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This was my first time on a Royal Caribbean cruise and I was traveling with my husband and his family. I would say that the rooms were larger than most and very nice. The bathrooms were smaller than most and the shower stall (although ... Read More
This was my first time on a Royal Caribbean cruise and I was traveling with my husband and his family. I would say that the rooms were larger than most and very nice. The bathrooms were smaller than most and the shower stall (although the water pressure was great) was very tight and impossible to turn around in. The beds were extremely comfortable. The staff was excellent and I thought the food was very good as well. There were plenty of activities to keep everyone busy. Too many things and not enough time in the day to do it all. The casino was the largest of any cruise I'd ever been on and lots of table games. I purchased the internet package for 3 devices and must say - it was excellent. Very fast and never had a problem logging on. My biggest complaint was that of the Photo Gallery. It was a mess. Completely disorganized and they rob you blind with the packages they offer. It is $22 for a single print and the cheapest package is $179 for 10 digital prints. That is a rip off. Celebrity charges you $200 for all prints and thumb drive. For the $179 you do not even get the prints. Completely pissed me off since I really look forward to posing for professional pictures. And Norwegian has all of their photos color coded in binders so all you have to do is no your color binder and all your prints will be in there. You don't have to spend hours roaming the photo gallery to find your pics. You can also view them on the computer. They say they use face recognition. If that is the case, then why were there photos in there that were not of me? I also hated the ports of call. We never made it to Coco Cay (due to weather) so we went to Grand Cayman, which was OK for shopping and then on to Cozumel. They practically attack you there to get you to buy something. Way too pushy and the whole town is run down and dirty. I did not like it at all. Bottom line is I might not return to Royal Caribbean based on the photo gallery alone. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was a great cruise, got a great price and the ship was awesome! We were on the Allure in May, this ship was just a scaled back version to us. 4300+ passengers, but big enough to not feel crowded, and not overwhelming. We docked next ... Read More
This was a great cruise, got a great price and the ship was awesome! We were on the Allure in May, this ship was just a scaled back version to us. 4300+ passengers, but big enough to not feel crowded, and not overwhelming. We docked next to the Oasis (Allure's sister ship) in Cozumel, we thought our ship was big, that one made ours look small! Ha! We took a transfer from MCO thru Go Port Canaveral. It was the cheapest we found online and was flawless. $29/pp, round trip. Gratuity not included, or required. Other transfers, it was mandatory. We did tip, of course, but I didn't like the idea of a 20% mandatory fee added on. Embarkation was a little slow thru security, but we arrived right at noon, so probably at peak time. Once thru, Crown and Anchor Gold got us thru to the ship in just a few minutes. Beautiful ship, fun cruise director Casey Pelter, friendly captain Toni. All the staff we encountered were very friendly and always helpful. This was the last sailing out of Port Canaveral for the Freedom of the Seas, so the made it a little special for us. (That's what they said anyway.) Now, they are in Ft. Lauderdale for 6 months, I think, then on to Barcelona. They had a celebration in the Promenade on our last sea day with a ballon drop, 2 huge cakes, champagne and punch. Because of the weather in the Bahamas area, and since Royal's ships had missed Coco Cay for the past week and a half, our Captain decided to change our itenirary to Grand Cayman instead. That was a nice surprise! There was some storms around, but our Captain did an awesome job of getting around it to give us perfect weather the whole time, less a 15 min shower. Flow rider and the sports court was interesting and entertaining to watch. We left the kids home, so no reviews on those activities. We sat in On Air and watched the World Series and Falcons game on the big screen. Not too crowded, but fun. They played the last game of the World Series on the poolside theater, that was neat. They had several movies playing during the week, but the times didn't work out for us. That was disappointing, we always enjoy watching a movie outside at night. We booked an interior room for the first time, decided to go cheap on the room, spend our $ elsewhere. We were put in room 7253, a promenade view room!! It was spacious with a sofa and a window seat overlooking the promenade. We didn't participate in the Halloween parade, but had a perfect view from our room, people watching. That was interesting, Hari, out stateroom attendant was great, kept our room clean and was friendly. Perfect location, in our opinion, right around the corner from the elevators, two floors up from the promenade. We got a deal, BOGO speciality dining, online, so we ate at Chops and Sabor. They were sooooo good. $30/pp for both and so worth it. This was a Crown and Anchor perk, I think, and online only. We ate in the dining room, 8pm late seating, and it was pretty good. Not over the top delicious, but definitely good. Service was very good. Windjammer was pretty good actually. Typical buffet, but better than worse. We found seating fairly easy, breakfast and lunch. We ate at Johnny Rockets, was good, up charge of $6.95/pp. Loved the Cafe Promenade, sandwiches were delicious, desserts were too. Starbucks smelled amazing, but never tried that. I'm sure it was...Starbucks. Sorrentos pizza was ok, not fantastic, and I love pizza. They had sandwiches and sushi, didn't try those. Ben and Jerrys and the Cupcake place looked good, didn't try them either. Bar service was hit or miss. Sometimes quick, sometimes not. Entertainment was very good. Ice show was awesome, Marquee show was good, the Acapella group was Awesome! Cruise director Casey did a great job at the Love and Marriage Show, changed up the questions from the previous cruises we've been on. Also on the 70s disco party, that was fun to watch, we didn't participate, just people watched again. We did Mr. Sanchos in Cozumel, independently, online. $49/pp, all inclusive, food and drinks were great, beach chairs included. Personal waiter for the day. Did a great job of keeping your drinks and food, if you wanted it, coming. Umbrella and towels extra, but we didn't need them. There were tables with umbrellas, plenty of shade. There was a pool with swim up bar, beach was beautiful, clean and not too crowded. There were plenty of room to not be right up against the next person. Taxi to the beach was a bit misleading. I had read reviews of it being $4/pp each way with 4/taxi. Sign at port said $8/pp, 1-4/taxi. Our van driver charged us $17 for two and there was a party of 3 in the same van, they paid $17 too??? Didn't want to get in an argument in Mexico, so we just paid it. :/ Grand Cayman, we just took a taxi to the public beach, $5/pp, each way. It was nice, chairs $10/2, umbrellas another $10. We just did the chairs, it was really nice, also not too crowded. There was a restaurant on the beach, good food, reasonable prices. Tender was slow getting there, we again probably went at peak time, waited probably 30 mins to get on. We waited to go back on the last tender, as did A LOT of others. Waited in a long, winding line for about an hour to get back to the ship. Very organized though. Debarkation was not bad. More organized than getting off the Allure. We set our luggage out by 11pm the night before, had tags #21, scheduled to get off at 8:45. We headed down and it was about 8:40, they were calling our number. We headed to the exit, there were just a few people in line, got right off the ship. Went straight to luggage pick up, grabbed it and got in the customs line. That was slightly long, we waited maybe 20 mins, but it was moving. Went right on out, to our shuttle and they loaded us up. We were one of the first on the bus, so we had to wait until it was full, maybe about 30 mins, and then we were on our way. Dropped us right at the terminal, once again, smooth as could be. We've been on Royal, Carnival and the Bahamas Celebration (glorified taxi to the Bahamas, ok, but not comparable in my opinion). We've never had a bad experience with any cruise, this was #8, but overall, this was my favorite trip yet!! There's pros and cons to each, to me, Royal is classier, but not 'better' than Carnival. We try to stay open minded and make the best of each trip. Ready to go again!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My mom and I chose the Magic in hopes that it would offer more than Carnival cruises out of Tampa (smaller ships that can get under the bridge from the Port of Tampa). We previously cruised on the Carnival Paradise, a ship half the size of ... Read More
My mom and I chose the Magic in hopes that it would offer more than Carnival cruises out of Tampa (smaller ships that can get under the bridge from the Port of Tampa). We previously cruised on the Carnival Paradise, a ship half the size of the Magic, from Tampa. We were very disappointed, and found that a 7-night cruise on the Magic was more than enough. Specifically, there was no difference in entertainment between the two ships, though we expected more of the newer and larger Magic. It basically consisted of a lot of trivia competitions, the same goofy things like the Hairy Man Competition, and either karaoke or comedy for evening fare. The karaoke machine was surprising for its lack of familiar Karaoke tunes to sing. The major show was completely inappropriate for a family (it was not marked as adult entertainment). In addition, a 9pm Halloween "Meet and Greet," also intended for all ages, allowed two women with sexually explicit costumes. Our seating at the dining room made us feel that the restaurant was very understaffed, as we did not receive our main course until others had begun to leave after completing their dessert. We did not blame the hard-working staff, but rather the cruise ship for a lack of sufficient staffing. All of the crew we met were hard-working and pleasant. Our cabin was fine, and the crew were wonderful, but the activities were below what we hoped for. Destination sites were so-so. A couple we traveled with said that there were young children running and yelling at late hours of every evening, making them wish they were on a senior cruise, as the parents did not rein their kids in. I have now been on three Carnival cruises Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise because it had been a few years since we had been on a cruise since we are new parents. We wanted a shorter cruise and didnt want to be away from our little one too long. This was Freedom of the Seas final Port ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it had been a few years since we had been on a cruise since we are new parents. We wanted a shorter cruise and didnt want to be away from our little one too long. This was Freedom of the Seas final Port Canaveral embarkation and it was only 5 days. We also liked the fact that it was over halloween as we have never done a halloweeen cruise. The embarkation went as smooth as can be. We were one of the first ones on the ship. Having been on freedom 4 times we knew the entire ship so there was no need to explore. We went straight to the pool deck. We hung out for a few hours with a Lava Flow in hand and soaked up the beautiful weather. We ate in the MDR every evening and had some of the best service I have ever had. Adrian was our waiter, and Gang was our assistant waiter. They could not have done a better job. The food was average, it seemed to be the same old thing on the menu year after year. The portions seemed to be a little smaller but I am sure its very difficult to prepare meals for 4000 guests. One night I was able to order the Chops Filet in the MDR for a small upcharge and it was perfect. We ate at sabor for lunch on a sea day it that was amazing. The food they give you is way more than the average person can eat. The margaritas were some of the best weve had. They had a really fun halloween parade with a lot of people dressed up. This was really fun. I was sad that the 70's party was 15 minutes after the halloween party so there wasnt time to change clothes. Overall the the cruise was amazing and the staff is 2nd to none. We will cruise RCL again soon. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This cruise was with a family reunion group, 11 people. My impressions were very much influenced by the ship's size. This is the largest ship I have been on, and would choose a smaller one for future cruises. I chose a Promeade ... Read More
This cruise was with a family reunion group, 11 people. My impressions were very much influenced by the ship's size. This is the largest ship I have been on, and would choose a smaller one for future cruises. I chose a Promeade cabin, had one 8 years ago & liked it then - an inside with a view. This time I was traveling with my daughter & this cabin seemed much smaller - difficult to walk around (definitely we could not pass each other). There was surprisingly very nice storage & lots of hangers. The bathroom was tiny, but I liked not to deal with a high tub wall - shower only. The beds were comfortable exceept for the funky bedspread/duvet, which I determined was a mattress pad inside a duvet cover - really heavy & if I took it off there was only a top sheet. I had requested when registering x 2 to have the beds separated, and the RCCL representatives assured me that they would be that way when we arrived, not true. So we had to wait until the steward fixed them (assumed he would be in promptly) to unpack with our bags on the beds. It took him until after dinner. He was very polite, but seemed so rushed & stressed with all the cabins he had. I never saw him with an assisstant. No ice bucket or glasses in the room. I guess I could have asked for things, but didn't want to add to his work. Only liquid soap in the shower, no shampoo or conditioner. Towels were not very thick or absorbent. The window seat was good to look out at the Promenade, but they didn't have the parades like I saw on the Mariner. Dining - Our person who arranged for the cruse had asked for 2 smaller tables in the MDR for our group dinners. Was assured that we would have one for 5 persons & one for 6 ( we are older & some have hearing difficulty), and of course this didn't happen either. So we were stuck with a table for 11, so hard to get in & out of the chairs. We did sit in different seats each night to be able to converse with everyone. The food choices were a hit one night, not so much on the next. The bright light at the dining experience was our server, Rose, and her assistant Deron (?sp). They were both fantastic. We did eat breakfast most mornings (not all together) in the MDR, and the service was not so good. There was a buffet set up which was great for those people who didn't order from the menu, but menu items took at least 20", which they warned you about. And we had to ask for coffee & water refills, pastries, etc. The Lido Buffet was hit & miss. We went there for lunch, tried to wait until the crowds lessened, but that didn't seem to happen until after 1:30 or so. Food was OK, nothing stood out. Embarkation was really fast. But the cabins weren't ready until 2:00P. We were early enough to get a table at Sorrentos, in the promenade, pretty good pizza, and desserts. Enrichment activities - really didn't see any presentations on history or culture of the Caribbean islands. If they were in the daily newsletter, I missed them. Entertainment - This was very good for the most part. Great orchestra & sing/dance ensemble. The one comedian we saw was really entertaining (last night). Ice show was not to be missed! Public rooms - depended on whether something popular was happening. Trivia, for example in the Schooner Bar, was standing room only. A thousand people trying to get in there just didn't work. Same with the Promenade when they had special events like 70's night, couldn't even move. The Library was a slap in the face for those of us who want a quiet place to read. It was about the size of one of the large suite cabins, situated between the banks of elevators so it was like a foyer. Half of the books were in languages other than English, and very few in number. There were a few board games available - nice desk for an attendant, but I never saw anyone there. Onboard experience - was good on Port days, constant crowds & lines on the others. Same for elevators. Service was Hit & miss. The staff tried hard, but it was so obvious that they are stretched too thin to give great service. Port excursions - did not do any ship-sponsored excursion. Unfortunately for those passengers who did, it rained on 3 of the 4 port days. We did get off the ship to just walk around & shop & have to say the tender service to/from Grand Cayman was very, very quick & organized. It would have been nice to have cold washcloths & water/lemonade at the ship when we returned. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was my 23rd cruise, but first on Royal Caribbean. This vacation had bad vibes from the beginning. I booked this cruise the beginning of September. Got a great deal on a Junior Suite and originally it was going to be just my daughter ... Read More
This was my 23rd cruise, but first on Royal Caribbean. This vacation had bad vibes from the beginning. I booked this cruise the beginning of September. Got a great deal on a Junior Suite and originally it was going to be just my daughter and I to celebrate my 60th birthday. Since the room was large enough, we invited a very good friend of my daughter's to travel along with us. When my travel agent added the extra passenger, RCL accidentally hit the wrong button and cancelled my entire cruise and all the excursions that we pre-booked for the entire week. When I went to re-book the excursions most the the prices had increased. I contacted RCL directly and since this was their fault, they did make up the difference in the price increases and a few extra dollars worth of on-board credit. This was my second time leaving on a cruise out of Port Canaveral. I forgot about the 45 minute drive from MCO to the port and booked three round-trip transfers from a company called "Orlando Cruise Transfers". Word of advice, DO NOT USE THEM.. not only were they almost two hours late picking us up from MCO, they told us to wait at one location only to have their driver park in a different location where we had to walk a fairly long distance to jump into a van pulling a u-haul trailer. Their website showed one of those large air-conditioned buses however. The return from Port Canaveral to MCO was OK, but driver was still not on time. Now the cruise... Freedom of the Seas is a nice ship but definitely showing some wear and tear even though it's been refurbished. As mentioned we had a Junior Suite room #9272. The couch was opened up for the third passenger. The beds were split into two singles. Bathroom had some rust around where the tile floor meets the wall. The walk in closet was huge and made a nice changing room as well. Balcony was very large however the glass was very dirty and looked like they hadn't cleaned it in weeks. Our room steward was fantastic. Also booking a suite afforded us special privileges such as expedited embark and debark, preferred seating in the Arcadia lounge. Elevators have got to be the slowest I've ever experienced. Most of the lounges, bars are very well maintained. Deck area is nice however in some areas the flooring is very slippery when they are wet. The casino does have a smoking and non-smoking area which is nice however the smoking area does have a strong odor of smoke. We had "my-time" dining along with purchasing the 3 night "Specialty Dining" package as well. Chops steak-house was OK but nothing to write home about. Giovanni's Table again, was OK, nothing to write home about. Our favorite was Sabor Mexican which is some of the best non-traditional Mexican food we ever tasted. Highly recommended! Food In the main dining area was just OK. The service in all restaurants was exceptional and accommodating. One thing that this ship has a problem with is keeping track of your stored wine. They kept losing our wine from lock-up. The biggest issue I had with sailing on this ship was all the selling going on. The Promenade Deck (5) is basically a wall to wall shopping mall with overpriced items. Believe me, they are not giving away anything on this ship with the exception of the liquor which, are some of the best prices I have seen. There are photographers everywhere wanting to take your picture. The prices of 8x10's are almost $23.00 a pop and they charge the same for 5x7's.. ??? that didn't make sense to me. Now for the fun part (sarcastic) and why I titled this review, "Will NEVER cruise during hurricane season again". It literally poured the entire week.. Hardly any sunshine. The wind was so bad on the first day at sea that people's hats were blowing off their heads, towels blowing around the deck. I ended up with an earache from trying to lay out and catch some sun on the first day out. EVERY excursion that we pre-booked for each port was canceled due to the weather. The only saving grace was in Jamaica where we decided to do the river tuning and zip-line excursion at Chukka Beach Break. Even doing these in the rain was a lot of fun and the guides there are hilarious.. I highly recommend this excursion. You will have a blast! In Grand Cayman, we settled in at Margaritaville and spent the day there even thought there was a torrential downpour and high winds t for a period of almost 2 hours. The roads were completely flooded. In fact if you did not take the tender over early enough you got stuck on the ship as they closed the tender service over to the island because of rough seas. Cozumel started off great with a glimmer of hope only to have the clouds roll in about 2 hours after we docked and once again RAIN! The ship's captain had a sense of humor by playing "I'm singing in the rain" over the ship's intercom system one morning. I wasn't amused. The on-board shows were good, the ice-show was fantastic. If you sail on this ship, do yourself a favor and do not miss this show... Dress code... without a doubt.. NOT ENFORCED anywhere. We were dressed every night and amazed us how many passengers didn't even make the attempt. Many were wearing tee-shirts, shorts and sandals in the main dining areas and specialty restaurants. The Windjammer.. Typical buffet food, breakfast was sub-par, lunch was slightly better. Don't know if I would ever sail RCL again. Been spoiled by Celebrity, Holland America I guess. Don't care for the constant up-selling and will never sail again in October/November for sure. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Food was terrible,we ate at the steak house and the food was great but we sat next to some elite passenger who was loud , obnoxious, and drunk and completely ruined our supper, the cruise director thinks he is some kind of reverend and ... Read More
Food was terrible,we ate at the steak house and the food was great but we sat next to some elite passenger who was loud , obnoxious, and drunk and completely ruined our supper, the cruise director thinks he is some kind of reverend and sings every morning you cant understand him he talks too fast, the entertainment team did only one show with dancing, we had a hypnotist who hasn't changed his show in two years , we then had a Chinese juggler who wanted to be a comedian but he couldn't speak English, the comedy club comedians were just ok,the workers on the boat were not friendly they were rude we had to clean our own plates from the table we had a young man who did trivia and rushed through the trivia games so he could talk on his phone, we ate in the dining room and we waited 35 minutes for bread, and had to ask 3 times to get our water glass filled, breakfast was awful you couldn't get a bagel toasted they were raw, lunch was awful the food was mushy and you had to beg to get two pieces of meat at the carving station the best food on the boat is guys burger joint this company needs to get their head out of their a.. and learn how to treat people maybe their CEO should go on under cover boss Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise because we had holiday'd in California and then across to Orlando, Florida for our action packed theme park holiday and our travel agent suggested this cruise to end our adventures. Since we had travelled so far ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had holiday'd in California and then across to Orlando, Florida for our action packed theme park holiday and our travel agent suggested this cruise to end our adventures. Since we had travelled so far to get there (from Australia) and we might never have the chance to see the Caribbean again I jumped at the opportunity. Boy am I glad I did. This cruise was the highlight of our amazing trip. We caught the Royal Shuttle from the airport to Port Canaveral and whilst it was very pricey it was great service smooth sailing. The check in process at the port was quick and easy. By time we boarded our room was ready and our luggage was delivered to us with a few hours. The ship departed port a few hours later than usual as a few days prior Hurricane Matthew had gone through Florida and they were allowing time for a few rescheduled flights to make it for boarding. We were all made aware of this change a day or two prior and it was no problem. Everything was open, including the pools, bars and entertainment. The atmosphere was exciting! This was our first cruising experience and Freedom of the Seas was perfect. It was a large ship yet there is always so much happening you never feel like it is too crowded or you can't do something. I was worried about the shows but there are 2 shows a night and we never had an issue getting in. We loved our panoramic window view room- 1208. A great compromise for wanting a view but being a little scared of the balcony with kids. Our room attendant Amelia was incredible. So friendly, nothing was ever an issue and she was so good with our kids. The kids loved coming in every night to a different towel animal. Coming back to a clean room just made my holiday as being a mum its not often somebody else does the cleaning for you. The dining options were amazing. So much food and the variety was endless. We only ate 2 nights in the dining room ( our first night and formal night). The staff were lovely but we are very much buffet eaters in the fact we like to fill our plate with a variety of different foods lol. We really enjoyed Windjammer. The kids club was another highlight! We have two children, aged 5 & 8. They usually hate kids club and they were in different age groups so I was worried about that. The staff at the kids club told me we could put them together but they had to at least try their own age groups first. They did… and they loved it. To the point they would winge if we were taking them out of the kids club to go on a shore excursion. Entertainment was so great. A highlight for us was Alfred and Seymore. So funny! the best act by far. A review of our Port experiences- Labadee, Haiti- A lovely island to chill and relax on. The zipline was well worth the money. Incredible once in a lifetime experience. We booked the first zipline of the day . The kids stayed on the ship kids club whilst they took our group off the boat first and escorted us to the zipline meeting location. Once the activity was over we went back to the ship got the kids and spent the rest of the day on the beach. We paid for the inflatable water playground for the kids on the beach. Our 8 year old loved it but even some of them were a bit hard for him to climb. It wasn't suitable for our 5 year old and they quickly refunded our money with no trouble at all. Lunch was included and bought out on the beach. Our drinks packages worked on the island too so that was great. If I could find one negative about Haiti it would be that most of the locals didn't seem all that happy about us being there. They weren't overly friendly but perhaps thats just their manner. We didn't venture into the markets as we weren't there to shop and they were extremely pushy just from the outside. Falmouth, Jamaica- We booked the Dunns River Falls excursion through the ship and again it was amazing! Such an experience. We felt very safe and our tour guide was great and super informative. We also went to the grotto caves. It was ok but probably wouldn't worry about it again. Grand Cayman- This looked like a beautiful location, i think we perhaps just booked the wrong shore excursion. We chickened out of the stingrays that people rave about. We chose a dolphin and turtle experience through the ship. It was no where near the ocean. They were late picking us up which gave us literally 15 mins to experience the turtle farm. They were rude and quick to hurry us up and then leave us standing around waiting for 30 mins at a time. They couldn't find us a tour guide so too bad for us. Then we went across the road to the dolphins. Same people ran this. The dolphins were lovely but were in a very small enclosure. We had a nice time with the dolphin and had some photos taken but be prepared with your wallet for those photo's $40 per print! And super disorganised. Everyone buying photos almost missed their busses as it took close to an hr to print a photo. I wouldn't advise this excursion in Grand Cayman. Do the stingrays! We don't complain much although we decided too when we got back on board. Royal Caribbean were extremely apologetic, had received other complaints abut that excursion and refunded a portion of it back, no questions asked. Cozumel, Mexico- My favourite! I loved this port! We went on the Atlantis submarine that was a pretty cool experience, just one quick tip- sit on the right hand side as there is not too much to see on the left. The rest of the day we just did some shopping in port and layed at peppe's peir ( i think it was called). Cheap drinks, delicious nachos and you could swim in the beautiful ocean right there in the port! We were going to go to Paradise Beach but as our excursion left from the port at lunch time we decided to stay in the port and so happy we did. We had the best time ever on this cruise. Everything was so well organised. Everything just flowed. We loved it so much we booked another to the South Pacific before we got off. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
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
We wanted to visit Castaway Cay and thought a 4 Night cruise on the Disney Dream would fit the bill. That is until Hurricane Matthew decided to show up. After we got back, we read of the destruction and loss of life, which was sobering. ... Read More
We wanted to visit Castaway Cay and thought a 4 Night cruise on the Disney Dream would fit the bill. That is until Hurricane Matthew decided to show up. After we got back, we read of the destruction and loss of life, which was sobering. However, while we were on the ship, far away from the weather, we had a great time, even if we had to adjust our travel arrangements! Still, we ended up on the ship for 6 nights, 5 nights as a cruise, and the last night in Port Canaveral as a hotel! Ports: We knew we were headed to Cozumel, which was a fine alternative to Castaway Cay, and certainly better than Nassau. We decided to spend the day at a beach resort, since we were not getting to do that at Castaway Cay. It was an additional cost, but we spent time at Mr. Sancho's and it was pricey, but wonderful since you did not have to worry about paying by the drink, food item, etc. Costa Maya got added in as a bonus during the cruise, once we knew our 4 Night cruise was going to be at a minimum a 5 Night cruise, though we didn't really care much for it. Seemed like another manufactured cruise port, and the prices for anything rivaled prices back home. Nice shopping for trinkets and such, though. Stateroom: We were a family of four, but we were able to get a Deluxe Family Oceanview with Verandah for only a couple hundred more than the price of an Interior. We used the upper bunk and the murphy bed, so we always had a sofa to relax on all day or at night. We were on Deck 6 so we were just about the lifeboats, but that didn't distract us as much as I thought it might. The extra cabinets in the stateroom (since it was an extended length) came in handy for putting away things. Not really needed for a short cruise, but then we ended up staying on the ship for 6 Nights! We were aft of the ship, so vibration was much higher than I expected; it did not prevent me from sleep, but it was noticeable, compared to being mid or forward. Dining: It was mostly wonderful. Since we ended up 6 nights on the ship, we ate in each of three dining rooms twice. Animator's Palate was our favorite and our 1st night there was on Pirate night, so the monitors showed a slideshow of images and art depicting pirates; it really transformed the place. We also liked the new Pirate menu; it had more flavorful options compared to the old menu, at least in our view. The regular menus were hit or miss, but never bad. Cabanas was good for breakfast and lunch, and it was nice to visit late night on Pirate night, even though we were not really hungry. The mini-buffet that is set out late night in the Adults area was subpar; if you need something to eat that late, room service or the pizza on the upper deck might be a better option. We did have Palo brunch on a sea day, but it was not as satisfying as a Palo dinner we had the last time we cruised with Disney. The service was fine, but the food quality was lower than expected, though there were lots of options. We were able to even get items that were no longer on the new menu. We did not eat at Remy, but we spoke with another cruiser who did and found it very satisfying. The character encounters and shows were of course great. Once it was apparent the cruise was going to be extended, Disney even flew in an extra performer who came on board in Cozumel so that we would have another entertainment option on the extra day. The only show we thought was a bit stale was Villains Tonite. There were far more casual character encounters (particularly with Princesses) on this cruise compared to a past cruise. It was also great to see the ship officers in the atrium on several evenings. Captain Thord and Cruise Director Jimmy gave daily updates on the Hurricane and how it would affect our return, and once it was going to delay our return, Guest Services kept the satellite phones open at Guest 24 hours until the end of the cruise to help guests make any travel arrangements. Other than a bit of rain when we arrived at the port on embarkation day, we had nearly perfect weather the entire cruise. While we know the following cruise was canceled and created havoc for those that were supposed to be on the ship, and we knew that Matthew was a terrible storm that left a path of destruction and death, we were fortunate to still have a great cruise. It is a bit surreal to have a vacation knowing that others are dealing with life and death, but such is the way it ended up. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our first cruise and we had our two children. It was great! They acknowledged the kids at all times, gave me a break at dinner by even cutting their steaks. As a mom that in itself was a wonderful treat. Our cabin steward tended ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we had our two children. It was great! They acknowledged the kids at all times, gave me a break at dinner by even cutting their steaks. As a mom that in itself was a wonderful treat. Our cabin steward tended to our room every time we left. We never had to ask for anything. The ship was clean and nice. The food was amazing, we never ran out of different choices to try and the experience was fabulous every time.In fact there were so many options we didn't even get to try everything we wanted. And we ate more than enough. We never felt pressured to purchase all the extras either. There was more than enough activities on the ship, we didn't even get to do them all. All the staff was friendly and helpful always. We will be going on another cruise for sure. If you haven't been before, I recommend you go and it is great for kids too! Best experience we have had in a long time! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I really liked the Magic. The deck 5 leni was real nice, the first time I never had to look for a deck chair. I last sailed on the Sunshine and it seemed like we were allways standing in line for something. On the Magic the only thing we ... Read More
I really liked the Magic. The deck 5 leni was real nice, the first time I never had to look for a deck chair. I last sailed on the Sunshine and it seemed like we were allways standing in line for something. On the Magic the only thing we ever had to wate on was the elevator, and that's normal. We picked this cruse because we had never been to Costa Maia Mexico. What a nice place to visit. If you get the chance go and swim with the dolphins. (In Costa Maia the excursion is called the dolphin push/pull) it's something you will probley only do once in your life. I wish we had done this when we were younger. Embarkation at Cape Canaveral was smooth and fast. Disembarkation was a different story. We followed hurricane Mathue up the east coast, Port Canaveral was closed and we sailed around just killing time waiting for the Port to open. When they finely opened the Port we were about 6 hours late. Two Carnavel ships and one Disney ship pulled into the Port. That's about 10 thousand people trying to get out of the Port. And there were about 10 thousand people trying to get onto those three ships. What a mess!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our 9th cruise with CC. We were disappointed. Service was way down. Sat at tables many times and never a waiter came by. Had to hunt down someone if we wanted a drink. A few times I'd be standing at a bar and others would ... Read More
This was our 9th cruise with CC. We were disappointed. Service was way down. Sat at tables many times and never a waiter came by. Had to hunt down someone if we wanted a drink. A few times I'd be standing at a bar and others would come up and be waited on before me. I finally had to start speaking up (I don't like being rude) and saying I was here first. We always get suites to receive priority embark and debark in ports and at home port. Never once did we debark priority. People wore pj pants and tshirts to the specialty dining room. Dress codes need to be enforced at least there if not in the dining. Our room steward was awesome. Food was so-so. Used to awesome. Was almost ran over by a man in a scooter getting on elevator. Food that was in the dining room was on buffet. Workers were chastised in front of cruisers. Felt so bad for them... Service in dining room was way down. Used to be that you never ran out of water bread or butter. We had to ask for those items as well as iced tea. Slow service as well. Food was not warm. Food choices was not what I was used too. We missed cruising in 2015. Man what a year made. If you didn't eat lunch by 2:30 your only choices are a sandwich or pizza. I would have liked a salad bar. Workers seemed like they ere not as informed a lot. During breakfast/brunch there was not ice tea to be found. If you asked for it no one knew where to fond it. The beds seemed smaller. Specialty food places Pig and Anchor only open 12-2:30. And very hard to find and you have to wait in a line outside in the blazing sun. Quite a bit of chaos altogether. Kids running around without parental supervision, younger ones. The hurricane being out there never played an issue on this trip except for when we were ready to head into Port Canaveral. We had to wait to get the clearance when we should have been in at 8 am we were not allowed in til 2:30 pm. The employees had NO control over the debarking at all. Were told to merge into one line. As I was doing so and older man than I am and I'm 51 said I don't think so and rammed his luggage into the back of my legs. I have bad knees. If had not been for the man in front of me righting me, I am sure I would have ended up one the floor. Rude people were everywhere. What is wrong with people today. Several times elderly people were waiting for an elevator and well able bodied people would swarm right past them nearly knocking them over to get the elevator first. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Sailed on October 01, 2016 out of Port Canaveral. This was our seventh cruise with Carnival. We booked a suite (room 7234), so we had priority boarding. My husband and I took our 16-year-old daughter and her best friend. They were ... Read More
Sailed on October 01, 2016 out of Port Canaveral. This was our seventh cruise with Carnival. We booked a suite (room 7234), so we had priority boarding. My husband and I took our 16-year-old daughter and her best friend. They were across the hall (interior room 7236). Since they are minors, but traveling with us, they also were given priority boarding. Our suite was spacious and very clean. The bathroom had double sinks and a whirlpool tub/shower combination. There was also a small dressing area with an extra closet. Our room steward was outstanding and kept our room neat and tidy. Our daughter's room was a standard inside cabin. The ship was beautiful and clean. The food in the Northern Lights dining room was good and the service was good but sometimes a little slow. Guy's Burgers was outstanding as was the Blue Iguana burrito bar. The Lido Buffet food was hit or miss. The breakfast selection was good but the lunch and dinner options were lacking. The pizza was good but slow. Our daughter and her friend ordered room service a few times without problems. We did not eat at the steakhouse because they screwed up our reservation. We could have rescheduled but just never got around to it. We purchased the "Cheers" beverage program ($804.00 which included gratuity) but did not get anywhere near our money's worth. The program now lets you get specialty coffee, non-alcoholic frozen drinks, bottled water, and soda in addition to your alcohol. However, if would have been cheaper for us to just pay for the drinks that we actually ordered. Bar service was poor at the Blue Iguana Bar and slow at the Red Frog Lido Bar. A couple of the bartenders at those bars seemed bothered that they had to get your drink. The service at the aft pool bar and the main lounge bar was good but sometimes slow because they just didn't have enough bartenders working. The bartenders at these bars were friendly and helpful. However, we noticed that they had few servers walking around to take your drink order like they used to. We mostly just got up and got it ourselves. The casino had lots of slot machines and tables. It was usually busy and had a heavy smoke smell and cloud. If smoke bothers you, you might want to avoid this area. They did not do a good job at keeping children/minors out of the casino. We saw several kids sitting at slot machines and even saw a few teenagers playing the machines. The comedy club was great. The movies by the pool were good. Main lounge shows were good. Our daughter and her friend enjoyed the activities at Club O2 (for teenagers). The cruise director, was a little annoying. He came on the intercom system throughout the day and would sing a "good morning or good afternoon" song that he made up. He would talk and talk and talk. If you were trying to relax or nap his singing and talking were bothersome. Overall, we had a good time and will sail with Carnival again. The bar service and food selection issues on this ship were minor and we have never experienced them on any of our other sailings. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I will NEVER sail on Oasis of the Seas again. I am a frequent cruiser and this is the first ship I was totally disgusted in. The ship is so large with 6,000 that you are treated like cattle...get in and out. The cabins are smaller, my ... Read More
I will NEVER sail on Oasis of the Seas again. I am a frequent cruiser and this is the first ship I was totally disgusted in. The ship is so large with 6,000 that you are treated like cattle...get in and out. The cabins are smaller, my stateroom attendant was useless. The towels they use are so rough your skin could rub off! First 2 days my toilet did not flush, the safe did not lock, the bed turn down for the evening was so lumpy it looked like the attendant took a nap on it and left! now, the buffet food was tasteless and there was no real variety. same dishes for breakfast, lunch may vary with a few different dishes but nothing noticeable same with dinner. They waiters/waitress were walking around so slow and not cleaning the tables as quickly as they should have so folks that are waiting to get a seat at the buffet could get a table, also the tables were not cleaned thoroughly. The waiters/waitress picked and chose who they would ask if you needed anything. I had to flag them down to get a drink or whatever extra I would need. In the dining room they had lobster tails one night that were so dry it was like biting into sandpaper! The ship itself was beautiful but as I stated too many folks and not enough staff to accommodate everyone. To top if off when I was checking into the port I gave the staff person a different credit card that I wanted to use during our cruise. I told her to remove the one I inputted online. I saw her write down the info for my card, she said everything was all set. I went online today to pay the bill for the card I told them NOT to use and of course, they charged everything to that card! Put me over my credit limit by $900!! WILL NEVER RECOMMEND NOR SAIL ON OASIS OF THE SEAS AGAIN Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We met such good people from our steward to Fluffy the MC at the comedy club. This was our second cruise and the food was good loved the ports St.Kitts was lovely but Grand Turk was a favorite . The serenity pool was down on an at sea day ... Read More
We met such good people from our steward to Fluffy the MC at the comedy club. This was our second cruise and the food was good loved the ports St.Kitts was lovely but Grand Turk was a favorite . The serenity pool was down on an at sea day but they soon had it up and running .. I would have loved to turn around and get back on ...would go again in a heart beat. Oh and the couple spa massage was wonderful ...It was a treat for my birthday. I missed a night of the towel animal due to over doing the sun ...so my cabin steward made up for it on our last day it was a great surprise . Cabin 6-437 balcony was always clean and he had are ice bucket full . My advice is to bring a little fan if your like my husband an I we like it cooler Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was our 9th cruise, but our first on RCCL. our daughter and son in law joined us , it was the first cruise for them ever. We used the Go Port Canaveral service and it went flawlessly "Fly Snooze Cruise" Highly recommend ... Read More
This was our 9th cruise, but our first on RCCL. our daughter and son in law joined us , it was the first cruise for them ever. We used the Go Port Canaveral service and it went flawlessly "Fly Snooze Cruise" Highly recommend to anyone cruising out of Port Canaveral. The ship was very nice our cabin was spacious and the balcony seemed to be much larger than most other ships we have been on. We were on deck 9 and it was a nice quiet deck being between decks with other cabins is a plus. Our room steward was fantastic and so very helpful! Lisbeth was the best!! Cuddy the cruise director was fun and kept things upbeat during the cruise. Food was good overall, although the buffet area was always so full, you have to walk around for quite sometime before you could find a place to sit down. The other thing that was very different from other lines was the drinks are not accessible if the buffet is closed! This was rather disappointing. You had to go to the Promenade to get drinks. Also the drinks were all very watered down, everything orange juice, apple-juice and lemonade were all served over ice which seemed to already be melted a bit before the juice was added. Not much flavor left. Ports were good and disembarkation was very smooth as was getting back on the ship. Entertainment was really good! Two different comedians, an Eagles cover band "The Long Run" and the Freedom singers and dancers did a fabulous job in the theatre and the Ice skater put on an excellent show also!! All in all a good cruise the tiny thing that went wrong were corrected and not worth a mention RCCL was good to us! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
My sister and me were on Carnavel Magic September 10-17. It was fabulous! It's a very organized cruise ship and kept very clean. Housekeeping (Jay Jay) was always tidying up and made wonderful towel art models each night to display ... Read More
My sister and me were on Carnavel Magic September 10-17. It was fabulous! It's a very organized cruise ship and kept very clean. Housekeeping (Jay Jay) was always tidying up and made wonderful towel art models each night to display in our room. Also room service was excellent and accommodated us whenever we asked. The dining room crew in Northern Lights was very efficient and catered to our table in a smooth flow; thanks to Jorge, he was wonderful with his first class service and caring manner. I was very impressed with how friendly and polite the staff were and all the great choices we had in activities "Comedy" shows were a lot of fun. The food choices were fantastic as we could eat just about everything any time or any where. Hats off to the Dining crew again,they were so efficient and friendly (Jorge) especially. I would certainly do another Cruise on Carnival Magic. Thank you for everything!!! Joan & Sandra Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We were vacationing with family and friends. Happy with excursions. Highly recommend the Marineland Tours Stingray City excursion in Grand Cayman. That boat is well worth the somewhat extra price. Don't skimp, go for it. We also ... Read More
We were vacationing with family and friends. Happy with excursions. Highly recommend the Marineland Tours Stingray City excursion in Grand Cayman. That boat is well worth the somewhat extra price. Don't skimp, go for it. We also utilized the Maya, Lost Mayan Kingdom Waterpark excursion in Costa Maya. We were satisfied with this as well. Unfortunately it was a very hot day and the bugs were pretty bad. (Bring SPF and bug spray.) The zip line part of the park is hot, but well worth it. The food is expensive- but know that when you order the jumbo hot dog it is actually two hot dogs. We made this error and bought too much food. We enjoyed our vacation on Freedom of the Seas, however, it seemed like we waited for everything: food, service, etc. You have to ask for Lobster on Formal night as it is never advertised as on the menu. Lunch in the Windjammer seems to now consist of hamburgers, hot dogs, & french fries.. A staff member said they were trying to keep the Americans happy. A nice addition is the self service beverage/soda machines. Many different flavors to choose from and easier to obtain refills. It's not just limited to sodas...as PowerAde and flavored Dasani are available. Ordered a few virgin Pina Coladas from the bar and the bartender seemed annoyed. Oh well... no biggie. We were displeased with the Adventure Ocean for ages 9-12. Our children (other family members' as well) attended the first evening and never went back.The attendants were on their phones and chatting. Some of the kids were bullying other kids and throwing balls in their faces. The attendants didn't seem to intervene. We have used this program on Liberty of the Seas, and felt Freedom was seriously lacking on this cruise. Oddly enough we all have severally dry skin (to the point where it is cracking and bleeding in some areas). We attribute this to chemical imbalance in the pool or water filtration system. The only thing that popped with WOW! was our room and room attendant, I highly recommend this room. If you can handle the motion (it is on Deck 12) it is completely worth the scenery. Please check my cabin review for more on the stateroom. Overall a 3.5 out of 5 stars for us. We have a had a 5 star cruise with RCI on the sister ship of the Freedom (Liberty) -so I can attest to differences. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I really enjoyed my cruise. Everyone has there own opinion about Tony Tillman, but I can say this guy showed out and he had me lmbo. He pulled me on the floor to dance, was I shy? No.But I can say he caught me off guard but that ... Read More
I really enjoyed my cruise. Everyone has there own opinion about Tony Tillman, but I can say this guy showed out and he had me lmbo. He pulled me on the floor to dance, was I shy? No.But I can say he caught me off guard but that didn't stop me from doing my thing on the floor.Next year I'm thinking about cruising around June or July in 2017 on the oasis or the harmony, and I would like to know if anyone knows what ship in will be on? What every ship it is that's the one I will be going on. What every ship anyone shall choose I wish everyone the best of enjoyment cause that's what it should be able is having lots of fun.I didn't go to all the shows cause I was to busy eating up all the food around me. I try to keep a positive thoughts in my mind, not negative ones :)The ship is beautiful the mall was huge,food was good,the gym was big there was so many things to keep you going none stop,in the dining I did't to much about one of the servers he was friendly at all, the room was to small, bathroom ok I.m looking forward in cruising with Harmony of the sea and the oasis there rooms are much bigger.I can say I had fun on the freedom. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We have sailed twice on this ship because we were very impressed the first cruise.There is always plenty to do and it is a beautiful ship.Entertainment was good and so was the food.The second cruise they were using the terminal for the ... Read More
We have sailed twice on this ship because we were very impressed the first cruise.There is always plenty to do and it is a beautiful ship.Entertainment was good and so was the food.The second cruise they were using the terminal for the Oasis and it was extremely easy to drop off the luggage and park the car.All cruise terminal should be this nice and user friendly. The cabins could use a slight upgrade with new carpet and decor,but it's in overall good condition.We were on deck 7 and we didn't experience any problems with our state room.The ports were great and we did an excursion at all 4 ports.In Grand Cayman the dexlux city sand bar swimming with sting rays was a very good experience. Ilsa Roatan excursion at the Gumblimba Preservation park was another good choice but were not imformed that you could bring swim gear and enjoy a private beach while there.It was very hot the day we were there and a swim would have been great so remember to take swim suits.Next stop was Costa Maya and we drove on a bus to the Choccoben Mayan Ruins.This was interesting and we enjoyed our tour guide.On to Cozumel where we went out on a limb and I booked the Ilsa Passion by Twister.This is a big speed boat that drives for several miles up the coast and on the way to the private Island with the most wonderful beach,your driver will do a 360 turn with the speed boat.You are buckled in and have on a life vest so you are secured.My husband and I loved the speed boat trip to and from the island.we enjoyed all of our excursions and I booked with RC on line about 2 weeks prior to departure and they hand delivered the envelope with all the tickets to the excursions to our state room within hours after departure . Thanks Royal Carribean for a great week on The Freedom of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I just want to start out by saying that I normally don't complain about cruises since I feel that dollar for dollar you get the most bang for your buck on a cruise. We just returned from a family vacation aboard the Carnival Magic and ... Read More
I just want to start out by saying that I normally don't complain about cruises since I feel that dollar for dollar you get the most bang for your buck on a cruise. We just returned from a family vacation aboard the Carnival Magic and unfortunately we found the ship poorly run and lacking in some basic facilities. First off we have never been on a ship where the cabin steward has not made an effort to introduce themselves and ask if there was anything that we needed. After a week on the ship I still don't know his name. He did a good job with the room, but he should at least make an effort to know us and introduce himself. The swimming pool on the ship is much too small considering how many passengers the ship holds. We normally enjoy breakfast in the dining room and found it odd that when we were seated and given menus that they always neglected to ask if we would like juice and what kind. I'm not trying to nit pick but we have been on about 18 previous cruises at least 6 of which have been on Carnival and have always been asked about juice before. They have a salad bar and Guys barbeque on the ship on deck 5 but only keep it open for 2 hours on sea days, great options just not long enough operating hours. Buyer beware !! If you purchase something in the Fun Shops make sure you get the item that you were looking at. I purchased a Citizen watch in the Fun shop for $517 and found out when I got home that the sales representative gave me the wrong one. (black face instead of blue one). Starboard Cruise Services operates the Fun Shops for Carnival Cruise Lines and after I called them they said that there was nothing that they could do. I called Carnival and they said it was not their problem. Its a great watch just not the color I thought I was purchasing. All in all I must say that this was the most disappointing experience on Carnival Cruise Lines. The entertainment was also disappointing on this ship. Good Adult comedians but the other shows were sub-par. We will be cruising again with the family, just not on Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We chose to take this cruise because we really enjoyed our cruise last year on Freedom's sister ship Independence. We stayed in the same aft facing junior suite as we did on Independence. Our expectations were surpassed on a daily ... Read More
We chose to take this cruise because we really enjoyed our cruise last year on Freedom's sister ship Independence. We stayed in the same aft facing junior suite as we did on Independence. Our expectations were surpassed on a daily basis. Port Canaveral was confusing. All of our documents gave numbers for the port locations but the signage going into the port was all in letters. We figured it out after a couple of u- turns. We arrived at 10:30 and were on the ship within 15 minutes. We elected to carry our own luggage off the ship and were on our way in the car by 7:30 am. The ship was in good shape and we frequently saw crew cleaning, painting and doing general maintenance. The size and layout of the Freedom class is ideal for us- not too big, not too small and not too crowded. We rarely encountered a line for anything. Our cabin was very comfortable and was kept nicely by our cabin attendant. We like the aft facing suite for the larger balcony and the view. It also tends to be quieter since it is at the end of a long hall and doesn't get much traffic. The food was excellent. Windjammer food was a better quality and variety than previous cruises. The dining room was about the same as last year. Similar choices on a fairly limited daily menu. Sabor was excellent. Our meal there was the best ever on a ship and one of the best ever anywhere. We participated in many of the ship's activities- contests, raffles, shopping, solarium pool area, spa, bars, casino, bands- as well as time just relaxing. We did not attend any of the theatre performances as we took that opportunity to do other things that were less crowded since many guests were in the theatre. The staff and crew were top notch. All of them looked us in the eye, smiled and greeted us no matter where they were or what they were doing. It was truly 5 star service. If we had a question and they did not have an answer they made sure to find someone who did. Our dining room servers- Henry and Youlando- were attentive and helpful with great senses of humor. Our cabin attendant- Erlinda- seemed like a family member to us always smiling and always quick to take care of anything we needed. We had shore excursions on Roatan and Cozumel. Both were good. Gumbalimba on Roatan was very interesting, fun and informative. It started late so we did not have much time afterward to do much more exploring. The America's Cup event on Cozumel was the most fun excursion we have ever done. Lots of fun and camaraderie. It also started late which did not leave much time for other exploration. The shopping on Costa Maya was excellent. All in all this was an excellent cruise that gave us memories that we will keep for years. We have already booked two cruises for next year. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
From a young kids point of view 9 out of 10 points. From adults point of view the food in the cafeteria was fine to good but the 3 main restaurants locations was poor. The worst I have had on 5 different cruise lines. Nothing is cooked ... Read More
From a young kids point of view 9 out of 10 points. From adults point of view the food in the cafeteria was fine to good but the 3 main restaurants locations was poor. The worst I have had on 5 different cruise lines. Nothing is cooked to order for any meal and most of the food arrives cold, they then microwave it for you, reluctantly. However, if you pay extra to eat in their 2 special restaurants, it is excellent. The cabins are also smaller than normal. We paid extra for a balcony with an unrestricted view and it was smaller than any cabin we have had on 7 cruises. If you go for the kids, I recommend it but remember you are only going for them and Disney will pick your pocket all day and for the food is still very poor. As much as my grandson enjoyed it, we will never sail Disney again Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was the first cruise for our family of four including two teenagers and we had a wonderful time! Embarkation was easy. After a crowded lunch in the Windjammer buffet, our cabins were ready at 1:15. They were roomier than expected ... Read More
This was the first cruise for our family of four including two teenagers and we had a wonderful time! Embarkation was easy. After a crowded lunch in the Windjammer buffet, our cabins were ready at 1:15. They were roomier than expected (ocean view with balcony) and very clean. The ship was large and offered lots of activities that appealed to our teenagers and to us. We played about 4 different types of trivia, went to meditation class, and almost all of the shows. The shows exceeded our expectations - the Broadway-style shows were excellent, a magician's show was flashy and fun and the ice skating show was amazing. We also found a number of quiet spots on the ship to relax - the Olive and Twist bar during the day was quiet with great views, walking on deck 4 was quiet and shady. My husband enjoyed the Bull and Bear pub for beer selection and the kids loved getting all the pizza and ice cream they wanted. We did not try any specialty dining as we liked the quality and choice offered by the included dining. The staff was universally very friendly and helpful and the ship is constantly being cleaned. Our shore excursion snorkeling in Costa Maya was great, but the water was rougher than we anticipated. We all loved zip lining in Roatan and highly recommend it. We skipped formal excursions otherwise, but we had a great day on the beach at the Westin in Grand Cayman and at Mr. Sancho's in Cozumel. Those beach days were a highlight for us. As for negatives - we did not like the constant push to buy stuff like watches, special meals etc. Tendering on and off Grand Cayman was time consuming and frustrating. On cruising days, there are never enough chairs by the pool. We chose "My Time" dining and would not do that again. We thought we could flexibly make reservations each day but the reservation times quickly filled up and we were stuck with an undesirable table at the entrance of the dining room at 5:45 each day. I would pick a fixed dining time in the main room and stick with it. However, eating breakfast and lunch in the main dining room was a treat and we would do more of it next time. Overall, as first time cruisers, the trip vastly exceeded expectations and we would recommend this ship, the staff and the itinerary! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016

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