8 day cruise from NYC to port canaveral, nassau and freeport. This is not a cruise for the itinerary. Port canaveral has very limited options. but chance to get off the ship. Been to Nassau and Freeport several times before, so that was ho-hum as well,but at least a change of pace from sea days.
many children on ship and many 20-40 somethings. was a high energy ship. Had the best rock n roll band i he ever heard on a cruise--20 of them on 6 different lines--called the Boardwalk. The orchestra was excellent and the last nights show by cast, a tribute to the Beatles, was one of the best cast shows i have ever seen.
their headliner shows were a juggler and a hypnotist....well below what you would finding on RCI and Princess--jugglers and hypnotists are borsht belt type entertainment, though i would doubt the borsht belt would even feature this carny type passe entertainment if it were still around. its is fillers on other cruises, not the main acts.
watch out for port shopping pitches...I can't believe people still show up for this and belive it hook, line and sinker. as noted on cruise critic, Alaska just made it illegal for the ship pitchmen and women to not disclose that they are getting KICKBACKS from the stores they recommend, and to disparage stores they dont recommend.
I heard one woman in a smaller pitch in a lounge, about watches, ask the barker if knockoff designer handbags were available in Nassau, and the barker told her she could be subject to a 50,000 fine if customs caught her with it coming into nyc. That is wrong. the fines and penalties are for the distributors of knockoffs and counterfeit merchandise, not that i encourage or even care about purchasing such schlock to fool others. Customs is looking for drugs and money laundering large amounts of cash, not a knock off handbag in peoples luggage. Preposterous, but enough to scare this poor girl. he should disclose the kickbacks for promoting stores, rather than scaring people.
Many of the staff were very nice, but the staff in the buffet was very poor, with not the greatest attitudes. There was no one coming around asking you if you wanted refills, and the table service in cleaning up tables was poor and slow. the servers behind the counters were not happy to be at their jobs, and were so different from that experienced on other cruise lines.
The dinners in the main dining room were the biggest surprise. they were good to very , very good every night, so i did not bother eating in Nick and Noras. the food in the lido buffet for dinner was often like camp or prison food. But, they do still use trays, unlike other lines which have abandoned them, and this was appreciated.
The internet was horrible--took 8 minutes to log on some times..so the real cost is not 45 cents a minute for the 120 minute package..although the very nice staff in the internet lounge gave credit for the times it exceeded 5 minutes to get into my emails.still, it is much more than 45 cents a minute. i wonder if mtnsat--the satellite company they seem to use , is much cheaper than other satellite companies.
The cabin attendant--Judi--was excellent.
pools were dirty, often closed, and the hot tubs were only lukewarm
Played texas holdem almost every day , as we had a really good and fun group.But, a fight broke out in the casino between some trailer trash who were in their 40's. I guess things like that will occur on Carnival, which is a step below RCI, Princess, Holland, and 2 steps below Celebrity--Carnival essentially being the Walmart of the cruise lines--tho i admit to enjoying cruising walmart from time time, which i guess is why i wanted to try Carnival once. i think there was a fight in the cabin next time at 4am in the morning as i heard a lot of yelling and hard banging against the walls, and called security..lt of drinking on carnival. but for the most part the guests seemed to be well behaved.
Interestingly, it appears i am the first person to write a review on this cruise, and the last reviews were of the 2/13 cruise--so that must say something. In the meantime, there has been that disaster on the carnival cruise from Galveston. Unlike other cruise lines, Carnival did not solicit guest comments at the end of the cruise--which tells me they really dont care to much, which is reflected in the attitudes of some of the staff.