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106 Orlando (Port Canaveral) Romantic Cruise Reviews

Took this ship to see if we could take New Years cruise on same ship. Well the minute we disembarked we cancelled our New Years cruise to rebook on Royal Caribbean. We have 30+ cruises behind us on Carnival, Royal, Norwegian and ... Read More
Took this ship to see if we could take New Years cruise on same ship. Well the minute we disembarked we cancelled our New Years cruise to rebook on Royal Caribbean. We have 30+ cruises behind us on Carnival, Royal, Norwegian and Princess. This ship is too small for our liking. We have read reviews about the poor layout, and we agree. One reviewer wrote about circumventing the smoke filled casino to get to ocean plaza. Well this is not always the case. We were successful however at times they had doors shut to complete the cross through which caused you to, you guessed it, walk through the smoke filled casino. The food was not too good in the MDR as well as Lido buffet. Thank goodness for the guys burgers! We have cruised 5 previous times on Carnival with the last two on the Breeze. The live bands on the Sunshine were really fantastic. Much better than Carnival cruises we have been on in the past. Also, Eden the piano guy was awesome. The room however not so much. It was too small. Standing room only most nights. Due to the overcrowding it became very hot inside but he was worth the trouble, trust us. Overall the crew did not seem happy. Too bad because in our experiences/opinions the crew can really enhance the cruise. Now this is not to suggest all crew, as Thelma the guest services mgr was very helpful as was the maitre de in Sunset MDR. One thing we did not care for is that our cabin attendant actually asked us when we wanted our cabin made up, morning or evening? According to guest services he should not have asked and that they make up cabins twice daily. Well we spoke to three other guest, one of whom was in a suite who told us their cabin attendants asked them the same question. We called our relative when we got back who cruises Carnival only. They too said that they have experienced this. So it seems gratuities continue to go up while service continues to lesson. Overall we enjoy the mega ships and will go back to them. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
we choose ncl because of the freestyle and upgrade availability, the Haven experience was awesome. We had private everything, no waiting and exceptional service.. the entire trip was just better than any before ( 30 plus). The ship was ... Read More
we choose ncl because of the freestyle and upgrade availability, the Haven experience was awesome. We had private everything, no waiting and exceptional service.. the entire trip was just better than any before ( 30 plus). The ship was very clean, some of the areas were a bit unorganized, like the comedy club. Most of the public areas were very clean and the layout of the ship was good. Some of the shows/games were placed in bad areas, like deal or no deal... it was in the small atrium of the ship and did not have near enough seating. The main shows were not very interesting to us, but not bad. The restaurant's had very good food, but as usual on all the cruises now days that tipping is automatic the service is not what it used to be. The Ports were all pretty easy on and off the ship not much hassle. Overall the best trip so far, unfortunately we have booked another trip for April 15th and Ncl has advised me that they no longer offer upgrades ... I think this is stupid and hopefully they rectify it or I will be shopping for another line to spend my money with. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Last minute change from Valor to Liberty wasn't a problem. We were on the Valor last May and the only difference between the two boats are their names. We were traveling with another couple and wanted to keep the same cabins next to ... Read More
Last minute change from Valor to Liberty wasn't a problem. We were on the Valor last May and the only difference between the two boats are their names. We were traveling with another couple and wanted to keep the same cabins next to each other. That wasn't an issue since our cabin reassignments were the same, even the same cabin numbers as we had booked on the Valor. We were on the Lido deck were our rooms were right beyond the pool and bar area. Very convenient and not noisy as you would think being so close to the pool and bar areas. The balcony windows need to be replaced, but this was a minor issue for us. The only noticeable difference between the two boats was we could hear the engines and feel them vibrating underneath us wherever we were on the boat. None of us remember the noise or vibrating on the Valor. Could that have something to do with the time of year? Water temperature? We were on the Valor in May and Liberty in January. The water was smooth on both so I'm not sure what the difference was this time. No big deal, just noticeable. We always do FTTFand it is WELL worth it. Embarking and disembarking was effortless! The food was hit and miss on the buffet (lunch and dinner) and in the dining room. The pizza was good on the Valor, but this time it was absolutely horrible. Paper thin, no sauce, no cheese, no taste - zero substance. The breakfast buffet was average - at best. The lunch/dinner buffet was much better, but little difference from one night to the next as far as variety. The dining room food was fairly good one night and average the next. Again, little difference as far as the variety from one night to the next. The desserts (regardless of where you got them) all taste the same...tasteless. They lack flavor (sugar?) and look a lot better than they actually taste. This is definitely not the cruise for people who like good food. Guy's burgers are awesome, but still not something you want to eat every day for lunch and every night for dinner. Dining hours were too restrictive for us and after 9:30 PM it's either horrible pizza or deli sandwiches, which were just okay. Again, this cruise is not for those who like a good variety of food, good-tasting food, and food at any time. We went to the comedy club on two different nights and again it was hit and miss. Hysterical one night, not so much the next. The staff overall was very friendly and attentive. We had excursions in both Freeport and Nassau and you guessed it, hit and miss. Mostly due to the weather which is not something Carnival can control. The water in Nassau was too cold so we just hung out on the beach. We booked the all inclusive Beach Getaway and the drinks were very good and the food was too. The servers tended to the paying customer's and seemed to overlook those of us who had prepaid. We were good tippers but that made little to no difference. The in-cabin shore excursion channel needs to focus more on what each excursion has to offer and less on just trying to sell the excursions. In an effort to speed through each excursion only to keep repeating the same information, they should spend a little more time detailing and/or comparing what each excursion has to offer. They'd probably sell more excursions this way since they are definitely not cheap. The Dine-In movies were hit and miss. Hard to please everyone so I don't have an opinion one way or another. We did plenty of gambling and the machines seemed to pay just enough to keep you playing which is to be expected. In the end, we all lost a couple of hundred dollars, but again, we expected that. It would have been nice to win enough to pay for the cruise but if you play expecting to win you will be disappointed. The live bands in the casino every night played a great variety of popular songs from the 70's and 80's and they were all very good. Next time I hope to frequent the Spas. I'll be sure to do my homework and read the reviews before I book anything. All in all, it was a good cruise. It was only my 2nd cruise so I'm not an expert by any means. The only tips I can offer is spend the extra $50 for FTTF and pack less. On both cruises, I packed way more than I needed. For me, being comfortable was more important than being fashionable. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We choose this cruise to board the Oasis of the Seas for the first time. My wife and I went as we normally do, by ourselves. We are in our late 60's but we dance, have fun and use the pools, jog, run and eat. Embarkation was smooth ... Read More
We choose this cruise to board the Oasis of the Seas for the first time. My wife and I went as we normally do, by ourselves. We are in our late 60's but we dance, have fun and use the pools, jog, run and eat. Embarkation was smooth and fast, very organized. Debarkation was even faster, about 10 minutes to exit the terminal from start to finish, could not believe it. This ship is very large yet it was very easy to navigate all areas. The key is to use the promenade (deck 5). Elevators are at both ends and quite a few they are. Remember that in many areas the food is free even if it looks expensive. Park Central (deck 8), just a great place to spend time to relax, get a great roast beef sandwich, fruit cups, salads and excellent soups. The Solarium was another spot to eat. But the Windjammer is the venue for eating most of the time. On deck 5 is the promenade and the jogging track. Go past the Boardwalk (here is the carousel) and the Aqua Theater. The promenade is the center of everything, from bars to music to 24hrs cafe, pizza. At Sorrentos they serve pizza with all the ingredients you want added, The entertainment was fabulous. Many typical activities and there's the Grand Parade with the Dreamworks animated characters. The food was the highlight since Royal Caribbean has greatly improved their menu, especially breakfast. Quality, presentation, and taste was simply great. Service better than ever. Royal Caribbean has taken suggestions and made changes and the results are evident, just an exceptional cruise. Before boarding and during your online checkin, make sure you try and get as many shows as you can in accordance with your dining schedule. If you find out taht some shows are full, do not worry, when you board just go to desk services and they will complete it for you, as we had to do. The folks are very very nice. On this cruise we had MyTime Dining table for two every night. The food was simply very good and service second to none. Our cabin was 7437 interior, roomy and very clean always. The public restrooms are very clean. All in all this was worth every penny and we will book another cruise soon. We have been on all the major cruise lines but we will return with Royal Caribbean. One last thing, do go to the Art Auctions. You will get a free artwork and an education about this fascinating world of Art. You do not have to buy anything but you will see great works of art and get to know a staff of friendly, knowledgeable persons that will answer any and all your questions. Oasis of the Seas is a great value. For 99.99% of the time, it felt like being on land, that's how smooth it travels over the seas. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was our first cruise. Therefore we went thru a travel agent to make sure everything would go smooth and be planned. We chose The Oasis of the Seas due to the reputation and it being a large ship. We had been told in the past that ... Read More
This was our first cruise. Therefore we went thru a travel agent to make sure everything would go smooth and be planned. We chose The Oasis of the Seas due to the reputation and it being a large ship. We had been told in the past that the food was awesome. However, this wasn't our experience. The food was awful. I ordered a steak in the dining hall and it just didn't look like a steak at all. The consistency was mushy to say the least. After that dinner, we resorted to going to the Wind Jammer buffet. Again, the food wasn't great, some was cold, others were greasy. Day to day the selection didn't change much. Due to size of the ship, it took alot of time to check on when dining places were open as they would have scattered hours. So if you find something you like, make sure to know where it is and the hours it is open. I asked about the fabulous desserts and seafood that everyone raves about, and never found them. Until we went to one of the pay restaurants, at that time we experienced a good meal and a great dessert. This is the one we had in the 7 days. If you choose to go on this ship, pay for the upscale restaurants. We also had booked shows before the trip as instructed. However, when it comes down to the shows, anyone can go, and you who reserved in advance will have NO where to sit and have to stand for the show. For example, the water show. We also had a bad experience with guest services. I had cancelled my drink package on the second day of the cruise and it took 5 attempts and trips to guest services to get it straightened out. (I had to go down there to get straightened out, while I was sea sick) Also, as said in earlier review, watch your bill. I followed the steps to take for booking dinners at the pay restaurants. It took me 4 times to get a booking set at the place we wanted. Due to the guest services not completing the reservation correctly after 4 attempts, I didn't get my desired dinner time and had to resort to day we were at port instead of a cruising day like I wanted. So we had to rush back from port to get ready for a 5:30 dinner when I wanted a 7:30 dinner on a cruising day. Ports were good, Bahamas was so-so, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten were good, but time there is short and goes to fast. The cleaning person was wonderful, cabin with balcony was nice. Due to the food and customer service not being good, I wouldn't recommend this boat. I have heard great experiences on other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
After several months of stress my husband and I needed a small get away and we booked a last minute cruise with Disney. We had an amazing time and the Disney cruise line lives up to high Disney Standards, from the ease of boarding, to our ... Read More
After several months of stress my husband and I needed a small get away and we booked a last minute cruise with Disney. We had an amazing time and the Disney cruise line lives up to high Disney Standards, from the ease of boarding, to our stateroom, to the food and entertainment, it was amazing. Disembarking in Nassau was easy. There were many excursions to choose from. It was a little disappointing not to be able to visit Castaway Cay the next day, due to the weather, but they made up for it with other on board activities for the day. Leaving the ship was so organized and easy also. All in all a wonderful experience and we would happily recommend and return for another trip to another destination. My one complaint and something would discourage people from doing was our experience at Remi's. We were doing an early celebration for our anniversary and decided to upgrade one of our meals for the experience of Remi's, an upscale french restaurant on board ship. My husband and I are not strangers to upscale, 4 star restaurants. It's not a habit, but we do it a few times a year for special celebrations. We have never before been so uncomfortable as we were here. Every turn was another attempt to upsell the dinner. Mind you we had already paid another 180$ for the 2 of us on top of the allotted nightly dinners to do this. We had planned on spending more as we knew that wine wasn't included with the meal. The awkwardness started by the choice of caviar and cheeses, then wine pairing for dinner, then trying the special truffles that they had you smell in the box and then the cheese cart after the entrees. Each was an extra 50+ to the meal. Each time we turned something down, we were made to feel awkward and looked down on. It really dampened the experience. On top of that, the portions were even smaller than usual for this caliber of a restaurant. We left hungry and ended up going to the buffet after the Pirate celebration and firework show! I have dined at the French and Canadian restaurants in Epcot. I have dined at Be our Guest and at Cinderella's Royal table for dinner in the Magic Kingdom. We were always treated first rate and never uncomfortable. This was a very new and very disappointing experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We sailed on the Sunshine New Year's Eve, Cabin 11019 Serenity. Had the most awesome time. Cabin was very clean and comfortable. Deck 11 & 12 only have 2 elevators to them compared to the 6 elevator 1 deck down. Some people ... Read More
We sailed on the Sunshine New Year's Eve, Cabin 11019 Serenity. Had the most awesome time. Cabin was very clean and comfortable. Deck 11 & 12 only have 2 elevators to them compared to the 6 elevator 1 deck down. Some people complained the entire cruise about only having the 2. I seens no issue with it ! I mean come on we're in no big hurry to get anyplace ! If so walk down 1 filght if your capable of doing so. Deck 11 walks right out onto serenity. If you expect a good lounger get out there by 6am. The "CHAIR HOGS" are out in full force taking like 6-10 loungers at a time. THe view from the cabin was awesome. Food on the ship was great. Entertainment was excellent. Staff was 99% friendly and helpful, you always find that 1 person having the worst of worst days. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
New Years Eve Cruise With Friends~~~~ We flew into Orlando the day before and stayed at The Marriott Lakeside. We loved the shuttle service offered. Call the hotel when you arrive and they send the shuttle! Well, a nice hotel stay and ... Read More
New Years Eve Cruise With Friends~~~~ We flew into Orlando the day before and stayed at The Marriott Lakeside. We loved the shuttle service offered. Call the hotel when you arrive and they send the shuttle! Well, a nice hotel stay and then we arranged an Uber XL for the Port. Very inexpensive considering we had 3 couples. the driver took us to the local grocery store for wine and snacks etc... We arrived at the port and because of our diamond status we got right on the ship. The magic really is a beauty. Typically we try and stay on the lower floors due to the easy access on and off the ship on port days. Also, if the ship rocks at all usually it is not as shaky on the lower floors. We sailed to 4 ports, St Thomas ( we rented a boat at Compass Point and snorkeled), Grand Turk ( hung out at the beach and drank local beer ,Turks Head). In Puerto Rico we went to Barachinna and had local food and a Pina Colada, also went for a stroll through the streets of Old San Juan- I love this port. In DR we hung out at Amber Cove. Beautiful weather and people. Spent some time in the casino, It was very smoky and that is one of the main reasons I didn't hang out there more. The Comedy clubs had some good comedians and we really enjoyed Arvin Mitchell, so very funny. The shows and activities were abundant. The cruise director was hilarious with his I love you, I love you more routine...Young , fun crew on this ship. We also spent some quiet time on the upper decks away from all the music , just enjoying the sun and good company. I have been on 40 plus cruises and I will have to say The Magic is up there on my list. Please ask any questions @ expresgal1@aol.com as I don't often check cruise critic. Bon Voyage Liz Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Embarkation went ok, they need better organization because and more room at the counters to assist travelers. Muster was very inefficient and a waste of time. It took almost an hour for them to show us how to put on a life jacket. The ... Read More
Embarkation went ok, they need better organization because and more room at the counters to assist travelers. Muster was very inefficient and a waste of time. It took almost an hour for them to show us how to put on a life jacket. The employee on the loud speaker could not be heard so we did not hear any instructions, we just heard mumbling. There was no security so children were running up and down the hall all night because they had no parents around to control them. The children would be screaming at each other in the rooms around us and nothing would be done by security. They were running wild and we were the ones paying the price because there were no parents around to control them. The dining area was beautiful but very crowded. It took 15 minutes to even get a drink order done and another 15 minutes to even get the drink. Then another 30 minutes to get our food ordered. Once we got served our food it was an hour later our food was either under cooked, over cooked or cold. People would come in after us and get served before us it seemed some waiters were quicker than others and I guess ours was the slow one. The times for the Mongolian Wok and Guy's Burgers were placed out for your to see but they seemed to be open at different times and when they were open they were so packed you could not get served and when you did the food was cold. The buffet was normal food but pretty much the same thing daily just like the dinners no changes; the same items were served when we should've had a variety. Entertainment was ok we did attend some shows and they went well. The pools and hot tubs were not accessible because they were full of children at all times. It seemed like most parents were letting their children run wild and the ship employees and other people were their babysitters. The drink program is a waste of money, buy your drinks as you go along. They had about 5 bars with only 2-3 bartenders so it was hard to get drinks and complaining went on deaf ears. Debarking for our port call went well and was fairly quick because we left a few hours after we got into port. Do not do the bar hopping tour if you don't want to be rushed. It was nice to go to different bars and try different drinks but we only had so much time at each bar and we felt rushed and even had to leave food we ordered because of the time frame of not leaving the ship until 1430 when most disembarked at noon. We got 10 minutes at the last bar and a shot instead of a drink because we had to run back to the ship to make it back by the 1930 time limit. If you want to lay out on the lawn chairs you have to reserve them and there is a time limit on using them again another inconvenience. Service by many was hard because of a problem with communication. Many of the employees are from other countries and they either do not speak English or have broken English making communication very hard when needing assistance on the ship. Debarkation once we got back to Orlando was rushed as well and in us being rushed I left items in the safe in our room. I noticed this once we got off and was refused re-entry on the ship. I asked for assistance to get these items out of the safe but I was blown off and told the items would be mailed to me if they were found. If they were found? How do you over look items in a safe? I have been given numerous stories on how they would get them to me if found and all were different. I guess they will never be returned by the treatment I received by customer service off of the ship. This cruise line knows they have issues because you cannot place reviews on their site. To me this means they know they have problems yet they ignore them if not they wouldn't mind people putting reviews on their site instead on me having to place it on here. We thought this would be a restful fun cruise for our anniversary but it ended up being a cruise from the hell. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
While food and drinks were available almost 24 hours, the activities were poorly communicated and most events were only in the evenings between 7:30 and 11, right in the middle of our dinner hour. Prior cruises I have been on had piano ... Read More
While food and drinks were available almost 24 hours, the activities were poorly communicated and most events were only in the evenings between 7:30 and 11, right in the middle of our dinner hour. Prior cruises I have been on had piano bar, karaoke, dance lessons etc ongoing throughout the afternoons, early evenings as well. The cruise seemed more interested in selling alcohol than getting people moving (only one dance 'club' which was pretty isolated). We did like that the ship had very open upper decks where we could enjoy adult only hot tubs (2 front, 2 at rear) and various pools, mini golf, lots of sun decks. We also enjoyed the balcony in our room which came at a reasonable price. The comedians on deck were excellent. The theater performance was quite good and included a wonderful live band. The boat was pretty clean. Still the disappointment with activities and communication about these was overwhelming (the schedule was so polluted by "for sale" events it was difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff and we missed events due to the confusion). The ships captain or activities director did little to make sure that our trip was as happy as we desired and by the end, we learned how to decipher the schedule - but alas too late to make our journey as enjoyable as we had hoped. Read Less
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
Sail Date December 2016
Well, I have to say that I was a bit worried before we got on the ship. I had read so many bad reviews about the crew and ship. However, I boarded the ship with no expectations. My wife and I were very happy with the overall ... Read More
Well, I have to say that I was a bit worried before we got on the ship. I had read so many bad reviews about the crew and ship. However, I boarded the ship with no expectations. My wife and I were very happy with the overall experience. Were there hiccups and minor problems, sure. But, we easily overlook these items. We were on vacation. Why should we let things bother us. The crew was fantastic, the cleanliness of the ship was great. Any problems that I read about earlier had all been resolved. Yes, the stateroom (mid-ship balcony) was a bit strange, but it was functional. The food was good, the entertainment exceptional. The one thing I would like to say is about the other guests. It was very surprising to us that we saw many guests getting bent out of shape over the smallest problems (waiting in line an extra 5 minutes, etc.). We chalked it up to those that just want to complain about anything. I have to mention the bar staff at the Atrium Cafe' bar. Nur, Siti, and the rest were all fantastic. They always had a friendly smile and really looked like they were having a good time interacting with the passengers. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Some background: My husband and I are in our late 20’s/early 30’s. We have been on 5 Disney Cruises sailing on each of their ships at least once and 1 cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas. Disney is the line that we took ... Read More
Some background: My husband and I are in our late 20’s/early 30’s. We have been on 5 Disney Cruises sailing on each of their ships at least once and 1 cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas. Disney is the line that we took our first cruise on. We also got engaged, married, and took our honeymoon all on Disney cruises. It is safe to say that Disney cruises hold a very special place for us because along with many memories, Disney cruises excel in almost all areas that are important for us. For this reason, I will mostly be comparing what we experienced on the Norwegian Epic to DCL. We were shocked that this Norwegian cruise met Disney standards in many areas and even, dare I say because I feel like Walt himself is turning in his grave, exceeded what we have come to expect on a Disney Cruise. Of course, there were things that we did not love about this Norwegian Cruise, which I will get to. We also sailed with my mother and father-in-law who have been on the Norwegian Jade plus close to 50 Disney cruises (you can see who we got it from). Also, our trip was booked through a timeshare and for this reason, we did not have any “free at sea” offers and we also were unable to book our rooms close to each other. Boarding: We had a boarding time of 11:30 – noon. The longest wait that we experienced during the entire process was waiting in the line of cars to get into the parking garage. After that, the process was absolutely seamless. From the time that we got out of the car to the time that we walked onto the ship was about 20-25 minutes. I do have to make a note that part of what I love about DCL cruises is that, on each of their ships, you enter directly into the atrium with a beautiful chandelier, grand staircase, and statue of the ship’s mascot. It seems that on all other ships, you enter onto the deck and then your first introduction to the ship is a view of the elevators which is not nearly as grand of an entrance. Room: My husband and I and his parents booked 2 standard inside cabins. Their room was on deck 14 forward and ours on deck 13 midship. My in-laws room was located between the 2 sets of staircases and we were concerned that the room would be loud, however they reported that their room was nice and quiet. We were very pleased with our room. I thought that the size was perfect for the 2 of us. We felt spoiled coming from the Majesty of the Seas where the room was so small that you could not get off of both sides of the bed and my husband would have the crawl over me if he needed to get out in the middle of the night. The bathroom was a little strange and I would not want to sail in that room with anyone except for my husband, but it made no difference since it was just the two of us. It was nice that the different floor plan provided for, it seems, a slightly bigger shower than we have seen on other cruise ships although the round tub/shower on DCL is still my favorite. I was really impressed by the bed. It was nice and firm and very comfortable. We could hardly even tell that the bed was 2 twins pushed together. The pillows were full and soft. I do wish that the comforter was a little thicker or that they provided an extra blanket. I was disappointed with the TV. We do not spend much time in our room during cruises, but we do enjoy watching a movie before bed and there was very little to choose from. The TV was also so high that you could not see the screen well when lying on the bed. Our room steward, Bernard, was awesome. One day we slept in until 11am and I thought that we wouldn’t have our room attended to until that night, but less than 2 hours later, it was spotless! Whenever he spotted us in the hallway he always greeted us by name. In fact, we never passed one stateroom host without a smile and greeting. Food: There are so many places to dine on this ship! We visited many of them, but did not have time to go to them all. We missed Manhattan room, Tepanyaki/sushi bar, and Moderno. We had the 3-night dining package and so we dined at the specialty restaurants 3 nights and then at the complementary restaurants for the remainder of the time. Overall, our entire group was extremely impressed with our dining experience. The food exceeded our expectations. We never once had to wait for a table even at the complementary restaurants where we did not have a reservation. I was a little disappointed with the service. While all of the service was very quick, the wait staff was not very friendly or engaging. I expected some better, more specialized service in the specialty restaurants, but that did not happen. It was pretty clear to me that they did not want to be there and were just going through the motions. We had made reservations for 3 specialty restaurants before getting on the ship, but did change the reservations twice while on-board. This was done easily by either calling the reservation desk on the stateroom phone or stopping by the reservation table right outside the buffet. Buffet - The buffet was great and we dined there for several breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. This is one area that I think that the Norwegian Epic excels above DCL. The food was fresh and tasty. We loved that the buffet was open for dinner. On Disney, the buffet turns into a sit-down restaurant at night. It was nice to have something quick and easy for dinner without having to rely on just hamburgers and hotdogs. We also loved the small buffet that was open for several hours between lunch and dinner and also late at night until 11:30. My husband and I quickly developed a love for their cookies, especially the oatmeal raison! A downside is that the buffet did tend to get busy and the lines for the main rotating dishes would get very long at times! We learned to get there early. The buffet was scheduled to open at 5:30pm for dinner, but we noticed that they would usually open about 10-15 minutes early and so we made a habit to arrive around 5:15pm and get through the line and grab a table before it got crazy. Taste: We dined at Taste once for lunch and once for dinner and were pleased with our meals. Service was quick but not overly friendly. I had the soda package and I had heard that it was impossible to get refills due to the wait staff being so busy, but I did not find this to be true. I was brought a new soda 3 times during dinner without having to ask. We did have an unpleasant interaction with the hostess at Taste during Breakfast, There had been a time change the night before and we thought that we had set our clocks appropriately, but had not. When we arrived, the kitchen was closed. While the mistake was our fault, I do not think the level of rudeness that we experienced from the hostess was called for. While we did not experience breakfast at this restaurant, but my in-laws did and spoke highly of it. O’Sheehans: Dined here twice and my husband and I were both underwhelmed. Service was OK. The first time I dined there, I ordered a hamburger. A waiter came by shortly after with a tray of food and asked if I had ordered wings. I told him no, that I had ordered a hamburger. He then took a burger and fries from his tray and placed it in front of me. I removed the top bun and rearranged some of the toppings which were falling out of the burger. A few seconds later, another waiter came up and grabbed my plate and said “no, that one isn’t yours”. I called after him to tell him that I had already touched it, but he was already on the other side of the restaurant giving it to another customer. My burger arrived a short time later. The second time, we had finished our entrees and waited about 25 minutes for our desserts. We could not find our waiter so we asked another waiter who was passing. He apologized and delivered our desserts in a matter of minutes. The food was alright, but not very flavorful. The best was the brownie cheesecake with caramel marshmallows. Shanghai/Noodle bar: We dined here on the last night of our trip. We were pleased. Service was quick and accurate. The food was hot and tasty. La Cucina: Our party had one dinner here on the first night and we were impressed. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was nice and quiet. Le Bistro: This dinner was both hit and miss. Service was pretty good and the food was presented beautifully. My husband ordered the mussels for his appetizer and they were terrible. I did not taste them, but both he and his father agreed that they did not taste fresh and almost tasted as though they had gone bad. My mother-in-law got the sole for her entrée and although the taste was good, it was so overcooked that she needed a knife to cut it. The coffee that we were served after dinner was gross. We all agreed that it tasted terribly burnt. Not one of us finished our cups. There were however several dishes here which we enjoyed. The lamb that I ordered for an entrée was delicious and was more tender than the sole! I think that this was the meal that we were most disappointed in. The atmosphere was really nice at the beginning of the dinner, but it was ruined a little when we could here songs such as “YMCA” booming from the atrium. Also, I think that the bowling alley may be above Le Bistro, because several times, there were loud noises from overheard. Side note, this is no fault of the restaurant, but I was annoyed that at the table behind us, there was a young woman who was dining by herself. I guess she got lonely because she took out her phone and proceeded to hold a 15 minute Skype conversation at the table while she ate. Also, this is one of the 2 restaurants on the boat with a dress code (the other being the Manhattan room). It is not strict, but they do require pants (although nice jeans will suffice). Cagneys: Our whole group agreed that this was our favorite meal of the cruise. We each commented that our steaks were excellent. The appetizers, sides, and desserts were all perfect complements. My husband ordered the Tomahawk and said that it was cooked absolutely perfectly and is among the best steaks he has even had. My prime rib was also amazing! Some in our group even went as far to say that their meal was better than Palo which is a pay extra restaurant on DCL and my favorite restaurant of all time. I do not think I can go quite that far! Entertainment: I actually think that the nighttime entertainment was what really set this cruise apart. On Disney Cruises, there is never much that goes on after 9pm or so at night. Since many of the passengers are families with young kids, nighttime entertainment is not Disney’s focus. On this cruise, my husband and I were out past midnight for 5 of the 7 nights which we loved! We really enjoyed the comedian. I was a little disappointed with the “newlywed/not so newlywed” game. This is always my favorite show on a cruise and part of what makes it so fun is the host. On the Epic, the cruise director hosted this show and while he was very energetic, he just was not funny and sounded scripted. Also, instead of having the couples do a funny or embarrassing task to win their place on the stage, they just drew the names from a bucket which meant that the couples were not nearly as outgoing as they usually are. We enjoyed some of the daytime entertainment such as a short beginners Chinese class. It was a little disappointing how many of the daytime entertainment activities involve an extra charge. They had a painting class, but when we went to check it out it was $30 per person. Plus, the example was not that impressive to begin with. As far as the big productions, we did not go to the Cirque dinner show as there were so many other places to eat for free, although I did hear good things about the show. We went to Burn the Floor on our second night. The dancers were world class and absolutely amazing, but the show was kind of weird as there was no story line at all. Just, what felt like random costumes and sets. I still very much enjoyed the dancing. My absolute favorite show was Pricilla Queen of the Dessert. I loved it so much that I went twice. I made sure to sit right up at the front the second time because I wanted to see the detail of the costumes. This show was hilarious and top notch. Side note, the second time I went, all of the reservations were sold out. I decided to try and go anyways and arrived about 15 minutes before the show. I was let in immediately and there were plenty of seats although I think some of my luck had to do with the fact that it was a later show at 10pm. We also attended the Dueling Pianos show in the Headliners comedy theater twice and it was awesome. The crowd was energetic and the musicians were talented and entertaining. I do wish that they provided some additional bar staff because the room was packed. There were about 2-3 servers running around like crazy, but it took quite a while to get any drinks. Ports: Tortola: Getting onto the island was a breeze. Literally just walked straight off. We strolled around and explored the shops which were not too interesting. We found a martini cigar bar at the end of the small shopping area on the right called Aromas. We spent a pleasant few hours relaxing here and enjoyed using the free internet to check in on our puppies back home. My husband ordered a few beers and a cigar and I had 2 dessert martinis. I was happy to find this place because when I went to order a dessert martini on the ship, they were $18! The martinis here were a reasonable $10. From there we tried to find a book store, but were unsuccessful. Our exploration did lead to us stumbling upon an area with a great view of the ship. To get there you can just walk to the left once you get off of the boat and through the parking lot until you get to a rocky beach area. St. Thomas: Again, getting off the ship was quick. St Thomas has many more shops, but after we had been through 25% of the stores, we didn’t find anything new. Same bags, magnets, shirts ect. We then took the skyride and got an amazing view of the island and all of the ships in port. We wished that we had done this earlier and had time to sit and enjoy a drink while taking in the view and fresh air, but unfortunately, we had to be back on the boat by 2pm. Great Stirrup Cay: This is Norwegians private island and does require passengers to tender. We realized on the 3rd day of the cruise that you have to make a tender reservation if you want to get off of the boat early. This was done easily by call the box office on the stateroom phone. I have never made a tender reservation before and was surprised that you are assigned a letter and not a time. Due to this, we did not know when we would be getting off of the ship and had to pay attention to the announcements. The tendering took longer that I expected however this was mostly due to rough seas which is obviously outside of the cruise line’s control. The process was very organized which I appreciated. There was no pushing and shoving with people skipping in line and not knowing where to go. We hung out in the atrium and waiting until our letter was called before heading to the theater. From there they released us row by row to board the tender. The island was beautiful and we were thoroughly impressed. We have been to two other private islands including Disney’s Castaway Cay and Royal Caribbean’s Cocoa Cay and if we had to choose where to spend a day, I think I would pick Great Stirrup Cay. The island was well laid out. My mother in law walks with a cane and she had no difficulty navigating the island. Cocoa Cay on the other hand was underdeveloped with lots of unmarked dirt paths. We were impressed with the availability of chairs and plenty in the shade. I loved that on the bridge that takes you to the cabanas (which looked amazing), there is a nice view of the ship. My husband and I went for a short swim. The water was cold, but enjoyable once we got in. I was glad that I brought my swim socks which have thin rubber soles as some of the beach area was a bit rocky. The island buffet was pretty good with a good selection. The line to get back onto the tender was long, but moved quickly once boarding began. Disembarkation: We decided to put our luggage out the night before. If you do want to have your baggage taken off for you and also want to get out early, make sure to pick up your tags several days before the cruise ends as the early ones always go quickly. The early morning was a little stressful as my husband did not sleep well and decided to go explore the ship around 4:30 am. Que the panicking wife when both myself and my father in law searched the ship for an hour and could not find him. We eventually found him and I warned him that under penalty of serious bodily injury, he is not to do that to me ever again. After an early breakfast at the buffet we gathered our things and sat in the atrium lounge until our tag color was called. We walked straight off, gathered our luggage, and were waiting in the line for customs within about 20 minutes. We had a little hiccup when we realized that our stateroom host had not left a customs form in our room and we had completely forgotten about it until we saw everyone else pulling there’s out. We easily found a new form before getting in line and were in the car heading home 15 minutes later. Overall Impression: Obviously choosing a cruise really depends on what you are looking for. My husband and I agree that we have enjoyed this cruise the most. While the level of service was not quite what we have come to expect on Disney, the combination of the entertainment, food options, and price difference really set the Norwegian epic apart. We even booked a credit for a future cruise on board and hope to sail on the Norwegian Escape next December. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My family had stayed on the Disney Wonder a few years back and my mom and sister loved the experience, the little attention to detail only Disney can do to make the trip magical. After 6 years we booked to go on the Disney Fantasy because ... Read More
My family had stayed on the Disney Wonder a few years back and my mom and sister loved the experience, the little attention to detail only Disney can do to make the trip magical. After 6 years we booked to go on the Disney Fantasy because of the warm weather in the Caribbean, being able to visit the Disney private Island of Castaway Cay and try out the Aquaduck! The price was very expensive and as much as I tried to convince on going on one of the big boats on the RCL it was Disney or nothing for my mother and sister. The embarkation was a bit hectic has someone had fallen ill in the cruise before us at Castaway Cay and caused the boat to arrive 3 hrs late. It caused a ruckus with no shuttles going to the port. We arrived an hr later than expected but Disney made up for the delay with making the process as speedy as could be. We got bonus lanyards because we were castaway members (previous guests) The buffet area at cabanas had a wide selection of food and made us feel a lot better. The 3 different dining areas were beautiful (my personal favourite was the animators palette due to the cool interactions and images shown on the walls. Unfortunately we didn't get to speak to Crush on the first time dining there because I had booked for us to eat at Remy's. The experience was like nothing else.. I wouldn't do it every day but it was nice to dress up and be treated like VIPs. Every dish had plate covers and we had about 3-4 servers serving us at any given time. About 8 courses or so and the chef would come out to see how we were doing. Fantastic treat for my parents. My husband and I really enjoyed going on the aquaducks and experiencing the beautiful lounges on offer. I really thought Sky line was very romantic. I'm not Disney obsessed as a lot of the other cruisers are but I was happy to see my favourite characters Pluto and Donald around and taking pictures with them. It was my husband's first cruise and he really enjoyed the food. I laughed when he asked if we were going to Cabanas for evening meals since he didn't know anything about the nice plated dinners cruises usually provide. What really excited him was we got to watch Rogue one Star Wars premier on the boat at 12:01am on the 16th December onwards. It was pretty cool to watch it as it opens across the country. I enjoyed watching Dr. Strange and Moana on the boat too. Something that no other cruise line can boast to do since Disney owns Marvel and a lot of other entertainment companies. I liked the live Disney cast performances but they had used the same variety act on this cruise (2 different jugglers) which made it a bit repetitive. They should avoid doing that in future. I liked we had an adults area but the teenager's pool area at the front of the boat was always empty and wasted on them. Might as well let the adults take that part over. We did the mickey mouse detective angeny around the ship. Fun way to spend some time exploring the boat and interact with the cool artwork that comes to life and makes you do tasks to solve mysteries. I wish I had some more time to take the boat tour but unfortunately missed it. Great family trip but once you've done Disney Fantasy it's good to try out other boats. I look forward to try out RCL and Celebrity at some point. Having seen the fireworks performance on the west coast with the Disney wonder, I found this one to be short and less spectacular. They used Captain Jack Sparrow for most of it. Maybe it was because this was my second cruise with Disney but I felt the see ya real soon and other performances lacked enough characters compared to the first time. I like my head waiter Stefanos from Greece a lot but Carlos the assistant waiter was forgetful and not as attentive. these 2 waiters would follow us in to the 3 different dinging rooms for each night so they know your preference and get to chat with them more) Some of the other waiters on the boat that we dealt with during the day was very nice. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My husband and I are fairly experienced cruisers. We have been on 24 cruises, 15 of them on Royal Caribbean. This was our second cruise on Oasis, and we have been on Allure 4 times, so we know the big ships pretty well. Overall, the ... Read More
My husband and I are fairly experienced cruisers. We have been on 24 cruises, 15 of them on Royal Caribbean. This was our second cruise on Oasis, and we have been on Allure 4 times, so we know the big ships pretty well. Overall, the cruise was just OK. With the exception of our RCI sponsored excursion in Jamaica, which was horrible. The ship was clean, our room steward fantastic. But, as other cruisers on Oasis have mentioned, the food in the MDR was mediocre, and everything was served at room temperature. Not good when you enjoy soup! Most of the crew we encountered looked stressed, tired, and downright unhappy, including the entertainment staff. I had an encounter with a woman in Guest Services that was particularly hostile when I asked her a simple question on day 3 about the time frame to carry our luggage off the ship when disembarking. She looked annoyed and barked "It will be in the Cruise Compass". What?? When pressed, she finally told me the hours to carry your own luggage were 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM. How hard was that? Bright spots on the cruise were Sabor (the Mexican restaurant-delicious!), the diving show, Vintages for wine and tapas, and the ice show. Embarkation was a breeze, and debarkation was the fastest we have ever experienced. We were second in line for customs - a first for us! We will probably try either Celebrity (I know-RCI owns them) or a smaller RCI ship next time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The ship is absolutely beautiful, the staff and service are top notch. But this ship is so large that you need roller skates to get around. For that over 50 crowd that has back or knee problems, do not choose the Oasis. Simply walking ... Read More
The ship is absolutely beautiful, the staff and service are top notch. But this ship is so large that you need roller skates to get around. For that over 50 crowd that has back or knee problems, do not choose the Oasis. Simply walking to your room is a 15 minute journey. There were times that we did not go out of our room again in the evening because we did not want to walk anymore. Getting off on the pier was also a journey. The pier is as long as the ship so the walk into town was long as well. As amazing as it might sound, even though there were over 6,000 people on board it never seemed crowded. I have to give the staff credit for the organizational skills to get us all on and off with no hassle at all. We will definitely stick with Royal Caribbean but will go back to the smaller ships for our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was a free cruise that I won a year ago in a slot tournament. We were looking forward to this one because it was just my wife and I. We did not plan on any excursions, we just wanted to kick back and relax. After getting onto the ... Read More
This was a free cruise that I won a year ago in a slot tournament. We were looking forward to this one because it was just my wife and I. We did not plan on any excursions, we just wanted to kick back and relax. After getting onto the ship eating a little bit we found a chair in the pool area and got a couple of drinks and enjoyed it. We booked the shows we wanted early, tried a couple of new dinning restaurant (I couldn't fine a bad one) The one thing I would tell you is that we were unhappy with the Bingo pricing. $64 for a machine that has been paid for over and over again, and they don't have the ball machine anymore, it's computerized !!!!! and you only play THREE games ??? Not a great return on value. I won't be going back to that. That being the only thing. STILL Love cruising on RCCL. Doing again in January 2017, and August and December. Worth the money, to not have to drive and find fun somewhere. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My best friend and I planned this cruise with our husbands to celebrate our 25th anniversary of our friendship, my 20th wedding anniversary and my 50th birthday - all a year early because of the great deal we got. We chose this ship ... Read More
My best friend and I planned this cruise with our husbands to celebrate our 25th anniversary of our friendship, my 20th wedding anniversary and my 50th birthday - all a year early because of the great deal we got. We chose this ship because it was my dream ship to go on. I didn't really think I was going to enjoy the itinerary because I have done these locations so many times, but boy was I surprised! First of all, this ship is gigantic, however, after 1 day we knew exactly where everything was. I have never booked shore excursions through the ship (because I was always told they aren't worth it), let me tell you! The excursions we took were so awesome I would totally recommend using the ship. We did a snorkle and honeymoon beach in St. Thomas and 'The Amazing Race' in St. Maarteen, I have never had so much fun in my life...and I snorkeled for the first time ever! The race in St. Maarteen was led by Tri-Sports Eco Tours and they were outstanding, I saw parts of the island and learned so much more than I ever have in my past visits. The food and wait staff on Oasis was beyond..Francesco and his team at table 345 were absolutely the best! They went above and beyond every night in the American Grille. (we begged and pleaded to sit in their section even with our reserved time - they are totally worth the wait) If you have the opportunity to be taken care of by them, please tell them Janice, Cathy, Erik and Mike all say hello! I cannot wait for our next cruise. I really love Royal Carribbean, this was my third cruise with them and I have never been disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
I should have taken a cue from the long lines we stood in to even get checked in and onto the ship. My 2 daughters and I had a mini balcony suite (with emphasis on mini). It was tiny. I cannot imagine what the interior staterooms ... Read More
I should have taken a cue from the long lines we stood in to even get checked in and onto the ship. My 2 daughters and I had a mini balcony suite (with emphasis on mini). It was tiny. I cannot imagine what the interior staterooms were like. Whomever designed those rooms should be stripped of whatever title they hold. The bathroom is right in the room with only a smoked glass rounded-shaped slider to put into place to use the toilet and another one to use the shower. They are about the size of the facilities in an RV. There is absolutely no privacy since you can certainly see (and hear) the person inside through the glass and see when they stand, sit or whatever. Ours had a curtain, but other people told me they did not even have that. There is barely room to walk in the cabin....tiny, tiny, tiny. This is a huge ship and with the tiny rooms it holds a lot of people, but does not have enough elevators to accommodate them, so expect a long wait time. You cannot even take sealed bottled water on-board unless you have a "written" statement from your doctor. If you want water, you must purchase it on-board for the low price of $7.95 per bottle or $26.95 for HALF a case (that's 6 bottles, mind you). The very first night on-board we asked our cabin steward for coffee packets (there was a coffee maker which made one cup at a time in the room, but no coffee). He informed us that they were out of coffee packs but we could order room service coffee at no charge. When I called, they said room service coffee was $9.95 (after breakfast) and we could only get complimentary coffee in the morning. Next morning I was on hold for 35 minutes and was told it would be 30 to 45 minutes wait and $7.95. We told them it was supposed to be complimentary because we had no coffee in the room. We had to hold again until they could confirm that. Our cabin steward was great and did everything possible to make our stay enjoyable. He was always at our beck and call and was always friendly. The staff on the common areas were not nearly so friendly. I have been on cruises where EVERY staff person ALWAYS spoke. No so on this cruise; most of those "in charge" did not even appear to notice us guests. Another thing, it was my understanding that if you dined in the complementary dining rooms, you could order anything on the menu....not so anymore. The "better" entrees now have a hefty up-charge. And, there are more up-charge restaurants than complementary ones. We bought the 3 meal up-charge package and I must say the three up-charge restaurants we chose (Cagneys, LeBistro, & Moderno Chiaroscuro) were excellent. I am not a prude and go to NY and Atlanta to see Broadway shows. However, the show in their big theater, "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," was so vulgar and offensive we could not sit through it and got up and left. Why a cruise line would book that kind of show for a cruise (other than gay men) is beyond me. However, the show "Burn the Floor" was exciting and well done by a talented cast. We thoroughly enjoyed it. This was my first cruise with Norwegian and it may very well be my last. If their other ships are like the Epic, I am not interested in sailing with this cruise line again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We choose this cruise because it was 7 days and went to Tortola which was a desirable island for us. We had never cruised on Norwegian before and were excited about being on one of the "mega" ships. Our first encounter ... Read More
We choose this cruise because it was 7 days and went to Tortola which was a desirable island for us. We had never cruised on Norwegian before and were excited about being on one of the "mega" ships. Our first encounter unfortunately was the boarding process. We were asked to pick a time to arrive. We choose between 12:30 - 1:00pm. We got there at 12:45. There was a very long long and it looked so daunting. We got in line and stood in line in the hot sun for an hour and 1/2. Once inside the actually building - things didn't get much better! They literally had 2 security lines....for 4000 guests that had to check in. We didn't get on board the boat and in our cabin to drop off our bags until 3:45pm. All we wanted was some lunch and a cold drink - but guess what....all food and beverage had been halted due to the safety briefing that we had to attend at that moment. When I say that my husband was irritable, hungry and thirsty - is understated! He went to Guest Services to complain - but all they said was "we are sorry". It's only the second time they have used that terminal and things just didn't go as planned. We went up to the pool deck - which had the 2 smallest pools I've ever seen on a boat. The 1 bar they have on the pool deck had 2 bartenders and 2000 people trying to get a drink! It was so ridiculous! After watching the boat sail away - we went to our cabin to shower and get ready for dinner - only to find out that our air didn't work in the cabin. We notified the room steward and they said it would be the next day before things could be fixed. Then the shower didn't drain - we stood in dirty water while shower. Again - they promised to fix it. One the plus side - the air did get fixed. The drain never got resolved - even though we told them several times about the issue. Pros of the Cruise: Cagneys Steakhouse - wow this the best food on the boat! The steaks were so amazing, the sides were great and the servers very nice! Moderno - this Brazilian Steakhouse was good - a bit too much food - but excellent and a great ambiance! Tappenyaki - the hibachi grill was so much fun! Everything you love about Hibachi grills was there along with great food! The Spa and Fitness Center - FIRST CLASS! we had many spa treatments and took advantage of some of the fitness center opportunities. For sure a must do while on board! The Cirque Circus Show - WOW!!! These performers were breathtaking! This is well worth the cost it takes to attend the show! Burn The Floor Down - Dance Show - Again - WOW! They danced their way into everyones hearts - they were so passionate and personable! Makes you want to just get out and dance! Cons of the Cruise: Terrible Pool Deck Designs - the pools are too small, a lot of wasted space Only 1 bar on the pool deck - you need more bars!! The boat is poorly laid out - very compartmentalized and feels cramped and crowded instead of spacious and large. They nickel and dime you for everything! We had the drink package - but red bull wasn't included, specialty coffee wasn't included, and buckets of beers were included. Drinks are inconsistent - we ordered a painkiller at 4 different bars and had 4 very different drinks! No place to dance - unless you want to stay out until after 11. The boat has many bars - but no place to dance. This made us sad! Overall we had a good time - because my husband and I could have fun anywhere - but we won't go back to the Epic. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
I was reluctant to book a Thanksgiving cruise but it was my boyfriend's 35th birthday and I wanted to surprise him with something memorable. Both embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Let's jump right in: The Ship: ... Read More
I was reluctant to book a Thanksgiving cruise but it was my boyfriend's 35th birthday and I wanted to surprise him with something memorable. Both embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Let's jump right in: The Ship: The Carnival Magic was a lovely ship! Even though it was pretty big, it was fairly easy to navigate. The ship has two pools, which weren't that big at all. Also it had two water slides, which were very fun. The adult serenity area had a lot of nice lounge seating, cabanas, beach chairs, and a bar. My only complaint is that right near the area are the water slides & children's wet play area. GREAT! So when you're trying to relax, you hear tons of kids screaming and enjoying the slides. Very annoying. Defeats the purpose of getting away. Serenity with no real serenity. Hahaha. The ship's wifi was slow, but worth it if you wanted to keep in touch with society. There are different speeds, the higher the speed the more expensive. The Cabin: We had an aft balcony room....It was beautiful. Your room gets cleaned twice a day. There was plenty of space for two ppl. Ample drawer and closet space. I brought metal hooks that I didn't need at all. There is so much light as well, so a night light is unnecessary. Dining: Food was decent. Breakfast potatoes were good and seasoned well. They had everything you may want to eat. Pay close attention to dining times. Because buffets are not open all the time. Guys burger joint was delicious! He loved the beef burgers and I loved the veggie ones!! The fries were really good too. Entertainment: Our cruise director Dr. E was hilarious. He made the cruise that much more enjoyable Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Overall the cruise was great, compared to others we found more activities and lots more to do mostly in the evenings. The evening shows like newlywed not so newlywed, the perfect couple, celebrity dance off, cirque de soliel, burn the ... Read More
Overall the cruise was great, compared to others we found more activities and lots more to do mostly in the evenings. The evening shows like newlywed not so newlywed, the perfect couple, celebrity dance off, cirque de soliel, burn the floor, comedians were amazing. I didn't care for the Pricilla Queen show, waste of time. The check in was a disaster took hours no clear signs or staff around to guide people, messy. The daytime activities even on sea days were lacking, I saw past schedules from people you recently went on other Norweigan ships- they had more interesting things like cupcake decorating class, interactive cooking demos... we didn't have much of that more like bingo and some poolside contests, the fun stuff like wine and chocolate was an additional cost, we pay enough for the cruise there should not be an extra cost. The cruise director Scott and assistant cruise director she was british were very friendly, smiling always and they made the ship more fun. There was options for everyone for food, however we did ask for a special diet menu and a few nights were very disappointed, one they made a huge error and brought us shrimp in our pasta we saw it and sent it back as strict religious vegetarians, next clean plate as we started eating we found another shrimp hidden, we were disgusted. I called the executive chef. At Thanksgiving dinner we were just given a potato cake with spinach it wasn't enough food and the apps were always salad which consisted of few pieces of lettuce, onions and few cucumbers, surely you can do better than that with a salad, we indicated we ate dairy so goat cheese and beets or candied walnuts something more original especially on thanksgiving would have been nice. I think there were too many people so the service lacked a little especially since on every other cruise I have been on they went above and beyond with our special diet to make us amazing tasty filling dishes, here we were more of an after thought. they need more adult pools and kids should not be allows in hot tubs, one day they put bubble bath in the hot tubs and made a mess, the kids stayed in the hot tubs for hours, this should be for adults only. the H2o pool was so small, need bigger adult pool, rock climbing was closed everyday when I checked. The tender boats in Bahamas were also a big issue and we had to wait hours to get to the island. The pros: activities and most shows were good, princess was so bad in this aspect. Kunal our service at the taste restaurants was excellent. Rayz the maître de was good he definitely made an effort. Praveen the chef did come to our table to apologize for the shrimp incident, the executive chef also apologized which was nice of them. Cruise director and assistant cruise director were excellent at entertaining people. Most staff were friendly. and the washy washy ladies were very nice. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Ala in all we a a great time, but the ship, the balcony cabin we had was nice, and had a lot of storage area. The food and service was a BIG disappointment compared to other cruises I've been on. Long waits (up to an hour and a half ... Read More
Ala in all we a a great time, but the ship, the balcony cabin we had was nice, and had a lot of storage area. The food and service was a BIG disappointment compared to other cruises I've been on. Long waits (up to an hour and a half to get your food once crdered, and the food was not good at all. I did not finish a single meal. And don't get me started on the bread. Any of the bread served, from bus to table bread was old and stale, it just crumbled under a butter knife. Tendering to the islands needs fixed. They only had 3 tenders, and the process to get of the ship had to be booked. I only have a few hours on Grand Cayman due to this. Outside of the poor food, service and processes to get off at the ports, we did have a great time. We met many wonderful people onboard. The shows that we were able to get tickets for were great, and they played a lot of fun games at various times of the day. The ports of call are OK, eastern Carrie Ian is nickers, but the private island was surprisingly nice. Food and beverages are all included while on the island. The only drawback was getting on and off the ship, heard again, have 3 tenders for 4100 people is no where near enough. The off and on boarding was terrible. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Ok! We just got back (Nov 18- Nov 21) and had a blast!!! Ship was clean. Our room attendant was phenomenal. Be sure and go to Schooners for the piano man or to just hang out and ask for Havi. He was one of the best servers ever. The entire ... Read More
Ok! We just got back (Nov 18- Nov 21) and had a blast!!! Ship was clean. Our room attendant was phenomenal. Be sure and go to Schooners for the piano man or to just hang out and ask for Havi. He was one of the best servers ever. The entire Windjammer staff was great and we loved their food. Room service was also amazing! We loved all the events ... the poolside dance party, trivia, karaoke, etc. The service in Boleros was disappointing. The 2 bartenders couldn't keep up and kept running out of the items for their signature drinks and the bar tenders at the pool bar closest to Windjammers were down right grumpy. Main dining room service was ssssllloooowww and the food tasted very bland. I will definitely go again!!! Overall still an 8!!! I didn't want to get off the ship (apparently they frown in you wanting to stay for free lol) Cocoa Cay was good, also. A little windy but that is to be expected this time of year. Each time we go it seems we find a few more tricks to make it easier on us! Great job to the staff and crew of the Majesty!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship. It is clean and our cabin had more than ample room for my husband and me. We are thrilled that the bathrooms now are a bit larger and that the showers have a glass door. No more fighting with the ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship. It is clean and our cabin had more than ample room for my husband and me. We are thrilled that the bathrooms now are a bit larger and that the showers have a glass door. No more fighting with the dreaded shower curtain! The hidden treasure for us on the ship was the Solarium. Cruise Critic had suggested to head there for lunch as opposed to the Windjammer café where everyone else would be. That was true and the food was tasty. Outside of the Solarium eatery is an adult only area with chase lounges, tables, hot tubs and lovely wicker furniture. We found that we spent most of our time relaxing in this area as it was quiet and had a beautiful view of the water and was breezy as well. The dining experience was outstanding. We had dinner each night at Silk. Our waiters Armand and Alberto became like family to us and met every need we had before we even knew we needed something. We had signed up for My Time dining and the first night of the cruise there was a 90 minute wait. We did not realize that we had to have reservations. It was a nightmare. We immediately went to the dining room and were switched to the 8pm dining which was perfect. We could have a relaxing dinner while not feeling hurried for the next group to come in. After dinner we would see shows or go to events. We highly recommend "Come Fly With Me" "Frozen in Time" & Quest. We chose not to attend "CATS" as we had heard other passengers say they did not care for it and left at intermission. The street parade the last evening was so much fun. The service was outstanding. Every crew member greeted you in a friendly and kind manner. We did 3 excursions. In Nassau we did the Blue Lagoon Sea Lion interaction. It was wonderful and the Sea Lions were a riot. We just loved it and the 40 minute boat ride to the excursion was beautiful. We would have liked for the captain of the excursion boat to point out some areas along the water other than the Atlantis resort. In St.Thomas we participated in the Megan's Bay Beach excursion. It is a beautiful beach. The best part of the excursion was the wild and fun trolley ride up and down the mountain. The water and beach were beautiful. In St Maarten we took part in the Yacht Race and it was the highlight of the trip to be part of the crew of "Stars and Stripes" an Americus Cup winner for 12 years in a row. The crew trained us very well. My husband got dehydrated from not drinking enough water and passed out and the crew was more than attentive. They were right on top of things and got him hydrated. After the race the tender took us right to the boat so that my husband (who is young and fit) would not have to walk 20 minutes back to the ship. We did not travel with children. We weren't even aware of many children we had only 200 children on the cruise. One point of concern was the embarkation and disembarkation. It was a mad house! It was very unorganized and the lines moved slow and dreadfully long. Make sure you are aware of this. We last cruise in 2011 and you pulled up, your luggage was taken and on the ship you went. That doesn't happen with over 5,000 people trying to get on the ship. Once we were on the ship the Promenade was very overwhelming. Take a deep breath and don't let it overwhelm you. In a few days you will be very familiar with the ship and there is always someone close by to direct you. For your carry on, bring something that has wheels. We had to lug 2 carry on bags for quite a long time and long distance in line. A rolling bag would have made things very easy. When disembarking make sure to find a porter. They will retrieve your bags, get you through customs easily and take the bags to your car. We tipped $20 and it was worth every single penny as we would have been at least 3 hours getting through customs. This is our second cruise with Royal Caribbean and our 1st on Oasis of the Seas. We would never cruise with another line ever! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016

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