I cruise 5 times a year and know summer is going to be crowded. I am a travel agent and most of the time will not push Carnival to my clients. To me, this cruiseline is like a floatin Walmart most of the time. I knew this would be no different when most of the guests coming onboard had 12 packs of soda in each arm. Great for Carnival to allow this but it still just lets you know the class of people coming on board.
Getting on the ship was not bad. I still think that the terminal is not set up that great to handle this size ship. It was built for the little ships that used to be there, The Big Red Boats of the early 90s, so it does take way longer because of the size of the terminal.
When you enter the ship, you are hit with the same TACKY decor from all of the Carnival ships. The lobby is tall but very skinny and not much room to showcase the atrium area. My worse complaint is that they have this cheap looking ugle netting all over everything. When I asked why it was like that, I was told that it was to protect passengers in case any of the lighting from the tacky fictures fell??? Really? This is just stupid and makes no design sense.
The spa is the best area of the ship. They have a great area with steam rooms and saunas and a great place to get away from the endless ammounts of children running wild on this ship. They have a huge hot therapy pool too, but my complaint is that they stuck it in the middle of the spa with no windows and its tiny. Locker rooms too were tiny and had two showers for all the clients to use after treatments.
Pools on this ship are a complete joke, the areas are stuffy, small and always packed. Its almost comical how small these pools are. TWO for the entire ship?? If youre gonna build a ship of this size, you have to plan better. The adult area is huge but hot hot hot and NO POOL?? They have one hottub for the adults, no pool. I really dont want to get into a hottub after sunning,sorry. And who in the world thought to put that adult area under the kids slides? Screaming and yelling and still kids coming into the adult area without anyone stopping it. I dont hate kids, but I dont pay to cruise to have zero adult relaxation time.
Food areas are cramped and crowded and you wait forever for a table. Casino was great and had a wonderful time.
Cabins are nice size but still very cheap looking.
Food on board was so-so, there is always something to eat so anybody who cant find good food on any cruise ship is too picky and should avoid travel.
Elevators are the slowest at sea and for some reason the crew uses them too, even to load luggage!! Get ready to walk miles.
I will stick to Royal Caribbean and wont go back to Carnival ever. They might build big ships now, but the designers all are lacking common sense on how to build good space.
This was like a tuna can with screaming kids packed in, if this is what you like than book the Dream!! Ill wait for Disneys Dream to come out and give a Dream another try!