Carnival Spirit profile
Carnival Spirit was the lead ship built in Carnival Cruise Line's Sprit class. She is the sister ship to Carnival Pride, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Legend and Carnival Luminosa. Her overall design and size is similar to the Vista class ships operated by a number of the Carnival Corporation cruise lines (e.g., Holland America's Zuiderdam).*
Spirit offers a relaxed, family-friendly, mass market cruising experience. It is essentially the Carnival cruise experience but in a smaller ship.
Although the ship entered service in 2001, she has been retro-fitted over the years so that she has versions of many of the popular venues on Carnival's newer and larger ships. Examples include the Punchliners Comedy Club, Guy's Burger Joint, the Red Frog Pub, the Blue Iguana Cantina, Playlist Productions, Alchemy Bar, Cherry on Top sweet shop, Bonsai Sushi, the Waterworks aqua park, and the Serenity Adults Only Retreat.
In addition, Spirit retains features that originally made this class of ship popular such as an elegant steakhouse specialty restaurant and a retractable dome over the main swimming pool area.
Along the same lines, the décor is a mix of the contemporary décor found on Carnival's newer ships and the original imaginative décor created by Joe Farcus.
Carnival Spirit became the first Carnival Cruise Line ship to be based outside of the United States in 2012. She was a popular part of the Australian cruising scene for a decade before returning to the United States.
*Somewhat confusingly, Carnival Vista is not part of this Vista class but rather is the lead ship in its own much different class.
BUILDER: Kvaerner Masa (Finland)
ENTERED SERVICE: 2001
TONNAGE: 88,500 g.r.t.
LENGTH: 963 feet
BEAM: 106 feet
DRAFT: 26 feet
PASSENGERS: 2,124 (double occupancy)
2,670 (full occupancy)
SPEED: 24 knots (max)
22 knots (cruising)
POWER PLANT: diesel electric (6 engines)
PROPULSION: 2 pods
3 bow thrusters
STABILIZERS: One pair
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