All about the Carnival Spirit

Carnival Spirit cruise ship
Carnival Spirit

The Carnival Spirit was built in 1998. It was renovated in 2022. It's considered a small size ship. Coming in at 880 ft long and 126 ft wide, it's roughly the length of 2.4 football fields, as wide as 2.4 tractor trailers, and the same height as a 9-story building.

Carnival Spirit Overview

Carnival Spirit Size and Passengers

The Spirit can hold 2,032 based on double occupancy (two people per room) and more when you take into account 3rd and 4th passengers. When you compare the total tonnage of the ship to the number of passengers, the Spirit has a space ratio of 38. Depending on the ship, this number can range from 30 to 52 (with a bigger number meaning more space per person) so this ship's space-to-person ratio is about average.

Gross Tonnage75,904
Passenger Decks9
Passengers (double occupancy)2,032
Passenger to Crew Ratio2.2
Space Ratio (tons of ship per passenger)38
Carnival Spirit Space Ratio
30 38 52

The Spirit is one of four Spirit-class ships currently sailing with Carnival. Spirit-class ships are PANEX ships, which means they were designed to be able to travel through the Panama Canal locks. Their smaller size makes them able to visit ports larger ships can't. They also feature three pools; one outdoor, one with a retractable roof, and one in the adult's-only Solarium area. The Spirit is very similar to its sister-ships; Legend, Pride, Miracle and Luminosa, although each ship may have some differences.

Carnival Spirit Food and Restaurants

Food is a big part of any cruise, and there will plenty on the Carnival Spirit. You have 2 different dining options to choose from. Of those options, 2 are complementary, or included with your cruise fare. Since all the dining venues are included, you get to try all the different restaurants while on board without spending an extra dime.

RestaurantRestaurant TypeCostType of Food
Main Dining RoomSit downIncludedDinner

Carnival Spirit Bars and Drinks

Atrium Bar on the Carnival Spirit
Atrium Bar on the Carnival Spirit

Carnival Spirit has 11 different bars and lounges where you can enjoy a beer or cocktail.

Alchemy BarDeck 2 AftSee Menu
Atrium BarDeck 2 MidSee Menu
BlueIguana Tequila BarDeck 9 MidSee Menu
Casino BarDeck 2 MidSee Menu
Dancin' Dance ClubDeck 2 AftSee Menu
Deco LoungeDeck 3 AftSee Menu
RedFrog PubDeck 2 ForwardSee Menu
Shanghai Piano BarDeck 3 ForwardSee Menu
SkyBox Sports BarDeck 2 ForwardSee Menu
The Fountain CafeDeck 2 Forward
Versailles LoungeDeck 1 ForwardSee Menu

Alcohol is not included in the base price of this cruise ship. To see if you would save money with a drink package, try our Drink Package Calculator.

Carnival also serves the Pepsi family of products. That means Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Starry, Mug Root Beer, and Mountain Dew, although the selection can vary by ship.

Pools and Hot Tubs on Carnival Spirit

Main Pool on the Carnival Spirit
Main Pool on the Carnival Spirit

Nothing beats relaxing by a pool with a nice drink in hand as you feel the fresh sea breeze pass by you. The problem is that with thousands of people on a ship, there's not always room. If you want to spend all day in a pool, a cruise might not be the right choice. You would have a much better bet choosing a resort with a huge pool complex. That being said, a quick dip in the pool can be nice on a hot day.

The Carnival Spirit has a total of 2 pools and 4 hot tubs.

Total Pools2
- Pools - General Access2
- Pools - Adults Only
- Pools - Exclusive
Total Hot Tubs4
- Hot Tubs - General Access4
- Hot Tubs - Adults Only
- Hot Tubs - Exclusive

cruise coloring book

Cruise Coloring and Activity Books for Kids
Get your kids ready for their cruise or keep them entertained while on board with our custom made coloring and activity books. These are the Carnival editions with featuring places Pizza Pirate and mini-golf.

Cruise Ship Coloring Book for Kids 3-5 - Carnival Edition

Let's Get Cruising Activity Book for Kids 6-8 - Carnival Edition

Carnival Spirit Features and Activities

There are quite a few things to do on the Spirit. These are the main amenities that are available. Some are included in the cost of the cruise, while others have an additional charge.

Adult Only Relaxation AreaIncluded
ArcadeA la cart
CasinoA la cart
Comedy ClubIncluded
Dr Seuss BreakfastA la cart
Fitness CenterIncluded
Jogging TrackIncluded
Mini golfIncluded
Pool-side MoviesIncluded
Shows - musical reviewIncluded
SpaFlat fee
Splash parkIncluded
Thermal SuitesFlat fee
Water slidesIncluded

Cruise Costs

Carnival is a mainstream cruise line. Mainstream cruise lines cater to a variety of guests, hoping to provide something for everyone. These typically cost about $100 - $350 per person per day.

Cruise pricing is dynamic and varies for each specific sailing based on factors such as departure point, ports of call, and time of year.

The cost will also vary depending on the type of cabin you book. You can see the differences between the Carnival cabins and how to choose the best one here:

Carnival Spirit Onboard Costs

Another way to gauge the cost of a cruise is to consider how much you'll spend on board. Even though a lot is included in the base cruise fare, you may still spend money on things like spa treatments, specialty dining, drinks, and excursions. In addition, guests can also have to pay for things like gratuities and tips.

Typically guests can expect to spend about 25 - 40% of the cost of the cruise on onboard expenses. In other words, if the cruise fare is $1,000 per person, you might spend between $250 and $400 on extra expenses.

The table below will help you understand what you might spend onboard a Carnival ship.

Base Daily Gratuities*
(Per Person Per Day)
Tip added to drinks & services18%
Soda Price$3.00
Domestic Beer Price$7.75
See drink menus
Drink Package Price$59.95 - $69.95
Learn more
Internet Plan$12.75 to $18.70 per device per day
*Daily gratuities for a standard cabin. Suites or specialty rooms may have higher rates.

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