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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2017
This was my 3rd cruise with Carnival. Our dinner time could not be accommodated which left us to wait on a dinner time and get a different wait staff each night. One of the most memorable parts of my last cruises was getting to know other ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise with Carnival. Our dinner time could not be accommodated which left us to wait on a dinner time and get a different wait staff each night. One of the most memorable parts of my last cruises was getting to know other people on the cruise during dinner, and connecting on a personal level with the wait staff. The food in the dining room was disappointing every night. Again, one of the most memorable parts of my last cruises was the dinners, and these were less than great. We were not able to stop at one of our ports due to weather. I understand that Carnival can not help the weather, but there were no accommodations made to compensate for the loss of Half Moon Cay; which was the stop that sold this cruise for us. Instead, we got another day in Nassau. The service was not what I've experienced on other Carnival cruises. All in all, we were disappointed with this cruise in comparison to others we've been on. Mostly, we were disappointed with the less than desirable customer service of the Carnival cruise line in general. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We had 19 people in our group. All but 1 stateroom was on Deck 1. There was a horrible sewage odor in the hallway and 2 of the staterooms had air-conditioning issues. Both requested fans and only one of the two received a fan. ... Read More
We had 19 people in our group. All but 1 stateroom was on Deck 1. There was a horrible sewage odor in the hallway and 2 of the staterooms had air-conditioning issues. Both requested fans and only one of the two received a fan. Maintenance tested the temperatures in the rooms and found them to 78 Degrees. Compared to past Carnival Cruises, I was disappointed in this one. The buffet did not have a good variety, the carving stations always seemed to have Roast--never saw ham or turkey, etc. The main dining room selections were not varied enough either. Portions were small. In past cruises there were no items on the menu that passengers had to pay for ($20). The food in general was below average. Loved Guy's burger joint and the Mongolian Wok, Taco Bar and Pizza's. Service was excellent! Cabins and bedding were very comfortable. There was a change in the ships itinerary not communicated to passengers until we were boarding the ship. We arrived at Nassau late in the day, and departed in the early afternoon the following day. Shore excursions were cancelled. The hypnotist was horrible! He started the show with a full house and within 20 minutes the room was almost empty. Comedians were great! We especially enjoyed Chaz Elstner. We had fun at the piano bar sing-along, but found the piano player to be a bit sarcastic, making subtle fun of singers rhythm, etc. Not cool. He did not have a great voice himself. Loved the casino, fun shops and photos--though photos are over-priced. Our bank account was charged the correct amount for our Sign and Sail purchases, but our bank account was also charged for additional amounts above and beyond our Sign and Sail purchases, for which we have no receipts or info as to what the charges are for. We hope to get this resolved with customer services. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
Rooms were very nice. Our steward was excellent. Dining room staff were a+, Meals in dining room I would rate a 7 on scale of 1-10. Disappointed that lobster wasn't offered. Also, very disappointed that there wasn't an adult ... Read More
Rooms were very nice. Our steward was excellent. Dining room staff were a+, Meals in dining room I would rate a 7 on scale of 1-10. Disappointed that lobster wasn't offered. Also, very disappointed that there wasn't an adult only pool. Also, hot tubs had to be shut down due to allowing babies in them with no diaper. It also appeared that this ship was used as a training ship for new staff. All I all, still had a very nice time. Entertainment was very good. We enjoyed Coco Cay very much. Beach was beautiful and if anyone is disabled they had wonderful beach wheelchairs. Our room steward was exceptional. One of our friends lost her glasses in the cabin and our steward turned the room upside down to find the glasses. We also had a wonderful dining room attendant, Carmen which we absolutely loved. She needs to be rewarded for excellent service. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
I had low expectations based on reading many reviews and the price tag for the cruise we took. All in all we had a lot of fun but there were things lacking. You get what you pay for. I was pleasantly surprised by the rooms. We had two ... Read More
I had low expectations based on reading many reviews and the price tag for the cruise we took. All in all we had a lot of fun but there were things lacking. You get what you pay for. I was pleasantly surprised by the rooms. We had two ocean view staterooms on deck 6 for two adults and two kids. The rooms were not fancy, spacious, or special but definitely served their purpose. The room attendant was fantastic and thoughtful though. He based his towel animals on passing conversations he had with the kids which was really sweet. Service in the main dining room was also good but outside of the room attendant and main dining room, I found service on the rest of the ship to be quite lacking. The first day on ship we started at the Windjammer for lunch after buying the Coke refillable cups for the drink package. (Unless you are a serious soda addict don't buy the drink package. It was not worth the cost at all) Not one server approached us to serve drinks at all during that lunch (or any after!) and it took until the next day to find out from someone that you can get all the coke soda flavors self serve from the coke machine on the 12th floor. Up until then I would go to a bar and get it filled for the kids with only a choice of coke diet coke or sprite. In fact, with the exception of the main dining room, and one morning at the windjammer where a server went around with a tray of orange juice, I was not offered a drink- alcohol or non- the entire cruise. We did the stingray city excursion at coco cay and I give that 5 stars. It was amazing and fun and reasonably priced. We were given plenty of time to interact with the stingrays, feed them, ask questions, and snorkel around. The guides were knowledgeable, patient, and wonderful with the kids. I can't say enough about that excursion. I would do it over and over and over again. We also paid for the Treasure hunt snorkeling excursion at coco cay. I say we paid for it- but we didn't actually do it. We got the snorkel gear and tried. The excursion is listed as suitable for ages four and up. The wind and waves were enough that I couldn't as a strong swimmer, get my 8 and 10 year olds (also decent swimmers) safely to the spot where the snorkeling is supposed to be. Also, its listed as if you are getting a special tour or something. It is completely independent and the only difference between the treasure hunt and just renting snorkeling gear is that if you find a coin you can turn it in for a chance to win a prize. The treasure hunt was a disappointment in that sense. I have heard the snorkeling area itself is great so my suggestion would be just go into it knowing it is weather dependent (especially for kids) and just opt for the gear rental instead of the treasure hunt. To RCI's credit they refunded the cost of the excursion when I brought the situation to their attention. We still had a great time at Coco Cay and can't wait to go back! On Nassau, we did the glass bottom boat tour in the morning and opted to walk around on our own in the afternoon. The boat gives you a nice tour of the harbor near nassau and Paradise island and the guide was very informative. He gave lots of anecdotal information and was funny and kept the kids interested. The part where you go below to see the glass bottom and what is under the boat wasn't fantastic. I have been on other glass bottom boat tours where we could see more and weren't so cramped around the few windows. The kids did love it and all in all for the price I would do it again. I haven't checked but would be curious what the cost would be to book directly with the boat tour instead of through RCI. The glass bottom boat tour is right there in port next to the ships and very easy to walk to. RCI made it sound like we had to take a bus there which is partly why we booked with them. We had to meet at 8:30 am in the theater and between waiting there, and waiting in a group after getting off the ship before we could walk to the boat tour it took until about 10am to get to the tour itself. It was ridiculous to take that much time to walk maybe 50 yards to the glass bottom boat. Compare prices. If you can book directly for cheaper then I would do that. Get yourself by foot those 50 yards and save yourself the hassle. Onboard activities I can't speak much to, because we didn't spend much time doing much on the ship. We did go to the show the last night and was pleased with it and the kids liked it. We didn't make it to the other shows because with a 6pm dining time we never could make the 7pm show and the later one was too late for the kids. Keep that in mind when planning. The pool is very small. It didn't matter much on this cruise because the weather was quite cool and the water was also, so the pool was never full. I would not want to be on this ship in the summer though. With kids ages 8 and 10 I didn't find there was much for them to do onboard. We had looked forward to watching movies poolside but the kids movie was at 6pm when we were at dinner and the 8:30 movie was not appropriate for their age (more for adults). There seemed to be teen activities, and a late night party at the kids activity area every night which started at 10pm. The times earlier in the day that I did take them to check out the kids club activities, there didn't seem to be any kids there over the age of 6/7 or any activities suitable for older than that. One day there was pirate face painting and singing which seemed great for younger kids. I can't really review the kids activities since we didn't use them other than to say that for this "tween" age there wasn't much on ship that was appealing to them. I was hesitant to self-carry our luggage off ship when we returned to Port Canaveral but I was glad we did. It was pretty painless and we were in our car before we were even supposed to be meeting on deck 5 for our appropriate luggage tag number group. I would self-carry again for sure. My summary: We did have a lot of fun, especially for the money. The cruise met or exceeded my expectations based on what I read about Majesty. I would cruise with Royal Caribbean again (this was my first time) but probably not on this ship unless I could go without kids. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We have cruised a number of times either with Norweign and Royal Carribean. The last 4 with Royal. I got a great deal money wise for a 5 night cruise with Carnival aboard the Valor. After numberless cuises we have decided that the ship is ... Read More
We have cruised a number of times either with Norweign and Royal Carribean. The last 4 with Royal. I got a great deal money wise for a 5 night cruise with Carnival aboard the Valor. After numberless cuises we have decided that the ship is our destination as that it is a floating resort and the ports are a plus. We did not take this cruise for its ports but to see for ourselves what a Carnival Fun Ship is all about. We enjoyed the Carnival cruise and it had its pluses. The staff was hardworking and curtious. The cabin was always taken care of by our steward. There was always something going on for any age group. The food choices could not compare to Royal. The buffet was lacking and the dining room food was not hot. The other major complaint I have was the smoking at the bar near and around the casino. The ventilation system was horrible. People were holding their clothes over their noses when walking bye. The entertainment was good but lacking. Royal had far better main featured shows but less activities going on. There was some running around the hallways but but unbearable. The balcony was an adequate size. Would I cruise Carnival again or suggest them to a friend? For a low price vacation with not huge expectation I would. I will be cruising with Royal in the future. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This 4 day cruise was our 5th with Carnival and 40th overall. We selected it to celebrate our 54th anniversary. Being experienced cruisers, we expect some problems and weren't disappointed. Getting onboard was no problem, about 1/2 ... Read More
This 4 day cruise was our 5th with Carnival and 40th overall. We selected it to celebrate our 54th anniversary. Being experienced cruisers, we expect some problems and weren't disappointed. Getting onboard was no problem, about 1/2 hr from being dropped off by friends til we were in our cabin. First problems....no water, phone didn't work, TV remote didn't work, no paper and pen to leave messages to cabin steward. No Cabin steward until 9 am the following morning. Got our water and a bucket of ice (no refrigerator) and TV remove fixed. Got a note from the ship saying several aft decks were without telephone service and to use the house phone by the elevators. They didn't work either. Finally found a house phone that worked. My wife has all kinds of dietary problems, so we bring breakfast bars that she can eat and she orders tea, citrus sections, and bananas to be delivered each morning. That first morning, dead ants in the citrus sections and the banana was absolutely ROTTEN. I went down to the breakfast buffet to get her a grapefruit and the lines were looooong (but only on the first day. After our cabin steward reported the problem with the delivery, a manager brought up another tray for my wife and couldn't stop apologizing. Now the good stuff. The cabin was very clean. No sewage smell anywhere on the ship. Lots of families and lots of kids, but the kids were all well behaved...no running around in the halls etc. At the lunch buffet, we would contact a manager and tell him of my wife's dietary needs, and a chef would make up a special platter just for her. In the DR for dinner, they would take extra care to make sure that her food was OK. One night she had the filet and lobster tail (no butter on the steak or tail). VERY enjoyable. We spent a LOT of time in the casino....unfortunately -- LOL, but on our anniversary, we found this beautiful cake in our cabin, wishing us a happy anniversary from the casino. My wife couldn't have any but I made up for it. We saw both production shows. I didn't care for the lead male singer, but the female and rest of the cast were terriffic. Service in the DR was very good, as was the service and attitude of all the ship's personnel that we interfaced with. Even the worker that tried to fix our phone had a smile on his face and apologizes when he couldn't fix it. We normally cruise on another (and upscale) line, but will continue to cruise with Carnival out of Port Canaveral now and then if the price and itinerary are good Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
I chose this cruise because it was an affordable, quick getaway as a solo traveler. Embarkation and disembarkation were swift and uneventful. Even at embarkation those folks who weren't gold and up members didn't have a very ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was an affordable, quick getaway as a solo traveler. Embarkation and disembarkation were swift and uneventful. Even at embarkation those folks who weren't gold and up members didn't have a very long line at all. This was around 11:30am. The ship is obviously an older, well-worn ship. I had read that it underwent a recent renovation, and in spots throughout the ship this was apparent. Other spots looked like they were passed over in this renovation (lol). Having said that, it being a long weekend cruise at budget rates, can you really complain? My cabin was a standard oceanview cabin. Nothing special; no complaints. Service was just as good as past cruises. Cabin was very clean. I was in 3046 and didn't experience almost any noise. I only dined in the dining room on the last evening and ended up being served by the assistant waiter (he was great!). I sat for quite a long time before the assistant waiter seemingly realized I was being overlooked. My waiter never acknowledged me until I got up to leave, then gave me this broad smile. ? He served the couple seated right next to me efficiently and professionally and never looked at me while he was doing this. That is my only negative feedback on any crew on this ship, and who knows.. maybe I threw everyone off by dining in the buffet on the first two nights..? Speaking of the buffet, the waitstaff in the buffet were great! The food choices were a little bit limited but tasty - so no complaints; and the desserts were sumptuous! I didn't go to any shows or participate in activities. I tired myself out during the days. :) The 2 ports were great: Nassau and Cococay. First-Cococay: AWESOME!! Beautiful, fully developed with a yummy meal that begins at 11:30, bar, super great snorkeling that I did on my own,.. can't say enough great things and want to go back! Second- Nassau: I did the Pearl Island excursion. Pearl Island is definitely still a work in progress but for now it's a great, quiet getaway that few people go to. There were 5 ships in port and only about 25 of us TOTAL on this island. If you like a quiet getaway with a sweet little beach, a bar, good food (food was not terrible as I have read in other reviews), and extremely warm people, do this excursion. It was actually overcast and a little rainy on this day and it was still a great relaxing excursion. I would recommend this ship specifically for quick, cheap getaways but would tell new cruisers that some of the newer, more expensive routes may offer nicer ships. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We chose this cruise for our first family reunion on the sea. We typically have large family reunions and wanted to do something different. This was an affordable, short and sweet cruise that happened at pretty convenient dates. I was ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our first family reunion on the sea. We typically have large family reunions and wanted to do something different. This was an affordable, short and sweet cruise that happened at pretty convenient dates. I was excited to embark and the boarding and welcome experience were one in the same. Nothing special - music playing, smiles, happy people. The sail away was typical. Really not a lot special about the ship either. The ship was pretty small and very easy to navigate. The adult areas did not seem too enticing - I think there was a bar and a lounge. I never really took the time out to find them and the activities listing for those were not so exciting that I had to find them. I traveled with my 6 year old son. He is an avid rock climber and that part was amazing to him. He did that twice. We checked him into the kids room, but honestly it was so dark that he was not willing to go when I went to drop him off. Overall the ship was sort of a disappointment. I'm happy that I was traveling with such a large party and we made our own experience. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
This cruise was chosen because we were only in Orlando a short period of time and decided the cruise fit into our itinerary. We've cruised on the Majesty before so we didn't think twice about re-booking it. The itinerary ... Read More
This cruise was chosen because we were only in Orlando a short period of time and decided the cruise fit into our itinerary. We've cruised on the Majesty before so we didn't think twice about re-booking it. The itinerary wasn't a concern either since it was a short cruise and we've been to the Bahamas several times. We understand the ship was renovated -- not sure what was renovated but it looked brighter and more accessible. My concerns are: 1. Fitness center - there were no towels and no bottled water. Yes there was a water fountain but there weren't any cups. I asked 2 different workers about the towels and they both said they should be here shortly - worked out for an hour and the towels never materialized 2. Windjammer - we didn't go to the dining room for dinner but ate daily in the Windjammer. Disappointment in the variety of food and I found the food cold. Also, if you are cooking food to order you should use a new pan [saute] each time you cook. This is for health reasons - suppose you are cooking shrimp and I'm allergic and you use the same pan. Then what? 3. Cabin - was freezing cold. I reported it to my cabin steward - who did take care of it but it was done the next day because maintenance didn't respond. 4. Coco Cay - the island is nice and seems to have been expanded so that you are not on top of your fellow cruisers. We missed the BBQ. Don't know if there was an announcement because we never heard one but it seems to me notice should be given. Not that it was a big deal, we returned to the ship and had a bite. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
1. If your looking at a picture to see what your room looks like and it has a couch in it (ha!!!!). that's not going to happen there are none. So the pictures are misleading, you have your hard back breaking bed that's up ... Read More
1. If your looking at a picture to see what your room looks like and it has a couch in it (ha!!!!). that's not going to happen there are none. So the pictures are misleading, you have your hard back breaking bed that's up against the wall and one desk chair for sitting. no relaxing in your room allowed I guess 2. Food is fair to o.k. and shuts down fairly early compared to other ships I have been on, so fill up before 9:00 and only saw hamburgers once and that was on the buffet line. Only one place on ship to fill your package drink cup so be prepared to travel if your thirsty. you can get refills at the bars if you want to stand in a line for ten minutes. 3. gambling is your game, slots are hot at certain times so, don't plan on spending alot of time doing that unless you just like to hear the ding ding ding. I will say I won some good money one night on max betting. but, my peeps did lousy on average bets always losing in the end. 4. entertainment was fair they put a lot of heart into it, comedy sucked is all I can say about that . juggler was awesome to put it lightly. 5. COCO BAY: AWESOME, FANTASTIC, OFF THE CHART, NICE, GREAT SNORKELING (lots of fish) good cook out. get my point it was the best part of the trip. 6. 3 stars for the ship. 10 stars for house keeper MR. EUGENE (deck 6). 20 stars for COCO BAY, 0 stars on the smoking in the casino . it was like pay back for not being allowed to smoke where you want to on land .never seen chain smoking like that . I would leave there with migraines because of the smoke. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Majesty of the Seas is like getting in a 20 year old high end Mercedes Benz. It's still nice but the best years are in the rear view mirror (ship was launched in 1992) and no matter what, it feels old. The in-water re-furb in Spring ... Read More
Majesty of the Seas is like getting in a 20 year old high end Mercedes Benz. It's still nice but the best years are in the rear view mirror (ship was launched in 1992) and no matter what, it feels old. The in-water re-furb in Spring 2016 was only the pool deck; everything else still looks just like Monarch which was retired a few years ago. Can you have a great time on this cruise - yes! It is very affordable for a quick 3/4 night get-away. Great crew, food. Tipped our cabin steward extra was a super guy. Bad pool deck set up - no tables (crowded) and way to much smoking. Easy to get a drink, plenty of bars and bartenders. Bahamas is what it is. Cool cruise director; entertainment was cheesy buy fun. Easy embarkation - horrible debarkation as everyone walks-off and the line was up 4 floors (either go really early or really late). Rooms are smallest anywhere on any ship (same as Monarch) I have ever seen; have been on the two class ships bigger than this and rooms, even on the Vision Class, are much bigger (even the basic window only rooms). Parked at cruise terminal very convenient. RCCL if you are reading this it is time to retire Majesty! No reason to have anything less than a Vision class on this route. You could pack an even larger ship than a Vision class year round on these 3/4 cruises. It is 2016 and the old girl needs to go! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
I have been cruising for many years and often on Carnival. They have the best rates by far, and until this cruise I have always been happy with the food. I was disappointed that quality steaks and lobster were additional charges, in past ... Read More
I have been cruising for many years and often on Carnival. They have the best rates by far, and until this cruise I have always been happy with the food. I was disappointed that quality steaks and lobster were additional charges, in past at least one night these were on the menu. On two different nights I had to send my food back, once it was overcooked and the other the flavor was just bad. The first night I ordered the only steak without an up charge the portion was god but it was not cooked to order though I did not send it back. I was disappointed in the dinner scheduling, they now do this song and dance thing with the waiters and it is cute but it slows service and I never was able to finish dinner and make it to the 9:30 stage show. Late seating opens at 8:15 if it had started at 8 pm or they cut out the wait staff dancing it would have been possible. The staffing on board has appeared to have decreased, breakfast on Lido deck they had very few people picking up trays making it hard to find a clean table. Also in the past every time you turned on deck someone was touching up paint or changing light bulbs, didn't see any of that and the rust spots were visible everywhere. The cabin service was still excellent our end of the hall had 2 different guys who always greeted us by name, filled ice in our beer bucket without asking and even the sand from my shoes was always cleaned up. When walking to the opposite end of the ship all the cabin staff said hello, have a nice day, they know hospitality. Bar service with the exception of one bartender in the Sports Box was good that guy was just slow and didn't know who was next, good thing he was in the least busy of the bars. This cruise went to Grand Bahama and Nassau we did not purchase any shore excursions but rented a car in Grand Bahama and drove to Lucayan National Park- easy drive and with 6 of us a car and $5 park fee was much less expensive and gave us more time at the Park- we saw the Caves and the Beach. If you don't rent a car your only option is an acre of small sheds sent up as shops or a couple of the standard Port Bars. Nassau we walked to the beach then back to ship for lunch and then off to the Queens staircase which is still beautiful unfortunately other than the hospital which is much improved in appearance that end of town is almost vacant and so run down. I've been to the Bahama's many times living in Florida it is an easy extended weekend trip. I will probably be back I was thinking about renting a car in Nassau but the traffic by the Port and downtown is crazy, though walking past Arwak in one direction or Potter's Cay in the other is about my comfort zone. Taking the ferry to Paradise Island is also a nice option which I've done in the past. As for a taxi the drivers are getting so pushy it is uncomfortable even walking past them. I hear the local bus service is pretty good - something to investigate. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2016
We chose the Disney Dream because so many people had raved about the experience. Let me say that the customer service was exceptional from embarkation to debarkation. The cleanliness of the room and the cabin steward were excellent as ... Read More
We chose the Disney Dream because so many people had raved about the experience. Let me say that the customer service was exceptional from embarkation to debarkation. The cleanliness of the room and the cabin steward were excellent as well. The food was ok in the dining rooms. I actually enjoyed the buffets better than the selections and quality found in the main dining rooms. Because I am not the biggest Disney Fan, and my daughter is simply a "fun" fan, we were not overjoyed with all things disney on this ship. There opportunities to take lots of pictures with all of the characters from Disney. My daughter simply wanted to swim in the pool and on the beach.....and thats exactly what she did. The kids program was also phenomenal. Overall, I think the cruise was fun! We truly enjoyed ourselves. I do think that there are other cruise lines that provide a more "whole family" enjoyable experience. I would go again! 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
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
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
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2016
just returned from a 3 night cruise on the Enchantment of the Seas. Weekend was fun and we enjoyed out getaway despite some hiccups. Day 2 we had this awful black sludge (I can only guess sewage) come up through our shower and create a ... Read More
just returned from a 3 night cruise on the Enchantment of the Seas. Weekend was fun and we enjoyed out getaway despite some hiccups. Day 2 we had this awful black sludge (I can only guess sewage) come up through our shower and create a huge mess in our bathroom, not to mention awful odor! We called maintenance and it was cleaned up quickly however the smell lingered.. We asked to be moved to a new room but were told the ship was full. I did not find the staff to be overly friendly or courtesy with the exception of some of the activities staff. Servers in the dining room were good, anticipated our needs and remembered what kind of drinks we liked, etc. food was good but nothing to get excited about. We did not try Chops as we did not want to spend the extra money. There were even items on standard dining room menu that required a surcharge. Public areas, especially the bathrooms, needed cleaning more often. Lots of activities to keep you busy. We encounter bad weather and were not able to go to Coco Cay but the staff did a great job of getting activities arranged on short notice. All in all it was a good weekend. I feel like this ship is more of an "economy" class vessel. If you are used to luxury cruises you will be disappointed but if you just want to get away for the weekend and have some fun you will enjoy it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
I have been on two cruises over the past year (one 7 night to the Caribbean and one 12 night to the Panama Canal). I had such a good time, I wanted my husband to have the experience too. Every time I told him what I liked about cruising, ... Read More
I have been on two cruises over the past year (one 7 night to the Caribbean and one 12 night to the Panama Canal). I had such a good time, I wanted my husband to have the experience too. Every time I told him what I liked about cruising, he would say, "That just does not sound like fun to me." I came up with the brilliant idea to introduce him to cruising with a shorter cruise. BIG MISTAKE. A 4-night cruise is definitely not for someone who wants to get a taste. If something goes wrong, there is just not enough time to recover. In this case, one of the big issues was the weather. It was terrible. I had talked up the idea of tranquil seas, sitting on our balcony in the sunshine, etc. Instead, we were basically hunkered down for much of the cruise. Obviously, this was not RCI's fault, but it definitely added to the "blegh" of the trip. We brought along our adult daughter and son in law. Again, big mistake. Our daughter was sea sick the entire time. (Again, not RCI's fault, but still...) We had one day with sun (the last day) and EVERYONE was at the pool. My husband saw the teeming mass of humanity and, while he tried to put a good face on, I could tell he was uncomfortable. Now for the good news: The service people were fantastic. We selected "My Time Dining" and made reservations for 6 p.m. each evening. The first night we ate at Table 51 (table for 4) with our waiters Luis and Ventura. This was the highlight of the cruise. We were able to secure that table for all our dinners. I can't say enough about Luis and Ventura. They knew our names by the first day and whenever we saw them around the ship, they always said hello. The food was hit and miss, but not terrible. I enjoyed the chopped salads in the dining room for lunch. The Windjammer was a huge disappointment. The food was just not that great. The music around the ship was also hit and miss. The orchestra was fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
If you've been on a longer cruise before (7+ day), don't take this cruise. I feel because of the length of the cruise, the entertainment is less. Shows in the Orpheum theater were not very good, however the cruise director was ... Read More
If you've been on a longer cruise before (7+ day), don't take this cruise. I feel because of the length of the cruise, the entertainment is less. Shows in the Orpheum theater were not very good, however the cruise director was very talented. Enjoyed him more than the main act! No Broadway type shows on this cruise. Embarkation & debarkation were Excellent. Very fast and efficient. We were on board and in the Windjammer cafe just minutes after arrival. We took the Kennedy Space Center Excursion upon debarkation. One of the best excursions. Came off the ship extremely fast, right onto a bus that takes you and your luggage directly to Kennedy Space Center. Special entrance into NASA, and bypass lines for bus tour. Transportation to airport and luggage all taken care of by excursion. Of course you have to handle your own bags through immigration and check in at airport. I wish they had more midnight food choices on board the ship. Main dining room food was good. Our table mates ate at Chops one night and totally wasn't worth it. They missed a good piece of steak in main dining that night. Great holiday fun, with decorations and holiday entertainment. We were lucky to have as passengers The Frost Sisters on board, who graciously did a performance of a couple songs from Frozen for the kids (in full costume!). Walking bar attendent in Spooners Lounge was great. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2015
Very excited to go on my 1st RCC Cruise. Pros: I was knew to cruising, so few expectations, didn't even look at pictures prior to sailing of the ship, other ships, nor even the upgraded room I paid for. Certainly the ... Read More
Very excited to go on my 1st RCC Cruise. Pros: I was knew to cruising, so few expectations, didn't even look at pictures prior to sailing of the ship, other ships, nor even the upgraded room I paid for. Certainly the availability to eat all you want/can around the clock, which was nice. Love the music they played everywhere, it was very timely, tasteful, memorable. The Schooner lounge was amazing and wanted to hang out there more, but found so many other things do to on the ship (shows, etc...) that I opted for that :) Amazingly sturdy (perhaps all ships are), but the size of this one being smaller made me wonder just how smooth it would be - it was SMOOOTH (would have liked a bit more roughness so I knew I was actually sailing hahahaaa). Staterooms were significantly larger than I thought they would be. They were the right size for me not to question it or complain. I was in an upgraded room, but I also spent time in a standard room, and it was only 5% smaller (as advertised)! Very cool/tolerable. Cons: 1st impressions are everything and I thought it was weird that the floor we boarded smelled like an old English tavern. Evidently, it was due to lack of circulation / air that wasn't yet either turned-on or moving within that section of the boat (this was within the hallways). 30minutes later, it was gone. Rust around quite a few spots on the ship, but mainly where the old gold-accented finishes were within my stateroom. Made it feel older for sure and after the smell minutes early in the halls, I was not Enchanted lol. NOTE: This ship is going back for an ENTIRE new overhauling in early 2016 and I Knew this ahead of time. Third night there, I finally got to spend some time at the Schooner Lounge. Wow. How swanky, mellow... it was great for after our 8PM dinner. Arrived around 11PM and enjoyed a drink I had picked up from a bar elsewhere. Tipped the piano man all night until around 12:30PM, which was when I heard the bar tender mention last call. Was not impressed that my simple drink order was refused (1oz of scotch over ice), though it was not yet 1PM, which the Bar Tender used as the rational for not serving. My lady friend who was still walking-up however was served as I sat and awaited her come over to my side of the bar. When I and two others (a male and female) brought this up to the Tender, he said "No More ...It's after 1AM!" When I asked him if my watch was incorrect since it read 12:46, he said "I'm not serving you and that's it." My lady friend and I walked away soon after I asked for his name and spoke to his Manager from my stateroom at 12:51AM). His Manager advised me of their policy and that everything (and other things I will not mention on this forum) were technically done out-of-policy and "he should not have done any of that." This didn't ruin the trip, but certainly ruined the night and my impression of the company image, which I thought was there to serve you and make you feel completely comfortable (within reason). Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
sailing from port canaveral, this was my 7th cruise aboard royal carribbean and the first for my partner. we were excited to explore cococay as well as Nassau on our long weekend off. food: mediocre at best. the vegetables were quite ... Read More
sailing from port canaveral, this was my 7th cruise aboard royal carribbean and the first for my partner. we were excited to explore cococay as well as Nassau on our long weekend off. food: mediocre at best. the vegetables were quite good. meat: meh. fish: generally meh, except for the cocktail shrimp which were quite good. no one ever asked how the food was, no one fixed the issue when they slathered my steak with bitter and didn't have any butter on my baked potato. for the two of us, the continually brought 8 rolls per meal (not a complaint, just sign of lack of personalization). constant emails and notifications of their drink program. it would've cost us MORE money to go with the program than buying drinks ala carte. the slow table service was pitiful, mixed with the mediocre food, it was bad overall. the portions are SMALL. a manager came over on night 3 (all 3 dinners at my fair lady), asked how things were, I explained, he said he would look into things and make sure our third night was better...he apparently forgot to make a note of it as the third night was just as bad. note: the coffee? meh. air2sea: an absolute joke. AVOID. while on the phone, I locked in a rate for round trip air tickets, only to have the system not be able to save. each time this happened (3), the fate would go up $20 or more per ticket. my final cost? an extra $200 than where I started in the phone. the transportation to port canaveral is NOT included, costing $75/person. there was no information about where to meet the shuttle, confusion amongst the staff about who had signed up, and no communication from the program. I never spoke with the same person twice, and despite calls to speak with managers, only one called and said "sorry for the inconvenience, but there's nothing I can do". staff: generally nice. staff were singing Christmas songs on the main stairwells; it reminded me of homeless in the street singing for change. note to RCI: stop this, please, it's pitiful. managers? meh. we had a manager in the windjammer restaurant who told us we needed to get up that they needed to clean..didn't ask how the food was or how we were, talked to us like lowly staff members. note to RCI: fire him. if he talks to customers like that, he treats his staff worse. a positive light in an otherwise bad experience? Lina, from Ukraine, in the windjammer restaurant, was the ONLY person (besides manager from night 2) to ask how the meal was. 1 person. note to RCI: customer service is king, you failed at this. topi: entertaining, he gets a thumbs up. on a final note: hypoallergenic jewelry is an important term to learn, it doesn't mean I'm allergic to gold or diamonds. accommodations: meh. toilets didn't flush about half the time. the "suite" was cramped (we had balcony on 7th floor). shower curtain met water out during every shower. programs repeated every day. ESPN, good thing. fine overall. big issue? on day 2, the smoke alarm signaled someone to come to the room. the lady who came to check didn't think knocking on the door of the bathroom before barging in. not to RCI: barging in the bathroom without knocking while someone is IN the bathroom is a bad thing. please train staff accordingly. an apology would be nice too for the violation of privacy: none was given. we missed cococay due to "turbulent waters" on day 3. that was disappointing, but since RCI can't control the weather, we can't really blame them. it just adds another notch in an otherwise poor experience. Note to RCI: I have been a loyal passenger for ~15 years. if this is how you treat loyal, you will continue to lose loyal customers, like this one. I'd much rather pay the higher rates for decent customer service than feeling like a burden like you made me feel. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
Background; This was our 11 cruise on Carnival. I am 67 years old and my wife is 55. Kids all grown up. It was just the two of us. We were on the Valor about 5 weeks ago and while on that cruise received a "free cruise" ... Read More
Background; This was our 11 cruise on Carnival. I am 67 years old and my wife is 55. Kids all grown up. It was just the two of us. We were on the Valor about 5 weeks ago and while on that cruise received a "free cruise" offer from the Players Club. When I got back home there were a number of good choices available including an 8 day and a 5 day during News Years. I waffled and went back in the next morning and most of the choices were gone except for 4 & 5 days out of Tampa, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale or Miami. Since we live in Tampa which has the older Paradise, decided to book the Sunshine since it has all the new upgrades. The Valor which we were previously on, doe not have any. Booked an Interior cabin (which was free, there were low but additional charges for an outside or balcony). Never had an interior room before. Was "Priority" on Embarkation and was quick. Our Muster station was in the AC theater but could about 40 minutes due to a "head count" but the boat has left port when we got out. Ship: Let me preface this that my wife and I are smokers. When I book a room, Located the smoking areas either on Carnival's and other website. Smoking is only allowed on the Portside of Deck 3, Starboard side Deck 10 after the DJ stand. Word of caution when they are taking photos. Photographers like to block the doors out to the deck 3 smoking area. There are 2 double doors, just leave one door out of four clear without walking over wires and equipment. There is no smoking on the portside Deck 10 which was indicated on Carnival's website. Both areas had nice furniture and were packed most of the time. Met many great people in these areas. The only other area is inside the casino on certain machines and on 1/2 of the bar. Atrium. Very nice but much smaller and not as active as on other ships. When they have entertained, it's found a little "crow's nest" on deck 4. Was disappointed based from experiences on prior ships. Drink, listen to music, met people and when needed a quick couple steps onto Deck 3 to have a smoke. Liquid Lounge aka former theater. Much smaller, this was totally redone doing the 2013 refurbish and is converted to a night club at later at night. Show a quick look at one show, dancers are good but all the music is "piped in". No more "famous" band in the "pit". CD, Jamie is very good. Ocean Plaza is the happening place on Deck 5 which used to be in the Atrium. Good music, nice table and chairs BUT no way to mingle or met other guests. There was a small bar in the rear which which one can get drinks but no one really sat there. The little live entertainment on the ship was very good. Red Frog Pub. Walked through it, had a guitar player ever night, very mellow and guitar venue Did not check up the piano bar, it was not empty but not crowded. The biggest design mistake was the comedy club. Room was way too small based on the demand. Having stand online in a small hallway was a joke and depending how long the line was did not guarantee you a seat. Also about 25% of the seat had on view of the stage so you watch the show on a 70" flat screen. Adult comic, Tommy Drake was on the boat 4 of the 5 nights. Good show, R rated but mostly clean language. Overall I did not have any real issues with the condition or maintenance of this ship which was built in 1996. The "rebuilt" just took 31 days. What they did was amazing but it is still a ship almost 20 years old. The ship was kept clean especially with 3,200 guests on broad. Common areas. Had no real issues with the elevators. The "slow ones" were by the Aft dining area due to the diners going from deck 5 to 3. This boat had the same issue as other Conquest class ships. One cannot walk directly to your dining room, at the end of deck 5 you had to go down 1 or 2 decks. Same hallsways seemed small but did not experience the problems listed in other reviews. Did get turned around a couple of times the first day. Dining; Did the anytime dining and on this point I do agree with the other reviews. One must sign in on Deck 5 across from the Taste Bar and get your ticket. The thing is unless you are going to the dinner room via Deck 9, you have to use Deck 5 and go down to deck 3 whether you signed in or not. On this cruise we had to wait 3 of the 4 times (5 to 10 minutes each). You get a beeper and hang out in the comfy Ocean Plaza rather than be standing in the entrance the restaurant.. I agree it was more convenient to just walk up to the Hostess stand and go to your table but I think this "Anytime Dining" is gowning more popular there will be more waiting. One thing seemed strange was that the restaurant located off the Atrium appeared to be never used. Why can that be used for Anytime? Atrium is right there is wait? On the whole the food is what one would expected when feeding so many people. It was satisfying and did not have a bad dish. Waiter service was hit & miss. On my previous experience dealing directly with a hostess, was able to request the same wait staff if we had a good one previously. On this trip, 4 dinners, 4 different wait staffs. I found the buffet better than on previous ships but there is just one central buffet "table". Ate lunch in the Italian restaurant food is very good but the service is no way like it was on the Breeze. They give you a slip of paper to fill out your order, when you are done to go to the hostess station and turn it in. They give you a buzzer. (Carnival must have purchased a buzzer company). When it rings you go back to the hostess to pick up your food. Drinks, utensils napkins, you need to go locate these also. What you want grated cheese? Get up again and bring your plate with you to get it. Havana Bar which is next to the Italian "restaurant" is were you get your alcohol or wine. This is where Carnival is missing it. What do you drink with Italian Food? On the Breeze they had single glasses, carafe or bottles of wine available. So what did we drink, water. Havana Bar is real nice to eat any meal from the buffet area. There also have free Cuban food tapas which were good. One area for breakfast which very few people were aware of. If you do not what an omelette or eggs made to order. go the the Taste Bar on Deck 5. Hot breakfast items with either scrambled or what is called a "egg muffin" without the muffin which was very good. No lines, not a crowd of people plenty of nice table and chairs. Guys Burgers were good, and Lin Lu Wok or something for lunch looked very good but ran out of days. Spend most of my non-port time on the smoking decks or in the casino. Only 1,000 points on a 5 days cruise to drink free was a nice surprise. Good bar service on the floor. Putra was great, missed you on the last night. Have a safe trip back home to see your loved ones. Ports: Key West; Been to Key West numerous times. Wife loves Fat Tuesdays and sat there for a while. Was told for crack conch and conch fritters to go to a small place next to the Ripley's museum on Duval near the port. Real good. Nassau. Been here many times.Wife is into photos, got off, had 3 or 4 photos taking and have to fight thru the people getting off to get back on. Best part of this stop the other 3 ships in port also. NCL was next to us and when the Guests returned, they had a red carpet, crew were dancing, giving out towels and water. We in the smoking section thought it was pretty neat. Freeport: Have not been here since the mid-80's on the old Sea Escapes. Not a bad little port area with a Senor Frogs, Fat Tuesdays and other small restaurants,bars and shops. Thing was most of the people who got off, within a couple of hours were back on. When did anyone see a Senor Frogs or a Fat Tuesdays within 100 yards of the boat be half empty? Disembarkation: We become Platinum on this cruise. Left one bag out the night before and we could leave at anytime. Wanted to get some breakfast but once disembarkment starts (about 7:30), there is no way to get upstairs. Because of this guest on Deck 3 can also leave at anytime since they have no access to any public areas to wait. Off the boat in our car by 8:15. Summary: I love to cruise and I expect to get what we pay for. Yes I am sure Holland America has better food, RCL and NCL may have more activities but there is no better value than Carnival. We may look at another cruise line if the prices are within 20%. Was this my favorite ship, no, the Breeze has it so it. Worst ship, no, maybe the Valor only because it has not been upgraded yet. Did we enjoy ourselves, sure did!! Read Less

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