Cruise’n’Ship Reviewer / Travel Journalist
Maritime Historian, Author & Maritime Lecturer
MV Carnival Spirit
A magnificent view of the Carnival Sprit as she arrived in
Her decks were packed with passengers as she arrived on a perfect day, having had the ultimate cruise vacation!
All Photographs on this page were provided © by Carnival Cruises Australia
The 88,500-ton MV
Carnival Spirit sails year round from
The first slide is located high up the ship and it is called “Green Thunder” being water slide being fully enclosed, but it commences with a 10 metre close-to-vertical drop and it then heads over the side of the ship and this will have you flying at 65km/h and it then will come to a sudden conclusion. On the deck where it ends, there is also a huge water bucket drop that is located up high on the deck, which is very popular, and then you can always continue down on the yellow twister water slide into the aft pool down on Lido Deck, all this is part of Carnivals wonderful WaterWorks.™ In addition there is also a mini water slide for the little ones, who are not permitted to use the big slides!
AS you can see here the great height of Carnival WaterWorks™ Green Thunder, but the vertical drop is out of sight
The bend actually goes over the ocean, although it is hard to see this from this image
WaterWorks™, Green Thunder, the giant water bucket and the littlies mini slide
amidships “Fantail Pool” and
The “Fantail Pool” seen at night whilst the ship was in port
As the Carnival Spirit will be the largest cruise ship sailing from
There is no doubt that Carnival Spirit will be aimed at fun-loving Australians who are seeking an active, vibrant cruise vacation that has a broad diversity of on-board choices of entertainment, sports, pools and of course bars. The Carnival Spirit certainly offers huge outdoor areas for fun, including the 22 metre corkscrew water slide, as well as not just one or two - no there are four swimming pools on the Carnival Spirit. Then there is a miniature golf course, a jogging track and a sport court. Passengers have their choice of 16 lounges and bars, including the massive 1,170-seat three deck high Pharaoh’s Palace Theatre.
The multi-level Pharaoh’s Palace Theatre for spectacular shows
In addition to the huge two-level main Empire Dining Room, Carnival Spirit also features a reservations-only optional Nouveau Steakhouse and the ever popular casual Lido Buffet Restaurant. The ship also operates the “Carnival Spa”, which is a two-level health spa that has wrap-around ocean views. Below there is the delightful Chippendale Library and Internet café. The heart of the ship is the towering ten deck high Spirit Atrium and its lobby at the bottom there is a bar and lounge, as well as three glass lifts shooting high up the ship. In all, she has twelve passenger decks and the atrium stretches over ten of them
The two-level French inspired Empire Restaurant has a rather busy feel about it, but is a pleasant venue
The Lido Buffet Restaurant, where you can eat in or around the pool decks
The optional Nouveau Steakhouse with its huge glass dome ceiling and mural – this room is very ornate
The Spirit Atrium Lobby has a bar and lounge area
The Atrium and its glass lifts
A Panamax-Max ship:
The MV Carnival
Spirit was built by Kvaerner Masa Ship Yards in
A great ship arrives in one of the most popular cities offering many superb sights!
Relax out on deck or take in a quiz, play sports, go to for a swim, enjoy a movie, have a drink with new friends. Now that is a real holiday!
Entertainment, Recreation & Passenger Decks:
Deck 1 (Riviera Deck) there is the
Deck 2 (Promenade Deck) and Deck 3 (Atlantic Deck) contain most of the ships main public rooms. The lobby houses two grand staircases, as well as a Bar and dance floor. There is also an information and Tour Deck. For the gambler there is always the Louis XIV Casino that has its own Casino Bar complete with a bandstand. The room also features big-screen televisions and tabletop gaming machines. In front of this venue is the spacious and very popular Club Cool Jazz Bar. There is the ever popular Monarch Card for those who love their game of Bridge, of their game of choice, and then up front there is the massive Pharaoh’s Palace Theatre for the grand production shows. This is the main show lounge and it stretches over three decks, seating some 1,170 passengers. In the atrium area you will also find the reception and excursion desks, the spirit lobby bar (seating 123). Further aft is the lower floor of the Empire Restaurant, which is constructed in a French 19th-century style, which stretches over two decks and seats some 1,300 guests, as well as 86 guests in a separate annex restaurant called the Napoleon Room.
Deck 3 (Atlantic Deck) in front of the main
dining room's upper level, is the conference room, seating some 60 guests as
well as the Foyer Lounge. Beyond the Atrium is the
Deck 4 (Main Deck) is a passenger cabin deck. It also contains the uppermost level of the theatre is situated far forward, beyond which there is a large video gaming room for the youth called Techno Arcade.
Deck 5 (Upper Deck) is a passenger cabin deck, which leads on to the children's playroom - the Fun House.
Decks 6 (Empress Deck), 7 (Veranda Deck) and 8 (Panorama Deck) are passenger cabin decks. However, at the head of deck 8 is the ship's Bridge, with the senior officers’ staterooms adjacent.
Deck 9 (Lido/Pool Deck) incorporates two large swimming pools and two Jacuzzis in the central pool area There is a sliding glass dome over one pool and the other open air. The popular Canopy Bar is located between the pools.
Deck 10 (Sun Deck) Here you will find a large
multi-function/aerobic area as well as a
Deck 11 (Sports deck) is an open deck with a jogging track. Aft is the huge “Green Thunder” water slide that has a massive fully enclosed 10 metre close-to-vertical drop and then heads over the side of the ship and comes to a conclusion. There is also a huge water bucket drop up high and a mini slide for the small ones! You can continue with the yellow twister water slide down a deck into the aft pool, all this is part of Carnivals WaterWorks.™
Deck 12 (Sky Deck) Surrounding the atrium is the ship’s observation balcony.
The Louis XIV Casino
This is the Club Cool Jazz Bar
Fashion Boutiques and Shopping Centre
This is the Teen-Club
Staterooms vary from
value for money inside rooms to ocean view, to balcony or even suites and
penthouses. It all depend on what you feel like spending on your vacation, and
whatever you spend will also mean the size and facility in your chosen
accommodation as can be seen in the images below. Of the 1,062 staterooms, some
849 (80%) are outside and thus have an ocean view, whilst 750 (70%) have
balconies, which is more than any other cruise ship based in
A typical inside stateroom showing a twin bedded layout, however it can also be made up with a queen size bed if requested
Outside queen size bed stateroom, that can also be made up as a twin bedded configuration if requested
Interconnecting cabins are available, perfect for familes!
Balcony stateroom with a queen size bed, that can also be made up as a twin bedded configuration if requested
This is one of the special balcony “Spa staterooms” that have additional facilities
Again can be made up with a queen or twin beds
A Suite with a King size bed, that can also be made up as a twin bedded configuration if requested
The Penthouse with a King size bed, that can also be made up as a twin bedded configuration if requested
A full deck plan is available and a link is located at the bottom of the page.
For the mechanical minded – Propulsion:
MV Carnival Spirit has diesel-electric machinery, consisting of six Wärtsilä 9L46D diesel engines with a total power of 62,370kW, each connected to an ABB alternator that provides electricity to the ship's main electric network at 11KV 60HZ,three phase. Power from the main switchboard is supplied to the ships 440V switchboards via three transformers to serve auxiliary machinery and all the ships services. A separate MG-stabilised power system supplies lighting and small consumer needs.
The ships Engines
From the author’s collection
Her propulsion consists of two azimuthing electric “Azipod” propulsion units, with a power of 17.6 MW each. Carnival Spirit has three 1.91 MW tunnel thrusters in the bow. here service speed is 22 knots and has a maximum of 24 knots. Tonnage: 85,900 GRT (Gross Registered Tons) - Length: 292.5m - Width: 32.2m - Draught: 7.8m – Sister ships - Spirit Class = Carnival Spirit 2001, Carnival Pride 2001, Carnival Legend 2002 & Carnival Miracle 2004.
The lower forward section of her funnel is made of red glass as under it is the multi level Nouveau Restaurant
From the author’s collection
Carnival Spirit YouTube Videos
Spirit arrives in
2: Cruise Director, Stu Dunn takes you on a tour of the Carnival Spirit.
3: Carnival Spirit - a TV Advertisement.
View a detailed Carnival Spirit Deck Plan
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