Serenity Deck on board Carnival Spirit

Before we even boarded the cruise, I had heard a lot about the Serenity Deck on Carnival Spirit so I was curious to find out what it looked like.

Water Park and Green Thunder on board Carnival Cruise (23)

Serenity is defined as the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled. Serenity Deck is an adults only sanctuary (18yrs +), a free area to enjoy at your leisure with pods, deck chairs, hammock to lie down on and a heated spa and pool, if you want to take a dip. There is a bar where they play live music in the evening, separate towel service and waiters are always around if you want to order drinks.

When we got on the ship on the first day we went to deck nine where Serenity Deck is  and the first thing I noticed was the 270-degree view of the ocean. The pods are round bed-chairs that fit up to 3 people and looked really comfy. The huge hammocks were partially shaded. On day one there were not many people there so we thought we would give it a go another day.


One of the first sea days after lunch we went around the Serenity area to see if we could get a pod but it seemed as if every adult on the ship tries to secure a spot in there, so it was quite crowded. It was a big mistake to think that we would get a space easily. It looked like parents leave the kids in kids club and hide there.

I didn’t want to give up so we decided to go round again and luckily I saw a lady in one of the hammocks leaving. I waited for her to gather her stuff and we finally got the hammock.

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As it was a nice sunny day, the hammock was not a great idea as the sun came straight into your eyes. We relaxed there for an hour and then we moved on to do other things.

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People normally came early to the Serenity Deck and left their towels to reserve their area. Even though a sign said you can’t hold the pod/hammock for more than 40 minutes there was no one enforcing it really. We definitely didn’t want to waste our energy waiting for a space as there was so much you could do in the ship. But whenever we went around the serenity area, it would be full. But we learned that in the evening, when the first dining sitting started, people left to go and eat so we went there just to relax for a few hours in the evenings before our dinner, for the rest of the days on board.

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It was the perfect time as we got to enjoy the beautiful sunsets.


We quiet enjoyed the pods and hammocks as it was really relaxing just to watch the open ocean or sky while lying there. But at the same time I didn’t think it was worth it to spend a whole day there missing every other activity on the ship.

Serenity Deck was not as quiet as it is supposed to be as people would be on the phone or with friends talking so loud that you be left wondering if they even understood what serenity meant in the first place.

Anyway, for me and AS, it was a fun and relaxing time on this part of the ship.

Take care everyone ,

M from nepaliaustralian


14 responses to “Serenity Deck on board Carnival Spirit

  1. Hi, I came across your blog when looking for blogs from expats in sydney..I’m a new one myself 🙂 Love reading about the culture as well as I had a good nepali friend once and it’s fun to see how many similarities there are with the indian culture. Believe it or not I decided to start at the beginning of your blog and read my way through it (makes slow days at work go by quickly!). Anyways since I’m about half way through thought I would comment and say hello 🙂 And I love the idea of a cruise to some near by islands..I see you took Carnival, would you recommend it? And can I ask what’s the best way to book, through a travel agent?

  2. I’m rather fond of hammocks… makes me want to stretch out on one.

  3. I need one of those relaxing holidays. Looks so good there!

  4. pictures shows how relaxed you have been through your trip. nice photos. enjoy…..

  5. I am missing the holidaying part so much here, desperately wishing to getaway for a while …

  6. If I recall serenity deck used to be 21+ (also makes it easier to manage alcohol). Did they change it to 18+?
    And you are right at times it gets too crowded, almost defying the purpose.
    Enjoy your trip!!

    • In Australia, legal drinking age is 18+ that’s why it is the same on board too. I wish they lift that to 21+ as it will help lot to stop drink related death.
      We had a great time on board :), thanks.

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