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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
This was our second voyage on the Dream in the last 6 months - both experiences have been excellent! We went on the 3-day cruise to Nassau and Castaway Cay. Embarkation was very smooth and being a Castaway Cay club member, we were able ... Read More
This was our second voyage on the Dream in the last 6 months - both experiences have been excellent! We went on the 3-day cruise to Nassau and Castaway Cay. Embarkation was very smooth and being a Castaway Cay club member, we were able to board very fast. The activities on board were all entertaining from the highly detailed evening shows to the many trivia contests that we played - we even won one! The deck parties were high energy affairs that really got the crowds moving. The pirate night fireworks were awesome - had a front row seat from our midship balcony. Food was pretty good - the Animator's Palate is always the favorite for its atmosphere and menu. Our servers were really good - they challenged us every evening with dinner table puzzles and provided great and attentive service. Every staffer on board was friendly. We barely went ashore in Nassau - spent most of the day on the ship - took in the new Pixar movie (Inside Out), which was very entertaining. Castaway Cay is always the highlight - beautiful beach on Serenity Bay (adults only). The water is crystal clear and you get to see an abundance of marine life swimming at your feet. The BBQ on the island supplied by Disney is pretty good as well - as are the chairs and umbrellas - no extra charges. All in all, a great cruise, just too short. The embarkation was very smooth as we walked off and were in our car on the road in less than 30 minutes. Port Canaveral is the best port by far we have sailed from. We look forward to our next Disney cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
My husband and I took a cruise out of Charleston 5 years ago with Carnival. This time our family of 4 decided to try a new cruise line and leave from Port Canaveral. This cruise was the first cruise for our kids. Boarding was a breeze. We ... Read More
My husband and I took a cruise out of Charleston 5 years ago with Carnival. This time our family of 4 decided to try a new cruise line and leave from Port Canaveral. This cruise was the first cruise for our kids. Boarding was a breeze. We arrived at the terminal at 10:15 am and had to sit in the waiting area until the ship was ready which was around 10:45. We were on within 25 minutes. The rooms weren't ready yet which was to be expected. We headed for the pool deck and found only 1 pool functioning as the other was down for maintenance. We headed to the Windjammer for lunch and it was PACKED. No where to sit. We were having to clear off dishes to make room. Food was okay. The massive crowds found it difficult to navigate so we just gave up and ate what was on our plates. Headed back to the pool area and jumped in. It was HORRIBLE. The salt water pool was so salty I immediately got back out. Our room became ready at 1:30. It was small, however we camp a lot and are used to small living quarters. I packed an electrical strip which came in handy. There was plenty of storage for 3 bags of luggage. I over packed and we wound up using about 65% of what was brought. Tip : when travelling with kid or others - good idea to bring a robe. Bathroom is so small you cannot get ready in there. Put on a robe and get ready at the vanity. Also, if you pull open the bathroom door and stand between the cabin door and bathroom door there is enough privacy for you to get dressed and no one can see you. It's better than attempting to do it in the tiny bathroom. We didn't have towel animals every night, only twice. Our kids got a kick out of it. I called Room Service one night b/c I was extremely thirsty. We never had any ice in our room or drinking water. Room service never showed up. Found the Ben and Jerry's and saw that it was out of order. Wound up being out of order the entire trip and after reading reviews it appears its been out of order for months. Shame on Royal Caribbean for using this as an amenity and it's not even in service!! There was a Starbucks on board but by day 2 they had already ran out of the stuff to make Frappucino's which, my family loves. I had read on other reviews that the staff will memorize your names. Unfortunately that was not the case. While the staff was nice they were so quiet, and seemed sad or lost in thought a lot. After speaking very generally with a few of them it's a wonder they can make it through the 8 month 80 hour work weeks. During the day at sea it seemed EVERYONE was on the pool deck. We could not find any seats. It was hot and we just wanted in the pool. At this point both pools were open. However the salt water pool was still terrible. Our kids got out and didn't go back in. The other pool was so crowded you couldn't even put your feet in the water. We attempted the rock climbing wall and the jump zone but they were always closed. We even went during the specified times on the Cruise Compass. To no avail it was closed. This ship definitely lacks amenities for everyone kids included. I had read somewhere that this ship was a good budget ship/cruise. Boy were they right. You get what you pay for. It seemed that we were shelling out more money to do things that on our Carnival trip were included. The MDR was very lovely. The food was mediocre at best. I was so disappointed on formal night to see that lobster was an additional $29.95. I had told our kids about how on Carnival they had lobster on formal night. So, I ordered a whole lobster for us to split. Wound up costing $35 which included more gratuities. The lobster was small and didn't even have the claws! The filet tenderloin was good but it was more like roasted beef vs a steak. Desserts were ok but seemed to have been frozen and thawed out. The wait staff is super nice but they seem overwhelmed. Too much going on, they need more help. When we came back to the ship after Nassau they were selling the Chops Grille package. We wound up getting it with 20% off and our kids were only $8 per person. It was nice and good experience but once upon a time the food and quality you get in the Chops Grille was the same food and quality you received in the MDR. Whats happened to it? Every time you order anything extra Royal will tack on additional gratuities on top of the $12 per day per person gratuity. The arcade was VERY small and expensive. The Windjammer closed at 9 pm and also shut the ice cream machine down then too. This was disappointing. We went to the Park Cafe where they had slim pickings. It was also crowded. I wanted a salad but after seeing the brown lettuce I declined it. My husband loved the 80's/classic rock music they played on the pool deck throughout the cruise. It was a very SMOOTH cruise. We would forget we were on a giant ship in the middle of the ocean! The ship was clean and gorgeous on the inside. We watched a few shows at night and they were ok. Internet packages were offered but they started at $89.95 for 1 device. Not worth it. We took a set of walkie talkies for our kids to use. We also purchased the Coke package for them. So when they would go to re-fill they'd have a walkie and we'd have a walkie. Worked great! Downside was the last night on the cruise several of the coke machines had run out. We could definitely see where Royal attempts to cut corners to save money. The cruise was still nice and our kids loved it despite not having a lot to do. This will be our first and last cruise with Royal. We will be going back to Carnival or another cruise line. Check out was a breeze. Read tips from other travelers to do the self walk off. Don't set your bags outside for pick up . We woke up at 6 am and were still at sea. After breakfast we came back to our room and grabbed bags. At this time we had already docked. We arrived on deck 5 around 7 15 am and had to wait around 15 minutes before they started to let folks get off. Disembarking was a breeze and so was customs. We were on the road back home by 8:00 am. Early bird gets the worm!! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
This was my fourth carnival cruise, and the worst by far. The majority of the staff was rude, no one had a clue what was going on the ship. I understand the importance of the safety drill, but they kept everyone huddled together ... Read More
This was my fourth carnival cruise, and the worst by far. The majority of the staff was rude, no one had a clue what was going on the ship. I understand the importance of the safety drill, but they kept everyone huddled together outside for a hour. The ship was dirty, lack of choices on food. The taco bar was only open 3 hours a day, the burger place 5 hours a day. I picked this ship because of my kids and the Hasbro game show. They didn't even do it. I do not recommend this cruise to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
Although this was our first cruise and I have nothing to compare it to, I am only giving a 3. The pool was disappointingly small, we were dismayed at its backyard size. The "elbow to elbow" people was a big turn off. Rooms were ... Read More
Although this was our first cruise and I have nothing to compare it to, I am only giving a 3. The pool was disappointingly small, we were dismayed at its backyard size. The "elbow to elbow" people was a big turn off. Rooms were sufficient and the bed was comfortable. Wasn't impressed with staff. We rarely saw our steward and the one time we called he sounded as if we had woken him from a nap (it was 4 o'clock in the afternoon). Food was just OK, we had 2 experiences where a HAIR was found in our food. GROSS. That kind of ruined it for us. Wasn't fun having to check all meals for hair before eating. I found myself in disbelief watching the staff replenish the ice cream machine with boxes of powered flavoring and the lemonade machine with "lemon flavored drink". The shows I saw were good and the lounge they were in was really nice. I do not agree with the gratuities policy. Guests should be empowered to dictate what they feel is fair especially if they've found hair in their food, rarely saw their steward or asked for much of anything. Seems unfair to assume that everyone had the same experience therefore requiring everyone to pay the same minimum gratuity per person. Having said all of that I would cruise again but most likely will try a different cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
This was a quick weekend getaway. It was a first time cruise for my son who is 11. To make it a memorable journey, I booked a grand suite. It was just two of us for our weekend getaway and we had a great time. We stayed in U103. The room ... Read More
This was a quick weekend getaway. It was a first time cruise for my son who is 11. To make it a memorable journey, I booked a grand suite. It was just two of us for our weekend getaway and we had a great time. We stayed in U103. The room was spacious & comfortable. The decor was average. The suite had a good size closet, small bathroom with Jacuzzi tub, mini fridge, couch that converted into bed and chair. The temperature of the room was very cold, but adjustable. The deck was a perfect size for us. The crew that took care of us was spot on. The only drawback to our day in Nassau was that it was a national holiday and we were not told this when booking the cruise. Many businesses were closed & I heard a lot of people complaining because of this. We booked the Sea to See shore excursion that was wonderful! The tour guide was excellent and memorable. ( I wish we had more time in port.) Dining - Room service was timely. We chose the early dining and the staff were pleasant. I must say that the food was hit and miss. The majority of the people at our table agreed. In fact, on the last night, some opted for dining elsewhere on the ship. The pizza on the ship was delicious and was a hit with most everyone. My son participated in the kids club activities. He seemed to enjoy it. I would definitely cruise with Carnival. It is giving me a great cruise for families on a budget. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
This was our 2nd time back to Disney, this time for our 12 year anniversary! Have 2 kids 8 and 10. We took our first Disney cruise in 2010 and could not wait to come back! We selected the same cruise as this fit our schedule and we ... Read More
This was our 2nd time back to Disney, this time for our 12 year anniversary! Have 2 kids 8 and 10. We took our first Disney cruise in 2010 and could not wait to come back! We selected the same cruise as this fit our schedule and we liked the destinations. Same ship, the Dream. Try and break this down quickly: Food: Good selection and quality. Did not eat at the Remy or Palo. Cabanas always had great breakfast and lunch selections (buffett style.) Animators Palate is by far our favorite and enjoyed the meal we had there! Snack places that were open had standard fare and kept it hot and fresh. Staff always handing out wipes when entering dining areas. 24hr beverage station on deck 11. Staff: friendly, helpful and always had a smile! Boat: Kept clean!! Bathrooms, common areas, all sparkling and looking their best. Exterior and pool areas also very clean. Rooms: Very nice, bunk beds for the kids and the room stewards are bar none the best around!! Funny towel animals left for us on turn down service! Downsides: 1. Deck chairs were sparse on our day at sea. Could not find enough to seat all of us, swapping one between 4 of us. 2. Embarkation was slow, some hold up , only by 45 min or so of when we were supposed to board. 3. We had to leave! 4. Pool area on boarding day- they have a concrete style deck to look like boards. If you get on early enough you go to pool until your room is ready. However the concrete gets so hot that your feet will burn! Wish they would spray it down to cool it off until there is enough traffic on it to keep it cool. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
The family had the best time ever. The dining service was impeccable thanks C.G/D.all from Jamaica/Indonesia. We all felt we were in "Downton Abbey" for dinner every night. Not used to us common folk. Food was above average on ... Read More
The family had the best time ever. The dining service was impeccable thanks C.G/D.all from Jamaica/Indonesia. We all felt we were in "Downton Abbey" for dinner every night. Not used to us common folk. Food was above average on all but one dining item on the menu that I unfortunately picked. But not much to complain about that. The ships activities were endless fun. The shows were great for Disney. I've been to the other cruise lines, and really tough to go back if it isn't Disney. Prices of Disney is steep, but what do you want when the best is available. I checked the Alaskan Disney, but 7 days seems lengthy. Hope they have 4 nights sometime in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Are room steward was outstanding , and very much Johnny on the spot, when we needed something he was very efficientat making sure was thier , when the kids wanted a special towel animals the would whip one up for them. The maintenence ... Read More
Are room steward was outstanding , and very much Johnny on the spot, when we needed something he was very efficientat making sure was thier , when the kids wanted a special towel animals the would whip one up for them. The maintenence staff was very efficientat , when we had a soap dish fall off , as soon as we notify the purse office with in 5 minutes the maintenence department was their to fix it and very apologetic that it happened. The restaurant staff was out standing , service was excellent they went out of they way to make sure we like the food ,and had enough to eat. We did have 2 problems , one was their was a bar service person who did not like the fact that my daughter , was on the unlimited soft drink program where all tips paid in advance, the second was in the spa the personal at the front desk was very rude , so we left. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
There were SO many things wrong with this cruise that I dont even know where to start!!! My best friend and I decided to go on this short cruise for her birthday. We paid over $1200 for this cruise, so it wasnt like we got a great deal ... Read More
There were SO many things wrong with this cruise that I dont even know where to start!!! My best friend and I decided to go on this short cruise for her birthday. We paid over $1200 for this cruise, so it wasnt like we got a great deal or anything. We could have went with another cruise line for less but the dates just werent right. She has been on 21 cruises and has been on some with Carnival and she never had a problem but it just wasnt her favorite so she stopped using them. She decided to give them another shot this time. BIG MISTAKE. We got into our room - it was an ocean view - and the first thing we noticed was that the window was FILTHY. You couldnt even see out of it! What a waste of money! Next, the room was freezing and we couldnt find a thermostat. Finally, we looked up and saw it was on the ceiling! You had to stand on the bed, table, or trash can to turn this severely outdated AC unit down. AWFUL and very unsafe. After that we went to our muster station to do the safety drills. What a JOKE that was!!! There was no way they got an accurate head count and our section didnt even get escorted to life boats. It also took 45 minutes! Ive never been on a cruise where it took longer than 20 and they actually checked off your name and room number to make sure you were there and did everything properly. Carnival definitely needs to train their staff better because if an actual emergency occurred, they probably wouldnt have the slightest idea what to do. Once we were finally dismissed, we went back to our room and saw our stateroom attendant. He never introduced himself, said hi, anything.. We asked him to take our bed apart. He told us that he would do it the next day. We thought that it wasnt an unreasonable request as its his job but just said ok because we didnt want any issues. The bed was not good. It did not feel like a king bed like it feels on other cruises when they have the twins together. This one felt like it had two different sizes mattresses and they were splitting apart even though they had a big sheet on them connecting them. I would roll over and worry about falling in the gap. It was ridiculous. THEN we noticed the noise. We never did find out what was above our room on deck 8 because all the deck plan showed was galley - no through access - but there was CONSTANT noise that sounded like banging or construction of some sort. I have no idea what it was. But we would hear things at all hours of the night. It was very hard to get any sleep. The ship itself was noisy and rocky. There were no stabilizers and I found myself feeling nauseous the first night. I went to Guest Services to get some sea sick pills as I somehow managed to forget mine and was told they were $4 for 4 pills. Most cruise lines these are complimentary! They do not want you getting sick on their ship. Not Carnival!! I could see if they gave you one or two then charged you, but right off the bat! The second day was not much better. We were in Nassau - nothing special. Get back on ship and entering our room I smelled an odor. I am always smelling things no one else smells (guess strong sense of smell?) so my friend didnt smell it. It was by the door and you dont really stand there or anything so once I was in the room I didnt smell it. Didnt think anything of it since she didnt smell it. Well that day was her birthday as well. I had previously asked someone at Guest Services what I could do aside from decorating the room and ordering a big cake since it was just the two of us. He said that he could put a note in so that when we went to dinner that night, they would bring out a personal cake for her. I said that would be perfect. Well dont you know we went to dinner and they never did it. I didnt mention this to her at the time because she was already not happy with everything else that had been going on such as asking for wine glasses twice and not receiving them. We finally took two water glasses off a cart. We even tried to take our water glasses out of the dining room the first night to have glasses and they stopped us! On Royal you can take glasses from anywhere to anywhere on the ship. They dont care. Carnival apparently does. We went back to the room and went to bed and planned to stay in our room for most of our day at sea as we were so irritated by this point. The morning of our third day - our day at sea - i smelled the odor again that i had smell on the first and second day. My friend put our breakfast tray out and she too also smelled it. She happened to look down behind the door and saw a stain. It was VOMIT!!!! Apparently the previous people decided to drink too much or whatever but someone got sick right in front of the door in the corner and it was not cleaned up properly. So what we were smelling was vomit!!!! We notified our stateroom attendant right away who by now was not our favorite person anyway, and he argued with us that it was not vomit and that it was a smell coming from the air conditioner. I told him that it did not smell like a leaky AC, it wasnt musty or mildew, it was sour! Theres a big difference. He would not listen to us. He had his assistant come in (who was actually very nice) and sprinkle something on the carpet and vacuum it up but that just made the smell 10 times worse and throughout the room! We had had enough by then and went to guest services and explained what was going on along with everything else that was wrong with this cruise. The guy there called the Housekeeping Supervisor and she showed up and said that the stateroom attendant had called her and she told him that he was correct, it was from the AC problem they were having in the hallway that was causing another odor but once she was actually in our room she said she was incorrect because she smelled it and it wasnt the AC. We were right. She called someone to come steam clean that part of the carpet. We then had to leave a blower in our room. So our last day, our day at sea, that we just wanted to relax was ruined because we had a blower in our room and couldnt even talk to each other because it was so loud. Then it was removed in the evening before the spot was even dry anyway! And the smell was AWFUL. Then someone else came around 9pm, a Housekeeping Manager I believe, and asked if we wanted it steam cleaned again. We said no, that it was late and they had already ruined our last day on the ship. She apologized for the inconvenience but that was about it. That night we tried to sleep and instead of banging noises above us it was music thumping until about 3am! The next day we woke up to a letter apologizing and offering us 15% off another 2 or 3 day cruise. Are they crazy?? Do they really think we would give them any more of our money after spending over $1200 on a 3 day cruise (an expensive price as it is) that was awful?? and ruining my best friends birthday?? And only a 3 day cruise? So it would be the same ship! NO THANK YOU!!!!! We may have considered it if it was for a longer cruise and we found a good deal or something, then MAYBE we would give Carnival another shot. But even if we did that it would not be a very, very long time. At this point I honestly dont see myself ever going on a Carnival ship again. Other issues we had was that the food was crappy. The best things were the burgers off the grill by the pool and the fried vegetable spring rolls and warm chocolate melting cake from the dining room. Everything else was below standard. And the lines were outrageous. It seemed like they always had one part of the buffet closed causing the one side that was open to be about 50 people long and then people would have one person wait and once that person got closer they would bring their group over and cut in line. It was ridiculous. They also set food out for the next meal sometimes 45 minutes early! Thats why one side was closed: because they were preparing for the next meal. The food isnt even that great to begin with so why would someone want to eat it after its been sitting out for 45 minutes? Aside from that, the staff was incredibly rude. For example, at breakfast they have someone giving you the bacon and ham. I asked for some bacon. When the lady gave me some I also asked if I could have some ham. She signed and practically rolled her eyes because I asked her for something else. Im sorry, but thats your job! And I paid enough money for this cruise that I am sure as hell going to eat as much of your crappy food as I want. We were so fed up with the lines for food that for dinner every night we went to the dining room just to get away from it. Ive never done that on a cruise but ive also never done one as short as a 3 day so normally I space out buffet dinners and dining room meals. This time we did all dining room and even that took an hour and a half to 2 hours. Too long. The two times we tried to order room service so we wouldnt have to be bothered, we were told it would be over an hour. Even when I woke up once at 2am from the banging and couldnt go back to sleep and wanted a BLT. Does it really take an hour to make that/ Another time we wanted fresh fruit. We were told it would over an hour. for FRUIT. You put it on the plate and bring it! Also, our first morning on the ship, we didnt receive our breakfast. I called room service and was told that they received our order but we had forgotten to put a time. So instead of calling to ask us when we wanted it or just bringing it before breakfast was over, they did nothing until I called. Then they asked if we wanted it then. I said that was fine. So they brought it and threw it down and left before we could even check it. It was wrong. They gave us two things we didnt order and forgot what I really wanted - my banana and cherrios! They also gave us three packets of sugar for hot tea and coffee. Amazing. As far as the cabin goes aside from what I have already mentioned - the bathroom was gross. It definitely was not the cleanest. There were hand prints on the mirror in the actual room where the vanity is. There was also something that looked like clear nail polish dried on it. They have one pool on the whole ship and in 90 degree weather it was packed like sardines! I am not a pool person anyway, especially with that many people, but it would have been nice if I could have just stuck my foot in or sat in a lounge chair. And the adult only area was a joke. Too many kids for my taste on Carnival which was surprising since I know they try to gear their advertisements toward children and family but everyone knows its a party boat. So I guess parents go on Carnival to have someone else watch their kids so they can party! GREAT!!!! For anyone interested: Royal Caribbean is the cruise line I would recommend. Their service is outstanding, food is excellent, entertainment is on par and their prices are very reasonable. And considering we paid over $1200 for a three day cruise with Carnival when we could have gotten a 5 day cruise with Royal for the same price - its a no brainer!!! Dont make the same mistake we did and do not even waste your time or money with Carnival! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
This was our first Royal Caribbean Cruise, we always cruise with Carnival. I grew up cruising as my mom worked for a cruise line and then I did as well. I honestly can't even count the number of cruises I have been on. On the ... Read More
This was our first Royal Caribbean Cruise, we always cruise with Carnival. I grew up cruising as my mom worked for a cruise line and then I did as well. I honestly can't even count the number of cruises I have been on. On the Enchantment the food in the MDR and Windjammer was excellent. We had fun because let's face it, we were on a boat and on vacation. However, on the pool deck there was never any "tropical" music, they played movies every day which were quite loud and except for the first day (the only day they had a reggae band and no movie) it was pretty much dead on the pool deck. You can watch movies at home, you go on vacation you want to feel the tropical vibe. We spent our nights on the casino because the few shows they did have were not great. We also like fun games on the pool deck and the entire cruise they only had one, the belly flop contest. Carnival always has that and lots of other funny contests on the pool deck. Like I said we had fun because we were on vacation, but we will stay with Carnival. At one point we were sitting on our balcony and looked over at the Carnival ship all lit up playing reggae and people had a huge conga line and were dancing on the pool deck. We didn't have any music, just movies. Been to Nassau too many times to count but as always had a blast. First time at Coco Cay though and that was relaxing, we floated in the water and snorkeled all day. You'll have fun because you're on a boat but if you like action and tropical vibes and games on the pool deck, you'll be a little disappointed. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
I just got back from our cruise today. I went with my husband and two kids and 5 other families that we vacation with a few times a year. This was a great vacation for all of us. I love cruising and have been on over 10 cruises. I was ... Read More
I just got back from our cruise today. I went with my husband and two kids and 5 other families that we vacation with a few times a year. This was a great vacation for all of us. I love cruising and have been on over 10 cruises. I was a little nervous about this ship because it’s older and it’s been more than 10 years since I sailed with Carnival. Embarkation was fast and easy. We had an inside cabin since it was only a 3 day and it was bigger than I expected. The cabin was updated and had a good size bathroom. Definitely bigger than some of the Royal Caribbean cabins I've stayed in. Room steward was friendly and always available. Food was really good in the dining room. Service was a little slow but the wait staff was attentive. One negative was the head person in charge of the dining room. One of our friends forgot to pack dress pants for the dining room. He tried to kick him out saying that the passengers would complain. It was ridiculous and we asked for an exception. We complained at guest services and even they called for an exception but he would not budge. Luckily, our friend borrowed a pair of pants from another friend and he got in to eat with us. The 88 Keys show was excellent. We had a lot of fun in the piano bar with Gustavo the “piano man”. He was very entertaining. Loved the 70s and 80s dance party in the night club. Our group had so much fun there. Kids liked the waterslides, but there is only one pool which is definitely not big enough. It was close to 90 degrees and people were packed in like sardines. They also need to put some umbrellas in the waterslide areas so people have options of sun or some shade. Kids also enjoyed Camp Carnival. They had several fun activities and enjoyed them. They loved the magician as well. It’s a smaller ship and not as glitzy or refined as some of the others, but all in all, it was great for our group of friends! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Our family of three left Port Canaveral to Bahamas, 4 nights. We were part of the VIFP group and had priority check-in. We had room U-87. Embarkment was a breeze & organized. It did take long for us to receive our luggages (3 ... Read More
Our family of three left Port Canaveral to Bahamas, 4 nights. We were part of the VIFP group and had priority check-in. We had room U-87. Embarkment was a breeze & organized. It did take long for us to receive our luggages (3 checked-bags), we got our luggages around 6 p.m.! luckily I packed us a small carry-out with a change of clothes and shoes. Ship decor is a bit dated but otherwise kinda cool looking. I did notice some areas of the ship have been renovated (washrooms, cafe's) Housekeeping: Excellent, our rooms was serviced twice a day (mid-morning and early-evening), clean and tidy. Room U-87 was one of the largest rooms on the ship, in the middle of the ship, with a king size bed, large couch that turns into a bed, coffee table, chair, 40-inch tv, plenty of mirrors and lighting all around the room, drawer space, small refrigerator, walk-in closet, safe, large washroom with jet tub and a large balcony. Well worth the money for staying on the cruise. with Large windows and view of the oceans waters. Food: was just OK - a couple items were really good, each day was something different but it was not terrible, just OK. If you dine in Ecstasy/Fantasy is much better then the lido/seagrill buffet Dining Service in Lido Buffet, Ecstasy/Fantasy Dining Rooms, all EXCELLENT, they remember your names and take great care of you and want to provide you with excellent service and make sure you're satisfied. Many Activities through-out the day with tons of shows in the theatre, lounges, nightclub, casino, arcade, photo-taking, pools, mini-golf, track, gym, waterslides. Great music/dj. We did not have our child participate in the available toddler programs but I did see select rooms for youths that looked pretty cool. Shopping is available on the cruise, men and women's clothing, jewellery (brand-name, low or high-end merchandise), merchandise for children and youth, candy store. Excursions we tried were the private island in the Nassau, Bahamas (was beside a Sandals Resport) beautiful white sands, clear blue water, clean vacinity, plenty of chairs of everyone, food was pretty darn good, HUGE portions. and Dolphin Close encounter in Freeport. THis was an amazing experience to be able to get up close and personal with a live dolphin beside you. and the instructors were excellent and friendly, they encourage their visitors to ask many questions about their dolphins. Summary: Despite the negative reviews I have read on this site prior to my cruise. We enjoyed our stay, nice large size room helped a lot with all the space and windows/mirrors and a balcony doesn't make us feel claustrophobic, we thought the service was excellent and really nice workers, they will get to know you and have a chat with you, very friendly. The only cons I have with this ship are Food - was just OK, I got sick of the buffet, although they change their menus daily and have plenty of options, Its probably a personal preference as my husband enjoyed the food they served and had no problems eating over and over again! and that it is a bit dated. It certainly looks kinda cool and out-there but it was a bit too dated for my taste. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Just an average cruise and not any better than our three previous carnival cruises. The extra money you pay to take a Disney cruise is for the included soft drinks and some Disney characters throughout the ship. We spent mothers day (the ... Read More
Just an average cruise and not any better than our three previous carnival cruises. The extra money you pay to take a Disney cruise is for the included soft drinks and some Disney characters throughout the ship. We spent mothers day (the day before our cruise) at magic kingdom and saw most of the princesses and characters there. If you intend on taking this cruise to see princesses then as soon as you embark the ship make a b-line to guess services to get a ticket to see them. They're only available from 11am to 2pm on the 1st day. We missed out on getting tickets and went to guess services around 3:30 the 1st day and the girl at the desk told us they were out. We didn't worry about it since we were at magic kingdom the previous day and after seeing what the princesses looked like in the ship. We thought they looked more like the real thing at the park. We enjoyed the Disney shows at the theater 6pm or 8pm. So make sure you go. The food - what I heard everyone that I know that took a Disney cruise is that it was awesome. So my expectations we high and we were very disappointed with the food and the quality. I had steak that was so chewy I felt I was eating rubber. The family next to us complained about the food to the dining room manager the 1st night and for the remainder of the cruise they tried to accommodate them at dinner and gave them a free wine bottle. So complaint the 1st night you're there :) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
This was our first ever cruise and we were enchanted by the Enchantment of the Seas. It was smooth sailing all the way. Embarking and disembarking were quick and easy. Port and check-in staff were pleasant. We signed up for late ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise and we were enchanted by the Enchantment of the Seas. It was smooth sailing all the way. Embarking and disembarking were quick and easy. Port and check-in staff were pleasant. We signed up for late dinner (8:30 PM) in the main dining room. The food in the main dining room was very good and the staff tried to accommodate us in all ways with our concerns. The other dining option was the Windjammer buffet which was exceptional. There was a lot of variety in the buffet with plenty of items. Park cafe (deck 9) beyond the solarium was a great place for a quick bite. There were plenty of entertainment options on this ship. The giant screen near the pool on deck 9 had movies playing at different times of the day until midnight. Live band, Orchestra, Dance Parties, Game Shows, etc were all good. There is something for everyone. The staff on this ship were very courteous and did a great job. The level of service that was provided to us made our first cruise very memorable. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
My husband, son, his friends, and I have just returned from a 5 day cruise to the Bahamas aboard the Carnival Valor. My husband and I celebrated our 23 wedding anniversary on the cruise. We had a balcony stateroom on Deck 8 with an ... Read More
My husband, son, his friends, and I have just returned from a 5 day cruise to the Bahamas aboard the Carnival Valor. My husband and I celebrated our 23 wedding anniversary on the cruise. We had a balcony stateroom on Deck 8 with an amazing view. My son and his friends had an interior statesroom just a few doors down from ours. We were greeted at the terminal by friendly Carnival crew who were very helpful in directing us to the check in area. Check in was fairly quick and we were guided right on to the ship. When we slid our sail and sea cards a buzzer went off alerting the crew member who checked us in that we were special assistance guests and he escorted us to guest services were we were assisted almost right away. Our room steward was awesome. He made sure we had everything we needed. Every night he created a different towel art and left it on our bed. We found the bed quite comfortable with plenty of pillows. Our steward also made sure we always had clean and dry pool towels folded and placed in the same location since I am blind. The Valor crew also provided a flashing door bell, flashing alert system, and vibrating alarm since I'm also Deaf without my Cochlear implants. Our room steward provided me each evening with a Large Print Fun times as well. At meals, too, in the Washington Dining room I was given a large print menu. Throughout the cruise we were all treated like V.I.P.'s and our every need met. Crew and fellow guests alike were friendly and helpful. There was a tropical system and our Captain reversed the itinerary in an effort to avoid the bad weather. Despite his best efforts there was high winds and heavy rains. When we docked at Half Moon Cay the tender was rocking badly when I got on board. I couldn't walk the length of the tender to find a seat without falling, so other guests were taking me by the hand and handing me from guest to guest to assist me to the steps and down below where it was safer for me. On the island the crew made sure I was able to find where I needed to go to put my implants safely in a locker while I went to the beach and then helped find the food area at lunchtime. The dining experience was incredible, too. From the moment we walked into the Washington Dining room til the time we left we were given the utmost attention to detail and assisted with everything from holding out our chairs for us to handing us our napkins. The food was delicious every night. We h ad a choice of an everyday menu or that days menu items. We had a hard time choosing among the mouth-watering items on every menu. I found it difficult to choose just one. On our second night on board we went to Scarlet's Steakhouse. I can't begin to find the words to describe the out-of-this-world experience we had here. As with every other location on the ship and Half Moon Cay, we were greeted by friendly crew who escorted us to our table where we were given a bottle of our choice of wine. Two glasses of champagne were also on our table to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Our first course was sauteed mushrooms followed by salad and then our main course which consisted of our choice of the most tender steaks you can imagine, a shared desert, and our choice of individual deserts. I chose a hazelnut cheese cake and my husband chose a chocolate delicacy. Both were melt-in-your-mouth delicious! Our chef, Chef Natelaha, came out to speak with us twice and made us feel so special. Gary and Matey, the Cruise Director and Assistant Cruise Director, outdid themselves making sure that the entertainment was accessible to us. We were given a front row seat in the Ivanhoe theater and two amazing, and wonderfully experienced, DeafBlind sign language interpreters were provided throughout the cruise. The entertainment was the best you could imagine with every show filled with wonderful talent. Jeff, the manager of the Comedy Club, also made sure we enjoyed the entertainment. We enjoyed our evening there, too. Our seats were saved up front where we could hear & see what was going on and interpreters provided for the show. I can not even begin to say enough about the food choices on the Lido deck. There was so many choices - and they were all so good. Every afternoon and evening pizza was available. Ice Cream was always available and could be found throughout the Lido Deck. There were plenty of sweets every day. Even if you didn't find what you wanted at the sweets bar you could go to the Candy store on Deck five and get what you wanted for a reasonable price. There was hamburgers, chicken strips, and hot dogs plentiful by the pool. Inside Rosies you could choose from the Mongolian Grill, a burrito bar, and plenty of other bars filled with a variety of foods. It seemed like the theme was changed each day. The Valor has plenty of swimming options. We enjoyed the options of four adult only hot tubs. We both enjoyed the option of going up to the adults-only Serenity deck. The hammocks were so wonderfully relaxing. For those who enjoy games there were many choices. Ping pone tables, bean bag toss, and life size chess were available on deck. There was a walking track, a basketball court, and putt putt golf up on deck. You could also choose from many options in the video game room or for the adults the Casino has many options from blackjack to slots. Even the coffee bar, Java, was awesome. We were waited on by a friendly crew member who made sure that our coffees were just the way we wanted them. We also enjoyed the taste bar on board. We were given little Italian meatballs and an Italian bread to sample. Oh so good! In addition to all the entertainment provided elsewhere on the ship the American lobby had its own choices. From Trivia throughout the day to a variety of sounds at night there was always something going on. You certainly never have an opportunity to get bored on the Carnival Valor! Shopping is another plentiful area on the Valor. The gift shop has lots to choose from with prices that aren't too unaffordable. There is fine jewelry and an art gallery onboard as well. Speaking of art, there is so many beautiful works of art displayed throughout the ship. Every deck has something different. We enjoyed our own art walk on the one day onboard where the weather was rainy outside. Every guest should take the time to explore the variety of art on board. For those who enjoy having a drink (or even if you just want a soda) there are plenty of bars and lounges all over the ship. It doesn't matter where you go you will always have an experience you won't forget. For those who just want a soda - buy the soda card. It is $30 (for just $5 more you can get the Carnival souvenir cup) and you can have all the soda you want. If you are an individual who enjoys having a drink you can buy a endless glass alcoholic beverage card for $50 a day (There is an alcoholic beverage mug shaped like the Ship's Exhaust and painted red and white for just $12. This mug entitles you to 20% refills of alcoholic beverages costing $10 or more). I should also mention that there is a DJ onboard the ship who offered plenty of music for the various venues on the ship. There was music a plenty through the day and the evenings. Childrens programs and a kid friendly pool is available as well as a teen program. We didn't have little ones or teens on board with us so I can't comment on those. The ship also offers a multi-deck waterslide for the enjoyment of the adventurous guest. Although we didn't have time to check it out the Carnival Valor has a dive-in movie in the evenings with pop corn offered at the pool bar throughout the movie. Disembarkation was uncomplicated, too. Crew members were available to assist from the time we left our cabin until the time we were picked up at the guest pick up area. We were pleasantly surprised that it did not take long from start to finish to disembark from the Carnival Valor. We truly enjoyed our Carnival Valor cruise and are looking forward to cruising again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
My husband and I travel extensively to Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and the U.S. I am not a "cruiser", but when friends were unable to join us for our annual anniversary trip to Mexico, we decided at the last minute to ... Read More
My husband and I travel extensively to Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and the U.S. I am not a "cruiser", but when friends were unable to join us for our annual anniversary trip to Mexico, we decided at the last minute to take a short cruise to the Bahamas "just to get out of town" for a few days. We drove to Cape Canaveral last Friday, went through the customs building, then unloaded our suitcases in our cabin on the 8th floor. The space was larger than the last cruise we were in in the early 80's, and had a nice window view. Was happy to see a safe and mini-fridge. The bathroom and shower were extremely small, but tolerable. Next we strolled around the ship to "check it out". The pool area was packed with "people sardines". Loud music was blasting from speakers--a "Chucky Cheese" on steroids. No breeze-sun blasting in. Guests were literally inches from each other on deck loungers. The Solarium area was much quieter, but it was very hot. Surrounding this pool/ whirlpool area were very tacky plastic flowers and greenery. So ugly when live plants would have enhanced the ambiance. The spa is in this area, as well as the Park Café, where you can get small salads, sandwiches, and soup. Cocktails can only be obtained from the Oasis Bar at the main pool. Deck 10 is a jogging/walking deck, with Teen and Kid's Centers, a nursery, video arcade, fitness center, Rock climbing wall, "The Jump Zone", and gym. Deck 11 is the Viking Crown Lounge.(disco) After the ship was "out to sea" we went touring on other decks. Decks 1-3 are cabins only, Deck 4 is half staterooms, with "other half" the main gathering spot, a grand staircase, "R Bar", and My Fair Lady Restaurant. Deck 5 is the Orpheum Theater, Casino, Boleros Lounge, Guest Services, and another My Fair Lady Restaurant. Deck 6 has shops, Ben & Jerry's, Starbucks, Schooner Bar, Chops Grille, Book Corner, Spotlight Lounge, and conference room, for private functions.Soon we heard an announcement that we all needed to muster on Deck 5 to find our station in case of an emergency evacuation. This entire procedure took about 45 minutes. My review will start with accolades, and end with major disappointments. The cruise activity director Marc is a REAL GEM !!!! What a "ray of sunshine"!! R.C. is very fortunate to have this vibrant, funny, amiable man making guests smile and laugh. The Friday night show on Deck 5, "70's & 80's Disco Party" was extremely entertaining and fun. The Sunday night show "Screen to Stage" was worthy of Broadway. The "Marriage Game", "Belly Flop Contest", "Chubby Bunny" contest, etc.. were all hysterical, thanks to Marc's personality. If you weren't able to attend any activities in person, you could watch on Channel 14 in your cabin- brilliant idea!! Entertainment on this cruise- A++++ The rest of this A+ rating goes to the staff and entertainers. Every server, room attendant, guest services person was personable, had a smile, and was efficient. Fabulous crew!! Everyday guests receive a "Cruise Compass" brochure with daily activities listed. It has weather forecast and hours for common areas, bars, restaurants.... 5:45 is the first "main dining seating", and 8:30 is the "late seating". CABIN- roomy enough, but location was terrible. The 3 nights onboard we were awake into the "wee hours" of the morning, because our room was directly under the pool deck and sliding doors near Deck 9's elevators. The Viking Lounge is open from 10 PM until "LATE" !!! This means that partiers are stomping, dragging chairs, pounding, right above Deck 8 rooms, as well as staff rolling carts with food, beverages, etc.. until about 3 AM !! Book a cabin on lower decks, Deck 4, or Deck 7, to ensure limited excess noise. Even ear wax couldn't "drown out" the noise. Fortunately the room AC worked well and kept us cool. The bed sheets were soft. My Fair Lady- diners are seated at large table with approximately 8-10 people. It was fun talking to other travelers and "comparing travel" stores. However the FOOD was horrendous!! Breakfast- omelets tasteless, toast the size of a small brick, coffee not smooth- LUNCH- buffet in Windjammer Café- tasteless, bland, boring food. Potato, macaroni, pasta salads/ cole slaw/ "Greek Salad", minus the feta cheese and black olives, hardly any red onions/ white bread/ white pasta/ meat/ desserts that all taste the same/ huge "apple pie"- 90% crust, 10% canned apples. Similar food served on Coco Cay, but at least it was on an island and not in a dining hall! DINNER- 1st night- appetizer- mushroom and artichoke tart-all phyllo dough with one artichoke heart on top. Main dish-seafood pasta- huge bowl of white spaghetti with 2 mussels, 2 shrimp, a few clams, and no sauce. Dessert- peach and berry tart- no peaches, 90% crumb crust, canned blueberries. Second night- Scallops Newberg appetizer- pewter plate filled with flour roux soup, and 4 "scallops" the size of a green pea (no fooling!) Main dish-shrimp ravioli- tasted like Bertolli-dough hard, shrimp inside??? Dessert- chocolate soufflé-small ramekin with choc. cake, filled with caramel sauce. Too sweet. However, SERVICE WAS FABULOUS! COCKTAILS- bartenders could not make me a Mint Julep, and it was Kentucky Derby Day! My Vodka martini was served with tiny green olives. Olives stuffed with blue cheese not available. No draft beer. Limited selection of beers and wine. Each bar should have tiny bowls of pretzels, potato chips, nuts, popcorn, or similar. They do not have an appetizer menu at any of the bars. Bring your own snacks in a napkin from the Park Café if you want a snack with your drinks. CASINO- was planning on spending some time playing the slot machines, but could not because they allow smoking, and the entire Casino Royale smells like a huge cigarette. COCO CAY- thank goodness the Captain decided that the tenders could take passengers to the island, even though the wind was about 22 miles per hour, and it could be dangerous if weather got worse. Guests were lined up in hallways and stairwells for almost an hour waiting on the Captain to make a decision and let us know. They actually pulled anchor and repositioned the ship to try and make the gangplank area less windy. Finally an announcement- yes, they are going to let us disembark ! Can't imagine being stuck on the ship all day, and was thrilled to join the line to the exit. Coco Cay is fabulous-huge, with lots of places to swim, snorkel, sit in the sun, dance, play basketball or volleyball, kayak, or just relax in a hammock. Water park activities for kids. The wind was howling all day, but the sun was shining, and it was a fun day- the best part of the trip. Nassau is small, the streets smelled like sewage, and the sidewalks are about 2 feet across, when you can find a sidewalk. The party crowd migrates to the few waterfront bars, like Senor Frogs, but that doesn't interest us at all. The Atlantis Hotel is a "rip off", and there's nothing else to do. The Graycliff Chocolate factory, and John Watling's Distillery were not worth walking to- very disappointing. Fortunately we booked a private snorkel trip and had a nice swim (though choppy) on Rainbow Reef. Sunday night we ate at Chops, hoping to get real food for a change. It was quiet, intimate, and the food excellent. Our server was efficient, and handled a few tables of "overserved" loud guests with great patience. Everything perfect here. Too bad guests have to pay an extra fee to get a great meal. To sum up our 3 day trip to the Bahamas. Staff and cruise director Marc were outstanding !! Food, except excellent meal at Chops, was awful. Cocktails were "so-so"-limited beer selection. Entertainment incredible. Smoke in casino bad. Room location very noisy from above deck movement. Coco Cay fantastic! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Had a nice quick weekend getaway. We live 20 minutes from the port, so it is easy for us to do a nice Friday-Monday cruise. Parking and Ride away from the port is quick and easy. $9/day. Check in was very quick. No lines. We did the ... Read More
Had a nice quick weekend getaway. We live 20 minutes from the port, so it is easy for us to do a nice Friday-Monday cruise. Parking and Ride away from the port is quick and easy. $9/day. Check in was very quick. No lines. We did the day spa special, which gave us access to a locker and the spa until our room was ready (around 1:30). The food is good. The buffet has a wide variety of food, all very good. The main dining room food was fair. We got a refillable soda cup for $6.50/day. Well worth it. As returning Crown and Anchor members, we did get some drink specials/coupons. Breakfast buffet is very good. The food on the private island (chicken, ribs, burgers) was tasty, but the food was barely warm. It is difficult to eat there, as the birds are circling above your head hoping that you drop something. We spent time in the casino trying to qualify for the Club Royale membership. This gives you discounts on future cruising and other perks. They were not very forthcoming in how you qualify, always telling us that they are watching and would tell us the final day of the cruise. They want you to keep gambling. Basically, you need to get 600 points, or 200 points per day. If you want to qualify, only do the 3 day cruise. $5 in play gets you one point, but you get double points in the mornings. My wife and I both qualified. It is how much you play, not how much you lose. Hopefully, you win some, so you put your winnings back in to qualify. Room 7104 was very nice. Good room stewards. Cruise director was great. Checkout was very easy if you carry your own luggage off, which is easy for a 3 day cruise. I was out by 730 am, and home by 810 am. I will continue cruising Royal Caribbean. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2015
Did a last minute booking for a Ocean view package with the wife. We've been on a RC cruise in the past out of Houston and it was great, so our expectations may have been a bit high. Our biggest grip was the food. The food in the ... Read More
Did a last minute booking for a Ocean view package with the wife. We've been on a RC cruise in the past out of Houston and it was great, so our expectations may have been a bit high. Our biggest grip was the food. The food in the main Dinning room (My Fair Lady), was pretty much the same food you would get in the Buffet at the Windjammer. We found most of it to be unseasoned, or over or under cooked. In the four days, none of the served food seemed done proper. We also had a set seating time, and our last cruise we had the same table guests each evening, but this cruise did not do that, we were set at a different table, once with two others at an 8-seat table and then twice in cozy 2-person tables. The same waiter our last two nights, who insisted on how we need to rate him a "10" on the follow up survey as it could mean his livelihood... Really? Well, service was ok. The weather did not cooperate much, couldn't do most of the activities and Cocoa Cay was closed due to high waves. But the Cruise entertainment director and his staff did a great job adding entertainment and keeping us laughing. As other have said, the ship is now 18 years old and showing it's age. It really needs a major do-over. The decks were mostly kept clean by the staff (what is wrong with people who just throw their crap wherever they want?). I'd do it again, but would hope for better food. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2015
Me and my fiance' had a great time on our cruise. It was his first cruise and he is still dreaming about being on the cruise. It was so much excitement and nice people we had surrounding us. This cruise was what we needed and it also ... Read More
Me and my fiance' had a great time on our cruise. It was his first cruise and he is still dreaming about being on the cruise. It was so much excitement and nice people we had surrounding us. This cruise was what we needed and it also kept out minds off of what was going on back home in baltimore. I was just sitting here thinking i should had one more lobster dinner before i left. Lol. We had an oceanview cabin so a couple of nights we got up early to watch the sun rise hoping to see some mammals. At night we sat on the serenity deck for peace and relaxation. We also like to sit there when the cruise is pulling off from the dock. The comediens were hilarious. We really enjoyed the them. The hasbro game was fun also. We had a good time participating in the games and contest we brought home 3- 24 carat plastic ships on a stick, a bottle of sparking wine and two ships on a rope. We are lookoing forward to our next cruise . Oh yeah before i go two thumbs up for our cruise director big sexy and his crew they were the best. I think we may be groupies and follow them. Until next time. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
This was our first Disney Cruise and WOW, it was truly a dream vacation. The customer services, from the moment you enter the port till the time you left it was nothing less than extraordinary. Checking in was a breezy. I was amazed that ... Read More
This was our first Disney Cruise and WOW, it was truly a dream vacation. The customer services, from the moment you enter the port till the time you left it was nothing less than extraordinary. Checking in was a breezy. I was amazed that I was able to take snacks and baby food on board, no questions asked. I went with my husband, my now 3 year old son (who turned 3 on the ship) and 18 month daughter. We had an amazing balcony room. The ship was spectacular, always immaculate. The food, OMG, was excellent. The waiters, Victor and Ronaldo, really made my kids feel extra special. My husband asked about an appetizer that he had the night before at a different restaurant and Ronaldo got it for him. Animators Palette is simply AMAZING, especially for the kids. Port excursions were very well organized and in true Disney fashion, they got people in and where they needed it to be in a timely fashion. Castsway Cay is fantastic. They truly have something for every age group there. My kids enjoyed the water park. My favorite part of the cruise was Pirate Night. What an exciting show. At one point I felt like I at the Magic Kingdom....it was just so fantastic. The only thing that i didn't like was that I didn't know that you need it a special ticket to see the characters from Disney Junior but now I am ready for next year. Other than that this was one of my favorite vacations. My kids really enjoyed themselves and to my surprise so did my husband. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
We very much enjoyed our sailing from 4/20-24/2015. Smooth sailing in all categories. We boarded the ship quickly, and had a great lunch while we waited for the signal that rooms were ready. At 1:30 the room ready call was given and our ... Read More
We very much enjoyed our sailing from 4/20-24/2015. Smooth sailing in all categories. We boarded the ship quickly, and had a great lunch while we waited for the signal that rooms were ready. At 1:30 the room ready call was given and our luggage was already there. We signed up for dinner in the main dining room at the early seating and this worked out well for us, enabling us to attend the shows following dinner. My only disappointment was that the dress code was very relaxed in the main dining room (tee shirts and shorts) and we were looking forward to the tradition of dressing up a bit and making each night special (which we did). Our table attendants were excellent! There were activities from the early morning until late at night, and we thought that the cruise director and the other cruise members did an excellent job of keeping us entertained. The weather did not cooperate - we had rain and overcast skies for a few days so Coco Cay was not all that it could have been (although not through fault of RC). We purchased the soda package which we felt was well worth the money. The drink of the day was a nice offering, as was the happy hour 1 day but we really felt that an hour-long happy hour would have been nice each day. Overall, we felt it was a great cruise and we will be sailing again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2015
We have been on the Enchantment before it was cut and again in April. The work was seamless and you would never know it was cut in half. The ship is showing her age though, we had multiple doors the would not stay closed,and drawers that ... Read More
We have been on the Enchantment before it was cut and again in April. The work was seamless and you would never know it was cut in half. The ship is showing her age though, we had multiple doors the would not stay closed,and drawers that you needed 2 hands to open. Pool deck was dirty from the night before at 7:30 next morning , with beer bottles and glasses left under lounge chairs I don't know if it is a cost cutting measure fleet wide or because it is a short 3 - 4 day cruise , but menus are getting smaller with fewer choices and fewer venues open at odd hours. We love Shrimp Cocktail and order it often,as it was usually found on the everyday dinner menu choices,except not on this cruise even as a special request, it did show up on the third night on the menu. There was a TOP TIER breakfast event for frequent cruisers held on the 5th floor dinning room (General breakfast was on the 4th floor). This Top Tier was Buffet style, which meant almost NO waitstaff. When my wife & I got to the front of the line, 3 of the 5 pans were empty,and I asked for them to be refilled. There was Smoked Salmon and cream cheese on the buffet, but NO Bagel or even toast,and no one came around and asked if we wanted any.If you like Eggs Benedict with Salmon instead of Canadian bacon or broiled strip steak with a poached egg on top with a few tater tots then by all means if you get invited to this breakfast in the future you must attend.I think next time though I would be better served to eat with the masses. The shows have little or NO continuity. The last show "Don't Stop the Rock" had the chorus singing 50's + 60's beach songs, followed by song from "The Bodyguard" ,followed by a song from Romeo & Juliet then back to themes from "Shaft" & Mission Impossible" "wheres the ROCK??? I hope this is not the future for Royal Caribbean?? Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Excellent Cruise for 3 days! This was my first Royal Caribbean experience and compared to Carnival, I prefer Carnival. Overall they have gone down over the year and decreased all the small things which do add up at the end of the ... Read More
Excellent Cruise for 3 days! This was my first Royal Caribbean experience and compared to Carnival, I prefer Carnival. Overall they have gone down over the year and decreased all the small things which do add up at the end of the experience. The service is great and that's on both ships. Carnival I find was a more personalized service and offered more to do on the ship and a wider variety age group. Royal Caribbean (on this particular one) was a shorter cruise than I would normally take and perhaps that could explain they all the differences. But the overall experience was a good one. Rooms = -Clean but there is a smell when you walk in so be sure to bring a little spray. It could be the humidity -They no longer provide any toothbrush and toothpaste as they used to in the past. Thankfully brought my own. -The TV's are not digital and you cannot see your balance of what you owe (your "tab") Dinning: -My Time Dinning was a good choice. We were able to seat 3 groups together and as long as we were there 5-10 minutes before 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. it was fine. Food came out quiet fast. Highly recommend the salmon and the mashed potatoes which were the best meal I had on all 3 nights for the formal dinner. -Formal dress was expected the 2nd night. 1st night was casual and the 3rd night I thought it was formal but somehow some people walked in with shorts so it was confusing... -Service was excellent -Food quality was good for the most part. Desserts were all good very good. -If you don't like it, they will bring you back something else from the menu that you like. You can also order something not on the menu such as french fries (fast and easy) and they are really good...nice and crispy but definitely worth trying out hot. Food: Besides the above, the breakfast offered a wide range of choices as well as the lunch. They did not have the chicken tandoori like Carnival for the lunch nor nachos. Nachos were only offered with the respective condiments on the 2nd night at 11:30 when they had their version of the fancy feast outside which consisted of several cakes, sliders, breads and cheese and finally the home made nachos (which were oily) with the guacamole (that was good) and the salsa (good also). Carnival used to have a fancy night with 2 floors of ice sculptures and cakes but then stopped it a few years back so this probably explains why Royal Caribbean followed afterwards. Recommendations would be for them to offer banana smoothies and strawberry smoothies for breakfast The drink packages are definitely worth it and if you are going to drink soft drinks, mineral water, bottled waters and non-alcoholic cocktails including pina coladas (nice and creamy and NOT slushy) then purchase it on the 1st night (that's the only night you can do this). If you will drink unlimited alcohol then purchase the 2nd to last package and enjoy it. -There are no water slides on this particular ship Entertainment: The comedy show on the 1st night was good and on the 2nd night not so good. I missed Carnival where they would have an actual show and we would sit down and look at the show with singing and dancing. They had this one night in the main entrance and everyone looked...was the 70's,80's,90's theme...for me that was the best part. Fitness: Totally worth getting up early to do some cardio and try out the gym because the view you are facing is breathtaking and you wouldn't be able to get that back at home. It was relaxing and fun at the same time...an excellent way to wake up in a really nice way inside :) WIFI: If you are on budget, purchase the 60 minute Internet for about $30.00 USD and you can use it throughout your cruise. Being that this was a 3-day cruise, I did not feel it necessary. The Islands: Bahamas - a nice walk and finally found free wifi at Dunkin Donuts...totally worth it! And this is within 10 minutes from where you dock so really not much walking to do. If you want to visit the islands then purchase a package and do it. CocoCay Beach - The best ending to this vacation. This island is owned by the Royal Caribbean or belongs to them and lunch and beverages were just as it would have been on the ship. In fact, returning to the ship, it was the exact same food offered on the deck. The beach is nice but not Jamaica but still it's tropical and a beach and clean and not many rocks. Enjoy it! Ending with this island is probably what made this cruise and left us all in a good mood :) We didn't purchase anything because most are jewelry and the excursions and being that most of us had already been to the islands, we just wanted to relax and put our feet up and it served its purpose for that. There were not many children which great but there were College Students from Spring Break but not as many thankfully. You don't feel like you are on a ship. It was only the 1st night at times because of the wind and that was it. Would I go back? Yes if it is a good deal otherwise heading back to Carnival for 3 days or considering a 5-day cruise with Royal Caribbean because the boat would offer more choice. Port Canaveral is expanding so that would be the hope especially if you are travelling with people who cannot sit in a car more than an hour and go to Tampa or Fort Lauderdale or Miami where you would get more choices. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2015
We cruise Princess frequently, but decided to take a cruise on Royal Caribbean because of the availability of a short cruise over Spring Break. Every crew member we encountered was wonderful, from Elmer, our cabin steward, to Mr. Pereira, ... Read More
We cruise Princess frequently, but decided to take a cruise on Royal Caribbean because of the availability of a short cruise over Spring Break. Every crew member we encountered was wonderful, from Elmer, our cabin steward, to Mr. Pereira, the hotel manager. We ate lunch at the Windjammer Cafe most afternoons and found the food very good. We dined in the Chops Grille each evening and had wonderful service, delicious food, and good wine. We were booked in a suite, which gave us the privilege of using the Concierge Lounge, where we were well taken care of by Carlington and Oliver. The evening hors d'oeuvres were very good and the drinks well-shaken. We did find the ship dated and in need of repairs: carpets were worn and dirty; light switches were not functioning; the bed was like sleeping on a board; the curtains covering the balcony doors did not open and close with the cord. I know the suite perks will be changed soon, but for the time being, the perks were disappointing compared to those offered on Princess ships. Would we cruise with RCI again? Yes, because the crew was very impressive. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
This was a Spring Break cruise with my teenage daughter and her friend. I am not sure I will sail Royal Caribbean again. There was nothing really wrong, but the overall experience was a disappointment compared to our last cruise with ... Read More
This was a Spring Break cruise with my teenage daughter and her friend. I am not sure I will sail Royal Caribbean again. There was nothing really wrong, but the overall experience was a disappointment compared to our last cruise with Celebrity. The dinner selection in the dining room was not great. I was expecting to have lobster as a choice at least one night, but it was only available for an extra $30 charge. Desserts were blah every night. Cake based desserts were dry and everything else was some kind of mousse. Breakfast and lunch choices were also repetitive and average. The ship was well maintained and the staff was friendly. I asked for the snacks to be removed to make room on the counter but they were never taken away. I finally moved them to a top shelf myself. Embarkation and Disembarkation were simple and fairly quick. The rooms were available earlier than expected and our bags arrived quickly. We had one bag missing when we left the ship, but it was quickly located with the bags that had lost tags. Entertainment in the Orpheum Theater was good. The singer in the Centrum was not good at all. I did not go to any of the lounges. Coco Cay was nice, very clean and the buffet lunch was good. Getting too and from the island was pretty quick. I had planned to let the girls parasail, but they would not let them do it together since they are 16. I would have had to ride with each of them separately, doubling the cost and halving their fun! They elected to skip it. I wish I had taken some 99 cent blow up floats. I thought $18 to rent a mat for a couple of hours was too much. I bought the Royal Replenish drink package for each of the girls. I don't think it turned out to be a good value and probably would not buy it again. Read Less

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