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I'm going on the Spirit this year, I was wondering:

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I'm going on the Spirit this year, I was wondering:

I would probably be keen for a night swim after dinner, are any of the pools open all night ?

Do they have a closing time?

Also are plastic cup served in the pool area allowing people to rest their drinks by the pool as they swim?

My husband uses the gym a lot is there plenty of (strap secured) weights to go round?

My husbands birthday falls on one of the days at sea, I was hoping to order some champagne for our table our favorite is Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial, does anyone no if they have this particular champagne, or much of a variety at all?"

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1. Re: I'm going on the Spirit this year, I was wondering:

Atheenaa,

As far as I can remember the pools are roped of at night on the Spirit, guess its a safety thing. all drinks around the pool area are in plastic, but in saying that it is frowned upon drinking at the pool, security don't chat you ,,you just get the eye thing. overall security are ok if things don't get out of hand...

Re the gym weights, personally didn't go there, but went past it lots to the steam rooms didn't seem crowded at all....

also ya bottle of Moet, Order it through your TA prior to sailing or if none available, then take it as carry on luggage you are allowed 2 off 750 mi bottles each with a corkage fee of around $15.00 a bottle served at your dinner table.. problem solved... Didn't see many champagne bottles at the dinner tables but did see a reasonable aray of bottled wines.... ENJOY... Hope this helps...

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2. Re: I'm going on the Spirit this year, I was wondering:

Snow Bow,

Thank you for your quick response you are kind and well spoken,

The info on the closure of pools at night and no drinking in the pool very is helpful and appreciated, saves on-board disappointment.

I saw the P&O's Pacific Pearl cruise has a swim-up bar pool, maybe that might be one for us to look into next time.

My husband will be pleased the gyms are quiet, I'm still unsure if there are weights available, but thank you for the info on that.

Now the Moet.... I'm hearing a lot of different answers to bring alcohol on board, I emailed Carnival Cruises regarding bringing Moet on board if they're unable to stock it, they replied:

"Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages on board.On embarkation day, each guest may bring a small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages on board and only in their carry-on luggage. A small quantity is considered a maximum of 12 bottles and/or cans, 600ml each or less."

- Shelly Young

Guest Solutions Specialist

Carnival Cruise Lines

But then again I've repeatedly read you can bring two bottles of 750ML wine onboard... Hmmm. I just dont want to get public transport to the dock and have $200 worth of Champagne dis-guarded.

Unfortunately I didn't book my cruise with a travel agent I booked straight the the Carnival website. But that would have been a good idea.

Kindest Regards,

Atheenaa01

Edited: 07 January 2014, 00:02
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3. Re: I'm going on the Spirit this year, I was wondering:

Hi, we travelled about 6 months ago and going again in March. No alcohol was allowed on board, pool was open late, at least 10pm I think. Didn't go to gym much but my husband said the weights were adequate. We drank in pool/ spa and waiters even delivered us drinks... mainly in the adults only area :)

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4. Re: I'm going on the Spirit this year, I was wondering:

Mor_4,

Thank you for your quick response, your post was insightful and appreciated,

It might sound silly because I did receive an E-mail stating I was not permitted to take alcohol on-board, I saw so many posted contradicting that fact, I felt I just needed a passengers first hand experience, I feel comfortable now knowing, I definitely am making the right decision to NOT take alcohol with us on embarkation day. Thank you for that.

10pm is a reasonable time to have the pool open till, I get an after dinner swim in, so I am very pleased with that.

My husband will be happy to know the are weights available on the ship, he was rather stressed when he only saw cardio machines, in the very limited photos we found.

I am very excited that we are able to drink in/by the pool of the Adults Only Area, and we will be tipping handsomely if they deliver it to us, Fantastic.

I hope you have a lovely time in March, and if you see a couple, in March on the Spirit, relaxed due to being so pleasantly informed, it's probably us.

Kindest Regards,

Atheenaa01

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5. Re: I'm going on the Spirit this year, I was wondering:

Atheenaa01,

Bottom line is, to all the imfo you will receive, is ALL cruise ships are "Well oiled money making machines" ...

The old days of guys all rolling up to a cruise hitting them selves with 10 scooners at the "Local" & then with a slab as carry on top ups are finished... but when we went Feb 2013 on the CS ,clearly states here as I read the old ticket 2 off 750 mil @ $15.00 corkage. no sprits.... rules must have changed again..

What date are you sailing in March 14.? I see there are 3 cruises to the south pacific plus the 3 days to no were.

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6. Re: I'm going on the Spirit this year, I was wondering:

Atheenaa01,

I just read the current "Terms & Conditions " of carrage ..for the CS .Hate to bring bad news but clearly states "NO ALCOHOLIC Beverages to be taken on board as they will be removed & returned at the cruise ending....

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7. Re: I'm going on the Spirit this year, I was wondering:

Snow Bow,

Thank you so much for looking into that for me, It is a shame but it would have been a bigger shame if I had brought it and it been confiscated, so thanks to you and all the kind people for helping me with my inquiries.

I've emailed a couple of travel agents to find out, If carnival stock Champagne and if not how I could go about getting champagne on-board thru them.

Kindest Regards,

Atheenaa01

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8. Re: I'm going on the Spirit this year, I was wondering:

Atheenaa01 - apparently before Carnival Spirit was permanently based in Sydney, you were allowed to take 2 bottles of wine onboard like you can on their US ships, but that rule changed some time in 2013 if I recall, so that might be why you have heard different answers. As of today, you cannot take your own wine on board.

Also, we sat on the edge of the pool, in the pool, and around the pool with our drinks and no one looked at us or said anything, I assumed it was all OK.

In regard to the Moet, maybe try posting the question on their 'Carnival Spirit' Facebook Page, I have seen many people post questions on there and they have been responded to by someone who knows that ship, rather than calling Carnival in the US and getting a generic answer (happened to me).

Edited: 09 January 2014, 00:01
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9. Re: I'm going on the Spirit this year, I was wondering:

You can stake your life that Carnival will stock champagnes onboard. I don't know a cruise line that doesn't. However it is the issue of your preferred brand champagne that is in doubt. Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut is on most lists.

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