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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Majesty is the third Sovereign class ship we have sailed on, and the only one still in the Royal Caribbean fleet. We found a week that suited our schedule, and a cruise that suited our budget and travel time. We first booked an Oceanview ... Read More
Majesty is the third Sovereign class ship we have sailed on, and the only one still in the Royal Caribbean fleet. We found a week that suited our schedule, and a cruise that suited our budget and travel time. We first booked an Oceanview stateroom, but when I called to check and see if we could upgrade to a Superior Oceanview, we were upgraded at no charge. We arrived at the port at 12 and were on board by 1:15. Our stateroom was ready, so we dropped off our carry on luggage and stowed our wine in the fridge, then set off to explore and find lunch. In the Centrum, there were several departments with promotions and asking if you wanted to sign up for their tour or a drink package. The dining table was promoting the Chef's table dinner, and i told him that was something we could not do, but he asked if we wanted to take the galley tour with brunch on the sea day, and at $25pp it was something I wanted to do. We booked it. Our stateroom was large enough for two. We spent a lot of time in the room, and enjoyed looking out our window. We used the television minimally, only for seeing our location and watched a movie on the sea day. We did use our safe, and liked that we had plenty of storage for clothing in the cabinets and closet. We took all of our breakfasts and dinners in the main dining room for my time dining. Our wait staff were I Wayan and Apri. They took excellent care of us. The only issues we had in dining were the roasted meats, they were overdone or under cooked. The lobster bisque was terrible. Every other thing we had was good or great. We had issues in Bolero's. They were missing many of the liquors advertised in their menu. That made no sense to me, but many of the cocktails were unavailable. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Carnival Valor, 12/01/16 This was my first cruise on the Valor, although I have been on her sister ships Liberty and Glory before. A friend of mine was offered a very good deal for this weekend cruise through the Carnival Players Club. ... Read More
Carnival Valor, 12/01/16 This was my first cruise on the Valor, although I have been on her sister ships Liberty and Glory before. A friend of mine was offered a very good deal for this weekend cruise through the Carnival Players Club. He needed a roommate, so I tagged along for the chance to see a new ship. Embarkation: We had to make a few unscheduled stops on the way to Port Canaveral, so I missed our unofficial Cruise Critic gathering (sorry again folks!). But embarking at the terminal was very easy. I have not been to the old terminal #5 at PC for a few years, and they’ve improved it quite a bit since then. It now has a parking garage and entry into the terminal is on the second floor, which helps a lot with flow. The new priority room is very nice, a far cry from the old side office once used there. We were on the ship after only a few minutes. Our Cabin: We had cabin 9232, which is an interior room on the Lido Deck. The location is very nice, as it is just a short walk out to the main pool area. The cabin itself was in good shape and everything worked properly. Our steward did a great job throughout the cruise. The Ship: It’s hard to believe that the Conquest ships are now considered medium sized by today’s standards. But considering she’s half the size of the biggest in the world, I suppose that’s accurate. The Valor still looks great, inside and out after 12 years of service. She has had several upgrades, including Guy’s Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina and the Red Frog Bars. I really liked having the two new bars by the main pool, they make getting a drink much easier as it spreads the crowd out. I spent a lot of time hanging out at the Red Frog bar on the Promenade Deck. It’s a very nice bar and they have the delicious Thirsty Frog beer on tap. The nightclub is also nice on the Valor, it’s fairly large and in old Carnival style, is themed around the moon landing. Food and Service: We only ate in the main dining room once on the first evening. We had very good service from the wait staff, and the food was excellent! Our other meals were usually in the lido buffet, Guy’s Burgers or the pizzeria. I thought the food offerings on the ship were great, and there are plenty of options. Activities and Nightlife: As this was a three night cruise, they had plenty of stuff going on around the ship. There was a great live band that played on the promenade each night, and the comedians in the club were pretty funny. They also had solo artists playing in the atrium and Red Frog Bar each evening, all were very good. I was impressed by how much live talent they had onboard. The nightclub was packed each night and the DJ did a good job keeping things going with a variety of pop, dance and Latin music. They also had a live Latin band down in Winston’s Bar on Atlantic deck that I enjoyed listening to on the last evening. Complaints: Very few. Actually just one. The Cruise Director was on the PA system way too much. I don’t think an hour passed by that he wasn’t squawking about all the activities and money spending opportunities going on around the ship. Between the Fun Times daily paper and new Carnival Hub app (highly recommended BTW, I wish Royal had the same) it really isn’t hard to know what’s going on. So the constant yammering is just an annoyance. Debarkation: Debarking the ship was very easy. We were off and to the car in about twenty minutes. All in all it was a fun little cruise. Definitely a great appetizer for Oasis next weekend! A pictorial version of this review is posted on the Cruise Critic forums: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2429979 Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
This was our second time on the Oasis of the Seas. We were on the Allure Twice. The staff were great, always going out of their way to make sure our experience was memorable. Embarkation went very quickly. Disembarkation we used ... Read More
This was our second time on the Oasis of the Seas. We were on the Allure Twice. The staff were great, always going out of their way to make sure our experience was memorable. Embarkation went very quickly. Disembarkation we used the express and a little more organization is needed. First the shows: Such amazing talent. Cats is not one of my favorite plays but this cast was so very talented. The singing, the dancing Great. Frozen in Time, the Aqua Show, the comedian were all wonderful. The headliner show "Abba" was so good we went twice. We were in the Boardwalk Balcony room and wow, it was great. Always had the ocean balcony before but really enjoyed the Boardwalk - more to see. Not noisy at all. Food: The Park Café roast beef sandwiches are a must. The hot dog stand great. The food in the dining room was a disappointment, first because of the selection then because of the taste, we actually had to send back the food twice. Staff: Best staff on any cruise ship. They all went out of their way to help and be courteous. Our room steward Corrine - fantastic. Our dining room staff - Yogesh and Catherine - WOW. My husband and I traveled alone on this trip but made reservations for another cruise in May with the family. Hopefully the food will improve by then. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
My boyfriend treated me to this cruise for my birthday. We drove from Ohio to Florida right after Hurricane Matthew. Orlando is beautiful but the traffic was awful. We saw a lot of storm damage on our way but not in the city.This was my ... Read More
My boyfriend treated me to this cruise for my birthday. We drove from Ohio to Florida right after Hurricane Matthew. Orlando is beautiful but the traffic was awful. We saw a lot of storm damage on our way but not in the city.This was my first cruise, and it fully lived up to my expectations. We had an interior cabin and contrary to some reviews I read we had no complaints or issues. The cabin was clean and in excellent condition, and tidied up twice a day. We only met our steward once, but he did a great job as far as we were concerned. I feel like the ship decor had a personality disorder. The many venues had so many different themes it was like every idea some decorator had was thrown together any which way. On the other hand the ship was clean and the staff were always cleaning and maintaining the public areas. Overall it was a fine ship with no complaints from us. The food options were plentiful and we rarely waited more than a couple of minutes in lines for anything. Scarlett's steakhouse was so amazing the first night we went back a second time. I have never had such wonderful food on land, for so little $. The service in the dining room was haphazard, but the food was always good and the menu changed every night. Have breakfast in the buffet, the food is the same as the dining room, it's much faster, and the view is much nicer. We also loved the breakfast at the Blue Iguana burrito bar. Guy's burgers were great, but there's so much variety we didn't get there as often as we thought we would. We avoided the crowded Lido deck and spent our time in the Serenity or Prometheus adult areas. I would have liked the water slide better if the pool it lands in was fresh rather than salt water. The salt water burned when it got up my nose or in my eyes.But hello,boat on the ocean, salt water makes more sense. I think we tried out every hot tub on Valor = ) We watched a movie one night from the hot tub, that was great fun.The shows were good, maybe not amazing, but always enjoyable. I think we saw them all. We didn't get many drinks from the bars, but what we had were good, and we only waited for service on the Lido deck, at the other bars we got served right away. It may seem odd but our favorite place to just relax was the deck on 3, outside the main lobby. It was the best view of the water and was almost always empty or nearly so. Hurricane Matthew changed our excursion plans but we did get to Half Moon Cay. Just like every other review you will read, let me say it was the highlight of our cruise. Nassau was interesting but unless you're an avid shopper or enjoy the bar scene there doesn't seem to be much to do. After Half Moon the beach had a hard time impressing me but it was still quite nice. We went to a local fish place for dinner and the food was wonderful. In closing I'd like to say to anyone who goes on a cruise: please be nice to the staff, they're busting their butts to help you enjoy your vacation. If there was one thing that spoiled my overall impression of my first cruise it was the way some of the other guests behaved towards the staff. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
We chose the Disney Dream as it fitted in with our vacation, we were a family of 8 from Australia with 3 teenager girls & 5 Adults, We have cruised many times before with a lot of other lines, but at this time we put the Disney Cruise ... Read More
We chose the Disney Dream as it fitted in with our vacation, we were a family of 8 from Australia with 3 teenager girls & 5 Adults, We have cruised many times before with a lot of other lines, but at this time we put the Disney Cruise line at No1. From the minute you check in to when you leave the staff are always friendly, helpful and make it a very memorable holiday. We all of us we chose a family outside cabin with porthole, which was fantastic, the space in the cabin was great, the cupboard & wardrobe more than ample, the separate shower to toilet was just wonderful. The meals were wonderful, from the dining for breakfast to the buffet for lunch and the different restaurants for dinner we couldn't fault it, and the staff were exceptional. We docked at Cozumel & Costa Maya because of Hurricane Mathew which were great, even though we didn't do an excursion loved our time ashore. The entertainment was as good as anything you would see at a show anywhere, and quite a lot of bars to get away from the characters & children if you thought you needed to. Our family loved the water slide and spent quite a bit of time in the pools. We would cruise with them again in a heartbeat and are now looking at other places in the world Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This cruise was originally supposed to be a trip to Nassau, Bahamas and Cococay, as well as one day at sea. Before we left port, we knew the hurricane was coming and our itinerary was changed. Since Freeport is further north and closer to ... Read More
This cruise was originally supposed to be a trip to Nassau, Bahamas and Cococay, as well as one day at sea. Before we left port, we knew the hurricane was coming and our itinerary was changed. Since Freeport is further north and closer to Port Canaveral, we stopped there first and then went down to Key West. We enjoyed a fabulous day in Key West. We were docked there for 24 hours which is a rare event. Then we headed into the Gulf of Mexico for two sea days. We enjoyed blue skies and calm seas the entire trip. Because the ship wasn't able to get into Port Canaveral (the port was still closed) we docked in Fort Lauderdale where RCCI had 60 buses waiting to take us to Port Canaveral. Even though we were a day late arriving shuttles to the car parks were waiting. I was very happy with the service of Park Port Canaveral. The ship itself is older but we knew that ahead of time and found the smaller size very enjoyable. The ship is kept clean and the crew are fantastic. Because we were onboard an extra night, RCCI had an additional entertainer join the cruise in Key West. I was very impressed that they would do this and enjoyed all the entertainment on the ship. The food in the MdR was excellent and served in a timely manner. The food in the buffet was very good but I did start to find it repetitive by the end of the week. I was pleasantly surprised that despite having two sea days, we were always able to find a lounge chair and there was space in the pools and hot tubs if we felt like cooling off. Overall, I was most impressed with how Royal Caribbean and the captain and crew of the Majesty handled our "cruise in Hurricane Matthew"! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Just a get a way for the wife and myself, what a great time we had. We booked on short notice, less than two weeks before setting sail, got a nice room on the bow of the ship just below the bridge, and had a semi private deck, not known ... Read More
Just a get a way for the wife and myself, what a great time we had. We booked on short notice, less than two weeks before setting sail, got a nice room on the bow of the ship just below the bridge, and had a semi private deck, not known but to a few...that was nice. Used the Park and Cruise on Merritt Island, again. We find them to be very professional, and will continue to use them in the future, their staff make the load and unloading process effortless. We set sail on the Carnival Victory, our cabin stew ate, Ronnell and waiter, Numberone, we're so professional and helpful in everyone. Met one dining room member from Rominia, don't remember his name, but stated he was employee of the month for July, this man took great pride in his job, and was ready to lend a smile or few, during the talk we had. The four piece band that played on Prominade deck was without one of the best I have ever heard, they were damn good. The food was fine no complaints, as it was nothing a little salt and pepper could not make better, except the pizza, which was good all the timeshare pools, and a huge water slide made the trip that much better. All in all, no issues either small or large, just a plain ole good time. Enjoyed karaoke at night, wow some great singers in there every night. We are ready to go again, and certainly planning in early 2017. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
The price.dinning food and entertainment was awesome.crew members were awesome and friendly..with this being our first cruise we had a wonderful time and yes we will do it again.this was our very cruise and we loved it.now we have the ... Read More
The price.dinning food and entertainment was awesome.crew members were awesome and friendly..with this being our first cruise we had a wonderful time and yes we will do it again.this was our very cruise and we loved it.now we have the cruise fever. Just wish we would have taken a longer cruise.neither one of us wanted to come back.all cruise members made us feel special.our room was always clean..we had the best stateroom guys.they did a awesome job.cant wait to plan our next cruise.the bahamas was absolutely breath taking.alot to see and the people there were awesome and very friendly.we want to go back and see more.getting on the ship and off the ship was a breeze. The day of disembarkation went very smoothly.the cruise director was awesome.the ship itself was awesome.always clean.dining was awesome great food.in all carnival cruise line is the best.very friendly customer service always there to answer questions you might have. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Everything was superb! My husband and I were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Everything was taken care of and it was very relaxing. Barely knew 1000s were on board. At night we were the only adults in the pool. We had Palo Brunch ... Read More
Everything was superb! My husband and I were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Everything was taken care of and it was very relaxing. Barely knew 1000s were on board. At night we were the only adults in the pool. We had Palo Brunch which was an extra charge but it's now become a staple that we will always book! The food was the best we have ever had anywhere. I felt we were taken care of the whole time. Their private island was purely magical. The water was perfect and just beautiful. It's amazing for being on a family ship I really didn't see many kids around until pirate night. Also on board they were premiering Petes Dragon in 3 d in their big theatre room. We only got to see one movie because there really was so many things to do on board. I don't want to brag but my table won 90s music trivia. It was pretty awesome! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We sailed on the Disney Dream July 8th through the 11th 2016. This was our summer family vacation and it was the best decision ever! I was a little worried about the expense but Disney never ceases to fail! The Dream is immaculate! Endless ... Read More
We sailed on the Disney Dream July 8th through the 11th 2016. This was our summer family vacation and it was the best decision ever! I was a little worried about the expense but Disney never ceases to fail! The Dream is immaculate! Endless shows, deck parties, food, all just amazing! We had the same server the entire cruise. My favorite was Animator's Palate but the steak at Royal Palace was so delicious too! The kids really enjoyed Flo's cafe fast food service. They loved the burgers, hot dogs and pizza! My favorite is Disney's private island Castaway Cay! We loved it so much we booked a longer cruise because 3 days just wasn't enough. We are sailing the Fantasy in April 2017 with the Star Wars dat at sea. I can't wait to see the navigator for the daily activities so I can get custom made outfits for our family. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
My family and I have been to Nassau several times, so the port was nothing new to us. We have never sailed on Royal Caribbean other than 25 years ago, we have always chosen Disney. Needless to say, we were skeptical about trying Royal ... Read More
My family and I have been to Nassau several times, so the port was nothing new to us. We have never sailed on Royal Caribbean other than 25 years ago, we have always chosen Disney. Needless to say, we were skeptical about trying Royal again, especially when you have two kids with you. When we pulled up to parking deck, it went very smooth. There were signs directing you exactly where to go. However when we got to the elevators to get to the first floor (we parked on the 2nd,) one of the elevators was not working. After about 5 minutes of standing around waiting for one it finally came. A nice man was standing there waiting for us to give our luggage to him. He was very friendly and seemed to be very careful with our bags. We went through security, which only took about 10 minutes of the time. We were very pleased with the amount of time it was taking us. When we got to the place to fill out the paperwork, we saw three long lines, so we knew it was too good to be true. However, when they saw that we were "gold members" of Royal Caribbean, they told us to bypass the lines and get in a separate section. This was by far the best part. At Disney we were silver members and they made us wait in line. It took about 5 minutes to get us through and we were one of the first ones on the ships. The ship was beautiful especially considering it was built in 1992. We were in cabin #7516 which online it said it had an obstructive view. We were not expecting what we actually got. We had nothing at all in our way other than it was not a private balcony. It was in the middle of the jogging track, but if the ship were to have a problem to where we had to be evacuated by lifeboats, it would be the easiest for us to just walk out of our room and be where the lifeboats are. We had an excellent stateroom attendant. The dining was good, comparable to Disney, even. The entertainment was not as family-friendly as Disney's was, but we didn't expect to be wowed by it. It was very good for adults, however. The service was outstanding and there was not one day when we were not pleased with it. The ports of call were amazing, as always and the private island, CocoaCay was even better than Castaway Cay, Disney's private island. Overall, we had one of the bests cruises ever on the Majesty and we can't wait to do it again! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We are platinum cruisers on Carnival and defer to them because of there rewards program. As I have said in other reviews this was not a perfect cruise but it sure was awesome. There were a number of things that I liked better about this ... Read More
We are platinum cruisers on Carnival and defer to them because of there rewards program. As I have said in other reviews this was not a perfect cruise but it sure was awesome. There were a number of things that I liked better about this cruise then recent ones. I am a cigar smoker and they had a great area for it with comfortable seating and shade. This area was away from where people would normally be and made everyone happy. Great Job! I also loved Fish and Chips, the Alchemy bar and the full cast of dancers and orchestra. The ship was clean the crew worked there tail off and were always willing to help. The food was great though definitely not as a varied in the past, but I pay the same price for a cruise now as I did 10 years ago so no complaints. Our wait staff and room steward were both amazing. My son is a picky eater and through humor and genuine niceness they got him to try many interesting things. Jessica and her team at Park West also did a great job. They did not oversell the faster to the fun this time and it left us feeling special. The only issue we had was with in the Piano bar the musician was surly and rude, We have had a mixed bag with this venue with some of the musicians being awesome and fun and some being awful. This one should not have his contract renewed. Milos at the Alchemy bar and his partner were beyond excellent. If you want to go and have fun then I highly reccomend this cruise. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
My daughter chose this cruise for us because of price and dates of travel. This was our 16th cruise, and our first on Royal Caribbean. We've traveled on several cruise lines, but NCL has always been our preference, where we are ... Read More
My daughter chose this cruise for us because of price and dates of travel. This was our 16th cruise, and our first on Royal Caribbean. We've traveled on several cruise lines, but NCL has always been our preference, where we are Gold Latitude members with lots of perks. We were apprehensive to cruise RCCL starting back at ground zero. There were 18 of us - my husband, my friend, my 3 adult children, 2 of their spouses, and 10 grandchildren, ages 2 to 12. We had interior rooms on deck 2 and that worried me, as we typically have balconies or suites. I should not have been concerned. We Loved the ship, we Loved the staff, and we loved the cruise! We accidentally showed up without any printed cruise documents, but were quickly and cheerfully processed and on board the ship. We went immediately to deck 11 for lunch. It was not crowded and we enjoyed a nice meal. Our luggage arrived promptly and we shortly headed for the pool. This was the only portion of the trip that made me uncomfortable. As the grandmother of 10 young kids, I found it difficult to keep an eye on them with so many people gathered there, and it seemed that everybody was there. The band was wonderful and we enjoyed them each time they performed. After sail away, the crowd dispersed and during the rest of the trip the pool area, although crowded, was not unbearable. Our room was the smallest that we've ever stayed in. But it worked out fine. We travel with 1 suitcase each and limited clothing changes. Our room steward kept everything neat, although we rarely saw him. The bathroom, although small, was sufficient. The television offered several channels. There were enough electrical outlets to charge our devices. The ship offers free wifi, and although you have to sign up every day, it was quick and appreciated. We ate dinner every evening in the Moonlight Dining Room at 6:00. Keep in mind there were 17 of us with 10 small children. Our dining staff were beyond any doubt the best that we've encountered in our travels. Kudos to Ritchelle, Dan, Ceaser, and Mario. Our kids loved you! Thank you for making our dining experience so wonderful. We loved singing and dancing with you on the last 2 evenings. There were actually tears when we said our goodbys. Our kids took part in the kids program each evening and enjoyed themselves there. We didn't watch any performances, we did play bingo on the last day. It is certainly state of the art. My friend enjoyed the casino, coming out ahead! The photographers were more than willing to work with our kids to ensure that we had plenty of pictures to bring home. We enjoyed the ports, although we had been to Nassau many times. We found a great little beach, Junkanoo Beach, about 15 minutes from the ship where we rented umbrellas and chairs and our kids played for hours in the water. There were also hula hoop, limbo, etc. contests that they could and did participate in for cash prizes. Also the kids drinks were free all day! Coco Cay was great and we loved the barbeque!! Really liked how it was laid out in separate areas. Getting off the ship was rated as Best Disembarkation Ever by my daughter's family who skipped breakfast and went to deck 4 at 7:00. They were off the boat in about 20 minutes. It was rated as worst disembarkation ever by the rest of us who waited until 7:40 to join the maddening crowd on deck 4. Unless they change the process, either take your time and enjoy a leisurely breakfast giving the maddening crowd time to disperse, or get there early. Everyone on board apparently opted to carry off their own luggage. It was crazy. We're still loyal to NCL (getting those perks you know), but we're eager to explore other ships that RCCL has to offer. We had a wonderful experience!!! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Majesty of the Seas to my friends! I know now why people love her! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2016
Just returned from a wonderful cruise on the Victory. Had FTTF. Was on the ship by 11:40. Room was ready when we boarded. Ate lunch and went back to the room and luggage was waiting. FTTF at guest service was a great feature. Just by ... Read More
Just returned from a wonderful cruise on the Victory. Had FTTF. Was on the ship by 11:40. Room was ready when we boarded. Ate lunch and went back to the room and luggage was waiting. FTTF at guest service was a great feature. Just by pass the long line and go to the FTTF desk. Food was excellent. Crew couldn't have been nicer. I was on the 9th fl. The bathroom was still pink. It did not bother me. Ate at the buffet every night. Such a great selection of food. Didn't see any shows due to spending time in the casino. Very little smoke in the casino. Everyone was dressed nice, very courteous .Children were all well behaved. Getting off the ship we carried our luggage, and met in the FTTF room. Was off at 7:15, and no line at immigration . Hope everyone enjoys the Victory like I have. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Went on Majesty of the Seas for 4 night cruise from Port Canaveral. It was excellent! Boarding was delayed 1.5 hours due to ship coming in late because of rough seas but that is not RCL's fault and we were notified via text. Ship was ... Read More
Went on Majesty of the Seas for 4 night cruise from Port Canaveral. It was excellent! Boarding was delayed 1.5 hours due to ship coming in late because of rough seas but that is not RCL's fault and we were notified via text. Ship was clean, no line at customer service or on board excursions so it was easy to take care of business and get any questions answered. Room was ready by 1, luggage available shortly thereafter. Had interior room, no bells and whistles but nice and clean. Pools always busy but they are on every ship I've ever been on. If you want to swim laps, stay at home and go to the gym! Recently installed tv screen poolside was good. Showed movies like Zootopia and Top Gun and also trivia. Windjammer food was tasty, had nice variety. Breakfast bread especially good. If you can't find something there, stay at home and cook for yourself! Had Sorrento's Pizza several times, and it makes a good snack. No, it won't be as good as your pizzeria at home, but it's only meant to be a little something to snack on as you're roaming around the ship. Had dinner in Moonlight dining room and it was fantastic!!! Never had a bad meal. The beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes was exceptional, one of the best meals I've ever had! Lasagna and steak were also great, and lemon meringue pie for dessert was heavenly. Wait staff (Patel and Felix) were attentive and anticipated our needs. We asked for iced tea and cappuccino the first night, and they automatically brought the next nights! They also offered repeatedly to bring something else if we did not like something. Casino was fun. I lost but that is not RCL's fault! The shows were all enjoyable. Saw comedian the first night and he was funny! Shows are heavy on 70's and 80's, but I like that and thought the lead singer had a nice voice. No, it's not broadway shows like on the Oasis, but if that's what you want, then book with the newer ships! Port of Nassau was fun. No shore excursions, but went on our own and saw Fort Fincastle, Queen's Staircase, and the Straw Market. I did like it better years ago when people made their own things to sell, but oh well, times change! Coco Cay visit was changed due to windy conditions, but there again, not RCL's fault. We went to Nassau early and visited Coco Cay on our sea day. Went on the scuba dive and it was a nice reef, lots of fish and an eagle ray swam close to me! No, not tons of sharks or turtles, but if you want that, dive off Jupiter, Florida! It was definitely worth the money. Did the stingray city excursion and totally enjoyed it. Got to feed and pet rays. Only negatives would be leaving the ship. Way too many carrying own luggage and were routed up the stairs and through the dining room. Would like to see more people or something checking people out. Would also like it if you could get and return towels on Coco Cay. Have to check out towel and return on ship, but it rained while on Coco Cay and had to lug heavy, wet towel back to ship. Overall, a fantastic time! Well worth the money for a little getaway. Majesty is an older ship, but still well maintained and fun. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
My wife and I had already been on a couple cruises. We weren't sure how our 11 and 13 year olds would like a cruise. Well they absolutely had a ball! Everything from the water slides, shows, shore excursions, and meals! They ... Read More
My wife and I had already been on a couple cruises. We weren't sure how our 11 and 13 year olds would like a cruise. Well they absolutely had a ball! Everything from the water slides, shows, shore excursions, and meals! They couldn't wait to go to dinner and see our favorite waiter Anthony. The ship is older and smaller than previous ships we sailed on. I was worried about that. It has been modernized and refurbished now. I was totally impressed with the ship! Also our 1st time with Carnival. We had been on Princess and Royale Caribbean prior. Carnival was just as good in every way. We had a balcony room with a fold down bunk. We liked the room. My 11 year old son and I would play miniature golf every night. We spent a bunch of time in the back of the ship playing games together. We went to every show we could. The entertainment was excellent. My 13 year old daughter who does competition dance actually got to participate on stage with the cast and will never forget it. Can't wait to cruise again with the family! Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Sarita, Vinnie & Family April 10th-14th, 2016 This was our first cruise and we wanted to know what it felt like being on a cruise. We had a wonderful time and I am so glad that my husband and I decided to go along with our son, his ... Read More
Sarita, Vinnie & Family April 10th-14th, 2016 This was our first cruise and we wanted to know what it felt like being on a cruise. We had a wonderful time and I am so glad that my husband and I decided to go along with our son, his wife and kids. I am extremely afraid of heights but it was not as bad as I thought. I kept a distance from the rails and looked out into the sea which was fine for me it was the only way I was going to get over it since I am a smoker. The entertainment was great I just had to keep an eye on my husband Vinnie from continuously going to the casino room he said that the machines were calling him and I truly found that hard to believe....(lol) The food was pretty good they were always have food available for one to eat. The dining area was wonderful and the service was excellent! We had a cabin where there was no window but next time I'll make sure there is one since I had no clue what time of day it was. The only thing I did not like was the movement of the boat it was not a good experience when I felt the boat move but besides that I loved being on it. As for the ports we went to Nassau and Freeport I had a good time shopping in Nassau. One thing I wanted to mention the environment and music was great and we met a lot of wonderful people on board and was able to spend sometime with them as well......Just wish we could have exchanged some information with them before we left. Can't wait till we plan our next cruise. Overall the ship was beautiful and Yes, I would do this all again hopefully soon!! (My favorite part of it all hanging out on the Lido Deck, feeling the breeze, seeing the sunrise and the sunset!) Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We sailed several years ago on EOS for a 7-night W. Caribbean cruise and have always had interior rooms for our previous cruises. As this was our first cruise in 5 years, plus our first with our son (4.5 yo) in tow, we decided to go for ... Read More
We sailed several years ago on EOS for a 7-night W. Caribbean cruise and have always had interior rooms for our previous cruises. As this was our first cruise in 5 years, plus our first with our son (4.5 yo) in tow, we decided to go for the shorter duration cruise and "splurge" on an oceanview room (booked during 30% off sale). What a wonderful surprise when RCCL called us a few months before with the news that we'd been upgraded for free to a balcony room (7046- great location!) because our original room was incorrectly labeled as sleeping 3!! I can definitely say we'll never go back to an interior room again! Embarkation was a breeze- on the ship and at the Windjammer and the pool within 45 minutes of getting out of our 11am arrival. Next time I'll actually wear my bathing suit instead of having to change in the bathroom to avoid the long lines! Staterooms were ready at 1:30pm (as promised) although our luggage did not arrive until a few hours later, but just in time to get changed for 5:30pm seating. Dropped off the kid at Adventure Ocean after dinner then changed into our suits to watch "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" on the pool deck from the hot tub- very cool experience! Unfortunately we couldn't stay for all of it, as we didn't want to push back our son's bedtime too much, but it was still cool. Next day was CocoCay and we chose to stay on board. Hubby got a massage, kid went to Adventure Ocean (where I'm pretty sure he was the only one there in his age group!), and I went to lay out by the almost-empty pool and enjoy the peace, quiet, and beautiful weather! It's the first time we've stayed on board in port and I would choose to do so again! We all hung out at the pool together for the afternoon, where it started to get more crowded as people returned from the island. As it was formal night, we sent our son to dinner with Adventure Ocean and ended up having a nice little "date night," as we were the only ones at our table! Watched another movie by the pool in our jeans/sweatshirts with one of the bottles of wine we brought on board. Arrived in Nassau early the next morning (6am to be exact, as I was up before the sun and watched the docking from the balcony. Disembarked to a VERY WINDY day and cloudy skies and took a cab to our scheduled excursion (Sandy Toes Island Resort Day- not through RCCL) only to find out upon arrival that they'd had to cancel because of unsafe boating conditions. Our son still wanted to visit a beach, like we'd promised, so we walked through part of Atlantis (not the new, fancy part) to a public beach (Cabbage Beach), hung out for an hour, then headed back to the ship in time for lunch and more afternoon pool time. No shows that evening, as we spent time after dinner hanging out with the other parents from our table in the Schooner Bar while all the kids were in Adventure Ocean. Next was day at sea. Started cloudy, so our son went back to Adventure Ocean and we just lazed around the cabin and on our balcony most of the morning. The second night we had purchased 2 dinners at the Chef's Table (only $65 pp once on cruise), which included a galley tour and Italian lunch in the dining room. Warning: They will invite young kids to the tour and lunch, but don't bring them- they will be bored. We sailed through a brief rainstorm in the early afternoon, which cleared out a "few" lounge chairs by the pool (but most people just let their towels in the rain to continue claiming their chair) and we enjoyed another beautiful afternoon on deck. Son went back to Adventure Ocean for dinner while hubby and I went to Chef's Table for dinner- it was amazing! LOTS of wine to drink, delicious food, and small, friendly atmosphere- although it allows up to 12 people, there were only 5 of us the last night. Picked up kid afterwards for the "family dance party" in Bolero's- not so much, but my son and I had fun making fools of ourselves on the mostly-empty dance floor. Woke up early the next morning to self-carry luggage- best decision ever, as we were in the car by 8am! Staff: Dasmond was an amazing room attendant and my son still talks about the towel animals! Nicholas in the MDR was great, too, and very patient with our very busy 4.5 year old! And I could NEVER say enough good things about the Adventure Ocean program and staff- our son LOVED IT and given the choice, always chose to go there rather than hang out us in the evening. All staff that we interacted with were very friendly and courteous- adds so much to the experience! Ship: Hubby thinks EOS is showing some old age and wear, but I thought it was all great- he's a detail person, I'm big-picture. Bed was a little saggy and obvious that it's two twins put together (bump in the middle), but not a deal-breaker. Windjammer is crowded at peak times (duh), but we never had a problem sitting down and eating before 9am. Suggestions: Unless you're OCD about scheduling like me, do NOT buy anything on this ship before you get onboard. I pre-purchased wifi (which was the speed of old-school dial-up and not worth $20/day) and a massage, but both were cheaper a day into the cruise. Same with the Chef's Table dinner. If you don't drink soda or beer, and don't plan to spend your entire cruise drink, I don't think the drink package is worth it. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We wanted to take a family vacation that would appeal to the adults as well as my 20 month old daughter. She LOVES Mickey and the Princesses. I had read that Disney cruises were amazing and worth the money. So I thought we would give it a ... Read More
We wanted to take a family vacation that would appeal to the adults as well as my 20 month old daughter. She LOVES Mickey and the Princesses. I had read that Disney cruises were amazing and worth the money. So I thought we would give it a try; and boy, it didn't disappoint! We started our trip with a day exploring the Magic Kingdom. We stayed at the All-Star Movie Resort. I didn't see the point of staying at a more expensive resort when we were only staying for one night. For a value resort, I thought it was fine. I loved the Toy Story décor and building we stayed in. They also had a great playground and pool for the little ones. The biggest plus to staying at the Disney resort was that the Disney Cruise line bus picks you up right at the hotel. No stressing over driving to the Port or loading luggage. It is quite a haul (90 minutes I believe) so bring snacks and activities for the little ones. I was truly impressed with Disney's Embarking process. I have gone on 2 Carnival cruises and thought Embarkation was a nightmare, like going to the airport. But with Disney it was smooth sailing. It's decorated nice, and in true Disney fashion all the small details were present. They were playing Disney tunes, and even Mickey was there taking pictures and greeting guests. Do the "online check-in" and print the forms ahead of time, that speeds up the process. We literally were dropped off by the bus, through embarkation and on the boat within 30 minutes. And with a toddler that's no easy task! The boat itself in GORGEOUS. I was immediately impressed by the décor and attention to detail. The staff works hard to keep it clean and tidy. It's Disney but not over the top. The restaurants were amazing, I loved Animator's Palette. We actually were at a great table where my lo got to interact with Shred. As far as the food goes, I thought it was good/above average but nothing that blew me away. And that's ok, it wasn't bad by any means. What definitely sets them apart from other cruise lines in the Service. I had read that the service was great. But the service was amazing. Every night at dinner our team of servers greeted my daughter first asking "how was your day princess?" They went above and beyond; they cut my daughter's food for her, entertained her and overall were an absolute joy to talk to. As the days went on and we were getting to know them, we found out they both had small children. I can't imagine being a way from my child for 4 months at a time. I have so much respect for them. As far as the entertainment, it was top notch. My daughter LOVED the Dreamers. Every time they played in the Atrium we were there and dancing. The shows were amazing. We missed the Villain show, but the Golden Mickeys and the other show was great, entertaining for the whole family. Pirate Night and fireworks were amazing. The best part about the cruise was all of the character sessions! If you were to go to the Disney parks you can wait upwards to an hour to meet Mickey. On the cruise we were able to meet all the characters and princesses and at most waited 10 minutes. I also loved that the characters would just show up and dance with the kids or join in on the activities. All and all, I wish we had more time to explore the ship and partake in the activities. Unfortunately, on a 3 day cruise you run out of time to experience everything. The cabin was amazing! Compared to other cruise lines I've cruised with, it's double the size. We opted for the Ocean view veranda but didn't pick our cabin upfront. We saved like $300 by letting Disney "assign" us a cabin. That was the best thing that could have ever happened to us! We got a hidden gem, we ended up with an end veranda that was double the size. The other thing I loved about the cabin was all the small details they took care of. We have a 20 month old daughter so they provided a pack n play and a diaper genie (nice touch!) I was worried about what we were going to do with all those diapers. Also, having a bathtub in the cabin was nice, and I like that the shower is separate from the restroom. I was very impressed with the cabin overall, I have nothing negative to say about it. Ports and Shore excursions - Castaway Cay is remarkable. What a great place! I could stay there for a week! I loved that they had some fun activities for the kids too. There was Hermit crab races and a Dance party with Minnie and Goofy! Nassau on the other hand was not so great. We opted to do a Beach day and tour of Atlantis (for the 3 of us was $220) not worth it. I'm sad to say Nassau has really gone down hill. Atlantis was nice, but not worth that price tag. If I were to do it again, I would have spent that day we were docked at Nassau on the boat. Overall, we had an amazing trip. My daughter loved it, she still talks about the "Mickey Boat". I would hands down go on another Disney cruise, preferably one that has 2 stops to Castaway Cay. I would highly recommend taking your family, Disney will not disappoint! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
Yes, all of the reviews are accurate. No one does it better than disney. You know the experience will be unique from the time you step on board. This was a first cruise for my son and 4 grandchildren. We had two connecting cabins and truly ... Read More
Yes, all of the reviews are accurate. No one does it better than disney. You know the experience will be unique from the time you step on board. This was a first cruise for my son and 4 grandchildren. We had two connecting cabins and truly enjoyed the time together. The kids were disappointed that the pool on board was so small until the first excusion then they did not notice the small ship board pool. They loved the tube and watching movies while in the pool. The dining room staff was exceptional. The children did not want m to leave. They all loved it, even the teenager. She partied till 1am and the 9 and 10 year Olds were totally engaged with activities. Disney's island was exceptional. The ability to eliminate all bugs is a feat and only disney can manage that. The food on the island was fresh and delicious. The Atlantis excursion was fun. It gave the kids af chance to run aound and play in a real swimming pool. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
My thorough review of our first Disney Cruise on the Disney Dream, very lengthy LOL (I took over 600 pictures, but here are just a few): This was our first ever cruise. Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids ages 6 and 16). We decided to ... Read More
My thorough review of our first Disney Cruise on the Disney Dream, very lengthy LOL (I took over 600 pictures, but here are just a few): This was our first ever cruise. Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids ages 6 and 16). We decided to go a day early and stay overnight in Port Canaveral, spent some time at Cocoa Beach, did some shopping, had breakfast, lunch and dinner, slept and the next morning (day of cruise) while having breakfast is when my 6 year old received her call from Mickey & Minnie, although the call didn’t go as expected she was still very excited. I’ll have to post that video later. We stayed at LaQuinta which was only about 6-7 miles from the port, hotel was a little dated, it was only one night but I don’t think I would stay there again. Embarkation: Not too bad, very well organized and we didn’t feel like we were waiting around too long, it gave us time to look around the port (not much to see) take some pictures, and get my daughters magic band for youth activities, our Port arrival time was 10:45am, I picked an early arrival time just to give us time to explore the ship while it wasn’t very crowded, we had lunch and it left us plenty of time before the mandatory safety drill that started around 4 pm. Passports are not required if you are returning to the same U.S. Port you left from, but are good to have just in case there is an emergency. Also, travel insurance isn't required, but just to have a peace of mind, I would suggest you get it. We picked the late dinner seating time which was 8:15pm each night and it worked out perfectly, we all made sure we downloaded the Disney Cruise Navigator App, that allowed us to text each other while onboard since there was no Wi-Fi, they give you 50MB for free, but you will easily use that up within 15 minutes, or you could purchase one of their plans, I didn’t feel we needed it because we kind of wanted to disconnect from everything and just enjoy this vacation with limited interruptions. Now let me get to my son (16 year old), when he found out about the cruise he wasn’t very excited about it, and I was a little worried that he wouldn’t enjoy it, when we spent 7 days at Disney World, he didn’t have a great time (the only teen I know that don’t enjoy roller coasters), weeks before we left he kept asking us if he could stay with a friend while we all went without him, I wasn’t going to do that. Well, on the first night he met about 10 other teens from South Carolina and a few other states that he spent 98% percent of his time with, I told him he was free to do what he wanted as long as he met us for dinner each night at 8:15pm and for the Pirate Night which is a huge event that they have on Disney cruises, he spent most of his time in “Vibe” a teen only club, us parents aren’t even allowed to go in there (I’m sure there’s ways around it, but I didn’t bother too much), so I didn’t get many pictures of the inside, I was able to get a picture of the teen private pool and lounge area, and of course he didn’t take many pics which was expected LOL, let's just say he didn't return to our room until about 2-4am each morning, he was having the time of his life. Everything was smooth sailing. We were in stateroom 2044 which was Midship on the 2nd deck, I selected an ocean view room that had a huge port hole and an amazing view, thought about getting a room with a verandah but I didn’t think we needed it since we didn’t spend much time in our room. We were just steps away from the Enchanted Garden restaurant and very close to elevators (we did not hear lots of noise at all). Our room was mostly used for sleeping, shower and to change clothes, Room was spacious by ship standards, but we may go with connecting rooms next time, we had no problems navigating with the 4 of us in there. Queen bed was high enough for all luggage to slide easily under the beds to allow more space, room also had two closets, some shelves, drawers, a safe and there were 2 bathrooms, one with the shower/tub combo and a sink, the other with toilet and a sink. Cabin cleanliness was great, and our room host, Aida, was the best, she greeted us all by name which was very welcoming, our room was cleaned twice a day and we had no issues at all with anything there. The ship itself is amazing. Everything was clean clean clean, there was never a time when I didn’t see a DCL crew member cleaning something and there is so much to do, we literally only got about half done of what was available (never even made it to several bars, the sports deck, or some of the other restaurants). In the end, that’s marketing genius by Disney, as people will just have to come back again to do it all. I spent most of my time near the pool deck watching movies or on Deck 11/12 in the adult only lounge, just relaxing and enjoying some cocktails. Food: REALLY good. I was shocked at the quality given it is mass produced. Cabanas buffet for breakfast and lunch is easy, and outstanding, for breakfast we went to Royal Palace and enchanted gardens, as it is still served buffet style, it’s a little more formal, you are seated immediately and didn’t have to worry about looking for a table as you do at Cabanas. Dinner was simply amazing. Here is the key point for a great dinner: LISTEN TO YOUR WAIT STAFF! They will tell you a couple options that you should get. Trust their recommendations. But, if you must, like me, take a chance on something they don't recommend, our staff went ahead and brought what was requested, waited a few minutes, then brought the recommended dish anyway! And of course, they were 100% on point with it. Our server, Ek, was the best! There just aren’t enough words to describe how amazing he was, our laugh every night was during dinner when he made it a point to always bring my son a cheeseburger with whatever he ordered, only because he know that’s all he really ate during the cruise, he would bring him a cheeseburger as an appetizer, another for dessert and another to to-go….it was so hilarious! The wait staff also really took the time to know the family and what we like. For example, the first night my son ordered a lemonade and my daughter ordered chocolate milk. Each additional night, when we got to our table, a lemonade and chocolate milk was already waiting for them with their name on it. That’s service. If there was a dessert you liked from another restaurant that they didn’t have on the menu, they would have it made it delivered to your table if you wanted it. The shows were also well done and the right length for kids. Here are my excursion thoughts: 1. Atlantis - Bahamas – All personal preference, I wouldn’t waste my time. I did get off the ship to look around at the different shops and to purchase liquor. Otherwise, Stay on the ship and explore everything the ship has to offer, there are still tons to do onboard while the ship is docked. I will say that when I travel I dont do a lot of sleeping, I was up every morning around 5am just walking around and exploring the ship. When we made it to Nassau some people did decide to go over to Atlantis, I’ve been to a water park before and that’s all it is. For $180 per person for the day on Atlantis, it’s not worth it at all, but if you really feel the need to go, I would recommend booking a room at Atlantis, you will not stay the night there but you will get admission for 4 people when you book an overnight stay. It will be a hassle packing up for the day, getting off early in the morning and then rushing back to the ship by 5:00pm. There is a Casino there if you want to go gamble, I don’t gamble, but I guess if you do gamble and you hit big that would offset the cost. 2. Castaway Cay - Another moment of marketing brilliance by Disney. "Hey, let’s buy an island, turn it into another money maker!" It worked. I do think you should get off ship for this one. Snorkeling is really fun and easy to do, beaches are really nice, plenty of loungers, chairs and hammocks, so we didn’t need to rush to find a spot, the food was great at the BBQ place. You could go parasailing, rent jet skis or bikes and there are plenty other things to do. Now, I will say…the weather was not the best, after only being on the island for a little while, it began to rain really bad so we decided to get back on the ship, took my daughter back to the kid’s club and we went to the adult only deck and chilled in the hot tub with some drinks. My kids loved going to the youth clubs, so much for them to do. My 6-year-old could not wait for us to drop her off there each day so she could play, Oceaneer’s Club/Lab was open until 11:30-12am every night and the teen club was open until 1am-2am. It was stress free, great child care, and the adults got to go get some drinks in the adults only areas. It worked out great for everyone, the youth clubs would call or send you a text if your child wanted to be picked up, you will have to have your KTTW card and a secret password before the child is released to you, teens could go and leave the clubs as they pleased (they have their own private entrance). Before entering and leaving the youth clubs they always made sure you washed your hands, I loved that…they also had staff at the entrance of every restaurant or self-serve stations handing you sanitizing wipes before and after dining. Character Meet n Greets - Be prepared for long lines (up to 30-45 minutes each character) just to get a picture. It’s crazy, but I set reminders in my phone so we could arrive a few minutes early to be some of the first in line, my daughter loved it, her favorite characters are Minnie, Mickey and Rapunzel! We did see a few live shows and also went to the movie theatre on the ship called Buena Vista theatre to check out the movie, “Moana” they had an early show at 8:30am, so only my daughter and I woke up, had breakfast and went to see that while the fellas slept. Some of the other moves that were showing were, Captain America: Civil War, Finding Dory, The BFG, Pete’s Dragon, Dr, Strange, Lion King, Pocahontas, etc. Movies will vary based on ship and the time of travel. THESE ARE ALL INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE CRUISE. Is Disney expensive? Well, it depends on what you consider expensive, I thought it was worth every penny. But I think overall, if you skip some of the way over-priced excursions and just enjoy the ship and different ports, it is worth it. The only thing you would spend additional money on are: Souvenirs, excursions, port purchases (I only purchased liquor to bring home), spa treatments, the adult only restaurants which were Palo and Remy (approx. $40-50 per person). You can also prepay your tips before your cruise, when you receive your itinerary in the mail it will tell you how much your tips will be per person/per day (children included) any additional tips you would leave in the envelopes left in your room at the end of your cruise. A 15% gratuity is automatically added to your check for alcoholic beverages, and 18% is automatically added for spa services. Some things that I thought were “must-haves” or just fun to do were the door magnets and fish extenders, most guest decorate their stateroom door with magnets, I was in a fish extender group of only 10 families so I didn’t need to make or bring much, you can choose to join a group of more families if you like, just keep in mind that you have to walk around and deliver these to each stateroom, we delivered ours as soon as we were able to check in to our room which was about 1:30pm, since I had items that could be used for this cruise, I thought delivering early would be best, some people do not deliver their gifts until the last day. I decided to make each family a “Bare Necessities” kit, that included items like (hand sanitizer, tissue, toothbrush, Advil, toothpaste, shout stain remover, wipes, cotton swabs, close pins for hanging wet swimsuits, etc.) and I also gave each family a “Disney Movie Snack Pack” that had snacks they could take with them to the movies so they didn’t have to spend much on purchasing snacks on the ship. I also took personalized travel cups for beverages since the cups at the fountains are very small, drink fountains are open 24 hours a day. You could eat all you want, the ice cream station was amazing and you could enjoy as many ice cream cones as your heart desires. Disney standards are second to none. The food and service were exceptional. We were worried about having too many children on the cruise with it being Disney but there are so many adult only areas that we had plenty of time to ourselves. All in all, this vacation was amazing! I am already planning the next Disney Cruise, it was just plain exceptional. I am planning for more than 4 days next time, there are simply too many things to do, I can’t wait to be on board again! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2016
Yes we explored the Orlando city and visited to walt Disney world. I will tell people should take the Sunshine to visit Bahamas. No I didn't travel with children because We don't have any child yet. It was our first cruise as ... Read More
Yes we explored the Orlando city and visited to walt Disney world. I will tell people should take the Sunshine to visit Bahamas. No I didn't travel with children because We don't have any child yet. It was our first cruise as a Honeymoon trip. Yes If I have a chance I will definitely go there. This was our first visit and we were hoping it would compete with our love; but should have known better as it is half the cost. Also The food was too good. There were around 10-12 restaurants in this cruise. We loved our cabin room. It had a dressing room, the bed faces out toward the bathroom and a beautiful closet. The bathroom is shoved in a corner - which is personally preferable as opposed to being near the door and closets. Last but not least, the formal dinner in each night was memorable. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
For first time cruisers, we tried our best to prepare by listening to the advice of prior cruisers. However, nothing could prepare us for the absolutely best time we have ever had. We stayed at the Orlando Airport Hyatt 2 days prior. ... Read More
For first time cruisers, we tried our best to prepare by listening to the advice of prior cruisers. However, nothing could prepare us for the absolutely best time we have ever had. We stayed at the Orlando Airport Hyatt 2 days prior. Instead of choosing to ride the Disney Cruise shuttle (could not find the contact info), we opted for a private car which turned out perfect as we had 8 bags. Boarding went smoothly as we had already prepared the forms on-line. Once boarded we had a bit of confusion as everyone tried to use the mid-ship elevators. Next time we will use the aft or forward elevators. The ship itself was immaculate in every detail. I am the type who looks for flaws, but could not find any. This told me that Disney was going to live up to the hype you always hear about. Once settled into our cabin, which was a family cabin with private veranda and very spacious, we set about exploring the ship. Disney has so many information centers that it is impossible to get lost. Our room host was wonderful and has obviously mastered the art of making animals out of towels. Dining was easy and the wait staff always discreetly informed you that most specialty drinks in the dining rooms were extra. Most mornings we ate at Cabanas and never had problems finding a table to sit and eat. We have tweens who were thoroughly entertained at "Edge", in addition to watching Star Wars. Plenty to do on board for all ages. In fact you cannot do it all in one 4 day cruise. The adult section has plenty of space, great bar staff and the night club scene is on par with some of the finer hotels. One thing we would do differently is only schedule one prime dinner at Remy or Palo. We were hard pressed to make it to Palo, but Remy is an experience one should not miss. In addition, we recommend that you listen very carefully to the Disney videos people make. Some of them act as if you will die of thirst if you do not bring a travel mug to use at the free drink stations. The truth is, is that the cups are for 12 ounces of liquid and are more than enough to handle your thirst. We also purchased a steamer so it was not taken out of our bag versus an iron. We opted for the Junkaroo/fort shore excursion in Nassau, but were a bit disappointed because the vendor backed the departure time up by 3 hours, which of course impacted our shopping time. Next cruise we will look very closely at other excursions or just going to the shopping district. Castaway Cay is a wonderful feature only Disney has. Again plenty to do from just getting some sun to para sailing. We only managed to see a fraction of the Cay. Disembarkation is a sad day indeed. We had so much fun and worry free travel that we just did not want to face reality. That said Disembarkation went swift and smooth. A few pointers; bring something that will illuminate your cabin at night, you will not believe how dark they get once you are out at sea. Water bottles for the room are necessary and you can fill them up each day at the drink stations. You don't need to bring body wash or shampoo. Disney provides plenty and it is good stuff. Unless there is a formal night or you plan to eat at one of the specialty restaurants do not pack formal. Cruise casual is the dress of the day, so shorts, polo shirts, t-shirts, bathing suits etc are what to bring. Sit back and enjoy yourself, let Disney do the heavy lifting and be prepared for a truly magical time. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
My husband & I are experienced cruisers & we decided to plan a family reunion with our two sons & their families on a cruise ship. One of our daughters-in-law had never cruised & preferred to try a short cruise, so we chose ... Read More
My husband & I are experienced cruisers & we decided to plan a family reunion with our two sons & their families on a cruise ship. One of our daughters-in-law had never cruised & preferred to try a short cruise, so we chose Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas with very low expectations. Our group consisted of 2 seniors, 4 adults & 3 children ages 4,5 & 7. We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Titusville, FL the night before the cruise & found it very convenient & pleasant, about a half an hour drive to the cruise port. They also offered discount parking coupons for pier parking. Embarkation was very quick & pleasant, we boarded about 11:30am. Halls to the cabins were closed, so you couldn't drop anything in your room. Cabins were available about 1:30. Windjammer café was very busy & crowded, we chose to avoid it for the rest of the cruise. However, food was good & very large variety to choose from. Found the Park Café in the Solarium much better for breakfast & lunch & late nite snacks. The ship was in surprisingly good shape, clean & well maintained. Activities on board were very well run & there was truly something for everyone. Saw other reviews that claimed things were closed or unavailable, we did not find this at all. Climbing wall & trampoline were open with none to minimal lines. Ben & Jerry's was open. Our children enjoyed the Ocean Adventure Club, lots of fun activities for all ages. Service was excellent throughout the ship. Friendly staff, no hounding you for drinks, etc. Dinning Room was also excellent both in service & food. We were able to reserve a cabana on Coco Cay & we highly recommend this. Suite passengers get first dibs in these, but if you go the shore excursion desk as soon as you get on board you can get on the waiting list. The cabana's are not directly on the beach, but they do provide a nice shaded safe place to leave your stuff, have a wonderful buffet lunch, welcome drink, bottle of champagne, 4 large bottle of water & ice, plus comfortable lounge sofa & chairs. 2 sets of snorkel equipment & unlimited swim mats are also provided. Our confirmation did say up to six occupants, but we had no problem with our group of 9 in one cabana. There was some seaweed along the shore, but the water was clear, warm & had lots of tropical fish you could see even without snorkeling. In Nassau, our sons took the ships excursion on a glass bottom boat & really enjoyed that experience. We just walked around the town & went to the straw market. The mix of passengers was quite extensive, friendly & all age groups. There were a few drunks in the pool area, but they were easily avoided. Disembarkation was also easy & well organized. Our one son & his family took the bus transfer back to the airport & he said that went quite smoothly also. All in All a Great Family Cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
This was our very first cruise. We're from Alaska so we were very warm on the cruise even though it was November. We enjoyed the Blue Iguana and Guy Fieri eateries. We did catch a comedy show and the 80's rock show and enjoyed ... Read More
This was our very first cruise. We're from Alaska so we were very warm on the cruise even though it was November. We enjoyed the Blue Iguana and Guy Fieri eateries. We did catch a comedy show and the 80's rock show and enjoyed both. We had long excursions on all 3 port days so we were often too tired to do much but eat dinner and go to bed. We tried the Italian restaurant and it was well worth the upcharge. I originally booked a balcony but we accepted an upgrade to an Ocean Suite for $300. We took it as we were 2 adults travelling with 2 teenagers and wanted extra space. I think next time we would stick with the balcony even though the suite had more storage. Priority embarkation because we were in a suite was pretty nice. We enjoyed all of the excursions. Our favorite was playing with the dolphins at Balmoral Island in Nassau. None of the dolphin excursions were cheap but we figured we might not get teen boys on a cruise again anytime soon. It was worth seeing our boys enjoy meeting the dolphin. All of the crew were helpful and cheerful. Very nice staff. The ship was clean and our room was always well taken care of. The only problem was service in the dining room took so long one night we didn't go back our last night. Read Less

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