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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
I am not a huge fan of Carnival in general, and the 4-day cruise in particular is best suited to those looking for a loud party boat for a short getaway. But, I LOVE the Carnival Live concert setup, and was thrilled to see my favorite ... Read More
I am not a huge fan of Carnival in general, and the 4-day cruise in particular is best suited to those looking for a loud party boat for a short getaway. But, I LOVE the Carnival Live concert setup, and was thrilled to see my favorite band, Journey, on this sailing. I was even happier to find that somebody was listening when I complained last year about their idiotic ban on photographs at the concert, so we were free to snap away this year. The Victory is an older and somewhat smaller boat than the one we were on last year. They are doing some refurbishment during their time in port, hence our already-short cruise was further abbreviated by 4 hours, departing 2 hours later and arriving 2 hours earlier than originally scheduled. Our cabin was reasonably spacious and comfortable, and I was very pleased that the door to the balcony didn't slam shut every time it was opened - more enjoyable to use, and less noisy. Cabin service was excellent, and very friendly. I also really like that Carnival provides self-service laundry facilities, although we didn't use them for this short trip. Food was ok, but nothing great, and bar service in the dining room was very slow. We didn't do any shore excursions, spending our time in Nassau visiting friends and the day at Half Moon Cay enjoying the beach. It's a private island and a very nice stop, with Carnival food service (burgers etc) at a pavilion on shore so you don't need to go back to the ship. And you can use your sign & sail card for purchases, so really it's like an extension of the ship. The concert was awesome as expected, and well worth the entire 4 day trip. If they book Journey again next year, I will be there! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Absolutely perfect for our granddaughter's 4th Birthday Celebration ~ Disney always does everything first class ~ my first cruise ~ would highly recommend for families with small children ~ such a pleasure and a lovely adult area for ... Read More
Absolutely perfect for our granddaughter's 4th Birthday Celebration ~ Disney always does everything first class ~ my first cruise ~ would highly recommend for families with small children ~ such a pleasure and a lovely adult area for a little R&R:)!!! We really appreciated the 3 dining rooms and having our same waiters with us each night; such a nice way to get to know our staff and interact with them. Very personable staff on the Disney Cruise. Entertainment was even more than we could appreciate. The live shows were amazing. Having the characters all over the ship was a real highlight for our granddaughter. We were very pleased with the food; plentiful and very tasty. The process to board was fast and efficient. The disembarking process was rather show. Not really sure how I feel about the tipping process with cruising. Our staff was wonderful, but so was the price we paid for the cruise, but I understand that this is the same across the board. Overall our experience was Excellent!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
My wife and I had already been on a couple cruises. We weren't sure how our 11 and 13 year olds would like a cruise. Well they absolutely had a ball! Everything from the water slides, shows, shore excursions, and meals! They ... Read More
My wife and I had already been on a couple cruises. We weren't sure how our 11 and 13 year olds would like a cruise. Well they absolutely had a ball! Everything from the water slides, shows, shore excursions, and meals! They couldn't wait to go to dinner and see our favorite waiter Anthony. The ship is older and smaller than previous ships we sailed on. I was worried about that. It has been modernized and refurbished now. I was totally impressed with the ship! Also our 1st time with Carnival. We had been on Princess and Royale Caribbean prior. Carnival was just as good in every way. We had a balcony room with a fold down bunk. We liked the room. My 11 year old son and I would play miniature golf every night. We spent a bunch of time in the back of the ship playing games together. We went to every show we could. The entertainment was excellent. My 13 year old daughter who does competition dance actually got to participate on stage with the cast and will never forget it. Can't wait to cruise again with the family! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We hadn't been on a cruise for 8 years. So, we figured it was time. We decided on a 3-day cruise to the Bahamas. There are 3 cruise lines out of Port Canaveral. Our daughter had been on Carnival. We didn't want to do a ... Read More
We hadn't been on a cruise for 8 years. So, we figured it was time. We decided on a 3-day cruise to the Bahamas. There are 3 cruise lines out of Port Canaveral. Our daughter had been on Carnival. We didn't want to do a Disney cruise as we thought there would be too many kids. So, we settled on Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas. As many others have said about embarkation, it was simply a breeze. Couldn't have been easier. We got on the ship around 1100 AM. Had a leisurely lunch on Deck 5 and waited until about 1PM for our stateroom to be available. The food at the Windjammer was typical buffet. Nothing special but nothing bad either. I will say this ship while clean, was showing its age. Nothing offensive. Just certain things jumped out and looked like they had seen better days. Crew was always cleaning something on the ship. Stateroom was a balcony room on deck 7 and it was quite adequate. Our stateroom attendant bent over backwards for us. The one thing that was a little annoying was that there were no ac outlets anywhere near the bed. We needed to plug in a CPAP machine but we couldn't. On the way to the muster drill, we mentioned that it would be nice if we could find an extension cord. Well, I figured with all the things the crew has to do to prepare for the muster drill, the cord would be forgotten. Not so. It was in the room when we got back. Nice!!! We had clean towels twice a day for all 3 days. The attendant was very friendly and obviously good at his job. Other than the buffet, the food was very good at dinner. I wouldn't say 5-star but very good nevertheless. Gerald, our waiter and Mario, his assistant were excellent. We never had to wait for anything. The dinner portions might seem small at first but amazingly, it was just enough for both of us. The one thing that was a bit lacking was the quality of the entertainment. The singing acts in the bars were pretty good. However, the Broadway show ensemble were not much better than high school quality. Out other cruises were on Princess to Alaska and the entertainment was really a cut above this. We wanted to play Bingo one day. We paid $30 for one electronic machine. What wasn't made clear to us was that it was for one game only. In other words, when the first person called Bingo, the session was over. It took all of 15 minutes. So, we thought the Bingo was a total rip-off. The Captain had said there was 2400 passengers on board. I never felt crowded anywhere during the cruise. The ship stopped in 2 ports. Nassau to me was a waste. As soon as we got off the ship, we were hounded by someone trying to sell us things or taxi rides. We didn't do Atlantis as many before us said it wasn't worth it. The second day, we stopped at their private island, Coco Cay. Now, this was a great little place. Excellent weather, plenty of water activities and of course plenty of food. The food was BBQ style and it was all very good. All in all, it was an excellent cruise for for the short time. The ship was clean but a little old, the crew was very friendly and competent, the food was very good but not great. The big disappointment in our minds was some of the entertainment. Great for a long weekend. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
I picked this cruise because it sailed on my husband's birthday and was coming out of Cape Canaveral. Getting through the port was easy and we were signed in and on the ship in less than 1/2 hour. Deck #9 (Lido deck) was where the ... Read More
I picked this cruise because it sailed on my husband's birthday and was coming out of Cape Canaveral. Getting through the port was easy and we were signed in and on the ship in less than 1/2 hour. Deck #9 (Lido deck) was where the main action was. They had the big screen over the pool and have the buffet set up for food on all sides. The lines were pretty long, but the food was actually better than in the dining room. No problem getting our luggage, we were in our room shortly after the life boat drill. Inside cabin was spacious, queen size bed with nice size bathroom. I could actually move around, especially in the shower which was hand held. Only negative was no flat screen tv. I was able to watch the NBA playoffs at the Sports bar on deck 5. Loved the room service which was very quick. Free for any items that weren't hot. $5.00 dollars for wings or pizza, which is still reasonable. Could hardly feel the ship, very smooth sailing. Enjoyed the Serenity area where you could lay out and get in the Jacuzzi, Top floor was a big mattress where you could just lay out. My husband enjoyed the spa. Shopping was at a minimum. Activities scheduled at weird times. Would try 4 night with private island. Plenty to do in the Bahamas, took tour to Whittier rum factory, everything done by hand. Don't forget to get your bottle of white Hennessy, not sold in the states. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
My husband and I booked this cruise somewhat last minute. We had been booked on the 4/23 sailing on the Magic for a year for the Eastern Carib. but added this as a fun Mom and Dad getaway before the kids joined us on 4/23. We were, ... Read More
My husband and I booked this cruise somewhat last minute. We had been booked on the 4/23 sailing on the Magic for a year for the Eastern Carib. but added this as a fun Mom and Dad getaway before the kids joined us on 4/23. We were, overall, happy with the ship. As it was just the two of us (the first time EVER without kids) there wasn't much that was going to bring us down! I have yet to have a meal on any Carnival ship that I walk away from thinking it was wonderful! The food, as always, was fine. Mediocre. Average. We paid the $35 to eat in the steakhouse and again, it was fine. My husband got a filet mignon and said he preferred the filet he gets from Longhorn. While he was impressed with the size of the cut, the seasoning was poor and it was fairly flavorless. I had the lobster tail. While it was delicious - they served it with clarified butter which where I'm from is sacrilege! It wasn't a big deal and I happily ate that along with the adorable little chef's tapas that were sent to the table as well. It was fine. I wouldn't pay the money to eat there again as I found it to be nothing special. We only ate int the dining room one night. The staff knew our names even though we weren't frequenting the dining room, which is always nice. We were seated in the Northern Lights restaurant. I have to say, what an absolutely stupid place to put a dining room! The view out the window where I sat was a lifeboat. A lifeboat. Out the other windows was the corridor of deck four. Everyone that walked by - looked in the dining room. It was strange and I didn't like it. I didn't like enough that I begged the maitre d to switch us to the Southern Lights dining room on the 7 day the following week - which he kindly did. The dining room staff was excellent. The culinary shining star on this ship is the Pig and Anchor barbecue. Authentic and delicious, it beats out any strange pasta mix or plain jane said bar you might find at the Lido buffet. The Tandoor indian is awesome as well, spicy and just right. Pizza was good, though the lines could get long. Guys burger joint had the lines as well but went fast. Very heavy, so I only at there once. Our room was a balcony and was very nice The drain in the shower overflowed overtime we used it which was annoying. I never told our room steward because I literally never saw him. He was a ghost. He came in and out in a flash and kept everything clean. I'm not going to lie - this three day cruise was a strange mixed bag of guests. I've taken a number of cruises and I've never EVER seen anyone wearing their robes around the ship. Going to the pool? Maybe. Going to the spa? Okay - I get it. I'm talking about in the casino. In the buffet. Eating at the BBQ place. Perusing art in the hallways. Dancing in the atrium. Frankly, we didn't do anything in the Bahamas - we only got off the ship for a few minutes. It seemed like any other stop in the caribbean. Read Less
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Veteran Cruiser – Honest Review In summary: the Carnival Magic is a really nice ship. She is huge (130K tons) which is a departure from the older and smaller ships that normally take the 3 or 4 day Bahamas run from Port Canaveral. ... Read More
Veteran Cruiser – Honest Review In summary: the Carnival Magic is a really nice ship. She is huge (130K tons) which is a departure from the older and smaller ships that normally take the 3 or 4 day Bahamas run from Port Canaveral. After five years of service, she was immaculate, comfortable, and the service in general was on target. This cruise was a three-day repositioning cruise of sorts, scheduling the Magic for week long Caribbean cruises out of Canaveral. The crew had just enjoyed a three-day trip from Galveston without any guests. They seemed happy and well rested. That being said, here is my honest and detailed review. Embarkation: Port Canaveral is undergoing major enhancements to provide for larger ships and increasing passenger counts. This effort is in progress. Accordingly, the facilities aren’t there yet. Most noticeably, parking is an issue. It took much too long to park and we ended up against a yellow curb, as directed by a parking attendant, as the lot was out of room. Consider that you have 3600 passengers parking in a lot designed for 2000. After parking, boarding was effortless. We are Platinum Cruisers on Carnival. We went through a priority security lane, were directed to the Captain’s Lounge, and within 15 minutes were aboard and in our cabin. The embarkation day buffet was about what we’ve come to expect…. chaos. There were too many passengers not knowing where to go. The lines were long. I attribute this in part to our not arriving until 2:00 p.m. Those who intelligently arrived around noon reported a lovely lunch experience in multiple lido deck based venues. The Cabin: We booked at the last minute, five days before sailing, and paid top dollar for a Cloud 9 Spa balcony stateroom. The location was all the way forward on Deck 12. The location, while a little remote, was quiet, immaculate, well serviced, and extremely comfortable. There was more than sufficient space for the two of us and it would have been ample for a week-long cruise. The slippers, robes, toiletries, and unlimited access to the spa pool and thermal suite were nice touches as well. Dining: The dining on this ship ranged from fine to exceptional. The dining room fare seemed pared down a bit from previous cruises, but arrived hot and was tasty. It was just nothing exceptional. Service was fine the one night we ate in the main dining room. We were at a table for 10, and the wait staff had no issue keeping up. The second night we dined in the steakhouse. It was fantastic. My wife had surf and turf, I had the seasoned rib-eye which was as good as any steak I have ever had in a premium steakhouse. I actually thanked the chef when we left. Everything was perfect. The service, selections, and presentation were off the chart. I would strongly recommend splurging, paying the $35 upcharge, and treating yourself to this experience. I’m still thinking about that steak. The third and final night, we paid the $15 upcharge and dined in the Cucina del Capitano. It too was awesome. My wife had eggplant and I had another steak. Both were tremendous. I also ordered off the menu and was able to have the spaghetti carbonara I remembered so fondly from the old Mardi Gras. Everything was terrific and I was even provided a copy of the recipe for the carbonara. Fellow Cruisers: These weekend cruisers are always a mixed bag. You definitely have the party crowd including some low-rent undesirables. This was a better mix and was more upscale than I noted on previous cruises on the Sensation. All in all, we met many wonderful and friendly people and never had an issue striking up meaningful conversation. Entertainment: This was a category that seemed to have slipped, in my opinion. In fairness, we only saw part of one stage presentation. The set design seemed innovative and the performers were talented, but it just didn’t “grab” us. The one comedian we saw was racist and offensive. I’m bi-racial and my wife is Northern European (and looks it, blond/blue/fair). I think we have a pretty well developed sense of humor regarding ethnicity and comedy in general. The crowd at the show was diverse and we all seemed equally offended. The piano bar was fun and the player/singer was a great showman. He couldn’t sing, however, which made it difficult to sing along. Bar Staff: I was impressed with how attentive the bar staff was and how hard they worked. We had the Cheers! Package, and tipped on top of that, so perhaps that was why. Everyone remembered our names. That caused us to spend too much time at the bars, probably, which we regretted disembarkation morning. Newer Venues: The Red Frog Pub is the coolest thing I have ever seen on a cruise ship. It was a blast. The service was great and the “Pub Grub” was tasty and a deal at the $3 upcharge. I had conch salad and conch fritters. Both were great. They also have numerous draft beers, including Carnival’s new signature ale. We loved this place and returned many times. The Tasting Bar was new to us as well. Samples of various dishes were provided. Each night they came from a different onboard dining venue. Also located on Deck Five was a salad bar where salads were custom mixed to individual preferences. I loved it. The Tandor on the Lido serves Indian cuisine. I didn’t try it, but fellow travelers seemed to like it. On our deck we also had mini-golf, a ropes course, and a basketball court. Movies under the Stars was fun. The movies aren’t first run (we watched The Hunger Games), but it was a great setting and very enjoyable. All were well attended. Guy’s Burger Joint, the Blue Iguana taco/burrito bar, and the Mongolian Wok were all great. I’m going on a diet. This almost new generation of Carnival ships was clearly designed to serve more passengers with fewer staff. This seems to be a trend in the industry. While some service discrepancies will be noted vis a vie previous Carnival cruises, they didn’t lessen our enjoyment of the trip. The only truly annoying issue was room service. While 24-hour room service is advertised, trying to get it is problematic. The first night I waited on hold for 10 minutes then opted to go pick up pizza on the back deck. The next time I waited 15 minutes, became frustrated, and called Guest Services. Guest services hung up on me. This made me mad, so I went downstairs to Guest Services, went to the Platinum/Diamond line and complained. They were able to get through to room service quickly and our order arrived 20 minutes later. I thought that was too much effort. Port of Call: Nassau is Nassau. I’ve been too many times to get much out of it. Our souvenirs consisted of cologne and a corkscrew. We did stop for a drink also. Nothing to comment about occurred. Disembarkation: This was pretty seamless. It did annoy me that we received an unsolicited wake up call followed by a hang up at 7:15. My alarm was set for 7:30. We had breakfast and departed around 9:30. Given the huge stacks of luggage, I’m guessing that most of the ship had not been disembarked. Again, we’re Platinum, so pretty much leave when we feel like it. Transition through customs was quick and painless, as was our departure from parking. In a nutshell, this was a great quick getaway for us and we met many lovely people. I would definitely sail on this ship again if the price is right. It wasn’t this time. I think that given our options in Central Florida, assuming the accommodation were at the same rate, I would opt for Royal Caribbean. Even though the RCCL cabins are smaller, the service seems better. Understand that my wife and I are in our 50’s and we may be nearing the end of our appreciation for the weekend party cruises. That being said, I departed happy with a hangover. We spent two days at the beach recovering from our consumption. All in all, a very happy time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This was a last minute cruise. Since we've been on it three times already, last time January, 2016, we were expecting the same level of satisfaction as the previous. A bit disappointed. We had a bit of rough seas going out of ... Read More
This was a last minute cruise. Since we've been on it three times already, last time January, 2016, we were expecting the same level of satisfaction as the previous. A bit disappointed. We had a bit of rough seas going out of Canaveral, but not to diminish the enjoyment of being at sea. The Enchantment may be an older ship, but she's steady and a pleasure to sail. The crew works tirelessly maintaining its appearance. Our cabin, on deck 4, was as expected, since we were on that deck in January. At least we didn't have any revelers adjoining our cabin. Out attendant did an outstanding job seeing to our slightest need. He certainly earned the extra tip we left in the cabin for him. Our beds were promptly made, supplied ice without asking and extra pillows immediately after asking for same. I felt the bed was good, but a bit too firm for my wife. A sleep number would have been nice. The cabin afforded sufficient storage for our belongings and the shower was strong, which I prefer. Always had clean towels. The biggest disappointment was in the dining room at dinner. Our waiter and assistant waiter tried so hard to please, but fell very short. Our head waiter was from India and although he did attempt to communicate in English, his accent coupled with his hi-pitched voice made it challenging to understand at times. He did get too many orders wrong. On the second night, I wanted a cocktail and asked the waiter to get the bar attendant, but he never showed up. The assistant waiter, from China, had no communication skills at all. It was almost impossible to get a second dinner roll and he had no idea what "decaf" coffee was. The menu selection seemed less than what we had in January. The prime rib was presented well, but bland, the lamb shanks were greasy, no duck. Seems they were cutting back on the items like one of their competitors. The entertainment in their main theater was, as expected, excellent. The 7-piece band did an outstanding job performing all their numbers. The stage shows were professional and the singers were better than expected. Only bad part was their 50-60 era party in the Centrum. Very disappointing, since I was from that era and gave up seeing the new Star Wars movie to listen to a band from Jamaica trying to be a rock-n-roll band with little success. On the last night, there was a dance on the pool deck that was so loud, one could hear it all the way on the other end of the ship.....great!! The personal services afforded were consistent to what one would expect on RCCL. Since we have an extremely disappointment in January regarding a shore excursion with no satisfaction from RCCL, we decided to stay on board while the ship was in Nassau. On Coco Cay, it was pleasant, but the lunch served was not hot, just barely luke warm, which detracted from Labadee experiences. Getting on and off the ship was efficient and smooth. This cruise, even with the Majesty coming in, is worth the experience for the first timer and a cruiser who wanted to "upgrade" from another cruise line. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
I will have to think hard before choosing Royal Caribbean in the future. My wife and I have been on 27 cruises (13 on Royal Caribbean where we have Diamond status ), we were not happy on the Enchantment of the Seas. The ship is definitely ... Read More
I will have to think hard before choosing Royal Caribbean in the future. My wife and I have been on 27 cruises (13 on Royal Caribbean where we have Diamond status ), we were not happy on the Enchantment of the Seas. The ship is definitely showing its' age. We were traveling with 2 grandchildren (13 & 11) and there was nothing for them to do. There was no sports deck and the arcade was a joke. We have also noticed on the last 2-3 cruises on RCI that the food in the main dining rooms is awful. I ordered prime rib and the meat was actually grey when it was served, disgusting. Is RCI trying to force their customers to eat in the specialty restaurants? We have done three cruises on Celebrity, and found everything to be superior to RCI. That is unless you enjoy the loud party like atmosphere around the pool. You will not find that on Celebrity. My wife and I are retired, and I guess our expectations have changed as we've aged. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
From some of the reviews I read, I was very worried that the ship was going to be a huge disappointment. It was just the opposite. It only took about 30 minutes to board, and our stateroom was ready as soon as we got on the ship, at 1:30. ... Read More
From some of the reviews I read, I was very worried that the ship was going to be a huge disappointment. It was just the opposite. It only took about 30 minutes to board, and our stateroom was ready as soon as we got on the ship, at 1:30. That was really nice, especially since we were told we could pack soda in our check in luggage over the phone, but told it had to be in carry-on when we arrived. The stateroom, was better than expected. It was very clean, spacious and we loved the balcony! The bathroom was small, as expected, but clean and did not look run-down or have an awful smell as some have stated. After dropping off our carry-on luggage, we went to the Lido deck and ate lunch. It was less crowded than I thought it would be. They had several options of things to eat. All were separated so if you wanted burgers you got in one line, hot dogs or chicken nuggets, sandwiches, pizza, Chinese, a separate line, etc. Some of the lines were long, but moved quickly and we never had a problem finding a seat with a great view. The staff were constantly cleaning off the tables, as well as the buffet and restocking food before trays were empty. The one main problem I saw was that two buffets were right by the pool area and two bars. It got very congested in that area. I enjoyed the buffet food more than the dining room, but both were good, and the ice cream and frozen yogurt stations were great. The casino was very smoky and sometimes you had to walk through to get to another place on the ship, but we survived. We also had a little difficulty finding areas we needed to get to, but every staff member we ran into was very friendly and told us how to get where we wanted to be. We took the stairs as much as possible and got a lot of exercise! Nina was our room attendant and always had our room refreshed by the time we returned from dinner and if we saw her in the hall at any time during the day, she would ask if we needed anything. I thought the boat looked great and didn't see the horror of a rundown ship that needed to be remodeled like others have stated. The cruise director, Marcelo, was very funny and really seamed to enjoy his job. We can't wait to cruise again! PROS: Lots of activities, great variety of food, areas and shows were not overly crowded, great staff, nice rooms, They sang to us & gave us a special dessert (that was DELICOUS) for our anniversary. CONS: The ship is set up less conveniently than others. There was a lot of traveling up, then down to get to certain areas and you sometimes had to travel though areas to get to other, like the smoky casino (only a problem for us non-smokers) We didn't have our kids, and although they had Dr. Suess activities, I didn't think most of the shows and activities were appropriate for younger children. If we sail with kids, we would definitely choose a different ship. TIPS: Bring an insulated refillable cup. We filled ours with water, juice or lemonade every time we walked by the drink station and it worked much better than the little cups provided. We used glo-sticks to keep our bathroom dimly lit at night so we didn't have to turn on the light each time. Stay on board while everyone else goes into port and enjoy the ship. We got off the boat 2 hours after the crowds and it was great! No lines on the ship, or getting into port. Read Less
38 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
would be, but several things happened.that really left us feeling bad about our much anticipated vacation. I would like to first say the ship, stateroom, and services were great. We are a family of 5, and our verandah accommodations ... Read More
would be, but several things happened.that really left us feeling bad about our much anticipated vacation. I would like to first say the ship, stateroom, and services were great. We are a family of 5, and our verandah accommodations never felt cramped. Disney thought of everything in terms of storage and sleeping bunks, 2 sinks, etc. This exceeded my expectations. The food and restaurant experiences were also very good (albeit every dinner seemed to go on 30-45mins longer than we would have liked). The servers work hard but we were left closing the place each night! They were great about my gluten sensitivity, and my children's overall pickiness. Generally I wouldn't complain about the dining experience. Now comes the bad stuff: My 13 year old and my 6 year old enjoyed the kids clubs. My 10 year old however did not. The Oceaneer clubs were listed for ages 3-12, however my 10 year old daughter felt very out of place there and that most of the activities were geared towards the younger kids. It was explained to us that she could go to the tween club (with my 13 year old), but there she felt too young and that the older kids were all wondering why she was there too. I did not feel the staff did much to make her feel welcome at either of the clubs. The real reason I could not recommend this trip to others, is for the experience we had at the Disney owned island, Castaway Cay. What started out as a lovely day (we rented kayaks/paddle boats and really enjoyed the BBQ), ended in every parent's worst nightmare. My two younger children were missing for approx. 90mins and the procedures the employees carried out in securing and assuring us their safety were deplorable. My children were found by the Disney staff and brought to a secure location within 20mins of us knowing they were lost. What was totally LUDICROUS was the lifeguards did not know this procedure, and they kept my husband and I, in a total panic and had us searching in the vicinity for the 90mins or so until we were told where they were. I had every horrible thought of abduction in my mind during this time. Thank God they were safe in the end, but what else is horrible is the way my 10 year old was again treated by the staff. She could describe exactly where we were located, and kept telling the caretakers, but they dismissed her and kept saying that "the lifeguards would be looking for us-her parents!"She was as upset as we were at our reunion. When we got back to the boat, all of us a bit frazzled we spoke to Guest Services. There the man nicely registered our concerns, but my husband and I were truly left feeling like they didn't really care to do anything different/improve the training of staff etc. The guest services rep listened, but I don't know what the follow through will be to avoid the situation for other families. I even carefully wrote out on our evaluation at the end of the trip; that we had a bad experience and I would like a representative from Disney to contact us further. It's been a week now, and still nothing. So in the end, I can only convey I was disappointed in our expensive trip that we all had looked so forward to. I really hoped it would offer fun and relaxation for all the members of our family, and honestly I and my 10 year old, still have anxiety over what we experienced. We definetly won't be looking to Disney for any vacations again.I really wish I could have just said the Disney cruise was everything I read and hoped it Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
We went out of Port Canaveral on a 4 day to Nassau and Freeport on the Carnival Victory. We really like this port because it is easy to get to since we drive from North Georgia and the port itself is easy to navigate. We stay the night ... Read More
We went out of Port Canaveral on a 4 day to Nassau and Freeport on the Carnival Victory. We really like this port because it is easy to get to since we drive from North Georgia and the port itself is easy to navigate. We stay the night in one of the hotels along I95 in Titusville and they have coupons for parking at the port - nice. The Victory is a medium sized ship with a lot of balconies. It is pretty standard Carnival, which we like. All of the crew was very nice, and the cruise director seemed to be on top of things all of the time. We had someone take ill about an hour out of Nassau, so we had to turn around and take them back so they could be seen at a hospital. Not sure what happened, but the cruise director sounded shaken when he came on for the announcement....hope the person is okay. Nassau is Nassau, if you've been there more than a couple of times. They are re-doing that big barn like structure that you have to go through in order to get outside....looks like it will be nice. We had never been to Freeport before, and if we dont go again, that will be fine. It is a very industrial looking port, not pretty at all. There is a nice little shopping area right at the dock, and we didnt take an excursions, so cant say much about it. The port has a lot of container ships there and we saw some others in dry-dock which was kinda cool. All in all, a good trip, just too short. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Sarita, Vinnie & Family April 10th-14th, 2016 This was our first cruise and we wanted to know what it felt like being on a cruise. We had a wonderful time and I am so glad that my husband and I decided to go along with our son, his ... Read More
Sarita, Vinnie & Family April 10th-14th, 2016 This was our first cruise and we wanted to know what it felt like being on a cruise. We had a wonderful time and I am so glad that my husband and I decided to go along with our son, his wife and kids. I am extremely afraid of heights but it was not as bad as I thought. I kept a distance from the rails and looked out into the sea which was fine for me it was the only way I was going to get over it since I am a smoker. The entertainment was great I just had to keep an eye on my husband Vinnie from continuously going to the casino room he said that the machines were calling him and I truly found that hard to believe....(lol) The food was pretty good they were always have food available for one to eat. The dining area was wonderful and the service was excellent! We had a cabin where there was no window but next time I'll make sure there is one since I had no clue what time of day it was. The only thing I did not like was the movement of the boat it was not a good experience when I felt the boat move but besides that I loved being on it. As for the ports we went to Nassau and Freeport I had a good time shopping in Nassau. One thing I wanted to mention the environment and music was great and we met a lot of wonderful people on board and was able to spend sometime with them as well......Just wish we could have exchanged some information with them before we left. Can't wait till we plan our next cruise. Overall the ship was beautiful and Yes, I would do this all again hopefully soon!! (My favorite part of it all hanging out on the Lido Deck, feeling the breeze, seeing the sunrise and the sunset!) Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We sailed several years ago on EOS for a 7-night W. Caribbean cruise and have always had interior rooms for our previous cruises. As this was our first cruise in 5 years, plus our first with our son (4.5 yo) in tow, we decided to go for ... Read More
We sailed several years ago on EOS for a 7-night W. Caribbean cruise and have always had interior rooms for our previous cruises. As this was our first cruise in 5 years, plus our first with our son (4.5 yo) in tow, we decided to go for the shorter duration cruise and "splurge" on an oceanview room (booked during 30% off sale). What a wonderful surprise when RCCL called us a few months before with the news that we'd been upgraded for free to a balcony room (7046- great location!) because our original room was incorrectly labeled as sleeping 3!! I can definitely say we'll never go back to an interior room again! Embarkation was a breeze- on the ship and at the Windjammer and the pool within 45 minutes of getting out of our 11am arrival. Next time I'll actually wear my bathing suit instead of having to change in the bathroom to avoid the long lines! Staterooms were ready at 1:30pm (as promised) although our luggage did not arrive until a few hours later, but just in time to get changed for 5:30pm seating. Dropped off the kid at Adventure Ocean after dinner then changed into our suits to watch "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" on the pool deck from the hot tub- very cool experience! Unfortunately we couldn't stay for all of it, as we didn't want to push back our son's bedtime too much, but it was still cool. Next day was CocoCay and we chose to stay on board. Hubby got a massage, kid went to Adventure Ocean (where I'm pretty sure he was the only one there in his age group!), and I went to lay out by the almost-empty pool and enjoy the peace, quiet, and beautiful weather! It's the first time we've stayed on board in port and I would choose to do so again! We all hung out at the pool together for the afternoon, where it started to get more crowded as people returned from the island. As it was formal night, we sent our son to dinner with Adventure Ocean and ended up having a nice little "date night," as we were the only ones at our table! Watched another movie by the pool in our jeans/sweatshirts with one of the bottles of wine we brought on board. Arrived in Nassau early the next morning (6am to be exact, as I was up before the sun and watched the docking from the balcony. Disembarked to a VERY WINDY day and cloudy skies and took a cab to our scheduled excursion (Sandy Toes Island Resort Day- not through RCCL) only to find out upon arrival that they'd had to cancel because of unsafe boating conditions. Our son still wanted to visit a beach, like we'd promised, so we walked through part of Atlantis (not the new, fancy part) to a public beach (Cabbage Beach), hung out for an hour, then headed back to the ship in time for lunch and more afternoon pool time. No shows that evening, as we spent time after dinner hanging out with the other parents from our table in the Schooner Bar while all the kids were in Adventure Ocean. Next was day at sea. Started cloudy, so our son went back to Adventure Ocean and we just lazed around the cabin and on our balcony most of the morning. The second night we had purchased 2 dinners at the Chef's Table (only $65 pp once on cruise), which included a galley tour and Italian lunch in the dining room. Warning: They will invite young kids to the tour and lunch, but don't bring them- they will be bored. We sailed through a brief rainstorm in the early afternoon, which cleared out a "few" lounge chairs by the pool (but most people just let their towels in the rain to continue claiming their chair) and we enjoyed another beautiful afternoon on deck. Son went back to Adventure Ocean for dinner while hubby and I went to Chef's Table for dinner- it was amazing! LOTS of wine to drink, delicious food, and small, friendly atmosphere- although it allows up to 12 people, there were only 5 of us the last night. Picked up kid afterwards for the "family dance party" in Bolero's- not so much, but my son and I had fun making fools of ourselves on the mostly-empty dance floor. Woke up early the next morning to self-carry luggage- best decision ever, as we were in the car by 8am! Staff: Dasmond was an amazing room attendant and my son still talks about the towel animals! Nicholas in the MDR was great, too, and very patient with our very busy 4.5 year old! And I could NEVER say enough good things about the Adventure Ocean program and staff- our son LOVED IT and given the choice, always chose to go there rather than hang out us in the evening. All staff that we interacted with were very friendly and courteous- adds so much to the experience! Ship: Hubby thinks EOS is showing some old age and wear, but I thought it was all great- he's a detail person, I'm big-picture. Bed was a little saggy and obvious that it's two twins put together (bump in the middle), but not a deal-breaker. Windjammer is crowded at peak times (duh), but we never had a problem sitting down and eating before 9am. Suggestions: Unless you're OCD about scheduling like me, do NOT buy anything on this ship before you get onboard. I pre-purchased wifi (which was the speed of old-school dial-up and not worth $20/day) and a massage, but both were cheaper a day into the cruise. Same with the Chef's Table dinner. If you don't drink soda or beer, and don't plan to spend your entire cruise drink, I don't think the drink package is worth it. Read Less
Meh
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This was only our second cruise so we don't have a lot of comparison, but we did note a few things. Embarkation was extremely easy and fast.....much better than our last experience in Baltimore. Once on the boat it was chaotic, ... Read More
This was only our second cruise so we don't have a lot of comparison, but we did note a few things. Embarkation was extremely easy and fast.....much better than our last experience in Baltimore. Once on the boat it was chaotic, which I believe is common on most boats. Line ups for lunch were lengthy, but our room was ready as promised by 1:30, so we ate a bit later. The muster exercise was VERY disturbing and unorganized. Many of us in muster stations F, G, and H were having difficulty finding our location (mainly because they announced that we were in the front of the boat when in fact we were in the aft). I stopped two separate crew members to help us find the right location -- both of who shrugged their shoulders and walked away. Eventually several of us found it on our own.....but then had to wait over half an hour for the rest of the cruisers to find it. The staff assigned to the muster drill seemed genuinely disinterested and bored with the whole thing. I was placed in the back row behind two gentlemen who were both over 6 feet tall (I am 5 ft 2 in)....I could not see the demonstration and genuinely left feeling a complete lack of confidence in the staff's ability to look out for my safety should something happen. This fact alone will discourage me from booking another Carnival cruise. I found some of the staff to be wonderful - our room steward and some of the bar attendants for example - but overall, most seemed disengaged and uninterested. On one occasion, a maintenance person snorted at me like a pig as I got off the elevator. Had I not been so shocked, I would have asked his name and turned him in. Another staff member was clearly irritated when we asked how to get from one end of the boat to the other - she simply said "go to the fifth floor". We enjoyed the food in both the dining room and the buffet. Lots of choice and mostly to our taste. Our only complaint is that we were placed at different tables every night so did not have a consistent waiter. Getting wine in the dining room proved to be difficult.....usually got one glass of wine then we're not asked again. We learned to tell them right off the bat that we would be needing more than one glass of wine with dinner. That seemed to do the trick. The cabin was adequate.....small but alright. The bathroom seemed old and in need of improvements, but was sufficient for our needs. Cabin lights took a long time to come on......a fact we figured out by the second day. Our room was located under the lido deck so lots of noise throughout the night. The casino was smoky and unfortunately you had to walk through it to get from one end of the boat to the other. The smell of smoke hit you as soon as you got off the elevator. The shows were great - we enjoyed them tremendously. Some were too late for my liking, but those I saw were excellent. Overall, it was an ok cruise and we did enjoy it. Will likely go back to Royal Carribean though. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
First time cruiser who traveled with a group of 18 from age 3 up to 63. Ports of call included Half Moon Cay, Nassau, and Freeport. Check in was relatively painless despite the fact that the computers went down at one point. The Cruise ... Read More
First time cruiser who traveled with a group of 18 from age 3 up to 63. Ports of call included Half Moon Cay, Nassau, and Freeport. Check in was relatively painless despite the fact that the computers went down at one point. The Cruise Director (Chris "donkey" Salazar) was very funny and entertaining. The service was almost always impeccable. Our waiter for the week was Tenaka, aka Mr. T. He was entertaining and very good at his job. After the first night when he found out our daughter has a tree nut allergy, he always got her food first and made sure it was safe for her to eat. We took in a couple of the comedic acts including one PG and one adult show. The shows are pretty short and were both decent enough to entertain us. All of the shows that Donkey hosted were a lot of fun, starting the second night with the "Welcome" show and ending with the "Love and Marriage" show later in the week. We did the Atlantis Dolphin Cay Deep Water Swim at Nassau and the entire family had a great time. The picture prices are outrageous, but it is what it is and a once in a lifetime event. Unfortunately our snorkeling excursion was cancelled at Freeport due to rain. The sun did come out later and we shopped a bit at the marketplace, just off the ship. My biggest gripe was that some shows were scheduled at times were you couldn't attend them unless you decided to forego the sit down dinner. In my opinion, with a slight time adjustment, this could be avoided. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This is our third Disney cruise, we have sailed the Fantasy twice and this was our first time on the Magic. We are a family of 5 l; my husband and I mid-thirties with children aged 5, 3 and 18 mos. We traveled with two other families who ... Read More
This is our third Disney cruise, we have sailed the Fantasy twice and this was our first time on the Magic. We are a family of 5 l; my husband and I mid-thirties with children aged 5, 3 and 18 mos. We traveled with two other families who had children ranging in ages from 16 to 9. We were a table of 14 for dinner. My review will be based only on my perspective. Overall it was an ok cruise but for the cost it should have been better than ok. In fact, for our third Disney cruise it was, notably, by far the worst of the three. The short story - pros: *We were in group 2 and on the boat by 11:15 *Boat was spotless *Home for 4 days and no one caught anything from the boat (yay) *kids loved the camp *baby loved the nursery - staff was outstanding *Room was clean and nice *Room service was quick *Whiskey tasting was outstanding Cons: *Some kind of "technology" issue kept us standing outside of the port for about an hour *Castaway Cay was a total train wreck; I really feel Disney put us in actual danger *Service in the main dining room was poor *Food in main dining was poor *Coffee is the worst coffee I have ever had (still) *The ship shits down at like 11pm, midnight the latest - no food options except room service and literally nothing to do *Food at Palo wasn't as good as I have had before The details of the trip: We should have known we were in for it when our trip larger started on the curb at Port Canaveral. Some Disney employee did tell us we were outside because of some technology miscommunication so we stood there for a good 45 Min in the heat; it was kind of a mess getting in. That said, we are Castaway club Silver and the line for that was quick so once we got our key to the world card, we had time to get camp wristbands and then board. The ship was, as always, spotless and grand. Greeted by name and cheered for by crew. Unlike the past 2 trips, however, no one escorted us to the elevator or anything. It was fine, however, as it truly was not busy. We got a table to seat all 14 of us although the buffet didn't open until 11:45 sbut it was fine. Food was ok; less options than I remember especially for the kids but fine. We then went to our rooms as the Navigator said they would be ready at 1:30 but they were a good 15 min late so we sat in the crowded hallway waiting but again no big deal. Seriously tho, Disney, don't print 1:30 if you need till 1:45. Say 2pm and look like a hero at 1:45. Whatever I digress. The biggest issue of the trip was Castaway Cay which was our last day but such a big deal I will jump there next. I ran the free 5K and I have before so nothing changed there. Got off the boat, no one checked our IDs tho we needed them to get our bibs at check in. The race is more fun and not chip trimmed but they give you a bib as a souvenir and a "medal" that's made of rubbery plastic at the end. It's fun. There was an overcast which was great for running as it was breezy. Our family had a cabana and I asked a Disney employee "is there a storm coming" they said "no, the captain radioed the island, should blow past us". Ok so great. I laid around waiting for the rest of my family. They showed up about 20 min later and the host for the Cabana came, Lindsey. The sky looked way worse. I said "should we leave?" He said basically the same thing, storm should blow out to sea, hopefully miss us but if it does drizzle stay in the cabana, it's safest covered. Well we had TORRENTIAL rain with literally 50 MPH wind gusts. All 14 of us were totally stranded for almost three hours in our cabana. No food, no real shelter, freezing as we used all the dry towels and got soaked. It was awful. Lightening less than 100 yards away from us. All of the kids were terrified - the adults too! Shame on you Disney. I get no one can control the weather and you don't want people to miss out, but someone HAD to have seen this three hour monsoon on a radar - how you can encourage guests to remain out in weather like that is beyond me. Absolutely awful. We didn't have to pay for the cabana but still - the risk was terrible. The food was not as good as on other Disney sailing; my steak was overlooked on two different nights with two different preparations and they forgot to serve at least one person at our table. They only do Crush at the Animators Palate and not the animated drawings which was a let down as we only ate there once. The coffee is terrible. I think this is a known issue with Disney but still - fix it! They don't do enough chocolate desserts and the menu on Pirate night is the WORST! It's all spicy and seafood - I really struggle with that menu but that is true of all Disney pirate nights I have attended so far. We did have brunch at Palo. This was our third time and the only time didn't have calzone on the menu this time or the filet minion! Food was OK. I had the veal that was loaded with mushrooms that were hidden underneath which wasn't pleasant to me, but for some this could be a bonus. The chicken parm was good as were the desserts but the buffet sections were wierd. They had Nutella breadsticks and the next table had shrimp and prosciutto - just odd. It was worth the $30 but I was let down because I have had better at Palo! Camps were always a crowd pleaser for my kids and every time I called the nursery to check on my baby they were sweet and happy to check on him for me and gave me a full report. They never called me to take him for any issue and when I did check on him by stopping by and looking through the one way mirror - he was always happy and playing with an adult. They were always very professional and kind, excellent employees! We didn't get off in Nassau but those who did said it was nice. I did use the gym to run on the treadmill and that was very nice and clean and not too busy. They added a hot tub to the concierge sun deck; we were not Conceirge but one family who was with us was and that was a nice add - hope the do same with the Fantasy soon! We waited a long time for the Aquaduck but that's to be expected. 45 min with my kid was actually fun time for us to talk and giggle so it went quickly. I don't know why the soft serve ice cream and pizza stands close - I know other cruise companies serve this 24 hours. It's not a big deal for us but once in a while you kind of want a late night snack and the kids are asleep so room service isn't the best option. This never bothered me before but with the lousy dinner service it really stuck out to me on this trip. Disembarkation was a breeze; breakfast at our assigned table with our family before we lesurley walked off was great. I did fee relaxed on our drive home so it was overall an OK trip but having sailed Disney before I really was dissapointed with this trip. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We are a family of 4 with two young children. Overall I scored the cruise a 3/5. Here are the top pros/cons: 1. Food - good and bad. The buffet made it easy to feed the children reasonably healthy food. For the adults I found the food ... Read More
We are a family of 4 with two young children. Overall I scored the cruise a 3/5. Here are the top pros/cons: 1. Food - good and bad. The buffet made it easy to feed the children reasonably healthy food. For the adults I found the food to be about quantity over quality. I wasn't impressed with the standard of food from any location. The fanciest place was My Fair Lady, the standard of meal here was very poor - something very dated, it felt like stepping back in time 25 years. 2. Staff - generally very happy, friendly, nice & helpful which made the difference for us. A few less than this but overall excellent. 3. Room - we had a balcony room to share with our children. It was very small & drove me slightly nuts! Our room was not properly cleaned when we boarded the ship. There were cigarette buts, used tissues and paper in the wardrobe - yuck!! We stood in a line for 30 mins to report it - not a great start to our holiday. We got an apology & were told to buy ourselves a drink and expense if. We bought a drink but the line was always very long to bring the receipt back. It wasn't worth wasting another 30 mins of our vacation so we never did expense the drink. 4. Excursion - we did the dolphin session in the Atlantis. This was very expensive. In hindsight we should have used that budget for a day in Discovety cove instead. I felt the guy at the excursion desk was very unhelpful & deliverately tried to frighten us into thinking if we don't book with them we will miss the ship. 5. Kids club - this was good sometimes but totally wild other times. 6 plus year olds have a ratio of 25 to 1 which is crazy. My sons were punched on the first visit as were most kids in the club. I think the ratios are irresponsible. 6. Wifi - crazy expensive so we were offline for the trip. Overall it was a lazy holiday on a very old & outdated ship. I might cruise again but only on a new ship. I looked the ship up on the web afterwards and was surprised to see it launched in 1997, it feels at least 10-15 years more outdated & in need of retirement. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Boarding the ship was a smooth process. Disembarkation was also easy. It took us 20 minutes to get to our car from the time our section was called. They ran ahead of schedule and the process was quick and easy. All the staff in the ... Read More
Boarding the ship was a smooth process. Disembarkation was also easy. It took us 20 minutes to get to our car from the time our section was called. They ran ahead of schedule and the process was quick and easy. All the staff in the ship were extremely nice. Our cabin steward was over the top nice and greeted us by our first names whenever he saw us. We never encounter any staff that were rude. They were always very kind and willing to help. Dining: I'm a celiac so I was a little worried about my food options. They went above and beyond to prepare food for me. Each night at diner I preorder for the next day. I never got sick from anything they prepared. They even had GF pizza available. All dining options were open to me. I give them an A+ for being able to accommodate a special allergy. Food Quality: The buffets and pizza were quite good. There was always a tasty snack available. The food in the main dining room was average. That being said we never went hungry. Entertainment: The dancers and singers were good except the productions were weak. Whoever was putting the productions together didn't do that great of a job. The rest of the shows were ok. We did a lot of the comedy shows. Some were good. Some were not. We had no issue with the cabin. It was clean. The bed was very comfortable. There was plenty of room for the 2 of us. We had a balcony which was nice. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
I can't call myself a cruise critic, but I love to cruise. As of this review, I've been on 4 cruises in 3 years time. The first 3 cruises were with Carnival. For this first cruise on Royal Caribbean we chose to go for the ... Read More
I can't call myself a cruise critic, but I love to cruise. As of this review, I've been on 4 cruises in 3 years time. The first 3 cruises were with Carnival. For this first cruise on Royal Caribbean we chose to go for the shortest cruise we've been on. I liked that even though we were on a 3 day cruise, we made 2 port stops. Most other lines I saw had only 1 port for 3 days. We chose a Junior Suite. Although this was the first suite we've booked, it will not be the last. I have always traveled the day or so before and stayed overnight so as not to miss the ship. We drove to Orlando the day before and stayed at a Radisson Hotel just off Disney property. The "we" I mention is my wife and me. We traveled with 2 very good friends. Both couples had Jr. Suites. The 3 day cruise on the Enchantment of the Seas began with the usual check in which was very smooth. We had the opportunity to take the standard "welcome aboard" picture. What stood out about this was that we could choose not to take the picture. The cruises I've been on previously have pushed the pictures very hard and made it feel like we had to take the pictures, whether or not we wanted to be photographed. We had many opportunities to take pictures, but we never felt pushed to be photographed. Upon boarding, I found the staff appearing to be happy to be on the ship. I'm not talking about just the entertainment staff, I mean all of them. We went to the Windjammer Buffet right away. The wait staff was quick and friendly. The food was adequate. I found the main dining room food was very good and the service was excellent. Very much attention was paid to details. Entertainment on the ship was very good. Our room was a Junior Suite. It was very roomy and had a sitting area which had room for 4 to sit comfortably. We had a large balcony which was perfect for eating a room service meal. There was a support pole in our room, against the bottom left of the bed, about 6-12" from the edge of the bed. I've read several reviews about these poles in some rooms. The pole didn't bother us, but did get some comments from our travel companions who, coincidentally didn't have a pole. The pole was well padded and didn't pose a safety hazard to bare toes. The first port visit was Nassau. We chose the Chocolate factory tour where we were able to make our own chocolate. This was a great excursion which didn't last too long, allowing further exploration and possible other tours.It was a great tour for kids as well. Our time in this port was 12 hours. We did not do any other tours, but did visit Senior Frogs. The second port was Coco Cay, the Royal Caribbean private island. This is a tendered port. We were the only ship there that day and due to the water temperature, we decided to stay on land. The air temperature was great and quite right for lying in the sun. Service on the island is provided by the ship staff and was quality. We chose to go back to the ship for lunch as we didn't want hamburgers and hot dogs. I must mention that I don't know what the menu was for the island that day, that's what I was told. The island was very nice and very well kept, my group did not want to stay. That was mainly due to the water temperature. As both couples left out children at home, I do not have a review of the children's areas or activities. Disembarkation went very smoothly. We chose to take our luggage off ourselves as we wanted to leave fairly early. By not arriving as early as we should for the self assist debarkation, we were faced with a line. This line was long, spanning up the stairs to the above deck and toward the front of the ship. One guest asked why there was such a long line and complained that the line was made to go so far down the hall and outside. Our group didn't feel this line was a big inconvenience. It moved as fast as could be expected and the staff worked hard to keep it moving. This was a great cruise on a great line. I do wish they had kiosks to check guest balances, as I have used these on other ships on another line. The service was great as was the main dining room food. The Windjammer food was adequate as was the solarium cafe food. Read Less
29 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
I have to admit after reading all the negative reviews I thought twice about booking on the Sunshine. I'm glad I ignored them. You get out of a cruise what you make of it. The new décor with the refurbishing was much more ... Read More
I have to admit after reading all the negative reviews I thought twice about booking on the Sunshine. I'm glad I ignored them. You get out of a cruise what you make of it. The new décor with the refurbishing was much more appealing than the old Vegas style décor. The food areas looked much more modern than on other ships. I also loved that the main dining room did not seat you with other people you did not know, as they do on some other ships. All tables were individualized so that just your party was together. I read several complaints that the ship was hard to navigate around. I am assuming these were first time cruisers, as this ship had a very similar layout to the other 3 cruises I have taken with Carnival and actually found it quite easy to navigate. All carnival ships have floors that do not directly lead from one end of the ship to the other. For those people who have never taken a cruise, it may seem confusing. The adult only area is beautiful and comfortable. The main pool area is too small and it is very difficult to find on chair on sea days, but the sports complex and water park make up for that. My 8 year old son was NEVER bored and constantly wanted to be in the sports area. The only complaint I had was that the older kids manipulate the basketball court and rarely let the little kids get in on an "organized game". In order for the smaller kids to play basketball you have to go at odd times when the teenagers are doing something else. The ropes course was fun. However, even though there is a height requirement it is very difficult for younger children to reach the "support" rope that assists them across the obstacles. I was worried about the smell that a lot of people talked about. The first day we were on the ship I noticed a strange smell, but it did not smell like sewer and I only noticed it the first day. The food was good. I had some average meals and I had some great meals. We ate at the steak house one night and it was excellent. Our wait staff was friendly and quick. We also attended the one time sea day brunch and breakfast with Dr. Seuss. Both were worth it. My son really enjoyed breakfast with Dr. Seuss. It was worth the $5 extra charge. Waits at the bar to get a soda were very long, but it's a cruise with thousands of other people. Waits are going to happen. I feel this is just something that is to be expected when on a cruise. As always the Guys Burger line is always long, because it's so good!!! The pizza line was also often long too but well worth the wait. Embarkation and debarkation were the smoothest I have been thru. It was quick and organized and on time. I had purchased faster to the fun and while others were waiting for their room to be cleaned, our was ready when we arrived. If you want a fun ship with lots to do for kids this is a great ship. Again, people who want to have fun will and people who want to complain will complain. There is no need to hesitate in booking this ship!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2016
I chose this cruise as my family is huge Disney fans. I brought my mom, and 5 year old daughter. Overall we had a great time. Our steward was awesome. He really got to know us. We didn't really enjoy the main dining room as our ... Read More
I chose this cruise as my family is huge Disney fans. I brought my mom, and 5 year old daughter. Overall we had a great time. Our steward was awesome. He really got to know us. We didn't really enjoy the main dining room as our servers never really seemed available for us, so we started going to Cabana's for dinner. Our servers at Cabana were amazing. My daughter does not like french fries, and would ask for broccoli instead, the service team would go out of their way to make sure she got broccoli every time without the other mixed vegetables. We only had one issue that we are still waiting for resolution from, my daughter was pushed down 2 steps by a character handler then pushed out of the way by the same handler. Guest services nor the handler have ever so much as apologized. If that incident (which is on video and has been presented to them) had not happened we would have no hesitation about going on another Disney cruise. Read Less

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