1. Home
  2. Cruise Destinations
  3. Bahamas Cruises
  4. Bahamas Cruise Reviews

254 Orlando (Port Canaveral) to Bahamas Cruise Reviews

This was our 3rd cruise on disney (15th cruise overall) and 2nd on the Dream. We just love the ship! The adult area is really enforced but there is a family area on the deck just above the adult pool so if you are with children you do ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise on disney (15th cruise overall) and 2nd on the Dream. We just love the ship! The adult area is really enforced but there is a family area on the deck just above the adult pool so if you are with children you do have access to the nice, warm adult pool with swim up bar. the food is excellent and the pirate night party is a blast! People do dress for pirate night in costumes, but there are loads of people who dont!. We had late seating, with an infant, and it went beautifully. Animator's palate is always a really great experience! all in all, i highly recommend cruisng with disney, their attention to service, detail and children can't be beat! The service on board is impeccable, anything you desire you can pretty much get when it comes to food and drink! My hubby won the grand prize at bingo! his first time playing! Disney entertainment is among the best we have seen! Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
My partner and I went on this cruise due to a promotional offer. We simply didn't know what to expect since it was a non-major brand cruise line. The hotel included in the package was dreary and dingy. We had a ticket to dine at ... Read More
My partner and I went on this cruise due to a promotional offer. We simply didn't know what to expect since it was a non-major brand cruise line. The hotel included in the package was dreary and dingy. We had a ticket to dine at the buffet, however we got food poisoning. We complained to the customer service desk, they didn't care. The embarkation wasn't very fast. Once on the ship, you had to navigate through the dining area since it was clogged and not moving. The food was ridiculously bad. Overcooked pasta, bland sauce, iceberg lettuce salad, and sickly sweet tea. It took us 40min just to get our food, and 10min just to find an empty seat. We tried to mingle with others, but everyone seemed frustrated and tried to make the best of the situation. The room we originally had was an interior room, however thinking we'd really benefit from an oceanview, we really weren't. There were no US power outlets and we had to get adapters from the help desk. The oceanview window wasn't even a great view, and the small sized window let in just a bit of light. The edges of the window were rusted and the walls had a sloppy paint job. Bedding couldn't be moved from twins to a full size, strangely. We didn't enjoy the room at all, and yearned to get out of it. Decor of the ship's public rooms were very strange, much like taste out of the late '80's. Floral murals, anyone? The outdoor pool deck left so much to be desired. There were fishtank-like pools and puny spa areas, and there was no way to just dip one's feet in the (not so clean) water. The carpet flooring was soiled all over the place, and I was afraid walking around on it with bare feet. Literally every 30min, the captain or whoever got on the speaker to solicit the passengers in going to the casino. We thought we'd get some peace and quiet in our stateroom, but nope, it was like the volume of a siren. Port of Bahamas had stormy weather. We didn't even bother getting into a cab to go to the water or one of the many tourist traps. We did however find some staff that were very nice. There were just a few of them, the rest were either rude or bad apples. The crew as a whole is not happy on this ship. Our server was very loyal and nice to us once we presented him with a nice tip. Even then, the service was just slow. It took 1hr 30min to get from app's to desserts. The food wasn't quite up to par...it was either bland, dry, or cold. We're not even keen of salty food, but for them to under-season so much was a surprise. The entertainment was hit-or-miss. There were some duds, however there were also some special gems that wowed us. It all depended on who was performing and on which night (it also depends on your taste!). The gym was VERY nice, however was a bit small. The spa staff at the entrance to the gym were rude and just talked smack about the passengers the whole time. All in all, you'd probably like this vacation if you were buzzed/drunk the whole time. This whole cruise, aside from transportation to the marina and the room upgrade, was entirely free. It's free for a reason! Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We were on Carnival Sensation in March 2013. We were a group of 8. Port Canaveral was wonderful. WE were on the ship in 2 shakes of a lambs tail. Found the ship to be OLD!!! It was a 3 day cruise. We will never do a 3 day again. By the ... Read More
We were on Carnival Sensation in March 2013. We were a group of 8. Port Canaveral was wonderful. WE were on the ship in 2 shakes of a lambs tail. Found the ship to be OLD!!! It was a 3 day cruise. We will never do a 3 day again. By the time you unpack, it's time to pack again. Way too short. This ship was a total party cruise, drinking, no souvenir glasses for refills, food was good. Debarkation was easy and fast. NOW...the fun.... We took another cruise on this ship in September. My husband made Platinum on this cruise, I made platinum on the cruise we just came home from (Dec. 9th, Victory). This was the reason we booked this cruise for September, so I would be Platinum on my next cruise. Booked last minute. On our September sailing.... We arrived at our room, we unpacked, Our cabin was not clean..It was run down, the bathroom door stuck a lot and was rusted, I got stuck inside, but the kicker was the tiny little bugs on the bathroom walls!!!!! We called the front desk, they sent someone to clean it. I was not satisfied as I checked other passengers cabins and they had them too!!!! SO.,they moved us to another cabin (down-grade), and we were not happy. Gave us $40.00 off our first day! BIG DEAL!!! Food was still good, service not so good. Plus our friends who came with us had the same issue with the bugs plus another issue with an officer. Wish I never went on this cruise!!!! This ship should be retired, scrap metal, anything but sailing with passengers! Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
First off, if you don't love Disney, then this probably will be a little too much wholesome fun for you. However, being Disney lovers who also wanted a couple friendly/romantic type of vacation, we wondered when we decided to spend ... Read More
First off, if you don't love Disney, then this probably will be a little too much wholesome fun for you. However, being Disney lovers who also wanted a couple friendly/romantic type of vacation, we wondered when we decided to spend our anniversary on if we really could have the best of both worlds. Let me just say that DCL delivers! Dining We chose the second seating for dinner and hardly even noticed other kids around, but then, that could've been because we were seated with another great couple and had almost nonstop conversation the whole time. On our second night, we ate at Palo, which was a very reasonable surcharge of $20 per person. Our waiter was amazing and provided both excellent service and fun personal interaction. He was very knowledgeable about the food, which was phenomenal. That said, with three dining rooms that are included in the regular rotation, the need for paying extra for variety in dining just isn't there. We only ate a late breakfast at the buffet, which we loved (I'm a smoked salmon addict, and they had THREE KINDS of it!) and a bit of a snack at the poolside counter service spots in the late afternoon. The food on Castaway Cay was great for lunch, especially all of the fresh fruit that they offered. Also, another plus for us on this cruise was that soda was included in the price. I have seen beverage packages on other cruise lines that cost around $17/person per night. While DCL is certainly pricier than many other cruise lines, just taking into account and extra $34 per day you'd pay elsewhere for equivalent beverage packages, the value of free non-alcoholic beverages adds up a lot on longer cruises. Stateroom Our stateroom was roomy with lots of storage for our belongings. We had a family room with a verandah that was also handicap accessible, making it lacking in the standard tub, but also having more square footage than a standard room. Bed was comfortable, LOVED the Disney Spa toiletries! If they weren't so darned expensive to buy from Disney, I would be shelling out for that at home. Of course, the hidden Mickeys in the room were not so hidden for the most part, but we just loved how the room had a classy, elegant feel, yet had the whimsy of the Mickeys tastefully sprinkled here and there. Service Bar service was always excellent for us, with little wait to get our drinks. The housekeeping was excellent and always provided cute towel animals with each turn down service. Our servers/waiters were solid for dinner. They were personable and were familiar with the dishes. At both the regular dining rooms and Palo, we received a special treat for our anniversary, which was a lovely extra. Sometimes the dining room waitstaff were a bit slow, but that would be my only critique. Embarkation involved a long-ish line that moved fairly quickly, and debarkation was an absolute breeze! Get up, eat breakfast, and go! We opted to keep our luggage, as it was just the two of us and we didn't have but a suitcase on wheels each to maneuver. Ship Activities/facilities/entertainment The nightly shows and deck parties that we attended were truly magical. The talent level was up to Disney standard. We laughed. I cried, and we both enjoyed all three nights at the shows. We were glad that there were plenty of places for a couple in their 30's, such as us, to get away from the crazy family crowds and enjoy some quieter, more romantic times. The adults only pool was shallow and not super roomy, but having the bar there and a place to dip my feet without worries of getting splashed by a 10 year old perfecting his cannonball was really nice. We spent some time in the bar that is on the top deck, forward. Standing up there with the wind blowing in my hair and a drink in my hand after dinner at night was certainly enjoyable. Speaking of drinks, the Mr. bought a DCL beer mug and got discounts on draft beer plus a souvenir to take home, which was a great value. We also bought a wine package to have three bottles during our cruise from the standard selections, which we drank with dinner. This was, in my opinion, also a great deal, as we enjoy having wine with meals and aren't too fussy about which kind goes with what foods. Castaway Cay's serenity bay was a wonderful beach escape for adults only. After the stingray experience, we relaxed and enjoyed the quiet peace and the beautiful views. The only thing missing from this ship was nightlife. It just wasn't there, which is not surprising. Not only that, but a late night game similar to the newlywed game was still so wholesome it ventured into cheesy territory. Come on, it's a bar. We're all over 21. You don't have to use phrases like "the magic happen" (air quotes included) for euphemisms. I know it's Disney, but sheesh! All in all, if you're a couple and you love Disney, this ship can be a real Dream!   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Know my biases up front: -not a fan of crowds -Fan of Wind Jammer (3 times) -Enjoyed 7 day on Disney Magic Good: -Cabins, Deluxe family with verandah -kids activities -Castaway Cay -friendliness of crew -embarkation process was ... Read More
Know my biases up front: -not a fan of crowds -Fan of Wind Jammer (3 times) -Enjoyed 7 day on Disney Magic Good: -Cabins, Deluxe family with verandah -kids activities -Castaway Cay -friendliness of crew -embarkation process was improved over last Disney Cruise Bad: -crowded, almost everywhere, almost always -food, not bad, but ranks at bottom of the 5 cruises we've done, fish was consistently overcooked, and everything at Animator's Palate was on the cold side. -no dinner dress code, shorts and tank tops welcomed in main dining -smoking, to get away from the crowds, we'd retreat to our cabin's verandah, but we were often greeted with smoke from other guests. Nassau: -Is a busy Capital city, but traffic really picks up after school let's out around 3. -Cheryl's Taxi & Tour is great. Craig is a friendly and proud Bahamian, who's proud of his country and makes for a great guide.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
This was my 11th cruise. I took my grandson for his 5th birthday. I have sailed with Princess, NCL, RCCL, Carnival and the defunct Premier cruise line. I expected much more from this cruise. It was Disney!! The food was average at best. ... Read More
This was my 11th cruise. I took my grandson for his 5th birthday. I have sailed with Princess, NCL, RCCL, Carnival and the defunct Premier cruise line. I expected much more from this cruise. It was Disney!! The food was average at best. The dining room service was upsetting. The first night I asked to change tables. The party sitting with us was obnoxious. I stated my concerns to our waiter and he ignored me. By the last night I didn't even go to the dining room. The children's activities were exceptional except for the character meet n greet. There were times you stood in a long line only to have the character leave before you seen them.The pool areas were very crowded, not enough chairs. The entertainment was everything I expected, amazing shows! I was also impressed with the transportation to and from the airport. In summary: Less than impressive service, less than impressive food, great shows, well run kids program, lack of chairs by the pools, overcrowded, nice cabin. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise and 2nd cruise for our family. Although the 6 of us have travelled extensively (all 50 states and international), we are new to cruising. Our only other experience was a Norwegian Cruise last year ... Read More
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise and 2nd cruise for our family. Although the 6 of us have travelled extensively (all 50 states and international), we are new to cruising. Our only other experience was a Norwegian Cruise last year to Alaska – which was great. As a comparison, domestically I tend to stay in 3-4 star places, internationally 4-5 star hotels. Embarkation from Port Canaveral was easy and painless. Much easier than Seattle. Just drive in and either park or drop luggage then park. The service was perfect. Then the typically security and boarding. Nothing to improve. It was very smooth. Public Rooms were great – others commented on a “worn” look to the Enchantment, but we didn’t notice that at all. Everything was well designed. The couch/lounge chairs in the theater was an interesting approach vice the NCL Jewel’s more theater-like seating. The cabin was the only area showing some wear, but it was still very nice. The bathroom was much tighter than our NCL mini-suite. But the rest of the room had plenty of space for 5 of us to gather to await the final family member to be ready – there is always one! The Fitness center was a bit tight, but I did like the wrap around view. The only real disappointment there was that it only had a drinking fountain and no cups. You either had to walk to a bar for a glass of water, or pay for a bottle. Disappointing. The running track was usable – if you were willing to get up early or dodge the sun bathers. It was nice that it was an even ¼ mile! Rates for the Holiday were more than double normal, but when your wife is a teacher you only get vacation during high periods. Dinning was a totally mixed affair. The Main Dining Room food was excellent in 90% of cases. Great steaks, wonderful fish, great salads. Then they’d bring 4 mini-shrimp and call it a cocktail. But overall, the food was outstanding. The only real issue was the mass seating. On our NCL, with anytime dinning, we’d just show up, wait 0-10 minutes, get seated, order, and eat. On the Enchantment, we’d be seated and although our servers were great and took our orders promptly, we’d wait at least 30-45 minutes for appetizers. So it was very slow. 90-120 minutes a day for dinner. The Windjammer (buffet) was satisfactory, but nowhere near the quality of the NCL buffet. I’d rate this as notably better than I’d expect at a “mall” buffet place (but cannot speak from experience), but just good food – not great. Blasé fare. Just wish the MDR had been open for breakfast and lunch every day. We didn’t make much use of the entertainment – too short a cruise with so many other options. The Comedian was great (and a nice guy – thanks Max for the chat on the tender waiting for the waves to subside). The “last summer” run movies were nice too. Didn’t see any other shows except the welcome (which helped convince us to not prioritize anyone but the comedian). We took one shore excursion to snorkel and they did their job for the money. Nothing more. But I credit them for working on New Year’s Day. Coco Cay likely would have been fun, but we had an unexpected squall hit after we were on the island. The afternoon was spent on the tender while the crew very carefully and safely unloaded us all. The New Year’s festivities were very nice – too windy for a poolside party unfortunately, but a great party in the Centrum with free champagne at midnight (or better champagne for a charge). The trip was well worth it and we had a great time. Not too many little ones – guess those families paid double for the Disney Cruise running the same itinerary or maybe Carnival on a similar itinerary as well. Thanks, Enchantment staff, for a great holiday to remember. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
This was our very first cruise ever. We didn't do a lot of research before other than word of mouth from friends and family. We had a terrible first impression as we got into port as The Disney Dream and Carnival Ecstasy were also ... Read More
This was our very first cruise ever. We didn't do a lot of research before other than word of mouth from friends and family. We had a terrible first impression as we got into port as The Disney Dream and Carnival Ecstasy were also there and in comparison the Sensation was the smallest and looked the oldest. Once we got on the ship we went to the Lido deck for lunch - it was buffet style chicken strips and hot dogs. The waiters came by each table 100 times each trying to get us to buy overpriced watered down drinks - it was almost harassing. We chose anytime dining which was great because we never had to wait, but the food was less than appealing. There really needed to be more dining options. Also for us the Showtime at dinner each night was just annoying - it tied up the wait staff and delayed our dining. The first night was so rocky you couldn't stand up without falling sideways so we stayed in our room. Our room was E144. We learned the hard way this room was right under the kitchen as all we heard EVERY NIGHT ALL NIGHT was slamming and banging from above. We had a window but it was so dirty you could barely see. In Nassau we noticed the Norwegian Epic and Disney Dream were both being cleaned - including windows - this was not happening on the Sensation. Nassau was great except a lot of the citizens there were basically panhandlers and harassing. The best part of the island was Señor Frogs. It was a nice short getaway for our first cruise, but we will be cruising with Royal Caribbean and Norwegian from now on which was sentiment from a lot of people we talked to on our cruise that cruised all the time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Sail date: Dec. 23, 2013 Cabin 8126, Junior Suite Good: Our cabin – so quiet and spacious. Great storage Leroy - stateroom attendant – really worked hard to fix problems he did not create. WOW attitude! Erhan and Naceur – our ... Read More
Sail date: Dec. 23, 2013 Cabin 8126, Junior Suite Good: Our cabin – so quiet and spacious. Great storage Leroy - stateroom attendant – really worked hard to fix problems he did not create. WOW attitude! Erhan and Naceur – our waiter and assistant each night Cabanette on Coco Cay - AMAZING Food in the dining room Stage and Screen show Clips of shows we missed the night before on TV Very smooth embarkation Snorkeling on Coco Cay Wonderful holiday decorations Apology from Guest Services Bad: Gifts and Gear items not delivered Shore Excursions desk not open when we boarded When Shore Ex desk was open – only one person working it for about 45 minutes. Line did not move. Different prices quoted in email from Crown and Anchor for Cabana than what was available at Shore Ex desk No account on TV…had to go to Guest Services to see account. Had to go to Guest Services seven or eight times to resolve Gifts and Gear. Tried to change drink package to go down one level from what I purchased and was then charged for an extra drink package! Gifts and Gear assorted fruit and cheese basket to be delivered the first day turned into a basket of fruit and a plate of only brie on the second to last night. Not enough soda machines…. had to wait 10 – 12 minutes in between fill ups. That is not exactly “unlimited”. Windjammer floor wet and no one seemed to care when a guest fell due to the wet floor. Had to stand in line every night to get into the dining room. Wanted to book the next cruise on the morning of departure…no one was working the office. They just left some fliers out. Overall: We had a great time but I am not sure I would go on EOTS unless I had an amazing deal. Ready to book with Royal Caribbean – but on a different ship. This four night cruise was to see if my husband likes cruising. A year and a half ago I did a seven night cruise on Freedom of the Seas with a girlfriend. And my husband wanted to give it a try so we picked this quick, four night cruise over Christmas. We stayed at the Marriott in Cocoa Beach and had a room with a bit of an ocean view- but enough for me to see our ship come in at 6 a.m. We arrived at Port Canaveral a little before 11 a.m. and we had a short wait to get onboard. Once onboard, I went straight to the Guest Services desk to reserve a Cabana or Cabanette and to change our drink package. I originally booked two Classic Packages – all the beer, wine, soda you want so my recovering alcoholic husband could have all the NA beer he wanted. The rule at the time of booking was that each cabin member over the age of 21 had to buy the same package. All I wanted was soda, but I bought the $207.00 package to follow the rule…so $414.00 for the two of us to not have a drop of alcohol. I was very pleased to find out that the package rule changed and I called RCCL the day before my cruise to change it. They said I had to go to Guest Services. Back to the line in Guest Services….once I reached the counter they told me the guys selling the packages had to make the change. I asked about the cabana and was told I had to go to Shore Excursions…which was not open yet. I was very surprised that the Shore Excursion desk was not open as soon as they started to allow passengers onboard. I went to the beverage guys and they changed my Seapass sticker and made me sign something that said I was changing the package. I asked where my refund would show up and the guy said Guest Services would tell me that later that night. I asked for the back copy of what I signed and he said I could not have it!! I repeated to make sure I heard it right that I could not have a written copy of what I signed and that he had no idea where my refund would show up. I went off to the spa to make a hair appointment because you cannot make that type of spa appointment online. That was not a problem. I went to the Park Café but it was not open yet. We went to the Windjammer and I left my husband there to go to the Shore Excursion desk. The line was long and I was in it for 40 minutes because only one person was working the desk. Eventually, a second person showed up and had a shopping bag with a Santa hat in it for the guy working hard at the counter trying to handle the huge line. The price for the cabana was higher than was quoted to me in an email from Crown and Anchor and the two person cabana for $120.00 from the same email did not exist. I booked the $50.00 cabanette – one of the best decisions I made for this cruise. I then made a reservation for a table by a window for the dining room. My husband was very irritated that the first hour of the cruise involved me running around following directions from RCCL that were not correct and he had to eat lunch alone. Not a good start. We got into our stateroom – a junior suite 8126 and it was really nice. Our stateroom attendant came in right away and introduced himself. Leroy was a difference maker for my husband and he was so much better than the stateroom attendant I had on the Freedom. The room was very nice with lots of storage. I could not find a Room Service menu (it was in the desk drawer), but I was very pleased with the room. Over the cruise, we heard short rumbles a couple of times a day, but no noise other than that from the pool deck. We were really pleased with how quiet the room was and how attentive Leroy was. I was a little bit surprised that the fruit and cheese basket I ordered, brownies for my husband that I ordered and the chocolate strawberries that I ordered were not there. On the Freedom, all of the items ordered from Gifts and Gear were in the stateroom right from the start. The ship started to leave and it was rough once we got out of the channel. My husband had on the patch and then we added the Seabands. I wore the Seabands as well. I never had a problem on the Freedom, but I was sick to my stomach by the time we went to dinner. Our waiter was Erhan from Turkey and we enjoyed him very much. He worked like a synchronized swimmer with Naceur from Tunisia. At each meal I watched waiters with their assistants and they looked irritated with each other. These two moved quickly, with a quick smile and a joke to make sure everything was perfect. Once my husband realized that he could order something else if he did not like something, he really enjoyed the dining experience. The maître’d was moving all around and even helped to bus tables. He spoke to us several times. I never recall a maitre’d picking up dishes! We went back to our cabin to unpack and to try and deal with the motion of the ship. We skipped the shows that night. The next day at Coco Cay was worth the whole cruise. We got up early and we were the first ones at the cabanettes. This is a private beach area with two chairs, a shade thing, floating mat, two huge bottles of water in ice, a fruit plate and later on – a bar was set up. There was one attendant and she (nicely) chased off anyone who did not have a reservation. This was all for $50.00 and SO worth it. Everyone in the cabanette area was quiet – no kids. It was SO peaceful. My husband was the only one snorkeling and all the fish followed him around. He said it was a truly remarkable experience to be the only one in the water. Nassau was icky…and mainly closed since we arrived on Christmas day. We did walk over to the Queen’s Staircase. The guide at the start was very good. My husband went up and one of the vendors at the top tried to take his money from his hand and when he quickly put it back in his pocket – the woman put her hand in his pocket and followed him when he ran away from her. Creepy. Geoffrey was running trivia that same day and no one showed up for it. He was really nice and answered every question we had about the ship and then played trivia with my husband. He could have packed it up and gone on a break…but he basically entertained the two of us for an hour! Another WOW attitude! Day at Sea was nice – hubbie won me many a pen at trivia! Getting off the ship was easy – but we were disappointed that the office onboard the ship for future cruises was not open that morning. We had about four hours to kill onboard that morning and would have liked to have spoken with someone. In summation, the crew was SO much better than the crew on the Freedom. The Freedom OTS should have training given to them by the Enchantment OTS. The Guest Services, Shore Excursions and Gifts and Gear took up a lot of my time when one visit to Guest Services should have resolved everything. I am ready to cruise again!   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
A few things, you have to set at the same table at the same restaurant every night. That is if you don't want pizza or a hot dog. Chicken strips where always burnt. The bacon was always raw. You have to pay $2.24 for a can of coke. ... Read More
A few things, you have to set at the same table at the same restaurant every night. That is if you don't want pizza or a hot dog. Chicken strips where always burnt. The bacon was always raw. You have to pay $2.24 for a can of coke. You pay $16.95 for a small mixed drink, $6.00 for a beer. You can buy liquor on the boat at their store but you can not pick it up until the end of the cruise, joke..... Watch out for them charging you a $45.00 tip fee everyday on your bill. They do not bother to tell you that you have to have a picture id when you get off of the boat so that you can get back on. My husband did not have his with him and it was a pain. We were very lucky that I just so happened to have my drivers license on me. They only have two hot tubs and one was always closed. One of the main elevators was broken the whole time we were there. Be ready to do a lot of walking or wait at least 5 to 15 min for an elevator. Our cabin boy was very nice and our waiter Renoldo at the Ecstasy dinning room at 8:15 table 317 was very nice. The food was pretty good at this restaurant most of the time. The t.v. only gives you 10 channels to watch and 5 of them are about the ship, No, weather channel and there are no clocks anywhere even in your room. My daughter got married on the cruise and everything went very well with the weeding. The food was good and the photographer was great! Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
This cruise was a girl’s trip-there were 6 of us in 3 cabins. Two of us flew into Orlando on the day of departure. Here is where the problem began-we landed at 8:45AM and had pre-paid for the Carnival transfer to the port. I have taken ... Read More
This cruise was a girl’s trip-there were 6 of us in 3 cabins. Two of us flew into Orlando on the day of departure. Here is where the problem began-we landed at 8:45AM and had pre-paid for the Carnival transfer to the port. I have taken the Carnival shuttle from Orlando to Port Canaveral twice in 2013 and did not experience any problems. The lady checking us in at the desk said the bus will be arriving at 10AM. The bus finally arrived at 10:45-we had waited 2 hours in the airport by this time and were getting annoyed. My last two experiences with the Carnival shuttle I waited no longer than 20-30 min for a bus. The bus was not full at all-there were maybe 15 people on it. The ride to the port was uneventful, but when we arrived we had a very unpleasant experience. Tammy the bus driver would not let us retrieve our suitcases from the bottom of the bus. She had a really nasty attitude towards us and said the only people who are allowed to get their luggage were the crew members that were on the bus. We wanted to carryon our luggage and she would not open the door to where the luggage was stored on the bus. My friend and I are experienced cruisers and we know we can carry our own luggage on the ship if it fits through the x-ray machine. After a heated exchange, Tammy opened the door to where our luggage was stored and we crawled in under the bus to retrieve our suitcases. I’m not one to complain, but this experience was definitely not normal and we spoke to the lady who was checking us in at the platinum lounge. She said it is a huge liability to let customers crawl around the bottom of the bus and she gave us a contact number for Mears Transportation. Guest services contacted us while on the ship and basically said sorry. I was not impressed at all and I will not use a Carnival shuttle again. We got settled into our room and went to the buffet for lunch. The weather in Port Canaveral was very cold for Florida, but that is the chance you take while cruising in January. I knew this cruise was going to have a huge party atmosphere, and I was right! We were celebrating 2 birthdays in our group, and we saw a lot of bachelor/bachelorette parties around. We went to the muster drill at 3:30-we met in one of the lounges and had the life jacket demonstration, then we had to go up to where the lifeboats were-it was very long and there were a lot of drunks making noise, etc. Our room was nice-we had an aft balcony and out room steward, Eddie was great-we always had fresh ice and he gave us some extra blankets because of the cold weather (there is no heat on the ship apparently). We did Anytime Dining all 3 nights and it was hit or miss. Every night someone’s order was messed up or one person totally forgotten. We had to ask repeatedly for a bar waiter, despite a waiter walking around the dining room selling shots. We did the sea day brunch and it was pretty good. The buffet was typical Carnival fare. I thought the pizza was not as good as what they are serving on the larger Carnival ships. There were always very long lines for the poolside grill and Mongolian Wok. The day in Nassau was the only warm day of the cruise so we took advantage of an almost empty ship and laid out in the Serenity area and also up by Waterworks. The slides were closed and when we asked about this, a worker stated they are waiting for a new part so they can be fixed? The slides were open the last day, but it was way too cold to use them! I did notice a strange sight up by the waterslides and funnel-there was a large container with a generator? Inside…I found this somewhat unsettling. Can they put that somewhere else, like out of sight of paying customers?! We ended up going to Senor Frogs for a few hours and had fun dancing, drinking, and people watching. We went to the Lido deck party that night and also the nightclub and had a great time. The last day was spent trying to find a warm area to enjoy the sun despite the cold temperatures. There was no shortage of people partying near the pool! We had a lot of pictures taken, but they all looked blurry and touched up, which ruined the pictures in my opinion. I was going to buy some alcohol, but the prices were a lot higher than the NCL cruise I went on last month and even compared to when I sailed Carnival last July. We did attend an 80’s show in the main theater that was very good-I was impressed! We saw one of the adult comedy shows and I thought the lady was terrible (don’t remember her name). This cruise was exactly what I anticipated and I had a great time partying with friends and new people I met on the ship. I would never bring my young child on a wild weekend cruise like this-there would be too much explaining to do! While I prefer sailing on larger ships with more amenities, the Sensation was just perfect for a short weekend cruise. We were off the ship by 9AM on disembarkation day and took the Carnival shuttle back-Tammy was not the bus driver this time!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
There were two couples...not 1st time cruises but the 1st time together. We had so much fun. Some particulars.... We live in Orlando so drove to the port. We purchased the "Faster to the Fun" excursion....jury is still out if ... Read More
There were two couples...not 1st time cruises but the 1st time together. We had so much fun. Some particulars.... We live in Orlando so drove to the port. We purchased the "Faster to the Fun" excursion....jury is still out if it was worth it. We did get to board 1st and the cabin was clean and ready but the luggage still showed up a couple of hours later. Not a big deal but probably would say it was worth it if the luggage got there sooner. With the FTTF we did get to disembark right after the Diamond people which was nice. We got off at 8:30 and were home in Orlando by 10:00am. Just a warning....after many successful rum runner attempts....I was finally busted. They got three of them, but they didn't get it all. While my husband was upset, I explained to him that hey we tried....we didn't succeed. Flame away, this and that won't stop me from trying again. While it did start out as an attempt to save $$, it ended up being nice to enjoy having a drink in your room at your convenience. Anyway...the rooms were great! The staff was excellent and I wouldn't hesitate to sail on Carnival again and again.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
To begin....We are well traveled cruise people. Usually we go on the rather upscale small ships. This time we decided to take our grandchildren, Boy aged 9 and girl aged 7, on the Disney Dream. Quite honestly I was expecting to regret the ... Read More
To begin....We are well traveled cruise people. Usually we go on the rather upscale small ships. This time we decided to take our grandchildren, Boy aged 9 and girl aged 7, on the Disney Dream. Quite honestly I was expecting to regret the decision. To our surprise it was a fantastic experience. During to planning of this trip practically everyone's advice was to expect it to be great. We were not disappointed . We got two staterooms (adjoining). One for the kids one for us. The price differential was not much compared to a family suite. I highly recommend this choice. We opted for portholes rather than a balcony. Also a good decision. Probably would not even have used it. Now for the review; The main swimming areas were wonderful for the kids. Do not expect to find any faults. It is what it is. Lots and lots of people but that is what is expected. Kids had a great time. It was like bring a beach chair to Grand Central Station if you want to watch the kids.Rather long waits for the slide and the aqua-tube. I cannot see how Disney can attempt to improve it. Adults can always hide out in the 18 and above areas. The only real complaint is that there should be more shaded areas for adults. Food was excellent and service was superb.I am comparing it to the top cruise lines. I cannot understand how anyone can complain. The children can order from the adult menu. In fact the servers even made special arrangements for the kids wishes. The wanted Caesar Salads every night even when it was not on the menu. One night we went to "Remy's" (with children. The servers took good care of the kids in the dining room without us. I highly DO NOT recommend Remy's!!! If you like French dining this was rather good but definitely NOT worth the cost. They actually overcharged for alcohol cocktails. And did not correct the bill. They though they were excessively fancy. Not better than an average french dining locale in a major city. Save your money and tip the servers well downstairs. Castaway Island was nice but crowded. Take the bikes for a ride. Visit the Dolphins. Expensive but a one time experience.and disease prevention. In summation the trip was great. Well organized a extremely concerned with good hygiene   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
With only a few days to spare, my husband booked us aboard the Enchantment of the Seas for a quick get away for spring break with our two sons, ages 10 and 15. We live in West Palm so it wasnt a big deal to get to the port. We had sailed ... Read More
With only a few days to spare, my husband booked us aboard the Enchantment of the Seas for a quick get away for spring break with our two sons, ages 10 and 15. We live in West Palm so it wasnt a big deal to get to the port. We had sailed before with Royal Caribbean and figured it was a safe bet and after returning today, we returned quite satisfied with our trip and happy that we went! Initially after reading reviews from this web site, I was a bit worried because I had seen some negative reviews but now realize that you have to take chances and decide for yourself. I think some people actively TRY to be negative and always have something to complain about no matter what! At the end of the day, we had a blast! We arrived to a boat load of spring breakers....of all ages including college aged kids. at first, we were a little hesitant about that but at the end of the day, the spring breakers behaved as well as could be expected and even added to the fun!!! they brought a lot of energy to the various parties on board and even while docked in the Bahamas! the beach volleyball with these kids was fun for my husband and 15 year old! And the dance parties by the pool were fun , fun, fun! The ship itself was perfectly fine..with.standard cruise ship decor. The staterooms were clean and comfortable. Our stateroom attendant kept it spotless and cleaned it several times a day. It was nice coming back to the room numerous times during the day to find it in tip top shape and at the end of the night, the character animals made out of towels never disappointed! Especially our 10 year old loved those! The ship itself was kept very clean and my husband and I had to remark that it was hard to believe how they kept it so clean with all these people running around all day. eating , drinking, in the pool, out of the pool, etc. they did a great job maintaining the place!The cruise ship director, Mark, was fun! The captain showed his sense of humor and we saw him several times. The food was VERY good and I'm picky. We were stuffed the whole time...taking full advantage of the ice cream machine especially!! It was hard sleeping at the end of the night, because we were so full...and having a 8:30 dinner time made it tough to digest before bed time! But I'm not complaining! We enjoyed the food in both The Windjammer restaurant and in the main dining hall. There was food continuously available and we were happy for that as my son and I slept in and had our eating schedules disrupted a bit! Later in the day, they had nachos available ( which were really good!)with burgers, hot dogs, fruits, salads etc. In the evening, we ate in the main dining hall and Our servers in The My Fair Lady dining room were awesome, Shareen and Edwardo!!! What great people with vibrant personalities and excellent service!! They never made us feel like we were imposing on them and often let us try different food that I normally wouldn't eat like the cold banana soup!!! Delicious!!!! The entire crew were fantastic! EVERYONE and I mean everyone was very friendly and helpful! These people work their butts off!!! no days off till August!!! Their mission was to make us happy and they did! What we thought was a ho hum cruise to the Bahamas ended up being a great vacation! And we travel a lot (this summer, we were in Berlin and Prague and in May, I am going to Italy for my 25th time at least!). I think my 15 year old had the best time though! The teen club which he hesitantly went to initially, was the highlight of his trip! The new found freedom he had was great for him...we let him stay as long as he wanted (the curfew for teens was 1:00am) and he made lots of friends...especially among a group of teens from Iowa who were part of a singing group performing on he ship. The dancing under the stars party on deck one night was a blast and all the teens were dancing the night away!!! That was fun to see! All in all, we had a super great time and my kids asked us if we could do it again next spring break!! We got a great price for this cruise and we definitely got our money's worth. Heck, tickets to Disney are now $100 a person, then you add food and lodgings and you are spending more! Not to mention, you're not schlepping around, hot and stressed out! My husband and I relaxed, the kids had a blast and we will definitely be cruising again, hopefully in the future!!! Don't mind the negative reviews. Some people just attract negativity and are never happy! This cruise was great and for a short get away, it was PERFECT! Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Pre Cruise Hotel  My wife and I really enjoy staying at the Radisson Resort at the Port!  Clean rooms, great front desk staff and incredible FULL breakfast!  Perfect shuttle service. Embarkation I received a robo call and an email ... Read More
Pre Cruise Hotel  My wife and I really enjoy staying at the Radisson Resort at the Port!  Clean rooms, great front desk staff and incredible FULL breakfast!  Perfect shuttle service. Embarkation I received a robo call and an email stating don't arrive to the port until 12:30 due to limited seating.  I was angry to find out that some of my friends were already enjoying their first of MANY GUY's Burgers at 11:30 a.m. while I was still waiting to leave for the port! The Ship The ship is bright and looks great. The 3 story Serenity area is the highlight of the ship, but you better get your chairs EARLY! They go fast. The ship is very family friendly. Take some time to learn your way around the ship. It can be confusing. The Food We had dinner one night in Fahrenheit 555. The manager Kruella was very mean, but Boris and other staff were incredible! The food was perfect! Order the Cheesecake! The Spa (Gym) The gym is great, but Damien the trainer was singularly focused on sales of products and services. Very rude. Playlist Production Shows Don't miss the shows, especially EPIC ROCK! Incredible energy and music! The best part of the Carnival Sunshine was Cruise Director Jamie Dee! I've met many cruise directors over the years, but no one compares to Jamie! She's full of energy, she's out and about very approachable and second to none! Imagine Monster, Rockstar, Red Bull and 5 Hour Energy all in one package; That's Jamie Dee! Conclusion I highly recommend the Carnival Sunshine for families. It's a great ship with most of the FunShip 2.0 upgrades. Oh, don't buy a milkshake at the milkshake spot. Total waste of money. Worst milkshake I've ever had. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
The problem with Disney Cruise Line is that before you book your trip, you stop and ask yourself, "Is it really worth it?" As you know you are basically paying double than other brands so you go into the cruise with high ... Read More
The problem with Disney Cruise Line is that before you book your trip, you stop and ask yourself, "Is it really worth it?" As you know you are basically paying double than other brands so you go into the cruise with high expectations. Sadly, they were not met. The biggest issue was the food. The food was not really good. I thought the food was actually better at the windjammer than at the MDR. Several nights, I left hungry. I think they want to be creative but the meals fall short. But to be fair I did eat at Remys and Palo. The food is incredible at Remys but I am a bit of a picky eater so I didnt like everything there but my dinner partner loved it. Palo was great and I had a nice time there. It was also annoying that the hours of the places were really limited. The windjammer was only open for a short time and the breakfast in the MDR was only open for 1.5 hours in the morning. It wasnt open at night so you could get a quick snack. The pizza, sandwiches, and hamburgers weren't that they great but that stand was open later. I was also disappointed with the kids menu. They actually served corn dogs in the MDR. How is that even healthy, just give a kid a hamburger. I only ate in the MDR twice but the healthy option was a repeat. It was a turkey bolognese but when I ordered it for my daughter the pasta was hard. The shows were great and my daughter loved meeting the characters but we did have to wait in lines. So if you want to see the princesses it is better to show up 30 minutes before or you will be stuck in a really long time. The private island is really great. I really enjoy the adult only section. The boat is pretty empty during that day so it is a great time to enjoy the pool and the aqua deck with crowds and lines.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
I'm the type who reads every available review before stepping on board a cruise ship; I just don't like surprises when my valuable vacation time is involved. In the case of Enchantment of the Seas the reviews were all over the ... Read More
I'm the type who reads every available review before stepping on board a cruise ship; I just don't like surprises when my valuable vacation time is involved. In the case of Enchantment of the Seas the reviews were all over the place and I had a difficult time figuring out where the "Hated everything" and the "Love everything" people came together. Even with this confusion we booked the cruise and took the chance. It was because of this grey area that I paid so much attention to the details in preparation of my own review. As a point of reference, my wife and I are 49 and 50 and decided to take our college age children on one last family vacation before significant others began showing up and their lives took different paths. This was our second cruise so we had a good idea of what we wanted out of it. My wife and I had a cabin with a veranda and the 3 adult kids shared an inside cabin, both on deck 8. Embarkation was a breeze and Port Canaveral staff knows how to get you onto the ship quickly. During the short time we waited I met a group of people celebrating their high school graduations from Coco High School in1963 through 65. We talked and laughed and I learned some very interesting sign language. Once on board we went straight to the excursions desk and put our name on the waiting list for a cabana at Cococay. We were the second family to do so and in the end only the first two on the list received a cabana. We then sat down and enjoyed a couple of "Drink of day" cocktails while everyone boarded and waited to get into our cabins. Having eaten a good breakfast at the hotel that morning there was no need to fight the crowds for more food at the buffet. If you're not starving and in danger of imminent death I recommend it was about 11:00 am at this point and our cabins were ready very quickly. Once we dropped off our carry-on bags we took a walk around and checked things out. The ship shows her age every now and then but still looks great. The carpets were clean, the elevators were spotless and everything smelled fresh. Staff was smiling and was busy helping passengers with questions. We both had good first impressions of the Enchantment and her staff. When luggage began being delivered ours was right on time while a few of our children’s bags went missing. We jumped in and made the rounds trying to figure out what had gone wrong, of course cursing the cruise lines for our unneeded stress. Come to fine out one of my daughters had tried to sneak bottles of hard lemonade on in both hers and her sibling’s luggage. We claimed the bags once the bottles were removed (Meeting some very friendly staff along the way), gave the guy a tip for his trouble and continued on with the day. *&%# children... The pools were nice and clean and there was always room, even at the busiest of times. There seemed to be enough chairs for everyone and the towels never ran out. I read where you had to pay for pool towels, not true. The bars seemed to be right where they needed to be and both on deck and below. I didn't think every bartender knew how to make every drink perfectly, but who cares. The drinks were cold, always had enough alcohol and were always available. The clubs were always hopping and if you didn't like the entertainment in one, just go find another. The piano bar was a well-kept secret on this cruise as was the Viking Lounge. They always seemed to be pretty empty and the staff was great. My opinion: Drink packages are reasonably priced, buy one. My Premium alcohol package cost me $220.00, I past that by the end of the third day just by drinking socially. This included virgin blender drinks, juices and water. The food was good and extremely plentiful. Our server routinely brought our table two or three starters, entrees and desserts. Sometimes each of us received multiple dishes; we always left the table stuffed and happy. Our server was fantastic and always remembered our names, likes and dislikes. The food at the Windjammer was always good and more than plentiful. Breakfast was great and there was always somewhere to sit. My kids ordered room service on occasion and found it good, but a little slow. Cococay was great, remember to try to get a private cabana, they’re not on the beach but you get a private bar, dining area and restrooms. Note: The web site says that you cannot use your drink package on the island. This is incorrect, they accepted mine just fine. For those Disney cruisers who try to compare the island with Castaway Cay, you can’t, Castaway is in a class of its own. The island is clean, staff is friendly and we had a great time. Even though they can’t dock there, tendering is just another fun boat ride and gives you a chance to see more sights. Nassau is Nassau, friendly but a bit scary some times. The shopping was fun and every tourist needs to experience Straw Market at least a few times. Just a quick note about Senior Frogs, this is a shady bar no matter how they try to market it. A young lady sitting next to us was smoking marijuana at the table and there are service people in the restroom with their hands out for tips. No tip, no soap or towel for washing your hands. My wife and I got out pretty quickly but my son went later in the evening and was offered cocaine as he left the front door. My advice is to go check it out for lunch but then get out and return to the ship and do your partying there. Some reviews complained about a sewage smells in the cabin and non-working toilets. I never smelled sewage and I was ready for it, brought air freshener just in case. I found that the toilet in our cabin failed to flush two times. Both times I waited several seconds and tried it again without a problem. Getting off the ship was very easy and the line moved right along. Customs was a breeze and no one gave us a hard time. Just a few more tips: • One of the hot tubs in the Solarium is open 24 hours. • The Solarium serves late night food for the party crowd. Nothing fancy, but its food when you need it. • Get to know your dinner server; it’ll make your dining experience so much better. • Throw out a few dollars in tips when you’re planning on staying in one place for a while, your service will be so much better. • When you first board the ship and finish with any cabana rentals or excursions planning, go explore the ship. Find where everything is right away so you’re not surprised by it on the last night at sea. • Viking Lounge, check it out after dinner. It becomes a dance club around 1:00 am but before that it’s nice and empty. • Get up at 5:00 am, get a coffee on deck 10 and then head for deck 11 for the sunrise, I never missed one. • Bring a power bar for charging your electronics; the one outlet just isn’t enough for everything. • The casino smells like an ashtray, just saying. • Shows were good and a great way to sit off a big fat dinner. • You can order drinks during the shows so even if you don’t like the performers, who cares??? •   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Two college age sons and I had four nights on the Sensation. My second cruise, their first. Traveling in May allowed us to get a good price and each have our own ocean view room. We drove overnight and arrived in the morning on Sunday. ... Read More
Two college age sons and I had four nights on the Sensation. My second cruise, their first. Traveling in May allowed us to get a good price and each have our own ocean view room. We drove overnight and arrived in the morning on Sunday. Rode to the ship using the Radisson parking bus. Embarking the ship went very smoothly. With a four night cruise, we packed lightly. With only a backpack and small suitcase for each of us, we carried them all the way to our room after we got our room key. The ship was in good shape. On board, we enjoyed the hot tub, karaoke, comedians and food. We chose anytime dining. Several times we ordered extra and the staff gave us what we asked for. Mostly, we enjoyed the ship, especially the sunsets. In Freeport we snorkeled with Unexso and in Nassau, we scuba dove with Bahama Divers. Both were lots of fun and well run. After snorkeling or scuba diving, we did some local shopping or had a snack before heading back to the ship. For scuba, we did a discover Scuba dive, since two of us were not certified. This trip was a great value for us and I recommend it for others. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
I can't say enough about how much of an enjoyable time that me and my family had on our first cruise. My husband and younger son were very uneasy about cruising in the first place but after this adventure my husband booked another ... Read More
I can't say enough about how much of an enjoyable time that me and my family had on our first cruise. My husband and younger son were very uneasy about cruising in the first place but after this adventure my husband booked another one. The ship was super clean and everything ran like a well oiled machine. Just outstanding service across the board. My only dislike is the child groupings for activities. My youngest son who is 10 was grouped in with the toddlers and he hated that. They should have a grouping that separates the toddlers from the pre-teens. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
I will start with embarkation. We were in a suite, so we had VIP embarkation, which went very smoothly. We were onboard the ship within 5 minutes or so. Our cabin was absolutely AMAZING!! It was my first time in a Grand Suite, and if the ... Read More
I will start with embarkation. We were in a suite, so we had VIP embarkation, which went very smoothly. We were onboard the ship within 5 minutes or so. Our cabin was absolutely AMAZING!! It was my first time in a Grand Suite, and if the price is right, I would definitely book a Grand Suite again. However, this was a 3 day cruise, and on 2 days out of the cruise, the toilet would not flush due to "an issue with the main line". While I was given 20% off my next cruise after complaining to Guest Relations, I must say that I expected more given that we were in suite accommodations. The toilet should have been properly serviced. You shouldn't have to search the ship to use the bathroom! We missed breakfast in the Windjammer on the last day due to the toilet not working! As for the ports, Nassau is ok. We did get off briefly in the evening to view the area, but in all honesty, there really was no reason to get off the ship. We didn't even bother getting off the ship for the tender at CoCo Cay. Why go to a hot island when we could stay on an air conditioned ship? Dining was forgettable. We dined in the main dining room the first night, and dinner wasn't all that great. We skipped dinner all together the second night, and on the third night we tried Chops Grille! OMG! The service in Chops was AMAZING! The food was OUTSTANDING!! I wish we had gone there all three nights! The food was actually hot! My fiance had the veal, which was melt in your mouth delicious! It was even better than my filet mignon! We didn't attend any of the shows, so I can't really review that. However, the best part of the cruise was the Concierge Lounge. My fiance and I watched the sunset on the first night, while sipping a glass of champagne and eating chocolate covered strawberries. It was so romantic and really set the mood for our entire cruise. Reyno, the Concierge was PHENOMENAL!!! He played the best music, and we had great conversations with him. I also enjoyed making my lattes in the lounge and having afternoon snacks. The Concierge Lounge makes it definitely worth upgrading to a suite! Overall, we enjoyed our cruise. However, I don't think we will be sailing on Enchantment again until they address the plumbing issues. While I don't think we will be cruising on a "mega ship" as we enjoyed the intimacy of the Enchantment. I do think we will try a longer cruise on a slightly newer ship for our next "couple" getaway.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
This was part two of our vacation. We stayed at Orange Lake Resort in Kissimee prior to our cruise. We were with a larger group that had chartered busses from Orlando to the port so transportation was a no-brainer. Upon arrival at the port ... Read More
This was part two of our vacation. We stayed at Orange Lake Resort in Kissimee prior to our cruise. We were with a larger group that had chartered busses from Orlando to the port so transportation was a no-brainer. Upon arrival at the port the shore staff procured a wheelchair for my father and we were moved through check-in rather quickly and easily. Shore staff was friendly and very helpful in getting us on the ship. Once on board (11:30) we were directed to the Windjammer Cafe as rooms would not be available till 1:00 PM. We had a good lunch despite the crowd and then went to the pool deck lounge area to relax while we waited on staterooms. When we arrived to our stateroom we found it to be very clean and relaxing. Our children and my father were in the next stateroom and there was a walkthrough portal between our balconies allowing us to easily share our balcony areas. We dropped our carry-ons and decided to explore the ship. As we headed to the elevators we ran into our luggage and took it back to our rooms right away, this was all within a half hour of getting to our staterooms. We explored the ship and met a great number of staff as we did and found them all to be very friendly. We spent a great deal of our cruise on the pool deck enjoying the open air. Rey and Myra at the poolside bar were the best and took great care of my eintire family for the whole cruise. Always remembered names and drink choices and friendly beyond belief. First time cruisers will definately want to look into the drink packages. We purchased the Royal Replenishment for our teens and The ultimate and premium packages for myself and wife. The Ultimate package had paid for itself for me on the first day as i was drinking top shelf cocktails. All of the packages we purchased included a souvineer cup that can be refilled at several locations on the ship. Dinner service in the My Fair Lady dining room was excellent. Our server was absolutely terrific and on the spot with anything we requested. He was upbeat and always had a funny joke or trick to keep the table entertained. Bread was brought to the table regularly and water glasses never got below half full. Extra appitizers were brought to the table regularly as were desserts and an occasional extra entree. I wish I could remember his name as his service was excellent. Our room was kept in excellent shape by our room attendant Mona. There was always extra towels and a different towel animal on the bed every day. We also had the next days ship ativities (Cruise Compass) on the bed every evening. Our youngest nearly lived in the teen center while on board and our oldest spent time enjoying shows, the casino, and the pool areas with us. The casino was fair but the bar seemed to be crowded and busy quite often. Shows in the Orpheum Theatre were entertaining and fun. There are activities available for every age group throughout the ship and unfortunately we missed many of them just because our cruise was so short. Our first port at CocoCay was a bit disappointing due to the weather. The staff tried to be as accomodating as possible considering the fact that everyone was trying to shelter out of the rain. It appears that this would have been a great stop to relax on the beach and play in the water had the weather cooperated. Our second port was Nassau. We didnt buy one of the cruise sponsered tours but rather chose to barter a tour with a local van taxi driver. He showed us around Nassau and took us to the places we wished to go including the beach for several hours. He dropped us righ back at the docks where we walked around for a few hours shopping before returning to the ship. Debarkation was quick and easy and we were off the boat and through customs in under a 1/2 hour. Overall a very enjoyable cruise and we didnt want to come home!. We will be sailing with Royal Caribbean again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
DW and I are seasoned cruisers with 14 under our belt most with Carnival. Our past cruises have all been in the 7-8 night range on all the newer ships including two each on the Dream and Breeze. So we probably had less than big ... Read More
DW and I are seasoned cruisers with 14 under our belt most with Carnival. Our past cruises have all been in the 7-8 night range on all the newer ships including two each on the Dream and Breeze. So we probably had less than big expectations for a three night cruise on a 90's era, though retro-fitted, ship. This was a much needed quick get-a-way for us and our hearts and minds always turn to cruising when we need a break. Embarkation was painless and quick. Boarding started at 11:30 and the Captain's Lounge at this terminal was as nice as we have been in. Went directy to Cabin with FTTF program. Cabin ready. Our one bag not delivered until well past 3:00. Not an issue as we were "pool" ready! and enjoying the decks by 12:15 The ship was clean and well maintained but dated in general decor. Really not an issue with us. Easy to get around and we especially liked the Lido dining area aft. Spectacular place to have the Deli and Pizza stations. We ate all of our meals here and never entered the dining room. We found the food to be definetly above average for Carnival and quite good in general. This was far and away the best Lido breakfast we have had on any ship. Room service was also excellent. We were in cabin V-27, obstructed view Jr. suite. Just like a regular balcony cabin on most other newer ships. Blacony smaller and the obstructed view was over a small work boat and 1/2 of a regular life boat. Still nice views and very adequate, Nicely furnished and well maintained by a very attenttive steward. Very quite part of the ship forward Nassua is Nassua and working your way through the cab/excursion folks is a chore. Day pass at Atlantis was nice and expensive but would do it again. Nice ammenities an AWESOME "lazy" river. We enjoyed the one sea day and were out and about early for choice lounge locations. Pool crowded but just as expected. This was a really nice cruise for us and it really felt like it was longer as were pretty much in "beach bum" mode. Nice cabin, good food and great company make for a really good cruise.! Already booked again for November. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
It started with no porters at the pier. I dropped off my family and went to park the car. When I got back to the curd they were still there. Our luggage was taken by porters. However we were not allowed in the terminal. So we were sent to ... Read More
It started with no porters at the pier. I dropped off my family and went to park the car. When I got back to the curd they were still there. Our luggage was taken by porters. However we were not allowed in the terminal. So we were sent to stand in line in the parking structure. An hour later when we were allowed in the terminal we were glad that it was air conditioned. We were given a number three boarding card. Once boarding started people just crowded the entrance. There was one person there but he did not check the cards so anyone could enter and probably did. When we first walked on the ship we noticed how large and wide open the atrium was. It turned out it was the main area to have your photo taken with characters. Unlike the theme parks you usually had to wait 30 minutes to take photos. When photos are taken they scan your card so they know where to place your photos. You then go to your book and the printed photos are there for you to choose from. Because of the high cost of the cruise we selected an inside cabin with a virtual port hole. It had a camera outside so you could see what is outside in that location if you had an ocean view cabin. Not very often Disney characters would float by the window. The cabin had two bath rooms. One with a tub and sink and one with a sink and toilet. There was not much closet and drawer space for the three of us. For dinner we ate in three different dining rooms with the same staff each night. We did not care much for the food in the main dining room. The dining room you are assigned the last night of the cruise is where you had breakfast. If you had early seating at dinner you had to eat the early seating for breakfast. If you had late seating you ate the later breakfast before you left the ship. The shows in the main show room were not up to the usual Disney productions. We really expected more. There is also a movie theater that shows first run movies. Soda is free most places on the ship. However near the two theaters you had to pay for them. Most places on the ship that has free soda are the fountain type drinks. They were not mixed very well. I would have preferred a can soda. On the lido deck the buffets had many food options. Like I mentioned before the food was nothing special. The pool area was always crowded. Like all cruise lines. The aqua duck ride was fun. Not as good as a good water slide. The ship was nice. It had many different wall arts that would come to life once in awhile. The adult areas were the only place you could go without hearing a Disney song being played. There were two pay extra to eat dining rooms. One was $25 per person and the other was $75 per person. There were the usual gift shops on board with many Disney items. Our twelve year old spent many hours in the “Edge” for passengers his age. We made two ports of call. Nassau and Castaway cay. Castaway cay had a lot of free food. There are many beach things you can pay for or just have a free beach day. It was a cruise and we had a good time. The ship was nice. The service was as good as other lines. The food was not. We expected much more form Disney. I guess we expected too much. The price was so much more than our other cruises so we expected more and did not get it. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
I am interested in RCI because of the international destinations you offer however, I had several disappointments with my cruise. We tried RCI Splendor of the seas in October 2013 visiting Greece and guest services on board told us that a ... Read More
I am interested in RCI because of the international destinations you offer however, I had several disappointments with my cruise. We tried RCI Splendor of the seas in October 2013 visiting Greece and guest services on board told us that a cruise with RCI in the caribbean would be better suited for our age range and my expectations. We find that the activities on board as well as the shore excursions offered are fewer and more expensive than on other cruise lines. I didn't get to try the trampolines due to weather closer or being on shore during open times. Most of the shows are performed well but need to be re-worked. The pools were packed (standing room only) but I do like that RCI has an adult only pool. We stayed on the ship most of the freeport day and still couldn't get into the pools. No excursions were really offered in freeport and it was added at the last minute so we just got off to shop. There wasn't very many options for nassau either, but we did end up going to beach day at Atlantis. We purchased through the cruise because I had called the hotel before we sailed and the pass through the hotel is first come first serve and the hotel was at 94% booked. Cococay was nice but after 2pm we couldn't find a drink station except for alcoholic beverages. We took our own snorkles and rented the life vest for $6. The beach and the water was very busy with 2 ships on the same day. The food isn't as good in the main dining room and not as much variety as carnival but the service is better. The shower in the staterooms are smaller and the curtain needed to be changed on both cruises. I do like the storage and closet space. We cruise once a year and may try either the oasis or the allure in the future perhaps I'm just choosing the wrong class of ships, but we prefer a smaller crowd and a smaller ship Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This review is long, but I appreciate reading the long ones myself for all the extra info, so I wanted to give something back. We went on this ship for our 10th anniversary. This was my DH's 2nd cruise and my 3rd. We both cruised RCCL ... Read More
This review is long, but I appreciate reading the long ones myself for all the extra info, so I wanted to give something back. We went on this ship for our 10th anniversary. This was my DH's 2nd cruise and my 3rd. We both cruised RCCL on our honeymoon and my first cruise before that was on Carnival in 2001. Overall, we had a great time. We are from Texas and flew into Orlando for Disney and Universal before heading off on this cruise (we took a rental car to Port Canaveral). And after having a horrible experience in our hotel (another story altogether), our cruise cabin was great. We were in balcony room 7116. Pre-cruise: We flew in from Dallas on Southwest and reserved a Budget rental car with a great deal thru Southwest. We drove to Port Canaveral and dropped off the rental there at the Budget location at the port and took their shuttle back to the ship, no problem. The porters were great and nothing was broken in our luggage. Embarkation: Very smooth. I was stopped by security because I chose to carry on a metal and enamel jewelry box from Disney so it wouldn't get broken, and the security officer searching my bag couldn't have been nicer, very friendly. I will say that this cruise didn't seem to be as booked as I thought it would be for a Labor Day weekend, or as crowded as some folks on here talk about. So this was nice, as the dining options and ports of call were less crowded. Also, I still had some bottles of soda in my carry-on from the hotel and they didn't say anything about them. And I was able to bring on an extension cord, no problem. Sea Pass cards: I ran into several other cruisemates who had issues with their cards getting deactivated, including myself. I also ran into this issue multiple times on my last RCCL cruise back in 2004 on our honeymoon. In 10 years, I was surprised to see this still being an issue, especially when I can have the same credit card for years and never have this issue. I was disappointed this is still happening after all these years, so beware. Ship and cabin: I read other reviews here about how dated the ship looks, but I didn't see it. Everything looked attractive and clean. And our cabin was nice too. We did have a fridge. There were items in it you had to pay for, but there was still room if you wanted to put in your own items instead. No problem with the toilet flushing and we never smelled any bad smell as I often read about here. We were on deck 7, but we perused many of the lower floors and never smelled anything. Only thing was that I noticed on the room steward carts on our floor that there were tubes of lotions and/or shampoos, etc. But we never received any of these and I'm not sure why, since we were on the same floor and in a balcony room. All we received was bar soap, no tubes of anything. We did meet our cabin steward several times, and he was very nice. I didn't mention the tubes...I didn't see them on the carts till like the last night. We did get a different towel animal every day, very cute. I love those! Also, our luggage arrived at the cabin pretty quickly . (Although our poor neighbors weren't so lucky. Their luggage was lost and they commented that they might have to wear their bathing suits to formal night...LOL! Although, I think they did get their luggage a little while later.) Food: The highlight of mine and DH's day was dinner in the MDR. We booked so early that we were blessed enough to get a table for two (by request when I booked a year ago) by the window, and what a GREAT window view! We had early seating so it was always light enough to see out on the water. On our cruise we saw a tanker, cargo ship, Carnival ship and even a surfaced military submarine! Loved this view! And our servers Eduardo and Nitish were fabulous! I usually wanted two appetizers because I couldn't decide...no problem for Eduardo at all, even when DH and I split a second entree or dessert. With early dining, we often had to rush back from what we were doing, like in Nassau...but this table was worth it! As for the Windjammer, I can't say the same. The embarkation lunch wasn't that great, so that's when we decided to stick to the MDR...excellent decision, as it turned out. We did the MDR breakfast the first morning and room service breakfast on our balcony the second morning. MDR breakfast was OK, not as good as dinner though. We liked the room service breakfast on the balcony the best. For debarkation breakfast, there wasn't much choice, so we tried the Windjammer and it was pretty busy and it wasn't that great in our opinion. Good variety, but some things just didn't taste right to us. For Park Cafe, we had some late night snacks there like pizza and cookies and they were OK, but they didn't really wow us. Beverages: We don't really drink, but I did want a souvenir glass and the soda package, and the bars always seemed pretty crowded and you had to wait a bit for service, but they do seem to be doing their best and they were very nice. I loved the freestyle Coke machines, but for a period of like 24 hours, there was one of the only two machines on board that was out of carbonation, making the drinks very unpleasant. I reported to Guest Services and the issue was fixed, but I was surprised it was like this for so long on such a short cruise. Other cruisemates were also complaining of the same issue. The Guest Services gentleman that helped us with the deactivated card and the Coke machine issue was very nice and helpful. We did wait a very long time in line for Guest Services though, like about 20-30 minutes. So some additional help there would be nice. One more note about Guest Services. I had a coupon for onboard credit from an RCCL coupon book. I went to Guest Services to get it put onto our account and the lady was clueless and kept looking up our account to see if it was there. I kept telling her no, its a coupon that I need added to the account. She left for a long time and finally came back telling me they wouldn't honor it. Said that I had to call RCCL to get it added prior to the cruise. I think that is ridiculous, because how would someone on the phone know I had the coupon? It didn't have a code or anything to type in. (And it didn't expire till the end of this year, so that wasn't the issue) It also did not say you had to call and get it added ahead of time. She really didn't act like she cared. She acted more like we were annoying her with an issue that was taking more of her time than she wanted. I wish we had gotten that other Guest Services gentleman for this issue. I feel like he would have been more helpful and may have even been able to do something for us. So if you have any coupons for something, be sure and call RCCL about it before your cruise. Also, we are C&A Gold members, and our account did have the Gold member discounts. But beware...be sure and mention that you want to use your discount before the server rings up what you are buying, or else they won't be able to apply it. For example, I had the BOGO drink discount on my account and purchased a glass of wine, but didn't specifically mention the discount. The server said he didn't realize I had it and would have to ring up another in order to use the right "code" for the coupon. So I had to buy another to get the discount. So just let them know ahead of time. Nassau: We didn't do any RCCL excursions here, so what I have to say is no reflection on them, but I thought it might be helpful for some. My favorite part was the Pirates Museum. It's this little museum that was only $12 that I had been planning to visit for this trip. You could spend as much or as little time there as you want. There is some interesting history about pirates and a quaint little gift shop (not as big as the Pirates of the Caribbean gift shop at Disney mind you). But one of the tour guides dresses as a pirate and has some interesting facts and this little sort of a "show" that he does as you go thru it...he was cool. Also, I really was looking forward to going to the Straw Market to get souveneirs for my family and friends. But I swear, those people just ran me out of there, literally! Their sales tactics are horrible! Someone needs to instruct them on how to make sales and good customer service (I know that is probably a laugh). I was so disappointed. They were so greedy, they didn't want you to look at their neighbors' booths, just theirs...even if they didn't have what you wanted, they didn't care. They would try and guilt you into buying stuff like by saying, "come on, it's been a slow day and I need to make a sale". I'm sorry, but I can't help that. They wouldn't let you look around, they just bug you to death. If you saw something in the next booth, they would try to bully you into buying from them instead, whether you wanted that item or not. Finally my DH and I practically RAN out of there, without even getting what I was looking for. There was a shop nearby that was selling similar items for maybe just a dollar more that I shopped in. And since it was an actual store and not someone's "booth", they didn't bother you. How nice it was to just peruse the store and pick out your beach towel or bag or T-shirt without someone nagging the crud out of you! Unfortunatley, I did miss out out on some of the handmade stuff, since we had to run out of there. And I do see talk on here about the knock-off purses. So I do want to mention that. I admit, I was looking for one for my Mom (she really wanted one) for a Christmas gift and a lady asked if I was interested...I was. So she was great. She took me to like 5 different shops till we found what I was looking for. It wasn't this 'scary' area either. It was right there across the street from the other shops we were looking at. I never felt unsafe. They even had a security guard in some of the shops and they took credit cards too, which surprised me. I was glad, because I was out of cash by that point. CocoCay: The BBQ lunch on CocoCay was pretty good, and we were the only ship this weekend, so there was no line, which was nice. We booked a jet ski excursion with RCCL, but they let us know that the water was very choppy, like a "washing machine", and some folks had fallen off. I am not a strong swimmer so they let us cancel with a full refund if we wanted to, which was very nice. And they say you don't need cash on the island. This is not true. There is like a "mini" Straw Market here. And they don't bug you to death! But I didn't bring cash because I was told I didn't need it. So I missed out on some things I could have gotten that I didn't get in Nassau when they ran me out. So bring cash! If you have an excursion, they do have lockers for free. (at least at the jet ski excursion, they were free for us) Entertainment: The welcome aboard show was a comedian and was very funny. They offered a talk on shopping in Nassau with offers of a free charm bracelet and charms...but you actually had to go to each afore mentioned jewelry shop in Nassau to get the charms. I would like for them to have offered some tips and suggestions on shops other than jewelry and the 'color changing' stuff. Even if they weren't "RCCL affiliated" it would still have been nice. (I put this in my feedback suggestion to them) My favorite part was the Karaoke every night (I am a karaoke queen anyway!), plus they have "rock band" karaoke the last night, where you can sing with a live band! It was neat, even though the song selection for that was very limited. The last night's show was a Broadway-type show that I really liked, 'Stage to Screen' with numbers from stage shows turned movies. Some of the shows they picked I thought could have been replaced with more mainstream shows (one of the shows I had never seen or heard of at all), but they did have 'Chicago' and 'Little Shop of Horrors' which were very good. And I thought the singers and dancers were very good, and I am a singer and dancer myself, so I feel I can judge. LOL! Debarkation: We chose not to carry our own bags off the ship. We had too many extra bags after buying stuff from Disney and Universal. And I can honestly say we were glad we didn't. It wasn't crowded and debarkation was smooth and quick and we got our bags immediately and there were porters available with carts to help us. They were great! Wrap up: I looked a while to find a cruise that was going for Labor Day weekend and this was the only one. Another cruisemate I spoke to on the ship said the same thing. We booked a longer cruise with our kids for next year on a bigger ship (not RCCL) out of Galveston so we can drive instead of fly. So for longer cruises, a bigger ship might be a better choice. But for a quick getaway, I would say this cruise is a good choice. All in all, I have had good service and amenities with RCCL. I can't say that I will always go with RCCL, because for me, I book for things other than just the cruise line...like length of cruise, departure port, price, etc. But I can say that given the opportunity, I would cruise with RCCL again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014

Find a Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click