggs and cheese) and Breakfast Burrito (tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, beans, chorizo). The “headliners” (menu 2) has funny French toast, fat stack pancakes, carne y huevos (filet mignon), mac-and-cheese (fried chicken, steak or smoked bacon), pappardelle pasta, grilled salmon fillet, hen alla diavola (grilled chicken). The “punchline” (dessert menu 3) has ice cream, caramelized cheesecake, banana cream pie, Mexican churros (donuts). The “Bloody Mary Bar” (drinks menu) offers custom-made cocktails. While the food is complimentary, beverages are extra-charge (excluding coffee, milk, juices).
At dinner, in the Main Dining Room Carnival offers the “American Table” menu. It changes each evening and includes contemporary American cuisine dishes (appetizers, entrees, desserts). On formal dinners (1-2 per sailing /itinerary based) Carnival offers the “American Feast” menu with gourmet appetizers, prime meats/seafood, vegetarian dishes, signature desserts. The formal dining experience features live big-band music, special table decoration (luxury linens, centerpiece), keepsake menus, Cruise Elegant dress code.