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13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Last minute change from Valor to Liberty wasn't a problem. We were on the Valor last May and the only difference between the two boats are their names. We were traveling with another couple and wanted to keep the same cabins next to ... Read More
Last minute change from Valor to Liberty wasn't a problem. We were on the Valor last May and the only difference between the two boats are their names. We were traveling with another couple and wanted to keep the same cabins next to each other. That wasn't an issue since our cabin reassignments were the same, even the same cabin numbers as we had booked on the Valor. We were on the Lido deck were our rooms were right beyond the pool and bar area. Very convenient and not noisy as you would think being so close to the pool and bar areas. The balcony windows need to be replaced, but this was a minor issue for us. The only noticeable difference between the two boats was we could hear the engines and feel them vibrating underneath us wherever we were on the boat. None of us remember the noise or vibrating on the Valor. Could that have something to do with the time of year? Water temperature? We were on the Valor in May and Liberty in January. The water was smooth on both so I'm not sure what the difference was this time. No big deal, just noticeable. We always do FTTFand it is WELL worth it. Embarking and disembarking was effortless! The food was hit and miss on the buffet (lunch and dinner) and in the dining room. The pizza was good on the Valor, but this time it was absolutely horrible. Paper thin, no sauce, no cheese, no taste - zero substance. The breakfast buffet was average - at best. The lunch/dinner buffet was much better, but little difference from one night to the next as far as variety. The dining room food was fairly good one night and average the next. Again, little difference as far as the variety from one night to the next. The desserts (regardless of where you got them) all taste the same...tasteless. They lack flavor (sugar?) and look a lot better than they actually taste. This is definitely not the cruise for people who like good food. Guy's burgers are awesome, but still not something you want to eat every day for lunch and every night for dinner. Dining hours were too restrictive for us and after 9:30 PM it's either horrible pizza or deli sandwiches, which were just okay. Again, this cruise is not for those who like a good variety of food, good-tasting food, and food at any time. We went to the comedy club on two different nights and again it was hit and miss. Hysterical one night, not so much the next. The staff overall was very friendly and attentive. We had excursions in both Freeport and Nassau and you guessed it, hit and miss. Mostly due to the weather which is not something Carnival can control. The water in Nassau was too cold so we just hung out on the beach. We booked the all inclusive Beach Getaway and the drinks were very good and the food was too. The servers tended to the paying customer's and seemed to overlook those of us who had prepaid. We were good tippers but that made little to no difference. The in-cabin shore excursion channel needs to focus more on what each excursion has to offer and less on just trying to sell the excursions. In an effort to speed through each excursion only to keep repeating the same information, they should spend a little more time detailing and/or comparing what each excursion has to offer. They'd probably sell more excursions this way since they are definitely not cheap. The Dine-In movies were hit and miss. Hard to please everyone so I don't have an opinion one way or another. We did plenty of gambling and the machines seemed to pay just enough to keep you playing which is to be expected. In the end, we all lost a couple of hundred dollars, but again, we expected that. It would have been nice to win enough to pay for the cruise but if you play expecting to win you will be disappointed. The live bands in the casino every night played a great variety of popular songs from the 70's and 80's and they were all very good. Next time I hope to frequent the Spas. I'll be sure to do my homework and read the reviews before I book anything. All in all, it was a good cruise. It was only my 2nd cruise so I'm not an expert by any means. The only tips I can offer is spend the extra $50 for FTTF and pack less. On both cruises, I packed way more than I needed. For me, being comfortable was more important than being fashionable. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2017
The ship is BEAUTIFUL..the staff is great..you cant control weather..having said that: The shore excursion to the Bahamas (Blue Lagoon Beach) was a long boat ride only to be on a beach that looks like a bay (the water is not anywhere ... Read More
The ship is BEAUTIFUL..the staff is great..you cant control weather..having said that: The shore excursion to the Bahamas (Blue Lagoon Beach) was a long boat ride only to be on a beach that looks like a bay (the water is not anywhere close to the normal beauty of Bahamas water)..you only get about an hour of beach time, the lunch attendants watch to make sure you dont get too much food (after youve paid a crazy amount of money), and then its suddenly time to turn right back around and go back! Most of your time is spent in line to get on the boat to and from..overall, the excursions proved to be very disorganized and slow getting started--not worth the money--Abi beach did turn out to be nice, though, once you arrived. The problem with the specialty resteraunts, in particular Chops (with exception of 150 Central Park which is excellent in every way), is the fact that you are seated sandwiched in between other tables that could whisper in your ear without much effort. The table we got put next 2 NEVER stopped talking the entire time..we were miserable--food is good, but if you want a romantic quiet dinner, do not go here. Overall, we had a great time. The ship is one of the best out there, and the staff goes out of their way for you. I would say that being more informed about the resteraunts and excursions would have made this the perfect vacation! I love Royal Caribbean. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
After several months of stress my husband and I needed a small get away and we booked a last minute cruise with Disney. We had an amazing time and the Disney cruise line lives up to high Disney Standards, from the ease of boarding, to our ... Read More
After several months of stress my husband and I needed a small get away and we booked a last minute cruise with Disney. We had an amazing time and the Disney cruise line lives up to high Disney Standards, from the ease of boarding, to our stateroom, to the food and entertainment, it was amazing. Disembarking in Nassau was easy. There were many excursions to choose from. It was a little disappointing not to be able to visit Castaway Cay the next day, due to the weather, but they made up for it with other on board activities for the day. Leaving the ship was so organized and easy also. All in all a wonderful experience and we would happily recommend and return for another trip to another destination. My one complaint and something would discourage people from doing was our experience at Remi's. We were doing an early celebration for our anniversary and decided to upgrade one of our meals for the experience of Remi's, an upscale french restaurant on board ship. My husband and I are not strangers to upscale, 4 star restaurants. It's not a habit, but we do it a few times a year for special celebrations. We have never before been so uncomfortable as we were here. Every turn was another attempt to upsell the dinner. Mind you we had already paid another 180$ for the 2 of us on top of the allotted nightly dinners to do this. We had planned on spending more as we knew that wine wasn't included with the meal. The awkwardness started by the choice of caviar and cheeses, then wine pairing for dinner, then trying the special truffles that they had you smell in the box and then the cheese cart after the entrees. Each was an extra 50+ to the meal. Each time we turned something down, we were made to feel awkward and looked down on. It really dampened the experience. On top of that, the portions were even smaller than usual for this caliber of a restaurant. We left hungry and ended up going to the buffet after the Pirate celebration and firework show! I have dined at the French and Canadian restaurants in Epcot. I have dined at Be our Guest and at Cinderella's Royal table for dinner in the Magic Kingdom. We were always treated first rate and never uncomfortable. This was a very new and very disappointing experience. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Timing with track out school break made this our only option for cruising. Stayed at our usual hotel for the cruise package, but cannot honestly recommend them due to a poorly thought out policy of placing a hold of 25% of your hotel bill ... Read More
Timing with track out school break made this our only option for cruising. Stayed at our usual hotel for the cruise package, but cannot honestly recommend them due to a poorly thought out policy of placing a hold of 25% of your hotel bill as a just in case measure, which penalizes honest travelers for the behavior of others which we can not control. Embarkation was a breeze. From drop off at port to boarding was 20 minutes. We boarded at noon, and missed nothing, so FTTF has never been an option, nor does it look likely to ever be so. Interior cabin, with king bed configuration. Ahmad was our steward and provided excellent service throughout the week. Brunch and lunch during embarkation was hit or miss. The 'fish & chips' is still indicated on the ship maps. It has been replaced by a BarBQ joint. To be fair, the Q was exceptionally good. The operating hours were hit or miss, as were those of the Deli station. Table for ten at dinner. Met some new friends and really enjoyed getting to know them. Dinner meals were average, service was good, not great. Food quality and quantity appear to be lesser than our cruise in July 2016. Ship just out of refurb, but showing her age..carpets, plumbing, etc. Casino was sparsely utilized, and when full did not appear to be paying out well. Smoke too prevalent to allow any time there. CD, Sydney apparently in love with the sound of her own voice. Announcements too often, and her voice is shrill, thus hard to understand or even attempt to listen to. Same, lame activities on board...do we really need the hairy chest contest??? Much respect to Jon (Danger) for an informative shopping show, info, promo event. Met up with him at Diamonds Int'l in Nassau and enjoyed being treated as a VIP. Did a Carnival excursion - our first- despite this being 5th visit to Nassau. Top ten of Nassau was meh. Would not repeat. Supposed to offer samples of the top places in Nassau. Twin Brothers is NOT anywhere near a place we consider a return to/top anything except to avoid. Short visit to Atlantis was nice. Debarkation..self debarked, off ship and through customs in no time, shuttle to hotel, in car on on the road home by 0830. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
I got very worried after reading all the negative reviews about Majesty of the Seas, but had an overall positive experience on a 3 night cruise to the Bahamas. Yes, the ship is dated, but the services and food was on par with every other ... Read More
I got very worried after reading all the negative reviews about Majesty of the Seas, but had an overall positive experience on a 3 night cruise to the Bahamas. Yes, the ship is dated, but the services and food was on par with every other Royal Caribbean cruises I've been. Our seaview cabin was small but very clean, and our stateroom staff was very friendly. The restaurant service was warm and fast, many options on the menu and the quality of food was quite good. It was intended to be a short and relaxing cruise, so Majesty really met my expectations. If I were to go on a longer cruise (7 nights) I would probably have chosen one of the newer and bigger ships just to enjoy their better facilities and more entertainments. Pros: service, food, entertainment staff Cons: outdated facilities, bad smell in the corridors, standard (but limited) entertainment options. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We were looking for a cruise out of Cape Canaveral and decided on the Majesty. I was a bit worried after reading some of the reviews - but we were extremely happy. The staff was awesome. The ship, while showing its age a little, was ... Read More
We were looking for a cruise out of Cape Canaveral and decided on the Majesty. I was a bit worried after reading some of the reviews - but we were extremely happy. The staff was awesome. The ship, while showing its age a little, was still in good shape and we found it to be clean. It seems that some people are expecting a luxury cruse experience from a moderately priced cruise. The cabin was small, but we went into it knowing they were on the small side - it was however, clean, smelled fine, bed was comfortable and pillows were good (we did ask for two more, which were quickly provided). Irwin, our cabin steward, was phenomenal - he went above and beyond on everything. Our Server, Nower, and Assistant Server, Kaywana, were terrific. Food was good, drinks were strong. Entertainment was good, but not great - but we were not expecting great on a small ship. You should definitely go to Cococay - it was great! Casino was very smokey. Great value for the money! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
This was our first cruise so we didn't know what to expect. Without having other ships to compare this to, I'm not sure how helpful my review will be. We had an outside cabin on the 3rd deck with a porthole window. Our room ... Read More
This was our first cruise so we didn't know what to expect. Without having other ships to compare this to, I'm not sure how helpful my review will be. We had an outside cabin on the 3rd deck with a porthole window. Our room steward was amazing and took very good care of our room. The ship is older but it is very clean. I thought the rooms were easy to find. As for other things on the ship, near the elevators there were deck layouts so you knew where you needed to go. We ate in the dining room for dinner every night and had the same wait staff each night. They were also amazing! The food was pretty good too. We did try out the buffet for snacks and breakfast, it was okay. Our bed was comfortable and we both slept well. The AC in our room could have worked a little better, most of the night we slept uncovered so that we weren't too hot. My only other gripe about our room is the water pressure in the shower, it was awful. The first morning it wasn't too bad but the rest of the time it was pretty bad. I don't recommend the late seating for dinner, we were with a group and were scheduled for 8:30 dinner and by the time we got out of there, it was after 10pm and most of the shows had already started. We really enjoyed Schooners. The piano player at night was really good and took requests from the crowd. It was really fun and the bartenders were great. We enjoyed the ports, Nassau was interesting to walk around the straw market and the other shops along the way. We enjoyed Junkanoo beach for a few hours before heading back to the ship. CocoCay was AMAZING!! I would definitely go back there. We went down to South Beach and swam and enjoyed the beach. It was gorgeous! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2016
We did this cruise because it was a brief getaway. With Carnival, I love the value it is while I don't feel like much is sacrificed. I know that there are more expensive cruise lines and cruises, but for the every day person, this ... Read More
We did this cruise because it was a brief getaway. With Carnival, I love the value it is while I don't feel like much is sacrificed. I know that there are more expensive cruise lines and cruises, but for the every day person, this is what I would choose. We did the Beauty and Charm of Nassau. This was a great excursion for the person who wants to hit all of the highlights of Nassau. We even went into Atlantis on Paradise Island. This was something I had not previously done before and I enjoyed the views. It was nice to stop at the distillery and experience their rum and how it is made! I would say, if you like their choices you need to buy it there as it is not available anywhere else. The highlight of this cruise for me was the Chef's Table! The overall experience was incredible and there was so much food! I would definitely recommend trying this, no matter how long you are cruising. It is worth the extra cost! I will caution you though, dinner took 3 hours. I will cruise Carnival again, although my next two cruises are on Princess and Norwegian. I have always enjoyed what Carnival has to offer on their ships and their value! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
We got a really good last minute deal and decided to go with our friends. The reviews on CC were not good, and we were wondering what we would experience. We were very pleasantly surprised. Our oceanview room was clean, centrally ... Read More
We got a really good last minute deal and decided to go with our friends. The reviews on CC were not good, and we were wondering what we would experience. We were very pleasantly surprised. Our oceanview room was clean, centrally located on the ship and well maintained by our room attendant. Our meal experiences in the main dining room were delicious, tasty and very pleasant due to our exceptional waiter and asst waiter. This is my 4th RCL cruise, and our evening meals were the best that I have ever had with RCL. Selection, presentation and quality left nothing to be unhappy with. The ship was maintained well, the Christmas decorations made for a very festive atmosphere, and the overall interaction with the staff was wonderful. The four of us had a wonderful time, and hope to have a return visit on this ship in the near future. There is no perfect cruise experience but I wonder at some of these recent reviews because I can't imagine what caused such negative reviews. To each his own, but I would recommend this ship and her staff with no hesitation. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
Cabin nice, smaller than other ships, but location close to Spa was perfect for us. Quiet at night. Dinner quality was inconsistant with some downright poor food. Disappointed that there was no menu of what would be served at the Chef ... Read More
Cabin nice, smaller than other ships, but location close to Spa was perfect for us. Quiet at night. Dinner quality was inconsistant with some downright poor food. Disappointed that there was no menu of what would be served at the Chef Table...so didn't sign up for that. Guy's Hamburger Place was delicious. Spa was great, as usual with typical services and pricing. Sign up for the 10-20-30 deal if you use the spa alot...worth it. Love the sauna with windows to the ocean...so relaxing. If you do use the spa, sign up right when you get on board, best choice of service times. Sign up for Value Pricing times if you don't plan to get off the ship. Fun Shop for jewelry and watches had good selections at very reasonable pricing. Embarcation very easy and quick, debarcation was a little chaotic as the staff had different instructions than what the information in the cabin, but overall, still easy to carry off. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
The ship is older but still in pretty good shape. The crew was incredible. The facilities nice, although there is only one pool and it is small. Food was average to good, not great. Activities are plentiful, something for everyone. ... Read More
The ship is older but still in pretty good shape. The crew was incredible. The facilities nice, although there is only one pool and it is small. Food was average to good, not great. Activities are plentiful, something for everyone. Entertainment was enjoyable. Coco Cay was amazing! On board spa was sorely lacking. Here's what we learned in a nutshell: 1. do not buy anything from the shops until the last day. The prices are incredibly inflated until the true clearance days. 2. Do not buy the beverage plans. You can get free sodas, juices, coffee, etc from the Windjammer. Just get it yourself. Unless you are a severe alcoholic, you won't drink $63 worth of alcohol per person per day. Just pay as you go. Beer is $5.95 to $6.50 each. All liquor drinks, wine and champagne are $10 ea. I truly think the liquor was watered down so you're better to go with a dark liquor that you can more readily tell if water has been added. 3. Everyone on board will try to push products, upgrades and extras. Be prepared to say no ALOT. it gets tiring, like you're at a flea market. 4. Do not waste your money on any spa services. I had 3 different ones and they were all terrible. There is obviously no training and certainly no certification. To do massages, facials, pedicures, you should have to be certified. I get a lot of these in the states and when I'm paying twice the stateside cost, I expect excellent service and clean facilities. I received neither. Spoke with others who had the same experience. If you choose to take your chances, don't book precruise. You'll pay full price. They have special deals starting the first day, so not only did I have poor service but I paid full price. 5. Gratuity is included in everything. You can't run a tab, everything is paid as you order. Don't get motivated by guilt and add extra unless it is truly deserved. Otherwise, you'll end up tipping $4.00 on a $10 drink and $30 on a $65 pedicure. Watch your numbers on your receipts. 6. If you get motion sickness, choose a cabin on the lowest level possible. Also, the staterooms are tiny but efficient. 7. Make friends with the crew members that will be servicing you regularly. It makes a difference in your overall experience. Bad service can ruin your trip while good and thoughtful touches make it special. 8. Don't go to any of their seminars unless you want to be sold something. They're not for information, they're for sales. 9. Coco Cay was amazing!!!! Stay as long as you can and definitely do lunch there!!! 10. Nassau was good if you like tee shirts and bags. Every store, every straw market vendor has the exact same products. Haggle. They're all made in China anyway. There are no handmade crafts by artisans at the straw market or in the squares. The food is good though and worth the trip off the ship. Also, Paradise Island is a great stop but you have to pay out the butt if you want to see anything but the lobby and casino of Atlantis. There are other things on the island to see and do though. We had a great experience with the exception of the spa. I was dragged on board kicking and screaming but really had a great time. We will be going again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We have sailed on the Athem twice and enjoy the ship and its many diverse complimentary restaurants. The 270 room is really amazing, Spectra's, the Gift were wonderfully creative. We Will Rock You was a fun show to watch. We loved ... Read More
We have sailed on the Athem twice and enjoy the ship and its many diverse complimentary restaurants. The 270 room is really amazing, Spectra's, the Gift were wonderfully creative. We Will Rock You was a fun show to watch. We loved the food in Silk and the Solarium Bistro for dinner. It was fun to dress up to eat at the Grande; which has excellent food. They had tendering problems at Coco Cay. They did a poor job of informing the guests of what was happening and many people waited at least 3 hours to get to the island. Our only suggestion would be to avoid Coco Beach. We took the Coco Beach Shuttle. The beach is not pretty; brown sand and is not one of Florida's beautiful beach. It is convenient about a 15 minute ride from the ship. The Ron Jon Surf shop which you can walk to was interesting but I wouldn't waste my money on this. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Ok! We just got back (Nov 18- Nov 21) and had a blast!!! Ship was clean. Our room attendant was phenomenal. Be sure and go to Schooners for the piano man or to just hang out and ask for Havi. He was one of the best servers ever. The entire ... Read More
Ok! We just got back (Nov 18- Nov 21) and had a blast!!! Ship was clean. Our room attendant was phenomenal. Be sure and go to Schooners for the piano man or to just hang out and ask for Havi. He was one of the best servers ever. The entire Windjammer staff was great and we loved their food. Room service was also amazing! We loved all the events ... the poolside dance party, trivia, karaoke, etc. The service in Boleros was disappointing. The 2 bartenders couldn't keep up and kept running out of the items for their signature drinks and the bar tenders at the pool bar closest to Windjammers were down right grumpy. Main dining room service was ssssllloooowww and the food tasted very bland. I will definitely go again!!! Overall still an 8!!! I didn't want to get off the ship (apparently they frown in you wanting to stay for free lol) Cocoa Cay was good, also. A little windy but that is to be expected this time of year. Each time we go it seems we find a few more tricks to make it easier on us! Great job to the staff and crew of the Majesty!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
I purposely did not post a review of the Epic's cruise of November 12th as I assumed other passengers would slam it and it appears that is the case. Two major problems will probably cause the worst memories -- embarkation and ... Read More
I purposely did not post a review of the Epic's cruise of November 12th as I assumed other passengers would slam it and it appears that is the case. Two major problems will probably cause the worst memories -- embarkation and disembarkation.. Now realistically, the first voyage since arriving from Europe and the use of a new or different terminal might have caused the very poorly organized embarkation but NCL is a big company with many talented employees so making it better than the chaotic situation should have been a HUGE priority. The lack of a working P.A. system really complicated things as different employees gave different answers to what was occurring. Immediately there was unhappiness being exhibited by both the cruisers and the staff. This is exactly the wrong way to begin a cruise vacation on a beautiful ship. Disembarkation was even worse if that could have been possible. By the way, these explanations were provided by staff members but never verified or explained by official communication, that's a problem NCL needs to rectify. It is a huge ship with many, many customers trying to do the same thing at the same time. It is also a large ship with many, many amenities. If you are unwilling to have those factors weigh against each other and enjoy the experience, try a smaller ship at probability a substantially higher rate. I am not letting NCL's ineptitude slide as they could have done immeasurably better with clear and appropriate communication. Too many times on this voyage there was confusion due to a lack of clear communication. I tried to explain some of these in a written correspondence but I have had no response as of yet. Note to travel professionals: Americans hate being confused by poor or non existent communication. Speaking of communication, when or how were we to know the private island stop was cancelled. Many passengers had no idea until the printed itinerary showed Nassau. The problem here is that I had the private island experience on a previous NCL cruise and was so impressed I encouraged others to join me on this cruise. I was informed before traveling by my travel agent but most other passengers were unaware. Also, I understand that hurricane caused issues are beyond NCL's control but I have to believe this was a cost saver so how about something else to compensate? Another bone of contention is the "nickel and dime charges" that many passengers found noxious. I believe these practices came about due to many passengers "stiffing" hard working staff but maybe re-evaluation of the whole system is needed. Once again, I can see NCL's situation. They provide the opportunity for a wonderful experience at a price I find very reasonable, to wit, some passengers paid less for passage than a hotel room for a weekend in Manhattan! For me on this voyage I enjoyed terrific entertainment experiences -- Priscilla Of The Desert was as good as Broadway and Howl At The Moon was probably the best show I have encountered at sea. I went to it five times and each night was different and free! The two bands in the wonderful Beatle inspired nightclub were also wonderful and always attracted a large crowd. Folks who saw Cirque praised it. There were many other neat music venues but adults could find a somewhat quieter environment, along with nice hot tubs at the adult zone. The water park setup was also very popular and lines seemed very reasonable. The food was a pleasant surprise. From the first meal in Taste to some buffet breakfasts there was always a large variety of tasty well prepared food. I might add that every server in the two main restaurants, the Noodle bar, Le Bistro and Cagneys was friendly, efficient and professional. Hint: do not miss the warm lava cake in the main dining rooms and, if finances allow, go to Cagneys. The reservation system seemed to work well. The mini suite was an excellent investment for space and the balcony. As so many others have mentioned the tub/shower, toilet and sink set up is a bit strange. I am still not sure how I liked it but some couples sharing a room may find it problematical. The separate sink was a good idea but the poor lighting made shaving a challenge. I also did not like the heavy, noisy glass doors especially as they are the first things one sees upon entering the cabin. The public areas were well designed and kept clean, the casino was usually full so I presume it was a nice experience. The future cruise and port staff were the best I have encountered on several NCL cruises. The captain and officers were visible, friendly and professional. Coffee bar was nice but there was an extra charge. The NCL concierge app was good for communication among passengers and ship info but here too, there was a charge ($10) that probably the line could have absorbed. Would I do it again, definitely, could NCL improve, yep, starting with better communications in all areas. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
I did a TON of internet research on this cruise before we went, heard everything, the good, the bad and the ugly. I also am experienced in knowing a lot of people who write reviews tend to do so to vent, this is not that type of review. ... Read More
I did a TON of internet research on this cruise before we went, heard everything, the good, the bad and the ugly. I also am experienced in knowing a lot of people who write reviews tend to do so to vent, this is not that type of review. We booked this suite as we were sailing with a party of 20 for my wife's 50th birthday. Our two small children stayed with us in this room. Let me first point out that if your expectations are sheer luxury and being pampered...you aren't paying for it on this cruise...check your ticket price. This cruise caters to those who want to party, knowing that going in saves you a lot of heart ache later. We had 5 kids under 11 with us but everyone in the party used our room as the central meeting point. It was spacious, not huge or grand. The deck was a fair size...we sat 8 adults out there. It was clean, not spotless the only downside was that the toilet smelled but that wasn't a huge deal...I mean after all its a vacation. They put a roll away in there for my daughter and my son used the fold down bed. Our main bed was comfy. and we had plenty of room to maneuver around with 4 of us in there. We always kept the fridge stocked with wine and champagne and had preordered gift food to show up...that was fun...you never knew who would be at the door, family or food and drinks. Yes the boat is old, but when you get the lower end cruises the people watching makes up for it big-time. The best part was seeing the whole spectrum from drunk party goers to dressed up elderly. The food was "meh" but we didn't get sick so thats a big plus. The dinners were nice and the waiters were very attentive. Some tips for you if you rent this suite. Internet, we got the surf and stream package...let me assure you there is no stream. lol. We used Facebook as our primary means to communicate with the group. I brought in some Tommy Bahama scents for the room as I wanted it to smell tropical and it did. If you are going to use it for a larger party make sure you tell the room attendant you want extra glasses as there will only be 2 champagne and 2 wine. The boilers need to heat up at least about 2 hours before you take a shower. This means WAIT until the boat leaves for a bit before showering otherwise its cold. Lastly, debarking the ship, you need to tell people you are in the royal suite to skip the lines. We left close to 8:30am and just blew past everyone getting off. There will be 2 places you need to the them, on floor 4 and when going thru customs. They aren't good on asking. We breezed right off. All in all, it is what it is. You aren't paying $8k like a Disney cruise or like the Oasis of the seas. The room is small if you are thinking it will be huge. I found it to be just the right size however would have liked it bigger but then again...why complain? Fun cruise, excellent people watching, great room attendant, great dinner waiter but watch out for the heavy pour drinks...lol. I had to tell the bar tender "I want a normal rum runner, not a 23 year old nitro version!" Read Less
24 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Family of 5-ages 48, 21, 17 and 5 years old. I am a health inspector in NC for over 25 years. Have cruised on 4 different lines including Disney (5X), RCL (2X) and the Carnival Dream. Booked this cruise last minute (one month out) for the ... Read More
Family of 5-ages 48, 21, 17 and 5 years old. I am a health inspector in NC for over 25 years. Have cruised on 4 different lines including Disney (5X), RCL (2X) and the Carnival Dream. Booked this cruise last minute (one month out) for the kids fall break. Day 1 embarkation went smoothly boarded ship at 1:15pm room was ready so we dropped off our luggage. 7265 OS was very well appointed. Did not smell bad. Lots of storage and very roomy. Balcony had 4 chairs and a table. Couch is strange looking, but sits well. Small chair was stained. Bathroom was clean and good repair. No missing tiles or mildew. Our 21 year old son had an inside cabin on the 8th deck. His cabin was clean and yes the bathroom was pink. It was clean and mildew free. Went up to pool deck for lunch buffet. Food was decent. Went swimming and then had to muster. Went fine. Sail away was good. Rum punch was strong and $7.95 it was the drink of the day. Crew was friendly. 6pm dinner in pacific dinning room. Waitstaff was very professional and took our orders quickly, food was decent. Not hot but warm. Did not have to wait long at all. Registered Our 5 year old at the children's area. Staff was friendly and attentive. Did not do any shows on the first night. Casino was smoky. Decided to go to bed around 9:30pm Bed was comfortable cabin temp was comfy but a little cooler would have been better. Next morning at 8am my 17 year daughter went to spa for fire and ice pedicure. It was $70 and last over an hour. Included Hot stones. The standard "buy our products" banter at the end was annoying. She was a satisfied customer. The rest of us had breakfast in the dinning room. Service was a little slower but still not bad. Walked into the Bahamas at 12:30pm back on ship by 3pm. Enjoyed the empty pools. Dinner was good and the waitstaff did a small celebration dance routine. Comedy show was funny. Not hilarious. Next morning was brunch in the the pacific dining room. Service was slower. Breakfast was the usual fair. Scrambled eggs had an unusual texture. Tasted ok. After went to the pool watched ice sculpture demo. Played bingo and casino slots. Disembarkation went fine, off the ship and back in our car before 9am. Overall this was a cruise worth the money we spent. I went in with super low expectations. Reviews I read made me nervous that we made a mistake booking this cruise. I actually feel that those reviews were people who expected this to be like Disney or RCL. It's not, but it's really a decent getaway for your money. Make the best of your experience enjoy it for what it is. Cheaper than other lines but certainly not a waste of money. Hope this review helps. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We chose this cruise to take our daughter (8 years old) on her first cruise. We wanted a relatively short one that left from Orlando and over her fall break. This was my eight cruise and my husband's fourth. We arrived at the port ... Read More
We chose this cruise to take our daughter (8 years old) on her first cruise. We wanted a relatively short one that left from Orlando and over her fall break. This was my eight cruise and my husband's fourth. We arrived at the port at 10:30 am and security and check in were a breeze. We were through it within 5 minutes and on the ship at about 10:50. We made our way to the Windjammer for lunch, and there was no wait. Spent the next few hours at the pool and hot tubs. Room: Our room was ready right at 1:00 and our luggage was waiting in the hall. Our room steward, Jean, was great and always able to get us what we needed. We had brought two bottles of wine with us, but forgot a corkscrew, and he had one readily available on his cart for us to use. We are platinum C & A members and he also brought our robes on the first night, which we weren't expecting since we had never received them before :-). We had an oceanview on deck 3. We had a pullman bed for our daughter. It was pretty tight in the room for 3 people, but we were really only ever in there to sleep or get dressed, so no big deal. Dining: When my husband I cruise, we generally like to eat the main seating in the dining room at a table for 2. We are introverts and prefer not to be forced to talk to strangers. However, our daughter is a social butterfly, so we decided to just go with it and not request a special table. Royal did a great job of pairing our family up with another family of three who had an 8 year old daughter. They were also from the same general area of the country. The girls got along great and we had a nice time at dinner each night. Our waiters were Rommel and Jaywanna, and they were also great. They remembered our names and our preferences and service was generally good. The only issue was the second evening the time between appetizers and entrees was especially long. Rommel mentioned there was a backup in the kitchen and apologized several times. The food was pretty good, the best thing I had was the striploin on the first evening. It was very tasty! My husband was disappointed there wasn't free lobster on the formal night, but Rommel mentioned that is only on 7 night cruises. Pools: We spent a good deal of time a the pool on this cruise. We didn't get off the ship at all on the day at Nassau and we also had a sea day. Both of those days was spent on the pool deck. Our daughter loved the new kid splash area, however, it was only open when they had someone from Adventure Ocean there to stand in the area and direct the kids on the slide. If there wasn't a staff member, it was closed. She's a great swimmer, so she was able to go in the other pools no problem when that area was closed. There are 4 hot tubs, and they were nice and warm and open in the evening too. There are some newer deck chairs on the pool deck that are mesh instead of the old style slatted kind, and they were more comfortable. On the sea day, we went to the pool pretty early, so had no trouble finding a spot, but we did notice people later in the day looking for chairs and not being able to find one that didn't already have someone's stuff on it. I didn't notice any staff removing people's things from chairs if they hadn't been to them in 30 minutes. Adventure Ocean: We've never had to worry about Adventure Ocean before since we've never taken a kid on a cruise before. However, we knew enough to get her signed up on the first day in case she wanted to use it later. We signed her up about 3:00 on the first day. She went back the second and third night for about an hour each time. She had a lot of fun, but she preferred going to the shows and playing in the pool and making friends there. Ship: The ship is one of the older ones, and we knew that going in so our expectations were not inflated. There were definately areas of rust and such, but nothing that I really cared about and didn't affect our vacation one iota. There was some smells in the hallway on the floor of our room sometimes that smelled of sewage, but nothing in our room itself. The seas were rockier than normal the first two evenings and it was very noticeable. Not enough to make any of us sick, but if you were first time cruiser you might have been a little worried. Staff: Everyone we met, staff wise, was very nice and accomodating and did things to make our vacation better. We had one bar server not charge us for a frozen drink for our daughter the first day. We bought some pictures after formal night and my daughter came with me to pay and mentioned she liked the nice photo book they have for sale for $20. The lady who rang us up said, "For her, no charge" and gave us the photo book for free. It was little touches like that that made the trip special. Medical: We actually had to visit the medical area on this trip. Our daughter slipped on the pool steps and banged her leg up. Not enough to have to see a doctor, but enough where she needed an ice pack. We went down to the medical facility at about 3:55. They didn't open until 4:00. Right at 4:00, someone opened the door. The facility looked nice, but we didn't see a whole lot since we just needed an ice pack. Turns out, they don't have ice packs. They gave us some plastic bags and told us to have our steward give us ice. Worked fine. However, we did notice they had free seasickness medicine in a box outside of the medical facility with a note they also provide them at guest services. Never knew that! Entertainment: The singers and dancers were very good on this cruise. Probably some of the best singers we've seen. The headliner was en Elton John impersonator and his show was really good! We went to all of the shows and really enjoyed them. Shore excursions: The only thing we did was rent the sun shade and lounger on Coco Cay. I burn easily, so it was nice to have the lounger and shade and it was on the quieter side of the island. We were the second ship to go to Coco Cay since the hurricane and the water looked gorgeous. There was some evidence of the hurricane on the island, but overall it looked great. It became windier as the day went on and the tender we took back to the ship at about 1:30 was pretty rocky, but nothing terrible. I believe they stopped the tender service early coming back from the island because it was getting so windy. Debarkation: We decided to walk off the ship with our luggage, and this is the first time we've done this. Apparently, everyone on this cruise had the same idea. The line snaked from deck four up the stairs all the way to deck 6, I think. Once the line started moving, it went pretty fast and we were off the ship and through customs within 20 minutes of when we got in line. Overall: We had a great time and would sail this ship again. My first cruise 20+ years ago was on the Empress, so I knew what to expect. Our daughter loved it and can't wait to go on another cruise. I would highly reccomend this trip to anyone, as long as you know what to expect. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Embarkation We chose this cruise because it was as a good fit for our plan to get to platinum VIFP level. We were not particularly thrilled by the itinerary but we enjoy Half Moon Cay. We drove down to Titusville, Florida the day before ... Read More
Embarkation We chose this cruise because it was as a good fit for our plan to get to platinum VIFP level. We were not particularly thrilled by the itinerary but we enjoy Half Moon Cay. We drove down to Titusville, Florida the day before the cruise and spent the night at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Titusville. It was a wonderful hotel in a great location with free breakfast and a great staff. They also participate in the discount voucher parking program for the Port Canaveral cruise port. Basically, select hotels in the area offer a 40% off port parking voucher when you stay there pre-cruise. The details of the program were prominently displayed on the check-in counter at the hotel. The clerk gave us a voucher when we checked in and we were all set. There is not much in Titusville but we could walk to the Cracker Barrel restaurant right in front of the hotel. It was an easy drive to the places we needed to go to do some last minute cruise prep like shopping, the bank, and the nail salon. The hotel is also close to I-95 which made the 30 minute drive to the port very easy. When we arrived at the port, it was a little confusing trying to follow the signs, which were seriously lacking, but we eventually made it to the right area. There is a line for drop-off and then you circle around to get in the parking lanes adjacent to the drop-off lane. We got in one of the lanes that accepted cash because the hotel clerk said those lanes are the ones with an attendant that can apply the voucher. Embarkation was quick and easy with no long lines at around 1:30 pm. Ship The updates on the Valor are very well done. I was impressed. If you are the patriotic type, you will love the décor on this ship. From the abstract flag motif on the tables and floors to the eagle statues throughout the ship and the stunning eagle light fixture hanging in front of the dining room, everything tied together very well. They managed to add the 2.0 upgrades without making the ship feel more crowded. The Red Frog Rum bar and Blue Iguana Cantina bar are well placed on the Lido deck so the already small pool area doesn’t feel even more crowded. I will say that on certain days, these two bars were so crowded on the Lido that you couldn’t even see the bartenders. When it was like that, we found a server walking around the deck or ordered from one of the bars on the lower decks on the ship. We sailed on the Valor before her upgrades. She is now on the list of ships that we will definitely sail on again because the upgrades are so well thought out and well done. Food We spent most of our time eating at Guys, the deli, and the Pizza Pirate on this cruise. The Lido buffet was good for breakfast but the selections for lunch and dinner were almost the same just about every day. They also couldn’t seem to offer a protein that was not breaded, cooked in some kind of sauce, or smothered with vegetables and/or cheese. One guest was so agitated one night that he couldn’t find any protein that did not have any cheese on it, he complained to the cook and asked for something else. Apparently, he has a dairy allergy but still wanted a protein option other than the prime rib at the carving station. I felt his pain. Every night we ate in the buffet, my plate looked the same – a spoon of plain white rice, a salad on the side, and whatever meat was at the carving station. I honestly could not tell what the other protein options were without reading the signs because they were covered in so much other stuff. We did not care for the American Table menu options so only ate dinner in the dining room on our night in Nassau. We also ate in the dining room for the sea day brunch on the first sea day. The dining room was unusually crowded that day and service was slow for brunch. The huevos rancheros I ordered was very good. My husband enjoyed his omelet and pancakes. Despite the food taking forever to arrive, our servers were very attentive. In the dining room on our night in Nassau, service was slow and the wait staff wasn’t particularly attentive. But, we have come to expect that with My Time Dining. I had the short ribs and my husband ordered the Chicken Milanese. The food was well prepared but a little under-seasoned. I am not sure when they started serving all the sides in separate dishes. I just dumped mine on the plate since I like to mix my food together when I eat. I ordered the buttered popcorn pot de crème for dessert and was pleasantly surprised. It was excellent. Activities The Fun Times have been shortened to the size of a tri-fold brochure. Most days, there was nothing of interest. On this particular class ship, we’ve learned to plan a trip to the pool at off peak times – port days and evenings. We enjoyed the pool on embarkation day after the muster drill. With the wind and choppy seas though, swimming in the pool was like swimming in the ocean. The pool water was moving like the ship. It was also quite windy so it felt really cold really quickly. We enjoyed movies on the top deck just about every night despite the wind. It was so windy one night, they actually turned the close caption on for the movie. On the night of the first sea day, we enjoyed 70s trivia and caught the end of the production show, Nightclub Express. We also visited the library for the first time ever on a cruise and played Monopoly for about two hours. There were two comedians on the ship. We went to see Mike Speenburg again even though we have seen him on the Fascination. He recycled some jokes and wasn’t particularly funny but it’s something to do. They have several really good bands on board. We enjoyed the Latin band in the atrium. The band that played in the casino was also very good but we were not about to subject ourselves to second-hand smoke to listen to them play. We enjoyed them from a distance. On our evening in Half Moon Cay, we went to karaoke in the Eagles Lounge after watching the dive-in movie. We are not mini golfers but did play a few rounds and hung around on the basketball court as well. Ports Our original itinerary was Half Moon Cay, Nassau and Freeport. Because of Hurricane Matthew, Freeport was cancelled and replaced with a sea day after an overnight in Nassau. We went to the beach in Half Moon Cay. Our son spotted a water play structure from the tender boat so that is where we set up for the 3 hours we were there. It was cloudy when we got there and it did rain eventually. It only lasted for a few minutes and we enjoyed cooler, slightly cloudy weather for the rest of the day. We have not been to Half Moon Cay since the Glory in 2014. It appears they’ve build a structure for people to navigate through to get back on the ship. The lines were ridiculously long. Two tender boats for almost 3,000 people. Granted, everyone did not get off the ship but most people did. It took more than 30 minutes for us to get on the tender boat. When we finally got back on board, I was glad we were on deck 2 and an easy walk up the stairs. No more wasted time waiting for the overcrowded elevators. We ate pizza and Guys for lunch and went back to our cabin to relax. Our plan for Nassau was to stay on the ship. Having to spend the night there did not change that. We woke up at our leisure and took our time eating breakfast. We stayed on the top deck for a few hours to watch the Carnival Pride and Elation dock and watch the Norwegian Sky crew do their practice drills. While my husband and son stayed in the cabin, I got off the ship to find some wifi since I had a school assignment to complete. I found some free wifi on Charlotte Street outside the Starbucks and Hard Rock Café. It is suspect because it asks you to log in with your Google, Facebook, or email account. Ummm, no. It says it’s provided by the Ministry of Tourism. Then why is it so invasive? I asked a lady in the Starbucks how the wifi works and she says to just access the log in page a few times and ignore their prompts to log in with your personal information and it will eventually let you in. It worked. Unfortunately, it was ridiculously slow. It drained my fully charged phone battery in the hour it took me to access the wifi, watch a 2 minute video, write a 3 paragraph feedback summary, and submit it. That morning, the cruise director delivered a safety notice over the intercom because of an “increase in crime against tourists”. So, I figured it would be best not to take my laptop off the ship. I am not sure that would have been any faster any way. I got off the ship because I thought the video would stream faster on wifi versus the satellite internet on the ship. It wasn't. Service Service on the ship was mostly great. Our steward, Iwayan, was sweet, friendly, and attentive. There seems to be a lack of workers on the Lido deck though. The Pizza Pirate is run with one worker. I remember when there were 2 or 3 people working in the pizza area. I remember when the pizza was ready when you walked up. The lines were ridiculously long most of the time. The table-side drink service that we have received on some previous cruises was also non-existent. We ate dinner in the buffet on the last night. There was one lone person bussing the tables on our side. This meant most of the tables took a while to be cleared so people could sit down. Fewer drink servers were walking around the Lido deck, which meant you had to walk up to the often crowded bar to order a drink. There were exactly 2 servers in the crowded comedy club. We didn’t even bother ordering a drink. While everyone on the ship was friendly, the lack of workers also has an impact on service. The bartenders at the Red Frog and Blue Iguana were handing out popcorn for the movie. This meant long lines for movies and drinks. Disembarkation Disembarkation was surprisingly smooth. After packing up the rest of our belongings, we went up to the buffet to eat breakfast and were actually able to get a seat. We were off the ship and on the road by 10 am. Overall, this was another average cruise. Carnival just doesn’t seem to be putting as effort into the passenger experience as they used to. We’ve cruised enough where we find ways to entertain ourselves without relying on the ship’s staff. We also are now more focused on the real purpose of our vacations which is to relax, recharge, and spend time with each other, not to see and do everything. The Valor is a perfectly fine ship and the staff did a wonderful job despite the minimal staffing. I try to review the ships on their own merits and not based on the corporate decisions that they are forced to follow. Each cruise we take where these cutbacks are apparent just solidifies our belief that we will need to take a break from cruising Carnival until they come to their senses and put the focus back on the passenger experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2016
My husband had never cruised before so I wanted a shorter cruise. We live close to Port Canaveral, so it was convenient for travel. We had a balcony cabin on the Lido deck. It was a great location. We never heard noise from the pool. ... Read More
My husband had never cruised before so I wanted a shorter cruise. We live close to Port Canaveral, so it was convenient for travel. We had a balcony cabin on the Lido deck. It was a great location. We never heard noise from the pool. We could walk straight out to the pools, bars and Lido buffet. The room was dated, but clean. We did not take our kids. We hung out in the Serenity area, which was really nice and much bigger than the one on the Carnival Sensation. We got the drink package, which worked out great. The bartenders were really polite and helpful. Our favorite bar was in the casino, and Allejandro was our favorite server. The food was good, but I would not say it was great. I think we both enjoyed the Brunch at Sea the most because the food was freshly prepared as compared to the dinner time meal where it all comes out en-mass. The staff at dinner was superb. We enjoyed them and like the dancing and shows. We spent time in the casino and watched a comedy show. It was fun. We spent only an hour or so in Nassau. It was just not fun to walk through the crowds of people trying to sell things. That is the only issue I have. I would like to go again, but almost all the ships go to Nassau, and I would like to try something different. We will have to drive farther south for that and get on a boat in Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Having sailed on NCL multiple times, as well as Carnival and several other lines which are no more, I decided to give RCI a try...and had a lovely time. EMBARKATION: Quick and swift. I rented a car having flown into Sanford, (which is ... Read More
Having sailed on NCL multiple times, as well as Carnival and several other lines which are no more, I decided to give RCI a try...and had a lovely time. EMBARKATION: Quick and swift. I rented a car having flown into Sanford, (which is much easier than MCO), and parked at a lot just a mile from the port at a cost of $47. A free shuttle to and from the ship was provided. Once at port, checked in and was on the ship in 15 minutes. SHIP: I read several reviews commenting on how the ship is dated and worn. It is, but I found it to be clean and well maintained. This ship has been sailing since 1992, so a bit of wear and tear is to be expected. I sailed on NCL Getaway its inaugural year and found it to be banged up in places. When you are catering to 4,000 passengers a week, there is bound to be a few dinks. I prefer a smaller ship having sailed mega ships which always seem very crowded. Despite there being 2,600 passengers on board for the September 19 sailing, the ship never seemed crowded at all. Smoking is allowed in the casino and other designated areas, which made being in the casino difficult and on deck by the pool. Ugh. SERVICE: Excellent. All crew were smiles and happy to see you. Great service. FOOD: I did not eat in the MDR, preferring the buffet each meal, which was fine. Food was good to excellent with a nice variety and terrific service. CABIN: I booked a F2 obstructed view cabin on deck 7. The cabins are TINY. For one person, perfect...for two...OK. ..more than that...well, it would be a tight, tight, tight fit. But travelling solo, it was fine. Bed was very comfortable, the ship quiet and the steward was great. PORTS: I am not a beach person, but Coco Cay was beautiful. I have been to Nassau several times and vowed this time to not get off the ship, but ventured out for an hour. ENTERTAINMENT: This is where this cruise missed the mark. The entertainment was very mediocre. I realize the company isn't going to invest in entertainment for a short cruise as they do for longer cruises. The bingo host was down right hostile. What I appreciated most about RCI is there wasn't the prevalent nickle and dime attitude like NCL, and no hard sells. NCL sells HARD on board and almost everything is an added cost. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Family and friends were booked on this cruise. We had dining at 6 pm in Southern Lights. Our servers Dee Dee, Jose and Ikadek were outstanding. If for some reason we were unable to make dinner (which was only a couple of nights) they ... Read More
Family and friends were booked on this cruise. We had dining at 6 pm in Southern Lights. Our servers Dee Dee, Jose and Ikadek were outstanding. If for some reason we were unable to make dinner (which was only a couple of nights) they would always remember and be sure to let us know. They always called us by our first names (we asked them to) always wanted to make sure our food was prepared to our liking. There smiles were definitely contagious and I loved the bond they had with my grandchildren. Both of my grandchildren made sure, on our last night, they had their photos taken with them. If any future cruisers are blessed to have them as your wait staff you will be pleasantly pleased! We also ate in the Italian Restaurant one evening and Victoria was our head waiter and she was an absolute doll! One of the children loves Alfredo sauce and asked if he would prefer to have the Chef make him Chicken Alfredo and we could not have been more happy. Our Room Steward was Kevin on the 8th floor and he did an excellent job as well; however, we did not have the time to interact with him very often, he was very busy but he did take excellent care of our cabin. Now for entertainment our Cruise Director Dr. Reverend E was the absolute best we have ever had. If you have the chance to cruise with him you will not be sorry! Thank you Carnival Magic for assisting in making our family and friends have some wonderful memories and looking forward to future cruises with you! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2016
Just got home after spending 3 nights onboard the Disney Dream. Our group of 13 had an infant, children, teenagers, parents, grandparents and married couple without children. Our first Disney cruise was mostly positive. The value for money ... Read More
Just got home after spending 3 nights onboard the Disney Dream. Our group of 13 had an infant, children, teenagers, parents, grandparents and married couple without children. Our first Disney cruise was mostly positive. The value for money is good and the variety of activities was excellent for our mixed group. The ship is well laid out, and comfortable once you are at any area. Our staterooms were excellent, well appointed and were cleaned twice each day. We had 2 connected rooms, accessible room and a double room, all family rooms with balconies on the 8th deck. The entertainment was excellent although more children centric, but if that is not your thing, this is not cruise line for you, so bring your child, inner child or stay out. The seating in the theater has some restricted views in some seats, something that we had to live with from the accessible seats on the 3rd deck level, but after experimentation we found the fourth level to have a better view. We had to be at the theater 30 minutes early as only couple of seats are accessible. The staff while courteous, are not trained to offer help to people with disabilities. The bigger offenses came from other guest who will run over you every step of the way, specially when you are getting on the elevator, getting on or off the ship or at anyplace that is crowded. Some people were kind enough to offer you help, while many others jumped in front of you as you slowly make your way leaving you at the back of the growing line. Based on our experience, I believe Disney should offer priority help to people with disabilities, not because they should not wait in line, but because other people are jumping the line. Overall I would say that we all had a wonderful time, and other than some minor difficulties in getting the Grandparents through frantic people From all ages, cultures and manor levels. We did a private tour of Nassau because we couldn't establish if the tours were suitable for people with disabilities, we were glad we did, as our guide gave us an excellent historic and scenic tour of the island with total controll for when and where to go. The only other complaint was with the seating at the resturant, we did not like our table the first two nights in the corner of the resturant and next to the serving station one night and in a separate room the second. We complained both nights and the head server insisted that this was, "what was reserved for us" he wouldn't understand that, it was done deal the first night but it was up to him to give us a better table the next night, then the whole thing repeated the second night, and he kept saying "this is what you reserved" and he could not understand that we did not pick tables and it is ok to have a bad table the first night but not every night, he finally understood and we had a reasonable table for the last night. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
I don't like that I rated this cruise Average. I have never done this before. I always say it's not the cruise, it's the person and their willingness to let the small stuff go and have a good time. We did have a good time ... Read More
I don't like that I rated this cruise Average. I have never done this before. I always say it's not the cruise, it's the person and their willingness to let the small stuff go and have a good time. We did have a good time and will probably sail Carnival again BUT... We are not new to cruising. I have been on 12 cruises and my husband has been on 9. Most of our cruises have been on Carnival but we have been on Princess, NCL and Royal Caribbean. Good: Check in was a total breeze. Probably the fastest ever. In total, it took about 10-15 from check in to boarding the ship. We arrived at around 10:45am. Possibly right place, right time? We tried Anytime Dining for the first time. It worked out really well because we were sailing with some friends but will probably go back to assigned dining. Just a personal preference. The service was always very good. Carnival does a great job there. Our cabin steward, Jonathan was wonderful. Jim Gaffigan was AWESOME!! He is pretty much the reason why we booked this cruise. The illusionist was also good. We didn't make it to any other shows but heard they were decent. Not so Good but not Terrible: Things have definitely changed since we last sailed with Carnival in 2014. Although the food was quite good, the quality wasn't the same. Also the ship seemed to be in need of an update. Our cabin (balcony 8241) was worn especially the bathroom. The sink had many cracks. The floor felt as if was going to cave in and it had lots of cracks. The toilet just kept running and running. We called about it and they fixed it but it came right back. The carpet and curtains in the cabin were also worn. We also noticed that the lamps beside the bed were dented and rusty. We were disappointed that the Welcome Back party is now reserved for Platinum and Diamond passengers. We got drink tickets that could only be used on the last night after 5:00pm. We forgot about these as we got them on the first day. I feel like Carnival does this on purpose so people forget. The biggest disappointment was the cabana we booked in Half Moon Cay. We booked it 2 years ago and loved it. We were lucky enough to get the same one (Cabana 10). It was filthy dirty when we got there. The fridge had half eaten, rotten food in it from the previous cruise. With the booking, you get a fruit platter, chips & salsa, non alcoholic drinks of your choice and a veggie platter. There were ants crawling under the plastic wrap of the fruit plate. Gag and gross! Carnival did give us a partial refund but it was still a disappointment. We can certainly overlook certain things and we pretty much did. It's vacation after all! Overall, a good cruise. We will sail with Carnival again but we will probably shop around with other lines first. Happy Cruising!! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
My parents live near Port Canaveral so when I was planning a visit we jumped at this cruise which was very reasonable. Getting onboard was simple and quick. We went up to Windjammer to grab lunch while we waited for our room to become ... Read More
My parents live near Port Canaveral so when I was planning a visit we jumped at this cruise which was very reasonable. Getting onboard was simple and quick. We went up to Windjammer to grab lunch while we waited for our room to become available. This was my first disappointment. We have cruised several times with RCCL and the food at Windjammer was always very good. Not so this time...the food was not good this time. But, the food in the MDR more than made up for it...the quality of the main dining was by far the best of any cruise we have ever taken. Our waiter (Julius) and his assistant (Sophia) were fantastic! I read many reviews that talked about the poor room quality and smell. I'll admit, the room was small...but it was adequate. And while the toilet in the bathroom didn't flush exceptionally well, there was no smell. Jason did a great job keeping our room in order. We really enjoyed the entertainment on the ship. We attended all of the evening shows and some of the afternoon activities (Chubby Bunny and the belly flop competitions were our favorites). The cruise director (Mark) and his staff were great. We have been to Nassau several times so we didn't participate in any excursions. Be prepared to be harassed the moment you step off the ship. I vow every time that I will never get off in Nassau again....change my mind....and then regret it the second the first local approaches me. Overall, for the price and the short duration, this is a very enticing cruise. But for anyone with cruising experience the small shop could be a disappointment. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We needed a cruise to tide over our anticipation for our next fall cruise. Noting that the Majesty had recently been upgraded, we opted to go. Embarkation was quick and painless. didn't oversell the embarkation photo. For an ... Read More
We needed a cruise to tide over our anticipation for our next fall cruise. Noting that the Majesty had recently been upgraded, we opted to go. Embarkation was quick and painless. didn't oversell the embarkation photo. For an older and smaller ship, this was a nice ship We ate in MDR every night. Being a traditionalist, I had a hard time seeing people at supper in shorts and flip flops. Why encourage a dress code if you aren't going to enforce it. I found the food above average and our staff, Francis and Amalita were excellent. I would give Francis an extra shout out as he went above and beyond The buffet on Windjammer was adequate. I'm not that picky and was always able to find something tasty. Our room was small and mattress inadequate but I expected nothing less. We had a basic outside cabin (#4000). Our room steward was adequate and friendly. In Nassau, since Ive been there many many times, a quick trip to the Straw market and a stop for some conch fitters was enough. I like to walk in the early morning and was disappointed at the trash all over the deck. Once while laying by the pool, there was a squished ketchup packet that sat there for a long while until I "suggested" to a staff member to pick it up. Even then, he left a puddle of ketchup which ended up on a passenger's bare foot. The shows were good, Comedian hilarious and even the juggler was entertaining Coco Cay was nice, the buffet also above average. I snorkeled and chilled on a lounge under a palm. Not a big fan of tendering but it was what it was Not the cruise line's fault but it irked me to see people smoking on non-smoking sides of the ship. We carried off on debarkation and it was easiest ever. Not sure I would do that on a 7 day cruise. Overall, while not the Allure or the Oasis in size and granduer, the Majest was worth going on. I heard people pick it to death but for a 4 night getaway it was great. Sometimes you just need to try and enjoy yourself Read Less

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