Carnival Spirit Pool, Water Slide and Sunbathing
The Carnival Spirit has 3 pools plus a small "kiddy" pool for wading that is part of the Camp Carnival program. The pools have saltwater and there are fresh water showers provided so you can rinse off. Reportedly, the maximum pool depth is 3' 8" -- enough to take a dunk and cool off, but not really deep enough, or large enough, to swim in. Given this, the area around the pool is best suited for sunbathing on 2 tiered decks.
The main pool area consists of two pools divided by the Canopy Bar. "The Dome Pool" and "The Sun Pool" located in the middle of the ship on Deck 9. Each is flanked by a jacuzzi. The Dome Pool is enclosed under a retractable roof. At the opposite end of the Sun Pool is a stage which, during most hours of the day, there is some activity going on -- anything from a Caribbean band to a member of the ship's staff leading an activity or game. Typically, the pool hours are from 8 AM to 10 PM.
During the January 2012 dry dock the Carnival Spirt added a Serenity Adults only retreat. Located behind the La Playa Grill on the Lido Deck (Deck 9) the Adults Only Serenity Area has its own pool and whirlpool spa. There is also a bar located in the Serenity area and the staff will happily serve you while you lounge in your padded recliner.
Carnival Spirit upgraded its WaterWorks in 2012 and now boasts a thrill slide called Green Thunder. The slide rises almost 100 feet off the deck and partially hangs over the ship's side. A 150-gallon "PowerDrencher" dump bucket was added to the Carnival WaterWorks interactive water park and the Twister water slide is still featured on the Carnival Spirit. Twister checks-in at 214 feet in length, is 2-stories high and empties out into its own separate pool. The entry to the Twister is located on Deck 11 Aft (Sports Deck). The water slides typically operates from 10 AM to 5 PM and there is a 42" minimum height requirement.
There is a children's wading pool is located on Deck 11 Aft (Sports Deck) on the Carnival Spirit next to the waterslide entrance.
Carnival Spirit Pool, Water Slide & Sunbathing Tips:
When arriving in the pool area, you will need to sign-out a towel. There will be a $22 charge per towel to your onboard account for each towel you fail to return.
Babies & Infants in Pools: Carnival's official policy is "no swim diapers, children must be potty trained." We have not heard reports on whether the policy is strictly enforced.
While Carnival does its best to discourage this, sunbathers do show-up at 8 AM and try to hog the lounge chairs for the day.
The Port side of the Lido deck near the pool does permit smoking. The rest of the deck is non-smoking.