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209 Orlando (Port Canaveral) to Caribbean - Western Cruise Reviews

This was our first cruise with RCI and Freedom of the Seas. We arrived at the port about 10:15. The embarkation process started at 11:00 for the newbies. We were not allowed to go to our cabin until 1:30. Lunch was being served in the ... Read More
This was our first cruise with RCI and Freedom of the Seas. We arrived at the port about 10:15. The embarkation process started at 11:00 for the newbies. We were not allowed to go to our cabin until 1:30. Lunch was being served in the Windjammer buffet. After we ate, we we were allowed in our cabin and then went on deck for the sail-away. We had signed up for the Murder Mystery Dinner. The food was okay with as much wine as you wanted. There was no audience participation as we expected. We would not do this again. Over the next week we explored the ship and all the amenities. It was fun to watch participants try the flow-rider($). There was rock climbing($), mini-golf, basketball, children's arcade($), children's water park, adult pool, and other nice amenities. The promenade was very crowded in the evening and on sea days. Some of the eating areas were free, for others were was a charge. There was a promenade party one evening and a children's parade with the Dreamworks characters another afternoon. Although these were fun events, it was very crowded. The promenade idea was not a favorite of ours. All in all, The food was not as good as we have had on other cruise lines. The entertainment was excellent. The cruise director, Casey Pelter, was one of the best we have had on any cruise. We had a good time.This is a beautiful ship! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We sailed in celebration of our tenth anniversary,along with a dear friend who lives in Orlando. We had two cabins. This was my second, our friend's 11th and my husband's first cruise. We loved it. We were on the ... Read More
We sailed in celebration of our tenth anniversary,along with a dear friend who lives in Orlando. We had two cabins. This was my second, our friend's 11th and my husband's first cruise. We loved it. We were on the Disney Magic on the 6th deck, in inside cabins. That part I would do differently on another cruise. I missed seeing the outside and felt a little trapped at night in the utter darkness of the inside cabin. It would be fine if we were never in the cabin, but we did spend enough time there to make the lack of a deck or porthole noticeable. The room was minuscule, but worked for just two people in ours through careful unpacking and organzing. The closet was almost too big. I would have loved some drawers in there instead. The food was excellent in the general restaurants and in Palo, where we dined one night. We chose the second seating. 8:15 was late for dinner for us, but it was relaxed without feeling the pressure of another group coming in behind, and I am sure there were fewer children up that late, making it dinner much calmer. Traveling as an adult group was fun. We kept busy enough, with down time when we wanted it and lots of places with quiet away from children when that was desired as well. The adult pool was crowded on our trip. And deck chairs anywhere were hard to come by. We usually found a some for the three of us after 10-15 minutes of scouring the ship. Castaway Cay was our favorite stop. The island is well thought out and staged, with lots to do from bikes and hikes to just sitting in the sun on the lovely beaches. We brought our own snorkeling equipment. It was much cheaper than the cost to rent on the island. The other two stops, Cozumel and Grand Cayman, felt like places to shop for merchandise made in China. None of the excursions offered really appealed to us. We were less than thrilled with our time on those islands and quickly headed back on the Magic. I think you have to have a sense of whimsy to sail as an adult on a Disney cruise. We are all Disney lovers. We are not drinkers, so avoided the bars and discos, but they do exist for adults interested in that sort of thing. We had our pictures taken with Disney characters, watched movies (including a just released in theaters that day comic book movie) and enjoyed the shows quite a bit. On a separate note, we were very grateful to the Disney team in helping us with a medical issue. My husband takes a daily injection that has to be kept uniformly cool. We were warned that the refrigerators in room were not designed to stay at a steady temp. They kept his medicine in a behind the scenes refrigerator that would protect the temp, and were very gracious about getting it for him each night. Read Less
Sail Date April 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
This cruise was my husband and my 4th Carnival Cruise. We traveled with our 3 youngest children. 18, 13, 10. We also had our exchange student who is almost 16. We traveled with my brother and his wife and their 3 children..12, 12, 10. ... Read More
This cruise was my husband and my 4th Carnival Cruise. We traveled with our 3 youngest children. 18, 13, 10. We also had our exchange student who is almost 16. We traveled with my brother and his wife and their 3 children..12, 12, 10. There were many pros and many cons to the Sunshine. Having said that..we had an amazing vacation..even with the many cons. Embarkation was simple. We arrived about 11:30 and were onboard by 12:15. We went right to Guys and found a meeting place for everyone for the entire cruise. Our meeting place was in the area by the Havana Bar. It was always easy to get a couple of tables together. Pros: Jaime the Best Cruise Director Ever!!! She is everywhere on the ship and has so much energy! By far, the best we have ever had! Mongolian Grill, Guys Burgers, Chocolate Melting Cake, breakfast burritos. Even my 18 yr. old who doesn't like hamburgers had several Guys Burgers and loved them. The fries are also the best ever!!!! We all loved the 24 hour ice cream and frozen yogurt. The kids loved the skycourse ropes course and waterslides. Mini golf was also great! They used the pool alot and loved it. PG comedy shows! EXCELLENT! The kids would get to the Limelight Lounge early so they could sit in the front row. This way the comedian "picked" on them and they enjoyed this. Cons: Room Steward. Never asked our names. We called to ask about the 3rd bed being put down and he said he would do it when we were at dinner..fine with us..but then 2 minutes later he is there to put it down..never asked us anything. Seemed put out to be putting the bed down. We saw him alot in the hallway but he always seemed grouchy and would only say "hello" after we said hello. Cabins were kept clean but nothing special. Marketplace Buffet food...just average. Dining Room food and waiters. The only food that was above average in the dining room was the chocolate melting cake. Prime Rib was flavorless and tough. Our waiter, Dennis was fine getting 2 appetizers or main meals but never once addressed us by our names. He never talked to us except about our order. Ruben was AMAZING!!!!! He chatted about our families and told us how he missed his 6 year old daughter. He joked around with the kids and was excellent all around. Mario was okay. We don't think he could understand much of what we said. He often would give bread or rolls to most of the table and then walk away and forget the others. He would also ask a couple people if they wanted bread or a roll and then just give everyone else whatever he wanted to give to you. The service was extremely slow!!!!! I don't know who's fault this was but it was frustrating. Getting a chair on sea days and most of the time...impossible on the serenity deck after about 9am. After about 11am it's hard to get 2 chairs together anywhere on the ship. Way to crowded! Smoking! We were in cabin 6237..and in the evening we could smell the smoke from the casino all the way up to our cabin. The smell on the deck is also horrible if you are trying to walk or job on the track. There was some kind of leak in the hallway a couple door down from ours. The carpet was drenched. They put a bucket there for a couple of days and then brought a fan and had that going 24/7..it was very loud and very annoying at night when we were trying to sleep you could hear it all night long. Ports: We took a taxi to Chankanaab as usual and just snorkeled off the beach. Most of us had our own snorkeling equipment and we had a blast there! We then went downtown and had a nice lunch at La Mission. It was nice but probably wouldn't go back. If we had more time we would have gone to Panchos Backyard. We also went to the Supermarket. It was a mini Walmart and very cool experience. We docked downtown which was a first for us. We went to Mahogany Bay in Roatan and because we were the 2nd ship there that day we couldn't get a good spot on the beach. Our chairs were very far back but it was okay. We spent the day playing in the water. Not a good snorkeling place as we didn't see any fish at all..even by the pier. Belize..some of our group took a Carnival excursion ziplining and cavetubing and had a great time. The rest of us stayed at the port for shopping and then went back to the ship. I didn't like all the guys begging us to go on tours. They were very pushy and I felt very uncomfortable. Costa Maya..we took the shuttle for $3 a person downtown. It was deserted. We tried snorkeling but there was so much "junk" in the water we couldn't snorkel. We walked the Malecon and found a place to hang out..They are very pushy getting you to go to "their beach". Lots of people will come asking you to buy things. The beach was gorgeous. We had hammocks and chairs and could do water stuff but as soon as we got there the rain started. It never let up. We shopped a little and then ordered some food from the restaurant that belonged to the beach area we were at. My husband had fish tacos and he ordered chips and guacamole for me. He said the fish tacos were the best he had ever had. The guacamole was the best I have ever had. We got a taxi and went back to the port and did some shopping. It appeared most people were staying at the port. The malecon was very empty. This would have been a better day if it hadn't rained but there is nothing we could have done about that. Even though we found lots of cons we were able to overlook them and had an amazing time. We choose to look on the bright side of things. I do think this was probably the best choice for us because of the activities for the kids. We won't go back on the Sunshine just because there are better choices...Dream, Glory and Conquest. We also decided it might be time to try a different cruise line. 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
Well, I do not know where to begin, I have been cruising with Carnival for quite awhile, and this had to have been the least of my favorites. For a ship that had been refurbished, you could have fooled me. When I got to my cabin room ... Read More
Well, I do not know where to begin, I have been cruising with Carnival for quite awhile, and this had to have been the least of my favorites. For a ship that had been refurbished, you could have fooled me. When I got to my cabin room and opened the door, my first reaction was "oh my this is tiny" and I mean tiny ! The bathroom hahahah sitting down I literally had to put one foot in the shower ( and I am only 5'0) Very very uncomfortable. But that I could live with, since my room steward was great !! and after all how much time do you really spend in the cabin?. I also spent time on the Serenity area and found that there was not enough employee's cleaning up. Some cruisers came up there to eat, but their dirty dishes stayed for hours. I met a very nice woman sitting next to me, and we could not believe how "un-kept" the area was. She had also cruised on a number of other Carnival ships, and felt pretty much the same as I did. Then I think it was Wednesday, the day we were in Belize, when up in the Serenity area we got swarmed by bees !! Yes and I do mean swarmed!!. It was something to laugh about later, but not at the time they were there. A woman got stung about 4 - 5 times. There was not a deck hand around to help us clean up the dead bees, as many many people were killing them as much as they could. Now about the food, hmmmm I was assigned to the main dining room at the 6pm seating. The waiters were very nice, however the service extremely slow. Again, I have not found this to be the same on other ships. The time between the appetizers and main course could be up to 30 minutes. The food was hot, but nothing to write home about. I found it bland and not much flavor. Needless to say, I tried it again one other night and same service, so I chose not to go back, which is so unlike me. The most fun I had was in the casino in fact I had a blast there, the dealers and coup managers were Fantastic, and were the friendliest I found. With all that I said on the bad, please don't get me wrong, it was indeed a vacation and I made the best I could out of it. Carnival is a great company, I just think they have pulled back on personnel and it showed. But the good points, room steward, his assistance, the personnel at the front desk, the casino personnel all made the trip worth it. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We are Castaways Club members and, as such, have been on several Disney Cruises. In fact, we will not cruise on any other cruise line. Having said that, our recent cruise on the Disney Magic was disappointing. The ship is in dire need ... Read More
We are Castaways Club members and, as such, have been on several Disney Cruises. In fact, we will not cruise on any other cruise line. Having said that, our recent cruise on the Disney Magic was disappointing. The ship is in dire need of a big makeover, especially in the adults only pool area. The pool area has a lot of rust and surface dirt and the only food available is if you walk to the family or I kiddie pool areas. Not real convenient or relaxing. The AC in our cabin was terrible and although we complained several times, it was never fixed. Also, we noticed several bugs (either cockroaches or palmetto bugs) just inside of 2 of the restaurants. When we told a crew/cast member, they just smiled, shrugged their shoulders and walked away. That was the same response we got each time. And no....they didn't walk away to get someone to take care of it. The food was ok, but not up to the Disney quality standard we are used to. I'm writing this review because I know how important the 4 Keys are to Disney. Although we had no problems with the crew/cast members being courteous, the rust, dirt, lack if proper maintenance and bugs definitely don't measure up to Safety, Efficiency and SHOW! Will cruise again with Disney, but, definitely not on this vessel. 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
By talking before our cruise we were able to set up a bunch of activities that everyone enjoyed. Having never met, we decided to try and organize some activities we could enjoy as a group that we may not have been able to accomplish ... Read More
By talking before our cruise we were able to set up a bunch of activities that everyone enjoyed. Having never met, we decided to try and organize some activities we could enjoy as a group that we may not have been able to accomplish without planning prior to sailing. On the day of departure we all met at the Sky Bar before and during castoff, had a few drinks and discussed our plans for the week. We had made arrangements through RCCL for 16 of us to dine together. Every night we talked and shared our experiences from the day and grew the knowledge of each other we had from talking on the Cruise Critic site. The first day at sea, after the Meet & Mingle sponsored by RCCL, 30 of us met for a slot pull. It was a blast, especially since we nearly doubled our money. After the slot pull we did a cabin crawl. Eleven people were kind enough to allow 25 of us to see their cabins. Everything from an interior cabin up to a grand suite. On our stop at Falmouth, 14 of us took a self guided tour of the town. None of us would have been comfortable walking around the town alone but we felt much more secure sightseeing and shopping with a group. Also on our stop at Cozumel 6 of us took the Cozumel Bar Hop excursion which we had all booked earlier since it is not offered through the cruise line. Again it was great. The food, drinks, beaches and company were outstanding. We also met our new friends all over the ship, whether in the Schooner Bar for a trivia challenge or while getting a seat for a show or just bumping into a friend at a lounge in the evening, there always seemed to be someone you knew around to talk to. Without the opportunity Cruise Critic to meet our new friends and discuss our plans, none of this would have taken place. As far as the cruise itself, it was great. Now if you are looking for a 5 diamond resort with a 4 star restaurant, don't book this cruise. The rooms are clean and you cannot beat the view but the rooms and bathrooms are cramped and there is limited storage space unless you have a suite. The food is prepared to feed over 6000 people at least 3 times a day so do not expect it to look and taste like Mom's home cooking. The buffet has an amazing assortment of foods to eat but they cannot have everything. The crew are amazing when you consider what is expected of them. They work 8 to 10 hours a day, 7 days a week for 4 to 8 months at a time. They are human like anyone else and have their good and bad days. But they are expected to be upbeat at all times, we found them to be gracious and helpful but no one can be excited to see you every time you walk by. A tip for getting on and off of the ship weather upon embarkation and debarkation, be early. We arrived around 10:00, dropped our bags, parked our car, went through security, checked in and were on the ship by 11:00. On debarkation, we got up late, ate breakfast and got off the ship at 9:30 but we then had to go through customs. It took us nearly and hour after picking up our bags until we got to our car. For some reason Customs feels they only need 6 Customs Officers to process over 4400 passengers. In summary, I suggest you get on your roll call, make some friends and make some plans. After you get on the ship kick back and relax. Nothing will happen on the ship that will ruin your vacation unless you let it. P.S. The ships propulsion has been completely repaired. I spoke with the Captain and he said I could quote him on it. There is some vibration on the ship but nothing unusual for a cruise ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We had a fun time but this is not a ship I would sail again. The pool decks were so slippery all thru the cruise. I fell once and witnessed two other people fall. This is a real problem but it was not addressed other than putting out a ... Read More
We had a fun time but this is not a ship I would sail again. The pool decks were so slippery all thru the cruise. I fell once and witnessed two other people fall. This is a real problem but it was not addressed other than putting out a "wet floor" sign. When the 200 cabins were added, it seems there was not adequate staff added. There were not nearly enough wait staff. I had planned on having 3-4 cosmos a day. Not on this ship, I cant walk with a martini ...they spill, i wanted a waiter. I had taken 100 $2.00 bills to tip with . Sorry to say I only used a few. We never even had a liquor waiter in the dining room..SMH. The staff that was there were friendly and nice. No complaints, there just needed to be ore of them. The chefs table was fabulous....would do this again. Extreme zip line in Roatan was so much fun and the staff were wonderful. Segway in Costa Maya was great. Shows were so short and the Liquid lounge was strange....sitting in kitchen chairs ....what was that about? The comedy shows were good, really crowded and it was not possible to get a drink. 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
We have always enjoyed cruising with RCCL and the Freedom has been our favorite ship. We have cruised on her 4 times over the past 6 years, most recently April 2015. This time was our last and perhaps our last cruise with Royal Caribbean. ... Read More
We have always enjoyed cruising with RCCL and the Freedom has been our favorite ship. We have cruised on her 4 times over the past 6 years, most recently April 2015. This time was our last and perhaps our last cruise with Royal Caribbean. The whole experience was lacking and we spent the week wondering what had happened. It had the feel of a discount cruise line. A few examples...we only saw the cabin steward once the entire trip. Our room was cleaned but the interaction was gone. The food was scaled back and less imaginative and the dining room staff, while mostly efficient, lacked the personal touches that we have come to expect from RCCL. The cruise director and staff were much less involved and certainly less impressive than normal. We have now seen the same shows several times. It's time to change the production shows and the magician if they want to encourage repeat cruisers. It was the little things that added up...the same menu every day in the Promenade Cafe (it used to vary daily), less rings and Tshirts being thrown out at the 70's Street Party, standing in the guest relation line multiple times because they couldn't make room keys work, etc. If I had to sum it up, I would just say LESS of everything. Definitely not the same RCCL we fell in love with 10 cruises ago. We will try a new cruise line next time and keep searching until we find one who offers what RCCL used to and who hasn't shifted their focus from the customer to the profit margin. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We have cruised before so we had an idea of what to expect. All three of our cruises have been with Royal Caribbean and we continue to be happy with them. Freedom was a great ship. Not terribly different from the Navigator or the ... Read More
We have cruised before so we had an idea of what to expect. All three of our cruises have been with Royal Caribbean and we continue to be happy with them. Freedom was a great ship. Not terribly different from the Navigator or the Explorer...just larger. One of the nicest things for us on this cruise was the size of our Family Promenade Stateroom. In the past, we had stayed in regular staterooms which everyone knows are very small. Because we brought our four children along this time, we got the Family Promenade Stateroom instead. We were still concerned about it being enough space with six of us, but we were pleasantly surprised. The room was more than adequate. We had a king bed with a privacy curtain and a large walk-in closet. Our two youngest kids had their own private bunk bed room with privacy curtain and closet. And our two oldest slept on the fold out couch. There was plenty of storage all throughout the room and we were able to tuck empty suitcases under the beds, given us even more space. We were able to watch the parades and other events from our windows if we didn't want to go down to the Promenade. And the bathroom had a full tub and shower, which is much larger than you get in a regular stateroom. The other thing that made this cruise great was our wait staff in the dining room. Bleston and Hemsley were absolutely the best. They totally made our vacation!! We've heard rumors that sometimes cruiselines don't pay all of the prepaid gratuities to the waiters and room attendants and we sincerely hope that's not true because these guys deserved every penny. The shows on board were a lot of fun. Piano music played in the lounges every evening, and one of our favorite things was the adult karaoke in the evenings. The ports were great. The only disappointment was Jamaica where a simple cab ride to the beach was going to cost us $35 per person one-way. Since we hadn't purchased an excursion there and didn't want to pay out the nose to go to the beach, we just ended up shopping at the craft market there and getting back on the ship. I had really looked forward to seeing Jamaica, but I guess it'll have to wait. The Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman was stunning (we've also done swimming with the stingrays and HIGHLY recommend it). Swimming with the dolphins in Cozumel was awesome. As far as the food was concerned, the dining room food was delicious. The desserts always leave something to be desired, but they're not terrible. The food in the Windjammer had a lot of variety and was very good. I see other people posting reviews of the ship food being bad and I just don't get it. Even if you don't like one thing, there are so many things to try. I think people who don't like the food are extremely picky eaters because all six of us thought it was excellent. All in all it was a great vacation and we would gladly recommend the Freedom of the Seas to other vacationers! Read Less
Sail Date March 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
Faster the fun and on the ship quickly. Port Canaveral is pretty smooth running. Connecting rooms for adults and two teen boys. Lobby level. First impression of the ship was great. Walking on into the lobby and we see nice décor. ... Read More
Faster the fun and on the ship quickly. Port Canaveral is pretty smooth running. Connecting rooms for adults and two teen boys. Lobby level. First impression of the ship was great. Walking on into the lobby and we see nice décor. Clean. Greeted by friendly smiles at every turn. Dropped our carryon bags in the cabin and off we went to the Lido for lunch. No crowds yet and scoped out our spot. Everyone had something different and the food was great. I did the burrito at Blue Iguana and had some great sauces and fresh fruit with it. Yum. Son had pizza to order (first of about 20). Wife had Guy's. Other boy had pasta from Capitano. We sat poolside at first and decided to move aft to the Havana Bar. Great meeting place. Nice tables. Large windows looking aft. Bar in the center. Capitano's and JiJi on either side. Overall one of my favorite places on the ship. Got our Endless Bubbles from a cool cat bartender from Myanmar. Relaxed, read the FunTimes and planned our night. Overall a great embarkation that could not have gone better. I have been on Breeze, Dream and Liberty and this was my sixth Carnival cruise. Also have done Disney and NCL. I found the Sunshine to be a smaller version of the Breeze. Island club décor. Soft, muted colors. Relaxing. The ship seemed in great shape from what I saw. I have read reviews where people were unhappy with this or that. I found no evidence of maintenance issues other than normal wear and tear that can be expected when several thousand people come on board each week and live it up. Certainly nothing that would detract from my enjoyment. The public areas were all every organized and clean. We constantly saw people cleaning, sweeping, mopping, dusting, vacuuming, clearing tables. I had no issues with the condition of the ship. In fact, I thought it was a very nice refitting that was done. The ship looked nearly new to us. Sure there are places that get worn quickly, but for the most part, things looked as they should. We saw no evidence that there was lack of regular maintenance (which is probably a 24/7 operation on an ocean vessel, right?). I want to talk about our cabins, the entertainment, smokers, kids, room attendant and our restaurant staff. Entertainment: excellent. Some of the best we have had ever. Music was everywhere. Comedians were great. Went to the family friendly shows only and had a great time. Can be crowded, so get there early. Smokers. Well, they were there and smoking in the casino. But, no problems anywhere else. Kids were not a problem. Most were well behaved and not too loud. The kids clubs are up on 10 and 11 and aft, so a lot of the action for them is out of the other areas. For a Spring Break sailing we found that we were not too crowded and the kids were fine. Our room attendant was good. Did all we asked of him. Our wait staff was superb. They treated us like royalty and we loved them. We have them more gratuities than normal and they really appreciated that. Food was very good in the main dining room. We had late seating for the first time and it was fine. Dining on a ship in the dining rooms is a compromise of sorts. Even any time dining has pros and cons. We wanted to have the same wait staff every night, so we took the late seating. Worked out great for us. Early would have been our first choice, but we were ok with the late and it ended up being great. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
As a first cruise we thought we were in a good time. Man we were mistaken. We booked this several months in advanced. We made sure to follow all the rules and regulations as i fly a ton and didnt want any issues. The confiscated the ... Read More
As a first cruise we thought we were in a good time. Man we were mistaken. We booked this several months in advanced. We made sure to follow all the rules and regulations as i fly a ton and didnt want any issues. The confiscated the water we were told we could bring on-board. Then come to find out during the cruise others were allowed to keep their water either for religious reasons or simply they were told they couldn't speak english. Oh and never returned the water as they stated they would. Once on the boat we were informed that we were downgraded to a junior suite due to a maintenance issue and wouldn't get any of the suite features in the junior room. While the junior was larger it still wasn't anything like what we paid for and were confirmed to get. still nothing back from royal on a refund. Service - what a joke. Except for our dinner server and his assistant everything was horrible! We were told by many travelers that there was a specific dress code for 99% of the ship areas. This is to include dinner time. Wrong not of this ship/cruise. We had people in bathing suits, cover ups, underwear and even a guy wearing a dog suit costume at dinner ever night including formal night. When we complained we were told that its spring break and they can only do so much. We had to purchase the minimal beverage package due to the water bottle issue above. 3 of 5 nights we were unable to get any water. We complained every day and were told they would look into it. But nothing done. The internet package was horrible as well. We were only able to use it due to it being down almost the entire time. The food choices other than the two locations were quite lacking. It appears that there were a lot on the rccl website but not once we got on the ship. According to the crew its getting a lot of new dinning options in dry dock. The entertainment was ok. The problem here is they would put the most popular entertainment items in the smallest rooms and it was so packed that we couldnt attend. Then the music/juggling acts were in the big rooms but only a handful of people were there. Something good, was we were able to visit two beautiful beach towns in cozumel and nassau. The excursions were avoided except for joining the ships shopping guide for some shopping. Caveat 1 ---- this was the last cruise for a 15 year old ship prior to dry dock. Caveat 2 ---- royal caribbean went out to colleges to offer this cruise at a huge discount. (according to the desk 2/3 of the ship was from a college) In summary, i hope that royal caribbean cruises are better than this. The ship is old, it was spring break and the staff was under staffed. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
My husband and I very recently got off of the Carnival Sunshine after 8 nights with our 3 kids. We were joined on our trip by 5 other adult travellers. It was a family vacation for us all. Our check in and getting onto the ship was great, ... Read More
My husband and I very recently got off of the Carnival Sunshine after 8 nights with our 3 kids. We were joined on our trip by 5 other adult travellers. It was a family vacation for us all. Our check in and getting onto the ship was great, this is our 5th cruise and by far the fastest check in process we have ever experienced. We were very excited to be on this cruise as our 3 boys had never cruised before and we picked this ship partially for the amenities that were offered for them, ropes course, waterslides, kids splash park, mini golf, basketball and more. There was nothing more that they could have wanted. Here is where the problem lies though. There was little to no supervision in a lot of these areas! The waterslides were some what monitored as was the kids splash park. The ropes course also had someone at the beginning helping people harness up etc. Everything else was a free for all. There was no supervision in the basketball court, on the mini golf, or near any of the game stations (pool, bean bag toss) and it was always chaotic. I tried playing mini golf with my kids on a couple of occasions and we could not find putters as kids had not returned them and when I tried to find a ball I found 5 or 6 kids stealing them and putting them in their pockets. They were also throwing the balls at each other and I finally had to speak to security who looked at me like I was an inconvenience. We also witnessed a few teenagers trying to bounce golf balls off of one deck and onto another and he almost hit my sister in law in the head. We saw another group of teenagers throw a bean bag into the ocean. This all happened over a few days when there were adults near by, I can only imagine what went on when adults weren't around. Carnival you need to supervise these areas before something major happens! The pool was also another major concern. Kids were running around and jumping in and landing on other kids, it was insanity. Clearly parents need to take more responsibility as well but there was never any staff near the pool to monitor and make sure things weren't out of control. The pool is also a huge disappointment. For the number of people on board the ship, the 2 small pools hardly accommodate. If 150 people can be in the pools at once, thats a stretch. We actually thought people were joking when they showed us the main pool area, it's so tiny. The ship is also very poorly laid out. There were numerous areas we wanted to get to where you needed to go up 2 floors walk down a hallway and then back down 2 floors to access it. It was a maze and we still were figuring it out after 7 days. The ship always felt packed too. After the ship got refurbished they were able to fit more in but what they really needed was to leave more space. I have never experienced a ship that was so crowded. We heard a lot of people complaining about this as well. On the plus side the food options were good. Lots of choices and we all LOVED Guys Burgers. The taco and burrito bar was also amazing. The main dining room food was good but not the greatest. We have had better quality food on our other cruises. from the main dining room. Our wait staff was wonderful and took good care of us which is always lovely. Getting off of the ship holds my biggest complaint yet. It took 2 hours of people being packed like sardines on stairways, in elevators and down hallways. I felt very sorry for families with young children and for older folks who were forced to stand for that long. It was ridiculous. I was talking to an elderly couple in line and they said in 19 cruises they had never experienced anything so unorganized. I agree, it was like they had never disembarked a ship before and no one was in charge. It left a very bad last memory for many people. We were panicking about missing our flights home as we were over and hour late getting off of the ship. The Carnival Sunshine has so much potential. Better staffing in certain areas, especially the sports square and pool. Also the number of guests on the boat is too many! Figure that out and you have a much better cruise experience. For now I think we will try another cruise line and watch Carnival sail into the sunset without us. 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
It was a fun time, the ports were nice and the excursions fun. We did a private retreat in Cozumel were the beach was great and the people nice. In Costa Maya we saw the ruins, an awesome site that in time will be even more amazing. We ... Read More
It was a fun time, the ports were nice and the excursions fun. We did a private retreat in Cozumel were the beach was great and the people nice. In Costa Maya we saw the ruins, an awesome site that in time will be even more amazing. We didn't make it into the Mahogany Bay port, it was too windy and we were very disappointed. This seems to be a problem on many cruises to this port which you would think Carnival would try to fix. The food was good in the dining room and great in the steakhouse but the buffet was not good. They seemed to serve the same thing everyday, the same flavors. The poolside theater was a great time just the popcorn needs salt. Our room was really nice, ocean suite, spacious, clean, comfortable with a full bathroom and lots of storage. Enjoyed the balcony but we decided it wasn't a neccesity for a future trip. Looking forward to our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We booked Carnival Liberty a beautiful ship. Sailed out of Port Canaveral. We have cruised multiple times and have arrived earlier than our assigned embarkation time only to find long lines, once on board over crowding on the Lido deck ... Read More
We booked Carnival Liberty a beautiful ship. Sailed out of Port Canaveral. We have cruised multiple times and have arrived earlier than our assigned embarkation time only to find long lines, once on board over crowding on the Lido deck people wandering around with carry on luggage and no place to sit down to eat. This time we dropped our tagged luggage off and then went to a port restaurant sat outside and ordered Bloody Mary's at a price much lower than the cruise ships and basked in the sun for an hour and a half. Drove back around to the cruise parking lot, went into the terminal zipped through the line because there was no overcrowding. On board the ship in less then fifteen minutes, it was after 1pm so our cabin was ready. Dropped off the carry on bags and went to the lido for lunch then drinks. It was the best embarkation ever. The ship is beautifully decorated peaceful colors. No garish purple and orange colors. This was some of the Good, more later Some of the Bad We had a balcony aft portside. No noises but soon discovered it was HOT. We asked the steward about it and he said it will get cooler. It did not so the next day I went to the customer service and reported it. I spoke with others on our corridor and they also said their cabins were hot. It is the 7400 portside section that is hot. We spoke with others on deck 6 and 8 and they said theirs were ok. The maintenance people said it met their standard of 72 to 74 degrees. Sorry but 74 degrees with no air moving in the room is not acceptable. We had a balcony so we slept with the door open. I felt bad for the lady in the inside cabin she said she was not able to sleep, by day 3 you could tell she looked exhausted. We got 8:15 dining, we requested Anytime but it was full and so was early. We ate in the dining room 3 times but finishing dinner at 10pm is just too hard on the body. I can no longer eat that late and go to bed an hour and a half later. The food in the dining room was really delicious. The food on the Lido was edible, not hot enough and only a few of the items from the dinning room were served. The deserts were never as good as the dining room. We ate at the Lido so we could enjoy the shows, family comedy, and relax in a lounge listening to music before bed. We cruise for the entertainment and late dining makes us miss too much fun. The Food and the American Table menu. We enjoyed the food it was very good but I miss the variety of the old menu. I am a good cook so when I go out to eat I like to eat things that I do not make. I had the Flat Iron Steak it was good, I had veal parmesan also very good. The Caesar Salad was fishy, way too much anchovy. The Lobster tail was undercooked but the shrimp were delicious.. After that Lido food, edible. The weird thing is they did not have the Bacon Mac & Cheese on the Lido. A food kids and adults love yet not on the Lido dinner. The Pizza is terrible, the crust taste like crust that had been prebaked then when needed add sauce and cheese and put under the broiler. Taste like a cheap cheap frozen pizza. The Guy's Burgers are Fabulous!! It closes at 6pm so I would check to see what the Lido is having later if nothing looked good that night I at Guy's burger. The Blue Iguana Mexican was Fabulous too especially their breakfast burrito. The Soft Serve Ice Cream and Yogurt were a hit I have never seen so many people eating Ice cream in my life. It also tasted very good. We had a sandwich from the deli very good too. Did not care for the Mongolian restaurant. They have 3 sauces Szechuan (very hot) Thai (hot) and Black Bean. I had the black bean, it was ok but I prefer hibachi or terriaki flavor. We missed the Rotan port due to weather so we had an extra sea day. I have to admit there is not a lot to do. I did get bored. I played trivia but found that so many people were cheating it became no fun. One fellow claimed to have all the answers but when she asked for the answer no one called it out, so she told us, later when she asked who got 20 right he raised his hand. Another was cartoon triva this time we had a tie for the win when she asked the run off question "in the cartoon Tom and Jerry which one is the mouse the girl who claimed to have all the right answers did not know, yet she knew a huckleberry hound, secret squirrel etc? no I think not. Ports - we went to Freeport first, not my favorite port so we stayed on ship most of the day then went down to their cruise port listened to music watched some passengers line dance had drinks at Fat Tuesday's because Senor Frogs was packed. Cozumel- We took a cab to Playa Playancar we had our own palapa and beach chair we bought cocktails, beer, and shared Fajitas we spent about $40 with tip and the cab ride was $25 each way the drinks were good and there were only about 20 other people at the beach. Be forewarned that you need water shoes in Cozumel the beaches have coral shell pieces in the shallow parts of the ocean and it will cut your feet and scrape your belly. Roatan Missed port, very bummed the main reason we chose this cruise, and yes the only compensation is refund of your port fees. The cruise line does not owe you anything when nature raises it ire and makes docking impossible. It is nice if they do something like give you a discount on drinks or even better for the kids have a discount in the candy store for a few house. I would rather miss the port than be stuck paying for an excursion that beats you half to death with waves trying to snorkel, riding around in a rocking boat and getting sea sick. One lady said she had booked the private cabana at $250.00 she was very glad that she did not have to pay to sit in cabana on a cold rainy day. Costa Maya (Mahahual) we had arranged to meet a lady who has a mission church that helps feed people, do Bible studies and helps with children education. I had brought a book bag filled with paper,crayons, pens, pencils, heart shaped pencil sharpeners, stickers and flash cards to help them learn their numbers. It was great to meet some of the people and their children. We have done excursions and saw how poor the area is away from the cruise port shops so we wanted to do something to help the local people with educational opportunities. Now for the Really Bad Debarkation- We were doing self assist, well a lot has changed. People who did self assist previously could leave as soon as the ship docked. No longer. Our time was 9am we went down to the elevators at 8:45 to go to the waiting area, the elevators would come by and were full. They were not running very often and were always full. We finally got one of the glass elevators. as we attempt to get off we see the problem the lobby is filled and we had to wait in the elevator until someone shuffled forward and we got off. We find we can not go sit in the lobby chairs they are blocked off. So we inch along then an elevator opens and all the people get off and they are in front of you. The Glass elevators are at the very back. We inch forward boom another elevator opens 10 more people are in front of you, almost out of the corridor and boom the elevator opens and it is a scooter guy and family. Scooter guy proceeds to push forward bumping into people. We inch along dragging our luggage standing there for 20 minutes being pushed and bumped with suitcases, people stepping on your heels. An inch of space opens up and scooter guy speeds up to fill it. I have had it I say "you are sitting for goodness sake and we were all here before you" doesn't faze him he feels entitled. We finally get out and thank God we did self assist the luggage was on a carousel so you have to stand their with the crowd and look for your bag. Embarkation was organized and easy Debarkation was an absolute nightmare. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
We sailed from Port Canaveral on February 1. The scheduled ports were Coco Cay; Falmouth, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico. We used the Royal Caribbean website for the airline tickets and transfers from Orlando ... Read More
We sailed from Port Canaveral on February 1. The scheduled ports were Coco Cay; Falmouth, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico. We used the Royal Caribbean website for the airline tickets and transfers from Orlando airport to the port. The cruise went extremely well, this was only our second cruise and for the second time, everything seemed to go well. The inside room on the 6th deck, though small, was more than enough for the time spent there. The stateroom attendant, Santiago, did a wonderful job providing service. We ate dinner 6 of the 7 nights in the Leonardo dining room on 3. The dinner service provided by Liz and Junior was outstanding. They offered breakfast in Leonardo as well, but this seemed to be very chaotic and the staff was not prepared for this. The evening shows in the Arcade theater were very good and the ice show was superb. Our few visits to the Windjammer was more than adequate. The excursions on Jamaica and Grand Cayman were good. The only negative was the transportation provided on Grand Cayman for the stingrays. The buses were packed tight, the driver did not seem happy with her job, and I believe the boat had more passengers than legal.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015

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