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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
I’ve been a huge Carnival fan for decades. I’ve been on more cruises than I can count beginning in the late 70’s as a teenager. I have Platinum status in the VIFP program and have sailed on just about every ship Carnival has ... Read More
I’ve been a huge Carnival fan for decades. I’ve been on more cruises than I can count beginning in the late 70’s as a teenager. I have Platinum status in the VIFP program and have sailed on just about every ship Carnival has offered out of Port Canaveral on the short Bahamas cruises. I have always found Carnival to be a bargain compared to the other lines sailing out of this port, and this cruise was no exception. This cruise on the Carnival Valor was the least positive experience I have ever had sailing. Giving my long-standing affection for Carnival, this is a difficult review to write. Embarkation was an extremely lengthy process (despite being “Priority”) and was totally lacking in organization. This was explained as a computer glitch that required all disembarking passengers from the previous cruise to be manually cleared (i.e., sign and sale cards had to be checked against physical paper passenger manifests). Our cards could not be printed in the terminal and we had to be escorted aboard with a port supervisor. The cards were issued at the customer service desk aboard the ship, which took some additional time. Ultimately, boarding ran late and we departed well after we were scheduled to leave. Okay, I can attribute all of this to a computer issue and move on. Unfortunately, the issues just kept coming. While I understand, and appreciate, the importance of the mandatory boat drill, this too lacked any organization. I believed the computer system issues may have slowed the identification of some passengers. I learned at the boat drill that the barcode on my card didn’t work. Having another card issued with another visit to customer service didn’t change anything. While fine for opening the door to the cabin and making charges, the card didn’t identify me and I had to be manually cleared whenever leaving or returning to the ship for the duration. Our “upgraded” stateroom was on Deck 1. Our cabin attendant was surprised that a Platinum cruiser was on his deck. The room was clean and well attended for the duration. It was showing signs of wear, but the A/C worked and we never experienced the sewage smell experienced by other passengers accommodated below decks. Our cabin attendant, as has generally been our experience, was excellent. I tipped Floyd up front and never wanted for anything. The first night we dined in the main dining room. Despite other reviews, we found the food to be fine. While it’s clear that Carnival is cutting corners, we had no issue with the quality of food, promptness of service, or staff friendliness. This was the only night we ate in the dining room. Nassau is Nassau, and we’ve been many times, so didn’t really have any expectations. We did walk to an area known as The Fish Fry, and had the best cracked conch I have ever eaten served in massive quantities at Oh Andros. The restaurant was recommended by a gentleman at the port. It was wonderful. I ate so much that I changed my steakhouse reservation to the following night, and we nibbled at the lido, which was fine. The selections were good. I love the Mongolian BBQ. Getting back on the ship took over an hour in line at the gangway. Again, I suspect it was a computer issue as I still had to be manually cleared. I believe that the ship’s staff waited far too long to open another gangway, let passengers use crew gangways, etc. The gangway staff seemed put out and indifferent. The Carnival Valor is a 14 year old ship that appears to have had no refurbishment and is showing her age. While generally clean, things just looked worn. I’ve noticed this on other ships out of Canaveral (like the Sensation right out of Katrina FEMA service), but it seemed more prevalent on this cruise. We generally see this as older boats rotate into the short cruise market, but it has never been so obvious. I think Carnival needs to pay more attention to upkeep. Our final night we ate in the steakhouse. As always, it was wonderful and the culinary highlight of the cruise. The fee has risen to $35 per person, but I still believe that to be a bargain for what you get. I also learned that if you have the Cheer’s package, you can have drinks up to $25 a piece if or until you reach your daily limit. I was enjoying Grey Goose VX and my wife took advantage of some premium wines. Disembarkation was equally as disorganized as the boarding process. The elevator doors opened and we were pressed in to a mass of humanity. We were again held up at the gangplank as my card still didn’t work. Getting through the new terminal was equally tedious. I realize this is a newly rebuilt facility, but the lack of organization for immigration and customs was extreme. The customs agent we spoke with said that it’s the most cumbersome terminal in the port. It’s a shame as the new parking garage is wonderful. Hopefully they will eventually get things worked out. As my final word, I had fun on this cruise and struck up acquaintances with many nice passengers. There were many aboard who were low-rent and rowdy. It was a cheap cruise, and you get what you get. Nothing new there. I would definitely consider cruising with Carnival again, but absolutely not on this ship. My hope is that this was a one-off event, but based on other reviews think this is just a problematic boat. Our cruise last spring on the Carnival Magic was wonderful. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We were looking for a cruise out of Cape Canaveral and decided on the Majesty. I was a bit worried after reading some of the reviews - but we were extremely happy. The staff was awesome. The ship, while showing its age a little, was ... Read More
We were looking for a cruise out of Cape Canaveral and decided on the Majesty. I was a bit worried after reading some of the reviews - but we were extremely happy. The staff was awesome. The ship, while showing its age a little, was still in good shape and we found it to be clean. It seems that some people are expecting a luxury cruse experience from a moderately priced cruise. The cabin was small, but we went into it knowing they were on the small side - it was however, clean, smelled fine, bed was comfortable and pillows were good (we did ask for two more, which were quickly provided). Irwin, our cabin steward, was phenomenal - he went above and beyond on everything. Our Server, Nower, and Assistant Server, Kaywana, were terrific. Food was good, drinks were strong. Entertainment was good, but not great - but we were not expecting great on a small ship. You should definitely go to Cococay - it was great! Casino was very smokey. Great value for the money! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
This was our first cruise so we didn't know what to expect. Without having other ships to compare this to, I'm not sure how helpful my review will be. We had an outside cabin on the 3rd deck with a porthole window. Our room ... Read More
This was our first cruise so we didn't know what to expect. Without having other ships to compare this to, I'm not sure how helpful my review will be. We had an outside cabin on the 3rd deck with a porthole window. Our room steward was amazing and took very good care of our room. The ship is older but it is very clean. I thought the rooms were easy to find. As for other things on the ship, near the elevators there were deck layouts so you knew where you needed to go. We ate in the dining room for dinner every night and had the same wait staff each night. They were also amazing! The food was pretty good too. We did try out the buffet for snacks and breakfast, it was okay. Our bed was comfortable and we both slept well. The AC in our room could have worked a little better, most of the night we slept uncovered so that we weren't too hot. My only other gripe about our room is the water pressure in the shower, it was awful. The first morning it wasn't too bad but the rest of the time it was pretty bad. I don't recommend the late seating for dinner, we were with a group and were scheduled for 8:30 dinner and by the time we got out of there, it was after 10pm and most of the shows had already started. We really enjoyed Schooners. The piano player at night was really good and took requests from the crowd. It was really fun and the bartenders were great. We enjoyed the ports, Nassau was interesting to walk around the straw market and the other shops along the way. We enjoyed Junkanoo beach for a few hours before heading back to the ship. CocoCay was AMAZING!! I would definitely go back there. We went down to South Beach and swam and enjoyed the beach. It was gorgeous! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2016
We did this cruise because it was a brief getaway. With Carnival, I love the value it is while I don't feel like much is sacrificed. I know that there are more expensive cruise lines and cruises, but for the every day person, this ... Read More
We did this cruise because it was a brief getaway. With Carnival, I love the value it is while I don't feel like much is sacrificed. I know that there are more expensive cruise lines and cruises, but for the every day person, this is what I would choose. We did the Beauty and Charm of Nassau. This was a great excursion for the person who wants to hit all of the highlights of Nassau. We even went into Atlantis on Paradise Island. This was something I had not previously done before and I enjoyed the views. It was nice to stop at the distillery and experience their rum and how it is made! I would say, if you like their choices you need to buy it there as it is not available anywhere else. The highlight of this cruise for me was the Chef's Table! The overall experience was incredible and there was so much food! I would definitely recommend trying this, no matter how long you are cruising. It is worth the extra cost! I will caution you though, dinner took 3 hours. I will cruise Carnival again, although my next two cruises are on Princess and Norwegian. I have always enjoyed what Carnival has to offer on their ships and their value! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Carnival Valor, 12/01/16 This was my first cruise on the Valor, although I have been on her sister ships Liberty and Glory before. A friend of mine was offered a very good deal for this weekend cruise through the Carnival Players Club. ... Read More
Carnival Valor, 12/01/16 This was my first cruise on the Valor, although I have been on her sister ships Liberty and Glory before. A friend of mine was offered a very good deal for this weekend cruise through the Carnival Players Club. He needed a roommate, so I tagged along for the chance to see a new ship. Embarkation: We had to make a few unscheduled stops on the way to Port Canaveral, so I missed our unofficial Cruise Critic gathering (sorry again folks!). But embarking at the terminal was very easy. I have not been to the old terminal #5 at PC for a few years, and they’ve improved it quite a bit since then. It now has a parking garage and entry into the terminal is on the second floor, which helps a lot with flow. The new priority room is very nice, a far cry from the old side office once used there. We were on the ship after only a few minutes. Our Cabin: We had cabin 9232, which is an interior room on the Lido Deck. The location is very nice, as it is just a short walk out to the main pool area. The cabin itself was in good shape and everything worked properly. Our steward did a great job throughout the cruise. The Ship: It’s hard to believe that the Conquest ships are now considered medium sized by today’s standards. But considering she’s half the size of the biggest in the world, I suppose that’s accurate. The Valor still looks great, inside and out after 12 years of service. She has had several upgrades, including Guy’s Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina and the Red Frog Bars. I really liked having the two new bars by the main pool, they make getting a drink much easier as it spreads the crowd out. I spent a lot of time hanging out at the Red Frog bar on the Promenade Deck. It’s a very nice bar and they have the delicious Thirsty Frog beer on tap. The nightclub is also nice on the Valor, it’s fairly large and in old Carnival style, is themed around the moon landing. Food and Service: We only ate in the main dining room once on the first evening. We had very good service from the wait staff, and the food was excellent! Our other meals were usually in the lido buffet, Guy’s Burgers or the pizzeria. I thought the food offerings on the ship were great, and there are plenty of options. Activities and Nightlife: As this was a three night cruise, they had plenty of stuff going on around the ship. There was a great live band that played on the promenade each night, and the comedians in the club were pretty funny. They also had solo artists playing in the atrium and Red Frog Bar each evening, all were very good. I was impressed by how much live talent they had onboard. The nightclub was packed each night and the DJ did a good job keeping things going with a variety of pop, dance and Latin music. They also had a live Latin band down in Winston’s Bar on Atlantic deck that I enjoyed listening to on the last evening. Complaints: Very few. Actually just one. The Cruise Director was on the PA system way too much. I don’t think an hour passed by that he wasn’t squawking about all the activities and money spending opportunities going on around the ship. Between the Fun Times daily paper and new Carnival Hub app (highly recommended BTW, I wish Royal had the same) it really isn’t hard to know what’s going on. So the constant yammering is just an annoyance. Debarkation: Debarking the ship was very easy. We were off and to the car in about twenty minutes. All in all it was a fun little cruise. Definitely a great appetizer for Oasis next weekend! A pictorial version of this review is posted on the Cruise Critic forums: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2429979 Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
We got a really good last minute deal and decided to go with our friends. The reviews on CC were not good, and we were wondering what we would experience. We were very pleasantly surprised. Our oceanview room was clean, centrally ... Read More
We got a really good last minute deal and decided to go with our friends. The reviews on CC were not good, and we were wondering what we would experience. We were very pleasantly surprised. Our oceanview room was clean, centrally located on the ship and well maintained by our room attendant. Our meal experiences in the main dining room were delicious, tasty and very pleasant due to our exceptional waiter and asst waiter. This is my 4th RCL cruise, and our evening meals were the best that I have ever had with RCL. Selection, presentation and quality left nothing to be unhappy with. The ship was maintained well, the Christmas decorations made for a very festive atmosphere, and the overall interaction with the staff was wonderful. The four of us had a wonderful time, and hope to have a return visit on this ship in the near future. There is no perfect cruise experience but I wonder at some of these recent reviews because I can't imagine what caused such negative reviews. To each his own, but I would recommend this ship and her staff with no hesitation. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
Rooms were very nice. Our steward was excellent. Dining room staff were a+, Meals in dining room I would rate a 7 on scale of 1-10. Disappointed that lobster wasn't offered. Also, very disappointed that there wasn't an adult ... Read More
Rooms were very nice. Our steward was excellent. Dining room staff were a+, Meals in dining room I would rate a 7 on scale of 1-10. Disappointed that lobster wasn't offered. Also, very disappointed that there wasn't an adult only pool. Also, hot tubs had to be shut down due to allowing babies in them with no diaper. It also appeared that this ship was used as a training ship for new staff. All I all, still had a very nice time. Entertainment was very good. We enjoyed Coco Cay very much. Beach was beautiful and if anyone is disabled they had wonderful beach wheelchairs. Our room steward was exceptional. One of our friends lost her glasses in the cabin and our steward turned the room upside down to find the glasses. We also had a wonderful dining room attendant, Carmen which we absolutely loved. She needs to be rewarded for excellent service. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
I had low expectations based on reading many reviews and the price tag for the cruise we took. All in all we had a lot of fun but there were things lacking. You get what you pay for. I was pleasantly surprised by the rooms. We had two ... Read More
I had low expectations based on reading many reviews and the price tag for the cruise we took. All in all we had a lot of fun but there were things lacking. You get what you pay for. I was pleasantly surprised by the rooms. We had two ocean view staterooms on deck 6 for two adults and two kids. The rooms were not fancy, spacious, or special but definitely served their purpose. The room attendant was fantastic and thoughtful though. He based his towel animals on passing conversations he had with the kids which was really sweet. Service in the main dining room was also good but outside of the room attendant and main dining room, I found service on the rest of the ship to be quite lacking. The first day on ship we started at the Windjammer for lunch after buying the Coke refillable cups for the drink package. (Unless you are a serious soda addict don't buy the drink package. It was not worth the cost at all) Not one server approached us to serve drinks at all during that lunch (or any after!) and it took until the next day to find out from someone that you can get all the coke soda flavors self serve from the coke machine on the 12th floor. Up until then I would go to a bar and get it filled for the kids with only a choice of coke diet coke or sprite. In fact, with the exception of the main dining room, and one morning at the windjammer where a server went around with a tray of orange juice, I was not offered a drink- alcohol or non- the entire cruise. We did the stingray city excursion at coco cay and I give that 5 stars. It was amazing and fun and reasonably priced. We were given plenty of time to interact with the stingrays, feed them, ask questions, and snorkel around. The guides were knowledgeable, patient, and wonderful with the kids. I can't say enough about that excursion. I would do it over and over and over again. We also paid for the Treasure hunt snorkeling excursion at coco cay. I say we paid for it- but we didn't actually do it. We got the snorkel gear and tried. The excursion is listed as suitable for ages four and up. The wind and waves were enough that I couldn't as a strong swimmer, get my 8 and 10 year olds (also decent swimmers) safely to the spot where the snorkeling is supposed to be. Also, its listed as if you are getting a special tour or something. It is completely independent and the only difference between the treasure hunt and just renting snorkeling gear is that if you find a coin you can turn it in for a chance to win a prize. The treasure hunt was a disappointment in that sense. I have heard the snorkeling area itself is great so my suggestion would be just go into it knowing it is weather dependent (especially for kids) and just opt for the gear rental instead of the treasure hunt. To RCI's credit they refunded the cost of the excursion when I brought the situation to their attention. We still had a great time at Coco Cay and can't wait to go back! On Nassau, we did the glass bottom boat tour in the morning and opted to walk around on our own in the afternoon. The boat gives you a nice tour of the harbor near nassau and Paradise island and the guide was very informative. He gave lots of anecdotal information and was funny and kept the kids interested. The part where you go below to see the glass bottom and what is under the boat wasn't fantastic. I have been on other glass bottom boat tours where we could see more and weren't so cramped around the few windows. The kids did love it and all in all for the price I would do it again. I haven't checked but would be curious what the cost would be to book directly with the boat tour instead of through RCI. The glass bottom boat tour is right there in port next to the ships and very easy to walk to. RCI made it sound like we had to take a bus there which is partly why we booked with them. We had to meet at 8:30 am in the theater and between waiting there, and waiting in a group after getting off the ship before we could walk to the boat tour it took until about 10am to get to the tour itself. It was ridiculous to take that much time to walk maybe 50 yards to the glass bottom boat. Compare prices. If you can book directly for cheaper then I would do that. Get yourself by foot those 50 yards and save yourself the hassle. Onboard activities I can't speak much to, because we didn't spend much time doing much on the ship. We did go to the show the last night and was pleased with it and the kids liked it. We didn't make it to the other shows because with a 6pm dining time we never could make the 7pm show and the later one was too late for the kids. Keep that in mind when planning. The pool is very small. It didn't matter much on this cruise because the weather was quite cool and the water was also, so the pool was never full. I would not want to be on this ship in the summer though. With kids ages 8 and 10 I didn't find there was much for them to do onboard. We had looked forward to watching movies poolside but the kids movie was at 6pm when we were at dinner and the 8:30 movie was not appropriate for their age (more for adults). There seemed to be teen activities, and a late night party at the kids activity area every night which started at 10pm. The times earlier in the day that I did take them to check out the kids club activities, there didn't seem to be any kids there over the age of 6/7 or any activities suitable for older than that. One day there was pirate face painting and singing which seemed great for younger kids. I can't really review the kids activities since we didn't use them other than to say that for this "tween" age there wasn't much on ship that was appealing to them. I was hesitant to self-carry our luggage off ship when we returned to Port Canaveral but I was glad we did. It was pretty painless and we were in our car before we were even supposed to be meeting on deck 5 for our appropriate luggage tag number group. I would self-carry again for sure. My summary: We did have a lot of fun, especially for the money. The cruise met or exceeded my expectations based on what I read about Majesty. I would cruise with Royal Caribbean again (this was my first time) but probably not on this ship unless I could go without kids. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
This was our second time on the Oasis of the Seas. We were on the Allure Twice. The staff were great, always going out of their way to make sure our experience was memorable. Embarkation went very quickly. Disembarkation we used ... Read More
This was our second time on the Oasis of the Seas. We were on the Allure Twice. The staff were great, always going out of their way to make sure our experience was memorable. Embarkation went very quickly. Disembarkation we used the express and a little more organization is needed. First the shows: Such amazing talent. Cats is not one of my favorite plays but this cast was so very talented. The singing, the dancing Great. Frozen in Time, the Aqua Show, the comedian were all wonderful. The headliner show "Abba" was so good we went twice. We were in the Boardwalk Balcony room and wow, it was great. Always had the ocean balcony before but really enjoyed the Boardwalk - more to see. Not noisy at all. Food: The Park Café roast beef sandwiches are a must. The hot dog stand great. The food in the dining room was a disappointment, first because of the selection then because of the taste, we actually had to send back the food twice. Staff: Best staff on any cruise ship. They all went out of their way to help and be courteous. Our room steward Corrine - fantastic. Our dining room staff - Yogesh and Catherine - WOW. My husband and I traveled alone on this trip but made reservations for another cruise in May with the family. Hopefully the food will improve by then. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
Cabin nice, smaller than other ships, but location close to Spa was perfect for us. Quiet at night. Dinner quality was inconsistant with some downright poor food. Disappointed that there was no menu of what would be served at the Chef ... Read More
Cabin nice, smaller than other ships, but location close to Spa was perfect for us. Quiet at night. Dinner quality was inconsistant with some downright poor food. Disappointed that there was no menu of what would be served at the Chef Table...so didn't sign up for that. Guy's Hamburger Place was delicious. Spa was great, as usual with typical services and pricing. Sign up for the 10-20-30 deal if you use the spa alot...worth it. Love the sauna with windows to the ocean...so relaxing. If you do use the spa, sign up right when you get on board, best choice of service times. Sign up for Value Pricing times if you don't plan to get off the ship. Fun Shop for jewelry and watches had good selections at very reasonable pricing. Embarcation very easy and quick, debarcation was a little chaotic as the staff had different instructions than what the information in the cabin, but overall, still easy to carry off. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
The ship is older but still in pretty good shape. The crew was incredible. The facilities nice, although there is only one pool and it is small. Food was average to good, not great. Activities are plentiful, something for everyone. ... Read More
The ship is older but still in pretty good shape. The crew was incredible. The facilities nice, although there is only one pool and it is small. Food was average to good, not great. Activities are plentiful, something for everyone. Entertainment was enjoyable. Coco Cay was amazing! On board spa was sorely lacking. Here's what we learned in a nutshell: 1. do not buy anything from the shops until the last day. The prices are incredibly inflated until the true clearance days. 2. Do not buy the beverage plans. You can get free sodas, juices, coffee, etc from the Windjammer. Just get it yourself. Unless you are a severe alcoholic, you won't drink $63 worth of alcohol per person per day. Just pay as you go. Beer is $5.95 to $6.50 each. All liquor drinks, wine and champagne are $10 ea. I truly think the liquor was watered down so you're better to go with a dark liquor that you can more readily tell if water has been added. 3. Everyone on board will try to push products, upgrades and extras. Be prepared to say no ALOT. it gets tiring, like you're at a flea market. 4. Do not waste your money on any spa services. I had 3 different ones and they were all terrible. There is obviously no training and certainly no certification. To do massages, facials, pedicures, you should have to be certified. I get a lot of these in the states and when I'm paying twice the stateside cost, I expect excellent service and clean facilities. I received neither. Spoke with others who had the same experience. If you choose to take your chances, don't book precruise. You'll pay full price. They have special deals starting the first day, so not only did I have poor service but I paid full price. 5. Gratuity is included in everything. You can't run a tab, everything is paid as you order. Don't get motivated by guilt and add extra unless it is truly deserved. Otherwise, you'll end up tipping $4.00 on a $10 drink and $30 on a $65 pedicure. Watch your numbers on your receipts. 6. If you get motion sickness, choose a cabin on the lowest level possible. Also, the staterooms are tiny but efficient. 7. Make friends with the crew members that will be servicing you regularly. It makes a difference in your overall experience. Bad service can ruin your trip while good and thoughtful touches make it special. 8. Don't go to any of their seminars unless you want to be sold something. They're not for information, they're for sales. 9. Coco Cay was amazing!!!! Stay as long as you can and definitely do lunch there!!! 10. Nassau was good if you like tee shirts and bags. Every store, every straw market vendor has the exact same products. Haggle. They're all made in China anyway. There are no handmade crafts by artisans at the straw market or in the squares. The food is good though and worth the trip off the ship. Also, Paradise Island is a great stop but you have to pay out the butt if you want to see anything but the lobby and casino of Atlantis. There are other things on the island to see and do though. We had a great experience with the exception of the spa. I was dragged on board kicking and screaming but really had a great time. We will be going again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We have sailed on the Athem twice and enjoy the ship and its many diverse complimentary restaurants. The 270 room is really amazing, Spectra's, the Gift were wonderfully creative. We Will Rock You was a fun show to watch. We loved ... Read More
We have sailed on the Athem twice and enjoy the ship and its many diverse complimentary restaurants. The 270 room is really amazing, Spectra's, the Gift were wonderfully creative. We Will Rock You was a fun show to watch. We loved the food in Silk and the Solarium Bistro for dinner. It was fun to dress up to eat at the Grande; which has excellent food. They had tendering problems at Coco Cay. They did a poor job of informing the guests of what was happening and many people waited at least 3 hours to get to the island. Our only suggestion would be to avoid Coco Beach. We took the Coco Beach Shuttle. The beach is not pretty; brown sand and is not one of Florida's beautiful beach. It is convenient about a 15 minute ride from the ship. The Ron Jon Surf shop which you can walk to was interesting but I wouldn't waste my money on this. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Ok! We just got back (Nov 18- Nov 21) and had a blast!!! Ship was clean. Our room attendant was phenomenal. Be sure and go to Schooners for the piano man or to just hang out and ask for Havi. He was one of the best servers ever. The entire ... Read More
Ok! We just got back (Nov 18- Nov 21) and had a blast!!! Ship was clean. Our room attendant was phenomenal. Be sure and go to Schooners for the piano man or to just hang out and ask for Havi. He was one of the best servers ever. The entire Windjammer staff was great and we loved their food. Room service was also amazing! We loved all the events ... the poolside dance party, trivia, karaoke, etc. The service in Boleros was disappointing. The 2 bartenders couldn't keep up and kept running out of the items for their signature drinks and the bar tenders at the pool bar closest to Windjammers were down right grumpy. Main dining room service was ssssllloooowww and the food tasted very bland. I will definitely go again!!! Overall still an 8!!! I didn't want to get off the ship (apparently they frown in you wanting to stay for free lol) Cocoa Cay was good, also. A little windy but that is to be expected this time of year. Each time we go it seems we find a few more tricks to make it easier on us! Great job to the staff and crew of the Majesty!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
I purposely did not post a review of the Epic's cruise of November 12th as I assumed other passengers would slam it and it appears that is the case. Two major problems will probably cause the worst memories -- embarkation and ... Read More
I purposely did not post a review of the Epic's cruise of November 12th as I assumed other passengers would slam it and it appears that is the case. Two major problems will probably cause the worst memories -- embarkation and disembarkation.. Now realistically, the first voyage since arriving from Europe and the use of a new or different terminal might have caused the very poorly organized embarkation but NCL is a big company with many talented employees so making it better than the chaotic situation should have been a HUGE priority. The lack of a working P.A. system really complicated things as different employees gave different answers to what was occurring. Immediately there was unhappiness being exhibited by both the cruisers and the staff. This is exactly the wrong way to begin a cruise vacation on a beautiful ship. Disembarkation was even worse if that could have been possible. By the way, these explanations were provided by staff members but never verified or explained by official communication, that's a problem NCL needs to rectify. It is a huge ship with many, many customers trying to do the same thing at the same time. It is also a large ship with many, many amenities. If you are unwilling to have those factors weigh against each other and enjoy the experience, try a smaller ship at probability a substantially higher rate. I am not letting NCL's ineptitude slide as they could have done immeasurably better with clear and appropriate communication. Too many times on this voyage there was confusion due to a lack of clear communication. I tried to explain some of these in a written correspondence but I have had no response as of yet. Note to travel professionals: Americans hate being confused by poor or non existent communication. Speaking of communication, when or how were we to know the private island stop was cancelled. Many passengers had no idea until the printed itinerary showed Nassau. The problem here is that I had the private island experience on a previous NCL cruise and was so impressed I encouraged others to join me on this cruise. I was informed before traveling by my travel agent but most other passengers were unaware. Also, I understand that hurricane caused issues are beyond NCL's control but I have to believe this was a cost saver so how about something else to compensate? Another bone of contention is the "nickel and dime charges" that many passengers found noxious. I believe these practices came about due to many passengers "stiffing" hard working staff but maybe re-evaluation of the whole system is needed. Once again, I can see NCL's situation. They provide the opportunity for a wonderful experience at a price I find very reasonable, to wit, some passengers paid less for passage than a hotel room for a weekend in Manhattan! For me on this voyage I enjoyed terrific entertainment experiences -- Priscilla Of The Desert was as good as Broadway and Howl At The Moon was probably the best show I have encountered at sea. I went to it five times and each night was different and free! The two bands in the wonderful Beatle inspired nightclub were also wonderful and always attracted a large crowd. Folks who saw Cirque praised it. There were many other neat music venues but adults could find a somewhat quieter environment, along with nice hot tubs at the adult zone. The water park setup was also very popular and lines seemed very reasonable. The food was a pleasant surprise. From the first meal in Taste to some buffet breakfasts there was always a large variety of tasty well prepared food. I might add that every server in the two main restaurants, the Noodle bar, Le Bistro and Cagneys was friendly, efficient and professional. Hint: do not miss the warm lava cake in the main dining rooms and, if finances allow, go to Cagneys. The reservation system seemed to work well. The mini suite was an excellent investment for space and the balcony. As so many others have mentioned the tub/shower, toilet and sink set up is a bit strange. I am still not sure how I liked it but some couples sharing a room may find it problematical. The separate sink was a good idea but the poor lighting made shaving a challenge. I also did not like the heavy, noisy glass doors especially as they are the first things one sees upon entering the cabin. The public areas were well designed and kept clean, the casino was usually full so I presume it was a nice experience. The future cruise and port staff were the best I have encountered on several NCL cruises. The captain and officers were visible, friendly and professional. Coffee bar was nice but there was an extra charge. The NCL concierge app was good for communication among passengers and ship info but here too, there was a charge ($10) that probably the line could have absorbed. Would I do it again, definitely, could NCL improve, yep, starting with better communications in all areas. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
I did a TON of internet research on this cruise before we went, heard everything, the good, the bad and the ugly. I also am experienced in knowing a lot of people who write reviews tend to do so to vent, this is not that type of review. ... Read More
I did a TON of internet research on this cruise before we went, heard everything, the good, the bad and the ugly. I also am experienced in knowing a lot of people who write reviews tend to do so to vent, this is not that type of review. We booked this suite as we were sailing with a party of 20 for my wife's 50th birthday. Our two small children stayed with us in this room. Let me first point out that if your expectations are sheer luxury and being pampered...you aren't paying for it on this cruise...check your ticket price. This cruise caters to those who want to party, knowing that going in saves you a lot of heart ache later. We had 5 kids under 11 with us but everyone in the party used our room as the central meeting point. It was spacious, not huge or grand. The deck was a fair size...we sat 8 adults out there. It was clean, not spotless the only downside was that the toilet smelled but that wasn't a huge deal...I mean after all its a vacation. They put a roll away in there for my daughter and my son used the fold down bed. Our main bed was comfy. and we had plenty of room to maneuver around with 4 of us in there. We always kept the fridge stocked with wine and champagne and had preordered gift food to show up...that was fun...you never knew who would be at the door, family or food and drinks. Yes the boat is old, but when you get the lower end cruises the people watching makes up for it big-time. The best part was seeing the whole spectrum from drunk party goers to dressed up elderly. The food was "meh" but we didn't get sick so thats a big plus. The dinners were nice and the waiters were very attentive. Some tips for you if you rent this suite. Internet, we got the surf and stream package...let me assure you there is no stream. lol. We used Facebook as our primary means to communicate with the group. I brought in some Tommy Bahama scents for the room as I wanted it to smell tropical and it did. If you are going to use it for a larger party make sure you tell the room attendant you want extra glasses as there will only be 2 champagne and 2 wine. The boilers need to heat up at least about 2 hours before you take a shower. This means WAIT until the boat leaves for a bit before showering otherwise its cold. Lastly, debarking the ship, you need to tell people you are in the royal suite to skip the lines. We left close to 8:30am and just blew past everyone getting off. There will be 2 places you need to the them, on floor 4 and when going thru customs. They aren't good on asking. We breezed right off. All in all, it is what it is. You aren't paying $8k like a Disney cruise or like the Oasis of the seas. The room is small if you are thinking it will be huge. I found it to be just the right size however would have liked it bigger but then again...why complain? Fun cruise, excellent people watching, great room attendant, great dinner waiter but watch out for the heavy pour drinks...lol. I had to tell the bar tender "I want a normal rum runner, not a 23 year old nitro version!" Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
The staff does the best possible service they can, but they are short on staff. The friendliness of the staff was superb, but a person can only do as much as they are able. The RCI corporate has set the ship up for failure by making huge ... Read More
The staff does the best possible service they can, but they are short on staff. The friendliness of the staff was superb, but a person can only do as much as they are able. The RCI corporate has set the ship up for failure by making huge advertising claims, without the staff to provide these things. The rock wall was barely opened, the kids area was only open for limited hours, the dining staff had more than they could handle. Everyone on the boat worked as hard as they humanly were able. It almost made it unenjoyable to be surrounded by people who were hustling so hard. The staff all wanted to take the extra time and care to say hello and interact with my children, but they all were constrained on time and being called to other duties. I would like to say that I spoke to Michael, who stated that he is the highest level supervisor in the call center. I couldn't have been more disappointed in the customer service provided. I will never sail Royal Caribbean again, and I will do my best to dissuade anyone I talk to from choosing RCI as well. There is NO NURSERY, and no in room babysitting. So plan to chase toddlers around the ship without anything to do, unless you want to take them to swim around the upper pool with lots of half naked people, drunk, and screaming profanities. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
This was my third Carnival cruise and the most disappointing. The cabin decor was very old and the breakfast and lunches were cafeteria caliber food. The 24-hour pizza kiosk was the best! Hate the idea that only water and cheap ... Read More
This was my third Carnival cruise and the most disappointing. The cabin decor was very old and the breakfast and lunches were cafeteria caliber food. The 24-hour pizza kiosk was the best! Hate the idea that only water and cheap lemonade are offered as beverages, sodas should be included. The day at sea did not offer many activities, that could be a plus for those wanting the vegetate and do nothing. Long lines to eat breakfast and lunch. The Cat in the Hat breakfast was a high point, only $5 per person and the food was very tasty. My granddaughter very much enjoyed the character breakfast. The Sea and See shore excursion was a joke, especially the "tour" portion which was no more than a bus ride to a shopping area, not an island tour as advertised. Not worth the $80 per person cost. The entire experience felt low class! Read Less
24 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Family of 5-ages 48, 21, 17 and 5 years old. I am a health inspector in NC for over 25 years. Have cruised on 4 different lines including Disney (5X), RCL (2X) and the Carnival Dream. Booked this cruise last minute (one month out) for the ... Read More
Family of 5-ages 48, 21, 17 and 5 years old. I am a health inspector in NC for over 25 years. Have cruised on 4 different lines including Disney (5X), RCL (2X) and the Carnival Dream. Booked this cruise last minute (one month out) for the kids fall break. Day 1 embarkation went smoothly boarded ship at 1:15pm room was ready so we dropped off our luggage. 7265 OS was very well appointed. Did not smell bad. Lots of storage and very roomy. Balcony had 4 chairs and a table. Couch is strange looking, but sits well. Small chair was stained. Bathroom was clean and good repair. No missing tiles or mildew. Our 21 year old son had an inside cabin on the 8th deck. His cabin was clean and yes the bathroom was pink. It was clean and mildew free. Went up to pool deck for lunch buffet. Food was decent. Went swimming and then had to muster. Went fine. Sail away was good. Rum punch was strong and $7.95 it was the drink of the day. Crew was friendly. 6pm dinner in pacific dinning room. Waitstaff was very professional and took our orders quickly, food was decent. Not hot but warm. Did not have to wait long at all. Registered Our 5 year old at the children's area. Staff was friendly and attentive. Did not do any shows on the first night. Casino was smoky. Decided to go to bed around 9:30pm Bed was comfortable cabin temp was comfy but a little cooler would have been better. Next morning at 8am my 17 year daughter went to spa for fire and ice pedicure. It was $70 and last over an hour. Included Hot stones. The standard "buy our products" banter at the end was annoying. She was a satisfied customer. The rest of us had breakfast in the dinning room. Service was a little slower but still not bad. Walked into the Bahamas at 12:30pm back on ship by 3pm. Enjoyed the empty pools. Dinner was good and the waitstaff did a small celebration dance routine. Comedy show was funny. Not hilarious. Next morning was brunch in the the pacific dining room. Service was slower. Breakfast was the usual fair. Scrambled eggs had an unusual texture. Tasted ok. After went to the pool watched ice sculpture demo. Played bingo and casino slots. Disembarkation went fine, off the ship and back in our car before 9am. Overall this was a cruise worth the money we spent. I went in with super low expectations. Reviews I read made me nervous that we made a mistake booking this cruise. I actually feel that those reviews were people who expected this to be like Disney or RCL. It's not, but it's really a decent getaway for your money. Make the best of your experience enjoy it for what it is. Cheaper than other lines but certainly not a waste of money. Hope this review helps. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I went on this cruise as an office retreat. Let's just say if this was the first cruise I'd ever gone on I'd never cruise again! Disembarking was not good we were supposed to board at 12:30 we didn't get on the boat ... Read More
I went on this cruise as an office retreat. Let's just say if this was the first cruise I'd ever gone on I'd never cruise again! Disembarking was not good we were supposed to board at 12:30 we didn't get on the boat until after 1:30. The muster drill was mind-blowingly ridiculous they had us standing out there for 45 minutes and showed us absolutely nothing at all! Our first night at dinner was horrible the ship was so rocky none of us could enjoy the dinner due to the rocking which made a lot of us sick. Most of the food was absolutely disgusting none of the desserts from the "sweet shop" were sweet the food in the buffet was cold, old with no seasoning and the lines were way too long! There was a magician show we planned to go see when we got to the room where the show was to be held there was no magician about 2 minutes later the phone rang so one of the passengers answered they let us know that the magician would not be showing up! The comedy club was lame not funny at all, the pools were dirty. There were a couple of minor good things like the pizza, the chopsticks place and the club was fun but it got tooo smokey and ratchet late into the night. Our room was on the 6th deck, two nights in a row the way to our room was blocked off by a barricade thing so we had to go to the other side of the ship to walk back around to our room that was very inconvenient. I was very happy when I got off that boat! I guess you get what you pay for Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We have cruised a number of times either with Norweign and Royal Carribean. The last 4 with Royal. I got a great deal money wise for a 5 night cruise with Carnival aboard the Valor. After numberless cuises we have decided that the ship is ... Read More
We have cruised a number of times either with Norweign and Royal Carribean. The last 4 with Royal. I got a great deal money wise for a 5 night cruise with Carnival aboard the Valor. After numberless cuises we have decided that the ship is our destination as that it is a floating resort and the ports are a plus. We did not take this cruise for its ports but to see for ourselves what a Carnival Fun Ship is all about. We enjoyed the Carnival cruise and it had its pluses. The staff was hardworking and curtious. The cabin was always taken care of by our steward. There was always something going on for any age group. The food choices could not compare to Royal. The buffet was lacking and the dining room food was not hot. The other major complaint I have was the smoking at the bar near and around the casino. The ventilation system was horrible. People were holding their clothes over their noses when walking bye. The entertainment was good but lacking. Royal had far better main featured shows but less activities going on. There was some running around the hallways but but unbearable. The balcony was an adequate size. Would I cruise Carnival again or suggest them to a friend? For a low price vacation with not huge expectation I would. I will be cruising with Royal in the future. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
My boyfriend treated me to this cruise for my birthday. We drove from Ohio to Florida right after Hurricane Matthew. Orlando is beautiful but the traffic was awful. We saw a lot of storm damage on our way but not in the city.This was my ... Read More
My boyfriend treated me to this cruise for my birthday. We drove from Ohio to Florida right after Hurricane Matthew. Orlando is beautiful but the traffic was awful. We saw a lot of storm damage on our way but not in the city.This was my first cruise, and it fully lived up to my expectations. We had an interior cabin and contrary to some reviews I read we had no complaints or issues. The cabin was clean and in excellent condition, and tidied up twice a day. We only met our steward once, but he did a great job as far as we were concerned. I feel like the ship decor had a personality disorder. The many venues had so many different themes it was like every idea some decorator had was thrown together any which way. On the other hand the ship was clean and the staff were always cleaning and maintaining the public areas. Overall it was a fine ship with no complaints from us. The food options were plentiful and we rarely waited more than a couple of minutes in lines for anything. Scarlett's steakhouse was so amazing the first night we went back a second time. I have never had such wonderful food on land, for so little $. The service in the dining room was haphazard, but the food was always good and the menu changed every night. Have breakfast in the buffet, the food is the same as the dining room, it's much faster, and the view is much nicer. We also loved the breakfast at the Blue Iguana burrito bar. Guy's burgers were great, but there's so much variety we didn't get there as often as we thought we would. We avoided the crowded Lido deck and spent our time in the Serenity or Prometheus adult areas. I would have liked the water slide better if the pool it lands in was fresh rather than salt water. The salt water burned when it got up my nose or in my eyes.But hello,boat on the ocean, salt water makes more sense. I think we tried out every hot tub on Valor = ) We watched a movie one night from the hot tub, that was great fun.The shows were good, maybe not amazing, but always enjoyable. I think we saw them all. We didn't get many drinks from the bars, but what we had were good, and we only waited for service on the Lido deck, at the other bars we got served right away. It may seem odd but our favorite place to just relax was the deck on 3, outside the main lobby. It was the best view of the water and was almost always empty or nearly so. Hurricane Matthew changed our excursion plans but we did get to Half Moon Cay. Just like every other review you will read, let me say it was the highlight of our cruise. Nassau was interesting but unless you're an avid shopper or enjoy the bar scene there doesn't seem to be much to do. After Half Moon the beach had a hard time impressing me but it was still quite nice. We went to a local fish place for dinner and the food was wonderful. In closing I'd like to say to anyone who goes on a cruise: please be nice to the staff, they're busting their butts to help you enjoy your vacation. If there was one thing that spoiled my overall impression of my first cruise it was the way some of the other guests behaved towards the staff. Read Less

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