Carnival Spirit

Carnival Spirit Review and Specifications

Specifications of Carnival Spirit

Year built2001  /  Age : 18
BuilderRauma Shipyard (Rauma, Finland)
Building costUSD 375 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorCarnival Cruise Line
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)292 m / 958 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage85920 gt
Passengers2124 - 2549
Passengers-to-space ratio34
Decks with cabins6
Last Refurbishment2018
Christened byElizabeth Dole

Current itinerary / position of Carnival Spirit

Carnival Spirit current cruise is 8 days, round-trip Pacific Islands. The itinerary starts on 14 Jul, 2019 and ends on 22 Jul, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
14 Jul 16:00    Departing from Sydney, NSW Australia hotels
17 Jul 08:00 - 17:00    Noumea, Grande Terre island, New Caledonia
18 Jul 08:00 - 17:00    Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia
19 Jul 08:00 - 17:00    Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
22 Jul 06:30    Arriving in Sydney, NSW Australia hotels

Review of Carnival Spirit

Launched in 2001, Carnival Spirit is the first of four Spirit-class Carnival ships, together with Carnival Miracle, Pride, and Legend.

History - construction and ownership

Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) is a US company, trademarked brand and subsidiary of Carnival Corporation (shipowner). CCL was founded in 1972 as an independent company by Ted Arison (1924-1999, co-founder of NCL Norwegian). Carnival Cruise Lines has Corporation's largest fleet as both a number of vessels and GT tonnage (ship sizes and capacities). CCL has over 1/5 of the cruise industry's worldwide market.

Carnival Spirit cruise ship

The 85,920-ton, 2,124-passenger Spirit Class cruise ship Carnival Spirit introduced some significant firsts for the company, including onboard wedding chapels and alternative restaurants. Spirit-class ships also boast an impressive 80% ratio of outside cabins and lots of nice little touches such as 'designer' martinis and museum-quality artwork. The cruise vessel, that introduced a whole new class for Carnival, shares its basic design with Costa Atlantica and offers all the best of earlier Carnival ships - a waterslide, lots of bars and extensive kids' facilities.

In early 2012, Carnival Spirit underwent a US$7 million refurb to make her ready for a new home in Australia. Carnival added a totally new aqua park and waterslide, Green Thunder; a 180-foot-long twister which starts with a near-vertical drop; the Serenity deck space, Carnival's signature adults-only retreat; and a new top-deck barbecue place. Following the last refit in 2015, Aussies also benefit from enhanced coffee, more draught beers and more cabins with interconnecting doors.

Cruise itinerary program

Carnival Spirit itinerary program is based on departures from Sydney, Australia to the South Pacific Islands (Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji). The ship also calls at Tasmania and operates on Sydney cruises to nowhere.

For winter 2017-2018, the ship was repositioned to Asia and homeported in China following the drydock refurbishment in Singapore. The ship has been homeported in Sydney NSW Australia since 2012.

Spirit was the first Fun Ship with roundtrip itineraries leaving from China. In spring 2018 it returned to Australia. In 2019, to Asia (China) will be deployed Carnival Splendor.

In 2020, Carnival Spirit becomes company's first liner homeported in Brisbane (Queensland Australia). The announcement was made in June 2018 and followed the approval for building a new cruise terminal in Brisbane QLD. In 2020, the liner will operate year-round on roundtrips out of Brisbane to ports in New Caledonia and Vanuatu, plus short-break itineraries to North Queensland destinations.

For summer 2020, the ship will be deployed in Alaska (replacing Carnival Legend). The Alaskan itinerary program offers a total of 18x 7-day plus 2x 8-day and 1x 9-day roundtrips with departures from homeport Seattle WA (April through September 2020).

  • 7-day Glacier Route cruises (May 5 through September 1, 2020) visit Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Victoria BC, as well as cruising Tracy Arm Fjord, while the 8-day cruise (April 27, 2020) adds Icy Strait Point.
  • 9-day roundtrip from Seattle (September 8-17, 2020) features all ports on the 8-day itinerary plus day-long visit to Sitka.
  • (2020) special 7-day Alaskan cruise departs from Vancouver (April 20 and arrives in Seattle (April 27).
  • (2020) 2 longer "Carnival Journeys" are offered to Hawaii - 10-day from Honolulu to Vancouver (departing April 10) and 11-day from Vancouver to Honolulu (departing September 25). Both itineraries offer extended (day-long) calls at 4 ports (Hilo, Kona, Maui, Nawiliwili) with the 11-day cruise spending full-day and overnight in Maui.


Carnival Spirit has a total number of 1062 cabins (of which 50 Suites) in 33 grades. Most Carnival Spirit staterooms are 185-sq. foot insides (213), oceanview (167) and balcony (632, with verandas of 40-85 sq.feet). There are also 50 Suites and 16 wheelchair accessible cabins, but no Spa accommodations. Suites include separate sitting areas, refrigerators, spa bathtubs (whirlpools), double sinks and large balconies with two tables, sun loungers, and sitting chairs. Extra services for suite guests include priority embarkation and disembarkation.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The 1,300-seat, 2-deck Empire Restaurant features Napoleonic splendor, with ceiling domes decorated with murals and crystal chandeliers. Even the portholes are trimmed in gold. The grand circular staircase boasts a sculpture of Napoleon at his coronation. Open seating breakfast is served between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. only on Deck 2 and a Sea Day Brunch is introduced for days at sea between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to replace breakfast and lunch in the main dining room. La Playa Grill Lido Restaurant situated on Deck 9 is a buffet eatery referred to by both names - Lido and La Playa Grill. It occupies a large area on Lido deck between adults-only Serenity Retreat and the main Dome pool.

Carnival Spirit cruise ship

There are ten food stations serving various food for lunch and dinner, such as Asian, deli sandwiches and wraps, carvery meats, salads, and desserts. The ice-cream and pizza bars, found in the eatery, are open 24 hours. The Taste Bar on Deck 2 is a little kiosk that hands out small morsels of the items on offer in the dining room. It's open in the early evening. Two chefs prepare and serve the little bites.

Follows the complete list of Carnival Spirit restaurants and food bars.

  • Empire Restaurant (1250-seat aft Dining Room, with two fixed dinner seatings, or “Your Time Dining”; offers “Seuss At Sea” themed breakfasts for $5; with the Napoleon Room restaurant annex).
  • Nouveau Steakhouse (156-seat reservations only restaurant, serving seafood and prime beef steaks; with dance floor and stage for live performances)
  • La Playa Grille Lido Buffet Restaurant (1458-seat self-service restaurant with complimentary food stations; operates as dinner bistro in the evenings)
  • Sushi Bar (complimentary).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Carnival Spirit provides cruise experience like taking a journey all over the world. Legendary designer Joe Farcus got inspired to memorialize the "creative spirit" on the liner. The showroom is figured with Egyptian hieroglyphics and murals, the piano bar is a homage to Shanghai and "Chinoise" style, the Artist's Lobby accents famed European artists, the library of Chippendale is accurate of an English country manor. The hodgepodge of styles might strike you.

Carnival Spirit cruise ship

Carnival Spirit has much day-time fun with a big emphasis on trivia - there will be 3 to 4 games with different themes on any given day. There are also staff-led activities, such as golf chipping competitions, table tennis competitions, family scavenger hunts, along with towel-folding lessons and dance classes. A couple of lectures take place each day, given by the cruise director or by a visiting expert. Sushi-making demonstrations take place in the Bonsai Sushi and ticketed wine-and-cheese tasting in adults-only Serenity (held at least once per cruise).

Carnival Spirit cruise ship WaterWorks aquapark slides

Follows the complete list of Carnival Spirit lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Versailles Lounge (484-seat, hosts Punchliner Comedy Club/brunch)
  • Dancin’ Dance Club Disco and Nightclub (118-seat, 2-level Dance Club)
  • Pharaoh’s Palace Theatre (1167-seat, 3-level main show lounge, also used for movies, bingo games, game shows)
  • Monarch’s Card Room (20-seat)
  • Fountain Cafe (112-seat specialty coffee bar and patisserie)
  • The Champions Bar (67-seat sports bar); Artists’ Lobby Lounge (85-seat wine bar); Shanghai Bar (106-seat piano bar); Snack Bar, Towel Bar; Deco Foyer Lounge and Bar (66-seat)
  • Club Cool Jazz Club (135-seat jazz lounge)
  • Louis XIV Casino (278-seat, served by Louis XIV Bar)
  • Spirit Atrium Spirit Lobby (9-deck high midship open area with dance floor and stage, served by 147-seat Spirit Lobby Bar)
  • The Jungle Interior Promenade (52-seat)
  • Chippendale Library and Internet Cafe (23-seat, 24-hour Internet computers)
  • Wedding Chapel (30-seat)
  • Deco Walk Upper Promenade (52-seat)
  • The Fun Shops (offers “Bon Voyage” items, duty-free liquor, jewelry, fashion boutiques, souvenirs, logo items); Formalities Shop (tuxedo rentals, special occasion gifts); Studio Photo Gallery and Shop
  • Techno Video Games Arcade (24-hour)
  • Circle C (kids' lounge complimentary area with video games, parties, movies, planned activities)
  • Camp Carnival (aft located kids' lounge area with complimentary kids programmes and supervised activities)
  • Spa Carnival complex (with Steam Rooms, Saunas, Whirlpool, 10 Treatment Rooms, Classique Beauty Salon and Fitness Center)
  • Serenity (adult-only relaxation area with Whirlpool, Pool, Bar and sunbathing area with lounges)
  • Sun Pool (with 1 Whirlpool) and Dome Pool (main, with 1 Whirlpool; covered with sliding roof), both served by Canopy Bar)
  • Club O2 (teens club lounge with video games, movies, karaoke, and themed parties)
  • Carnival Waterworks Aqua Park (with Twister Waterslide, PowerDrencher, two mini racing slides, Green Thunder Waterslide, play areas with jets and fountains)
  • Volleyball-Basketball Court; 9-hole Mini Golf Course; Jogging Track, Shuffleboard.

Carnival Spirit wiki

Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade was done in 2015. Spirit is Carnival's first Spirit-class liner, with sisterships LegendMiraclePride, and the Costa Cruises ships Atlantica and Mediterranea. The vessel was christened by godmother Elizabeth Dole - North Carolina's senator (state's first female senator, mandate 2003-2009).

Spirit was also the first Fun Ship cruising to Alaska and Hawaii. It features world's steepest waterslide at sea ("Green Thunder"). Ship's drydock refurbishment in San Francisco (in 2012) cost USD 7 million. During the drydock were added "WaterWorks" (aquapark) and "Serenity" (adults-only resort deck).

During winter 2017-2018 season, Carnival Spirit was repositioned to China to offer Asian cruises roundtrip from homeport Shanghai. The seasonal redeployment was due to scheduled drydock in Singapore. Spirit was homeported in Sydney Australia since 2012, performing strongly on the local market. The decision made Spirit the first-ever Carnival ship departing from China. It returned to Australia in spring 2018 to continue the previous year-round itinerary program from Sydney NSW. The other Carnival Asia ship was Carnival Splendor (repositioned in spring 2018). Carnival Asia cruise shipping operations are via the partnership between Carnival Cruise Lines and Carnival Corporation's subsidiary Costa Asia.

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Carnival Spirit Itineraries

The below listed Carnival Spirit cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Carnival Cruise Line fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Jun 27 9 days, round-trip Pacific Islands From Sydney Sydney
2019 Jul 06 8 days, round-trip Pacific Islands From Sydney Sydney
2019 Jul 14 8 days, round-trip Pacific Islands Sydney
2019 Jul 22 11 days, round-trip Pacific Islands Sydney
2019 Aug 02 3 days, round-trip Weekend Sampler Sydney
2019 Aug 05 8 days, round-trip Pacific Islands Sydney
2019 Aug 13 10 days, round-trip Pacific Islands Sydney

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