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My 20 year old daughter just returned from a relaxing cruise on Freedom of the Seas. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves. We booked this cruise just about two months before the sail date. I traveled from Atlanta, picked up my college-aged ... Read More
My 20 year old daughter just returned from a relaxing cruise on Freedom of the Seas. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves. We booked this cruise just about two months before the sail date. I traveled from Atlanta, picked up my college-aged daughter in Statesboro, GA and the we traveled to Port Canaveral. We stayed at Radisson Resort at the Port. I will review this hotel on Trip Advisor, but suffice it to say, everything was fine. It's a bit busy and the room smelled a bit damp (typical Florida motel smell,) but we were comfortable enough. We used the hotel's Park and Shuttle service and it was extremely efficient. There were plenty of shuttles available and we were loaded upon the shuttle immediately. After a very short drive, we arrived at the Port. Embarkation - As we received a complimentary upgrade to a Junior Suite, we were escorted to the Suite Guests check-in area, where there was no waiting. In fact, we encountered no lines at all during check-in. We were walking on the ship no more than 10 minutes after entering the building! Cabin - We were in Cabin 1706, an aft-facing Junior Suite on the 10th deck. It was lovely - large with many storage areas, including a small walk-in closet. The balcony was huge and included two loungers, two chairs and a dining table. Our only beef with this cabin was that it never received sun or a breeze. We didn't spend a great deal of time on the balcony, other than to eat breakfast there two mornings. Dining - this is an area in which we were very disappointed. The Windjammer Cafe was almost always quite crowded. It was stressful to walk in to the place as we first had to search and search for a place at which to sit. The food was fine - just that. The menu tended to stay the same from day to day. However, we only ate dinner there once. Perhaps there is a greater variety in the evening. MDR - another disappointment. Our service was adequate, I'll say that. Food was bought out quickly (almost too quickly,) but wasn't always hot. We unfortunately had a table close to the waiter station, so were treated to a constant and loud show of rolling trolleys, clattering dish cleaning, etc. It was kind of unappetizing to see plates being scraped ten feet from our table. Also, we noticed that multiple dishes were brought out at the same time and simply left covered on the waiter station until the next course was offered. If we knew that our second course was going to be brought out at the same time as our first, we would have ordered them separately. The food seem to progress from okay to terrible by the last day of the cruise. The last night, we received "French Onion Soup," which was so bad that we could only laugh. The broth contained no pieces of onion that we could discern, the "bread" appeared to be a very small square of toasted sandwich bread. No cheese was visible, but we think that a small piece of cheese may have been placed on the toast. I say "may" because by the time the soup arrived at our table, it had sunk under the broth. I really wish I had taken a photo of this pitiful soup. It was the saddest thing I have ever seen offered in a restaurant. Beverage service was also lacking in the MDR (but excellent at all of the other bars on the ship.) I had the Premium Beverage package which entitles me to unlimited drinks. Unfortunately, it was quite difficult to receive more than one glass of wine during the entire dining time. Drinks were never offered - I had to get my server's attention and order an additional glass. Typically, the second glass of wine arrived just in time for the dessert to arrive. Excursions - we enjoyed all of our excursions and I will post more information on those specific pages. Entertainment - we went to the late night comedy show. Meh. Disembarkation - again, extremely efficient. Our disembarkation time was 7:45 am and we were off the ship by 7:50am. Summary - would we cruise on RCCL again? I suppose. We were happy with everything with the exception of dining. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Husband and I booked three weeks on Freedom to reach Pinnacle by end of May in March 2014. We drove down from Nashville Saturday and spent the night in our Orlando home before heading to Port Canaveral on Sunday. We used the Radisson ... Read More
Husband and I booked three weeks on Freedom to reach Pinnacle by end of May in March 2014. We drove down from Nashville Saturday and spent the night in our Orlando home before heading to Port Canaveral on Sunday. We used the Radisson Hotel for parking to facilitate landside travel while in port between cruises. Once at the terminal, the longest wait was getting luggage through security. We collected our set sail pass, had the "Welcome Aboard" picture taken and in our cabin, a junior suite", 15 minutes latter. After eating a quick lunch at Windjammer, we made reservations for dinner at Sabor's that night and started unpacking. The checked luggage was waiting for us in the hallway. The junior suite had more than enough storage space even after placing our suitcases and dive gear in the closet. Having a double wide balcony gave both of us plenty of room to stretch out during the day. After lifeboat drill, we hit the gym to work up an appetite for Sabor's. The queso fundido and tacos was great but filling. Even limiting the amount of chips and pico did not help and we did not order a main dish. By the time the dessert tray arrived, hubby and I only ate the churros and chocolate leche. We left the flan and other 2 desserts untouch. Sabor's is worth the surcharge. Since we have seen most of the headliner and production shows multiple times, we only visited the theater to watch "Once Upon a Time" and the ABBA tribute band during 3 weeks. These two shows were worth seeing for the 20th and 5th time respectively. The Latin Band was easy to dance too especially when the officers were dancing. The "Dancing with the Officers" is one event you should attend. The Hotel Director may be from Down Under but he can shake his booty in time with the Latin beat. The only time we ate in the main dining room was on formal night. Since we only eat the main dish, we had to wait until the kitchen had finish preparing the appetizers before our dinners could be prepared. The food temperature was on the cool side and sometimes cold. The cold food was quickly replaced. Favorite dessert was the ice cream sundaes in the Windjammer. Even on formal night, hubby and I would visit the Windjammer to get a hot fudge sundae for dessert. During this trio of cruises, hubby and I decided to try Trivia and Sudoku contests again. We won two C & A trivia sessions and received a silver in Sudoku. We noticed that the prizes given to the winner varied with the cruise staff member running the event. Some gave just metals to the winners while others gave out one to three items such as key changes, pens and other logo items. The arts and crafts on this ship was a disappoint. The scrapbooking and jewelry making sessions were in areas not setup for these activities and often shared the lounge with another group. Also no complementary supplies were provided at the first session like on the five other ships we sailed on in the 15 months. The other five ships provided at least one small kit free for attendees to work on while onboard the ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My wife and I just got back from a 7 night cruise to the Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Honduras, Belize, and Costa Maya). We have taken taken 8 cruises in the past 10 years. We booked this cruise primarily for the ports of Honduras and ... Read More
My wife and I just got back from a 7 night cruise to the Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Honduras, Belize, and Costa Maya). We have taken taken 8 cruises in the past 10 years. We booked this cruise primarily for the ports of Honduras and Belize. (More on that later). Carnival Sunshine was a smaller ship with all of the 2.0 upgrades. The retrofit of all of the upgrades created many tight spaces on the ship and really did not have large enough public spaces. The main lounge is the smallest that I have seen on any ship. This room doubles as a night club after 10:30pm. The dinning rooms were a little tricky to find as the layout of the ship did not allow people to walk on each of the floors. The food was very good in all places. Not sure why anyone would feel the need to visit the specialty restaurants and pay the extra money. Desserts need a little work... but you can always fall back to the Choc Melting Cake or ice cream. The Limelight Lounge (Comedy Club) was not large enough. Every show was full and you had to be 20-30 minutes early just to have a seat in the lounge. This room does not make sense to me. The comedians could only face 1/2 of their audience as the people sitting on the sides had to watch on a closed circuit tv as the layout of the room was terrible. Although we did not use the pool, it was very small and always crowded. The serenity adult only pool and deck was nice. Again this was a very crowded deck and many people had towels on the lounge chairs early in the morning and finding a seat was quite difficult. We spent the majority of our time in Ocean Plaza and the Red Frog Pub. This was at the back of the ship which had great activities (trivia and live band) throughout the cruise. The band was very good. The entire entertainment staff on this ship was excellent. Jamie Dee was the cruise director and she has so much energy. Her staff was very attentive and did their activities with energy and pizzaz. We truly enjoyed Darnell's trivia sessions. The shows were the best that we have sen on any ship. The special effects during the shows were top notch. All of the performers were also great! Ports of Call- (We try to book independent of the ship) Cozumel- We decided to make it a beach day and we went to Mr. Sanchos Beach. This was an all inclusive beach/ pools etc... 50 bucks a person included all of your beverages and lunch. This beach is about a 20 minute cab ride away from the ship. The ocean was very rough on the day that we were there. So we decided to stay mainly in the pool. this is a great stop if you have a large group and who like to party. Roatan Honduras- This is a beautiful island! We decided to book a snorkeling adventure with Eco Tours. http://roatanecotour.com/ We had to walk outside of the port area as this excursion is not part of the ships excursions. Once we walked out of the port and up and down a hill we were met by our Tour Guide Alex. He informed us that we were the only people on his excursion for that day. At first this made us a little nervous. However, we soon found out that it meant we had a private guide. We took about a 20 minute ride to the other side of the Island to where his boat was. He was very informative about the island and was very personable. Once we arrived at the boat, we met his deck hand Javi. Javi welcomed us onto the boat and informed us about the boat etc... Once on the water we took a short ride to where there is a beautiful channel in the water. Both Alex and Javi went into the water show us all around. This was absolutely the best snorkeling that we have ever done in the caribbean. We went onto a second stop where we swam along another reef. The fish here was just as spectacular. I would highly recommend this excursion to anyone! Belize- http://www.cave-tubing.com/ Once again we book this excursion independent of the ship as the price was nearly half of the price. After taking a tender into port we once again had to walk a short distance off the pier where were met with our tour guide. Here we loaded into a bus where we had about an hours drive into the forest. On the way there we had a very nice air-conditioned bus ride. The bus ride through the city was very eye opening. The tour guide did a great job with providing the history and information of Belize City. Once we arrived at the destination we were given a head lamp and a life jacket. (We did not have to carry our tubes up the hill, as some of the other tours man the people carry their tubes). We had a short 20 minute walk up the trail. Some have described this walk as being difficult. The path is not the smoothest, as it is mainly loose gravel. There are a few inclines and you need to walk across the stream when you are walking to the starting point. Once at the starting point there is a nice swimming hole to cool off before you make your way down the river on your tube. All of the tubes are tied together in pairs so there is 2 rows of 8 and you have 2 guides with you. Once you are on your tube you gently float down into the caves looking at all of the great stalactites and stalagmites of the caves. You float for about 1 hour in the caves and another 1/2 hour or so in the open forest. We were also lucky enough to see a few monkeys hanging out in the trees. I would highly recommend this outfit as well. Costa Maya- Mayan Ruins- We decided to book directly with the ship on this excursion as it was the last port of call and the shortest allotted time in port. We took a nice bus to Chacchoben to see the ruins. On our way to the stop it began to rain. The rain was quite heavy when we arrived. We tried to purchase a rain coat but they sold out very quickly. We did end up purchasing garbage bags for 1.00 where we made ponchos out of them. We were given a tour of all of the ruins and provided with an amazing amount of history. Despite the rain this was a very cool excursion. Again all of the Ports of Call were definitely the highlight of this cruise. We were slightly disappointed with the overall layout and space of the ship. We will not be booking the Sunshine again unless there are new ports of call that we really want to visit. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Starting at the beginning, the airport transfer was a bit confusing only because the cruise attendants at the airport did not provide adequate direction regarding the location of the ground transportation desk and there was no signage in ... Read More
Starting at the beginning, the airport transfer was a bit confusing only because the cruise attendants at the airport did not provide adequate direction regarding the location of the ground transportation desk and there was no signage in the airport. Once the transfer ticket was obtained, the bus ride and the embarkation process were comfortable, smooth and efficient. We were in our state room cabin within 15 minutes of arriving at the cruise terminal. We found the balcony cabin (deck 7, not sure which category) to be very clean and fairly comfortable (the sofa left a bit to be desired), but the bed was comfortable and there was a huge amount of closet and storage space. As for the ship itself, it is nearly 20 years old, and in spite of a recent renovation, it is clear that maintenance is becoming a bit of an issue. We saw a few leaking pipes in the hallways, and some places on the ship such as the floor gutters outboard of the balcony were visibly rusting. The layout of the ship was a bit confusing, it was hard to traverse from the bow to stern without going up and down steps to various decks. This paragraph pretty much summarizes the negatives of the onboard experience. As for the crew, it was without doubt the best crew of the five cruises my wife and I have taken. Everyone was friendly and helpful, and to the person they all called us by our first name. The Blue Iguana bar was our afternoon gathering place from about 4-5:00 PM. Giselle, Lizabeth, and Jose were friendly and fun. We made quite a few friends duing our week, so this became a very familar and fun place to gather. After cleaning up for dinner our next stop was the Alchemy Bar where Maria (supervisor), Mirosalav, and Parviz kept us "refreshed" and entertained. They are truly fun to watch, and they are true mixologists and entertainers. Dinner in the dining room was a little mixed bag. Our table for two was located at a busy serving station so there was a lot of hustle and bustle, but our head waiter Andrew was wonderful and attentive. The food was very good to excellent. This ship has many eating options including pay to eat steakhouse, Asian, and Italian restaurants. We only ate dinner in the formal dining room. I would not recommend eating in the buffet/cafeteria. I would also strongly recommend requesting a specific dining time (early or late) and NOT use anytime seating as there was a wait for those passengers. We only took one shore excursion on the trip. There was miscommunication regarding transportation to Maya Key which was a little aggravating, but the trip itself was worth it. Very quiet and secluded beach with excellent snorkeling and a very interesting wild animal "rescue" habitat exhibit. I am not big on shows and entertainment, but we did go to the Motown review and I was very impressed. We also took in a show at the comedy club. The comedian was very funny and the ship puts on two versions of the same show, "R" and "PG". Based on the somewhat limited entertainment experience, the overall quality (including bar bands) was very good, and much more consistent than with other cruise lines. In retrospect we probably should have taken in one or two more shows because they were that good. I have never been on a ship where the disembarkation process was as smooth as I would like, but getting 3,000 + people off a ship and through U.S. customs will never be but so quick. The experience was pretty good and Carnival did an excellent job managing the process. There is always a longer wait than I would prefer. Carnival did as good a job as any other cruise line I have experienced (Norwegian (never again), Princess, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity). Overall I would rate the design/décor of the ship B+, the crew A+, maintenance B-, cleanliness A, Food A-, entertainment A, Alchemy Bar A+, outside bars A+, service A+. pool/deck A-. This was an excellent value for a decent ship and excellent service. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Chose this cruise based on available cruises for the dates we could travel. This was a first time cruise for three out of four of us women who went. We had a wonderful trip. Ship was beautiful. Stateroom and service was top notch. Food in ... Read More
Chose this cruise based on available cruises for the dates we could travel. This was a first time cruise for three out of four of us women who went. We had a wonderful trip. Ship was beautiful. Stateroom and service was top notch. Food in Windjammer was good. No problems waiting in lines. Lots of food choices. Main dining room was beautiful and our servers, Rodel and Rose, were great. Went out of their way to make our meals enjoyable. Lots to do on the ship. Casino was fun even though we didn't win. Theatre shows were wonderful and we had no problem getting a seat and didn't have to make reservations. We had two rooms next to each other with balconies. Our room attendant removed the wall between the balconies to make one long balcony. Poolside entertainment was fun. Hand sanitizer machines everywhere and crew who stressed the importance of using them so as not to get sick. All in all a wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Overall it was a great cruise! Service: Rodman and Deepak in the Anytime Dining were the best servers that we had ever had. (we have been on 9 cruises). They knew right away what pleased my picky husband and had fruit on his table the ... Read More
Overall it was a great cruise! Service: Rodman and Deepak in the Anytime Dining were the best servers that we had ever had. (we have been on 9 cruises). They knew right away what pleased my picky husband and had fruit on his table the minute we would sit down. They truly were great! Entertainment: The main shows were really good, the singers and dancers were better than the ones last year. (we did this same cruise last year)! We didn't' go to the first show with the aerial artists, but saw them on the going away show. Wished we had seen their full show on the first night, they were fantastic. Bored with the Magician. The first comedian was really funny, again, wished we had seen his show. The singers, dancers and bad were fantastic. Starbucks. Amazingly the two guys remembered my husband from last year. As we were departing the ship they said good bye to him using his name…pretty impressive. I loved seeing all of the Dream works characters on the ship and wished that my grandkids had been with me. The Windjammer food was mediocre as was the dining room. I had a hard time finding something that I would like to eat on most nights. We also did not like Sabor's the new Mexican Restaurant. The guacamole and desert were fantastic. The rest of the meal was ho hum. Getting on and off the trip went amazingly quick with no glitches. We did not take a ship tour, but went to a private beach in Cozumel. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Cruised many times with Carnival and love this company. Boat was booked and crowded. Stayed in a balcony room for the second time and will go back to interior as the balcony cut down the size of the room. Room steward was below par this ... Read More
Cruised many times with Carnival and love this company. Boat was booked and crowded. Stayed in a balcony room for the second time and will go back to interior as the balcony cut down the size of the room. Room steward was below par this time but dining experience was amazing. Enjoyed the ports of call and the embarkation and debarkation went smoothly. Casino host took excellent care of us but there were not enough machines to go around at times. Smoking areas should be increased as most people were in the casino smoking as there werent many areas to smoke. Overall a good cruise though Ive never had an ultimate bad cruise with Carnival. Always clean and tidy with a lot of dining options. Wish they would allow smoking at least on some of the balconies as that is why I booked one this time to find out they dont allow smoking on them anymore not even e cigs. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We throughly enjoyed our trip. We found the ocean view cabin (deck 5) clean and well furnished. There was plenty of storage and a fridge. The ports were nice, although better suited to watersport lovers. The ship is a bit quirky, ... Read More
We throughly enjoyed our trip. We found the ocean view cabin (deck 5) clean and well furnished. There was plenty of storage and a fridge. The ports were nice, although better suited to watersport lovers. The ship is a bit quirky, many nooks and crannies. There are several can't get there from here situations. We enjoyed having the different casual dining options and locations, the taste bar was nice and it's conversion in the mornings for breakfast made room service unnecessary. Especially good (my other half says great) was Guys Burgers. It's a must for those who enjoy a juicy burger with all the toppings. One major disappointment was with the specialty dining restaurant Ji Ji. The service was unexceptional, and the food and portions below mediocre (not even to par with a local take out place). Served family style it could be a fun place but needs major tweeting. One of our appetizers was dumplings, three quarter sized dumplings were brought to share between the two of us. One main dish (beef) was so salty sent it back. This caused a flurry of staff to our table. We ordered the chicken as a replacement, also salty. I consumed two cups of tea, glass of water and two diet cokes during the meal. Only bright spot was after a complaint at guest services received a bottle of wine on the last night. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We cruised to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya on the Carnival Sunshine. I would first like to say that the crew was amazing. Everyone was so nice, and happy to accommodate us. The ship lacked in a few areas. The inside areas were ... Read More
We cruised to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya on the Carnival Sunshine. I would first like to say that the crew was amazing. Everyone was so nice, and happy to accommodate us. The ship lacked in a few areas. The inside areas were very hot. Not a lot of cool air was to be found. Our cabin air did not work well at all. The process for any time dining was odd. You had to go to 5th floor, wait in line for a ticket, then go to 3rd floor to be taken to your table. Most of the water area is taken by the kids slides and water park. This is great for the younger kids, but the rest of the deck area where the one pool is was crowded as with most cruise ship pools. Over all, we had a great time. The food was good, boarding was easy. Probably wouldn't cruise on the Sunshine again, but will always cruise with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
The embarkation and disembarkation process was smooth, definitely get a porter even if you only have a few bags as you leave the ship as they get to bypass the long lines. We had a great time on the cruise. our 9yo boy loved the kids ... Read More
The embarkation and disembarkation process was smooth, definitely get a porter even if you only have a few bags as you leave the ship as they get to bypass the long lines. We had a great time on the cruise. our 9yo boy loved the kids club and would leave seated dinner early each night so he could get to the club. Made some friends and looked forward to it each night. Our 15yo boy went to kids club one night and had a good time but preferred to hang out with us doing the trivia games and going to the shows most nights. The onboard shows and comedians were great and the Cruise director led shows were all great fun. The quest and 70 disco dancing in the streets were a blast. We enjoyed the cruise director as he and his team brought a lot of energy to the whole week. The flo rider was fun and the kids loved the self serve ice cream machine. They are nearly fully complete with their ice cream withdrawal. Sit down meals were good but I was not overly impressed and we could have had the same quality at the buffet im sure. The Specialty restaurants (Chops and Giovanni's) were outstanding. So you pay a bit more for what used to be able to get as standard upscale fare on the cruises at the specialty restaurants but it was worth it. So one night we did chops and giovannis another night and it worked about great. The breakfast buffet was great and the buffet closes 9pm each night. They have pizza and sandwich in the shops late night and room service after that. Would skip the uplift on the kids beverage package and stick to lowest sodas package next time. I got the adult premium drink package and it was worth it. My wife did not. We brought a few bottles of wine/champagne onboard for drinks on the balcony after we returned from shore excursions and that was a good move. Great boat and itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was my 6th cruise and my boyfriends first. It was my 5th cruise with carnival. Having traveled on carnival ships in the past it was evident that there has been some cutbacks especially in the entertainment department. There was ... Read More
This was my 6th cruise and my boyfriends first. It was my 5th cruise with carnival. Having traveled on carnival ships in the past it was evident that there has been some cutbacks especially in the entertainment department. There was a lack of music at the pool and when there was sounded like keroke. I miss some of the live music also. Carnival is lacking in the shows also. The other cruise lines are far surpassing carnival in this department. Sometimes it's the little things that you miss that dont make or break the cruise but I did enjoy the pillow chocolates that they have done away with. And no more samples of things in the bathroom either. My biggest complaint was the whole 5th floor by the casino reaked like dirty stale smoke. It was bad. And I mean really bad. You could tell by getting into the elevator if it had been to that floor. It stunk and ruined my time on that floor. Carnival should really invest in some sort of ventilation system for the smoke. Now the good. The service was amazing. The drinks were great. Room was clean. Food was good. Mdr great. Guys burgers awesome. Cantina awesome. Lido buffet lacking. Room service rocked. Great weather. Spa was awesome but crazy expensive. Overall it was good and I am not one to let those small things get to me. But I would like to try a few different cruise lines just to see what else is out there. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We arrived about 1215. Parking at ship was very easy. We dropped our bags off and parked in the regular lot for $120. The Premium lot ($140) is only a little closer and is not covered. The regular parking lot/garage is just across the ... Read More
We arrived about 1215. Parking at ship was very easy. We dropped our bags off and parked in the regular lot for $120. The Premium lot ($140) is only a little closer and is not covered. The regular parking lot/garage is just across the street and we parked out of the sun. First step was going through the TSA-like baggage screening. This process took longer than reasonable. The security folks just didn’t seem to work efficiently….maybe it is a part-time job for them. They were pleasant, but slow. We got through the paperwork check-in quickly and then got the wrist band for our grandson, who was traveling with us. Getting the wristband took longer than the security check and paper check-in combined. From there we walked on board the Disney Magic and got some lunch. Around the scheduled time the staterooms were ready, so we went to check out our room. We have cruised about 15 times, mostly on Celebrity. We were impressed with the storage space of our cabin and liked the split bathroom set up. That would have been even better if they could have included a 2nd toilet. I liked the shampoo and hand lotion products. My only minor complaint was the comforter on the bed was too hot. If my grandson had not been sleeping with just a light blanket on the sofa-bed, I would have lowered room temp to about 60 degrees. Our cabin attendant was excellent. We found the buffet food to be good, not as good as Celebrity, but on par with RCL. The dining room food was about the same. Dining room service is very friendly, but with all the children present the service not as refined as that on Celebrity. We were surprise to have a waiter from England. He did a great job…and was easy to understand. Our assistant waiter also did a great job. Rotating through the dining rooms was interesting, but not nearly as special as we envisioned. I thought there would be really distinct food differences, but the distinctions were limited. Around night 6 the assistant waiter showed the kids an assortment of plastic souvenir glass with flashing LED lights for about $7. I would guess it was an assigned task. We would have preferred not having the glasses offered in midst of dinner. Two 8 year old girls at our table got flashing cups. We did not buy one for our grandson. We found the pool for kids to be quite small. It is good they have life guards; I counted over 40 kids in the pool one sea-day afternoon. When busy, it was difficult to find a seat or lounge around the pool from which you could actually watch your kids. The production shows were the best we have ever seen on a cruise ship…significantly better. They were all Disney themed, but why else would you sail on a Disney ship. We chose to walk of the Disney Magic with our bags, vice placing bags outside cabin door the evening before. This was painless. We were in our car and on the road by 7:45. We had never cruised with so many children on board, but we got used to it. Cruise Director said there were over 1000 kids. The average age was much younger than other cruises we have done. The percentage of people who dressed formal nights was way under 50%. A large percentage did not even meet the “casual” dress criteria on formal night or any other night…looking more like they dress for a boardwalk at the beach. Way too many people with excessively unattractive tattoos. We would sail on Disney again with grandkids; it is a great experience. We would not choose Disney to cruise without kids.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Heard a lot about this ship so was anxious to see what it offered. Unfortunately the ship was experiencing a mechanical problem that forced the line to completely drop the itinerary of St Thomas and St Martin and stick us with Nassau and ... Read More
Heard a lot about this ship so was anxious to see what it offered. Unfortunately the ship was experiencing a mechanical problem that forced the line to completely drop the itinerary of St Thomas and St Martin and stick us with Nassau and Cozumel. Did we want to go to those ports - no - but we decided to make the best of the situation. Because the ship arrived back to Port Canaveral two hours late, we spent almost two hours waiting in line to board the ship. That was totally a lousy way to start the cruise. We hoped things would get better and they did. We were on a cruise and were going to have fun no matter what. The line gave us $450 shipboard credit and 25% off the cruise portion of a future cruise. Th ship is very large and a rurally too large for my taste but it is a really beautiful ship. The food in the dining room was good - not great but good. The buffet was very good. The pizza in the pizza restaurant on Main Street was terrible. The rooms were comfortable, bedding and beds really comfy and shower roomy and with curved doors. The doors separating each balcony slid to one side so we had one large balcony among our three adjoining rooms. The entertainment was excellent and the ice show fabulous. We had lots of fun, great massages in the spa and in general a great time.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
My husband and I had a good time on the cruise, but the idea that Disney is exceptional compared to other cruise lines wasn't evident to us. Disney caters to families with some spaces set aside for adults. For the most part ... Read More
My husband and I had a good time on the cruise, but the idea that Disney is exceptional compared to other cruise lines wasn't evident to us. Disney caters to families with some spaces set aside for adults. For the most part you're surrounded by kids. The adult areas on the boat were generally as packed as the other areas of the boat. The food in the dining room was very good along with the service. We went to Palo twice and it was really exceptional. Food in Cabanas and the stands on the main deck was awful for the most part. Breakfast had to be the worst. The good news is that we were always able to find a table even on sea days. For entertainment, the first-run movies in the Lake Buena Vista theater were a big plus. We saw them all. The shows were hit or miss. The Aladdin show was really cute. The big pirate extravaganza was terrible; even the fireworks were too short. Castaway Cay was by far the best day of the cruise. The beaches are gorgeous and the water is crystal clear. The adult beach was very relaxing with plenty of beach chairs and separate facilities. The BBQ lunch was only so-so. The cabin was average size, but clean and comfortable. We had a kid in a nearby cabin who kept going in and out of his cabin by slamming the door so hard our things would jump on the desk. He would then proceed to run up and down the hallway for, what seemed Ike, hours. This was at all times of the day. Sleeping was not an option with this kid near us. And that was the main issue: Where in heaven's name are the parents? Many of the kids seemed to have little to no supervision, even when the parents were with them. If we decide to cruise again, we would not choose Disney. If we had small children, we might feel differently, but for adults who are not enamored with Disney, it's not for us. Overall the service was good and there were some nice pluses, but we'll use RCL or another line if we decide to cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Had a great time, Carnival never disappoints. Drove to the port and parked in the port parking lot. Arrived around 1100 am we went platinum this year but did not have room to set in the special waiting area too many Faster to the fun ... Read More
Had a great time, Carnival never disappoints. Drove to the port and parked in the port parking lot. Arrived around 1100 am we went platinum this year but did not have room to set in the special waiting area too many Faster to the fun people there already. When they started boarding they went into the special waiting room first so good thing we we're watching or they might have skipped over us. When we got on the ship our room was ready so we dropped off the bags and began to explore the ship. Ate at the Tandor station in the buffet loved it food was great. Indian food in MDR was awful, didn't work out for me. Loved the BBQ on the Lani little burgers were the best. Went to the Pasta station above the Buffet was told it was a 40 min wait but I looked around and set down anyway. Got our food in less than 8 min but it was bland and too much water. Ate in the Steak House one evening and it was wonderful. We did not watch all the shows as the singers and dancers are boring, we did however enjoy Gumbie the assist cruise director, be sure to ask him to show you how he got his nickname. We enjoyed the ventriloquist show something out of the ordinary. Do not miss the Comedy shows Carnival scores perfect with this bunch. The MDR staff was the best and the brunch sea days were my favorite. Don't miss the Eggs Ranchiro, yum. The pool areas had too many people for me good thing we had the Spa rooms to relax in. Liked the Movie at sea on the big screen, Carnival is still a fun ships but now I think I want a more relaxing and elegant cruise and for a few dollars more I can have that. I don't think that Carnival has changed that much but I have. The water works slides were wild.. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013

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