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12 Orlando (Port Canaveral) Singles Cruise Reviews

First off, I may not be as experienced as some of the other reviewers and I wouldn't consider myself high maintenance. I personally believe each cruise line has positives and negatives and that you can have a good time based on your ... Read More
First off, I may not be as experienced as some of the other reviewers and I wouldn't consider myself high maintenance. I personally believe each cruise line has positives and negatives and that you can have a good time based on your needs on pretty much anyone but one may be more suiting depending on your personality, party size and history. I am a 37 year old single male who loves to travel. My first cruise was in 2011 and this was my forth. All have been in the Caribbean and 7 days. I have sailed on the Carnival Glory, Carnival Victory, Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas, and The Norwegian Epic. I have sailed from Miami, San Juan, and Port Canaveral. Now onto my review. My cruise sailed out of Port Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas, Ocho Rios Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Port Canaveral is probably the busiest port in the US. There were about 6 different ships that boarded the day we left. Despite the size, I found embarkation to be efficient and I had no issues. In fact, my luggage was even delivered to my room prior to 5pm which was a first in my experience. I had an inside cabin which many may complain about the design. Mainly the toilet being separate from the shower and the sink being separate from both. For me being a solo traveler, It was different but a non issue. Service to the cabins was done well, however this was the first time I was not introduced to the cabin steward. I commend the staff on the ship, great attitude, personality, and service. Especially due to the large capacity of customers which can only lead to even more complaints justifiable and non justifiable. The ship had great activities, a little bit of something for everyone. I enjoyed using the gym, having multiple free and specialty options for dinner, and even a separate "barbershop" for mens grooming services. The cirque dinner theatre show was wonderful and although it had a fee of $47 for premium seating, it was worth it. The clubs, pool parties, bowling, sports bar, howl at the moon and shows like burn the floor, comedy, and a magician provided a nice variety along with the typical art auction and games that you would find on most ships. The all white deck party was a highlight. Although the ship is huge, I chose to use the steps so that I wouldn't have to wait for elevators. Be aware that due to the size of the ship, many activities require reservations. Some can be made online prior to arrival, at the box office, or even on the room tv. I found the food to be good but not great. I didn't dine at the specialty restaurants because there were adequate other options and I was solo and often wanted to eat alone. This ship has solo cabins for others like me that want an affordable trip without needing to have a cabin mate. They also have optional solo guest gatherings in the solo lounge daily. If you like to be active, are mobile, youthful and energetic, I think the Epic could be a good time. Last but not least, the Free at Sea promotion put this cruise over the top for me. I basically only paid gratuities and had a drink package a.k.a. open bar for an entire week. Incredible savings for even a social drinker. I found that I was a little more social than usual thanks to the drink package. Some travelers that prefer smaller ships with more intimate service may not enjoy this . The haven cabins provide a more luxurious experience for those if they care to try it. But for my demographic and preferences, I will definitely do NCL again. I'm already booked for next December. Read Less
Sail Date December 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 chose the cruise for the itinerary as we'd never been to Belize. It is also only an hour from where we live and we looked forward to the short drive. I think my 'booking agent' (husband) said he got a pretty good price on ... Read More
We chose the cruise for the itinerary as we'd never been to Belize. It is also only an hour from where we live and we looked forward to the short drive. I think my 'booking agent' (husband) said he got a pretty good price on a suite. Only the second time we have ever had a suite, the other being a Costa ship. We are Diamond on RCCL and we think their newer ships are beautifully decorated. Sunshine had cheery hallways with large, Florida style wall art. Maybe that is why the hallways always were so noisy - too cheerful and bright. With the suite, came priority checkin which was really nice because there were long lines outside. Our room was also ready for us so we went right up. The room size was generous and we didn't use all of the drawers or closets. We had all ready been warned on 'Shipmates' about the one wall socket, but we had another in the dressing area. The bathroom had a jetted tub/shower. If you don't like stepping over the tub to get to the shower, this isn't for you. There was a rubber mat, however, so it wasn't slippery. I just love the toilet paper that slides onto an "L" shaped holder, so every time you pull off a strip it flies off across the room! The only room amenity, aside from size, was two complimentary liters of water which were too big to carry off ship, so we only used one. There wasn't any conditioner or lotion but there was gel and shampoo in dispensers in the shower. There were also two robes of nice quality and upgraded design and one tray of cookies. (Very good, I was hoping for more.) We were glad that the draperies were heavy, fully dark and closed ALL the way, to keep our that Caribbean sunshine in the mornings! Our cabin steward, Penny, was delightful. She always remembered our name and she was so upbeat all the time. This is the first trip where we have had a different towel animal every night. Those must take so long to fold and arrange. We were glad to see that Penny had a helper. The other cruises we've done have been cutting back on that and that makes them even more over-worked. Part of the enjoyable experience was the couple at our early dining table. We had fun every evening with them. Again, other lines are doing away with Assigned Dining and we miss that. We joke that we get to see each other 24-7 and we go on cruises to meet people! Someone mentioned 'no coffee' at dinner and we had it every night. Not as good as the Seattle's Best served on other ships. We didn't do any of the entertainment except the comedians. We especially liked Jim Brick and a movie outdoors which is a fun way to see even a bad movie - Independence Day - Resurgence. One other thing we did was splurge on the Unlimited Beverage package. It was fun to try new drinks when price was no object. There were plenty of bars, but we didn't particularly like any of the options. There wasn't a Champagne Bar for an intimate atmosphere. Again, we were looking for some of the options that we have had on other ships. The Norwegian Escape has a beautiful outdoor seating area along one whole deck. It had a bar that opened at noon, and really comfy chairs for reading. It's all personal preference and the more you sail the more you will have to compare to. There is nothing ever really BAD about cruising. Beats cooking at home! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
the ship in itself is awesome. Extremely clean. all staff was very concerned with sanitation issues. "Washy washy' people all over with hand sanitizer. my cabin, which was a studio was quite adequate for my needs. I wish more ... Read More
the ship in itself is awesome. Extremely clean. all staff was very concerned with sanitation issues. "Washy washy' people all over with hand sanitizer. my cabin, which was a studio was quite adequate for my needs. I wish more cruise lines would follow suit . the food in the complementary restaurants was adequate. some meals were lukewarm. The buffet had plenty of choices and even with the number of people moved very quickly. Adequate seating. The two main shows, Burn the Floor and Pricilla were wonderful. Service was great except for my cabin steward who obviously was in training. The ports and excursions offered , on the most part, were great. Embarkation was pretty smooth except for Port Canaveral. Massive traffic jam trying to park at the port.. Jamaica , as expected, is a poor country Everyone looking to sell you something. Anything. We were told by our guide at Dunns river falls that the other guides would actually board the bus and demand their tips. Grand Cayman is beautiful! The day I went to the Tulum ruins was very hot! I am glad I did my homework and found out about the trolley for $2.00! Saved me from having heatstroke! And the best of all was my spa pass. Great place to get away from the people and the noise on. I am already looking at a southern Carribean cruise for next December on Norwegian Dawn! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I just returned from a 8 day cruise with Carnival valor. I payed to visit St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Puerto Rico and Grand Turks. I only got to see three of the four I payed for, and was only reimbursed $15.00. Granted the trip turned out to ... Read More
I just returned from a 8 day cruise with Carnival valor. I payed to visit St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Puerto Rico and Grand Turks. I only got to see three of the four I payed for, and was only reimbursed $15.00. Granted the trip turned out to be during Hurricane Matthew, but it seemed as if other Carnival Cruises still saw Grand Turks. After arriving at Grand Turks, and seeing other ships at port, the captain(who speaks horrible English) announced that due to weather conditions we could not be able to port at Grand Turks and would have a sea day. Then turns out not even 30 minutes after we left the Island, Anther Carnival shipped arrived at Grand Turks and posted to Facebook. When another guest on the ship confronted the captain and questioned him why is was that we didn't dock, he gave no response. The food was horrible. Along with it having no seasoning or taste, it was the same menu everyday for breakfast and lunch. I have cruised before but with Royal Caribbean, this is the first time I broke out on my skin due to the water and even developed Dandruff. I am in my mid-twenties and it seemed as if there was nothing offered for my age group activity-wise on the ship. They offered activities for seniors and for people with children. Overall this experience has turned me off of Carnival, possibly for good. The cruise Director Cassie I thought was great, and the Fun Squad. Along with a dancer named Joshua, he was awesome. I am just very disappointed with my experience and will definitely be taking my business elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I chose this cruise because it was an affordable, quick getaway as a solo traveler. Embarkation and disembarkation were swift and uneventful. Even at embarkation those folks who weren't gold and up members didn't have a very ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was an affordable, quick getaway as a solo traveler. Embarkation and disembarkation were swift and uneventful. Even at embarkation those folks who weren't gold and up members didn't have a very long line at all. This was around 11:30am. The ship is obviously an older, well-worn ship. I had read that it underwent a recent renovation, and in spots throughout the ship this was apparent. Other spots looked like they were passed over in this renovation (lol). Having said that, it being a long weekend cruise at budget rates, can you really complain? My cabin was a standard oceanview cabin. Nothing special; no complaints. Service was just as good as past cruises. Cabin was very clean. I was in 3046 and didn't experience almost any noise. I only dined in the dining room on the last evening and ended up being served by the assistant waiter (he was great!). I sat for quite a long time before the assistant waiter seemingly realized I was being overlooked. My waiter never acknowledged me until I got up to leave, then gave me this broad smile. ? He served the couple seated right next to me efficiently and professionally and never looked at me while he was doing this. That is my only negative feedback on any crew on this ship, and who knows.. maybe I threw everyone off by dining in the buffet on the first two nights..? Speaking of the buffet, the waitstaff in the buffet were great! The food choices were a little bit limited but tasty - so no complaints; and the desserts were sumptuous! I didn't go to any shows or participate in activities. I tired myself out during the days. :) The 2 ports were great: Nassau and Cococay. First-Cococay: AWESOME!! Beautiful, fully developed with a yummy meal that begins at 11:30, bar, super great snorkeling that I did on my own,.. can't say enough great things and want to go back! Second- Nassau: I did the Pearl Island excursion. Pearl Island is definitely still a work in progress but for now it's a great, quiet getaway that few people go to. There were 5 ships in port and only about 25 of us TOTAL on this island. If you like a quiet getaway with a sweet little beach, a bar, good food (food was not terrible as I have read in other reviews), and extremely warm people, do this excursion. It was actually overcast and a little rainy on this day and it was still a great relaxing excursion. I would recommend this ship specifically for quick, cheap getaways but would tell new cruisers that some of the newer, more expensive routes may offer nicer ships. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was a great 4 night getaway that I needed. This was the 5th time I was on the Enchantment and prossibly the last before it relocates to Miami. Getting on was a breeze as I got to the port around 1pm after visiting Exploration ... Read More
This was a great 4 night getaway that I needed. This was the 5th time I was on the Enchantment and prossibly the last before it relocates to Miami. Getting on was a breeze as I got to the port around 1pm after visiting Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral. I was on board and in my room in less than 30 minutes. I went to Chops twice and had great meals both times. The other dinners I went to Windjammer and had pasta one night and Stir Fry the other night. I felt like there was lots of options for everyone in the Windjammer. The Top Tier event was a breakfast on Day 3 and the Welcome back Party was on Day 3 in the evening. In Nassau I just walked around and a beer at the patio bar at the Pirates of Nassau and had a Rum and Coke at the Bacardi Bar. In Coco Cay which Majesty was with us I went onshore just in time for the free throw contest and lunch. I also had a Coco Loco as well. Debarkation: this was the fastest I was off the ship. I did the self carry with my luggage and when I was done with Breakfast and last walk around there was no line to get off the ship. There was of course probably about a 20-30 wait time to get thru customs but never timed it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our first cruise and we chose Royal Caribbean because my husband's grandparents went on over 50 cruises and this was their favorite cruise line. We can see why!! We were on the Freedom and absolutely loved it. The ship was ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we chose Royal Caribbean because my husband's grandparents went on over 50 cruises and this was their favorite cruise line. We can see why!! We were on the Freedom and absolutely loved it. The ship was the perfect size. Our favorite spot was the solarium. We were almost always able to snag some seats in the shade (the pool chairs were really comfy), and we spent a lot of time there reading, drinking, and napping. The solarium was nice and quiet (the main pool was always pretty loud), so we enjoyed relaxing there. The solarium pool bar was right next to the pool so it was really convenient. The pool itself was a good size and had some underwater chairs and a table so you could easily sit in the pool with a drink and just enjoy yourself. We booked a balcony room, and we really enjoyed having the balcony and being able to sit outside at night. We will always book a room with a balcony - totally worth the money! We spent a lot of time at the pub (the live music they had was always a really nice way to end the day), and the drinks were great. The food was amazing, as per usual on Royal Caribbean. This being our first cruise, we tried out Sabra. We didn't like it - so we promptly cancelled the next specialty restaurant we had reserved. We ate the remainder of the nights in the main dining. The main dining is fantastic - we had a great server who informed us that we could order 3 or 4 main dishes and desserts if we wanted. We didn't realize you could do that, but it was great to try a few different dishes if we were unable to decided what we wanted to eat. Let's just say, I think I gained 20 pounds on the cruise haha. The food is always one of my favorite aspects. The entertainment was fantastic. We loved the shows - and we loved how we could look at the itinerary each day and just decide on a whim what we wanted to do. We really liked the Love and Marriage Game Show (always a classic). The service was also great. I can't say enough good things about the Freedom ship. We tried the Oasis on our next cruise and didn't like it...we'll be sticking with the Freedom class from now on! Perfect size and plenty of activities (even though my husband and I just laid by the pool 90% of the time we were on the ship). Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Our family of three left Port Canaveral to Bahamas, 4 nights. We were part of the VIFP group and had priority check-in. We had room U-87. Embarkment was a breeze & organized. It did take long for us to receive our luggages (3 ... Read More
Our family of three left Port Canaveral to Bahamas, 4 nights. We were part of the VIFP group and had priority check-in. We had room U-87. Embarkment was a breeze & organized. It did take long for us to receive our luggages (3 checked-bags), we got our luggages around 6 p.m.! luckily I packed us a small carry-out with a change of clothes and shoes. Ship decor is a bit dated but otherwise kinda cool looking. I did notice some areas of the ship have been renovated (washrooms, cafe's) Housekeeping: Excellent, our rooms was serviced twice a day (mid-morning and early-evening), clean and tidy. Room U-87 was one of the largest rooms on the ship, in the middle of the ship, with a king size bed, large couch that turns into a bed, coffee table, chair, 40-inch tv, plenty of mirrors and lighting all around the room, drawer space, small refrigerator, walk-in closet, safe, large washroom with jet tub and a large balcony. Well worth the money for staying on the cruise. with Large windows and view of the oceans waters. Food: was just OK - a couple items were really good, each day was something different but it was not terrible, just OK. If you dine in Ecstasy/Fantasy is much better then the lido/seagrill buffet Dining Service in Lido Buffet, Ecstasy/Fantasy Dining Rooms, all EXCELLENT, they remember your names and take great care of you and want to provide you with excellent service and make sure you're satisfied. Many Activities through-out the day with tons of shows in the theatre, lounges, nightclub, casino, arcade, photo-taking, pools, mini-golf, track, gym, waterslides. Great music/dj. We did not have our child participate in the available toddler programs but I did see select rooms for youths that looked pretty cool. Shopping is available on the cruise, men and women's clothing, jewellery (brand-name, low or high-end merchandise), merchandise for children and youth, candy store. Excursions we tried were the private island in the Nassau, Bahamas (was beside a Sandals Resport) beautiful white sands, clear blue water, clean vacinity, plenty of chairs of everyone, food was pretty darn good, HUGE portions. and Dolphin Close encounter in Freeport. THis was an amazing experience to be able to get up close and personal with a live dolphin beside you. and the instructors were excellent and friendly, they encourage their visitors to ask many questions about their dolphins. Summary: Despite the negative reviews I have read on this site prior to my cruise. We enjoyed our stay, nice large size room helped a lot with all the space and windows/mirrors and a balcony doesn't make us feel claustrophobic, we thought the service was excellent and really nice workers, they will get to know you and have a chat with you, very friendly. The only cons I have with this ship are Food - was just OK, I got sick of the buffet, although they change their menus daily and have plenty of options, Its probably a personal preference as my husband enjoyed the food they served and had no problems eating over and over again! and that it is a bit dated. It certainly looks kinda cool and out-there but it was a bit too dated for my taste. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our first ever cruise and we were enchanted by the Enchantment of the Seas. It was smooth sailing all the way. Embarking and disembarking were quick and easy. Port and check-in staff were pleasant. We signed up for late ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise and we were enchanted by the Enchantment of the Seas. It was smooth sailing all the way. Embarking and disembarking were quick and easy. Port and check-in staff were pleasant. We signed up for late dinner (8:30 PM) in the main dining room. The food in the main dining room was very good and the staff tried to accommodate us in all ways with our concerns. The other dining option was the Windjammer buffet which was exceptional. There was a lot of variety in the buffet with plenty of items. Park cafe (deck 9) beyond the solarium was a great place for a quick bite. There were plenty of entertainment options on this ship. The giant screen near the pool on deck 9 had movies playing at different times of the day until midnight. Live band, Orchestra, Dance Parties, Game Shows, etc were all good. There is something for everyone. The staff on this ship were very courteous and did a great job. The level of service that was provided to us made our first cruise very memorable. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I have been on the Freedom twice and she is a Beautiful ship .I had the best time and it is also very clean and the Piano Bar is the Best on the ship . Food is A+, The service was great I do have a small gripe though . I bought the Soft ... Read More
I have been on the Freedom twice and she is a Beautiful ship .I had the best time and it is also very clean and the Piano Bar is the Best on the ship . Food is A+, The service was great I do have a small gripe though . I bought the Soft drink card where you can have unlimited soda and the Waiters did not like that due to the fact that is was not giving them the tips if you ordered a drink or you didn't have a soda card . I would go on it again for sure ! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
My partner and I went on this cruise due to a promotional offer. We simply didn't know what to expect since it was a non-major brand cruise line. The hotel included in the package was dreary and dingy. We had a ticket to dine at ... Read More
My partner and I went on this cruise due to a promotional offer. We simply didn't know what to expect since it was a non-major brand cruise line. The hotel included in the package was dreary and dingy. We had a ticket to dine at the buffet, however we got food poisoning. We complained to the customer service desk, they didn't care. The embarkation wasn't very fast. Once on the ship, you had to navigate through the dining area since it was clogged and not moving. The food was ridiculously bad. Overcooked pasta, bland sauce, iceberg lettuce salad, and sickly sweet tea. It took us 40min just to get our food, and 10min just to find an empty seat. We tried to mingle with others, but everyone seemed frustrated and tried to make the best of the situation. The room we originally had was an interior room, however thinking we'd really benefit from an oceanview, we really weren't. There were no US power outlets and we had to get adapters from the help desk. The oceanview window wasn't even a great view, and the small sized window let in just a bit of light. The edges of the window were rusted and the walls had a sloppy paint job. Bedding couldn't be moved from twins to a full size, strangely. We didn't enjoy the room at all, and yearned to get out of it. Decor of the ship's public rooms were very strange, much like taste out of the late '80's. Floral murals, anyone? The outdoor pool deck left so much to be desired. There were fishtank-like pools and puny spa areas, and there was no way to just dip one's feet in the (not so clean) water. The carpet flooring was soiled all over the place, and I was afraid walking around on it with bare feet. Literally every 30min, the captain or whoever got on the speaker to solicit the passengers in going to the casino. We thought we'd get some peace and quiet in our stateroom, but nope, it was like the volume of a siren. Port of Bahamas had stormy weather. We didn't even bother getting into a cab to go to the water or one of the many tourist traps. We did however find some staff that were very nice. There were just a few of them, the rest were either rude or bad apples. The crew as a whole is not happy on this ship. Our server was very loyal and nice to us once we presented him with a nice tip. Even then, the service was just slow. It took 1hr 30min to get from app's to desserts. The food wasn't quite up to par...it was either bland, dry, or cold. We're not even keen of salty food, but for them to under-season so much was a surprise. The entertainment was hit-or-miss. There were some duds, however there were also some special gems that wowed us. It all depended on who was performing and on which night (it also depends on your taste!). The gym was VERY nice, however was a bit small. The spa staff at the entrance to the gym were rude and just talked smack about the passengers the whole time. All in all, you'd probably like this vacation if you were buzzed/drunk the whole time. This whole cruise, aside from transportation to the marina and the room upgrade, was entirely free. It's free for a reason! Read Less
Sail Date August 2011

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