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6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We chose this cruise to take our daughter (8 years old) on her first cruise. We wanted a relatively short one that left from Orlando and over her fall break. This was my eight cruise and my husband's fourth. We arrived at the port ... Read More
We chose this cruise to take our daughter (8 years old) on her first cruise. We wanted a relatively short one that left from Orlando and over her fall break. This was my eight cruise and my husband's fourth. We arrived at the port at 10:30 am and security and check in were a breeze. We were through it within 5 minutes and on the ship at about 10:50. We made our way to the Windjammer for lunch, and there was no wait. Spent the next few hours at the pool and hot tubs. Room: Our room was ready right at 1:00 and our luggage was waiting in the hall. Our room steward, Jean, was great and always able to get us what we needed. We had brought two bottles of wine with us, but forgot a corkscrew, and he had one readily available on his cart for us to use. We are platinum C & A members and he also brought our robes on the first night, which we weren't expecting since we had never received them before :-). We had an oceanview on deck 3. We had a pullman bed for our daughter. It was pretty tight in the room for 3 people, but we were really only ever in there to sleep or get dressed, so no big deal. Dining: When my husband I cruise, we generally like to eat the main seating in the dining room at a table for 2. We are introverts and prefer not to be forced to talk to strangers. However, our daughter is a social butterfly, so we decided to just go with it and not request a special table. Royal did a great job of pairing our family up with another family of three who had an 8 year old daughter. They were also from the same general area of the country. The girls got along great and we had a nice time at dinner each night. Our waiters were Rommel and Jaywanna, and they were also great. They remembered our names and our preferences and service was generally good. The only issue was the second evening the time between appetizers and entrees was especially long. Rommel mentioned there was a backup in the kitchen and apologized several times. The food was pretty good, the best thing I had was the striploin on the first evening. It was very tasty! My husband was disappointed there wasn't free lobster on the formal night, but Rommel mentioned that is only on 7 night cruises. Pools: We spent a good deal of time a the pool on this cruise. We didn't get off the ship at all on the day at Nassau and we also had a sea day. Both of those days was spent on the pool deck. Our daughter loved the new kid splash area, however, it was only open when they had someone from Adventure Ocean there to stand in the area and direct the kids on the slide. If there wasn't a staff member, it was closed. She's a great swimmer, so she was able to go in the other pools no problem when that area was closed. There are 4 hot tubs, and they were nice and warm and open in the evening too. There are some newer deck chairs on the pool deck that are mesh instead of the old style slatted kind, and they were more comfortable. On the sea day, we went to the pool pretty early, so had no trouble finding a spot, but we did notice people later in the day looking for chairs and not being able to find one that didn't already have someone's stuff on it. I didn't notice any staff removing people's things from chairs if they hadn't been to them in 30 minutes. Adventure Ocean: We've never had to worry about Adventure Ocean before since we've never taken a kid on a cruise before. However, we knew enough to get her signed up on the first day in case she wanted to use it later. We signed her up about 3:00 on the first day. She went back the second and third night for about an hour each time. She had a lot of fun, but she preferred going to the shows and playing in the pool and making friends there. Ship: The ship is one of the older ones, and we knew that going in so our expectations were not inflated. There were definately areas of rust and such, but nothing that I really cared about and didn't affect our vacation one iota. There was some smells in the hallway on the floor of our room sometimes that smelled of sewage, but nothing in our room itself. The seas were rockier than normal the first two evenings and it was very noticeable. Not enough to make any of us sick, but if you were first time cruiser you might have been a little worried. Staff: Everyone we met, staff wise, was very nice and accomodating and did things to make our vacation better. We had one bar server not charge us for a frozen drink for our daughter the first day. We bought some pictures after formal night and my daughter came with me to pay and mentioned she liked the nice photo book they have for sale for $20. The lady who rang us up said, "For her, no charge" and gave us the photo book for free. It was little touches like that that made the trip special. Medical: We actually had to visit the medical area on this trip. Our daughter slipped on the pool steps and banged her leg up. Not enough to have to see a doctor, but enough where she needed an ice pack. We went down to the medical facility at about 3:55. They didn't open until 4:00. Right at 4:00, someone opened the door. The facility looked nice, but we didn't see a whole lot since we just needed an ice pack. Turns out, they don't have ice packs. They gave us some plastic bags and told us to have our steward give us ice. Worked fine. However, we did notice they had free seasickness medicine in a box outside of the medical facility with a note they also provide them at guest services. Never knew that! Entertainment: The singers and dancers were very good on this cruise. Probably some of the best singers we've seen. The headliner was en Elton John impersonator and his show was really good! We went to all of the shows and really enjoyed them. Shore excursions: The only thing we did was rent the sun shade and lounger on Coco Cay. I burn easily, so it was nice to have the lounger and shade and it was on the quieter side of the island. We were the second ship to go to Coco Cay since the hurricane and the water looked gorgeous. There was some evidence of the hurricane on the island, but overall it looked great. It became windier as the day went on and the tender we took back to the ship at about 1:30 was pretty rocky, but nothing terrible. I believe they stopped the tender service early coming back from the island because it was getting so windy. Debarkation: We decided to walk off the ship with our luggage, and this is the first time we've done this. Apparently, everyone on this cruise had the same idea. The line snaked from deck four up the stairs all the way to deck 6, I think. Once the line started moving, it went pretty fast and we were off the ship and through customs within 20 minutes of when we got in line. Overall: We had a great time and would sail this ship again. My first cruise 20+ years ago was on the Empress, so I knew what to expect. Our daughter loved it and can't wait to go on another cruise. I would highly reccomend this trip to anyone, as long as you know what to expect. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Embarkation We chose this cruise because it was as a good fit for our plan to get to platinum VIFP level. We were not particularly thrilled by the itinerary but we enjoy Half Moon Cay. We drove down to Titusville, Florida the day before ... Read More
Embarkation We chose this cruise because it was as a good fit for our plan to get to platinum VIFP level. We were not particularly thrilled by the itinerary but we enjoy Half Moon Cay. We drove down to Titusville, Florida the day before the cruise and spent the night at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Titusville. It was a wonderful hotel in a great location with free breakfast and a great staff. They also participate in the discount voucher parking program for the Port Canaveral cruise port. Basically, select hotels in the area offer a 40% off port parking voucher when you stay there pre-cruise. The details of the program were prominently displayed on the check-in counter at the hotel. The clerk gave us a voucher when we checked in and we were all set. There is not much in Titusville but we could walk to the Cracker Barrel restaurant right in front of the hotel. It was an easy drive to the places we needed to go to do some last minute cruise prep like shopping, the bank, and the nail salon. The hotel is also close to I-95 which made the 30 minute drive to the port very easy. When we arrived at the port, it was a little confusing trying to follow the signs, which were seriously lacking, but we eventually made it to the right area. There is a line for drop-off and then you circle around to get in the parking lanes adjacent to the drop-off lane. We got in one of the lanes that accepted cash because the hotel clerk said those lanes are the ones with an attendant that can apply the voucher. Embarkation was quick and easy with no long lines at around 1:30 pm. Ship The updates on the Valor are very well done. I was impressed. If you are the patriotic type, you will love the décor on this ship. From the abstract flag motif on the tables and floors to the eagle statues throughout the ship and the stunning eagle light fixture hanging in front of the dining room, everything tied together very well. They managed to add the 2.0 upgrades without making the ship feel more crowded. The Red Frog Rum bar and Blue Iguana Cantina bar are well placed on the Lido deck so the already small pool area doesn’t feel even more crowded. I will say that on certain days, these two bars were so crowded on the Lido that you couldn’t even see the bartenders. When it was like that, we found a server walking around the deck or ordered from one of the bars on the lower decks on the ship. We sailed on the Valor before her upgrades. She is now on the list of ships that we will definitely sail on again because the upgrades are so well thought out and well done. Food We spent most of our time eating at Guys, the deli, and the Pizza Pirate on this cruise. The Lido buffet was good for breakfast but the selections for lunch and dinner were almost the same just about every day. They also couldn’t seem to offer a protein that was not breaded, cooked in some kind of sauce, or smothered with vegetables and/or cheese. One guest was so agitated one night that he couldn’t find any protein that did not have any cheese on it, he complained to the cook and asked for something else. Apparently, he has a dairy allergy but still wanted a protein option other than the prime rib at the carving station. I felt his pain. Every night we ate in the buffet, my plate looked the same – a spoon of plain white rice, a salad on the side, and whatever meat was at the carving station. I honestly could not tell what the other protein options were without reading the signs because they were covered in so much other stuff. We did not care for the American Table menu options so only ate dinner in the dining room on our night in Nassau. We also ate in the dining room for the sea day brunch on the first sea day. The dining room was unusually crowded that day and service was slow for brunch. The huevos rancheros I ordered was very good. My husband enjoyed his omelet and pancakes. Despite the food taking forever to arrive, our servers were very attentive. In the dining room on our night in Nassau, service was slow and the wait staff wasn’t particularly attentive. But, we have come to expect that with My Time Dining. I had the short ribs and my husband ordered the Chicken Milanese. The food was well prepared but a little under-seasoned. I am not sure when they started serving all the sides in separate dishes. I just dumped mine on the plate since I like to mix my food together when I eat. I ordered the buttered popcorn pot de crème for dessert and was pleasantly surprised. It was excellent. Activities The Fun Times have been shortened to the size of a tri-fold brochure. Most days, there was nothing of interest. On this particular class ship, we’ve learned to plan a trip to the pool at off peak times – port days and evenings. We enjoyed the pool on embarkation day after the muster drill. With the wind and choppy seas though, swimming in the pool was like swimming in the ocean. The pool water was moving like the ship. It was also quite windy so it felt really cold really quickly. We enjoyed movies on the top deck just about every night despite the wind. It was so windy one night, they actually turned the close caption on for the movie. On the night of the first sea day, we enjoyed 70s trivia and caught the end of the production show, Nightclub Express. We also visited the library for the first time ever on a cruise and played Monopoly for about two hours. There were two comedians on the ship. We went to see Mike Speenburg again even though we have seen him on the Fascination. He recycled some jokes and wasn’t particularly funny but it’s something to do. They have several really good bands on board. We enjoyed the Latin band in the atrium. The band that played in the casino was also very good but we were not about to subject ourselves to second-hand smoke to listen to them play. We enjoyed them from a distance. On our evening in Half Moon Cay, we went to karaoke in the Eagles Lounge after watching the dive-in movie. We are not mini golfers but did play a few rounds and hung around on the basketball court as well. Ports Our original itinerary was Half Moon Cay, Nassau and Freeport. Because of Hurricane Matthew, Freeport was cancelled and replaced with a sea day after an overnight in Nassau. We went to the beach in Half Moon Cay. Our son spotted a water play structure from the tender boat so that is where we set up for the 3 hours we were there. It was cloudy when we got there and it did rain eventually. It only lasted for a few minutes and we enjoyed cooler, slightly cloudy weather for the rest of the day. We have not been to Half Moon Cay since the Glory in 2014. It appears they’ve build a structure for people to navigate through to get back on the ship. The lines were ridiculously long. Two tender boats for almost 3,000 people. Granted, everyone did not get off the ship but most people did. It took more than 30 minutes for us to get on the tender boat. When we finally got back on board, I was glad we were on deck 2 and an easy walk up the stairs. No more wasted time waiting for the overcrowded elevators. We ate pizza and Guys for lunch and went back to our cabin to relax. Our plan for Nassau was to stay on the ship. Having to spend the night there did not change that. We woke up at our leisure and took our time eating breakfast. We stayed on the top deck for a few hours to watch the Carnival Pride and Elation dock and watch the Norwegian Sky crew do their practice drills. While my husband and son stayed in the cabin, I got off the ship to find some wifi since I had a school assignment to complete. I found some free wifi on Charlotte Street outside the Starbucks and Hard Rock Café. It is suspect because it asks you to log in with your Google, Facebook, or email account. Ummm, no. It says it’s provided by the Ministry of Tourism. Then why is it so invasive? I asked a lady in the Starbucks how the wifi works and she says to just access the log in page a few times and ignore their prompts to log in with your personal information and it will eventually let you in. It worked. Unfortunately, it was ridiculously slow. It drained my fully charged phone battery in the hour it took me to access the wifi, watch a 2 minute video, write a 3 paragraph feedback summary, and submit it. That morning, the cruise director delivered a safety notice over the intercom because of an “increase in crime against tourists”. So, I figured it would be best not to take my laptop off the ship. I am not sure that would have been any faster any way. I got off the ship because I thought the video would stream faster on wifi versus the satellite internet on the ship. It wasn't. Service Service on the ship was mostly great. Our steward, Iwayan, was sweet, friendly, and attentive. There seems to be a lack of workers on the Lido deck though. The Pizza Pirate is run with one worker. I remember when there were 2 or 3 people working in the pizza area. I remember when the pizza was ready when you walked up. The lines were ridiculously long most of the time. The table-side drink service that we have received on some previous cruises was also non-existent. We ate dinner in the buffet on the last night. There was one lone person bussing the tables on our side. This meant most of the tables took a while to be cleared so people could sit down. Fewer drink servers were walking around the Lido deck, which meant you had to walk up to the often crowded bar to order a drink. There were exactly 2 servers in the crowded comedy club. We didn’t even bother ordering a drink. While everyone on the ship was friendly, the lack of workers also has an impact on service. The bartenders at the Red Frog and Blue Iguana were handing out popcorn for the movie. This meant long lines for movies and drinks. Disembarkation Disembarkation was surprisingly smooth. After packing up the rest of our belongings, we went up to the buffet to eat breakfast and were actually able to get a seat. We were off the ship and on the road by 10 am. Overall, this was another average cruise. Carnival just doesn’t seem to be putting as effort into the passenger experience as they used to. We’ve cruised enough where we find ways to entertain ourselves without relying on the ship’s staff. We also are now more focused on the real purpose of our vacations which is to relax, recharge, and spend time with each other, not to see and do everything. The Valor is a perfectly fine ship and the staff did a wonderful job despite the minimal staffing. I try to review the ships on their own merits and not based on the corporate decisions that they are forced to follow. Each cruise we take where these cutbacks are apparent just solidifies our belief that we will need to take a break from cruising Carnival until they come to their senses and put the focus back on the passenger experience. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We picked this cruise because it fit within our time frame and we were taking our teenage son and his friend for their first time cruise. This was not my husband's and my first cruise. I cannot tell you how EXTREMELY disappointed we ... Read More
We picked this cruise because it fit within our time frame and we were taking our teenage son and his friend for their first time cruise. This was not my husband's and my first cruise. I cannot tell you how EXTREMELY disappointed we all were. Overall ship condition-this ship looks like it is ready to retire. It's overall condition is worn out and very dingy. We got the cheap rooms, thinking we wouldn't be in them very much. The room was clean as they could get it, but the shower bottoms were,rusted very badly. The buffet area was nasty. The floor was dirty, there were gnats all around the buffet. Especially, in the bread, meat and desert area. They were crawling on the bread and had to be shooed away! Food-All I can say is awful. No variety on the buffet , very small desert choice and always the same thing. As a vegetarian, usually a buffet is easy to find a good variety. My choice was salad with gnats buzzing above or noodles and some type of Potato. The dining room food was quite disappointing also,though our servers were a delight. Pizza place was much like Dijornos frozen pizza. Johnny Rockets was truly our best meal, which we paid for along with yet another gratuity. Even our teenagers, who are not picky eaters were looking forward to getting off the ship and getting a good meal. Drink plan- ok. This really stinks. . Without purchasing a drink plan you are limited to lemonade, tea, ship water or coffee. In order to get bottled water when you wanted it, you had to buy a drink plan that would cost us $50 per day for the four of us. To buy a single bottle of water was $5 per bottle!!! You could get a glass of tap water at the bars, but no where else. We should have brought our own cases of water. Staff and service- most were very friendly and did their best to please. One problem was language. I heard this issue from many other English speaking guests. We had a hard time communicating with the staff. The ship was also very crowded. It was full. Our teens were looking forward to a lot of pool time. It was so incredibly crowded you couldn't move let alone get into the pool. With the bar right there when you walk out to the pool or try to get to the deck chairs you had to fight your way through a bunch of drunks. Definitely needed another pool! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
We chose the Disney Dream as it fitted in with our vacation, we were a family of 8 from Australia with 3 teenager girls & 5 Adults, We have cruised many times before with a lot of other lines, but at this time we put the Disney Cruise ... Read More
We chose the Disney Dream as it fitted in with our vacation, we were a family of 8 from Australia with 3 teenager girls & 5 Adults, We have cruised many times before with a lot of other lines, but at this time we put the Disney Cruise line at No1. From the minute you check in to when you leave the staff are always friendly, helpful and make it a very memorable holiday. We all of us we chose a family outside cabin with porthole, which was fantastic, the space in the cabin was great, the cupboard & wardrobe more than ample, the separate shower to toilet was just wonderful. The meals were wonderful, from the dining for breakfast to the buffet for lunch and the different restaurants for dinner we couldn't fault it, and the staff were exceptional. We docked at Cozumel & Costa Maya because of Hurricane Mathew which were great, even though we didn't do an excursion loved our time ashore. The entertainment was as good as anything you would see at a show anywhere, and quite a lot of bars to get away from the characters & children if you thought you needed to. Our family loved the water slide and spent quite a bit of time in the pools. We would cruise with them again in a heartbeat and are now looking at other places in the world Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This cruise was originally supposed to be a trip to Nassau, Bahamas and Cococay, as well as one day at sea. Before we left port, we knew the hurricane was coming and our itinerary was changed. Since Freeport is further north and closer to ... Read More
This cruise was originally supposed to be a trip to Nassau, Bahamas and Cococay, as well as one day at sea. Before we left port, we knew the hurricane was coming and our itinerary was changed. Since Freeport is further north and closer to Port Canaveral, we stopped there first and then went down to Key West. We enjoyed a fabulous day in Key West. We were docked there for 24 hours which is a rare event. Then we headed into the Gulf of Mexico for two sea days. We enjoyed blue skies and calm seas the entire trip. Because the ship wasn't able to get into Port Canaveral (the port was still closed) we docked in Fort Lauderdale where RCCI had 60 buses waiting to take us to Port Canaveral. Even though we were a day late arriving shuttles to the car parks were waiting. I was very happy with the service of Park Port Canaveral. The ship itself is older but we knew that ahead of time and found the smaller size very enjoyable. The ship is kept clean and the crew are fantastic. Because we were onboard an extra night, RCCI had an additional entertainer join the cruise in Key West. I was very impressed that they would do this and enjoyed all the entertainment on the ship. The food in the MdR was excellent and served in a timely manner. The food in the buffet was very good but I did start to find it repetitive by the end of the week. I was pleasantly surprised that despite having two sea days, we were always able to find a lounge chair and there was space in the pools and hot tubs if we felt like cooling off. Overall, I was most impressed with how Royal Caribbean and the captain and crew of the Majesty handled our "cruise in Hurricane Matthew"! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We decided to take a short cruise to just get away for a few days. We had sailed on the Rhapsody the previous year and were very happy with the ship. I had thought that this ship would be the same. It is much smaller. The ship was in ... Read More
We decided to take a short cruise to just get away for a few days. We had sailed on the Rhapsody the previous year and were very happy with the ship. I had thought that this ship would be the same. It is much smaller. The ship was in good condition and the crew was incredible. But, there was not place to get away from the noise and the luke warm tubs seemed to be full of children playing. We booked an ocean view cabin and were very surprised how small it was. Take seriously everyone's warnings on cabin size. The bed took up the entire width of the cabin save about a foot. My wife had to climb off the end of the bed to get in or out. There is essentially one set of elevators that go the entire height of the ship. Seemed to be too few for 2000 passengers. Embarkation was probably the smoothest I have encountered out of the US. Royal has this down to a science. Everyone nice and helpful. We stayed the night before at a local hotel and took the shuttle from the airport to the ship thru Royal. I highly recommend this approach. We were originally scheduled to go to Coco Cay and Nassau but due to the Himmacane Matthew we routed all over the place. The Captain did a wonderful job of keeping us in warm smooth sunny waters. We ended up at Freeport Bahamas, Key West and then entered a holding pattern north of Havana until we were able to re-approach the US. We ended up coming into Ft Lauderdale a day late (shucks) because they had not surveyed the entrance to Port Canaveral yet. This worked well because we were able to get a flight out that night instead of waiting several days in Orlando. Dining was the worst that I have encountered in my eight cruises with various carriers. The buffet was small so the choices were unimpressive. Royal did not seem to cater to its target audience very well. I tried the pizza also and it was ok but not wow. I did enjoy the deli and Johnny Rockets. The food was best at these two places. We ate at the main dining room once and seemed to get the second degree on why we avoided the main dining room. The Mexican restaurant was a complete rip off. For 18 dollars I got one taco of which the steak was full of gristle, two inches of corn on the cob, and white rice with a plate of black beans that I could put into the rice. Avoid this like the plague. Entertainment was good. My only recommendation for the singers is to match the songs to their strengths. They had good voices but not always the right song mix for their style of singing. Dancers were great. To paraphrase, the ship needs to retire due to size, food needs to be revamped (ask Carnival for help), but the crew is an awesome standout. We will probably sail on Royal again but on a slightly larger ship. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose this cruise because of price. We were a little strapped for money this year. I wish we never went.... What a waste. The only thing good about the trip was getting off the boat to go to the beach for a day. I have two ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of price. We were a little strapped for money this year. I wish we never went.... What a waste. The only thing good about the trip was getting off the boat to go to the beach for a day. I have two daughters,8 and 5, who do not like going to the kids clubs on any ships. With that being said, they were bored out of their minds. There was one breakfast for them to attend and one book reading for 15 minutes. That's it. Our room- the room was terrible... Could not enjoy the balcony as our pot smoking neighbors were choking the kids- it broke my heart that my daughters were exposed to that. ... Secondly, our bathroom smelled like a frat house urinal THE WHOLE TIME. Stains of who knows what, mold, mildew and pee mixed together.... We all showered with our flip flops on. The shows start after 10pm, except one, which was "risky" to bring young kids to as the men strip to their underwear in one scene. My daughter was shocked. I didn't know what to say.... Food- eh.... Did nothing but give me a stomach ache. They do not enforce ANYONE to sanitize their hands prior to the buffet or dinner, first cruise I've been on that doesn't have people making you do so.... I felt like we were the only ones who did! The only way I can seriously describe this experience, if you want to be up from 9p-5a on a sailing frat house, this is the cruise for you. If you have been there and done that, save your money and take a better vacation. I would have much rather stayed home which is sad. Surrounded by drunks, pee and pot made this a terrible vacation. Shame on you Carnival. Nasty nasty nasty. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2016
My husband had never cruised before so I wanted a shorter cruise. We live close to Port Canaveral, so it was convenient for travel. We had a balcony cabin on the Lido deck. It was a great location. We never heard noise from the pool. ... Read More
My husband had never cruised before so I wanted a shorter cruise. We live close to Port Canaveral, so it was convenient for travel. We had a balcony cabin on the Lido deck. It was a great location. We never heard noise from the pool. We could walk straight out to the pools, bars and Lido buffet. The room was dated, but clean. We did not take our kids. We hung out in the Serenity area, which was really nice and much bigger than the one on the Carnival Sensation. We got the drink package, which worked out great. The bartenders were really polite and helpful. Our favorite bar was in the casino, and Allejandro was our favorite server. The food was good, but I would not say it was great. I think we both enjoyed the Brunch at Sea the most because the food was freshly prepared as compared to the dinner time meal where it all comes out en-mass. The staff at dinner was superb. We enjoyed them and like the dancing and shows. We spent time in the casino and watched a comedy show. It was fun. We spent only an hour or so in Nassau. It was just not fun to walk through the crowds of people trying to sell things. That is the only issue I have. I would like to go again, but almost all the ships go to Nassau, and I would like to try something different. We will have to drive farther south for that and get on a boat in Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Having sailed on NCL multiple times, as well as Carnival and several other lines which are no more, I decided to give RCI a try...and had a lovely time. EMBARKATION: Quick and swift. I rented a car having flown into Sanford, (which is ... Read More
Having sailed on NCL multiple times, as well as Carnival and several other lines which are no more, I decided to give RCI a try...and had a lovely time. EMBARKATION: Quick and swift. I rented a car having flown into Sanford, (which is much easier than MCO), and parked at a lot just a mile from the port at a cost of $47. A free shuttle to and from the ship was provided. Once at port, checked in and was on the ship in 15 minutes. SHIP: I read several reviews commenting on how the ship is dated and worn. It is, but I found it to be clean and well maintained. This ship has been sailing since 1992, so a bit of wear and tear is to be expected. I sailed on NCL Getaway its inaugural year and found it to be banged up in places. When you are catering to 4,000 passengers a week, there is bound to be a few dinks. I prefer a smaller ship having sailed mega ships which always seem very crowded. Despite there being 2,600 passengers on board for the September 19 sailing, the ship never seemed crowded at all. Smoking is allowed in the casino and other designated areas, which made being in the casino difficult and on deck by the pool. Ugh. SERVICE: Excellent. All crew were smiles and happy to see you. Great service. FOOD: I did not eat in the MDR, preferring the buffet each meal, which was fine. Food was good to excellent with a nice variety and terrific service. CABIN: I booked a F2 obstructed view cabin on deck 7. The cabins are TINY. For one person, perfect...for two...OK. ..more than that...well, it would be a tight, tight, tight fit. But travelling solo, it was fine. Bed was very comfortable, the ship quiet and the steward was great. PORTS: I am not a beach person, but Coco Cay was beautiful. I have been to Nassau several times and vowed this time to not get off the ship, but ventured out for an hour. ENTERTAINMENT: This is where this cruise missed the mark. The entertainment was very mediocre. I realize the company isn't going to invest in entertainment for a short cruise as they do for longer cruises. The bingo host was down right hostile. What I appreciated most about RCI is there wasn't the prevalent nickle and dime attitude like NCL, and no hard sells. NCL sells HARD on board and almost everything is an added cost. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Family and friends were booked on this cruise. We had dining at 6 pm in Southern Lights. Our servers Dee Dee, Jose and Ikadek were outstanding. If for some reason we were unable to make dinner (which was only a couple of nights) they ... Read More
Family and friends were booked on this cruise. We had dining at 6 pm in Southern Lights. Our servers Dee Dee, Jose and Ikadek were outstanding. If for some reason we were unable to make dinner (which was only a couple of nights) they would always remember and be sure to let us know. They always called us by our first names (we asked them to) always wanted to make sure our food was prepared to our liking. There smiles were definitely contagious and I loved the bond they had with my grandchildren. Both of my grandchildren made sure, on our last night, they had their photos taken with them. If any future cruisers are blessed to have them as your wait staff you will be pleasantly pleased! We also ate in the Italian Restaurant one evening and Victoria was our head waiter and she was an absolute doll! One of the children loves Alfredo sauce and asked if he would prefer to have the Chef make him Chicken Alfredo and we could not have been more happy. Our Room Steward was Kevin on the 8th floor and he did an excellent job as well; however, we did not have the time to interact with him very often, he was very busy but he did take excellent care of our cabin. Now for entertainment our Cruise Director Dr. Reverend E was the absolute best we have ever had. If you have the chance to cruise with him you will not be sorry! Thank you Carnival Magic for assisting in making our family and friends have some wonderful memories and looking forward to future cruises with you! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
We had many disappointments with this cruise. Our cabin was not on the port side when docking at our destinations as we were told that they would be. We found chewed bubble gum in the end of a straw of a drink that was served to us. ... Read More
We had many disappointments with this cruise. Our cabin was not on the port side when docking at our destinations as we were told that they would be. We found chewed bubble gum in the end of a straw of a drink that was served to us. After attempting to drink and couldn't get the drink through the straw, we discovered the problem... VERY DISGUSTING!! VERY noisy above our cabin due to constant construction. Air conditioner did not work well AT ALL!! Horrible service at dinner 2 out of the 3 nights that we went to the dining room. We left an item IN OUR CABIN, have yet to be notified that it was found. Our cruise date was 9/11/16-9/15/16, This bag was an expensive bag and had jewelry in it! This is a MAJOR dissapointment. I really had more confidence than this in carnival. however this is a major disappointment to me! After calling repeatedly to Carnival, it seems as though it is of no importance to the carnival staff department. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2016
Just got home after spending 3 nights onboard the Disney Dream. Our group of 13 had an infant, children, teenagers, parents, grandparents and married couple without children. Our first Disney cruise was mostly positive. The value for money ... Read More
Just got home after spending 3 nights onboard the Disney Dream. Our group of 13 had an infant, children, teenagers, parents, grandparents and married couple without children. Our first Disney cruise was mostly positive. The value for money is good and the variety of activities was excellent for our mixed group. The ship is well laid out, and comfortable once you are at any area. Our staterooms were excellent, well appointed and were cleaned twice each day. We had 2 connected rooms, accessible room and a double room, all family rooms with balconies on the 8th deck. The entertainment was excellent although more children centric, but if that is not your thing, this is not cruise line for you, so bring your child, inner child or stay out. The seating in the theater has some restricted views in some seats, something that we had to live with from the accessible seats on the 3rd deck level, but after experimentation we found the fourth level to have a better view. We had to be at the theater 30 minutes early as only couple of seats are accessible. The staff while courteous, are not trained to offer help to people with disabilities. The bigger offenses came from other guest who will run over you every step of the way, specially when you are getting on the elevator, getting on or off the ship or at anyplace that is crowded. Some people were kind enough to offer you help, while many others jumped in front of you as you slowly make your way leaving you at the back of the growing line. Based on our experience, I believe Disney should offer priority help to people with disabilities, not because they should not wait in line, but because other people are jumping the line. Overall I would say that we all had a wonderful time, and other than some minor difficulties in getting the Grandparents through frantic people From all ages, cultures and manor levels. We did a private tour of Nassau because we couldn't establish if the tours were suitable for people with disabilities, we were glad we did, as our guide gave us an excellent historic and scenic tour of the island with total controll for when and where to go. The only other complaint was with the seating at the resturant, we did not like our table the first two nights in the corner of the resturant and next to the serving station one night and in a separate room the second. We complained both nights and the head server insisted that this was, "what was reserved for us" he wouldn't understand that, it was done deal the first night but it was up to him to give us a better table the next night, then the whole thing repeated the second night, and he kept saying "this is what you reserved" and he could not understand that we did not pick tables and it is ok to have a bad table the first night but not every night, he finally understood and we had a reasonable table for the last night. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Just a get a way for the wife and myself, what a great time we had. We booked on short notice, less than two weeks before setting sail, got a nice room on the bow of the ship just below the bridge, and had a semi private deck, not known ... Read More
Just a get a way for the wife and myself, what a great time we had. We booked on short notice, less than two weeks before setting sail, got a nice room on the bow of the ship just below the bridge, and had a semi private deck, not known but to a few...that was nice. Used the Park and Cruise on Merritt Island, again. We find them to be very professional, and will continue to use them in the future, their staff make the load and unloading process effortless. We set sail on the Carnival Victory, our cabin stew ate, Ronnell and waiter, Numberone, we're so professional and helpful in everyone. Met one dining room member from Rominia, don't remember his name, but stated he was employee of the month for July, this man took great pride in his job, and was ready to lend a smile or few, during the talk we had. The four piece band that played on Prominade deck was without one of the best I have ever heard, they were damn good. The food was fine no complaints, as it was nothing a little salt and pepper could not make better, except the pizza, which was good all the timeshare pools, and a huge water slide made the trip that much better. All in all, no issues either small or large, just a plain ole good time. Enjoyed karaoke at night, wow some great singers in there every night. We are ready to go again, and certainly planning in early 2017. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
I don't like that I rated this cruise Average. I have never done this before. I always say it's not the cruise, it's the person and their willingness to let the small stuff go and have a good time. We did have a good time ... Read More
I don't like that I rated this cruise Average. I have never done this before. I always say it's not the cruise, it's the person and their willingness to let the small stuff go and have a good time. We did have a good time and will probably sail Carnival again BUT... We are not new to cruising. I have been on 12 cruises and my husband has been on 9. Most of our cruises have been on Carnival but we have been on Princess, NCL and Royal Caribbean. Good: Check in was a total breeze. Probably the fastest ever. In total, it took about 10-15 from check in to boarding the ship. We arrived at around 10:45am. Possibly right place, right time? We tried Anytime Dining for the first time. It worked out really well because we were sailing with some friends but will probably go back to assigned dining. Just a personal preference. The service was always very good. Carnival does a great job there. Our cabin steward, Jonathan was wonderful. Jim Gaffigan was AWESOME!! He is pretty much the reason why we booked this cruise. The illusionist was also good. We didn't make it to any other shows but heard they were decent. Not so Good but not Terrible: Things have definitely changed since we last sailed with Carnival in 2014. Although the food was quite good, the quality wasn't the same. Also the ship seemed to be in need of an update. Our cabin (balcony 8241) was worn especially the bathroom. The sink had many cracks. The floor felt as if was going to cave in and it had lots of cracks. The toilet just kept running and running. We called about it and they fixed it but it came right back. The carpet and curtains in the cabin were also worn. We also noticed that the lamps beside the bed were dented and rusty. We were disappointed that the Welcome Back party is now reserved for Platinum and Diamond passengers. We got drink tickets that could only be used on the last night after 5:00pm. We forgot about these as we got them on the first day. I feel like Carnival does this on purpose so people forget. The biggest disappointment was the cabana we booked in Half Moon Cay. We booked it 2 years ago and loved it. We were lucky enough to get the same one (Cabana 10). It was filthy dirty when we got there. The fridge had half eaten, rotten food in it from the previous cruise. With the booking, you get a fruit platter, chips & salsa, non alcoholic drinks of your choice and a veggie platter. There were ants crawling under the plastic wrap of the fruit plate. Gag and gross! Carnival did give us a partial refund but it was still a disappointment. We can certainly overlook certain things and we pretty much did. It's vacation after all! Overall, a good cruise. We will sail with Carnival again but we will probably shop around with other lines first. Happy Cruising!! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
My parents live near Port Canaveral so when I was planning a visit we jumped at this cruise which was very reasonable. Getting onboard was simple and quick. We went up to Windjammer to grab lunch while we waited for our room to become ... Read More
My parents live near Port Canaveral so when I was planning a visit we jumped at this cruise which was very reasonable. Getting onboard was simple and quick. We went up to Windjammer to grab lunch while we waited for our room to become available. This was my first disappointment. We have cruised several times with RCCL and the food at Windjammer was always very good. Not so this time...the food was not good this time. But, the food in the MDR more than made up for it...the quality of the main dining was by far the best of any cruise we have ever taken. Our waiter (Julius) and his assistant (Sophia) were fantastic! I read many reviews that talked about the poor room quality and smell. I'll admit, the room was small...but it was adequate. And while the toilet in the bathroom didn't flush exceptionally well, there was no smell. Jason did a great job keeping our room in order. We really enjoyed the entertainment on the ship. We attended all of the evening shows and some of the afternoon activities (Chubby Bunny and the belly flop competitions were our favorites). The cruise director (Mark) and his staff were great. We have been to Nassau several times so we didn't participate in any excursions. Be prepared to be harassed the moment you step off the ship. I vow every time that I will never get off in Nassau again....change my mind....and then regret it the second the first local approaches me. Overall, for the price and the short duration, this is a very enticing cruise. But for anyone with cruising experience the small shop could be a disappointment. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
The price.dinning food and entertainment was awesome.crew members were awesome and friendly..with this being our first cruise we had a wonderful time and yes we will do it again.this was our very cruise and we loved it.now we have the ... Read More
The price.dinning food and entertainment was awesome.crew members were awesome and friendly..with this being our first cruise we had a wonderful time and yes we will do it again.this was our very cruise and we loved it.now we have the cruise fever. Just wish we would have taken a longer cruise.neither one of us wanted to come back.all cruise members made us feel special.our room was always clean..we had the best stateroom guys.they did a awesome job.cant wait to plan our next cruise.the bahamas was absolutely breath taking.alot to see and the people there were awesome and very friendly.we want to go back and see more.getting on the ship and off the ship was a breeze. The day of disembarkation went very smoothly.the cruise director was awesome.the ship itself was awesome.always clean.dining was awesome great food.in all carnival cruise line is the best.very friendly customer service always there to answer questions you might have. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Everything was superb! My husband and I were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Everything was taken care of and it was very relaxing. Barely knew 1000s were on board. At night we were the only adults in the pool. We had Palo Brunch ... Read More
Everything was superb! My husband and I were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Everything was taken care of and it was very relaxing. Barely knew 1000s were on board. At night we were the only adults in the pool. We had Palo Brunch which was an extra charge but it's now become a staple that we will always book! The food was the best we have ever had anywhere. I felt we were taken care of the whole time. Their private island was purely magical. The water was perfect and just beautiful. It's amazing for being on a family ship I really didn't see many kids around until pirate night. Also on board they were premiering Petes Dragon in 3 d in their big theatre room. We only got to see one movie because there really was so many things to do on board. I don't want to brag but my table won 90s music trivia. It was pretty awesome! Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This 4 day cruise was our 5th with Carnival and 40th overall. We selected it to celebrate our 54th anniversary. Being experienced cruisers, we expect some problems and weren't disappointed. Getting onboard was no problem, about 1/2 ... Read More
This 4 day cruise was our 5th with Carnival and 40th overall. We selected it to celebrate our 54th anniversary. Being experienced cruisers, we expect some problems and weren't disappointed. Getting onboard was no problem, about 1/2 hr from being dropped off by friends til we were in our cabin. First problems....no water, phone didn't work, TV remote didn't work, no paper and pen to leave messages to cabin steward. No Cabin steward until 9 am the following morning. Got our water and a bucket of ice (no refrigerator) and TV remove fixed. Got a note from the ship saying several aft decks were without telephone service and to use the house phone by the elevators. They didn't work either. Finally found a house phone that worked. My wife has all kinds of dietary problems, so we bring breakfast bars that she can eat and she orders tea, citrus sections, and bananas to be delivered each morning. That first morning, dead ants in the citrus sections and the banana was absolutely ROTTEN. I went down to the breakfast buffet to get her a grapefruit and the lines were looooong (but only on the first day. After our cabin steward reported the problem with the delivery, a manager brought up another tray for my wife and couldn't stop apologizing. Now the good stuff. The cabin was very clean. No sewage smell anywhere on the ship. Lots of families and lots of kids, but the kids were all well behaved...no running around in the halls etc. At the lunch buffet, we would contact a manager and tell him of my wife's dietary needs, and a chef would make up a special platter just for her. In the DR for dinner, they would take extra care to make sure that her food was OK. One night she had the filet and lobster tail (no butter on the steak or tail). VERY enjoyable. We spent a LOT of time in the casino....unfortunately -- LOL, but on our anniversary, we found this beautiful cake in our cabin, wishing us a happy anniversary from the casino. My wife couldn't have any but I made up for it. We saw both production shows. I didn't care for the lead male singer, but the female and rest of the cast were terriffic. Service in the DR was very good, as was the service and attitude of all the ship's personnel that we interfaced with. Even the worker that tried to fix our phone had a smile on his face and apologizes when he couldn't fix it. We normally cruise on another (and upscale) line, but will continue to cruise with Carnival out of Port Canaveral now and then if the price and itinerary are good Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
I chose this cruise because it was an affordable, quick getaway as a solo traveler. Embarkation and disembarkation were swift and uneventful. Even at embarkation those folks who weren't gold and up members didn't have a very ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was an affordable, quick getaway as a solo traveler. Embarkation and disembarkation were swift and uneventful. Even at embarkation those folks who weren't gold and up members didn't have a very long line at all. This was around 11:30am. The ship is obviously an older, well-worn ship. I had read that it underwent a recent renovation, and in spots throughout the ship this was apparent. Other spots looked like they were passed over in this renovation (lol). Having said that, it being a long weekend cruise at budget rates, can you really complain? My cabin was a standard oceanview cabin. Nothing special; no complaints. Service was just as good as past cruises. Cabin was very clean. I was in 3046 and didn't experience almost any noise. I only dined in the dining room on the last evening and ended up being served by the assistant waiter (he was great!). I sat for quite a long time before the assistant waiter seemingly realized I was being overlooked. My waiter never acknowledged me until I got up to leave, then gave me this broad smile. ? He served the couple seated right next to me efficiently and professionally and never looked at me while he was doing this. That is my only negative feedback on any crew on this ship, and who knows.. maybe I threw everyone off by dining in the buffet on the first two nights..? Speaking of the buffet, the waitstaff in the buffet were great! The food choices were a little bit limited but tasty - so no complaints; and the desserts were sumptuous! I didn't go to any shows or participate in activities. I tired myself out during the days. :) The 2 ports were great: Nassau and Cococay. First-Cococay: AWESOME!! Beautiful, fully developed with a yummy meal that begins at 11:30, bar, super great snorkeling that I did on my own,.. can't say enough great things and want to go back! Second- Nassau: I did the Pearl Island excursion. Pearl Island is definitely still a work in progress but for now it's a great, quiet getaway that few people go to. There were 5 ships in port and only about 25 of us TOTAL on this island. If you like a quiet getaway with a sweet little beach, a bar, good food (food was not terrible as I have read in other reviews), and extremely warm people, do this excursion. It was actually overcast and a little rainy on this day and it was still a great relaxing excursion. I would recommend this ship specifically for quick, cheap getaways but would tell new cruisers that some of the newer, more expensive routes may offer nicer ships. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We were cruising to celebrate a graduation. We were offered an upgrade to a stateroom with a bigger balcony and jacuzzi tub about a week prior to our departure. The upgrade cost almost 400 dollars and was NOT worth the price! The room ... Read More
We were cruising to celebrate a graduation. We were offered an upgrade to a stateroom with a bigger balcony and jacuzzi tub about a week prior to our departure. The upgrade cost almost 400 dollars and was NOT worth the price! The room decor looked old and outdated. There was dust inside the lamp and on top of the refrigerator. The bathroom reeked of vinegar smell! I am so thankful I brought Clorox wipes because I cleaned out the tub myself and you would not believe the nasty residue that was on the wipe after cleaning it! The jacuzzi tub was a joke and the jets hardly worked when you were in it. The phone in the room did not work to call for room service. When my husband went to customer service he waited in line 45 minutes to tell them for the second time that our phone was not working they said we are having trouble the lines. Which was the excuse the day before as well. The food in the dining room was good, however the buffet food was less than mediocre. The room service food was awful and not even worth advertising it as room service because the lines were always down when you wanted to order. FYI if your cruising Carnival bring Clorox wipes! Read Less

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