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Overview

After cruising throughout Australia, the Carnival Spirit returns to the Northern Hemisphere in April 2020. With the capacity to accommodate 2,124 guests and 930 crew members, Spirit is among the smaller ships in the line's namesake class.

Originally launched in April 2001, the Carnival Spirit has undergone several refurbishments, most recently in May 2018. Top amenities on this ship include WaterWorks – the onboard water park that features a 214-foot-tall spiral waterslide – Carnival's very own Lip Sync Battle and Hasbro, The Game Show, which features life-size versions of popular board games, including Yahtzee and Connect 4. Alongside three kids-only spaces, the ship also features the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat.

Despite the recent renovations, some reviewers said the ship's cabins could still use some refurbishment to enhance dated decor. Others cited thin walls. Carnival Spirit offers accommodation classes typical of the line (Interior, Ocean View, Balcony and Suite), but the ship does not feature some of the line's newer cabin categories, such as the Cloud 9 Spa staterooms.

Dining options are also more limited compared to the line's larger ships, but Carnival Spirit does offer specialty favorites like a steakhouse and sushi venue, as well as Guy's Burger Joint – a Guy Fieri eatery.

For the 2020 cruising season, Carnival Spirit sails to Alaska and Hawaii from ports in Honolulu, Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.

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After cruising throughout Australia, the Carnival Spirit returns to the Northern Hemisphere in April 2020. With the capacity to accommodate 2,124 guests and 930 crew members, Spirit is among the smaller ships in the line's namesake class.

Originally launched in April 2001, the Carnival Spirit has undergone several refurbishments, most recently in May 2018. Top amenities on this ship include WaterWorks – the onboard water park that features a 214-foot-tall spiral waterslide – Carnival's very own Lip Sync Battle and Hasbro, The Game Show, which features life-size versions of popular board games, including Yahtzee and Connect 4. Alongside three kids-only spaces, the ship also features the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat.

Despite the recent renovations, some reviewers said the ship's cabins could still use some refurbishment to enhance dated decor. Others cited thin walls. Carnival Spirit offers accommodation classes typical of the line (Interior, Ocean View, Balcony and Suite), but the ship does not feature some of the line's newer cabin categories, such as the Cloud 9 Spa staterooms.

Dining options are also more limited compared to the line's larger ships, but Carnival Spirit does offer specialty favorites like a steakhouse and sushi venue, as well as Guy's Burger Joint – a Guy Fieri eatery.

For the 2020 cruising season, Carnival Spirit sails to Alaska and Hawaii from ports in Honolulu, Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Ship Size
L
Price
$$$$
Year Built
2001

Pros & Cons

  • Spirit features some of the line's newer entertainment options, including Lip Sync Battle and Hasbro, The Game Show

  • Despite 2018 renovation, some recent cruisers said the interiors are still dated

3.80

Scorecard

  • 3.5Expert Rating »
  • 3.8Traveler Rating »
  • 4.0Health Rating »

Rankings

Carnival Spirit ranks #12 out of 26 Carnival Cruise Line Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

Cabins

Carnival Spirit offers a wide range of accomodation options. Browse cabins to find the stateroom that suits your needs.

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Deck Plans

Carnival Spirit contains 12 decks. Find out which features are available on each Carnival Spirit deck.

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Traveler Reviews

A ship’s traveler rating is provided under license by Cruiseline.com , which manages one of the largest databases of cruise reviews and ratings by travelers. A total of 752 guests have reviewed Carnival Spirit, giving it a rating of 3.8 on a scale of 1-5.

Cruiseline Travel Rating:

3.8 out of 5(752 reviews)

Reviews by Traveler Type

Couples47.3%
Families w/older children11.2%
Families w/young children9.3%
Singles/Friends8.5%
Groups5.2%
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Ship Photos

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