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53 Orlando (Port Canaveral) First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because we had holiday'd in California and then across to Orlando, Florida for our action packed theme park holiday and our travel agent suggested this cruise to end our adventures. Since we had travelled so far ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had holiday'd in California and then across to Orlando, Florida for our action packed theme park holiday and our travel agent suggested this cruise to end our adventures. Since we had travelled so far to get there (from Australia) and we might never have the chance to see the Caribbean again I jumped at the opportunity. Boy am I glad I did. This cruise was the highlight of our amazing trip. We caught the Royal Shuttle from the airport to Port Canaveral and whilst it was very pricey it was great service smooth sailing. The check in process at the port was quick and easy. By time we boarded our room was ready and our luggage was delivered to us with a few hours. The ship departed port a few hours later than usual as a few days prior Hurricane Matthew had gone through Florida and they were allowing time for a few rescheduled flights to make it for boarding. We were all made aware of this change a day or two prior and it was no problem. Everything was open, including the pools, bars and entertainment. The atmosphere was exciting! This was our first cruising experience and Freedom of the Seas was perfect. It was a large ship yet there is always so much happening you never feel like it is too crowded or you can't do something. I was worried about the shows but there are 2 shows a night and we never had an issue getting in. We loved our panoramic window view room- 1208. A great compromise for wanting a view but being a little scared of the balcony with kids. Our room attendant Amelia was incredible. So friendly, nothing was ever an issue and she was so good with our kids. The kids loved coming in every night to a different towel animal. Coming back to a clean room just made my holiday as being a mum its not often somebody else does the cleaning for you. The dining options were amazing. So much food and the variety was endless. We only ate 2 nights in the dining room ( our first night and formal night). The staff were lovely but we are very much buffet eaters in the fact we like to fill our plate with a variety of different foods lol. We really enjoyed Windjammer. The kids club was another highlight! We have two children, aged 5 & 8. They usually hate kids club and they were in different age groups so I was worried about that. The staff at the kids club told me we could put them together but they had to at least try their own age groups first. They did… and they loved it. To the point they would winge if we were taking them out of the kids club to go on a shore excursion. Entertainment was so great. A highlight for us was Alfred and Seymore. So funny! the best act by far. A review of our Port experiences- Labadee, Haiti- A lovely island to chill and relax on. The zipline was well worth the money. Incredible once in a lifetime experience. We booked the first zipline of the day . The kids stayed on the ship kids club whilst they took our group off the boat first and escorted us to the zipline meeting location. Once the activity was over we went back to the ship got the kids and spent the rest of the day on the beach. We paid for the inflatable water playground for the kids on the beach. Our 8 year old loved it but even some of them were a bit hard for him to climb. It wasn't suitable for our 5 year old and they quickly refunded our money with no trouble at all. Lunch was included and bought out on the beach. Our drinks packages worked on the island too so that was great. If I could find one negative about Haiti it would be that most of the locals didn't seem all that happy about us being there. They weren't overly friendly but perhaps thats just their manner. We didn't venture into the markets as we weren't there to shop and they were extremely pushy just from the outside. Falmouth, Jamaica- We booked the Dunns River Falls excursion through the ship and again it was amazing! Such an experience. We felt very safe and our tour guide was great and super informative. We also went to the grotto caves. It was ok but probably wouldn't worry about it again. Grand Cayman- This looked like a beautiful location, i think we perhaps just booked the wrong shore excursion. We chickened out of the stingrays that people rave about. We chose a dolphin and turtle experience through the ship. It was no where near the ocean. They were late picking us up which gave us literally 15 mins to experience the turtle farm. They were rude and quick to hurry us up and then leave us standing around waiting for 30 mins at a time. They couldn't find us a tour guide so too bad for us. Then we went across the road to the dolphins. Same people ran this. The dolphins were lovely but were in a very small enclosure. We had a nice time with the dolphin and had some photos taken but be prepared with your wallet for those photo's $40 per print! And super disorganised. Everyone buying photos almost missed their busses as it took close to an hr to print a photo. I wouldn't advise this excursion in Grand Cayman. Do the stingrays! We don't complain much although we decided too when we got back on board. Royal Caribbean were extremely apologetic, had received other complaints abut that excursion and refunded a portion of it back, no questions asked. Cozumel, Mexico- My favourite! I loved this port! We went on the Atlantis submarine that was a pretty cool experience, just one quick tip- sit on the right hand side as there is not too much to see on the left. The rest of the day we just did some shopping in port and layed at peppe's peir ( i think it was called). Cheap drinks, delicious nachos and you could swim in the beautiful ocean right there in the port! We were going to go to Paradise Beach but as our excursion left from the port at lunch time we decided to stay in the port and so happy we did. We had the best time ever on this cruise. Everything was so well organised. Everything just flowed. We loved it so much we booked another to the South Pacific before we got off. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was the first cruise for our family of four including two teenagers and we had a wonderful time! Embarkation was easy. After a crowded lunch in the Windjammer buffet, our cabins were ready at 1:15. They were roomier than expected ... Read More
This was the first cruise for our family of four including two teenagers and we had a wonderful time! Embarkation was easy. After a crowded lunch in the Windjammer buffet, our cabins were ready at 1:15. They were roomier than expected (ocean view with balcony) and very clean. The ship was large and offered lots of activities that appealed to our teenagers and to us. We played about 4 different types of trivia, went to meditation class, and almost all of the shows. The shows exceeded our expectations - the Broadway-style shows were excellent, a magician's show was flashy and fun and the ice skating show was amazing. We also found a number of quiet spots on the ship to relax - the Olive and Twist bar during the day was quiet with great views, walking on deck 4 was quiet and shady. My husband enjoyed the Bull and Bear pub for beer selection and the kids loved getting all the pizza and ice cream they wanted. We did not try any specialty dining as we liked the quality and choice offered by the included dining. The staff was universally very friendly and helpful and the ship is constantly being cleaned. Our shore excursion snorkeling in Costa Maya was great, but the water was rougher than we anticipated. We all loved zip lining in Roatan and highly recommend it. We skipped formal excursions otherwise, but we had a great day on the beach at the Westin in Grand Cayman and at Mr. Sancho's in Cozumel. Those beach days were a highlight for us. As for negatives - we did not like the constant push to buy stuff like watches, special meals etc. Tendering on and off Grand Cayman was time consuming and frustrating. On cruising days, there are never enough chairs by the pool. We chose "My Time" dining and would not do that again. We thought we could flexibly make reservations each day but the reservation times quickly filled up and we were stuck with an undesirable table at the entrance of the dining room at 5:45 each day. I would pick a fixed dining time in the main room and stick with it. However, eating breakfast and lunch in the main dining room was a treat and we would do more of it next time. Overall, as first time cruisers, the trip vastly exceeded expectations and we would recommend this ship, the staff and the itinerary! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
First cruise! What a disappointment. First of all I felt the service was wonderful. Our cabin Stewart, Francis was wonderful. Our dinner server Marichu was fabulous. I guess my expectations were high which is why I'm ... Read More
First cruise! What a disappointment. First of all I felt the service was wonderful. Our cabin Stewart, Francis was wonderful. Our dinner server Marichu was fabulous. I guess my expectations were high which is why I'm disappointed with this cruise. Being on a ship for two consecutive days, I would have liked there to be more to do. The first day we sat out in the sun. The pools are very small. The pool is more like a place to cool off and get out. Forget about swimming. There are two bars on either side of the pool. If you like to drink, you'll be fine. The food is near the pool too. Enjoy! I'm not much of a drinker. if your a first time cruiser, pack a refillable drink container with you. You can fill it with lemonade and keep it with you. I did buy the soda package. I used it, but probably didn't need it. Take some kind of lanyard with you as well. You need to put your key in something and have it close by. Thank God for the kids club! My daughter would have been very bored without it. Make sure you utilize this if you have kids. My daughter didn't want to leave. At one point i wanted to stay too. I found the best part of the whole ship was the serenity deck. It's peaceful and it has shade. The food! Well, it's good. Not great. There isn't much of a variety on a daily basis. Yes I am picky. I can say that. After 3 days in a row I couldn't have steak again. I was shocked to see meatloaf on the menu one night. Each night I had shrimp cocktail, steak with a baked potato and warm chocolate melting cake for dessert. We ate in the same dining room each night. Our service was amazing. Breakfast was always the same. I did enjoy the omelet stations. The late night pizza was terrible. Get to the grill before it closes for a sandwich. They were good. We did one excursion and that was on st. Kitts. It was the Dolphin excursion. We loved every minute of it. Wish it was longer. I didn't want to get out of the water. The entertainment on the ship was weak. The shows only lasts door a half hour. We did enjoy the illusionist. The comedians were ok, but only 30 minute shows. I expected more. The activities were almost non existent. The welcome show by the staff was exciting,but that was it. Dr. Seuss is a character on board that was a highlight for my daughter. We enjoyed the breakfast we had, but I don't think we should have had to pay extra for it. Even though it was $5 extra per person. We did enjoy the movies by the pool. All too many times you couldn't find a seat, but keep trying. That was a highlight of the trip. The pictures. Of course you want them all. Each time you buy a picture, you earn something. Afte r3,6,10. I ended up with 10 pictures. Be prepared to get one taken as you walk off the ship at each port, dinner, extra places on the ship. This cruise forced me to relax! I was bored. I read three books, and took a nap almost each day. Most likely I won't cruise again. This was t for me. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Hi I traveled with my teenager daughter , we wanted to experience some of the Caribbean, our cabin was on deck 10 , perfect for us , just below the pool , and a few floors away from the main restaurants , it wasn't noisy , food was ... Read More
Hi I traveled with my teenager daughter , we wanted to experience some of the Caribbean, our cabin was on deck 10 , perfect for us , just below the pool , and a few floors away from the main restaurants , it wasn't noisy , food was great and service excellent in the restaurant that we ate in ! Galileo , I didn't really like windjammer as it had plastic plates and always felt a bit catiotic ! , the entertainment at night was good , we enjoyed the ice show and the mixture of musicals , we went on shore everytime we docked , my daughter did the zip line in Haiti and loved it , although we missed the lunch here to busy enjoying ourselves and had to head back to the ship early as we missed lunch and then no access to food , just drink , ! Jamaica we booked are own trip on the port it was half the price , but we then realised that everyone else was on local time except clients from our ship ! Which caused confusion with ship time and local time , a stressor! Grand Cayman , again ship time v local time plus tug to get to ship ! This was a major major stressor ! Not enough time , planner said 1600 which was really 15.00, but to be on the dock in a que like cattle at 14.15 ! Not much time and lots of people were very anxious over fear of missing tug boat ! Did not have a nice holiday feel ! Anxiety levels were through the roof ! Mexico booked cruise trip as fed up with anxiety levels ! And fear of missing ship ! Fear of mixing up times ! And time zones ! Needing a watch all the time ! Trip was good snorkelling and then sitting on a beach with crap expensive food , but fun wibbet stuff , snorkelling was ok we saw a few fish , ! Back on ship , my daughter took a sip of a cocktail and then the on the pool deck then the jobs wort boys arrived and acted worse than the police ! Stopped drink package ! We forgot we were ment to be on a nice holiday ! Such treatment was in poor taste ! A warning would have been acceptable American guests said it was because we were European so easy pray for security team ! Meanwhile American kids very much under the influence late at night on the main entertainment area ! And no jobs worth boys about ! To stop them , this treatment left me feeling sad ! I know she did wrong but it was a sip ! Not going out getting drunk , a normal small taste like you would to try something ! This also happened to another family from Ireland but they were wise enough to say he didn't swallow the drink ! ( another European family ! ) Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
First time cruiser who traveled with a group of 18 from age 3 up to 63. Ports of call included Half Moon Cay, Nassau, and Freeport. Check in was relatively painless despite the fact that the computers went down at one point. The Cruise ... Read More
First time cruiser who traveled with a group of 18 from age 3 up to 63. Ports of call included Half Moon Cay, Nassau, and Freeport. Check in was relatively painless despite the fact that the computers went down at one point. The Cruise Director (Chris "donkey" Salazar) was very funny and entertaining. The service was almost always impeccable. Our waiter for the week was Tenaka, aka Mr. T. He was entertaining and very good at his job. After the first night when he found out our daughter has a tree nut allergy, he always got her food first and made sure it was safe for her to eat. We took in a couple of the comedic acts including one PG and one adult show. The shows are pretty short and were both decent enough to entertain us. All of the shows that Donkey hosted were a lot of fun, starting the second night with the "Welcome" show and ending with the "Love and Marriage" show later in the week. We did the Atlantis Dolphin Cay Deep Water Swim at Nassau and the entire family had a great time. The picture prices are outrageous, but it is what it is and a once in a lifetime event. Unfortunately our snorkeling excursion was cancelled at Freeport due to rain. The sun did come out later and we shopped a bit at the marketplace, just off the ship. My biggest gripe was that some shows were scheduled at times were you couldn't attend them unless you decided to forego the sit down dinner. In my opinion, with a slight time adjustment, this could be avoided. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We are a family of 4 with two young children. Overall I scored the cruise a 3/5. Here are the top pros/cons: 1. Food - good and bad. The buffet made it easy to feed the children reasonably healthy food. For the adults I found the food ... Read More
We are a family of 4 with two young children. Overall I scored the cruise a 3/5. Here are the top pros/cons: 1. Food - good and bad. The buffet made it easy to feed the children reasonably healthy food. For the adults I found the food to be about quantity over quality. I wasn't impressed with the standard of food from any location. The fanciest place was My Fair Lady, the standard of meal here was very poor - something very dated, it felt like stepping back in time 25 years. 2. Staff - generally very happy, friendly, nice & helpful which made the difference for us. A few less than this but overall excellent. 3. Room - we had a balcony room to share with our children. It was very small & drove me slightly nuts! Our room was not properly cleaned when we boarded the ship. There were cigarette buts, used tissues and paper in the wardrobe - yuck!! We stood in a line for 30 mins to report it - not a great start to our holiday. We got an apology & were told to buy ourselves a drink and expense if. We bought a drink but the line was always very long to bring the receipt back. It wasn't worth wasting another 30 mins of our vacation so we never did expense the drink. 4. Excursion - we did the dolphin session in the Atlantis. This was very expensive. In hindsight we should have used that budget for a day in Discovety cove instead. I felt the guy at the excursion desk was very unhelpful & deliverately tried to frighten us into thinking if we don't book with them we will miss the ship. 5. Kids club - this was good sometimes but totally wild other times. 6 plus year olds have a ratio of 25 to 1 which is crazy. My sons were punched on the first visit as were most kids in the club. I think the ratios are irresponsible. 6. Wifi - crazy expensive so we were offline for the trip. Overall it was a lazy holiday on a very old & outdated ship. I might cruise again but only on a new ship. I looked the ship up on the web afterwards and was surprised to see it launched in 1997, it feels at least 10-15 years more outdated & in need of retirement. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was our first cruise. We traveled with our daughters family which included 4 children. The youngest is 5. The staff at carnival helped us along the way to be comfortable right from the moment we walked up to the check in desk to the ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We traveled with our daughters family which included 4 children. The youngest is 5. The staff at carnival helped us along the way to be comfortable right from the moment we walked up to the check in desk to the last moment we walked the final gangway. Our room steward took time to talk to us everyday and share about his own life back home. He knew our names on the first day. Same thing during our diner in the Washington dining hall. Our waiter knew what the children wanted by the second day. Like a baked potato everyday with sour cream and bacon. And a bowl of fresh grapes when there wasn't any to be seen anywhere else. All we had to do was ask. The inner stateroom on the first deck was clean,comfortable and roomy even for 4 people. It helped to keep everything in the big closets.We slept soundly to the humming of the big engines. The food was always fresh, and available. We ate buffet style at Rosie's most of the time and had room service breakfast once on a busy port day. The omelets and bacon are our favorites. Also found Fish and Chips one day for fresh crispy fries and wonderful seafood treats. The dining hall experience was delightful with the waiters and fancy choices. I highly recommend dressing up a little and enjoy the experience. After or before diner are some really good shows and comedians.We took in a couple of them. There is so much to do. Something for everyone. This trip had the best port days. Amber Cove,St. Thomas,San Juan,And Grand Turk. At St. Thomas we booked an excurtion to snorkle with sea turtles. It was a pretty short and crowded trip. Everyone seemed to be having a good time, but for the cost of it I expected more. After that excurtion,we got in a open air taxi and asked the driver to take us to a recommended little beach, Morning Star,next to the Marriet Hotel.It was private and so perfect for our family. Our taxi driver even waited for us to finish swimming and took us back to our cruise ship on time. I could go on and on how wonderful this cruise is for all ages. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This is my first cruise and I decided to bring my 7 year old daughter with me . So it's just the both of us. The first day I checked in and went to lunch we walked around all is fine then we go to our room which is very nice and ... Read More
This is my first cruise and I decided to bring my 7 year old daughter with me . So it's just the both of us. The first day I checked in and went to lunch we walked around all is fine then we go to our room which is very nice and comfortable (we got an ocean view in the middle of the ship on deck 2) after a few hours my stomach starts feeling weird . I thought that I might be sea sickness but I started to get signs of diarrhea . We kept looking around . Not much to do for kids the pool was freezing cold , they should really get heated pools it was to cold to get in . After a long day with nothing to do but listen to people talk in seminars trying to get you to buy stuff we go get dress for dinner and my diarrhea kicks in full blast . Ewww tmi i know . So right around the end of dinner I start getting fever my throat feels funny . I took my daughter to a show since she was upset she couldn't go in the pool cause of how cold it was . After the show I was out of it . I had fever a really swollen throat and bad diarrhea . I go to the room I can't sleep cause of how horrible I felt I brought Tylenol and night quil and some antibiotics cause you never know so I'm taking all of this so I don't die . Next morning I we go to breakfast . The food was horrible disgusting slup of food I have ever seen . Then I find out they have a doctor so I rich to see the doctor . They def don't take medical insurance of any kind so I pay $125 to see the doctor and I'm so dehydrated from diarrhea and vomiting he says that I might have some kind of intestinal infection and a case of tonsillitis . I ask if you can catch tonsillitis so quick and he says yes it can be pretty fast . So he gives me antibiotics for both infections . I'm pretty sure that I caught all of this in the ship . Because I hadn't eaten weird prior to my vacation and I was feeling fine in the morning . . We get to Nassau and I feel bad for my daughter it's raining the pool is cold and I'm dog sick . The food on the ship is horrible she didn't want to eat anything so we get off the ship do a little scavenger hunt around the jewelry stores . They gave Her a bunch of free stuff so she was happy but the rain was falling so hard the streets started to flood and we are just all wet so we head back to the ship . I take her to the kids club around 2 and head to my room to rest cause I felt like I was going to die . I laid in bed with a bucket next to me cause I'm just throwing up and going to the bath room so I take meds and try to sleep . I pick her up around 7 to take her to dinner cause the only good food was at dinner in the main hall . So I dress her up head to dinner go back to the room to rest . Sunday March 6 we get to cocoa cay , the sun was out . We had an excursion planed for the aquA park and the all day water slide . We get breakfast my daughter is excited and I'm felling a little better thank god for the antibiotics the doctor gave me . We head out to the island and go to the first part of the excursion . It was horrible the beach was not blue waters . The park was over jelly fish field couple girls got stung I see my daughter reaching to touch one and I yell at her to get away . We swim to the park cause the guy says they won't hurt us . Apparently you need to be in great shape to get on the stupid slides ( I have no upper body strength ) so I couldn't get on anything . I'm just stuck in this cold dark water scared that I will get stung by jelly fish . My daughter didn't have fun at all so we leave early head to the other side of the beach towards the food . We eat . And as soon as we finish we start heading out to the water slide I figure it was all day thing we would have fun but NO we didn't even get to see the slide they started getting every one back to the ship cause the waves are getting to big cause the winds . We were only on the island for 2 hours . Then when I go complain to get my refund for the water slide they didn't want to give me a refund . This was the vacation from hell . Last time I go on a cruise with Royal Caribbean . Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Myself and my husband were cruise virgins. We booked this to mark our 50th birthdays, so really wanted to celebrate this special occasion. Prior to our cruise I came across this website and read numerous reviews on the Spirit, some ... Read More
Myself and my husband were cruise virgins. We booked this to mark our 50th birthdays, so really wanted to celebrate this special occasion. Prior to our cruise I came across this website and read numerous reviews on the Spirit, some very bad, some very good! We decided that as this was our first time on a cruise, we would go with an open mind on what to expect! We were not disappointed. Yes the ship is getting old, but it was spotlessly clean and we noticed that the crew were constantly maintaining and cleaning during our stay. From the moment we arrived at Port Canaveral to check in, we were made to feel very welcome. The staff were an absolute credit to the cruise line. The atmosphere on board amongst fellow cruiser's was very relaxed and sociable, from the Spring Breakers to the retired we felt that all mixed really well. In terms of entertainment on board, we felt that all genres were catered for. We really enjoyed Champagne Charlie's, the pianist Barry had us laughing all night long! A special mention must be made to 'Lester' the head barman at Henry's Bar. He was so attentive to all his customers not just ourselves, this was noticed by myself more so due to the fact I am in the industry myself and am very critical of the service received! The dining experience was 9 out of 10, the only disappointing meal we encountered was when we dined in the Garden Room, the service was excellent but the food rather bland and tasted very mass produced. The speciality restaurants were superb and in particular I must recommend Cagney's Steak Grill, the food was delicious and service superb. At this point I must point out the service supplied by Enriquo (Rico) a waiter at Cagney's who went out of his way to give us tips on how to make the most out of our time aboard! Excursions; Costa Maya Mexico Booked with an independent tour operator, Native Choice. Chose to do the Maya reality tour which involved a trip to the ruins, then a lunch in a Mayan village learning to cook Tortillas. A really lovely tour in a relaxed manner, the tour guide was very informative and flexible, arranged the tour to avoid the crowds. Georgetown Grand Cayman Chose The Trolley Roger Tour, booked through the cruise line! This was absolute disorganised chaos! Got ashore and waited for an hour, to be told that they were still waiting for another 20 people before they started the tour. We informed the guide that we would go get a drink in a nearby bar whilst waiting, she informed us she would come and get us when ready. We had our drink and went back to the meeting point only to be told that the tour had left without us!! Was informed that we could go on another in hours time, this we declined as we were fed up of waiting. This left a really sour note on the cruise for myself as this was an island I was really looking forward to. Ochos Rios Jamaica Booked through an independent tour guide Karandas Tours. Chose to do the river tubing, Dunns River climb and the Cool Running's bob sled. Had an absolute ball, from the moment our guide collected us to the time he dropped us off. Nothing was too much trouble and we got to see parts of the island that other tours do not venture to. Highly recommend this! Grand Stirrup Cay The cruise lines private island, absolutely beautiful, went jet skiing which was brilliant, then relaxed on the pristine beaches. A lovely way to end a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Got off the Enchantment of the Seas a few hours ago and we wanted to give our review while it was fresh, so here is the GOOD and the BAD. We are first time cruisers and we were told to keep our expectations very low, which we did, and it ... Read More
Got off the Enchantment of the Seas a few hours ago and we wanted to give our review while it was fresh, so here is the GOOD and the BAD. We are first time cruisers and we were told to keep our expectations very low, which we did, and it did help a lot. The GOOD = The Ship itself - Yes, it is small and old, but it is well maintained. The Enchantment of the Seas was fine, plenty big enough, plenty of things to do. We could find a little rust here and there on exposed decks if we really looked, but it served us just fine on this short cruise. Cabin #3526 - Outside stateroom with no balcony, but had a larger than expected, very clean, clear window. Cabin was very nice and was also larger than expected. Plenty of room in the drawers for storage, lots of hangers in the closet. A very clean, quiet room and was free of any bad odors throughout the entire cruise. Activities Staff - Very positive attitudes and high energy levels were maintained throughout the entire cruise. Thank you to all for all of the fun. Service staff - Our first night we ate in Chops and we really enjoyed Clinton. (Food here was outstanding) On the other two nights we chose the MY TIME DINING and enjoyed eating at our same little "two top" table being served by Joao and Rosette who were very nice and very accommodating. I am in sales and am not great with names, but these two always called us by our names, Rosette even remembered our names when we saw her daily at the entrance to the Windjammer dining room. Sandra our cabin steward was awesome, thank you to her for keeping our room spotless. Coco Cay - We were on the first tender over and we hiked the Nature Trail to the other end of the island, enjoying the scenery at the different remote lookouts. We also hiked a smidge further than the end of the trail to a great rocky outcropping and enjoyed watching the waves splash up, like it was Hawaii. We brought our own snorkels and masks and rented vest and fins and did a lot of snorkeling off of Snorkel Beach. Enjoyed the sea life (so many fish, big and small) and the planted wrecks were very fun to explore. Embarkation and Disembarkation were fairly fast and painless. Food for the most part was good to excellent, especially excellent at Chops. Large buffets in the Windjammer had lots of choices. If we did not like something, we just did not eat it and got something else. We are very early risers and we were ready to eat when the doors flew open. Nassau - We self- booked a private 3 hour taxi tour with Cheryl's Taxi Service and drinks were included. We hit all the main spots we wanted to and went around a good portion of the island, had a blast. Thank you to our local guide Kamuel (Cameo) Delancey. Now ~ THE BAD - In our eyes. Your experience and perception may be quite different. If you are squeamish or very thin skinned, please stop here, because I am going to lay some bad on you and I do not want to upset you, or hurt your feelings, or even stop you from future RCI cruising. Even with the bad, we would probably sail with RCI again. Food temps - Major problem here, a couple times on the Windjammer buffets (even at the doors first opening), some of the food temps were very sub par and a little scary. Maybe the staff was hoping that the steam tables would get the temps up into a safe range as time passed, we were not sure. But, when the doors open and people flood in, the food should have been hot, or at least in the safe range to eat. It just was not the case. We would not eat that item, and would just go back up for something else that was hot enough to eat. Lasagna was served to me in the My Fair Lady, barely warm. Scary. Coco Cay - Same thing, food that was to be served hot, was probably brought off the ship and laid out by 3-4 people (a very time consuming process) and by the time they opened the lines for serving, the food was ice cold. RCI really needs to look at these food serving processes, and we will certainly be mentioning it to them. Quality of the food served to keep their cruise costs down is one thing, but temperature of the food being served is a whole different thing. Bar Staff - We had about 200 college kids on this sailing as a fraternity was having their semi annual gathering, so we did not spend a ton of time in the bar areas, but we did go dancing and had a few drinks in different areas. Had a trouble getting a Whiskey Sour made correctly. It is a super easy drink to make - usually just sour mix and Canadian whiskey, which was baffling when we sent so many back, made with the wrong mixer, made with the wrong whiskey, etc., etc. We asked for a copy of our drink receipts at the bars to keep for our records, so we could reconcile our ship's bill at the end, some were gladly given to us, we were denied receipts in the Viking Crown Lounge. Not sure why, but the bar tender went with the language barrier problem and he could not understand what we wanted, and would not give us receipts. Even after signing the receipt and holding it up and asking for a copy of this. Strange? We did not opt for the full drink package, just the Royal Replenish, which was great for us, as we did bring one bottle of wine and one bottle of champagne. We opted for prepaid gratuities and still tipped the staff with dollars who were helpful and pleasant. Our bill was correct at the end, so no issue with charges we did not know about. In the Viking Crown lounge, the guys dressed in white jackets who we assume were servers, but would not pay a bit of attention to us. This will sound bitter, but sorry, it is the truth. However, the female college students did get all of their attention. We always had to go wait in line at the bar to get a drink. Some of these younger female patrons, whom were obviously very inebriated, got the deluxe royal treatment including several deliveries of FREE drinks that they did not even order, never signed a receipt for, never even showed a Sea Pass for. When the servers delivered them, he had to explain to them what type of drink he was serving them and that it was on him ~ or probably more likely, the RCI house. Was all a lot of fun to watch until one started throwing up in the corner on the carpet and then the server's master plan turned into a necessary evacuation of the group out of the lounge plan. Uncovered coughing and sneezing by staff members. Several times we witnessed different types of staff members coughing or sneezing (sometimes several in a row) without covering their mouths, at all. This was done by restaurant staff as well as general cleaning staff, even guys whom appeared to have some authority with their nice uniforms while walking around. Nothing like walking into a cloud of freshly released mist. RCI really needs to train better on this procedure. RCI does have convenient sanitizing stations all around, it would have been nice to see these sneezers properly cover their mouths and sanitize, or go wash up and then come back to their jobs. Not the case. Hope you liked our review. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
The cruise was good but I thought there were going to be a few more activities to keep my 2yr old busy. He's in swim lessons every week with a cloth swim diaper that holds in any poo if by chance we missed that he was going, but we ... Read More
The cruise was good but I thought there were going to be a few more activities to keep my 2yr old busy. He's in swim lessons every week with a cloth swim diaper that holds in any poo if by chance we missed that he was going, but we were told he was not allowed in ANY of the pools unless he was fully potty trained. I thought there would be different art activities and things that he'd be able to do with other kids his age while my husband and/or I were close by but were told that parents were not allowed in the room. The 3-5yr old room you cannot even see into. Our son was very uncomfortable with all the new people and things going on and wanted to be with his parents for security so sending him into an area by himself was out of the question. We took him to the Fuel room when they had the toys out but there were never any other kids in there for him to play with (maybe advertising this area a little more would've gotten it more visitors). We went to the nursery 3 times, 2 of which no other kids were there and once infants were sleeping, that defeated the purpose of wanting him to play with other kids. For the heck of it, on the last day we put him in the nursery anyway, at a time when we knew another kid his age would be in there, and they called me 10-15mins later saying I had to come get him... well, I told them that's how well that was going to go. The scrambled eggs were terrible!! but all the other food was delicious! If you have younger, restless kids, the Windjammer cafe is the way to go! A bit disappointed that we didn't stop at Coco Cay due to weather, it would've been nice if we could've stopped by on the way back but I own a business therefore know the struggles of scheduling and I can only imagine trying to coordinate all those cruise ships. The shows and performances were exceptionally good! We were highly impressed and apparently so was our 2yr old. Although he didn't like how loud the mic and music were in the theatre. I saw some other parents who had brought headphones for their kids to tone it down a bit,.. wish I'd had that little tip beforehand. Our 16yr old had an awesome time and even met some new friends which is very unusual for her. All the teen activities and friendliness of some other teens sucked her in! The islanders on St. Maarten are VERY pushy with their sales!!! It was so bad that we decided not to even hang out on the beach and my 20yr old wanted to go back to the ship within 30 mins of being on land. Always felt obligated to tip which was kind of frustrating considering we had pre-payed nearly $100 per person in tips that was mandatory. The people working on the ship were all great, always very friendly and helpful! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Reading some of these negative reviews, I am wondering what fantasy land of self absorbed entitlement these folks expect.If you want to be treated like a Saudi billionaire, be one. Otherwise you're paying a couple grand to be treated ... Read More
Reading some of these negative reviews, I am wondering what fantasy land of self absorbed entitlement these folks expect.If you want to be treated like a Saudi billionaire, be one. Otherwise you're paying a couple grand to be treated WAY better than spending the same staying on land in a hotel, swimming in murky ocean on an over crowded, brown sand beach, paying to park your car after fighting traffic, and walking passed trash and indignant locals. The room, service, food, entertainment, scheduling, crew were awesome. The beaches were beautiful and the water spectacular. Everything was clean, organized and presented in a great fashion. There was more to do than time to do it. Special kudos to the on board entertainment staff, singers and dancers. They were excellent. The cruise director Topi from Finland was unbelievably talented. The guy was everywhere, all the time. He could MC, sing, dance, lecture...anything. Amazing guy. For those questioning my rating of 4 with such a glowing review? Nothing is perfect, but Enchanment of the Seas was as close as I can imagine for the price paid. I highly recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was our first cruise so did not know what to expect. Travelling with a 7 year old we discovered kids club on first 2 days was only open 7pm to 10pm. As it was only a 4 day cruise there was not much we were able to do with a child in ... Read More
This was our first cruise so did not know what to expect. Travelling with a 7 year old we discovered kids club on first 2 days was only open 7pm to 10pm. As it was only a 4 day cruise there was not much we were able to do with a child in tow. No movies were shown in pool area for 2 days as they decided to show Football. We asked Guest Services if the movies were going to be shown anywhere else and informed no that Bar staff apparently can over rule official program. After 2 days I gather a lot of parents complained so movie was put on at 9:30pm and they shut the bar and told us if we wanted a drink we needed to go to the Casino. Not sure a 7 year old would be allowed. We loved Windjammers as the variety meant everyone could find something to eat. Main dining room waited for 2 hours for food and it was inedible so ended up at Windjammers anyway. Only had 1 show which I enjoyed so after you did that first night you needed to find something else. We spent a lot of time in cabin as children watched tv when pool deck had football. People were complaining about toilets flooding but we didn't have that but the toilet sometimes didn't flush but if you left it about 20 minutes it would then flush. This is not a fancy ship compared to others but I did enjoy the relaxed atmosphere with the smaller ship and as long as you go when football season is over I think it could be good. If you have gone on other bigger ships I think you will be disappointed. Read Less
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 December 2015
This was a great vacation. Checking in was quick, since we had done on-line check-in. We chose to eat at Windjammer/Jade, because of the buffet. Some members of our family only ate Indian food, and it was available to them everyday. ... Read More
This was a great vacation. Checking in was quick, since we had done on-line check-in. We chose to eat at Windjammer/Jade, because of the buffet. Some members of our family only ate Indian food, and it was available to them everyday. There was not a good selection of food at Fine Dining, which in our case was Galileo's. We did speak to head chef Daniel and he made sure there was Indian food available at Windjammer for us. At the formal dinner, we had to eat at Galileo's, so Danielle made sure we had Indian food. First port, Labadee was relaxing, except for one incident, where we went to the market. Our son bought a souvenir and he was given change in counterfeit. When we tried to use the bill at another shop, the guy there refused to take it, we found market security and he verified the bill was counterfeit. He took us back to the shop, and got us a legitimate bill. We complained to guest services since that port is owned by Royal Carribean, they told us later that the guy was charged. They also took one of our beverage packages off of our bill and gave us discount towards our next cruise. Next port was Falmouth, Jamaica, where our kids went zip-lining. We did not want to go zip-lining, but had to accompany the kids, so we went as observers. Everyone there was quite friendly and kept us company while we waited for the kids to come back. Next stop was Grand Cayman, where my daughter went swimming with the Dolphins and stingrays, she really enjoyed that. I had bought a ticket to accompany her, but since I did not go into the water, they gave me a refund, that was really gracious of them, since I was not expecting it. I did not realize you have to swim in 25 feet of dirty lagoon water to swim with the Dolphins. Last stop was Cozumel, Mexico, where we went on a Jaguar bus and bike tour. Tour guides were great and so was bike ride, the beach however was quite dirty and not quite what we expected. On the ship, we watched all the shows, best was the ice-skating show and the Love and Marriage show hosted by the cruise director, Casey. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Very excited to go on my 1st RCC Cruise. Pros: I was knew to cruising, so few expectations, didn't even look at pictures prior to sailing of the ship, other ships, nor even the upgraded room I paid for. Certainly the ... Read More
Very excited to go on my 1st RCC Cruise. Pros: I was knew to cruising, so few expectations, didn't even look at pictures prior to sailing of the ship, other ships, nor even the upgraded room I paid for. Certainly the availability to eat all you want/can around the clock, which was nice. Love the music they played everywhere, it was very timely, tasteful, memorable. The Schooner lounge was amazing and wanted to hang out there more, but found so many other things do to on the ship (shows, etc...) that I opted for that :) Amazingly sturdy (perhaps all ships are), but the size of this one being smaller made me wonder just how smooth it would be - it was SMOOOTH (would have liked a bit more roughness so I knew I was actually sailing hahahaaa). Staterooms were significantly larger than I thought they would be. They were the right size for me not to question it or complain. I was in an upgraded room, but I also spent time in a standard room, and it was only 5% smaller (as advertised)! Very cool/tolerable. Cons: 1st impressions are everything and I thought it was weird that the floor we boarded smelled like an old English tavern. Evidently, it was due to lack of circulation / air that wasn't yet either turned-on or moving within that section of the boat (this was within the hallways). 30minutes later, it was gone. Rust around quite a few spots on the ship, but mainly where the old gold-accented finishes were within my stateroom. Made it feel older for sure and after the smell minutes early in the halls, I was not Enchanted lol. NOTE: This ship is going back for an ENTIRE new overhauling in early 2016 and I Knew this ahead of time. Third night there, I finally got to spend some time at the Schooner Lounge. Wow. How swanky, mellow... it was great for after our 8PM dinner. Arrived around 11PM and enjoyed a drink I had picked up from a bar elsewhere. Tipped the piano man all night until around 12:30PM, which was when I heard the bar tender mention last call. Was not impressed that my simple drink order was refused (1oz of scotch over ice), though it was not yet 1PM, which the Bar Tender used as the rational for not serving. My lady friend who was still walking-up however was served as I sat and awaited her come over to my side of the bar. When I and two others (a male and female) brought this up to the Tender, he said "No More ...It's after 1AM!" When I asked him if my watch was incorrect since it read 12:46, he said "I'm not serving you and that's it." My lady friend and I walked away soon after I asked for his name and spoke to his Manager from my stateroom at 12:51AM). His Manager advised me of their policy and that everything (and other things I will not mention on this forum) were technically done out-of-policy and "he should not have done any of that." This didn't ruin the trip, but certainly ruined the night and my impression of the company image, which I thought was there to serve you and make you feel completely comfortable (within reason). Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We were on our first ever cruise and we were not dissapointed! We travelled from North Yorkshire in England to Orlando, stayed in Timeshare at legacy vacation club (which we would highly recommend and is available for non timeshare owners ... Read More
We were on our first ever cruise and we were not dissapointed! We travelled from North Yorkshire in England to Orlando, stayed in Timeshare at legacy vacation club (which we would highly recommend and is available for non timeshare owners too) for a week. We joined the cruise at Port Canavaral which was easy to find and had some amenities/restaurants nearby in case you arrive early. The Spirit looked resplendent, all shiny white in the sun which was a great start we thought! We tried everything once whilst on board apart from some of the restaurants. The shows were great and we thoroughly enjoyed them all - apart from the magician whom to be truthful shocked us at how sexist and masoginistic he appeared in this day and age - maybe that's just being British but we don't think so to be honest. The singers, dancers and staff show were fabulous, hard working and very talented. Our balcony cabin was ok but not wonderful. The initial problems we encountered were sorted immediately however. The shore excursions were fab but the private island was EXCEPTIONAL! We wanted to stay there for a week at least! It would have been lovely to have had an evening there under the stars and all lit up for a party night we thought. We liked Mexico and had a lovely time shopping and at a beach bar. We did not like Jamaica and were back on board within the hour. However, Grand Cayman was so lovely we've booked a week there this year! The thing we remember most was the exceptional high standards of hygiene around the food - even on the private island - we were very very impressed and have told everyone! We had the drinks package included and even though I am not much of a drinker I still liked the convenience of it and do not think of it in monetary terms as much as ease of use. I'm sure my husband drank our share by himself! The wonderful staff in the English style pub kept us well supplied with Guiness and superb service. We kept wondering why our wet towels were being folded into animal shapes even though they were wet through and used...we didn't realise that if we didn't throw them in the bottom of the shower the staff would not apply common sense! Got it now though! We loved the barbeques on deck which we thought were just what a cruise should be like. Disembarkation was easy and efficient. We took our own bags off as is common in England when using ferry services to Europe so was first nature to us. Just a note to say that though the head office think they can cater for special diets (I really cant have dairy and its not a fad but makes me very ill) the staff on board have no clue whatsoever! Not even the diet adviser who still after a week was saying things like you can have that off the menu no problem - they only use cream not milk or I thought you could have it because its plain yoghurt and so on and so on! There were zero deserts for me either by the way and I did get a bit fed up with the same melon/ chopped fruit for desert each night. Like I said when my husband was getting very mad about this - I didn't go on the cruise for the food I went for the places! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Food was lukewarm most days in Raffles Court, especially breakfast. Shortages and outages were the norm. It was some better in the other "complimentary" restuarants but not much. At Cagneys (Specialty Restaurant) we ordered ... Read More
Food was lukewarm most days in Raffles Court, especially breakfast. Shortages and outages were the norm. It was some better in the other "complimentary" restuarants but not much. At Cagneys (Specialty Restaurant) we ordered stakes and I can do about as well at Golden Corral. When I tried on three ocassions to speak to the guy in charge there he would grab his phone when approached and get on it. Don't think he wants to answer for conditions. The Housekeeping staff was excellent. The ship itself is very nice though one fellow was complaining about maintenance. Embarkation and Disembarkation made one wonder if this was the first time the ships crew had experienced it. BarBQue held on the 12th floor Tivoli pool and the fellow in front of me told the staff he had stood in line in Army mess halls and eaten better with less confusion. Talking to folks in different lines on the ship and asking" How is your cruise" almost always got remarks like mine above. It was like a Virus of discontent. One Chinese lady told me "I got social media " after she complained while in the elevators. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was our first cruise and we were very excited to finally go on one. We embarked and thats where the excitement ended. We were charged a daily service charge, but never received any service. It was very disappointing to sit at the ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we were very excited to finally go on one. We embarked and thats where the excitement ended. We were charged a daily service charge, but never received any service. It was very disappointing to sit at the Raffles restaurant and never get any acknowledgement from any of the staff. I had to walk outside and stand in the bar line just to get a Pepsi that i am paying for with the drink package. The ship only has one pool for adults, and is crammed all the time. When we arrived in Ocho Rios, we were docked at what looked like some type of commercial abandoned mill. we had to pay 20 bucks just to get onto a shuttle to go to town which was 2 miles away. there was another NCL ship at the main dock, but they didnt have to pay any shuttle charges do to the fact they could just walk into town. No discounts, no refunds, no service! The guest service desk employees had no personality, and didnt smile and greet anyone. It seemed to me that if you had an issue, you were bugging them. We are very disappointed in our cruise experience. Food quality, service, smell of sewer, lack of customer service, and they way you are treated are the reasons we will not book on NCL again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We took this cruise to and from Freeport... We were on the 11th floor, Marius and two other gentleman looked after all our needs boarding, leaving and in between.... the entertainment was good/great, geared more toward 60+ for the most ... Read More
We took this cruise to and from Freeport... We were on the 11th floor, Marius and two other gentleman looked after all our needs boarding, leaving and in between.... the entertainment was good/great, geared more toward 60+ for the most part with the free show in the shows in the theater, yet the were parts for a younger crowd, magician and musical dance acts.... the comedy show for a small fee was to much fun, but if you are an uptight individual, or afraid of being picked on, don't go as you ruin it for us!!!! The suite was awesome, the food around the clock was great!!! the service was amazing.... Leonard at the service desk was extremely helpful and friendly.... Lots to do if you are up for it... Decks are loaded with places to sit and enjoy, pools, hot tubs, bars and servers everywhere!!! I would advise to avoid the karaoke though, it is way too loud and wicked evil bad as you might suspect... Admiral room for dinner was a pleasure with Giovanni as our waiter.... Just an amazing worthwhile mini adventure, I would do it again and again if able.... Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
My family of 4 had an absolutely wonderful vacation aboard the Disney Fantasy! This was the frist cruise of any kind for all of us. My husband and I were celebrating our upcoming 20 year anniversary. This was the perfect vacation choice so ... Read More
My family of 4 had an absolutely wonderful vacation aboard the Disney Fantasy! This was the frist cruise of any kind for all of us. My husband and I were celebrating our upcoming 20 year anniversary. This was the perfect vacation choice so that we could include our 2 daughers, ages 13 and 10. First of all the boarding process was a breeze. Sure, there were a lot of people but lines moved quickly. We left the majority of our luggage to be delivered to our room and only had a few carry ons with swimsuits and things we might need upon arrival as we were told our luggage may not arrive at our room until 5pm. We could go to our stateroom at 1:30pm. We boarded the ship around noon or just after so we first went and had lunch while waiting for our room to be ready. When we got to our room at 1:30, we found our luggage waiting for us! Very prompt! Now as for the ship itself...it was immaculate! I have nothing to compare to but from what I hear, the Disney ship is far better/cleaner than most others but a little more expensive too. I was very pleased with how well kept everything was. From the pools, to the restrooms and everything in between. There were even employees at the entrance of restuarants handing antibacterial wipes for our hands. I think that's a great extra step to help stop the spread of germs and illness. We enjoyed the pools nearly everyday. While they were at times a little crowded, that did not deter me or my kids. We still had a great time. We had excellent 86 degree weather and sunshine everyday so we expected lots of people to be there. There were plenty of chairs and towels and Disney movies played all day on the huge "funnel vision" screen at the pool area. My kids being 10 and 13 had separate clubs they could go to. The Oceaneear club for my 10 yr old and Edge for my 13 yr old. They could go there to play with other kids their age and make crafts, have dance parties, learn to cook or play games. They had lots of activities daily and a schedule delivered to our room every night for what to expect the next day. My kids went to those 2 or 3 times but they enjoyed spending most of their time doing things with us. They also caught a few movies they had not alrady seen at the theater. We saw 3 live shows at the Walt Disney Theater. One we all enjoyed the most was a juggler...Michael Holly. This guy was hilarious and very entertaining. We saw the show on the first night but I can't remember what it was called. Lots of singing and dancing. The last one we saw was Beleive. They were excellent. Very talented singers and dancers and the costumes were very good. Every night we had an amazing dinner! I was super impressed. Our wait staff made this a wonderful event every night. Our waiters were Rahul & Luis, from India and Peru. They were very attentive and went above and beyond to make sure we were happy with our foods and drinks. They were very professional and friendly. The food was very good each night and had a good variety of things to choose from. If you are into night life, the ship has places for that too. I can't say too much about that. We did not go to any bars or dance places. We do not drink or dance so it's not really our scene but I hear that Tube is the place go to for that...music and entertainment. As for the port excursions...just remember you get what you pay for on this! And all the best ones get booked up so plan ahead and try to book them as soon as you have booked your cruise! We booked the dolphin encounter for the stop at St Thomas...this was a winner! Maybe the highlight of the trip. It was really awesome and each person got lots of interaction with the dolphin. This is fun for adults and kids. It's expensive but well worth it. And a side tip...if you do this, plan to pay for pictures. They do not allow you or family members to take pictures. They have photographer there who takes several. They are good quailty but they are expensive. To get all pictures of our family of 4 was $200. Again, I think it's worth it! This is an all day event so if you do this, don't try to plan anything else. We booked an excursion for St Maarten the night before we got there because we didnt know exactly what we wanted to do. We took a very inexpensive trip to a nearby beach....Orient Beach. The beach was nice, water felt great and the sand was soft...but be aware, you get approached by the island ladies wanting to braid your hair or sell you cover-ups or jewelry. It's annoying but I just politely told them over and over- No Thank You. I don't think the islands were what I expected. I was looking for white sandy beaches and crystal clear water but that is not what you get. The boat is docked at a harbor or port, not a resort. We had to travel through the island to get to our excursions so you see where the natives live and quite honestly, it looks like a dump. They live poor for the most part and it's just run down and dirty looking. If you want the beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear water, you won't see that until you arrive at Castaway Cay for the last day of the cruise! That was an amazing place! We did the snorkeling which was great fun and not so expensive. We saw lots of fish and took pictures with an underwater camera. Our kids enjoyed the snorkeling and loved the waterslides and just playing in the water and the sand. Like the ship, this island is very clean and well kept with clean restrooms and 2 places to eat that were also nicely kept with a wide variety of food to choose from. There are cabanas you can rent for the day...but u have to do it ahead of time because they fill up and it's expensive upwards of $500 for day I believe. We didn't do that and we had a wonderful time under the umbrellas and the shades of the trees in our chairs. Again the weather was beautiful...warm but a nice breeze and the shade kept it from being too hot. The last day we had an early breakfast (6:45am) with our wonderful wait staff and we were on our way. Disembarking was easy and quick. We chose to have our luggage outside our stateroom the night before for pickup and they we could get it on the way out the next morning just before going thru customs which was also very quick and painless! We left our vehicle in the parking deck across from where we board the ship so it was a short easy walk even with all our luggage in tow. There are characters at certain places at all different times but most are posted in the navigator. Check that if you are interested in pictures with characters and be ready to stand in line and wait. We did a few of them but my kids are a little older and didn't care so much for it but we did a few of them.If you are looking for characters from a particular movie etc...ask customer service. My daughter was interested in meeting Elsa & Ana from Frozen. They were there but it was not advertised and we had to have a ticket to see them for a meet and greet. Dressing up is a HUGE deal!! The semi-formal night is a big deal for dressing to the nines and taking fancy pictures on the grand staircase. Pack a formal dress, heels and men a suit or tux. Also pirate night is huge...go all out if you don't mind spending the money for a costume--but get before your trip. Items/clothing you purchase on the ship are very expensive! You just can't overdo it on these nights! Also on pirate night, the fireworks are spectacular. Many of the little girls on the ship wore their princess dresses to dinner every night. Fun for them to do so and very acceptable! The bippity boppity boutique is a great idea if your little girl likes to dress up and look like a princess--(all for a price!). Photographers take photos at all the character meet and greets but please take your own camera. All the photos taken are kept in a folder type thing on the 4th floor so you can see all your vacation photos. They also do face recognition so you will even see those taken on the Aquaduck if you ride it, which is much fun! As most other things, photos are very expensive if you purchase the prints and/or a cd. They offer a book you can create yourself with up to 34 photos for $150. I chose to do that and used my pictures for everything else. The pictures are good and clear but just too expensive for me. To get them all you are talking $350-$500 range. *There is no charge for room service! I was amazed at this! My daughter was not feeling well at dinner one night so she was hungry later on. I ordered a sandwich and we had it in about 10 minutes! *If you suffer from motion sickness, try something called Bonine. I felt bad one day with a headache but after taking that each day, I was fine. It's a chewable tablet. This was a wonderful trip and I would definitley suggest it to anyone. My kids loved it so much, they were sad when the day came for us to disembark and are already asking when we can go again. There is so much to see and do and experience. The entertainment, the sights, the food....and the sheer cleanliness of this place impresses me! Disney is not to be outdone! If you are a cruiser and you have never tried a Disney cruise, I trust you will not be dissapointed! As I said, I have nothing to compare it to but it was outstanding and everything was top notch, especially the service...from ALL STAFF. They were phenomenal! Thank you Disney for some great family memories that will last a lifetime! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My husband and I and 2 friends booked a 3 day Bahamas cruise with RC leaving from Florida. I am a resident of California which means I had to purchase flight, rental car, and hotel as well as cruise tickets. On the day of the trip we were ... Read More
My husband and I and 2 friends booked a 3 day Bahamas cruise with RC leaving from Florida. I am a resident of California which means I had to purchase flight, rental car, and hotel as well as cruise tickets. On the day of the trip we were informed that we were being rerouted from our original destination (Nassau 8am-11:30pm) to Freeport (8am-5:30pm) which means we lost 6 hours of time. The next day we would travel to Cococay only to find out we would be spending a "day at sea", losing the complete last day of our trip. We were stuck on the ship with housekeeping that refuses to knock before entering your room. Most of the time, walking in on you while half dressed. Imagine walking out of the shower while housekeeping is entering your room. When I complained at the front desk, they said that I must resolve this when I exit the ship. When my friend called, the RC representative informed her that only the 5 day cruises were being compensated for the itinerary change. When I called, the service agent was rude and told me to "get over it" because thats a risk you take when you take a cruise. When I explained about the housekeeping, he accused me of lying. Why would I ever cruise again with the service I was given? We lost 80% of our trip and had a horrible, uncomfortable experience. We spent $2500.00 to be in the Bahamas for 9 hours, for housekeeping to violate our privacy and for customer service to accuse us of lying and tell you to "get over it". Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I have just returned from a cruise on the Disney Dream (9/28-10/1/2015) There were 13 of us all together. We had a man named Christian that cleaned our rooms. He was very friendly and honest. He kept our rooms very clean. My friend dropped ... Read More
I have just returned from a cruise on the Disney Dream (9/28-10/1/2015) There were 13 of us all together. We had a man named Christian that cleaned our rooms. He was very friendly and honest. He kept our rooms very clean. My friend dropped some money in the room one day. He picked it up and put it to where she could see it when we came back. He also found my sons leap pad in the room after we had gotten off. He put it in the lost and found. I called a few days later to see if it was there and they mailing it to us by UPS. We are very grateful. The waiters we had were great also. One of the men's name I couldn't pronounce but he told us to call him Pit. He was wonderful with our kids. He did Magic tricks for them ever night. They couldn't wait till time for dinner to talk to him. The others name was Leo he was also very good. We had 2 people in our group that have allergies and he was very careful to be sure they didn't get anything they didn't need. I loved having the same waiters ever night. It made it more personal, and I also knew exactly where my tips were going. We gave them all extra. They were definitely worth it. We will be taking an other Disney Cruise mostly because of these men. There was also one other person on the ship that made a very good impression. Her name is Victoria in Merchandise. My friend and I met her one night shopping. She talked to us about somethings we had questions about thin made a comment about the sleeping beauty lanyard I had on. I told her I had made all of us one just for the cruise along with several other thing. We talked about sleeping Beauty because that was both of our favorite character. Before I left the store I gave her my lanyard. She had not ask for it and tried to give it back but I won't take it. We did a few other things then went back to our rooms when I got there a magical moment certificate was waiting on me with some buttons. That made such a good impression on me. The food was wonderful. We seen 2 of the live Theater performances. I suggest sitting on the bottom not in the balconies. Stuff comes from the ceiling during the shows. Our kids love that part. We did not see the villains. We were told it was not little kid friendly. The Pin exchange and fish extenders also suggest. My Friend and I loved it as much as our kids did. We saw as many characters as possible. They are not out for long periods of time. But the lines are not as bad as expected. Make sure if you have girls to get tickets to see the princesses as soon as you get on the ship it's worth the wait. Those of you with little girls that love Sophia. She was there one morning. Make sure to read the navigator they put on your bed at night. Otherwise you'll miss something you wished you hadn't. Pictures are a little pricey but they do a wonderful job. I don't suggest Nassau too many people not really worth it. Castaway Cays was amazing we all loved it. You can only shop in the stores on the ship at night. they are not open when you are docked at Ports. The only complaint we have is the Pirate show before the fireworks is not kid friendly. My kids where very scared and cried the hole show, and mine were not the only ones there were several others I saw doing the same thing. I think there should be a warning for little kids. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
My family and I have just returned from our very fun first Cruise! We had a fantastic time. The stateroom was great and the four of us were comfortable in room 8248 (deck 8) with balcony. Embarkation was easy and hassle free, we dropped of ... Read More
My family and I have just returned from our very fun first Cruise! We had a fantastic time. The stateroom was great and the four of us were comfortable in room 8248 (deck 8) with balcony. Embarkation was easy and hassle free, we dropped of our bags and headed straight to the Lido deck for our first lunch on board this amazing cruise line. All staff are very friendly and extremely helpful. We stopped at the following ports, Nassau - Bahamas; St Thomas - US Virgin Islands; San Juan - Puerto Rico and Grand Turk - Turks & Caicos. We did not take any excursions with Carnival as my family and I felt we would get better value for money booking directly at the ports and we were not disappointed. So much do see and do at all ports, I suggest lots and planning and preparation before you set sail. We ate every night in the Lincoln dining room, and we're not disappointed the menu changed daily and we have no complaints. Both of my children attended the Children's clubs and totally enjoyed themselves. I would definitely recommend this cruise line there is entertainment for all and the age range of travellers varies from the young to the old. Great vibes and everlasting memories. Disembarkation was easy, we left our luggage out the night before.., we had breakfast as usual (8.00am) up on the Lido deck.., and we're off the ship by 9.30am. Totally hassle free. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
9 of us went on the cruise, flying in from London. It was awesome. The best time ever. My kids aged 12 and 14 made so many friends with the american children. Dancing on deck at night time was my highlight, it was so much fun. Donkey the ... Read More
9 of us went on the cruise, flying in from London. It was awesome. The best time ever. My kids aged 12 and 14 made so many friends with the american children. Dancing on deck at night time was my highlight, it was so much fun. Donkey the CD was fantastic. My only complaint was the drinks were very expensive, I didn't get the drinks package but still spent a lot of money. The shows and comedy club were great. There was so much to do onboard. I cant afford to fly to the USA again, but I think I will book the Vista for the school holidays next year. We didn't do the shore excursions as we organised our own. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015

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